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I have a passion for the full infrastructure stack, and IT architecture.  I’m also a big believer that technology is the easy part of your career, and soft skills are the hard part.  You can read all about it in my book, IT Architect Series: The Journey., Creativity Driven Technology was created by me, Melissa Palmer, VMware Certified Design Expert #236 in 2014.

I’m a virtualization and IT architecture enthusiast.  Currently, I’m Senior Technologist on the Product Strategy team at Veeam Software.  Prior to that I was a Solutions Architect/Technical Marketing Engineer at NetApp after being an Enterprise Systems Engineer there for several years.  Before joining a vendor, I was an engineer for several very large enterprise VMware environments.

I have Bachelor and Master of Engineering degrees focused in Electrical Engineering and Secure Networked Systems Design.  I’ve also racked up a number of IT certifications over the years.  I’m a VMware Certified Professional (VCP), VMware Certified Advanced Professional in Data Center Design and Data Center Administration on vSphere (VCAP-DCD/DCA), and a NetApp Certified Data Management Administrator (NCDA).  In 2016, I achieved VMware’s highest certification, VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX-236).

This blog represents my thoughts and ideas, and are her own, not those of her employer.

I am also active in the technology community, and have received technology community based honors such as member of the NetApp A-Team, Cisco Champion, and VMware vExpert communities (or a vFlexPert as some of the NetApp A Team members like to call it).

I started blogging in 2014, and was honored to be voted “Best New Blog” and #30 overall in the Top vBlog voting at vSphere-Land in 2015, and #30 overall in 2016, #16 overall and Favorite Female Blogger in 2017, and #6 overall and Favorite Female Blogger in 2018.


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When I’m not virtualizing something, I enjoy activities such as writing, cooking, going to rocket launches (NASA Social Alumni), and launching high altitude balloons to 88,000 feet.  This image was taken by the balloon I launched with my friend Daniel Grinkevich in 2013.  For more information on our HAB, and more pictures taken by it check out

John Cornish

Saturday 8th of August 2020


My name is John and I co-write at Cloud Storage.

I was researching "cloud storage" posts and came across your article "VeeamON 2020 & Technology General Session Recap |".

My partner and I have a very active presence on Pinterest. We have boards with over 1 million followers.

I would be happy to promote the blog post on our Pinterest boards. I will drip feed the post across our 40 boards (over 1 million followers) over the next one month so you get consistent and regular traffic.

I’ll share it about 100 times over the month on Pinterest. As you may know, Pinterest links too are counted by Google as a ranking factor and it will help the page get Google traffic too.

In return, would it be possible to edit the article "" and add the line "You can also check interesting website on cloud storage reviews" and at the text "cloud storage reviews" add a link to my website ?

If it works well i.e. you see a significant increase in traffic, we can start working on a regular basis on blog posts and social media promotion in the future.

Looking forward to your reply.

Regards John

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Carl Webster

Friday 19th of December 2014

We have a lot in common. I was very big into model rocketry (F class engines and below) back in my youth. Back in 1972, I almost set the world altitude record for a 3-stage D class model rocket. I had to beat the then current record by 3 meters and beat it by over 40 meters. But....the parachute failed to fully open on the descent which disqualified my attempt (the rocket and all stages had to be recovered non damaged). I got my 2 minutes of fame by being on the local news back in Shreveport, LA but I would have rather had my name in the record book.




Tuesday 2nd of December 2014

Your blogs are very informative and love it. The hard part for me is the *black* background color, if you can provide a way to toggle background color that would have been awesome!

Thanks, -Suresh

Bryce Kaiser

Tuesday 16th of September 2014

Hi vmiss,

I just stumbled on your blog today and really enjoyed reading it. There's some really great advice here. Do you think I could get your thoughts on a new product my company just released? It's called the VMware vCenter Operations Manager Management Pack for NetApp Storage (it's a mouthful!). You know way more about this space than I do, and we would love to get your opinion on what you like/don't like about it.

Here's an overview deck: