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Where does time go?

Since I’ve made a few public promises (on Twitter, no less) stating that I’d actually post something by the end of the year (2011; last post was in June 2011), I’ve decided to actually KEEP that promise.  To that end, here’s my quick ‘n dirty post for the end of the 2011.

This is one of those strange years that I hope you’ll never have to experience.  To recap:

  • I left EMC in October of 2010 for a small startup called Cirtas Systems which promised to fundamentally change the process of getting data to the cloud from your SAN environment.
  • In April of 2011, after some long & hard fought victories with customers and our own engineering/development, Cirtas folded up shop.  Maybe next year I’ll delve into the specifics there but, suffice it to say, customers WANTED the product but we couldn’t provide everything they NEEDED.  This left me without a job but with a lot of promise out there.
  • From April until August 2011, I interviewed with:  VMware, EMC (Education and Green Plum), DataDirect Networks,  BlueArc, Hitachi (HCAP, Parascale, et al.), Riverbed, Nasuni, Panzura, and Juniper Networks before finally landing at Symantec Corporation on August 1st.
  • During this interview process, I did a small 2-3 week contract gig with ESG working on a VPLEX article.
  • Met a lot of great people in the process and while I did disappoint a few folks who offered, I believe the ultimate landing choice was actually quite the good one.

So, that’s my year in review.  I would LOVE to talk more about the Symantec gig but as I’m still trying to figure out some of their social media policies, it’ll need to wait a few more weeks.

see you in 2012!!

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Dave Graham is a Technical Consultant with EMC Corporation where he focused on designing/architecting private cloud solutions for commercial customers.