Category Archive: Employement

May 06

And suddenly…(redux)

**ALERT** I’ve had to…modify this post so it won’t offend someone who doesn’t realize that the storage community is very small and that word will get out regardless… I’m unemployed. Unexpectedly too.  Unexpected because right up until the day they told me to go home because I wasn’t getting paid, everyone assured me that the …

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Feb 25

We interupt this experiment to bring you this special bulletin…

The government’s “Continuing Resolution” will be expiring a week from today.  As a government contractor, this directly affects me. They have two choices.  They can pass ANOTHER C.R. or they can actually pass a budget. I don’t post political statements here too often.  However I don’t know about you, but from where I stand this …

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Aug 09

Consulting 101 (or “So you wanna be a consultant…”) – Part 1

Ok, I’ve been asked, and as of next week I will have worked as a consultant in all three different types of arrangements.  I thought it might be a good idea to explain the pros and cons of different consulting positions. To sum it up, there are three different types of consultants.   The W2 (Or …

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Mar 30

Storage for dummies…

I still can’t get over the way people perceive storage administrators as having nothing to do all day. Between managing the NAS, trying to keep some sembelance of order to the chaos that users like to impose on their environment, managing the backup infrastructure (multiple configuration changes for every server that’s added or removed from …

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Feb 14

Documentation

Can you believe it?  they actually asked me why I didn’t do more documentation during my year there. Let’s see.  During the course of the past year, we designed, installed, implementated, moved, migrated, redesigned, reimplemented an entire corporate infrastructure. My part in this was fairly simple. Primary role: Storage Design (Clariion/Symmetrix), Implementation, Management Backup Design …

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Jan 06

EWeek – Skill Shortages to Swell IT Salaries

This article in e-week.com says it all.  Storage has always been good to me.  In 2001 I got laid off while working for MTI (right before they imploded and were “reborn” as an EMC reseller – with a huge influx of capital from EMC) but was back in business almost immediately.  (Read the article in …

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