My challenge set for February was to complete 50 miles over the course of the 28 days. At the beginning of the month after completing the whole of January which totalled 43.86 Miles I thought I had set a milestone just that little too far to reach. I was very proud of myself for maintaining the routine for the first 31 days of 2015 that was my biggest challenge and not really the 1 mile a day at least target. As I have said in previous posts relating to these personal challenges I am quite an active person and have played a very good standardRead More →

I sent an email out this morning to the team containing some NetApp & VMware updates, although I don’t write too much on my own site I do try and update the team with as much interesting stuff that is happening out in our little world as possible. This may be things I have picked up during the course of the week over twitter, other blog sites or fellow advocate program emails. Which tend to actually promote me into sending the info out? NetApp Some news on ADP which was released with 8.3 and very much focused around the SMB market namely the FAS25** seriesRead More →

The fact that I am writing this blog post means I have made it, I managed 31 days straight of running at least 1 mile every day! I also managed the no booze part but insignificant compared to how I feel about achieving the miles. it’s not a huge distance and although I did on many days achieve a considerable amount more than the 1mile minimum, it was more about the habit forming and actually making just that little bit of time to train each day. I’m not finished and by the time I got to around the 20 day mark I had already decidedRead More →

I wanted to put a post out there outlining where i think things will head this new year…. based purely around the storage, virtualisation, converged and data centre technologies the arena that i work in. Along with these predictions i also want to outline my goals and objectives around blogging content, exams and other such like topics. Last year my contenders for the big things to embrace the market were Flash, Clustered Ontap and Hybrid Cloud. This year here are my thoughts on 2015…. The continuance growth of adoption to Hybrid Cloud The backend of 2014 saw a big jump around Hybrid Cloud offerings, somethingRead More →

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 →