Brian Bream, USA's first ACE for Systems Technologies
By RickRamsey-Oracle on Dec 08, 2014
Since the day I met Brian Bream, I've wanted him to become an Oracle ACE for Systems technologies. He has so much depth in Solaris, SPARC servers, engineered systems, what it takes to get your value out of them, that I couldn't imagine a better cornerstone to the ACE community in the US. Plus, he's very aware of the challenges that sysadmins face today:
- Will Cloud EOL System Administration? (Video Interview)
- Will Cloud EOL System Administration? - Part Two
You see, out of the 500+ ACES and ACE Directors in Oracle's program, only six specialized in Systems technologies. If you don't believe me, go to the ACE website and enter "Solaris" in the Search field. Until today, these were the only names you'd see:
- Diego Aguirre, Argentina
- Alexandre Borges, Brazil
- Alexander Eremin, Russia
- Julian Gabel, France
- Suk Kim, ACE Director, South Korea
- Damian Wojslaw, Poland
As of today, you'll also see Brian Bream on that list.
Brian, who is the Chief Technology Officer for Collier IT and has certifications in over 20 industry technologies, had already received impressive awards. He had been named Instructor of the Year twice by Sun Microsystems University. And then he won that award again through Oracle University. But to the Oracle ACE program, depth of knowledge and industry recognition are not enough. They need to see contributions to the community.
That requirement presented another challenge, because Brian made his contributions to the systems admin and systems developer communities through old school communications channels. Which the Oracle ACE program does not monitor.
You try walking up to an ex-Navy, old-school Systems guy and telling him "You need to Tweet more." You'd better duck. And you'd better run. Lest you find a copy of the Sun Systems Handbook in a hard 3-ring binder lodged in your head. (If you're too young to know what a 3-ring binder looks like, see one here.)
But Brian adapted, and we had a lot of fun bringing him into Social Media. Here are three of my favorite contributions from Brian:
- The Biggest Challenge Facing Data Centers Today - Elasticity (live interview at Oracle OpenWorld)
- Monitoring Exadata Storage Servers (tech article)
- Which Type of Virtualization Should I Use? (OTN Garage interview)
You fan follow Brian Bream on the newfangled social media:
About the Photograph
I took the photograph of the wagon wheels outside of the Stovepipe Wells Hotel in Death Valley National Park during a motorcycle ride in April of 2014. It was hot.
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