Author Archives: bknudtson

Looking forward to a new iland

Nope, the title is not a typo. Trust me, it’s punny. A job change is always a big deal. The frequency we change jobs in the IT field confounds people who are in other career fields, but I don’t think that makes it any easier. Even working remotely, strong bonds of friendship and respect are …

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Looking back at SimpliVity

Here we go once again with another job change post.  Seems to be a rash of these lately. Four years ago, I decided to embark on a new career adventure. At that time I had been working at a VAR as a presales architect.  I did a lot of things in that job that I …

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Have We Hit Peak VMware Community?

Lately, VMUG has become no stranger to controversy after dust-ups with rowdy vendors like Nutanix, and a website launch that was lackluster and fairly disruptive amongst a messy and fast-paced split from SmithBucklin (the original VMUG HQ outsourcer). Now they are dealing with a self-made mess after the announcement that VMUG is joining the Dell Technologies User Community (DTUC) community. There have also …

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When Is A Backup Not A Backup (And When Is It)

This blog post was originally published on my SimpliVity colleague Ron Singler’s blog.  I would like to thank Ron for allowing me use his site while mine was under construction. You can find the original here: http://blogs.rupturedmonkey.com/when-is-a-backup-not-a-backup-and-when-is-it/   There’s been a lot of debate regarding backups vs. snapshots lately, and this is a common conversation …

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The Relaunch

I’ve recently been having a lot more thoughts I want to get out in words, and that has fueled a renewed interest in utilizing this blog.  I was never really happy with my last redesign, which honestly hurt my desire to use it, so I decided to start with a new redesign, a migration to …

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Reflections on VMworld #12

As I spend the weekend after VMworld reconnecting with the family I haven’t seen in a full week, I can’t help but occasionally think about the week away and the community I’ve immersed myself in.  I think it’s fair to say that this community is as strong as it has ever been. Most of us …

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Making the Leap to SimpliVity

My latest story starts with a simple DM to Matt Vogt about a month and a half ago, who at that time had recently moved over to SimpliVity: This message came from two movements in my life: Lamenting the good old days of Vital Support Systems when the company had less than 100 people and …

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VCAP-DTD Experience

Way back when 2013 was still shiny and new (January 3 to be specific) I was lucky enough to take the beta version of the new VCAP-DTD exam.  Now that the exam has gone production, I figured I’d share my experience taking the exam with all of you. The VCAP-DTD is the desktop (read: VMware View + …

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Partner Exchange 2013

I managed to weasel my way into another awesome VMware Partner Exchange conference.  This year, HP provided myself, along with another four social media darlings, an all expenses paid trip.  Thanks HP! This year PEX seemed a bit more tame than previous years.  VMware has done a great job describing their three pronged vision (End …

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HP at VMware Partner Exchange

HP provided myself, along with another four social media darlings, an all expenses paid trip to VMware’s Partner Exchange conference (more coming on that).  As part of the trip, I attended the HP Boot Camp this year.  Given the fact that there wasn’t an NDA required and the fact that I work for an HP …

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