This week I started a new phase. In the past I’ve done a little consulting work under my own banner or as a sub contactor for small pieces of work. This week I started a long term relationship with ViFX, a New Zealand based VMware partner specializing in VMware related design and implementation services. When I’m not teaching VMware courses I will be part of the ViFX team.
I started on Monday & since there were no un-resourced design projects starting that day I have ended up doing a fair mount of implementation work. Rack and stack some servers, do some of the cabling and ESXi setup for them, work with the storage and network teams to make sure everything is working. It’s been around seven years since I did this regularly so it’s fun to step back into it, driving around the city from offices to datacenters with a laptop and a screwdriver.
I will still be blogging here and on ProfessionalVMware, I suspect the ViFX work will be a fertile ground for blog post material. I will also keep up the AutoLab development and vBrownBag hosting along with writing for other sites.
The biggest change is that I will be based in Auckland for the working week, rather than at home or all over the place teaching. I will end up spending more time away from home, getting back to the family at weekend. This is better for us than uprooting the family to live in Auckland where housing costs are huge and where my daughters don’t have friends. After six years of me being away a lot we’re pretty well adjusted for it but it still has it’s challenges. On the plus side having a permanent pad in Auckland will make it easy for the family to come up for the weekend or during holidays.
I’m excited about the new direction and getting more hands on with the technologies I teach about. Maybe I’ll get that VCDX nailed too since I’ll have a few design and implementation projects.
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