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Sad and Excited….

January 21st, 2012 10 comments

A hot summer afternoon about 10 years ago is when I first met a few folks at CDS (Computer Data Source), in a small conference room, the guys wanted to make a difference, do something great to expand the business, they were so passionate about what they did for living. In my mind I was thinking what would it take me to get a job here……. Fast forward a few days and I found myself working there.

 

Started there as a Network/System/Infrastructure Engineer, managing IT for them. Business was expanding, so we all wore multiple hats to make things happen in the organization. Business was growing in the US and the UK, new individuals were coming in with different backgrounds, we shifted our focus on Storage services, Systems support and ramping up on Sales/Marketing efforts. More innovation started happening around the core support services model.

 

Fast forward a few years, I found myself in midst of running all Storage Ops for our customers, still managing IT, supporting the pre-sales efforts, the responsibilities were growing and so were the teams. One of the successes we had was not only expanding the business in US but focus largely on North America and EMEA. Building diversity in the organization was very important, as the business expanded we focused on expanding the international ops, more diversity brought better risk management and resiliency in the business.

 

Then out of the blue, we had some opportunities that came up in the APAC market place, after several international trips and long nights of work, now our Asia Pacific operations were all on the way of expansion. I am glad I was part of our APAC ops from day one to the last day.

 

About 3 to 4 years ago, I started StorageNerve blog primarily focused on Storage Technologies. As much as it was a knowledge sharing platform for me, I learned so much more from other bloggers and  engineering folks that I met through the blogging effort. Attending Tech Field days, Geek Days, Blogger Days, Analyst Days, new product launches and private NDA sessions, the reach and networking with individuals in the industry really started expanding.

 

Last couple of years, I primarily spent a lot of my time with our top customers, learning about their business issues, needs and working up solutions strategies for them. At the tail end of these amazing 10 years, I was managing internal IT, Innovation, Services R&D, Storage Pre-sales and APAC Ops within the organization. Started as an engineer, moved to become a manager, Director of Storage Ops and eventually the CTO in the organization.

 

I am very sad to leave and the decision making process was very hard. But this amazing group of people, I guess i can never forget my 10 years here.

 

Well everything good comes to an end someday……

 

………. Fast forward to today, i will now be working with some amazing customers, some 96 of them out of the Fortune 100. Some amazing technologies from EMC, NetApp, Brocade, Cisco, VMware, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, HP and many others in customer DC’s.

 

Discussions started a while ago, decision making took a while, but the set of interviews and technology experts I met during this process got me sold on why I should make the change, the learning I will get to see here, cutting edge technology, independent viewpoint and exposure to some great customers.

 

This new position with Accenture as a Senior Manager, Datacenter Technologies – Storage, would help expand my skills and reach well beyond the Storage market place to some really kool technologies surrounding Storage. This DataCenter practice is part of a much larger IT Strategy Infrastructure and Security group. I am so much looking forward to finishing up the required training and hit the ground running.

 

Business Strategy, Solutions, Architecture, Evangelist, International business, Organic growth, Operations, Innovation and Technology have always been my strength, I really hope I get a chance to wet my feet here.

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As it stands today, I should be able to continue blogging, be independent and keep an unbiased viewpoint about datacenter technologies, though time will say….. :-)

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GestaltIT Tech Field Day 2010: Secure Multi Tenancy – Presentation

April 14th, 2010 1 comment

Another debated presentation by Cisco Engineer Chris Naddeo. Though the title of the presentation is quite Secure, the proposed model in the presentation seems to be very insecured. Please listen to the attached video, quite interesting.

Cisco – NetApp Secure Multi Tenancy from storagenerve on Vimeo.

GestaltIT Tech Field Day 2010: VBlocks Presentation

April 13th, 2010 No comments

This was surely the most debated discussion – presentation at the GestaltIT Tech Field Day 2010 in Boston, MA. Both the rock stars from the VCE team (Scott Lowe and Ed Saipetch) did the presentation and did an amazing job presenting on this topic.

Though I see a lot of value with the whole concept of VBlocks (VCE) towards the journey to the private cloud and means to compete with the Oracle’s, Dell’s, IBM’s and HP’s of the world, many in the crowd did not buy into this and thought was more of a marketing package without the necessary meat in it….

I am composing a post on VCE – Vblocks for release later this week, where will highlight many pros and cons of this technology based on what we heard and where we see the Vblocks architecture going.

Asked this same question to both Cisco and EMC during the UCS and VBlocks presentation as to how many customers are running UCS and VBlocks in production environments today, unfortunately got no answers. Three large customers I know of today, are practically using it in pre-production / test / development environments.

Here is the reaction from twitterville during and after this presentation.

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Vblock Presentation at Tech Field Day from storagenerve on Vimeo.

GestaltIT Tech Field Day 2010: EMC – Vmware Vision

April 12th, 2010 No comments

The presentation on EMC – Vmware Vision was done by EMC – Chad Sakac, VP Vmware Alliance at EMC. Here Chad covers the issues around Storage efficiency, management, capacity and performance.

There was a 20 min piece where the cameras were turned off since the information is on embargo. Stay tuned related to that information later in the year. There is also some information that Chad discusses related to some new technology announcements from EMC and Vmware in the near future, product demostration, etc.

There were 15 delegates in the room from GestaltIT and around 12 to 15 from EMC including Barry Burke, Steve Todd, Chad Sakac, Rob Callary, Nick Weaver, Ed Saipetch, Gina Minks, Stu Miniman and many more.

EMC VCE Vision, Chad Sakac from storagenerve on Vimeo.