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Sep 29

Signing off….

I started this blog in September, 2006. I was working as a storage administrator for “Loan To Learn” a small student loan company in Sterling, Virginia. It was an amazing challenge. We built an enterprise environment from the ground up in amazing time. Overcoming odds, battling beasts, etc. It was great fun.

It’s a pity that the pilot of that particular airliner didn’t see the mountain looming and smacked straight into the side of it without blinking..

The blog was a great place to vent, to talk about the discoveries and problems in running a day-to-day environment. (Something I had only done once before, in 1997 when I was just starting in the industry)

I received a tremendous amount of help from all of you, and I’m hoping the information contained within these “pages” was/is helpful.

Long story short, I think I’ve come to the point where I think this blog has outlived it’s usefulness, at least as a day-to-day diary, both to me and everyone around me. It’s been difficult for me of late because I don’t feel it’s fair to blog about my current clients. They haven’t consented to such public favor (or ridicule, as the case sometimes is.)

My last engagement, government agency, hurt my career.  Spending 2+ years working with a group who have an abhorrent fear of new technologies, or in fact doing ANYTHING new, kept me well behind the curve, technically.  It’s only through sheer luck (and a few people on the west coast that still know my name) that I got this engagement where I actually got my hands on my first VMAX…only one, a year later than just about everyone else I know.  Talked them into their first NAS device while I was there (Celerra)

Sadly, these days I’m still not as in the ‘cutting edge’ mix of things, but I’m diving in wherever I can, and I still have my home projects to keep my skills up.  I’m trying to dive into the design work wherever I can…  But all in all, I don’t have a lot of time to play with the newest and bestest things, it’s a lot of day-to-day crap.

That and I’m realizing that while I’m a good engineer…I kinda suck as a writer. ;-)

I think the biggest thing is…I just don’t have that much to rant about anymore..  That’s good right?

Keep in touch, I can be reached at jg (at) 50micron dot com or via twitter @50micron

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  1. Marcus Dobeck

    Awww! I look forward to reading these when I see a new RSS alert. Sad to see you go. :(

  2. Parikshith Reddy

    Hey Jesse, i just started following you on twitter and started reading your blog. I have to say, its very good and informative. Sorry, to hear you are going to stop doing it. I see that you are working on VMAX series. If you feel if you want to give a little more to the community,posts on VMAX would be great. Information on VMAX in blogosphere is at scarce. For one, i would love to read more on VMAX and learn it. Thanks for all the information here and enjoy the VMAX gig.

    Regards,
    Parikshith
    @preddy777

    1. Jesse

      It’s just become more work than it’s worth…I spend more time deleting spam-messages and my posts never generated a lot of interest. (Installing google analytics was probably the worst thing I could do, nothing makes you realize how much time you’re wasting then seeing the single-digit viewership)

      Besides. It’s also time for me to admit that I suck as a writer.

      However, that may explain my hatred of documenting my work.

  3. Nakarti

    I’ve learned more about my EMC storage systems than the storage team knows about them from your blog. Sad as that may be, it’s helping hold the system together.

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