Catching The Next New Tech Wave

Have you ever surfed or watched surfers from the pier or the beach?  Have you ever wondered how some of them seem to always catch the right wave?  It is a combination of experience, a little intuition, and being properly positioned.  Let me continue with my surfing analogy a little bit more before I jump…

StorOne: Transparent Innovation

Introduction Last month I had the privilege of being briefed by StorOne CMO, George Crump on their most recent announcement around their S1 storage solution innovation.  I know what you’re thinking, what more can a storage company innovate on that we haven’t already seen?  Well, you might be surprised, but before I talk about the…

Back to the Basics of Inspiration

During one of my consulting engagements with Motorola several years ago, I was given management authority over a small team of system administrators.  This wasn’t an uncommon thing to do at Motorola at the time, but it did make my job a tad bit more challenging.  The team’s responsibilities included UNIX support (Sun Solaris), both…

Batteries & Data Protection

JBOB – Just a Bunch of Batteries As you can see from the photo I used for this blog, I still use Rayovac batteries in my devices.  This happens to be my thoroughly amazing Zoom H6 Handy Recorder, but I also use them in my guitars (professional musician on the side), some of my music…

What Does Your Data Weigh?

What do you think? Does data have weight? How much does your data weigh? Or should we never ask questions about weight? He ain’t heavy, he’s my data Data can carry a lot of weight, it can be used to show how well your company is doing, it can be used to measure your own…

Publishing Portfolio

Sample of writing This blog contains links to various pieces of work written by David A. Chapa, Founder, The CTE Group Commissioned by NetApp Executive Summary – Data Protection for Data Fabric Beyond Modern Data Protection The Beat Goes On NetApp’s Answer to the Data Protection Dilemma Commissioned by ActualTech Media on behalf of the…

Why Training Doesn’t Work

Resolutions We’re ending Q3 and heading into Q4 and you know what that means?  Around the end of Q4 people start to think about the new year and things they will resolve to do better. More time vacationing with family Go on an Alaskan Cruise Get in shape Make more money Lose weight Be more…

Disruption in the Force

As we approach all hallows eve, I get an early morning message from someone that tells me that “Peter McKay left Veeam”.  I was shocked by this news after the company had just reported its 41st consecutive quarter of double-digit growth.  I thought for sure this was a “trick”, but my source said it was…

NetApp Insight: Fabrics, Volumes, Insights & more

NetApp Insight 2018 I had the opportunity to attend NetApp Insight 2018 this year held in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center.  The theme of the event was #DataDriven, at least that’s what I took away from it.  George Kurian talked about the number of Market Leaders that are #DataDriven from…

After 1.5M+ Air Miles, I Took Control

I have been in technology since 1983, actually working, since 1983.  I was into technology and programming well before that, but when I count the years I have been in the industry I start in 1983. I was selling computers at a store called, ComputerLand, Store #11. Arlington Heights, IL — Store #11 I was fairly young, but…

Boots & Technology – CommvaultGO Review

When I heard Commvault had selected Nashville for its annual user conference, CommvaultGO, I was a little disappointed that I wasn’t attending.  I had some personal plans in Nashville that had to do with my other passion, music, but sadly I was leaving on the same day it was starting, Tuesday.  One way or another, I got an email from…

#! /usr/bin/ksh – Backup Admin Life: Testing

In a blog, far far away… In my previous post on Automation in this series I’m calling “Backup Admin Life”, I talked about what we used to do with scripting to “get $#!+” done and how the more complex the systems got the more important it was to make sure things were automated and easy…