vExpert 2015 Honour

I am duly honoured to have become a vExpert for 2015. My first time round too. Back when the program was first launched I worked at VMware, and employees weren’t eligible to become one. I figured that meant my chances would be slim to none of getting the nod in the future. However, I was really surprised  last week to learn that I was to receive the honour this year! There are truly many more people that contribute to the virtualizsation community than I, and I am energised by the award, and hope to get involved even more this year. To all those that received a nod for this year, congrats ! It’s a very nice feeling to be amongst such an esteemed fellowship. I am inspired and thankful to the community who almost daily produce great articles that assist me, educate me or provoke thoughtful discussion. But in reality I just like reading the comments and vendor declarations trying to spin an article to suit their flashy widget of the day. Anyways, I hope to further contribute something decent this year, instead of my usual tripe :) Beers, Jeff

vBrownBag 2014 vForum Sydney Tech Talks

Last week I participated in the vBrownBag Tech Talks initiative that Craig Waters organised. The idea was a 10 minute talk on any topic you like. I chose to talk about “Copy Data” which is near and dear to my daily life. I have watched a number of these as they are pretty easy to consume which is good. The format makes it quick enough to create some content, and best of all consume for the viewer ! The ones I’ve watched so far and highly recommend are: 1. Dave Lloyd – Software Defined Storage 2. Boris Jirgens – All Flash Storage 3. John Martin – It’s time to ditch the LUN 4. Josh Odgers – SCSI protocol emulation on NFS 5. Michael Webster – Enterprise Apps Judging by the content and easy consumption model, I hope to get through watching some more over the coming days. My session can be found here – The Copy Data Conundrum Huge thanks go to Craig for the organisation and dedication to get this done. Well done mate.

The Great APAC Storage Debate(s)

So as most things go, twitter provoked a conversation around storage (among other things) and various topics, and a few of us decided to pursue a fun and humours debate style recordings for the community. There will be some element of educational material, but expect plenty of tongue in cheek comments. We intend to focus on a few generic ideas, and present those ideas over 5 minutes per person in 3 person teams. The first of these debates starts this Thursday on the topic of “Host based caching is going to kill the market for all flash arrays before it really starts”. This is not particularly my area of focus or expertise, but I do have a view on it. And even though a bunch of us work for vendors, these are not vendor aligned sessions, and by all means not meant to be sales led. This is more so just a bunch of people in the industry getting together to discuss some stuff. I would almost relate it to the same conversations we have at the pub after a drink or two when we try to solve the worlds problems from an IT perspective. The teams for this week are: Arguing in favour are: Ben Di Qual Justin Warren Jeff O’Connor Arguing against are: John Martin David Lloyd Craig Waters Huge thanks to all the guys involved for kicking off something a bit different for the community. And importantly to Alastair Cooke who is keeping things organised. He has also covered the event here : You can join the conversation here : Should be a fun few weeks of debates, we’re still taking feedback on other topics to discuss. I think our futures session will be of great interest, well at least I look forward to it, as we all look at what the future holds for storage as we know it today. Cheers, Jeff