Last year I was really intrigued in participating in the #vDM30in30 but there was very little chance of me hitting anywhere near enough posts, plus not hearing or knowing anything about it till we were pretty much already in November meant there was no chance of getting involved. Firstly what is #vDM30in30? Well during the month of November on each of the 30 days a new blog post is created, there is no fix on what these should be about there can be and have been a range of personal and technical posts come out during the month. If you want to know more thenRead More →

NetApp Insight 2015 – EMEA – Berlin Introduction In just 4 days the NetApp EMEA contingent of both Technical Insiders, Partners and Customers will descend on Berlin, Germany for the second year running. 4 days of intense long hours but very informative days. I am very lucky I have stated in previous posts that I get to attend both the US and EMEA event, I have attended the EMEA event for the past 3 years and last 2 years in the US. This year will be a little different for me though as I will be representing Veeam on the Sapphire stand we have there.Read More →

For those that do not know what NetApp Insight is, it is NetApp’s annual technical conference that is ran in Las Vegas to cover the Americas and  in Berlin to cover EMEA. I am extremely fortunate to be able to attend both conferences. As part of the NetApp A-Team, in Las Vegas not only were we able to get to the General Sessions or the Technical breakouts but we were also  able to network with some of our peers, within NetApp, that we may only get to communicate over email with that are. Alongside this we got to take part in certain press events andRead More →

The fact that i am writing this means i have completed the 90 day challenge, at the start of 2015 i decided to kick the year off with a challenge for January, this also included the infamous Dry January where no booze is drank… that was the easy bit, i also challenged myself to complete at least 1 mile of running every day for the full 31 days. I completed this and i have a post regarding this challenge here – At the end of that first month i decided that i would carry this on and challenge myself for February as well asRead More →

This post takes a high-level look at the FlexPod solutions NetApp offers today and provides the basic fundamentals:  what comprises a FlexPod, the unique benefits FlexPod delivers, how to identify a FlexPod opportunity, standard configurations, etc. If you’re new to FlexPod, this should get you off to a great start. FlexPod Architecture What is FlexPod? Shared infrastructure for a wide range of environments and applications. •       Validated, standardised, shared infrastructure •       Flexibility and scalability within a single rack •       Centralised management of pooled resources •       Deployment guides with step-by-step instructions •       Solution guides pre-define multiple workloads •       Multiple sizing tools Minimum requirements for a “FlexPod”Read More →

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 →