Back in May 2013, I composed my most recent post… something about career clarity, how I love being a generalist, and how I love being back… back from whence I came.
I cannot believe it has been about 2.5 years since my last post. Seriously. What the heck happened?
With all honesty…
1) I have been devoured by work, family, and spinning plates. Expanding family, architect role, company exploding with growth (and all the growing pains that come with it). I have not been too sure about where to find the time to write with consistency and quality.
2) Migration from virtualization. My focus for many years was around virtualization and VMware, specifically. Wherever those areas intersected technology was fair game. Occasionally, I would dabble in other areas. But, only areas in which I felt some level of command over the information versus just being a dude with an opinion. With my role in the company, I just could not apply the same level of focus to Virtualization as before. I tried to keep up, but it just was not in the cards.
3) What is my purpose on the Internets? Again… with a focus on virtualization and other areas as exposed, it made sense. But, as I have evolved in my career, I began to question it.
So… I am back… Virtual Bill is back. What does that mean? Well… I’d like you to follow along the journey with me. There may be content about virtualization (ah… my home away from home), infrastructure (storage, network, WAN, whatever), security, cloud, project management, engineering, architecture, processes/walkthroughs, dealing with the business, or anything else that tickles my fancy. Plus, I like to help.
I realize I may have disappeared from some of the communities out there (TechFieldDay/GestaltIT, VMUG, etc…) and I apologize for that. I hope to re-enter some areas, enter new areas, or even create new areas if it makes sense.
At the end of the day, I am still a generalist… I just have different perspectives than 2.5 years ago.
So… if you’re reading this… thanks for following me, reading the 0’s and 1’s of my thoughts, and coming along with me.
Alright. I realize that it has been upwards of 1 week since I last posted. A couple of really cool things have popped up that have demanded some attention in addition to the usual work-y related stuff.
The corporate environment I work in has a desperate need for some mass storage… especially in the VM environment. We had tried using some fairly low-level storage devices (names of which I will not bring up on this post) for about 1 year. But, the fact of the matter is that they could not keep up with the demand we needed from them. Plus, their feature set was massively lacking. So, making future investments in these products did not really make sense.
So, now that we had the admission that the previous direction was not preferred, we were able to go down the road and look for more Enterprise SAN vendors. Enter EMC. Of the vendors we spoke with, EMC provided the best options for us (feature set, capacity, and integrations with our vSphere environment). The check was signed and submitted, and about 3 weeks later, I was at our datacenter unpacking the SAN!
This is my first experience with a true enterprise storage solution… and man, how crazy is this!? I love this device, but the learning curve is fairly high. The most frustrating part to contend with is organization of the data. Now, we have a device that is so smart that we need to smarten up how we organize our data!
Get this… I am going to be a guest lecturer at my alma mater! In about 1.5 weeks, I will be presenting a primer/intro on virtualization! With virtualization becoming as massive and important as it has been, I felt that the students needed some sneek-peak into the real world. So, I reached out to the department chair of the University and asked if I could come and talk. Sure enough, he said ‘Yes’. So, now I am spending my quality time trying to come up with the presentation, content, and examples to show to the attendees. I am super excited about it… and super nervous. Talk about butterflies!
So, that is what I have been up to. I am hoping to have a posting on enterprise storage, Celerra plugin to vSphere Client, or something else nice, juicy, and ripe for the eating/reading.