Livio Sousa is an Certified IT Specialist with with over 12 years of experience with high-end platforms, which encompasses servers, storage and networking equipment. Throughout his career he has had the opportunity to work with several different software platforms, such as z/OS, Unix, Linux and Windows as well as different hardware processor architectures such as the z/Archtecture and the IA-32 architecture and its extensions. For the past 10 years he has been working as a System z Client Technical Specialist, responsible for provisioning support for the platform on customers in Brazil, as well as to support and develop skills for the z/VM hypervisor in Latin America. Livio recently spent four weeks in Poughkeepsie, NY exploring and sharing his experiences in migrating Linux on System z guests to a production environment. He assisted in authoring the soon-to-be released in draft, IBM Redbooks publication, Setting up Linux on System z for Production, SG24-8137.
I really had a very good time in Poughkeepsie during my last ITSO Residency. I’ve participated in four other ITSO projects and each one has been a unique experience. I really believe that everyone should have this experience at least once in your career because it’s a wonderful way to develop technical, professional and personal skills. With regards to technical skills, it’s a unique opportunity to touch ultimate IBM technology. You also will connect with IBM product specialists, laboratory and developers. About professional and personal skills, you will have to develop a project with people from all over the world, with different languages and cultures. It’s really a place with high diversity where you do have to exercise flexibility and networking skills to have the project done on time. In this case we had people from Brazil, China and the USA.
I’ve been working with Linux on System z since 2002 and in this specific Linux on System z IBM Redbooks publication, I had the opportunity to support the team with my customer experiences. It’s really interesting how the creation process flows. We started with a white board, a blank spreadsheet, started to put some topics down and four weeks later, a hundred plus pages book was ready to be published after professional revision.
It’s funny to see draft drawings like this …
… transform into a very good looking graphic like this:
Poughkeepsie is near NYC and usually ITSO residents have the opportunity to visit the Big Apple on weekends. At this time, we had a chance to visit the USS Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex. I’m pretty sure that Saulo Sousa (in the picture) wouldn't survive in such a small place.
One of the other residen'ts (David Sousa's) wife took us to the original Carlo’s Bakery in New Jersey, where they shoot the Cake Boss show. With no doubt I ate one of the bests cake in my life. The famous Red Velvet Cake.
I’m looking forward to having another opportunity to go back to the ITSO to develop new projects, meet new specialists and some old and good friends and, for sure, visit Carlo’s Bakery again.