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Designing my Dream Job

by dave on June 27, 2011

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One benefit of being gainfully under-employed is having those brief bursts of inspiration that allow you to get on paper (or blog) those streaming bits of ideas that could change your destiny.  Perhaps there’s a bit of hyperbole worked in there (ok, a whole lot) but the fact remains, when the mind is allowed to roam a bit, inspiration comes.  Given my background in cognitive sciences and such, this is either one of the most dangerous things to allow or one of the most precious.  Having gone through close to 30 interviews (that’s counting people, not companies) since Cirtas let myself (and 20 odd others) go on April 15th, 2011, I can tell you that one of the most commonly asked questions has been: “If you could do anything, what would it be?”  (For comparison, the most asked question is: “Explain the switch from psychology to enterprise IT.”)  It can be relatively hard to nail down what exactly I view a dream job to be, but given the relatively wide variety of experiences I’ve had over the years, I’ve come to rely on a few common characteristics which I’ll highlight in the following paragraphs.  However, along the way, newer ideas and concepts have come into view and for your enjoyment (and to annoy my wife who’s trying to sleep while I type this) I’ll try to drag them into the light.  With all the precursors aside, then, let’s get into the meat of what this post is about: designing my dream job.

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Time for something new….

by dave on October 8, 2010

After 3.5 years at EMC, I’ve decided it’s time for a change. During my time at EMC, I’ve been able to participate in some really cool stuff (Atmos, V-Max, CX4, some upcoming technologies you’ll be sure to hear about, etc.) and really felt valued both as an employee and as a friend (to some).

I’m going to miss my friends at EMC but, lest you think I’m going to disappear off the face of the earth, you’ll soon see me in another role that is very complementary to something that is near and dear to my heart: the cloud.

I’ll save the announcement of where I’m going for another day but effective October 22nd, 2010, I’ll be ending my tenure at EMC.



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Something “cloudy” this way comes…

by dave on March 26, 2010

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I love receiving suprise packages.  Way back in January, I got a briefing on a VERY cool server offering from Dell that was going to be part of their DCS (Dell Cloud Services) offering.  I, of course, requested one understanding it to be an almost perfect density compute node for my EMC Atmos Virtual Edition testing and design work.  Well, what do you think decided to show up on my doorstep today?

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Video: Dell R610 Overview in Lab

January 14, 2010

I figured I’d start the year off right and give all of you a bit of an overview on the Dell R610 hardware that I use in my test and development work.  Got 6 of these guys in the other day so, I shot a quick video overview of the hardware and specs for you […]

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Why FCoE is a GOOD thing…

December 22, 2009

This is a tongue in cheek video that I took in one of my labs showing why, for no other reason but fabric reduction, that CEE/DCE/FCoE is a valuable thing for ANY IT infrastructure.

A couple of things you’ll notice here are:
a.) it’s loud. Sorry about that…this lab is in a thermal chamber and it […]

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