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2010 – Blog Update and the future

January 13th, 2011 2 comments

Thank you all for reading and subscribing to the StorageNerve Blog.

I really appreciate all your comments, offline emails, twitter discussions and twitter DM’s, it was honestly a great year to meet and get into discussions with so many of the storage, virtualization and IT experts around the world.

Work related travel aside, attending some of the conferences and vendor focused blogging events kept the year quite busy. Some of the events attended during 2010 include GestaltIT Tech Field Day, couple of HP Storage Days, HP Server/ Blades Day, HDS Geek Day, HDS uValue Convention – Japan, HDS VSP Launch, EMC World and Dell OEM Day, it was quite challenging keeping a balance with work, family and the blogging events.

The numbers of blog posts in 2010 were far more infrequent than the past years. During the year, a total of 47 posts got pushed out, but a lot more frequently during the first half of the year than the later half.

Though the number of posts in 2010 were less than 2009, the site traffic was up by more than 60% in 2010.

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Most hits were on the Index (Home Page), but here are the blog posts with the most hits (Top to Bottom)

Most of these posts are from 2009, but posts with technical information receive more hits than others.

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There were certain Deepdive pages (sections) of the blog that have ranked quite high on the list (not considered as blog posts)

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Top Browsers

  • Internet Explorer with more than 50% of all the hits
  • Firefox
  • Chrome

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Top Operating Systems

  • Windows with more than 80% of all the hits
  • Macintosh
  • Linux
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  • Android (In-between are iPad, SunOS, iPhone, FreeBSD, Blackberry)

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Top Countries

  • US
  • India
  • UK
  • Germany
  • Australia

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The Top Sources

  • Obviously GOOGLE.com
  • Yahoo.com
  • Bing.com
  • Twitter.com
  • Facebook.com

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The Top Sources (ISP/ Corporate Networks)

  • EMC Corporation (& Data General Corp & Information Management Group)
  • Comcast
  • Roadrunner
  • HP
  • Hitachi Data Systems

*All stats obtained from Google Analytics

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Some StorageNerve Blog Features

  • WordPress Platform
  • 24 different functional Plugins automating and providing rich integration to other apps
  • Customized Search Engine (easy to use and robust results)
  • Customized WordPress iNove theme
  • Blog Translation in 68 languages
  • Odiogo Blog integration for iTunes
  • Guaranteed working Links (no broken links)
  • YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr integration for Videos and Pictures
  • Tweet and Retweet from a blog post
  • Facebook Like Button
  • About (me), LinkedIn profile and Facebook Page links
  • IPhone, Blackberry, iPad Browser friendly blog
  • Other related post links to the post you are reading
  • Deepdive Section
  • Disqus Commenting System
  • Trackbacks
  • Easy Navigation, 3 Clicks to any Blog post
  • Easy Subscription links
  • And much more…

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Looking forward to continuing blogging in 2011.

Though there are a few things I need to do which are (work in progress or already in place)

  • Faster Site Reloads
  • Better Search Capabilities
  • Simplified look
  • Keeping navigation clean
  • Engaging in Comments
  • No Google Adwords or other Ads
  • Rich integration with Facebook (through plug-ins)
  • Richer Twitter integration (through plug-ins)
  • Being more regular with blog posts
  • Continuing the Technical Deepdive section
  • And hoping to keep the quality of the posts high

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Again thank you for subscribing to the StorageNerve RSS feeds and visiting the blog regularly. I really appreciate all the support, help and assistance you all have provided me in continuing this blog.

Cheers
Devang

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First Post of 2011

January 12th, 2011 No comments

Its been a long time…..atleast 3 months since my last blog post.

From taking over a new role at work to spending some quality time with the family and the new baby has been keeping me occupied. But excuses aside, it is time to blog now.

To all of you, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Hope 2011 brings new joys, happiness and prosperity in your life.

Cheers
Devang

Having lots of fun….

June 17th, 2010 3 comments

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My sudden disappearance and appearance in twitterosphere and blogosphere has got people in social media to ask me as to what am I up to these days. My honest answer to them is “I am having lots of fun…”

About a couple of months ago, I was offered a new role in the current organization I work for. For the past 5 years or so, I was solely focused on Storage platforms. To our customers we offer infrastructure services, managed services, professional services, outsourcing and asset management. For these years growing the storage, systems, networking and virtualization portfolios was the key to our success.

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These days it’s about working with the whole stack of products. As much as we talk about convergence within datacenter products, services convergence is at the heart of it. Typical organizations are structured to support products based on silos, with the changing landscape, it’s important to start thinking about services in similar ways.

As part of business transformation a need for a new thinking is required. In just a short duration of time, along with a group of very talented individuals we formed a small team that attacks these issues through out the business, we call it the TigerTeam and by the way, we are recruiting for it. From creating cross platform training to cross platform support to selling a whole stack of services associated with convergence is the focus.

Along with the business transformation on the customer side (external), comes a lot of internal transformation related to how we do business, growth plans, focus, internal strategies, social media, marketing, etc. A total revamp of internal IT resources that would drive more efficiency through out the organization is required. Right from using cloud based services for IT infrastructure to using CRM solutions that are cloud based has helped us to be more efficient.

Revamping as to how we do logistics to how we manage customer service to identifying new potential growth markets are some very key focus points of our future strategy and growth plans. At the heart of this sits R&D efforts, training and knowledge sharing.

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One thing that has come to realization is, SUCCESS AS A WHOLE IS IMPORTANT, not just small teams individually achieving success in an organization. Solo and Silo successes create an inequality with total business growth. Success ‘WE’ is important than success ‘I’.

Just in this short duration, we have managed to kickoff some 10’s of new projects that will help us be more aggressive with achieving our business goals. With some very unique approaches, we are trying to change the way we think and we do business.

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But it’s has been great fun and I am loving every moment of it. It may mean I might be a bit irregular with new blog posts, but at the center of this, the experience we are getting is phenomenal, the team we are building is incredible and the new thinking we are bringing will help us go far ways.

Want to make a difference…. And want to be part of this dynamic team, feel free to shoot me an email at devang at storagenerve dot com.

Cheers
@storagenerve

High School days are back (How Facebook changed it all)

May 25th, 2010 2 comments

Facebook

Facebook

At least has been 15 years since high school, but it really feels like yesterday. Friends from various grade levels, college, professional contacts and social networks all connected on Facebook….

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Yes, Facebook….

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It was my birthday yesterday and I was expecting this day to start as a pretty regular weekday. Expected a few people to call me during the day and wish me Happy Birthday and talk to me for a few to see how everything was going.

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There are a few callers that call once a year on days like the birthdays and anniversaries, some people send out emails while some sent out text messages. Which is what I was really expecting. Few friends that I have been in touch over the past year and may be some close family members would call or email to wish.

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I have been on Facebook for a few years now, may be 2 or 3. But never used it, until last August, September 2009. Blogging was my first attempt in social media, Twitter followed it and I call myself a pretty late adaptor of Facebook.

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As I was getting ready to hit the bed late night, started seeing these wall notification and direct messages come to my inbox on Gmail, people wishing me Happy Birthday. Thinking how people knew, I realized there was something on Facebook that reminded people it was my birthday.

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As I woke up in the morning, saw the inbox filled with hundreds of these messages, again some on the wall, some direct messages, some twitter DM’s, people wishing me Happy Birthday. Some folks even timed it at 12 midnight EST.

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I went to high school in Surat, India. A ton of friends still live there and a ton here in the States or Europe. As early AM hit India, people started checking Facebook for updates and saw the birthday reminders, I guess. People I haven’t spoken in years and I haven’t received emails in years, decided to wish me on my birthday.

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School life was great, very very cool, tons of fun, lots of friends and it was just a hip school…and honestly hard to forget those innocent fun days. Then as life progressed got Bachelors and Masters and made tons of friends there.

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By the time the day ended, I had more than 200 emails in my inbox with comments and messages and wall posts. People from all over, friends, family and business contacts wishing me on my birthday.

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One of the friends I am connected to on Facebook is from Kindergarten, which has to be like 30 years ago or a little less.

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It’s changed everything…..

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Click, Click and you create a profile on Facebook. Click Click and you can upload a profile picture, Click Click and you can write some information about you, Click Click and you can import your Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo and Skype contacts into Facebook, Click Click and you can upload pictures movies and share them too. Click Click and you set the privacy settings for your profile.

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Based on your existing connections, Facebook will now recommend you more connections, people that you may know because they share same friends of yours or are at a second degree of separation. One contact opens possibilities to connect to 50 other people…

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Click, Click and people can send you messages, either private or public. Click, Click and you can send birthday cards, gifts. Click Click and you can write comments to someone or join a group or become a FAN.

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Click Click and you can create a business page, Click Click and you can track your users based on the activities and areas of interest they have, Click Click and now you can see updates on your Fan’s profile.

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I guess I had my cell phone information published in my profile. It was just not about wall posts and messages, as the day progressed, saw people calling me on my cell phone to wish me. Again some of these people, I may have not spoken in past 5 to 10 to 15 years….very surprising.

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All and all, it was just surprise after surprise. Heard from friends from middle school, high schools, college, professional contacts, twitter and blogging friends, …. And honestly after high school, I don’t remember having such a blast and receiving birthday wishes from so many friends and family, it was an exciting day.

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Oh….add Skype reminders…..and then Twitter updates to the list.

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I guess staying connected is good?

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Some updates both wall and messages came in as early at 5 AM (People waking up early to go to work) and before going to work, people check Facebook updates. This may be before checking their personal and work email. Click Click and you are there.

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And honestly, I am not a Facebook junkie, though I make a point to check Facebook updates once a day to see what’s going on…and make a point to write something stupid that only makes sense to me. Click Click and I am done….

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Now devices like Blackberry, iPhone, iPad all have Facebook apps on it, which allows users to stay connected to Facebook using these devices. Click Click and you are on Facebook either browsing or updating it.

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A while back, we used egroups, which later became yahoogroups. This was a means to stay in touch with school friends, college friends and family (groups). All that became history as Facebook got more popular and got more users. Being moderator of 3 yahoogroups today, I absolutely do not see any activity on these once so busy groups. Rather people have been creating group pages on Facebook and it’s easy. Click Click and you can accomplish the task.

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Its amazing to see when social networks like Facebook come and change what, how, when we interact with friends and family, improve the communication gap. With our busy lives, its still so much important to stay in touch with friends and family. Click Click and all information is here, pictures, updates, new kids born, reunions, party’s, all information…on your finger tips….

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Are you ready for Facebook

Click, Click and become a member of this large growing community of more than 500 million users today.

After high school this is probably the year where I believe I have been so connected to people both professionally and socially.

Yea…and I truly think, it’s because of Facebook….

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