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Update – A hiatus? Yes please!

Happy new year! I hope that my readers have had a good break and are fully refreshed to hit 2016 running, I know for me it is going to be a defining year after 2015. (its now March and 2015 seems a long time ago!). I have not blogged for a while and have been fairly absent from Twitter as well as LinkedIn. So where did I fall off the radar to? HIATUS!

A hiatus?

For the last six months, I have been taking a hiatus (going to be honest here and say I was not familiar with this word originally):

noun, plural hiatuses, hiatus

1.a break or interruption in the continuity of a work, series, action, etc.

(Retrieved 27th February from http://www.dictionary.com/browse/hiatus)

 

This resulted in resigning from my job and making a “bucket list” which included seeing more parts of Australia I have never seen before as well as New Zealand. Sightseeing, Hiking, Wine tasting in different regions, Driving, Kayaking, Cycling, Swimming, Salmon fishing were some of the activities I did whilst on my break.

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it” – Ferris Bueller#Instagram

 

So what is next?

I have had a lot of people ask me what next for me, and I am please to announce I have agreed to join the team at Oracle Australia, focusing on all things storage cloud, analytics and virtualisation.

My role as Principal Technologist will see me dealing with customers of all sizes across all sectors across Australia and New Zealand , and helping them to plan new I.T services through Oracle cloud as well as working with channel partners in delivering top solutions to their customers.

Why Oracle?

Simply, The People, Technology and Possibilities:

The People

Haven spoken to a lot of the people I would be working with in this role, I gained a clear view and appreciation that there are some very dedicated and enthusiastic people on board which is truly exciting and invigorating – when you are surrounded with that enthusiasm and those positive attitudes, how can one not be inspired.

I spoke to the leadership team and got the feel that it was the right type of leadership to work for (extremely important to me); there is so much opportunity to build a really successful business through partners and customers. The truth is, the group is a start-up business within a massive corporation which gives off a real sense of start-up culture and vibe.

The Technology,

If we look at the most recent Integrated Systems Magic Quadrant published by Gartner as of August 2015, we see that Oracle along with VCE, Nutanix and HP are real contenders in the converged infrastructure market which is rising to be the future of storage platforms as we know it.

Yes, there are still companies that are focusing just on the next evolution of storage (flash), but some of these contenders will struggle as customers are no longer wanting just storage and are looking for real-world integrated packages that are proven and backed by strong ventures. There will be storage startups exiting the market this year.

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The Possibilities

I like to build and grow businesses, and the Oracle storage business has so much potential to grow with some pretty impressive tech so evangelizing and educating customers and partners on why this technology can really help their I.T challenges seemed like a fun way to spend my 9-5.

Lastly, Oracle is a huge multinational and traditionally not known for storage – so the opportunity to learn other platforms and technologies other than storage was attractive. Whilst I do not think I will end up as a DBA type, I do know that their application stack sit in the Enterprise space so being able to be exposed to these platforms would be a fresh breath of air.

vExpert 2016 – Evangelist

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I am proud to be recognized again in this elite group by VMware, this will be my fourth camp receiving the Evangelist award, and although I have not been posting as much content as I have in previous years, I plan to step it up in 2016 as a new opportunity has arisen which I plan to use to engage the community.

What is really cool is that not all vExperts are alike, they are no longer posting similar content due to VMware diversifying their portfolio . This is resulting in mass generation of rich content in all aspects of VMware! We have vExperts in Server virtualization, Desktop virtualization, Network Virtualization, Automation etc. and the list has grown phenomenally since I first got awarded a few years back. A special shout out to Corey Romero for his hard work in keeping this program running.

For a more complete list please visit http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2016/02/vexpert-2016-award-announcement.html

Thats it for now, my next posts will be focused on Oracle ZFS and some of the best practices and learnings I come up with around that! Stay tuned!

 

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Merry Xmas!

Just a quick post to wish you all a very merry Xmas and a prosperous New Year – Eat and drink everything in front of you today!

See you all soon.

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An update from the desk of the (re)inventor.

Earlier this year, I tweeted that 2014 is a great year to re-baseline and reinvent yourself. What I didn’t know then that I realise now was how much I was going to do this.  So what has been reinvented and created change for me in my personal life and professional life?

A new wife – On the 15th February, I married my long-term girlfriend Elise in a small ceremony in Victoria, Australia. As any wedding is, it was a special day as we were joined by friends and family from around the globe to celebrate.

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A new degree – Last week I flew back to my homeland of New Zealand to graduate with the degree of Master of Management from the Massey University School of Business, this is special for me as it was approximately six years ago I was forced to withdraw from the very last paper due to relocating across to Australia. 

Last year I finally completed that paper and submitted just before I went overseas to the UK. I remember being nervous and unsure at the time as one minute I felt I have done enough and my report was good enough and the next I began to question whether or not I should review once more and add more. I am glad I didn’t as I would of never submitted.

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A new role – Last Monday (2nd), I started at Veeam Software as their Alliances Manager for Asia-Pacific and Japan looking after the business for some of our top alliances partners.  I have always admired Veeam not for the incredible software capabilities they offer, but for the people and culture I have come to know during my time in my presales roles over the years. As part of the APAC team, I am tasked with driving business and fostering healthy business relationships right across the region with these alliances which I am truly excited about.  Furthermore, Veeam has always been on the bleeding edge of virtualisation and well respected within the industry, this is appealing as it will still keep me close to the virtualisation community and outstanding people I have met through this community

And finally………..

A new pet – Elise and I adopted our first pet – a kitten named Miller after seeing a friend post on Facebook that he had found a group of them in a box beside a very busy road in Melbourne.  This has created havoc in our household as there is no longer peace and quiet but a welcome addition to our household

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We are now halfway through 2014, for me change has come in many forms as you have read. I look forward to the remainder of the year and hopefully more exciting changes.

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Back from Holiday “Vacation” and VMworld

Finally back from an epic time in the US of A,  VMworld next week.  I was intending on doing a post on the leadup to VMworld including a timetable of events I will be attending.  For those who are going, get in touch – would be great to catch up/meet some of you..  HP are a platinum sponsor and will be at booth #1405, ready to show you our newest developments such as:

  • HP Virtual System that lets you transform your IT environments and maximize the advantages of virtualisation and cloud.
  • Cloud Management solutions for heterogeneous clouds.
  • Mobility solutions make it easy for your users to work on any device anywhere.
  • Networking technology that lets you offload the networking tasks from the host, while also monitoring and securing VM-VM traffic.
  • Advances in storage that ensure fast, secure retrieval of the data you need.

HP also have a space devoted to the Software-Defined Zone in Booth #2235.

And don’t miss the opportunity to learn best practices from the experts in the following HP sessions: (US Time)

  • Monday, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
    Capacity Jail Break: vSphere 5 Space Reclamation Nuts and Bolts (STO4907)
  • Tuesday, 11:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
    OpenStack for the Enterprise (VSVC6656)
  • Tuesday, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
    The Top 10 Things You MUST Know About Storage for vSphere (STO5545)
  • Wednesday, 11:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
    Implementing a Scalable and Highly Available Desktop and Application Architecture with a VMware AlwaysOn Solution (EUC5672)
  • Wednesday, 2:30 p.m – “3:30 p.m.
    Storage – The Next Frontier of Virtualization – How VMware Technologies Can Enable and Accelerate Software Defined Storage (STO5787)

Be sure to stop by to see our exciting in-booth theater sessions providing detailed information on cloud, virtualization, mobility, end-user computing, and more. Also an HP Slate 7 Tablet will be given away at each in-booth theater session.

For the social bunnies, please check out this list of all the gathering/events/parties/tweet-meets that is happening. http://www.vmworld.com/community/gatherings#!

For now, Jet-lag is killing me,  and I have a bunch of work to do. Such is life, great to be back.

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vExpert 2013 award

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Yesterday, VMware announced this years awardees with the prestigious  vExpert 2013 title, an award that has been around since 2009 to recognise individuals on their contributions to the global virtualization and cloud community.  The list is put together by VMware and in particular John Troyer (@JohnTroyer) and the VMware Social Media & Community Team- No easy task in my mind as there are a lot of great VMware practitioners and Evangelists out there.

 

Announcement link (Just in case you dont believe me 🙂 

http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2013/05/vexpert-2013-awardees-announced.html

 

For me, this is my very first year being recognised in this category, and I am very humbled and honoured to be recognised among some of the great evangelists in this field – some who are personal friends of mine which makes it even more special.

 

Does it mean you’re now an expert?

No, not necessarily.  The title is not based on what you know or how much you know.  A great extract from the announcement page shows what it takes (and doesnt take) to be recognised:

“A vExpert not a technical certification or even a general measure of VMware expertise. The judges selected people who were particularly engaged with their community and who had developed a substantial personal platform of influence in those communities. There were a lot of very smart, very accomplished people, even VCDXs, that weren’t named as vExpert this year” (Retrieved from http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2013/05/vexpert-2013-awardees-announced.html)

 

Lastly, I would also like to extend my congratulations out to all of the other vExperts for 2013. Looking forward to meeting some of you over the next year.

 

 

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Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

 Just a quick post to wish you all a happy and safe christmas, and a fantastic new year!

I know there are some really exciting things on the horizon for HP Storage and VMware technologies alike – better integration and better synergy between the two.
Next year is going to be wild…

Andre

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Happy New Year.

First off, happy new year.  Last year was great and some exciting changes happened:

 

1) I changed roles/companies.

2) vSphere 5 announced/released by VMWare.

3) All Blacks won the Rugby World Cup.

 

Here’s to another great year!

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Blog hacked..

Thanks to a inadequate web hosting backup strategy, and a person with too much time on their hands.  cloud-land has been hacked through a vulnerability in the wordpress theme I was using. The result is many posts (along with associated files/screen dumps) have been lost.  I have managed to salvage some posts prior to this happening due to writing the actual content into a word document offline I kept before I published on here but still………Grumpy!!!

 

 

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Schoolsnet – A blast from the past.

I was sitting in a catch-up session with the other two members of my local DCT cloud team today and one of them mentioned a piece of work he was involved in some years ago for local schools in the state of Victoria, Australia.

Having grown up in New Zealand (The land of the long white “cloud” :)), I recalled a BBS style network between primary and secondary schools in that each school was issued with a series of usernames and password that they could use to log on and chat to other use (schools/classes) all across New Zealand.  Interconnected networks or “internet”.

Now at the time, I thought this was amazing – please keep in mind that this is before the beast that we now know as the internet had taken off (think early nineties), and that was all run on analog systems including 14.4K modems and pretty ANSI terminal graphics.

It’s amazing how far modern technology, and the mediums in which we communicate with (blogs/twitter/facebook/email/smart phones/blah blah) have come. From text based systems to CMS, dynamic sites and social media – who knows what will be the next step.

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Welcome

My name is Andre Carpenter, I am a IT technologist from New Zealand working as a Consulting Solutions Architect at HP working in the Data Centre Transformation, Virtualisation and Cloud presales team based in Melbourne Australia. I also work with the APJ wider storage consulting practice just to spice things up.

My focus within the region of APJ/ANZ for the team is enterprise storage (3PAR), cloud offerings and virtualisation. I use the term “virtualisation” loosely as I rarely find myself dealing with the likes of Hyper-V and Xen, but more in the VMWare space and in particular server virtualisation.

I set up this blog to try and capture some of the interesting pieces of virtualisation and storage work as well as personal (and professional) interests and learnings I engage myself in on a day-to-day basis, for the most part these all revolve around Storage, Cloud computing and VMWare. The topics I write about will no doubt be written for myself to gain a better understanding or to share my experiences on topics I am confortable with – Sometimes I tend to choose subjects that I am not always very familiar with, write about them and share my findings, so hopefully you may gain something from them.

Although I work for HP, please understand that the views and expressions I share on this site may not necessarily reflect HP’s view of the IT world and that they are entirely my own.

You can find me on linkedin and twitter.

Thanks for visiting.

Andre

andre@cloud-land.com