The success of VSAN, and my move to VMware

For the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity to share with others how to better understand their Data Center workloads, and how to use this knowledge to better service the needs of their organizations.  As a Technical Marketing Engineer for PernixData, the role allowed me to maintain a pulse on the needs of the customers and the partners, as well as analyze what others were doing from a competitive standpoint. It was a great way to distinguish between industry hyperbole, versus what solutions people were really interested in, and implementing.

One observation simply couldn’t be ignored. It was clear that many were adopting VMware VSAN – and doing it in a big way. The rate of adoption even seemed to outpace the exceptionally rapid rate the product has been maturing. Thinking back to my days on the customer side, it was easy to see why. With its unique traits by virtue of it being built into the hypervisor, it appeals to the sensibilities of the Data Center Administrator, and the CFO. VSAN was resonating with the needs of the customers, and doing so in a much more tangible way than official market research numbers could describe.

I wanted to be a part of it.

With that, I’m thrilled to be joining VMware’s Storage and Availability business unit, as a member of their Technical Marketing Team. One of my areas of focus will be VSAN, as well as many other related topics. I’m joining the likes of GS Khalsa, Jase McCarty, Jeff Hunter, John Nicholson, Ken Werneburg, and Pete Flecha. To say it’s a honor to be joining this team is a bit of an understatement.  I’m truly grateful for the opportunity.

A special thanks to all of the great people I worked with at PernixData. An incredibly talented group of people striving to make a difference. The best of luck to each and every one of them. It’s been a truly rewarding experience indeed.

You’ll be able to my official contributions out on VMware’s Virtual Blocks and as well as other locations. I’ll be continuing to post out here at for unofficial content, and other things that continue to interest me.