Archive for June, 2010

FCoE Standards: Taking a Step Back

June 29, 2010 2 comments

While it may seem like I’ve been taking a hiatus from blogging for a while, the truth is that I’ve been working on a number of writing projects related to FCoE. As I mentioned on a recent Infosmack podcast there have been a lot of developments coming out this month and, understandably, there are a lot of people who are trying to figure out what it all means. In the process, there are some people who are trying to talk about FCoE but are muddying the waters horribly.

The main misunderstanding revolves around FCoE standards, because by and large most people have no real clue how they work and what they mean. My goal is to help clear up some of that confusion and give a baseline understanding of standards as they apply to FCoE. Read more…

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Infosmack Goodness

June 28, 2010 2 comments

Just a short post today to promote the Infosmack podcast that I was fortunate enough to be invited to participate. I’ve been a fan of the podcast for a while and when Greg Knierieman asked me to join I was honored and excited. Along with Greg and Marc Farley from 3Par, I was invited along with Doug Hazelman from Veeam.

We talked about Doug’s work with Veeam, my recent transition to Cisco, FCoE and standards, the ethics of blogging and Greg even got me to reveal my scars with karaoke (the title of the podcast contains “Thunder” for a reason, let’s just leave at that until you hear the podcast).

All in all, a really good podcast and a hell of a lot of fun to do.

M-A-M™: The Art (and Work) of Blogging

June 10, 2010 2 comments

Scott Lowe, a highly respected technical blogger, wrote a really good, short piece on “Blogging for the Right Reasons.” His sentiments echoed my own when people asked me about providing advice for job seekers when it came to blogging. Like Scott, I believe that if you are blogging solely to get hired, you are blogging for all the wrong reasons. I say this despite the seemingly contradictory fact that I recently got hired in no small part due to my blogging. Read more…

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No More (Apple) Kool-Aid For Me, Thanks

June 8, 2010 11 comments

I watched the WWDC feeds and paid close attention to the claims that were made by Jobs/Apple and felt that, despite the technological magic that Apple produces, it couldn’t outshine the deep-seated emotional anger that my intelligence was being insulted, blatantly and deliberately. The “reality distortion field” didn’t work for me, not this time. Read more…

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FCoE: The Birth of the SLAM Admin

June 4, 2010 7 comments

We have LAN admins. We have Server admins. We have Storage admins. Each with its own culture and methods of doing things. Perhaps the biggest issue surrounding convergence is the need to converge people’s skillsets. I propose that teams that are going to be working together start seeing themselves as a joint SLAM (Storage and Local Area Management) admin, part of an overall SLAM team. Read more…

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