Well it’s been a while since my last post, near nine months. Too much time for any author that really wants to maintain its site more or less alive. I’m sure that many of my loyal readers thought that I decided to abandon the blog, specially those that also follow my steps on Twitter where I have not been very active either.
What can I say? Working for VMware is without any doubt one of the most awesome and mind-blowing experiences I’ve ever had! During these months I’ve been involved in some really big vCloud engagements, had the opportunity to work with vCAC, vCloud, Chargeback, vC Ops and vCO in an everyday basis and have learn tons of new cool things. I’ve finally started a personal and professional transition from an infrastructure role to an automation and development focused one.
And I’ve been awarded as VMware vExpert for third year! :D
Honestly being a consultant at PSO is amazing but it’s also a very exhausting and time consuming job, there are always lots of new interesting things to do but not enough time available to try and test every crazy stuff you find, write on the blog, do your job and attend your family. As you can imagine not spending time with my family is completely out of the question and I have to admit that closing the blog has crossed my mind a couple of times. Instead I’ve decided to organize better the rest of my life and try to find time every week to write a couple of posts.
I really enjoy write about my experiences at work, time will tell if I am able to keep my promise, I really hope so :)
This year I finally manage to go to VMworld. It’s been held in the beautiful Barcelona, just a few hundred kilometers from Madrid, and now that the event is gone, the dust has settled and everybody is back at home I decided to share my experiences from the conference in a few blog posts. Also don’t expect technical posts but personal ones :-)
My personal VMworld really started on Sunday morning when after a short flight from Madrid I headed to the conference venue.
There I found three of my colleagues from VMware Spain preparing to work as Lab Staff for the next four days. I took the below picture while we were waiting out of the HOL room, from left to right Jesus Huerta, Marti Perarnau and Carlos Sen.
During the afternoon the HOL Staff and other VMware employees willing to do to labs were allowed to do so. I jumped in and choose the Application Director 5.0 lab, I’ve been trying to find some free time to taste App Director and finally I could.
I was impressed with the product. All the creation process was very straightforward and in the end I had an application with a vFabric Web Server at the frontend, vFabric tc Server as the middleware layer and vFabric vPostgres as the backend. Finally the lab allow me to scale out the app in order to attend a fictitious higher demand. Like I said very easy.
After my satisfactory lab experience I moved to the Solutions Exchange area where all the booths were being built. The transformation process is really amazing. One day there is nothing and a couple of days later… Voila!
Before continuing with the story I have to say that during all day I was tweeting like crazy trying to get in touch with Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja) and Josh Atwell (@Josh_Atwell), both from Cisco, and after a couple of funny moments with Amy showing my Twitter avatar to other VMware staff at the labs we were capable to meet and start the preparations for the evening.
Also thanks to Amy and after walking a bit through the Solutions Exchange area I was able to find my dear friend Fred Nix (@NixFred) from EMC.
We’ve been trying to meet in real life for almost two years without any luck so for me this was a very special moment. The above picture is from Tuesday when the VMworld was “on fire” but I believe it illustrates how funny and awesome is this dude :D
Amy, Josh and myself left the conference in the great company of Patrick Carmichael (@VMCarmichael), like yours truly from VMware, and headed to the vRockStar Party. This awesome party was organized by Patrick Redknap (@PatrickRedknap), Marco Broeken (@MBroeken) and sponsored by PHD Virtual, NimbleStorage, the DutchVMUG and ITQ, the company my friend Arjan Timmerman (@Arjantim) works for, and of course he was at the Hard Rock too.
We arrived at Plaza Catalunya by bus and from there we felt brave enough to walk a couple of klicks to the Barcelona Hard Rock Café, where the vRockStar Party was going to be celebrated. After a very long and funny walk with me trying to help Josh to improve his Spanish, and Josh and me complaining about Patrick navigation skills, we arrived at Hard Rock Café. We meet there the one and only J Mezt (@drjmetz) and the party begun…
Lots of beer, geek talk and great friends. You can’t ask more from a party.
The last four weeks I had a bit of a crazy life, but finally the process has come to an end and I can freely speak about it.
It is with joy that I want to announce that by the 10th of May I will join VMware as PSO Consultant. It has been a hard decision, HP has been my home for almost eight years in two different periods and I leave here smart people, great professionals and more important very good friends.
From here I want to thank all my friends, managers and mentor at HP, this new path that lies ahead of me wouldn’t be possible without you. I sincere wish you all the best.
When I got home after a morning playing airsoft with some friends I found on my twitter stream a very nice surprise. My friend Josep Ros (@josepros) was congratulating me for being awarded VMware vExpert for another year. VMware had published the initial list in a blog post here.
I can’t be thankful enough to VMware for including me again in such a great list of people and in special to John Troyer (@jtroyer) and Alex Maier (@lxmaier) for their excellent work leading this amazing community.
I also want to congratulate the rest of my fellow vExperts for the award, is a real honor to be on the same list. Please continue with your hard and inspirational work.
This year yours truly is lucky enough to be on the list of candidates so if you feel that my work here have been of help I’ll be grateful. However I’m a guy with his feet on the ground and I am perfectly aware that there are a ton of great blogs out there.
My personal Top Five are:
- Virtually Ghetto by William Lam (@lamw)
- DoubleCloud by Steve Jin (@sjin2008)
- Nickapedia by Nick Weaver (@lynxbat)
- Scott Lowe’s blog (@scott_lowe)
- Frank Denneman’s blog (@FrankDenneman)
Now go to http://vote.vsphere-land.com/ and vote for your favorite blog!
2011 is done and like any other human beings out there today I decided to look back.
Professionally the great company I’m lucky to work at finally gave me the opportunity to focus my work only in the most awesome technology… VMware. After many years of being a Unix guy and a few being something in the middle I’m currently working exclusively with VMware products on top of HP solutions.
From the blog perspective 2011 has been huge, and I really mean it. In 2010 I had 29,786 visits and in 2011 I have had… 125,690. Yes almost one hundred thousand more visits!
Thanks to good work of John Troyer the blog has been recently included in the Planetv12n blog aggregator from VMware.
And probably the best moment of the year… in June I got news from John Troyer telling me that I had been awarded vExpert for the first time. It was a great honor and I’m still a bit shocked.
Personally the vExpert award was huge, apart from HP-UX and OpenBSD I never be so passionate about a technology and it was an unexpected a very welcomed gift. Props to VMware and to John Troyer, there is no place like the VMware Community :-)
Finally I want to say:
Thank you to all my readers and my Twitter followers. My best wishes to you and your families for the New Year. And again… Thank you!
The vExpert program is the way VMware use to reward those individuals that have contributed to spread the word about the greatness of virtualization and have helped other people through the VMware Communities and/or through their personal blogs.
I was shocked when I got the notice and I want to thank VMware and specially John Troyer (@jtroyer) that included me with such great group of individuals like Nick Weaver (@lynxbat), Mike Laverick (@Mike_Laverick) or my friend and colleague at HP Calvin Zito (@HPStorageguy). My VMware Community profile now features the cool vExpert logo.
I hope to live up to the award :-)
With this picture of our son Jaime and our lady Buffy, my wife and me wish to you and your families all the best for this Christmas and the New Year ahead.
And I hope that Santa and the Magic Kings bring everything you asked for your homelabs ;-)
I really can not believe it but a year has passed since my first “Hello World!” post.
During this first year I received more than 25,000 visits, which to be sincere is far more than I expected. Below is a screenshot showing my top ten posts.
I want to thank all of you who have been following the blog. I also have a special thank to my dear friend Jean Mesquida who have been giving me a lot of feedback about many of my blog posts. I enjoyed to write every post.
I’m pretty sure the next year will be even better.
Those of you who follow me on Twitter probably know that I joined the HP Spain Linux Team a couple of weeks ago and since then my life has become very interesting.
I really meditated this decision, in the first time I was partially reluctant; is not that I don’t like Linux on the contrary is one of my favorites operative systems and I use it as my desktop OS at home but for the enterprise arena I always have been an HP-UX guy, and I felt like I was betraying myself but in the end I don’t regret my decision. The Linux Team is composed by some of the most talented guys in HP Spain and there is a sincere feeling of friendship between the members of the Team. The change of team has also an Easter egg, I will have the opportunity to focus more on VMware technologies, something that I’ve been doing more and more during the lasts years.
My friend Jean asked me to not let down the HP-UX community, Jean you really touch me with this :-) I never felt that I was an “important” member of the community and for instance I don’t believe I am. This is only a very small site and there are people more important than me out there like Olivier S. Masse, Daniel Parkes or the hundreds of great guys that everyday build the real HP-UX community on ITRC Forums.
For those of you who have been reading and supporting this blog, don’t worry I will continue to write posts about my/our beloved HP-UX along with more content about Linux and VMware.
Wish me luck and let the new era begin! :-)