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DatacenterDude.com is a collection of IT industry experts writing technical HOWTO and Thought Leadership content around Enterprise IT. Any views or opinions expressed here are strictly our own. While we are bloggers who work for various vendors and resellers, we are not paid bloggers of our respective companies; therefore, I am solely responsible for all content published here. This is a personal website, not a NetApp blog. Content published here is not read, reviewed, or approved in advance by my employer and does not necessarily represent or reflect their views or opinions, or any of its divisions, subsidiaries, or business partners.

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Nick Howell, Founder of DatacenterDude.com

One of the top technology evangelists in the IT Industry, Nick Howell has spent 15 years driving multi-million dollar solutions across multiple Fortune 500 companies and implementing new systems from an engineering, architectural, and consultant capacity across many industry verticals including finance, defense, retail & more.

Nick focuses on data technology for storage and large-scale integrations, working with customers, partners and users to design solutions that are best suited for their businesses.

An avid architect, engineer and podcaster, Nick is frequently looking for how to take things apart or put them together in new ways… including his race car (which he attempts to only use on weekends).


Nick constantly writes from the heart.  His passion comes through in both his writing as well as his speaking.  He is always a transparent writer, and will be the first one to step up and question or call-out FUD.  Just the facts, man.  This blog is used both as a central location to store information, as well as sharing new and exciting information from both NetApp, as well as within the world of virtualization and cloud computing.

Nick tends to focus on management technologies, backup/recovery, and anything that makes the everyday admin’s life easier.

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