Prologue: Who am I? Chad Sakac?! This post got to be ridiculously long-winded, but it has tons of good info in it, and I certainly encourage a full read! Sorry for the length, but I wanted to share as much as I could…
It’s no secret that I love social media. Hell, just look at my page. I accepted a long time ago that it is the way of the future. You have two choices: You can choose to be open and transparent, sharing all across all of the sites, or you can go along with the security/privacy fear-mongers and hide in your house with the curtains drawn. Anyone that really knows me, even outside of work, knows that I’m a huge advocate of transparency, and just airing everything out there. It’s healthy, it breeds conversation, constructive criticism and open thought, and does nothing but contribute to forward-thinking innovation.
I love social media.
It’s responsible for a lot of the growth, in my opinion, that virtualization has seen over the past 5-ish years. One of the biggest mediums (or better, most rewarding) outside of the twitterverse, has been the VMware Communities Roundtable podcast, hosted by John Troyer (@jtroyer) of VMware. This is one of those things that are quite literally on my calendar every Wednesday, because I refuse to miss it if I can help it. I’ve been participating for several years now, and have transitioned from a customer role to a vendor role in between. The beauty of the podcast is that none of that matters. It’s an open chat about VMware, not about one vendor versus the other.
So when I see podcasts labeled things like “sorting through storage vendor FUD,” I immediately get a raised eyebrow. These are the kinds of the things I certainly respect and appreciate outside opinions and views on, because ALL OF US in the vendor community are all too often, too close to the glass.
So I opened Evernote, and started listening. And I wanted to respond to some of the things mentioned in the podcast. I’m sure this will get read, for the most part, as a “Nick the NetApp guy” response, but keep in mind that a little over a year ago, I was a datacenter admin. I was a generalist that ran with a Network Engineer, and we were pretty much a two-man shop. A lot of my thinking and advice/criticism, mostly internally to NetApp people and mgmt, come from my viewpoints as a customer, and are usually anti-Marketing spin, and have to do with making what used to be “my day-to-day” easier and more efficient.
In this episode, Rick Vanover hosts Hans DeLeenheer. Hans works for Ferranti in Belgium as a team lead for all areas of server, storage and virtualization. Hans is on Twitter and blogs at: http://hansdeleenheer.blogspot.com/. Hans and Rick discuss some of the challenges facing IT pros when it comes to purchasing storage.
In the interest of being transparent, I’m going to leave my notes VERBATIM here in the post, and I’ll address each point in more detail below. To be honest, each of these points could quite literally be their own individual blog post, and who knows… I might do just that. It just shows what a good podcast and overall conversation this was.