One of my best friends, Erin Banks, and I always talk about how life is about crossing bridges. I’ve just crossed another bridge. With a lot of heartache and turmoil but much excitement, I’ve accepted the role of Senior Technical Director at Joyent. I’ve always wanted to help guide cloud strategy and this puts me close to the driver’s seat.
The next chapter…
I can’t express how excited I am to join Joyent. I’ve always been a geek at heart and have loved Solaris, Dtrace, ZFS and all of the insane innovation Sun Microsystems did back in the day. Joyent built their platform on Opensolaris but have hired much of the innovators that were previously at Sun/Oracle on the core elements that matter. Years ago I started following the Joyent folks and I was always impressed at how they innovated and had a vision of what they saw cloud to be. They have amassed an incredible amount of talent and I’ve always had a ton of respect for Jason Hoffman and David Paul Young for their vision. Now I get to play a big big part in making that vision become pervasive. There will be more coming as I get planted at Joyent.
I am so thankful for the opportunities that I was given at EMC beginning with Aaron Chaisson hiring me last year. He’s a phenomenal individual who let me thrive in the beginning and helped me in any way he could. I joined the vSpecialist team when it was roughly 24 people and it has grown to over 100 which is representative of the success the team has. I learned a phenomenal amount from the likes of Chad Sakac, Erin Banks, Justin Lauer, Jonathan Donaldson, Tommy Trogden, Rick Scherer, Scott Lowe, Jim Ruddy, Nick Weaver, Sharon Isaacson, John Avery, Denis Guyadeen, Dennis Hoffman, Chris Birdwell, Kevin Zawodzynski, Ben Dunning, Wade O’Harrow and too many others to name. I’ve mentioned this before and I’ll mention it again, you become part of a family and it’s an unbelievable feeling knowing that your brothers and sisters on the team will lay down on train tracks for you. It’s been an amazing time and a pleasure working at EMC. I’ll miss it but I’m looking forward to tackling some insane challenges ahead.