World's Youngest VMware Certified Associate?

As VMware (VMW) extends beyond virtualization to the software defined data center (SDDC), a new generation of certified IT professionals is emerging. Some are still in high school.

The VAR Guy

November 11, 2013

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World's Youngest VMware Certified Associate?

Who will build tomorrow’s private and public clouds? Perhaps Fredrik Mohn will rank among the architects. Indeed, Mohn recently passed the VMware Certified Associate (VCA) exam. The twist? He’s only 16 years old, according to a VMware (VMW) blog entry.

Mohn isn’t the only VMware expert in his house. His father, Christian Mohn, has a VMware lab at home and is a VMUG (VMware User Group) member in Norway. Fredrik Mohn’s father also works for an IT consulting firm.

As The VAR Guy’s hear turns gray (or falls out completely), he’s frequently reminded that next-generation IT consultants and cloud experts are moving into the market all the time.

Among the High School hot shots worth watching: Michael Weymouth, CEO of TechWizard, a technology consulting firm on Long Island. Weymouth delivered a keynote at CompTIA ChannelCon (formerly Breakaway) in August 2012. At the time, he was only 14 years old.

Now along comes Fredrik Mohn, empowered with VMware expertise. The VAR Guy wonders: Will Fredrik Mohn, Michael Weymouth and other young guns leapfrog traditional resellers who cling firmly to traditional server sales? The world is going cloud — public, private or hybrid. Which consultants will help to empower small businesses with the transition?

In some cases, the answer is walking down a high school hallway right now…

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