It’s been well over a month since the last post, and while I’ve had many ideas on topics since the last one, nothing has come to fruition!

I wrapped up a busy 2015, with hopes to knock out a few posts during the Christmas break, then the New Year break, and now we’re over halfway thru January and my whiteboard hasn’t changed. I’ve still got my plans for wrapping up my NSX post, especially since I’ve rebuilt my lab for the umpteenth time!

Coming into 2016, I’ve been presented with an awesome opportunity to take over a new role, a challenge, as the Practice Manager for the @eGroup_Inc Data Center Architecture team. It’s a great team, agile, and full of knowledge – and fun.

Coming into 2016, I’ve got a big check mark on the horizon, finally focusing on the CCIE Data Center for a professional goal. But there’s another area that I need to focus in, and that’s organization. I hate to say it, but I’ve now ready Getting Things Done twice now in the last 5-6 years, and feel like I’ve accomplished almost zero of it.

So, I’m laying out some goals for 2016, not necessarily in order of importance after #2:

  1. Get more “organized” at work thru planning, focus and organization.  Yes, it’s a great concept, but it’s time to stop putting it off.  I have 3 white boards in my office for a reason…
  2. CCIE Data Center, CCIE DC, CCIE DC.  I got the opportunity from eGroup to start this last year, and ended up needing to push off to this year.  It’s an incredible professional opportunity no doubt, but as a personal challenge, it’s something I can’t pass down.  Much like getting my Masters of Information Systems a few years ago, I took it as a challenge.  Won’t be easy, will take a lot of time, but it’s so worth it!
  3. Challenge myself with a new technology.  Dev Ops.  But what part.  Vagrant, check.  AppCatalyst, check.  Little bit of Chef and Puppet, check.  But what can I really do with them?  Not really sure.  So that’s my 2016 new technology challenge.  Put myself into something I’m not familiar with, but to have a concise end goal.  Build a deployable website of some sort.  We’ll see how it goes!
  4. ITIL.  Learn it.  Believe it.  I feel it’s wise to backup my #1 goal with some structure when it comes to my daily job, Projects and Customers.
  5. More NSX, More Pure, More Nutanix.  Hello Rubrik.  Hello ________?
  6. Certs:  VCP-DCV (Of course, it’s like taxes.  Get it every year), Nutanix NPP, VCP-NV
  7. Deadlift 500#, Clean 300#, and run 2  half marathons.


2016 is going to be a busy year!

As always I’d love to hear your thoughts or feedback!

Changes in 2016
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