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“Today, I pulled a white rabbit out of my A$$!”

Tell me how you were able to save your customer’s A$$ (internal or external) by achieving uncommon feats with common tools.

Did you recover data from a place that the user REALLLY tried hard to make sure you could not?

Did you restore a data center using only a paper clip, bubble gum and  the left shinbone of a software developer?

Maybe you thin-cloned yourself and did the work of 3 admins in half the time because no one thought to tell you ahead of time that there was a new SW release today and the code repository was corrupt?


Tell me tour stories, I will post them.

Everyone who gets posted will get a email address (while supplies last)


VMWorld 2012 session

OPS-CSM2258 – Industry Leaders Share the Impact of Their Cloud Deployments

Several industry leaders will share their cloud use cases and deployment outcomes, including infrastructure must haves, security, provider selection, and results. The session will allow for audience interaction, giving you a unique opportunity to ask the questions and hear unfiltered answers based on actual experience. Moderated by Paul Strong, VMware CTO, Global Customer and Field Initiatives, this session will have a blend of panelists representing Fortune 1000 and mid-market companies.

Joerg Liebe – Chief Information Officer, Lufthansa Systems AG
Florent Saint-Clair – Vice President, Corporate Development, eMix
Jon Donahoe – Director of the Project Management Office (PMO), Star Alliance
Bryan Bond – Sr Systems Administrator, eMeter, A Seimens Business
Michael Leeper – Sr. Manager IT Engineering, Columbia Sportswear
Bijan Hafezi – Managing Director, IPsoft, Inc.
Paul Strong – CTO, Global Field & Customer Initiatives, VMware, Inc.

(I will post the audio/video when it is completed.)

I had a great time participating in this session. All of the speakers we well versed in their role in a recent cloud deployment. The range of scope for the deployments was vast and highlighted the different ways the the public/private clouds can be leverage to accomplish many great things, on time and under budget.

Everything was going well until I totally talked over Joerg Liebe, CIO of Lufthansa. Well, at least I never have to worry about getting a job there.

Paul Strong did an excellent job getting us focused on on a track that was interesting to the crowd. For a group that had never met in person before, we seemed to take up a great path that was both technically accurate and high level enough to get the points across.

The overlying theme that seemed to come out of the discussion was the importance of knowing your actual goals and then applying sound practices in deploying the appropriate cloud resources for your project.

The differences between security concerns, costs, deployment needs, speed, reliability and overall usability, always circled back to a central place: The cloud is a very usable, dynamic and cost effective way to deploy technologies quickly and successfully.

My experience with BlueLock  over the last year, has proven to be one of the smartest things I have done in recent years. It has allowed me to accomplish things that I would never have been able to given the staffing levels, budgets and timeframes that were imposed on the projects. Having a vendor who listened to my needs, understood my needs and helped me deliver on them was critical to the successes of this past year.

As soon as I can I will post as much of this session as I am able to.

VMWorld 2012 Call for Papers Voting is open

Log in to your VMWorld account and vote for my sessions!


1287 Doing More With Less

1288 Hybrid Cloud in Real Life

2176 Virtualizing Business Critical Enterprise Apps with Flash Storage

2649 Real-World Cloud Experiences: Enterprise IT Leader Discusses Public and Hybrid Cloud Deployments


Remember: Vote early and Vote often…..

Interesting or Creative Business Cards

I have started to notice a growing trend of one-up-man-ship in the selection and distribution of business cards in the last couple of years. My current favorite is from Kevin Mitnick of Mitnick Security Consulting. His card is a stamped metal card with a set of pop out tools for picking a lock. VERY creative, in my opinion. So that started me looking through my stack of cards and sorting out the ones that are standouts for me. I will update this post and add pictures as I find new ones that are interesting or creative. Please feel free to forward any you come across along to me so I can include them.


He is another one from Reflex Systems. This one is the size of a standard business card but is about twice as thick as a credit card. It is a fully functional bottle opener.


Adventures in India by a total newbie.

Adventures in India by a total newbie.


Well, until today, I had never been off the North American continent.

I did not even have a passport until 3 days ago.

Already now, I have been to Taipei, Flown over Japan, China, Vietnam, and who knows where else, before arriving in New Delhi.

So, having the name Bond can be a PITA sometimes, but sometimes it is quite entertaining. The flight attendant in China Air, when handing us our menus and hot towels, literally got all giggly when she was reading my name off the manifest to introduce herself to us. “ohh, hee hee, Mr. Bond, Would you like Champagne or Scotch?” This, of course, causes my boss/travel companion to give me that “REALLY? Did that just happen?” look, and then he says, “I bet that happens all the time right?” Yes, yes it does. Ok, that and the guy waiting at the gate with the sign that says “Mr. Bond” is pretty cool too, another face palm from The Boss.  Then there is having the driver hand us our fully preprogrammed local cell phone, complete with all the numbers we will need for our trip entered and ready to go. Sadly, they did not come out of a manila envelope with alternate passports and wads of international cash.

And the adventure of driving thru Delhi begins….

It did not take very long at all for total culture shock to set in. the number of people, guards on the road with weapons visible, drives jockeying for position on the roads regardless of those pesky line drawn on them, all the way down to the actual cow walking in the middle of the road.

Really? These are the things that everyone makes jokes or rash generalizations about all the time. But that is how it really is here.  It is mesmerizing to watch the people in their daily lives just trying to get from point A to point B. (wait there is a van driving down the road with loud speakers on it telling me something I cannot understand in a very excited tone, apparently, local elections in this state are next Tuesday and he really wants my vote) It is fascinating to sit by the window and just watch it all go by.

Metal detectors, car check and baggage x-ray to get into the hotel was something new, too. Don’t open the door for yourself; don’t touch your own bags.

From the hotel window, I can see a cross section of Indian urban life. Next door is a section of housing for local middle class; I would almost label them slums. There are water tanks on every apartment, laundry hanging out, and LPG tanks in every balcony. Across the street are more business building, all in various states, some brand new and shiny, some really old and crumbling, new construction, buildings that are vacant and uninhabitable. The intersection here has one street there is actually a dirt road leading into the neighborhood there. That is where the local cows are coming from/to.  Then there is the tent encampment; a series of tents and lean-tos made from many different materials. It looks like a season of Survivor gone terribly wrong. (there is a reality TV idea for you; drop the contestants in a place like this with no $$, no language skills or local knowledge and see what happens)

This all outside my window, while I live in relative luxury, it what is an average hotel room (to me), all within about one city block, north to south……..and I have only been here for 4 hours.

This picture provides a great look at the slice, from bottom to top: The pool/lounge at the hotel, the street, tent encampment, business buildings, Housing, and industrial zone.

Slice of urban life