What a year it has been. From just a personal level 2010 has been my banner year so far. I have got more done, met more cool people, had more fun, and learned more than I would have ever thought possible. Here is just a short list of things that have happened for me (in no particular order)
- Left my career as a customer and joined EMC in the vSpecialist squad
- Created the UBER Celerra VSA (and actually maintained it) – Over 3,000 downloads since I started tracking a few months ago. I estimate 15k-20k this year total.
- Released vSphere Mini Monitor 2.0 (listed in Top 10 Free Tools by David Davis & Kendrick Coleman at VMworld 2010)
- Released vSphere WordPress Plugin
- Released UBER DHSM Tool
- Released UBERShell – Powershell toolkit for EMC Celerra
- Nickapedia.com made the Top 25 VMware Blogs
- Was honored for the first time as a VMware vExpert
- Passed my CCNP Route & Switch (and renewed CCNA) furthering my path to CCIE
- Passed my first EMC certification
- Attended Cisco Live for the first time (Hearing Mr. Chambers speak in person was awesome)
- Was able to help create the Vplex keynote demo for EMCWorld 2010 (this is only 6 weeks after starting)
- Traffic to Nickapedia.com increased 32x this year. So much so I had to upgrade my hosting.
- Created my UBER SRM Video (1,100 plays)
- Released my UBER UIM vAppliance for the VCE team (barely made 2010)
- Helped create my first Rap Video
- Helped create my first television theme song
- Spoke at VMworld for the first time at VMworld 2010 San Francisco (also first time to attend as a Vendor)
- Went to VMworld Europe for the first time (and spoke there also)
I look at that list and think about all the people that have encouraged, enabled, and helped me get the stuff above done. Without my Wife, my team, my close friends, and my leadership I would still be just some geek scripting stuff in a corner just to make *his* life easier.
I have learned so much I cannot possibly put it into words. The way I even think now is so much different (in a good way) than 12 months ago. I was a believer back then in virtualization as a catalyst to change IT forever. Now I am actually helping that happen in my own small way.
By far the greatest benefit to me this year was all the incredible people I have met. I cannot wait to see what happens in 2011.
I will close out my last 2010 post by saying this:
Thanks to those that have read my blog, read my twitter, went to my sessions, downloaded my tools/vApps, and encouraged me to keep going. I hope I can do something to make your 2011 cooler in some small way and encourage you to step out and do the same.
Happy New Year