I'm actually really excited about this. I've spent a lot of hours building this tool and (about a YEAR AND HALF LATER!) I'm finally able to share it.
This project started off about 1.5 to 2 years ago after talking to Justin Guidroz (@jguidroz) who was a rockstar VCE architect at the time (now over at VMware). Everytime someone had to give their customer a visio diagram of their purchased Vblock, it was a mess. There was no standardization, and the time it took to make a visio could easily consume an entire week consisting of reading platform engineering diagrams, waiting for email responses, and finding all the right stencils. After about 3 weeks of building and testing different layered PDFs, I had Justin do the QA work and we had version 1.0. It was great because many internal employees got major use out of it.
In February of this year, VCE had a VCE Mega Launch Technical Details for 2/21 Product Announcements. This meant that all the work in the 1.0 version had to be updated. There was no longer a "standard configuration". There was more flexibility in the design and I had to re-work the tool to make it fit. I completely re-vamped the tool, made version 2.0, and blasted it out company wide. At this point, there were about 1,000 new employees that came onboard between the release of the 1.0 and 2.0 versions. It only took about 45 minutes until I got emails and phone calls from Legal and Marketing. Since both of these parties had no idea of the existence of these tools, I had meetings upon meetings. They needed to understand what the point of this tool was, and why it never had any approvals. Fast forward 2 months, and I had all the approvals I needed to allow access. But now I needed to go through the web teams to get it posted, and as of yesterday, that day arrived!
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