In January 2014 i accepted a challenge to go without alcohol for the whole of January…. it was something i had done before but very loosely. The difference with this challenge was it was to raise money for cancer, a disease that i had been brought closer to through friends of mine being diagnosed. The first thing to clear up is i am not a person that depends on alcohol to live and get through my life, just a normal english guy that likes to drink… i think thats fair to say. Here is the DryAthlete Cancer Research Page if you would like to findRead More →

For myself 2014 has been a great year, we introduced our first baby into the world. Jack was born in April of this year and since then it’s been the best experience of my life so far. Having your first born really puts things into perspective, it’s no longer just about yourself anymore. I for one massively underestimated having a baby was going to change my life so much, if you did read the prediction post from last year https://www.vzilla.co.uk/1/archives/12-2013/1.html  you will see what i mean, at the time of writing my own personal goals and objectives i was completely not thinking that we hadRead More →

For myself 2014 has been a great year, we introduced our first baby into the world. Jack was born in April of this year and since then it’s been the best experience of my life so far. Having your first born really puts things into perspective, it’s no longer just about yourself anymore. I for one massively underestimated having a baby was going to change my life so much, if you did read the prediction post from last year https://www.vzilla.co.uk/1/archives/12-2013/1.html  you will see what i mean, at the time of writing my own personal goals and objectives i was completely not thinking that we hadRead More →

Yesterday i took the plunge and took the VCP550-DCV exam, this was the recertification exam to my already acquired VCP5-DCV with the newly added expiry date this was going to expire come March 2015. But what prompted me to take the exam this week was the offer of being able to take the exam online and not having to go into a testing centre. Yes you heard correct a VMware open book exam…. So of course i thought i will have a go at that one. The Delta exam consists of 65 questions with a scoring scale of 100-500, 300 is the pass mark. YouRead More →

Sessions opened this month for the NetApp Insight – Las Vegas – 2014 conference that i am extremely lucky to be attending, not only is this the second visit to the US it is also another place on the list of American places i want to visit and i get to do it because of my job which is super cool. As well as Vegas i will also be attending the Insight event which is to be held in Berlin, Germany this year after following two years in Dublin, Ireland. I will follow up with another post around the sessions i will be taking there.Read More →

Over the last month i have been pretty busy attending the NetApp insight conferences in both Las Vegas and in Berlin as well as doing my normal day job. First up was Las Vegas for my first visit and my first US version of the event. You can see some of the tourist things i did whilst out there. I found the city to be of huge scale, and its a city where you dont want to be extending your stay past 4-5 days, it’s a city that takes a lot…. quite literally. We then had a couple of weeks break then it was timeRead More →

Following on from my previous post regarding my trip over to the US for NetApp Insight in Vegas i have also put together my schedule for Berlin. Much closer to home this one, and familiar territory for me as i have done quite a lot of work over in Berlin, so the flight to Tegal will only be a short 1 hour and 45 mins, where as Vegas will be 10 hours 30 mins. I mentioned in my previous post that i had booked 2 exam slots one for Vegas and one for Berlin, these were booked based on the requirements of certification level andRead More →

Following on from my “An Englishman in…..San Francisco” post i thought i would continue on that theme and write down my latest trip to the US, and this time again NetApp related and this time it was for my first NetApp Insight event in Las Vegas. Having suffered with jet lag from the  trip to San Francisco i decided to venture out to Vegas a few days early to get rid of the jet lag before the big event. For those that have attended Insight in either the US or EMEA or even APAC when this was running know how much it takes its strainRead More →

So last week was my first ever visit to the United States, and it was NetApp that shipped me over for our NetApp Advocate’s quarterly Tech Field day over at NetApp HQ Sunnyvale. So i have decided to write up a post based on the trip, I cannot share too much from the Tech Field day as its NDA but i will mention what i can. I firstly got to meet some of my fellow NetApp Advocates, as expected they are a great bunch, that just love NetApp. Day One (Monday) So i flew out of London Heathrow at 2pm and travelled west to San Francisco internationalRead More →

Hello there, so something I have not really got into is firstly the writing of the blog posts. I spent the time setting the page up etc but I haven’t actually had the time to shout about things, secondly its that time of year where all tech blogs consist of some sort of review of the year gone by and predictions for the forthcoming year… So I am going to try and do just that and try to predict where I think technology will head in 2014. I will also look to summarise my experiences of 2013. Flash We have seen a huge increase inRead More →