When I was asked to work on this ambassador project for SolarWinds, to help generate conversation here on thwack I had all kinds of ideas (and apparently no pen), and now that it is time for pen to paper or where the rubber meets the road, the topics have taken a bit of a hiatus. Its much like any experience I have in the iTunes music store… I have a pile of music hat I want to download, but as soon as I get to iTunes, I have no idea what to do or where to go first. That is what getting into storage was like for me as well, a bit overwhelming but also a huge learning opportunity.
My experience has been very education heavy in that I figured out a good portion of the configuration for my organizations array and virtualization setup on my own, with a few calls to EMC support when things just didn’t make sense. But with that bit of help I did get it working and now it is running a good portion of our environment. Until that point, virtualization was for demos on a laptop and storage was a few portable USB drives in my bag. The fact that there is a whole industry and tons of ways to slice information about storage still amazes me.
To get this series of posts started, I was working to find a hot technology that would get the ball rolling, like deduplication or cloud (more on that down the road), but that didn’t seem like a good way to get started. Being someone who really started learning about storage and truly taking an interest in it on an after thought because of a bit of faith from Microsoft which grew very quickly, I thought finding out a bit about the thwack users who frequent the storage area (pardon me for not going with storage geeks, but I didn’t want to offend anyone right off the bat) might be a good way to open the discussion.
Now that you know a bit about me, and how I got into storage, its your turn.
What brought you into the storage arena, requirements of the job?
In addition what is the coolest thing you have learned in storage and where do you think this technology will be in the next one to two years?
Is there a particular storage technology, Object based storage, flash based caching that you have been curious about or working with now that you feel is the next big thing?
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