Attention!!! New Challenges Ahead!

1 11 2011

Well folks…all good things must end…and for this Friday that means my career with Terremark.

I do wish that somehow things had worked out differently at Terremark, as I sincerely enjoyed my time and the relationships I developed with the great many superb individuals that I met while working there. However, things were not to be. Some people are satiated by their current status, some only strive for purely monetary gains and increases, but others like myself strive for something more. Something less tangible, but just as important… I strive for influence, respect, and recognition. I want to leave my mark. I want to influence direction. I want to shape the future. I want to aid and assist individuals and businesses in their growth. I might have been able to do those things at Terremark…but then again…I might not have. Terremark, like many businesses after a major merger/acquisition is in a mammoth state of flux. The business direction appears to be in flux, the management is in flux, the teams are in flux, and just about nothing seems clear or decided. If anything has been decided, it certainly hasn’t been communicated to the rank and file. Ultimately, between what I’ve failed to see during my time and combined with the fears for what I feel is coming…I was led to submit my resignation to Terremark due to receiving an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.

That opportunity was presented to me by NetApp. I will be reporting to work bright early Monday morning as a Professional Services Consultant. I’ve always enjoyed working with NetApp products. The integration between their products and my first love of VMware is something that most other companies only dream of. Add their excellent reputation for easy extensibility with their well-supported APIs and to me…it’s a dream platform. I’ll make no bone about my preference for file based storage either…but I’ll try to avoid the holy war here on my blog. Needless to say, I’m just tickled pink to have the chance to work for NetApp, and I’m going to work my tail off to make a name for myself there.

I’ll miss Terremark/Verizon…but I know great things are ahead at NetApp for me and my career!!!

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VMWorld 2010!

25 06 2010

I’m getting psyched up about heading to VMWorld again this year. Looking forward to seeing folks that I’ve met over the years and also to get a chance to take a peak at some of the offerings from the many vendors and demonstrators. My focus areas this year… IP Based storage(NFS, iSCSI, etc.), virtualization security and monitoring, and PCI compliancy tools.





The Winds of Change

29 10 2009

Well… One of the reasons that I haven’t posted much on here is that I’ve made a rather big change in life lately. Many of my friends and family are already aware of this change, but others might not be…so here it is…

After nearly 12 years of service at KBR, Inc., I’ve decided to part ways with the company and advance my career in another direction. I’ve joined Terremark Worldwide, Inc. as a Shared Systems Engineer. I’ll be moving my family out of the Houston area and up to the Dallas area as their offices are located in Las Colinas in Irving.

It’s a big change for me and although I know that I certainly possess sufficient technical abilities to master any challenge…I’m never one to think that I know everything. Above all else though…working for a company like Terremark, where technology is their core business will in my opinion offer me a better environment in which to grow my skills. KBR, while having been good to my family and I over the years, had gotten technologically and structurally lost in my opinion from an IT perspective. The blame for most of this I lay at the feet of the IT leadership at KBR who in my opinion, were not always up to the challenge of staying in-the-know technologically or ideologically.

I certainly miss all of my former co-workers and the other folks that I had developed relationships with over the years there at KBR. But it’s all water under the bridge now…and I’m very excited to be working for Terremark. I think big things are in store for Terremark in the near future and I look forward to being a part of that bright future.

You can find Terremark on the NASDAQ as TMRK…