It’s been too long since my last post. I’m glad to say I have something exciting to report.
Next Tuesday I start a new role with Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) as Principal Consultant EMEA for VMware Solutions. This is a wide-ranging role that centres around HDS’ strategic decision to focus (even more) on VMware Solutions as a core growth strategy for this and subsequent years.
The role involves not only engaging with HDS markets across the region to help them grow HDS VMware solutions business, but also internal evangelism and education of the end user community of existing and new VMware solutions. It’s a great opportunity to stay very technical but also help grow HDS’ Vmware business, leveraging some of their great product engineering such as VSP, HNAS and the Hitachi Unified Computing Platform (UCP). UCP integration with vCenter is awesome and has surprised even me. It’s going to be a major growth area for us this year and has some unique features such as logical partitioning that other vendors can’t match.
While this role focuses on VMware and it’s growing portfolio, over time I’m sure this will expand to all things Openstack, Hyper-V, RH and other Virtualisation and Cloud Solutions.
I hope to be able to help those within the VMware and wider community if I can. Just ping me a note and I’ll try to help.
I’ve been working as a freelance consultant over the last year. It has been amazingly challenging due to the financial climate in Ireland which has been in one word, horrendous. However it’s also been the most productive and effective of my career.
Last year I passed VCAP-DCA, VCAP-DCD, started a blog and my own website and this year I have been awarded vExpert. But it’s the new friends gained through the community that mean the most. Thankfully that remains regardless of role.
I always endeavour to remain neutral or at least make sure never to engage in FUD or any such nonsense. That stays the same. For me the community is paramount and something whose integrity I will ensure I never compromise regardless of employer.
Finally in a world of hyper-convergence, convergence, low-end, high-end, scale-up, scale-out, web-scale etc etc I feel there is a place for all platforms in different use cases. That’s what makes this exciting, working with customers in the most demanding environments across the continents.
Regular updates coming soon.