2018 Retrospective: Wins, Woes and Lessons Learned

2018 Retrospective: Wins, Woes and Lessons Learned

It’s really easy to forget personal triumphs, and focus solely on ways that you feel that you’ve failed or fell short on your aspirations.  This holds especially true at milestones events like birthdays and the start of a new year.  I usually try to reflect on the previous year and take mental note of how about the last year compared to prior year. I never write anything down, though.  Because of this any historical data of past years is only stored…

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99 Problems… But Too Many Podcasts Ain’t One

99 Problems… But Too Many Podcasts Ain’t One

I love podcasts!  In the seven months that I’ve made the long trek into Washington, D.C. for work, I’ve pretty much become a podcast junkie.  I’m  unable to commit to just a few and always on the prowl for more. Being able to listen to entire podcasts is definitely the silver lining to my commute.   It allows me to feel like I’m on the path to making progress in next-level Becky.  I’m a huge believer in the important of consuming…

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My “Woman In Tech” Story

My “Woman In Tech” Story

At this year’s Women in Tech (WIT) panel at NetApp Insight, CEO George Kurian cautioned the audience not to focus solely on STEM as the only way to bring more women to tech.  This point hit home for me. I didn’t come to tech through STEM. I grew up poor. Both of my parents dropped out of high school.   No one in my family ever attended college.  I also didn’t get my first computer until I was 17 and that…

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Lose Some Complexity with Zerto at #SFD16

Lose Some Complexity with Zerto at #SFD16

If you’ve ever attended a Tech Field Day or watched any of the  presentations online, you know that a lot of really cool tech gets covered. Unfortunately, depending on your job, you may see solutions that you can’t take straight back to your 9-5 job and implement. Let’s fast track to Storage Field Day 16 (SFD16), Day 2. Zerto, with its IT Resilience Platform, was up first. Immediately, I can see how beneficial Zerto and its “Continuous Data Protection” would…

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Retrospective on Why I’m Learning to Reverse My Risk-Aversion

Retrospective on Why I’m Learning to Reverse My Risk-Aversion

Six months ago, I wrote this unpublished and slightly unfinished post about how my life was missing growth, adventure, and challenges. It was kind of my a-ha moment that I needed to do something different and that I needed to start taking risks. Leaving a well-paying job in which you are valued and treated very well is a huge risk for me. Who knows if this risk will pay off? If it doesn’t, that’s okay. There will be a good…

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Why I Stopped Treading Water

Why I Stopped Treading Water

An old boss used to say “If you aren’t moving forward, you are just treading water.”   When I submitted my resignation a few weeks ago, I had these word close to my heart. Since 2011, I’ve went to work at the same place.  During this time, I’ve seen countless people come and go. and I’ve moved from being a Developer to being a System Administrator in 2013. After 5 years in the same role, you end up mastering it. You…

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Multi-Factor Authentication, FTW!

Multi-Factor Authentication, FTW!

I was super excited when ONTAP 9.3 came out with multi-factor authentication support. I tweeted about it and even went on a Tech ONTAP recap podcast for NetApp Insight 2017 and talked about it. Usually, there is a trade off with convenience when it comes to security. Security is typically inconvenient. Muti-factor authentication is the exception to this.   Having something like a token (something you have) and a pin (something you know) is so much more convenient than having to…

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How working in DoD makes patching ‘yo sh*t’ an imperative

How working in DoD makes patching ‘yo sh*t’ an imperative

In the world of ops, it’s natural to not want to patch/update a finicky application. Really, what sys admin wants to break sh*t?! Interestingly, Equifax’s former CEO blamed the entire data breach on the sys admin that didn’t patch Apache Struts.  Fortunately, working in Department of Defense, we have systems in place that alert us to running out-of-date vulnerable software and make patching it a priority. Working as a sys admin on network that is part of Department of Defense (DoD)…

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The Thrill of Working at a Place Knee-deep in Technical Debt

The Thrill of Working at a Place Knee-deep in Technical Debt

I’m fortunate to work in an environment where we’ve been able to pay down some technical debt and stabilize our IT environment.  With the hard work of an awesome team, a supportive manager, and some personnel stability, we’ve made great progress.  Working late nights, weekends, and the occasional holiday is now the exception.   It wasn’t always this way, though.  The things that I’ve witnessed have made me a better troubleshooter, calmer under pressure, and exponentially increased my knowledge of…

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TFDx and SFD14 Delegate Thoughts: Pre-Attendance

TFDx and SFD14 Delegate Thoughts: Pre-Attendance

In the past year, I’ve made a concerted effort to go outside of my comfort zone.  When the opportunity to attend both Commvault Go Tech Field Day Exclusive and Storage Field Day in the same week came up, I leapt for it. This will be both my first Storage Field Day and also my first Commvault Go conference.   Because I’m also pretty introverted, spending the days with people that I don’t know well (yet)  and not fully knowing what to…

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