A Look Back On 2013

It's been a very transformative year for me. On April 29th, I started working as a Systems Engineer for PernixData. The same day my friend Frank Denneman also made his announcement! Since this time I have had the privilege working with a very talented team and made some great friends! 


During 2013 I was awarded the VMware vExpert award and I also completed my VCP5-DCV certification adding it to my list


I also had the opportunity to contribute to the vSphere Design Pocketbook! 


2013 was also a very busy year for PernixData and I was happy to play a part in it's development. I'm proud that my suggestion was chosen for naming the PernixData elite group of IT professionals as "PernixPro"!


Instead of naming all the many achievements that PernixData accomplished in 2013, here is a great link to our 2013 newsletter

This Cloudjock blog was nominated for the 2013 favorite new blog on vSphere-land.com 

I was able to speak at the Charlotte VMUG, Cincinatti VMUG, and Southern California VMUG

At VMworld 2013 I presented at the vBrownbag Tech Talks and met the great crew behind scenes! 

A Look Ahead-2014:

I can tell you for sure that 2014 is going to be an exciting year for PernixData. Some big stuff is going to happen that I think will bring the industry to it's knees!! :)

I'm not going to make any predictions this year, like I did last year, but let's look how I did. PernixData had a big year coming out of stealth and Nimble just completed a big year with their IPO. The other two predictions gained more traction in the market, but I believe the clear winners are PernixData and Nimble. 

In 2014 I have plans to achieve at least two more certifications along the way and become even more active within the community as well! 

Happy New Year!!!




2013 Enterprise Predictions

I hate to make predictions, but this time I'm going to make an exception and give it a try. This list below comprises organizations that I think will have a big impact and big year in the enterprise market. It was actually hard to narrow down the list of so many good organizations out there, but I have settled on 4 new companies that I think will do well, listed in no particular order... 

Nimble Storage has a unique approach and technology called "CASL" Cache Accelerate Sequential Layout. This technology has many benefits but one that I think stands out is the "Application-Aligned Block Size". This enables variable blocks to match application data block sizes, thus giving a performance boost to the application.
Nimbus Data really shines when it comes to Simplicity, Efficiency, and HA. The simplicity is ratified within their (HALO) operating system. The efficiency is ratified in their only 5 watts of usage per terabyte. They take energy savings and the green factor seriously. The High Availability feature is built into their hardware. Everything is redundant and automated, no single point of failure. 
3) Pernixdata (Currently in Stealth)

Not much to tell on this one, but I can tell you they have a great team and are working on a complex problem that I think will ultimately revolutionize the enterprise market. Keep your eyes and ears open as more details will be forthcoming. The two Co-founders Satyam Vaghani and Poojan Kumar bring a wealth of experience and talent to their new company, very excited about this one...
Bromium has developed an architecture that uses virtualization techniques to protect the desktop. Micro-Virtualization as it's called, automatically isolates every Windows task, at the hardware level. This allows the software to inspect and apply policy to each individual task without interrupting the operating system or user. I like to call Bromium the iPod of the Anti-Virus software market. The iPod came to the market when we already had MP3 players and it transformed the music industry inspite. In the same way, Bromium is coming to a market with a plethora of security and Anti-Virus products already in use. My prediction is that Bromium will start a new movement and turn the tables when it comes to threat protection at the desktop layer.