I work for Hitachi Data Systems as a Subject Matter Expert in VMware Solutions as well as other virtualisation solutions. My role is to help HDS be successful in growing our services capability within this solution space via education, evangelism and by engaging on early stage deployments with customers.
All opinions expressed on this site are my personal opinion. They do not represent the view of Hitachi Data Systems nor have they been censored or sanctioned by my employer. While I am always happy to help if I can, I suggest customers engage directly with their local HDS account team.
Blogger and Community Contributor
I started blogging on this site in mid-2013 and have also been writing for www.virtualizationsoftware.com as a Virtualization Expert Contributing Author, alongside Scott Lowe and David Davis.
I was recently invited to be one of 11 delegates to attend Stephen Foskett’s Virtualization Field Day 3 in Silicon Valley. This was a live-streamed set of vendor presentations in conjunction with other independent bloggers. It provides a chance to get up close and personal with some of the leading tech companies in the Valley. Check out some of the video and some of my questions here: http://techfieldday.com/event/vfd3/
I have also been invited to participate in 1CloudRoad which is a syndicated expert blog content network. You might have noticed the widget on my home page.
Where possible, I am trying to give back to the VMware Community as my way of paying back the help I have received from others during my study for VMware and Cisco Certifications.
Career to Date
I have been working in large scale enterprise environments for most of my career having started in the 90’s when Sun Microsystems was getting a real foothold in the datacentre. That’s when I started working with enterprise storage.
My first SAN install was 2001 – EMC Clariion FC4700. A ground breaking box at the time. I then moved to EMC Symmetrix 8430 and onwards to DMX. That was also when I started working with all things Veritas. Since then I’ve been working with many other vendors storage both designing and implementing – Netapp. HP (EVA, MSA, 3PAR), HDS (AMS, VSP), EMC (CX/VNX/VMAX).
Since ESX3.X, VMware has been my main focus, as well as storage, particularly in a VMware setting.
I recently achieved VCAP5-DCD and am working on my VCDX application and hope to defend my submitted design in July 2014.
Achieving VCDX is a big challenge which is why there are about 120 in the world. For me it is a challenge to take your skills to the highest level and be the best that you can be.
Backup and Disaster Recovery
I’ve been working with Backup Technology for a long time. Since 2001 with Enterprise Veritas Netbackup environments. Starting with large scale Enterprise environments with hundreds/thousands of servers. Since then I’ve designed large scale backup solutions and have become a Commvault Accredited Engineer in 2013. I am a strong advocate of backup-to-disk wherever possible.