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My blog posts and tweets are my own, and do not necessarily represent the views of my current employer (ESG), my previous employers or any other party.

I do not do paid endorsements, so if I am appear to be a fan of something, it is based on my personal experience with it.

If I am not talking about your stuff, it is either because I haven't worked with it enough or because my mom taught me "if you can't say something nice ... "

What I am thankful for – as a backup guy

First and foremost, I am so thankful for the job that I have and the ESG family members that I share it with. It has been an amazing year that I cannot say “thank you” enough times for.  I am also very thankful to the ESG family of data protection companies that have welcomed me […]

VMworld 2012 Wrap-up on Backup

As much as I like virtualization, and systems management, and private cloud … most folks know that I am a backup guy, first and foremost. So, you should definitely look to some of the ESG peers for the other parts of the story, including a nice video from ESG’s Mr. Virtualization, Mark Bowker. In the […]

HP VS3 announced at MMS 2012

Today, HP announced the newest offering in its VirtualSystem for Microsoft solutions family – the VS3, leveraging HP hardware that has been assembled and optimized to deliver the entire Microsoft Private Cloud stack, including:

HP Proliant “generation 8” BladeSystem servers HP 3PAR storage HP Insight Control management tools Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V Microsoft […]

Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track at MMS 2012

The Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track program puts the best practices and private cloud experience of Microsoft into an IT architecture that provides consistency and flexibility in the Microsoft stack, while still enabling its hardware partners to bring their own expertise and differentiated components together for customers benefit.

While at MMS 2012, I had the […]

Speaking at System Center Universe 2012

Tuesday, January 17 — Microsoft held a webcast on their Private Cloud offerings and announced the Release Candidate of their System Center 2012 management tools.

Thursday, January 19 – the System Center Universe 2012 community-driven event will be going through many of the technologies in that release.

Am very excited to be speaking about […]

What I did last Summer

Do you remember when you were a kid, and during the first day of school, the teacher would ask you to write an essay on what you did over the summer?

Looking back, I presume the teacher really wanted to get a sense of your writing skills, but also learn a little about you and […]

Jason joins ESG

Today, I begin my next adventure – as an “Analyst & Lab Engineer” for ESG, the Enterprise Strategy Group.

For those that don’t know ESG, they are mostly known for their industry research and analysis of IT, particularly around Storage, Data Protection, Virtualization, Infrastructure Management, etc.

I had known of and worked with […]

JBuff leaving Microsoft

After 5.5 years, I am leaving Microsoft.

When I first joined, it was after 15 years in the backup/recovery and high availability market. I joined to be part of DPM v1, which had been in market for about a month, because the idea that Microsoft producing its own backup solution could change how Windows administrators […]

My favorite Windows Sidebar gadget – Outlook calendar appointments

I am starting my New Years’ Resolution early by sharing some of the non-System Center geek things that make my life easier or better.

The Windows Sidebar is not new, having been first introduced with Windows Vista. And most of us probably have the weather, a clock and Bing search tools. But every time that […]

The First Five Years of Fun at Microsoft

Today (actually yesterday) marks five years for me at Microsoft. It’s been an amazing adventure so far and as usual for anniversaries, it seems like both yesterday and a lifetime ago that I started.

At the time, I was a Microsoft MVP in File System and Storage technologies – which is the closest category that […]

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