The Nutanix Teams released the 2019 Nutanix Technical Champion (NTC) listing, and for the 3rd year in a row I’m honored to be part of this group of 129 professionals around the world help evangelize, implement and support the Nutanix platform for customers, partners and every group in between.
It’s a group of people that I’ve been able to learn from the shared experience, and hopefully be able to provide a bit of experience back to. The Nutanix platform has provided me and the rest of my Data Center team at eGroup the ability to bring solutions to our customers that provide speed and certainty, simplicity and elegance to IT, rather than complex hardware and solutions that either the customer will never fully utilize or will never be able to fully administrator.
Also cool to see my friend and teammate Dave Strum also on the list for another year! Good job my man!
Here’s to a great year in 2019 with Nutanix!
Thank you to everybody on the NTC Channel, my friends and peers at Nutanix and everybody at eGroup who allows us to work with these solutions for our customers.
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Nutanix CE Version 5.6 is out, and it’s hot!!!
With the release of Nutanix Community Edition version 5.6, Nutanix has also provided a new installation mechanism as an alternative to the previous dd imaging method, now allowing for a .iso installer.
Freedom to Choose… Freedom to Play… Freedom to Cloud….
I just returned from a week in New Orleans at the Nutanix .Next conference, where I was fortunte to represent eGroup as a partner as well as being part of the Nutanix Technical Champions group.
In addition to being a conference attendee, a co-worker Dave Strum and I co-presented with one of our customers on the benefits of deploying Nutanix on Cisco UCS hardware, lessons learned and future plans. It was fun and definintely not like your typical presentation.
There’s a lot of blog posts and content around the .Next conference news (Plug for Dave here), and the Nutanix roadmap continues to dazzle and amaze people (ok, me especially) with simplicity, functionality and yes, Freedom. Keyword here is Freedom.
And this post isn’t about recapping the .next conference, I’ll let my peers and friends handle that. This post is about Freedom…
I realized it’s been a while since my last post, almost 3 months now have gone by. That can be a good thing. I wanted to use this post as a brief recap of the last few months, and include some personal news that has hit me right in the heart…
The Nutanix deployment with GPU cards installed is no different than without, you still go thru the process of imaging the nodes with Foundation just like you’d do without GPU cards. In this case, each site was configured with 2 Nutanix clusters, one for Server VMs and a second cluster specific to VDI. The VDI cluster was configured in a 3 node cluster, using the NX-3055-G5 nodes, running Horizon View 7.2.0 specifically.
I’ll touch on some details of the M60 card below, and then get into some of the places where I had a few issues with the deployment and how I fixed them, and finally some Host/VM configuration and validation commands.
Well, it’s that time again… 2017 has come and gone, and sometimes I just don’t know where all the time went and what I was able to accomplish.
I’m happy to say that for the 2nd year in a row I’m part of a great group of people in the IT industry, those of us pushing the value of Nutanix and their simple, effective and scalable HyperConverged solutions.
Pretty cool in the large world of IT, to be a part of this small group of folks in the #NutanixNTC family, and especially joined by another eGroup Member, Dave Strum (http://vthistle.com) on this journey.
Thank you Nutanix for giving us an amazing platform to help our customers along on their journey, and I cannot wait what’s in store for 2018!
To read the full post about the 2018 Nutanix Technology Champions, follow the link below.
We’re just two months into 2017, and it already feels like the year is flying by!
The 2017 vExpert announcements came out today – you can read it here, and for the 3rd year in a row (well, really 2.5 since I forgot to renew at the end of 2015 and made it in the 2nd half of 2016) I’m honored to be included in the list of some very smart people.
Back in December, I was also included in the Nutanix Technical Champions list found here, and again I was very honored to make that list.
So what does it all mean?
Well first off, getting on these lists isn’t just going to a class and/or passing a certification. It’s not doing some training on a subject(s) and proving knowledge during a project. It’s not helping out your friends/coworkers when they need help or have questions.
It’s all of the above. It’s taking the time to share ones knowledge and give back to the community that has provided so much learning and education. It’s collaborating on solutions, on particpating in beta programs that help shape upcoming software.
I’ve been really fortunate to have had a very fun and educational career, from cutting my teeth with Citrix platforms, to Oracle databases and Unix platforms, to Virtualization, Networking, Storage, the list goes on.
What I’ve gotten from all those different learning opportunities was somebody always smarter than me showing me the ropes, how to do something one way, why to do it another, and how to think about the ultimate outcome for solutions we deploy.
Being able to give back; even if it’s just a quick answer to a question, spending time with somebody on GoToMeeting or doing some hands on workshops or training is incredibly meaningful to me. The opportunities I’ve had to present at conferences, from the Regional VMUG in Charlotte on vRealize, to the upcoming session on Nutanix at TriCon, to the eGroup take on the Modern Office – give me the opportunity to share some of the knowledge I’ve gained and hopefully get a few people excited about the topic and ready to explore some new opportunities.
So to me, being included on these lists with some very smart people doesn’t validate how smart I am, but it validates to me the value of knowledge sharing – thru blogs, Twitter, Slack, LinkedIn, etc. More to learn, more to share!
So to all the folks that join me on the list of #vExpert and #NTC in 2017, thank you for sharing your knowledge with me, for giving different ways to do different things. I hope that I’ve been able to give back as much as I’ve received.
For the people that I work with at eGroup, thank you for the amazing company we have, and for making every day a fun and exciting one. Every day is a learning experience, one I do not take lightly.
And finally, to my wife Michelle. You put up with a crazy travel schedule sometimes, a garage full of servers, and a husband who sometimes doesn’t know when to put work away.