Monday, April 20, 2009

Been a bit crazy

I have been travelling quite a bit for work, I spent some productive time in Geneva, and Munich. I have been gone for about 3 weeks total. I had a nice weekend in Amsterdam as well.

The weeks consisted of a datacenter move, some engineering and upgrades, and fixing some issues in our other offices as well. Overall the trip was good, but a bit too long of course. Made some good progress communicating with our core development team, and nailing down a lot of things on the table. I'm happy to be back, and looking forward to the big push coming to a new product launch. There is always a big project on the horizon that we work towards.

I've also been trying to beef up and implement for centralized storage in order to properly utilize our ESXi implementations. We have a homegrown NAS for NFS in one office, an older AX150i in another office, and I'm looking to get some more storage in the other office. I wish we could afford to put netapps everywhere and replicate... maybe next year :)

Speaking of Netapps, it seems that the upgrade about 11 days ago from 7.3.1 to 7.3.1P3 has finally fixed the weekly crashing issues we have been having for the last 4 months. It took a long time to get it fixed, but glad it seems to be fixed.

I have one last sonicwall I am trying to get upgraded with the sonicwall trade-in program, then i'll be fully single firewall platform finally. Should make things easier to manage and to train the staff on. They are also great products and nice to work with. UTM is the way to go.

Anyone have any comments on good replacement tools for acrobat pro (editing PDFs). Please spare me the mac user comments.

Monday, April 6, 2009

In Geneva

Finished some moving around of servers and one of our products this past weekend.  Also did some cleanup so we can vacate some older cabinet space.  It runs much faster on the new environment, and we are doing lots to optimize it even more.  We have plans to VM a lot of it, which should help with management and scalability.  Everything went really well over here, we had some issues but not a ton.  Learned a lot about the other environments and how we can streamline a lot of it. 

I’m going to spend the rest of the week meeting with various people, and spending time with my engineer over here.  He’s pretty excited about a lot of what’s going on, and that’s great.  Its always nice to teach eager people.

I’m headed to Munich office next week to fix some ongoing connectivity issues, we have a DSL line which is over ISDN (Annex B).  Its been very problematic, and we’ve had connectivity issues.  I’m also installing a new firewall to get them onto the corporate standards, as well as deploying a new access point. 

Been working non-stop since I arrived last Thursday morning, I hope the rest of this week isn’t as long days.  I think I worked 28 hours last weekend alone.