I’m an expert in backup & recovery systems and have been working with them since 1993 and a consultant in the space in 1996. I’ve used everything from dump, tar, & cpio to enterpise-level backup software, and most tape drives from a 9-track reel to today’s terabyte drives. I’ve written three books on the subject, Backup & Recovery, Using SANs and NAS, and Unix Backup & Recovery (which is now out of print, having been replaced by the more recent Backup & Recovery). I’m working on a new book, but at my current rate it may be a while. I’m also a frequent conference speaker and writer technical publications.
I started my career in backups as “the backup guy” for MBNA, who was at that time the second largest credit card company. I managed the backups as we grew from 15 to 250 servers, and from 2 operating systems to 5 operating systems, running Informix, Oracle, Sybase & other applications. Windows was just beginning to grow in the datacenter.
I left MBNA to join Collective Technologies in 1996, which was a large consulting company that made a lot of money in the .com days, but didn’t quite make it through them. (Technically, they did, but with less than 1/4th of its employees.) I owe a lot to my time at that company, and to the support of some incredible people that I still stay in contact with to this day.
In February of 2001 I started my own company called The Storage Group, and we specialized in backup & recovery system design, implementation, and management. Things grew for three years, at which point the competition offered to buy me out. Who was I to say no?
For over four years, I was the VP of Data Protection at GlassHouse Technologies, the largest independent provider of professional services in the infrastructure space. My position there was eliminated on Dec 19, 2008.
I also spent two years as a part-time employee of Tech Target. During those two years there I conducted over 100 seminars and tradeshows, along with many articles and tips for various Tech Target properties.
I then started another company called Truth in IT, Inc and ran that company for five years before selling it to Ekovox.
I am now an independent contractor who is available for a variety of services including expert witness, writing, and speaking. I am also avaialble for limited consulting engagements.
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