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I am an Independent Technology Analyst & Content Creator. I focus on IT infrastructure and information security, along with IT architecture and seeing the complete picture.

I’m also a big believer that technology is the easy part of your career, and soft skills are the hard part.  You can read all about it in my book, IT Architect Series: The Journey., Creativity Driven Technology was created by me, Melissa Palmer, VMware Certified Design Expert #236 in 2014.

In July of 2022, I decided to focus full time on my passion for all things tech, and create a truly independent voice.

Before that, I was a Senior Technologist and Team Lead in the Office of the CTO at Veeam Software. I also was the Product Marketing Manager for Veeam Disaster Recovery Orchestrator.  Prior to that I was a Solutions Architect/Technical Marketing Engineer at NetApp after being an Enterprise Systems Engineer there for several years.  Before joining a vendor, I was an engineer for several very large enterprise VMware environments.

I have Bachelor and Master of Engineering degrees focused in Electrical Engineering and Secure Networked Systems Design.  I’ve also racked up a number of IT certifications over the years, in 2016, I achieved VMware’s highest certification, VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX-236).

I am also active in the technology community, and have received technology community based honors such as member of the NetApp A-Team, Cisco Champion, and VMware vExpert communities (or a vFlexPert as some of the NetApp A Team members like to call it).

I started blogging in 2014, and was honored to be voted “Best New Blog” and #30 overall in the Top vBlog voting at vSphere-Land in 2015, and #30 overall in 2016, #16 overall and Favorite Female Blogger in 2017, and #6 overall and Favorite Female Blogger in 2018.


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When I’m not virtualizing something, I enjoy activities such as writing, cooking, going to rocket launches (NASA Social Alumni), and launching high altitude balloons to 88,000 feet.  This image was taken by the balloon I launched with my friend Daniel Grinkevich in 2013.  For more information on our HAB, and more pictures taken by it check out

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Tuesday 27th of October 2015

[…] passado (2014), a Melissa Palmer (@vMiss33 – em conjunto com o pessoal do Virtual Desing Master, (e por sua vez inspirados no post do Greg […]

Carl Webster

Friday 19th of December 2014

We have a lot in common. I was very big into model rocketry (F class engines and below) back in my youth. Back in 1972, I almost set the world altitude record for a 3-stage D class model rocket. I had to beat the then current record by 3 meters and beat it by over 40 meters. But....the parachute failed to fully open on the descent which disqualified my attempt (the rocket and all stages had to be recovered non damaged). I got my 2 minutes of fame by being on the local news back in Shreveport, LA but I would have rather had my name in the record book.




Tuesday 15th of July 2014

Hey, vMiss. Thrilled to find another vGirl!!..we're a rare breed indeed. Found you through virtual design master competition and have to does one become a participant in the challenges?


Saturday 26th of July 2014

Hey Kat! We have our participants for this season, but you should definitely sign up for next season! We haven't started sign ups yet, but when we do they will be on