Mark Achtemichuk currently works as a Staff Engineer within VMware’s R&D Operations and Central Services Performance team, focusing on education, benchmarking, collateral, and performance architectures. He has also held various performance focused field, specialist, and technical marketing positions within VMware over the last 6 years. Mark is recognized as an industry expert and holds a VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX#50) certification, one of less than 250 worldwide. He has worked on engagements with Fortune 500 companies, served as technical editor for many books and publications, and is a sought-after speaker at numerous industry events. Mark is a blogger and has been recognized as a VMware vExpert from 2013 to 2016. He is active on Twitter at @vmMarkA where he shares his knowledge of performance with the virtualization community. His experience and expertise from infrastructure to application virtualization helps customers ensure that performance is no longer a barrier, perceived or real, to virtualizing and operating an organization's software-defined assets.
Julie Brodeur is a Senior Technical Writer in the Performance Engineering team at VMware, where she supports the writing activities of a broad organization. She focuses on technical white papers, knowledgebase articles, and blogs about the performance of the vSphere suite of products and related virtualization topics.
The authors thank the product managers and performance engineers who contributed to and reviewed this paper.