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Thirty Years: Thank you

Warning: This isn’t a technology post but it’s worth your time.  It’s about a fire.

Do you feel like you could do something else that would make you happier?  Do you want to make a difference?  My answer was yes to both questions.  Even before having my daughter I’ve always had something burning inside that made me want more out of life.  It’s one of those things that drives you.  I feel like it’s a constant battle to do what I can to be better.  It’s probably silly but I want this for others too.

A couple of things happened recently that prompted me to write this post:

  1. I joined EMC as a vSpecialist almost 5 months ago.  The draw was the culture that Chad Sakac had fostered.  I felt tapped out in the role I was in at another organization and most importantly felt like I could make a *bigger* difference elsewhere.  It has been unbelievable.
  2. I read “Tribes” by Seth Godin.  The book hit me at the core.  It’s about being a leader.  What’s holding you back in life?  Most of the time it’s fear.  I’ve overcome so many fears in life by just taking the risk.
  3. I sat next to a lady on a plane who helped her son go after his dreams.  Her son decided he wanted to go to MIT before his teens.  She fed his never-ending desire to learn math and reading.  She took him to museums and lego robotics competitions.  Now he’s at MIT doing what he loves.
  4. Chris Hoff tweeted that he had donated to Kiva for the 83rd time.  Kiva does micro loans in developing countries.  Imagine if you could loan money to someone to buy a cow and that in turn helped out their whole family or village in a developing country.  With Kiva, you can do it.
  5. Wade O’Harrow (Director of vSpecialists worldwide) called me one morning to help me set up my iPad and we got on the subject about “smiling”.  Just smiling makes you feel better and makes those around you feel good.  Wade is one of those energetic leaders who knows what matters.
  6. Ade Olonoh, who I consider a best friend moved to San Francisco.  An idea he and John Wechsler ( had while running took off like wildfire.  I’ve known Ade from way back in the day when I interviewed him for a job (my peer) at the Indianapolis Star.
  7. I turned 30.

Seriously, I’m one of the luckiest people on the planet.  I’m surrounded by incredible people who have all made an impact on me  I could expand the list above for hours.  You’ve probably heard these tips before but it’s always good to be reminded.  It’s so easy to make a difference.  It’s the little things and they all add up.

  1. You can do anything you want to do.  I’m not kidding.
  2. Find what your passion is and do it.
  3. Pay it forward.  If you’ve been given something, give back.  It makes the world a better place.
  4. If you fail, just get back up.  What’s worse?  Trying and failing or never having tried at all?
  5. Read “Tribes” by Seth Godin.
  6. Smile.

Briefly: Symmetrix still running after falling over in earthquake

Unbelievable. The image below shows an EMC Symmetrix that is still running after it fell over during the earthquake in Chile.  We don’t have many details at the moment but our team got a pic of this DMX that fell over in the 8.8 earthquake that hit Chile.

On a serious note, our hearts go out to those in Chile who have lost their lives.  Please treat this post more as utter amazement at what can happen during an earthquake from a technology perspective and not a slight at the human lives that have been lost or the hardship endured.


A new chapter in my career

Some of you may know already but for those who don’t, I decided a bit ago to pursue some new challenges. I’ve joined EMC and the VMware Alliance team. My role as a systems engineer and virtualization practice lead at Network Storage, Inc has been extremely rewarding over the last 3.5 years. I got to build something from the ground up and work with some amazing colleagues and customers. I’ll be exposed to more challenges and the neat thing is being right in the middle of sales, marketing and engineering. We get to tell customers what EMC is doing but more importantly take feedback from customers and deliver it to engineering. The feedback loop is short so I encourage you to use us if there are things you need with regards to storage and virtualization that you aren’t getting.

The team I join is growing fast. Scott Lowe, Rick Scherer and John Avery have just recently announced that they’re joining the team as well. I feel honored to join a team with so many talented folks coming on board. If you’re interested in joining, let myself or one of the others know.

As others have posted regarding their blogs, this blog should not change much except for the espousing of EMC futures. Before I didn’t know much and I worked closely with Devang Panchigar but now I do know a lot more and can hint at direction but limit the specifics. I’ll continue to blog at and work with my peers just as I have in the past. I feel that independent voices are critical in the technology world. Also, this blog nor the opinions and information are mine and not EMC’s.

GestaltIT Tech Field Day

The GestaltIT Tech Field Day is upon us… Stephen Foskett has put together an amazing event. The GestaltIT authors and other peers coming together to listen to the interesting things that some vendors are doing.  It’ll be held out in Silicon Valley from November 12th-13th.

Why is this important?  Because it will give attendees some good hands-on experiences with the products and not just marketcture slides.

We’ll all be blogging about the event and also tweeting with the #techfieldday hash tag on twitter.

Here are the sponsors:

3PAR Logo
Data Robotics
MDS Micro

Supporting sponsors for portions of the event:

TechValidate Logo
Truth in IT

Here’s the official blurb from the site.

Today, we are pleased to demonstrate an expanded vision by announcing the first-ever Gestalt IT event, Tech Field Day! We will be bringing many of our own authors as well as other like-minded folks to Silicon Valley on November 12 and 13, 2009 for a live, in-person event. We have invited some of the most interesting and innovative companies to sponsor the event, presenting their technology and products.

This is not a trade show, a junket, or an analyst day. Rather, the participating sponsors will be engaging the attendees, inviting feedback, and fostering open communication. We were inspired by HP’s series of Tech Days and wanted to broaden the concept, bringing in more products and a broader range of technologies. We also liked the idea of creating and managing a similar event as an independent third party.

Upgrade to WordPress 2.5

I just upgraded to WordPress 2.5.  So far everything has gone smoothly but I’m sure some bugs will crop up.  If you notice anything let me know.

There are a ton of new features and if you’re interested you can find them here.

VMware and Blades

A lot of people I have talked to think that blade servers (IBM Bladecenter, Sun Blade 6000, etc.) and VMware are exclusive strategies. This really isn’t the case. People flock to virtualization because they want a) better resource utilization of their hardware or b) to get better footprint utilization in their datacenter. Virtualization means that there are still going to be a handful of servers required for capacity and redundancy.

Blade servers are built for environments that use shared storage (SAN/NAS) or need little expansion. They also have a lot more backend bandwidth than normal servers do because of their interconnected backplane between nodes and the storage and ip networks. This is perfect for VMware. Most organizations are deploying it out on a SAN or NAS anyway and really need flexible resource allocation to provision new servers or handle spikes in VM activity.

It’s a new spin on virtualization and allows for even better consolidation in an environment with only a little bit more incremental cost. I know Sun’s blade chasis list for $5,000 and blades start at $3,600. People aren’t buying $1,000 servers for VMware so with 3-4 servers needing to be purchased for VMware, a blade center chasis isn’t much more in the bigger picture.

Where it gets interesting: Desktop virtualization with VDI (VMware Desktop Infrastructure), dynamic resource allocations with blades powering themselves up and down as needed and more.

Fresh start

I’ve been pondering starting up a blog discussing data management in general with hopes it may be of use to people in the SME (Small/Medium Enterprise) space. Here in Indiana we see a lot of different environments that sometimes are quite unique in their approach.

I’ll be covering topics like infrastructure planning, data protection and related topics.


The purpose of this blog is to contribute useful information to people about managing data and infrastructure in small to large enterprise environments. It’s here to talk about trends, rules and how to break or best them.

Who am I? My name is Ed Saipetch and I work in the Office of the CTO at CenturyLink. Prior to that I was the Director of Alliances and Channels at Inktank and the Senior Technical Director at Joyent.  I focus a bit on storage and cloud and how they work together. I blog here and co-host the SpeakingInTech podcast.