Nauman Mustafa embraced what’s now known as the NSX Mindset from the moment he was introduced to VMware’s game-changing technology in 2012.
After 12 years architecting solutions for customers in networking and security as a Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE), Mustafa began searching for a new direction. In reality, the NSX Mindset found him, igniting what he calls a “tipping point” in his career.
“NSX not only provides you with a more exciting way of doing networking and security, but from a career perspective, it gives you more opportunities to shine, take your business to the next level, and grow your career.” said Mustafa
What was your aha moment that led you down the path of NSX?
I was at Cisco in traditional networking and security. Just as I felt my career stagnating, Nicira showed up on my radar. Industry-reputed folks like Bruce Davie started moving there, and then VMware acquired them. I saw an opportunity to change how traditional networking professionals viewed Software-defined networking (SDN), and I took it. It’s been a wonderful journey, and the best is still to come.
Now, whenever this networking and security expert discusses VMware NSX—always with unrestrained enthusiasm—he is quick to declare how that same mindset produces significant benefits for organizations and individuals alike. As one of many examples, Mustafa points to a major transit agency on the West Coast and one of its solution architects.
“He’s a guy who basically took one step at a time to implement a use case and along the way he became an expert in NSX. So, he not only learned it from a career perspective but he also showed results.” said Mustafa.
“He opened himself up to so many more opportunities by learning NSX,” Mustafa said, adding that the transit agency was “extremely happy with the value and agility NSX gave them.”