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vExpert 2010

June 14th, 2010 3 comments

Relaxing on a Friday evening after a long week, got an email from John Troyer and the VMware team about the vExpert 2010 award and program invitation. I am humbled and very honored to participate in it. Hope along with many storage topics that I cover on this blog and GestaltIT, this will give me another reason to keep on writing more about related virtualization topics.

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This is the first time I have received the vExpert award. Hope this gives me a chance to work with fellow vExperts through out the world, many of which are friends, colleagues and delegates from various events. These folks are truly industry experts and leaders in the virtualization space.

The success we saw with vExpert 2009 program and the emerging details of the 2010 program, there are great advantages to be able to participate in this. This program will enable us to get a sneak peek into the futures, conference session materials, test lab licenses, beta programs, etc at VMware.

Here is the VMware vExpert page.

Twitter users can follow the list of vExperts here by @maishsk

A comprehensive list of vExperts 2010 by Arnim van Lieshout on his Van-Lieshout Blog

To my fellow vExperts, big congratulations and I am really honored to be part of this community. Big thanks to John Troyer, VMware Team and VMware Community in allowing me to participate as a vExpert.

The fun begins now…… looking forward to an exciting year ahead.

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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EMC World 2010: More Videos

May 19th, 2010 No comments

It was good to meet up with some friends at EMC World 2010, some new, some old, some that we talk to everyday on twitter, while some that we know but have never met.

Yea, EMC World totally turns out to be one of those places. Can’t even start counting how many people I ended up meeting, either at the conference, at sessions, at bloggers lounge, at EMC Party and at #storagebeers.

By the way, #storagebeers (US Version) was just awesome. The copyright of #storagebeers goes to Storagebod and this one was hosted by Bas Raayman.

Over 6 hours, more than 30 people showed up for #storagebeers, there was so much drinking….It started as #storagebeers, but ended as #storageyagers. Special thanks to @emcmonk. Great to have some from the vSpecialist Team (@daverdfw, @lynxbat, @edsai) join in for #storagebeers. There were so many more that joined….Gina Minks, Christina Weil, Chris (@StorageNinja), @Stu, Brian Rosenthal, @Texiwill, @wedittman, @nerdblurt, @storageanarchy, @johntroyer, @dailykat and so many more……honestly, cant recall names…

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Here are some more videos from the show, some attendees sharing their EMC World 2010 experiences and some announcements.

Video 1 featuring

Luigi: @nerdblurt http://www.nerdblurt.com

Christopher Kusek: @cxi http://www.pkguild.com

Matt Davis: @techmute http://www.techmute.com

Talking about their EMC World 2010 experiences and VPlex, Clariion Flash Cache and FCoE.

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Bloggers – Luigi, Matt, Christopher from storagenerve on Vimeo.

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Video 2 featuring: Ray Lucchesi: @raylucchesi http://www.silvertonconsulting.com/blog

Talking about EMC World 2010, Bloggers Lounge and VPlex

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Ray Lucchesi from storagenerve on Vimeo.

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Video 3 featuring: Mark Twomey, @storagezilla http://storagezilla.typepad.com

Talking about EMC World 2010, Social Media, VPlex

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Storagezilla from storagenerve on Vimeo.

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More videos coming soon…..

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Cheers
StorageNerve

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EMC World 2010: Len Devanna sharing social media experiences

May 18th, 2010 4 comments

So I met Len Devanna last year at EMC World in Orlando, FL. Len is the Director of Social Strategy at EMC.

Going to EMC World for the first time and being a new blogger in the storage industry I was kinda clueless as to what to expect at the show and what the Bloggers Lounge would look like. But beyond my expectations, Len and his team got the Bloggers and social media experts in one place and it was the Lounge. It was kool, it was hip, it was on the center of the floor and it turned out to be the hang out place for many in social media….

This year, it was a notch above, with a much larger lounge, more sitting space, expresso bar, live broadcasting on Silicon Angle and countless other things…

Here is a video of Len sharing his experiences at EMC World 2010 about the Bloggers Lounge, Social Media at EMC, Some advice for new Bloggers and Tweeps and Upcoming EMC World 2011.

Len Devanna at EMC World from storagenerve on Vimeo.

You can catch Len’s Blog here

You can follow Len on Twitter here