Still Here...

Here we are now at the end of July. This month has completely flown by. Along with that flying, it seems that the wind blew things around quite a bit too.

Starting out, my youngest brother got married. It was a nice ceremony and my wife and I had a great time down there. I'm not going to say it was a wonderful ceremony though. I'm still a bit upset about him deciding to get married in Texas... In July... at 4pm in the afternoon... and making me wear a tux. He should remember that we're from the frozen tundra and not used to heat.

I spent a week out in San Diego (La Jolla actually) out at Hitachi Data Systems taking some training on their NAS blade. As you may or may not know, Sun resells/OEM's HDS's 9910/9960 and 9970/9980 arrays. The NAS blade basically acts like a CHA and provides gigabit ethernet instead of fibre-channel out to NFS/CIFS clients. Its a pretty slick implementation.

While in San Diego I got to see both the USS Nimitz as well as the USS Ronald Reagan in port. The Reagan came in the day that I was leaving. I didn't get to see it steam in, but I did get some good pictures of both of them.

Okay, so why the "Sill Here..." title? Its the end of the month... so what? Well, the reason its "Still Here..." is that I'm still here!

Sun had a pretty significant RIF (Reduction in Force, aka Layoffs) this past week within Enterprise Services. A chunk of it was restructuring and pulling out a layer of management (this is a good thing). There were also some good people that were let go. Some services were changed and altered as well. I don't really expect to see any drops in service for our customers.

Along with the changes in structure, I got a promotion. Though its not really a promotion, more of a name shift. My title now is Area SSE, instead of Regional SSE. The change was due to the elimination of the Regions and having one big area. It shouldn't affect my day to day job at all. Stuff still breaks and I'm still there to fix it.

Comments:

ARDO was such a pain to deal with when I was supporting internal applications that depended on it... My heart goes out to the poor application support people who are having a field day updating their tables... -- Fred

Posted by Frederic Jean on July 30, 2004 at 08:38 AM CDT #

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Phil is an Area Technical Engineer in the Central Area of Oracle's Field Service in North America. He has 15 years of experience supporting Sun's entire product line.

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