A year ago this past week, I joined SolidFire because Aaron Delp asked me to. I didn’t know who they were, I wasn’t terribly excited about working for another storage company, and I was still reeling from 5 months of non-stop stress, frustration and anxiety. I had another job offer, from a consulting firm in […]
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This marks a first for my blog: a guest post. Patrick and I were talking about the momentum that SolidFire seems to have from a hiring perspective, and when I told him he should write a blog post about it…he did! We’ve been discussing a bunch of other cool topics, hopefully more of them make it […]
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Just a quick post here, mostly for my own documentation..
I was deploying (yet another) vCenter instance today, and as I was replacing SSL certs and verifying them, I didn’t get the green padlock symbol in my browser like I expected. I did some digging and found it’s a two part issue:
Google is dead […]
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First, let’s get the jokes out of the way: yes, it’s a technical blog post. No, I haven’t forgotten I had a blog. I know, I know.
One of the projects that I’ve been working on at SolidFire for the last few months is putting together the VMware and Cisco UCS reference architecture, and helping […]
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I brought this phrase up on one of Gabriel Chapman’s #SNLDD videocasts, and there were a few people who didn’t know where it came from. Here’s the backstory:
In John R. Ross’s 1967 linguistics dissertation Constraints on Variables in Syntax, the scientist is identified as the Harvard psychologist […]
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I think I’ve been pretty clear that I’m a fan of boring hardware. I’ve said it publicly, I’ve said it in presentations, I’ve said it on stage: no one cares about hardware, they care that the applications and workloads are available and performing appropriately.
Of course, just because it’s boring, doesn’t make it easy, […]
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Wow, the response to the “2014 vExpert Group, By the Numbers” post has been overwhelming. With over 1,000 visits from 81 different countries, and another 466 visits to the accompanying “The Practical Marketing of Yourself, A How-To Guide”, along with 300+ instances of someone sharing those two posts on social […]
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First, I want to thank everyone who helped me gather the information used for the stats below. Thank you to Corey Romano and John Troyer for the core list, and thank you to each and every vExpert who took the time to update the rest of their information. An especially large thank you goes out […]
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Every year the vExpert group is announced, and every year I’m excited to look at the breakdown of where people live, where they work and how the global community has shifted from year-to-year. I put up a spreadsheet with everyone’s information (as much as we are given by VMware directly in the announcement), and invite […]
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It’s possible this is common knowledge, but since I’ve never run into it before, and since the workaround seems a little obscure, I figured I’d put it up here for future reference. Hopefully one or two of you find it useful!
Once again, the SSDs in my Synology 1511+ have caused an issue. First time […]
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There are lots of different subtitles this post could have:
Just because a Synology update SAYS it doesn’t need to reboot the array doesn’t mean it won’t… Yanking storage out from under a running MySQL database while it’s live is a bad idea… Backups are a good thing… Setting up health check rules based on […]
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Right up front, I promise: no predictions! Ain’t nobody got time for that… 2013 was an interesting year for me, and looking back at it, there’s a lot to learn from it. There were highs and lows, but every situation brings with it a lesson. Here are the ones I learned, or am in the […]
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