Over summer 2016, I interned at VMware as an
The current process for customers to start using VMware's cloud platform is quite convoluted.
Customers first have to contact a sales representative, then the sales representative will
ask for more information about the customer's environment, then the customer will provide that
information, then the sales team will analyze the environment to create recommendations, and so on.
This back-and-forth conversation showed a lot of
IT administrators also spend a lot of time conducting research on what cloud provider would work best for their environment. There was no single platform that did accurate cost comparisons across multiple cloud providers.
To solve these problems, I designed a web application that lets customers connect to their current
environment to view accurate cost calculations for multiple cloud providers. It runs a script inside
on-premises environments and does cost calculations for VMware vCloud Air, AWS, Google Cloud Platform,
Microsoft Azure, and Rackspace.
In addition to cost, it measures compatibility for certain types of environment configurations. If customers wish to choose VMware's cloud, they have the option to immediately contact a VMware sales representative attached with a report about their environment for analysis. This way, the conversation is sped up and can transition directly into developing a cloud migration plan.
1. I began my project by
2. Then, I started gathering key insights from these interviews and created an
3. Using Balsamiq, I created
4. During the last month of my internship, I built a
Unfortunately I cannot show any of my designs or prototypes, but I would be happy to talk more about my awesome internship experience at VMware!
1. Show early and show often!
2. There are many facets to the design process.