About Brian:  I’m a Senior Technical Marketing Engineer working for Nutanix, I recently made the switct to the vendor side in late 2015 after spending almost five years working as a consulting architect at a regional VAR specializing in VMware, EMC and Cisco UCS. Today I am totally focused on Nutanix and the hyperconverged industry if you did not guess that already.

I’ve worked in the IT Industry since 1991. I use this blog to document things that I encounter during my work and stuff I read about. It’s always helped me to write things down when it comes to remembering them long term.  I’m a VMware VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCP3.5, VCP5, VCA4-DT, VCP5-DT & VTSP 4, MCSE on Windows NT – 2000, Cisco UCS Design, CCNA/CCDA. I have been awarded the VMware vExpert status for 2011, 2012 and 2013. My interest is in all virtualization and storage related technologies.

I am actively involved with the Chicago VMUG (VMware users group) and assist with the planning and preparation of the meetings. Chicago VMUG


How to engage with me

I write blog posts for this site and others is an obvious option. If you would like to discuss the possibility of me writing some type of post reach out to me. So other ways that I work with vendors and media are listed below.

  • Product advisement – I have worked with startups and existing vendors on product offerings. This can be a private project or a public one. This entails me working with the vendor to offer feedback on the current product, this could include what I think is missing or just did not work. I am also able to bring real world and customer projects to the table.
  • White Papers – I am open to discussing the option of writing a white paper for vendors. I tend not to just write about anything, so lets talk and if the idea is interesting we can talk further.
  • Product Reviews – I own and operate DataCenterZombie.com a site focused on in depth independent reviews of data center technology.

You can contact me at brian [at] virtualizetips.com with any questions.


Writing Experience:

Data Center Zombie – In-depth product reviews for Data Center technology.

VMware SMB Blog – Office blog site for VMware

Petri Knowledgebase – Regular contributor of VMware related blog posts.

Tech Target Search VMware – Contribute VMware blog posts.

Ahead IT – Corporate blog

Speaking Appearances:

  • Chicago VMUG 4/24/2012 – View Design and Architecture
  • Chicago VMUG 6/5/2013 – VMware Horizon Suite
  • vBrownBag 8/16/2013 – Journey to VCDX
  • Detroit VMUG – Feb 2014 – How to evolve in IT in 2014
  • Chicago VMUG 3/19/2014 – VMware Hybrid Cloud Service (vCHS)
  • vBrownBag online training – VMware VCAP-DTD desktop design presentation



Disclaimer: The views expressed anywhere on this site are strictly mine and not the opinions and views of my employer.