2011 has been a very interesting year for me; both the most interesting and most challenging, personally and professionally.
It started great, with a trip to GestaltIT’s Tech Field Day 5 in San Jose. I met a bunch of new, independent technology folks and heard presentations from some great vendors. I made a lot of connections that I still keep in contact with and share ideas with, as is usually the case with previous Tech Field Day events and delegate interactions. All in all a great experience!
Literally a month after I returned from that trip, my company, my family and I lived through one of the strongest earthquakes in recorded history, you know, no big deal. I learned how to use technology from VMware and NetApp to deal with the disaster from the business side, and learned that living through something like this takes both a financial and mental toll on even those not directly in the path of the devastation. Lots of my colleagues have already left Japan to return home or relocate to other countries in Asia to escape the aftereffects. Japan is still recovering and no doubt will come back stronger than ever, but the bruise is most certainly still purple.
A few months after the earthquake, things were beginning to calm down, so I approached Stephen Foskett of GestaltIT about attending Tech Field Day 6 in Boston. It was a great opportunity for me to tell my story as it related to the earthquake and IT technology. I even got to hear a session from VMware on, of all things, the new features in Site Recovery Manager v5.
In addition, just before attending Tech Field Day 6 in Boston, I learned that a session I had submitted for VMworld regarding our earthquake experience was accepted as a customer panel for VMworld. And as I publish this post, I am coming off an amazing week and sucessful session at VMworld. It was nice to share our story and talk about the unique set of circumstances around our use of VMware’s products.
Also, while in Boston, I had an opportunity to interview with a VAR and got a job offer, which I actually ended up turning down. This was my first time interviewing for a job stateside in about 10-11 years, as I have been in Japan for the past 7. The practice of doing the interview and talking with technology people during Tech Field Day lit a fire which made me seek out a bunch of different career opportunities for companies that I truly admire. I wasn’t sure I wanted to leave Japan, but at the very least, I had to see what was out there; to see if there was something that would be worth leaving my 2nd home behind and starting anew.
This brings me to the decision of my new home going forward, and the news you’ve been waiting for…
I was approached back in June by a colleague I met back at VMworld 2010 San Francisco last year. His name is Nick Howell and he started back in February as a Virtualization Solutions Architect over at NetApp. He sent me a DM: Hey I’m referring you for a position over here at NetApp, blah, blah, blah. I thought, sure Nick, I love NetApp, we’re a customer, why not. Time went on and Nick said: Be patient, it takes time, you’ll hear something, I promise.
Well now, come August I hadn’t heard anything so I was starting to think I would have to put on my networking shoes at VMworld to try and make some contacts and set up some interviews there, but, low and behold, I get an e-mail in the first week of August inviting me for a phone interview. That interview led to 4 additional phone interviews and I was finally offered the position of Virtualization Solutions Architect at NetApp just a couple weeks ago. I will begin working over there on 9/19 following an overseas move from Japan to Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC (“The Triangle”) in early September.
This position is truly a dream come true for me! I can’t believe it’s happening to me, still to this day… I will be working with the likes of Scott Baker, Nick Howell, Chris Gebhardt, Jack McLeod, Julian Cates and Vaughn Stewart. I will be exploring the latest NetApp products and services, creating technical marketing materials, speaking at conferences, and evangelizing products and solutions from VMware, NetApp and its other technology partners.
Since my goal in the past couple years has been evangelizing VMware’s products as well as other IT technologies, this is truly the perfect job for me. With NetApp’s support and resources as well as the colleagues I’ll have around me, I am sure to excel and continue spreading the word on virtualization, cloud computing and enterprise storage that my blog focuses on.
On that note, I plan to continue this blog, as well as to post content in the NetApp official blogs. Also, I plan to re-commit to getting content out on the Japanese section as well, since Japan needs help now more than ever, especially with technologies that help deal with disasters and reduce energy consumption. I plan to continue to help them in the best way that I can.
Here’s to new beginnings…
Everything that has a beginning has and ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well – Buddha
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