Interview Series: Rutger Vossebeld

Meet our next participant in the Cloudfix Interview Series! Enjoy the read, feedback is always welcome!!


Full Name: Rutger Vossebeld
Company: Sioux-CCM
Twitter: @rutgervossebeld




Who is Rutger Vossebeld?

I have started my IT career in 1995 configuring and building Novell 2.x, 3.x and 4.x networks, for a company in Boxtel with customers in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. After 2 years I decided to switch jobs and started at Sioux-CCM in Nuenen with a project to migrate the Novel 3.12 servers to a Windows NT4 environment.

Between 1997 and 2015 I have implemented several Microsoft server applications, VMware, Citrix, Juniper and Checkpoint solutions in our network infrastructure. In addition to server side applications I manage a PDM application Team center that maintains CAD data for the Siemens NX application which is used in at Sioux-CCM.

Can you tell us something about your employer/company?

CCM is a company founded in 1969 by Professor Alexandre Horowitz, and specialized in developing high tech mechatronic products and production systems for our customers. We are facilitated to complete an entire project, including design, realization and integration. This is done with about 100 employees in a village called Nuenen nearby Eindhoven.

CCM is since 2014 part of the Sioux Group.

Can you describe your IT infrastructure in short?

We use HP Proliant DL380 servers for our VMware virtualization platform, connected to a HP 3PAR 7200 FC SAN. In 2015 we have started a project to virtualize our CAD workstations into a CAD-VDI environment to collaborate with customers and other development companies. Instead of using VMware Horizon we decided to choose the Citrix solution that already could take advantage of the nVidia K2 grid vGPU benefits which at the time were not possible with VMware. The core and edge switching are EX devices from Juniper. At the moment we are implementing a new Aerohive Wifi network based on the AC standard.

The client hardware is a mixed workstation and laptop environment. 60% of the workstations are high end CAD workstations. Al systems are configured with SSD’s to get the most out of these systems.

What is the main purpose for this IT platform?

Creating a high available platform, with information systems and tooling available for Sioux-CCM employees, partners and developers within the case of common projects.

What was the main requirement on which you designed this environment and how did you comply to it?

In 2009 we have redesigned the complete IT network infrastructure and introduced better and more secure network segmentation and build virtualization platform based on VMware. The main requirements were availability, manageability and scalability.

In the last 7 years we did not make significant changes to the network infrastructure instead of introducing client virtualization based on Citrix technology and SAN backup.

If you had the chance to design and build this environment all over again, would you change anything? If so, what would you do differently?

Our network infrastructure still meets our demands. The only aspect needing attention is bandwidth usage on the backend of the network. The (client) virtualization and backup demands more bandwidth than currently available.

Within Veeam we are using the SAN back-up over Fiber Channel instead of the traditional network infrastructure. That helps a bit…

What are new developments or solutions which caught your eye and why?

Availability, manageability, scalability and security have been keywords the last 8 years.

Cloud computing promises to be the solution for these keywords. So in an increasingly more demanding IT environment this is probably the way to go…

What are your thoughts on applying these on your own environment?

Security is the keyword for cloud computing. Cloud providers promise a safe environment. I think you should check carefully law and regulation and customer demands!

How do you see IT change in the next 5 years?

In the coming years more companies are going to use one of more cloud applications or solutions. In our case I think that we are going to create a hybrid solution with one or more cloud solution providers.

Some services will only be available in the cloud. Take for example Adobe with the Adobe Creative Cloud!

How do you think this will translate to your current working environment?

Using cloud solutions makes the job less technical and more focused on tailoring the information systems/environment to the end user. This could be a business opportunity!

Do you leverage knowledge from IT communities or events in your daily work? If so, what are sources you use often?

I use blogger sites, twitter and other internet sources to gain knowledge and ideas. Events are more a networking opportunity than knowledge source!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!!

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My main focus is infrastructure (Storage, Networking and Computing), but I'm also very interested in designing and implementing VDI and Server Based Computing-environments.
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