Its been two weeks since I came back to work from a truly fantastic vacation with my family.
And boy what a busy two weeks it has been....
IBM had a great Q2 and since one of my roles is to deliver professional services, this means I am busy helping IBM clients implement their new IBM Storage Solutions.
My main focus at the moment is on DS8700 and XIV and since we had some great successes with both products, I have plenty to work on.
On top of that I am presenting at the Power and Storage Symposium
in Melbourne, August 10-13. My two (separate) topics are on XIV Implementation and DS8700 Storage Configuration.
Which means even more things to keep me occupied.
In addition I have just received some exciting news that my application to do an IBM Redbook residency has been accepted.IBM Redbooks
are a great resource and help IBM truly stand out in the market place as an open and honest company with a real commitment to our clients and our products.
IBM Redbooks are the ultimate resource in answering the what, where, why and how questions you need answered when installing and using IBM Products (both software and hardware).
I am not aware of any other vendor who produces documentation of this standard.
Residencies are run in locations where we have large quantities of demonstration and lab gear. This includes Tucson, San Jose, Raleigh, Almaden, Hursley in the UK, Mainz in Germany....
The list goes on...
The residents are normally IBMers, but this is not always the case (so why not apply?). More importantly the residents bring their real world
experience to these books.
This particular residency is on DS8000, focusing on this years enhancements to the DS8000 product.
The residency is not listed on the IBM Redbooks residency list
because it is for IBMers only. So watch this space (its going be VERY exciting).
It may not surprise you, but residencies are actually quite expensive to run. IBM needs to get a return on investment, so an IBM Redbook residency is only run for products that IBM is strongly investing in.
For products that have a future.
So imagine my surprise when at the same time as this, I read Barry Burke's latest offering to the world
I am certainly not scared to point anyone at his blog. As Tony Pearson rightly commented in Barry's (moderated) comments section, it is a " sloppy collection of rumor and hearsay."
It seems Barry and I live in alternate realities. It just suprises me that his employer chooses to do business this way.
I also left a comment on his blog. His response to me was interesting, he said: "my readers know quite well to take my blog with a healthy pinch of skepticism."
That at least I can agree with.
As for the accuracy of what he says? For IBM customers (especially the many who have purchased DS8700), I encourage you to ask your local IBM Sales Rep to share with you the DS8000 roadmap.
I think you will be quite impressed.
In the mean time.... I am going to be busy for the foreseeable future.....
(edited 27/07 to add more details on Redbooks)