Amit.JPGAmit Panchal was one of the Virtualization Field Day 4 delegates we recently presented to in Austin and I got to thinking we should get to know our friend from “Blighty” a bit better. So, for this month’s IT

Blogger Spotlight series we caught up with him.


SW: Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get your start in IT?

 

AP: I started in IT as a Helpdesk Analyst for a large solutions provider. I actually completed an accountancy degree, but my passion was in IT, so naturally I worked my way up from there.


SW: I guess you could say your interest in all things IT naturally led you to start blogging?

 

AP: I started blogging because I wanted to share what I was learning in the industry with the wider IT community. I’m particularly interested in virtualization so my blog (Amit’s Technology Blog: Demystifying the World of Virtualisation & Technology) allows me to share my own thoughts, and helps me raise my profile in the community.


SW: So, what keeps you busy during the week?


AP: Monday to Friday is hectic with work and managing a team/projects and ad hoc jobs for a fast-paced global manufacturing company. Outside work, I'm very busy in the evenings juggling home life and carving out time to follow the latest tech trends and keeping my social circles buzzing mainly via Twitter (@amitpanchal76). I also try to make time to stay up-to-date with fellow bloggers by listening to different podcasts.

 

SW: Wow, you’re a busy guy! What blogs are you following these days?

 

AP: Some of my favorite blogs are Yellow Bricks, The Saffa Geek and I regularly follow Frank Denneman, Mike Preston and Hans De Leenheer.


SW: I’d say you have your finger on the “IT” pulse. Do you have any favorite tools you use?

 

AP: I use a number of different tools in my day-to-day, but if I had to pick my top tools I’d say vSphere Ops Manager, System Center Operations Manager, and Quest Active Roles Server. I’ve also used SolarWinds Storage Manager. It’s an excellent product for trending, reporting, and real-time analysiswhich has been recently followed up with SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor.


SW: OK, time to talk football (soccer). I see you’re a Manchester United Fan. I’ve got two questions for you. David Moyes or Louis van Gaal?

 

AP: Louis van Gaal all the way! He's made some good moves this season and hasn’t struggled in the way that Moyes did. He has a good track record, so I have high hopes for him.


SW: Ruud van Nistelrooy or Robin van Persie?

 

AP: Ruud van Nistelrooy is my pick as he was lethal in attack and could score in many different ways. He was also less prone to injury!


SW: Other than football, what else do you enjoy when you’re not “plugged in”?

 

AP: When I'm not working or blogging, I'm usually trying to keep control of my two boys. I love traveling and regularly go abroad with my family to escape the UK weather and catch some sun, sea, and sand. I'm also an avid reader and love both fiction and non-fiction.


SW: Escaping this winter weather sounds good right about now. Changing gears for the final question, what trends are you seeing in the industry?

 

AP: I’ve seen a recent explosion in hyper-converged solutions (1 box solutions that are scalable), SaaS apps, hybrid cloud (as companies seek to experiment with workloads off-premise), and flash storage in the data center.