VMworld #BeerTweetup is a go!

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I have made it a tradition to invite friends for a #BeerTweetup at either the last night of a convention or the night of the party. As a lot of people are already leaving Thursday afternoon, it will be during the official party, that is too crowded with bad beer anyhow, on Wednesday night.

The intent of a #StorageBeers or #vBeers for example is for people with a joint technical interest to meet up for a drink. So the logical result is that the #BeerTweetup will be about the beer! The location is TBD for now but it will not be Toronado Bar this time. Expect an awesome location as near as possible to Moscone/SOMA.

#BeerTweetup is by it’s nature a BYOWallet gathering although sponsors are always allowed to pick up (parts of) the bill. This time I have gone ‘the extra mile’ and there is a unique SWAG item you probably don’t want to miss! 

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my VVols vendor info landing page

After almost two years of teasing the audience we finally can start getting a grip on VMware VVols. Why so long you ask? If you ask VMware they’ll probably point you at how slow the vendors are and if you ask the vendors they’ll probably tell you VMware is not the fastest in providing finished API’s :)

Nevertheless it’s a very interesting next step in handling virtual storage. Finally we will no longer have the need for buckets of storage (datastores) where we will dump a pack of VMDKs in. No, finally we are going to treat every ESX file as a storage object in itself. That’s true VM-centric storage management. I can’t help it to give kudo’s here to Tintri whom have lead the way all that time in production! Others have followed their example, VVols will bring make it a standard.

VVols

This blogpost will be my landing page for all info on VVols. I will specifically focus on all the arrays that will have a different type of readiness/supported/… status. A second thing I want to make sure is that VVols is not just a checkbox! We’ve seen this with VAAI where there are several primitives of which you only needed to comply with one to be able to check the box. I will make those distinctions if necessary.

TO ALL: if you work for a vendor that is planning to support VVOLS, please get in touch if I haven’t yet. If you are a reader and you find an interesting link I have missed > send it over. 

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Making ADHD Work – wait, I had to pick up the kids?

This is probably the simplest and best life-hack ANYONE out there will be able to use at their advantage. But as mentioned before; for me this is only way I can make it work. Implementing this in your daily life and it will bring the efficiency in the relationship with your partner to a whole new level, avoiding a lot of possible daily conflicts.

Blabla … 3:30PM … blabla

After work everyone comes home, having been in traffic for 90 minutes after a long Monday of fighting a huge backlog of work. Father throws some stuff in a pan to put some food on the table, mum checks the kids’ homework and the list goes on and on. When everybody is finally at the dinner table, the whole story of the day needs to come out. A haze of words, bigger than the longest blogpost I have ever written, crosses the table in both directions. After dinner the kids go in the shower and by the time they are in bed, we take our iPads, turn on the television and it’s really time to chill now. Sounds familiar?

The next day at 15:45 you cell phone goes off. It’s your mum. “Are you bringing the kids or do I need to pick them up at school?”. You call your partner and after some yelling back and forth it appears there was a customer visit and you were responsible for picking up the kids and bringing them to their grandparents. “I told you yesterday at dinner!”

Warning im not listening

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Do I have ADHD?

The more I write about ADHD, the more there are people whom feel related. It’s actually quite normal as the majority of adult people with ADHD are not diagnosed. Yesterday someone commented that it even frightened him. So I guess that before I scare too many people with more stories I’d better try to get you relieved from that paranoia. I’ll talk about Symptoms and we’ll finish with What’s Next.

However: if everything I say here hits home, it can be a very emotional experience and you are up for a roller-coaster.

Born to be wild

ADHD is a physical condition that you are born with. It’s not something you ‘get’ nor is it something you can ‘get rid of’. The fact that it has always been there is important in the case of a diagnose. That’s why, if diagnosed at a later age (30 in my case), the emotional roller-coaster takes you through your whole life. It’s also genetic. Chances are that either one of your parents had it and that (one of) your children will have it as well. In your parents case and yours it shows that ADHD is a condition that is perfectly able to hide itself.

KaatWild

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Making ADHD work – I’ll do that in a minute

So, We’ve had an introduction two days ago why I wanted to write some stuff on ADHD. Yesterday I shared some self-reflection tips on your career-path and feeling good about what you are doing. Today I’ll start with practical life-hacks that make my life a lot easier.

Adhd squirrels

Short attention span

You are driving in your car and a very specific idea pops up in your mind (happens on the bike as well of course). You have no way to note it down so you keep repeating it in your head because you’ll be home in just 2 minutes. At that last stop light before turning in your street you recognise someone coming from the opposite direction and you wave at them … BOOM, gone is that idea. Even worse: you don’t even know you had an idea.

You get out of your chair, go up the stairs, walk into the bathroom … euh, what am I doing here?

I’m reading a blogpost on my iPhone that I opened from within a tweet, I get a notification of an Instant Message (IM) halfway through the read. Tap on it, get redirected to messenger and quickly reply or I’ll forget it. I go to Safari/Chrome to read further on the article. Oh, it wasn’t there it must be on Facebook. Going to Facebook I see an update with a funny movie and from there on I spend an hour surfing Youtube. That blogpost comes back whenever I reopen my twitter feed and it doesn’t look like tweets :)

Feeling familiar? Happens to you? I’m sure it does. It happens to everyone. For me, it happens all day long, 24/7/365. EVERYTHING is a combination of random flashes of time.

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Making ADHD work – the careerpath

Yesterday I shared for the first time some insights in how I got diagnosed with ADHD at age 30. It probably will not surprise you that discovering this so late in life has a huge impact of personal and professional life. In this first blogpost in a series of how I learn to deal with ADHD I’ll show my insights on how ADHD changes your career path decisions. Although it is specifically related to having ADHD, the logic kind of works for everyone!

Get out while you can!

I got diagnosed at a time where I was failing the majority of my job while still busting my ass off. At that time I still thought of myself being lazy and just efficient enough so I just had to try harder. After being diagnosed and knowing what that actually means I understood that trying harder was never going to be the answer. The combination of tasks and responsibilities that was my job was just not a fit for me and it would never be. So I left, instantly!

I have to add that by being so open about it towards management and HR, they stepped up and have supported me beyond their responsibilities. As I was not a threat to them in a sense of going to do the same for a competitor, I had perks probably no-one before me aver got. I could almost leave my job instantly (as I wasn’t performing anyhow) but I could also keep my company car and laptop as long as necessary to find a new job. THANK YOU!

TIP 1: if you are in a position that is hardly going to improve: get out while you can!

Sisyphus

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Why the Dell & Nutanix OEM deal is the really important news

Forget about the Nutanix anti-competition (vce vblock) marketing efforts. That’s because the sales-teams need these programs. Forget about Webscale IT Marketecture. That’s only meant for SEO optimisation and being on a good foot with the analysts. It gives them new shiny things to write about and being the first will get you in the conversation every single time. This has absolutely nothing, and I repeat nothing, to do with customers. 

But today we get the most important news we have heard from Nutanix is a while: DELL agreed to distribute Nutanix in an OEM model. This is exactly what Nutanix needs (and what DELL needs).

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