What do Alt-rock, local beer and EUC have in common?

Normally I wouldn’t have much insight on the subject of EUC (End-User Computin,), but my current trip home for the holidays has presented a pretty cool opportunity to highlight this amazing technology, even if it is outside my area of expertise.

We haven’t been home in few years, and it was my first chance to talk to some of the family in a while. We decided to go out one night to see my cousin Drew play with one of his bands, The Loveless. Here’s an action shot of Drew on bass.

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This performance was paired with two amazing local beers – Loganberry Wit by Resurgence, and Live Pale Ale by Southern Tier. The Live Pale Ale is just a beautiful American style pale ale, with perfect hop character. But the Loganberry Wit was a real treat – those of us who grew up in the Buffalo area already know this, but for the uninformed, Loganberry is a berry widely used for punch-like drinks throughout Western New York and is a true regional flavor.

Anyway, by this point I’m sure you’re wondering what on earth all this has to do with VMware EUC. Well, as it turns out, Drew is part of a team of talented VMware administrators at Erie 1 BOCES (the Erie County Board of Cooperative Educational Services) who, in conjunction with the City of Buffalo, just implemented a tremendously successful VMware Horizon- based remote educational computing environment that has enabled Buffalo public school students to take their education with them to libraries and beyond.

Read more about the City of Buffalo’s success story at the following links:
http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/buffalo-public-schools/partnership-with-library-bridges-digital-divide-of-buffalo-students-20141208

http://www.wgrz.com/videos/news/education/2014/12/08/20118761/

Cheers!

Perfect chance for a starting post

Heading home for the holidays and managed a last-minute first class upgrade. What does that mean? A Bloody Mary and some VCAP study time, of course. Now, the aficionado in me says “thanks for the vodka and ketchup, United,” but the part of me that already drank half the cup is full of the holiday spirit and is willing to forgive the transgression.

Happy holidays and safe travels to all my colleagues, friends, followers, readers and customers.

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A new concept in wine-fueled Cloud mayhem

A new year is beginning and with it, a new idea for a blog. Hopefully I’ll actually come up with some content for this one.

The overall idea here is to combine the two things I enjoy most – virtualization and alcohol. Now, let’s not start this whole thing out on the wrong foot – I’m not floating around in a kiddie pool on my front lawn, surrounded by Bud Light cans and ESXi discs. Not in December, anyway. We’re going to take a slightly more refined approach to this whole thing.

I hope to assemble some useful info surrounding my specific area of expertise – which is VMware Cloud Management – and combine each post with some info about a particular wine, beer, vineyard, or concept. Maybe I’ll even throw some cheese in there, who knows.

For the moment, this is just the beginning phases of the plan. Stay tuned for more info!