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