The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution

Bertrand Russell

I’m an IT Infrastructure and Virtualisation Specialist with over 10 years experience in the business.  Much of that spent supporting, building, and designing systems handling realtime European and Global market data and trading (stocks and shares etc).  In what was originally a medium size London-based financial services company; and what became to be, and still is, a world leader in global information.

Having started out in IT supporting everything (power, air-con, desktop, server, serial and Ethernet networks, storage, and so on); and having been required to squeeze every last drop of performance out of every pound (or dollar) spent; I seem to have naturally progressed into the wonderful world of virtualisation.

Following one merger too many, I left the safety of permanent employment and entered a brave new world, that of contracting myself out as an engineer for hire, with no one to blame but myself.

This blog is intended as a record of all things techy that I stumble through, and long term I expect it to replace my Wiki.  Whilst my primary focus is VMware virtualisation, I enjoy any challenge that involves me designing or creating, and relish the opportunity to delve in something new and previously unknown.  And have spent the past few years playing with Zimbra (with Z-Push), and creating many a PowerCLI and PowerShell script (often finding the need to include 3rd party .NET libraries in order to achieve missing functionality such as SSH, SNMP, and IMAP).

I’m currently involved in a project to migrate users (engineers, editors, operators, etc) in the television broadcast industry, from one company to another.  An environment in a way not dissimilar from financial services; critical, urgent, time-sensitive delivery where negative impact can have public and large financial implications.


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