As you can imagine, the job kept (and still keeps) me busy; especially when I committed about around March of last year to being the sole vSpecialist dedicated with helping spread the virtualization love to EMC's Federal division. Working on helping sell IT solutions into the U.S. Government presents a unique set of challenges - most agencies are generally four years behind in virtualization adoption, and also have a specific set of criteria they are required to comply with when requisitioning technical solutions. Rising to both of these challenges has been a very rewarding experience - the passionate commitment I have experienced with all of the agencies I have met with, comibined with their willingness to embrace virtualization has completely wiped away any skepticism I developed when I was a contractor long ago, and also has made me happy as a taxpayer that the Federal IT folks are more than willing to do more with less; assuming the technology helps get them there.
To make my world even more dynamic, I was given the privilege to hire five more vSpecialists to pitch in with controlling the chaos associated with virtualization growth in the Federal space. And, as my luck would prove, I was able to catch, "...lightening in a bottle," by recruiting five folks I feel my technical skills pale in comparison to with what they have, and can, accomplish.
A CRAZY amount of technology stuff ALSO happened last year - IaaS pioneer VCE/Acadia crystalized by become VCE, LLC, VCE's Vblock Converged Infrastructure solution is selling like hotcakes (for reasons you may not expect - future post alert), EMC released SO many new and updated existing products that improve the virtualization experience even more, and VMware's release of ESX 4.1 and View 4.5 continued to show the IT world they are about five years ahead of any competitior in the space.
So, settle on into the rocketship with me, and get ready to explode into 2011 - things are only getting started!