Cloud, DevOps, Evangelism

“Goodbye always makes my throat hurt.” – Charlie Brown

 Apr 19, 2018 |

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end”  — Semisonic It’s that time for me. I came to EMC thinking that I would come work for Chad and JT and the vSpecialists (#Team06 FTW) for about 18 mos, cause some trouble and probably be asked to leave and go back to startup land. Exactly (to the day) 6 years later my time as come to do that.  I’ve done so much cool stuff here.  ...

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Fun Stuff in Tokyo

 Nov 6, 2017 |

I recently went to Tokyo to present at a Dell EMC Forum and deliver a cloud native training class (which is open source - check it out). I had a truly awesome time, and want to share some of the spots I loved and tips I learned. We had a truly incredible experience at a sake bar called Ganko Oyaji on the edge of the Shinjuku and Shibuya districts. Its maybe a 5 minute walk...

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Getting Started with Agile, DevOps and Containers

 Nov 2, 2017 |

I’ve had a number of requests lately from friends and colleagues on how to get started with these ideas, and what they can read. I recently rewrote that email for like the 10th time, so here it is in blog post form: I think you need to be able to come from where your customers come from…and that means I think you need to learn to write code….the primary challenges in the DevOps and cloud...

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Hiring in Boston

 Aug 8, 2017 |

Want to work for the most fun team in Dell EMC? Of course you do :). In case you hadn’t heard, the Field Evangelism team I run here at Dell is pretty awesome. We’ve got seriously fun, smart people like Sam Maracinni, Tommy Trogden, Luke Mahon, Fabio Chiodini, Dionne Ane and Dragana Beara already spreading the message and having fun doing it. I need someone in the Boston area to round this out! What, exactly,...

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A New Stablemate

 Mar 23, 2017 |

Last week I noted that I had come to the end of the 3 year lease of my Ford Focus Electric - my first electric car. At the time, I didn’t indicate what replaced it, which is what this post will cover. Requirements: I learned a lot about my needs in the last 3 years. I used that to inform my next set of requirements. 200+ miles range. Range anxiety on an electric car is...

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End of an Era - Sort Of

 Mar 20, 2017 |

No - I'm not leaving Dell 😊. 3 years ago I bought my first fully electric car – a 2014 Ford Focus Electric. You can read about my initial impressions, but today is for my final ones, because my 3 year lease is up. I've been quite happy with the Focus Electric, overall. Driving Dynamics : I always trusted the car. Like the ICE Focus and the Focuses (Foci?) before it, the Ford Focus Electroc...

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I'm Hiring - Want To Come Work for the Most Fun Team @ Dell?

 Feb 23, 2017 |

UPDATE: Thanks for all the support and great resumes. For now we’ve closed the process and are considering the candidates we have. Once we’ve made some hires, you know where you’ll find more info! Of course you do :). In case you hadn’t heard, the Field Evangelism team I run here at Dell is pretty awesome. We’ve got seriously fun, smart people like Sam Maracinni, Tommy Trogden, Luke Mahon, Brian Verkley & Fabio Chiodini already...

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The Community Quad

 Dec 28, 2016 |

The VMworld Community Quad Community is such a strong force in technology, and yet often underestimated. There are dozens of project and tools out there that are successful because of their communities (sometimes in spite of their technical quality ahem PHP, Drupal, etc), and some die on the vine because of a failure to nuture community. I dont have anyway to back this up, but I suspect that the there are times that community managers...

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12 Factors in the Real World

 Aug 19, 2016 |

For those of you that don’t know, Reddit is a pretty major site on the internet. They bill themselves as the ‘front page of the Internet’, and they are #25 for traffic globally. They are based in San Francisco and have about 80 employees, the majority of which focus just on keeping the site alive and performing well. Think about that for a moment - they have a single site, and at least 40 employees...

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A New Team for a New Application

 Jan 14, 2016 |

I posted earlier this year that I was changing roles - just within the first couple weeks its been a whirlwind internally letting people know, meeting with EMC leadership, getting silly technical issues fixed so I report the right way internally, etc. But its also been fun - this is a brand new team, and with my colleagues, we get to shape it from the start. Here’s a quick description. #So What Does My Team...

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Moving to S3 and CloudFront

 Jan 5, 2016 |

Last yeah I posted about the process of converting my blog to a ‘static’ site vs. Wordpress, and what that took. One of the choices I made at that time was to host the site using GitHub Pages because of the ease of use. Publishing was a simple matter of git commit && git push so its was great. However, I did find a few things over the last year I wasn’t a fan of....

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Changes - They Are Afoot

 Jan 4, 2016 |

People make all sorts of predictions this time of year. Analysts do it. Media do it. Heck, even executives do it. I don’t make these kinds of posts or predictions, because honestly if I thought I could predict that well I wouldn’t publish it - I’d be investing in the market :). Instead I do the smart thing and invest in mutual funds :). That being said, I do recognize trends, and when I see...

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Do Data Breaches Impact Shareholder Value - A Quick Analysis

 Oct 27, 2015 |

I had an interesting chat on twitter today with a friend and colleague Wade O’Harrow. He used to be at a bunch of places, but currently leads the SE team for HyTrust, a security company (yes, thats oversimplifying it). He started the exhange with: Data is growing at exponential rates, and the trend of Corporate data breaches is staggering. still many question the need for protection. and we eventually wandered into the discussion of what...

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Deploying ScaleIO with Terraform

 Sep 9, 2015 |

Almost 2 years ago, shortly after EMC acquired ScaleIO, I demonstrated the deployment of ScaleIO in AWS at significant scales - up to 1000 nodes. It was pretty fun and got some solid traction on Chad’s blog and at an EMCworld keynote. Now, that was cool, but I’ve been asked many times for how to replicate that. While the code was open source, it wasn’t very clean, and was quite fragile, and no one but...

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A Cloud Foundry Story - Idea to Production in 90 Minutes

 Sep 4, 2015 |

A Cloud Foundry Story - Idea to Production in 90 Minutes One of the best parts of what I do is making demos - they are an awesome combination of playing with the latest technology, making it do something cool (but understandable) and not having to support it for more than a couple months. This year, for EMCworld and VMworld, I wrote a demo called ‘Vasco da Gama’ that was used in a number of...

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All Historical Posts

“Goodbye always makes my throat hurt.” – Charlie Brown

April 19, 2018 .

Fun Stuff in Tokyo

November 6, 2017 .

Getting Started with Agile, DevOps and Containers

November 2, 2017 .

Hiring in Boston

August 8, 2017 .

A New Stablemate

March 23, 2017 .

End of an Era - Sort Of

March 20, 2017 .

I'm Hiring - Want To Come Work for the Most Fun Team @ Dell?

February 23, 2017 .

The Community Quad

December 28, 2016 .

12 Factors in the Real World

August 19, 2016 .

A New Team for a New Application

January 14, 2016 .

Moving to S3 and CloudFront

January 5, 2016 .

Changes - They Are Afoot

January 4, 2016 .

Do Data Breaches Impact Shareholder Value - A Quick Analysis

October 27, 2015 .

Deploying ScaleIO with Terraform

September 9, 2015 .

A Cloud Foundry Story - Idea to Production in 90 Minutes

September 4, 2015 .

CloudFoundry Abacus Inception

August 6, 2015 .

CloudFoundry Summit Quick Take

May 14, 2015 .

My EMCworld Sessions/Thoughts

May 1, 2015 .

Tech Armor Review

April 8, 2015 .

Upcoming Conferences

April 8, 2015 .

Trying Out Android...Again

April 6, 2015 .

Being Careful With Benchmarks

March 2, 2015 .

Being a VCDX Panelist is Anti-Community

February 11, 2015 .

Blog Workflow with Jekyll

February 2, 2015 .

vCloud Air Is A Terrible AWS Alternative - And That's Good

January 21, 2015 .

New VNX Techbook Posted

January 20, 2015 .

Blog Movement - Jekyll & GitHub Pages & Disqus

January 16, 2015 .

Python + CloudFoundry = ❤

December 4, 2014 .


November 19, 2014 .

Next Generation SE | why we all sell tylenol

October 23, 2014 .

Finding: Docker May Increase Your Memory Requirements

October 13, 2014 .

XtremIO and the Hands-on Labs: By The Numbers

September 15, 2014 .

VPLEX / vSphere Pathing Recommendation Updates

September 3, 2014 .

Buying an Electric Car: Part 2 - First Commutes

July 3, 2014 .

Buying an Electric Car: Part 1

June 24, 2014 .

Quick Post: Launching Custom Actions on LogInsight Alerts

June 9, 2014 .

EMCworld - Area 52

May 2, 2014 .

WebApp in 5 minutes: Deploying a Flask Python App to Pivotal Web Services/CF

April 15, 2014 .

On Generating Unique Data - 'dd' can do it

April 10, 2014 .

My Loyalties....

March 17, 2014 .

VCP Recertification

March 10, 2014 .

Quick Post: VNX Snapshots Performance

January 1, 2014 .

ScaleIO @ Scale - Update

November 18, 2013 .

ScaleIO @ Scale - 200 Nodes and Beyond!

November 8, 2013 .

Quick ScaleIO Tests

October 9, 2013 .

Barcelona Bound

September 26, 2013 .

The VCDX Brain Drain (or VMware Should Be A Net VCDX Exporter)

September 10, 2013 .

Is NSX Really New?

September 4, 2013 .

VCM5539 - The Missing Link - Storage Visibility in Virtual Env - Slides

September 3, 2013 .

VMworld HoL and XtremIO

August 27, 2013 .

Quick Post: NFS Disconnects on VNX

July 18, 2013 .

Quick Post: New Favorite esxcli update commands

July 4, 2013 .

EMCworld Pebble Watchface

April 19, 2013 .

Unisphere for VMAX API & Carbon/Graphite

March 12, 2013 .

Some Quick pySphere Code Demos

February 25, 2013 .

Things I've Learned About Pebble

February 2, 2013 .

A very unhappy, unhealthy VMAX array

January 30, 2013 .

Part 5: Building A Large VMAX & NFS Environment

January 25, 2013 .

Part 4: Building A Large VMAX & NFS Environment

January 24, 2013 .

Part 3: Building A Large VMAX & NFS Environment

January 23, 2013 .

Part 2: Building A Large VMAX & NFS Environment

January 22, 2013 .

Part 1: Building A Large VMAX & NFS Environment

January 21, 2013 .

Cool VCDX Schwag!

December 19, 2012 .

Recording ESXtop Statistics with vSphere IO Analyzer Fling

December 18, 2012 .

Transitions In Motion

November 26, 2012 .

vSphere Maximums Over The Years

September 26, 2012 .

Zagg Extreme Shield for iPhone 5 Review

September 22, 2012 .

VMware VDP powered by Avamar

August 29, 2012 .

VMworld 2012 Travel Tips

August 20, 2012 .

The VMworld 2012 vSpecialist Expert Bar

August 6, 2012 .

New Tool: VNXArray Python Module

April 30, 2012 .

vCenter Ops (vCops) Data Extraction Tool 1.0

January 19, 2012 .

Getting the AdapterKindKey & ResourceKindKey for every vCops Resource

January 11, 2012 .

Installing the vCops Symmetrix Collector Plugin

December 22, 2011 .

Using VMware IO Analyzer

December 15, 2011 .

Manually Aligning a VM the Hard Way

November 18, 2011 .

VNX OE for Block / vCenter Ops Adapter Beta 0.2

October 6, 2011 .

VNX to vCenter Operations Adapter

September 29, 2011 .

Pushing Limits - Running View 5 on iomega PX6

September 9, 2011 .

VMworld 2011 vHunt Hat

August 22, 2011 .

VMworld vHunt

August 19, 2011 .

Multipath Identification in ESX

July 25, 2011 .

EMC DART-based NAS Systems & MacOS Lion BUG

July 22, 2011 .

The Best Part of vSphere 5: FDM

July 12, 2011 .

ALUA active arrays

July 3, 2011 .

Blades or Rackmounts?

June 1, 2011 .

Shared VMFS Volumes on non-clustered hosts

April 22, 2011 .

Big Changes

April 18, 2011 .

Why visudo for the vMA or Unix systems.

April 17, 2011 .

Using SSH in ESXi (Password-Less)

April 13, 2011 .

VCDX Process / Experience

April 12, 2011 .

System.out.println("Hello VMware World");

April 12, 2011 .