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  Fortunately, working in Department of Defense, we have systems in place that alert us to running out-of-date vulnerable software and make patching it a priority.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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Mandalay Bay Exodus

Mandalay Bay Exodus

I recognize now that, although,  I was terrified that I was never actually in danger.   Also,  I recognize that unlike the 58 victims of the shooting at concert at Mandalay Bay, I  went home to my family.  With these feelings comes a sense of guilt for struggling to really process the evening. Sunday night was the kick-off dinner for the NetApp A-Team at NetApp Insight.   About 40 of us, dined and chatted in a private room at Libertine…

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Highlights from My First VMworld

Highlights from My First VMworld

On Monday, September 4th, I did my first podcast interview.  The podcast was the Tech Interviews with Paul Stringfellow, a fellow NetApp A-Teamer.  If you never had the pleasure of listening to Paul’s podcast or met him firsthand, you may not know that he is one charming guy.  Seriously, he’s “Hugh Grant” charming.    The topic of my podcast interview was “Thoughts on VMworld 2017”.  Pre-interview, I went through and captured some of my topics that I wanted to touch…

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First Timer’s Guide to NetApp Insight

First Timer’s Guide to NetApp Insight

While NetApp Insight is great for tech veterans, it’s also perfect for a conference newbie. The tech community is a very welcoming! At 4,000+ attendees, the turnout is pretty big, without being overwhelming. Even though there is a second Insight conference in EMEA about a month later, there is still a pretty hefty global turnout. Having just gone to Insight for the first time last year, I wanted to share a couple of pro tips to help Insight frosh improve…

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Holy Ham Sandwich! NetApp Hybrid Cloud is Real!

Holy Ham Sandwich! NetApp Hybrid Cloud is Real!

First things first, I’m awed by the depth of the technical expertise of the NetApp A-Team advocates and advisors. I’m incredibly honored and grateful for the opportunity to join the family. It’s a NetApp fan-girl’s dream come true! #womenintech. Being part of the NetApp A-Team comes with perks like pre-release access to announcements and briefings directly from NetApp’s own executives and experts. As if this weren’t awesome enough, we also have opportunities to engage in interactive conversations with these experts….

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Craniosynostosis is a birth defect that affects 1 in 2000 babies

Craniosynostosis is a birth defect that affects 1 in 2000 babies

Craniosynostosis Awareness is a passion of mind because my son was born with this. Craniosynostosis is a birth defect that affects 1 in 2000 babies. Fortunately, our pediatrician knew enough about cranio to send us to a neurosurgeon. Blake was officially diagnosed with craniosynostosis with trigoncephaly at about 3 months old. Many families aren’t so lucky. Anyhow, because Blake’s metopic (forehead) suture was prematurely closed and his head couldn’t grow normally, his head had a triangular shape. Apart from the…

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