Author Archives: GeekFluent

NetApp United 2017 — A Numerical Breakdown

As you likely saw, earlier this week, NetApp announced the official kick-off of their 2017 NetApp United influencer program, welcoming 111 members. While 111 members gives us a little idea of what the 2017 NetApp United looks like, I thought … Continue reading

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NetApp Names Members of 2017 NetApp United Program

NetApp has announced the first members of their new community recognition program, called NetApp United. I’m proud to announce that I’m one of those 111 people. What makes a good candidate for the NetApp United program? According to the application … Continue reading

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Pure Storage Announces NVMe DirectFlash and New FlashArray Model

Today Pure Storage, known for their All-Flash Storage arrays, announced their next Big ThingTM, DirectFlash, as well as a new FlashArray model. DirectFlash is a combination of NVMe hardware and the software to manage it (more details on that below). … Continue reading

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Qumulo Secures Round C Prime Funding – My Conversation with Bill Richter

Today, Qumulo, vendor of the software-defined scale-out storage platform Qumulo Core, announced the completion a funding round of $30 Million. This C Prime round of funding brings the total amount invested in Qumulo to date to $130 Million. This new … Continue reading

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An Addendum to My Open Letter

[NOTE: This post might make more sense if you’ve already read my Open Letter to Influence Marketers, but I think it also might work standalone. Your individual mileage may vary.] After I published my “Open Letter” post on Friday, I … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Influence Marketers

[UPDATE: I’ve posted an Addendum to this Open Letter. After you read this, be sure to check that out, too.] Dear Vendor Marketers, I love being invited to your technical briefings. I can’t emphasize this enough. They’re awesome. They’re filled … Continue reading

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Confirmed: I’ll be a Delegate at Storage Field Day 12 (#SFD12)

A number of things had my status for this event up in the air for a little bit, but I’m very happy to announce that I am now officially confirmed as a Delegate at Storage Field Day 12 next week. … Continue reading

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Look Who’s Coming to Dell EMC World 2017

It’s official. I’ll be attending Dell EMC World 2017. I’ve been invited to attend on a Media/Analyst pass. Naturally, I’m excited and looking forward to it. This conference seems to be causing a small amount of confusion for folks who’ve … Continue reading

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How I’m Using a Mind Map to Keep Track of My Job Search

Folks who’ve known me a while will know I’m a big fan of mind maps. A mind map is a diagram that helps to organize information visually. I know a lot of folks like outlines, and I’ll grant that they … Continue reading

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Cisco and Pure Announce FlashStack – a Joint CI Solution

Last week, Cisco and Pure Storage announced FlashStack. FlashStack is a jointly-developed Converged Infrastructure (CI) solution bundle / reference architecture. The FlashStack solution uses Cisco network and compute hardware, Pure Storage storage hardware, and VMware for the hypervisor and virtualization … Continue reading

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