Monday, August 18, 2014

Upcoming IPv6 events

There are several opportunities to get some IPv6 education outside of taking a formal training course. In September the North American IPv6 Summit hosted by the Rocky Mountain IPv6 Task Force will happen in Denver, CO. This is the primer IPv6 event that happens in North America, hands down with a great line up of speakers and some incredible pre-conference tutorials that you can attend. If you can make the time (it is a super cost effective event so don't complain about the cost! - especially compared to things like Cisco Live, TechEd, VMworld, OracleWorld, etc.) I can assure you the speakers and content will be worth the time investment.

If you are in New York in October, I will be presenting at Interop doing an IPv6 bootcamp. I will cover a variety of IPv6 topics to help you get up to speed quickly using the protocol. You can get more details about me session here. Interop is always a great show, I hope they expand the IPv6 training and education but I am grateful they at least have my session for folks to attend if they are interested.

In November, the California IPv6 Task Force and gogo6 jointly run the gogoNET Live IPv6 conference in Silicon Valley. This will be the 5th year of the event and the best part is that it is principally going to be an online broadcast event again this year. It is a super cost effective event to participate in, regardless of where you are located in the world. The topics will focus on SDN, NFV, IOT and how IPv6 is leveraged in all of those technologies. IPv6 really is the underpinning for a lot of innovation happening in other fields, it just isn't talked about as much.

So, there you have it, a few in person IPv6 events you can attend. Obviously you can get online education and resources from a bunch of places. ARIN has a wonderful wiki you can use, RIPE has a great IPv6 resource page too.
- Ed


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Additional blog content not on howfunky.com

Some of you who only keep track of me via my blog site might not realize I have been producing content (regular blog posts for sites like the Infoblox IPv6 Center of Excellence or guest posts here and there) on other Internet properties. I thought I would quickly jot down where some of my other posts are in case you are interested in reading them.

Guest blog post on ARIN as a follow up to my Interop presentation on IPv6
Date: July 22, 2014
Title: Getting Serious About IPv6 – Go Big or Go Home

Guest blog posts on Information Week regarding my Interop presentation on IPv6
Date: July 23, 2014
Title: The IPv6 Skills Crisis
URL: http://www.informationweek.com/strategic-cio/team-building-and-staffing/the-ipv6-skills-crisis/a/d-id/1297481

Date: January 17, 2014
Title: IPv6 Decision Time


My ongoing blog entries on the Infoblox IPv6 COE:
Date: July 11, 2014
Title: What is holding you back from deploying IPv6?

Date: June 10, 2014
Title: Challenges for IPv6 and address management with DHCPv6

Date: April 4, 2014
Title: IPv6 is still evolving - New DHCPv6 RFC is published

Date: March 6, 2014
Title: Time to prepare for IPv6

Date: February 10, 2014
Title: OpenDaylight - the impact of SDN and NFV on DDI

Date: January 13, 2014
Title: IPv6 ULA and NAT. Is It Better Than Global Unicast

Date: October 8, 2013
Title: IPv6 within the context of the big things happening in networking today

And here are some fun personal links, I was one of the top 10 speakers for Interop Las Vegas in 2014 - http://www.informationweek.com/interop/top-rated-speakers-from-interop-las-vegas-2014/d/d-id/1234877

Enjoy - keep an eye out, I hope to be adding some more IPv6 content to howfunky.com shortly.
- Ed

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Time to reflect

It is July 1, 2014 and this is the first time for me that I have not been a Microsoft MVP since 2004. Since announcing that I was stepping away from community (user group) and the MVP and STEP programs I have been asked why a lot. While I think my previous blog post explains it pretty well I had some additional thoughts to share.

First, by stepping away what am I gaining???

TIME

I don't think people realize how much time I have spent on user group just looking for sponsors, speakers and coordinating events for regular monthly meetings never mind the occasional conference or one day event that was put on. Also, when you are doing that sort of thing you always have a nagging voice in the back of your head asking if whomever you are talking to or emailing with might be interested in doing something with your community. It chews up a LOT of mental cycles. This also applies to the MVP award. Getting an award is wonderful but it does modify your behavior. You end up thinking if you are doing enough, contributing enough, engaging enough, etc. You get the picture. You find yourself loosing time to commitments you take on to try and keep your MVP status. It becomes a treadmill, a rat race. I want off.

Second, by getting back the mental cycles and also a reasonable bit of time I can now choose to do other things. I have been getting asked "what I am choosing to do" - I don't know yet. I am taking some time to figure that out. I might decide to use the time to learn something new, or take up a new hobby, or re-discovery an old hobby for that matter. The point is, you don't have the option to do any of that if you don't step away.

Third, I think reflection is something we don't do enough of in our culture (and I am talking about the Silicon Valley culture I was born and raised in that seems to be taking over the rest of the world). I don't know if doing this will help me in any way (and lots of folks have shared they think it will hurt my career or that I am crazy) but I won't really know unless I try. I must admit, I find it amusing how surprised many colleagues in the MVP community were that someone would pull themselves out of the renewal process. Remember folks, 10 years as an Microsoft MVP, can anyone truly deserve an award that many years in a row? I think it is time for new blood, I just freed up a slot for someone else to get discovered. In the meantime, I now have time to go discover and perhaps become deserving of an award in some other aspect of my life.
- Ed

Monday, June 16, 2014

I am stepping away from community

This all happened rather suddenly, the realization that I didn't want to lead nor be as involved in community and user groups. It has been such a part of what I have done over the years that it surprised me how much I was in auto pilot around doing things for user groups and how much personal time and energy (and money) I was spending on community activities.

Several things have happened since I made this decision. First, I have formally retired out of the Microsoft MVP program (withdrew my renewal for 2014 - my renewal quarter is July). I have been awarded 10 years in a row (first in 2004) and I felt because I was stepping away from community activity it wasn't proper to be accepting something that is at it's core a community contribution award. I have fond memories of attending many MVP Summits - I will miss seeing many of those colleagues in person.

Second, I also retired out of the Springboard Technical Experts Panel (STEP) as that is focused on engaged local community members who are driving events and content. Clearly I will not be doing any of that anymore either. The Springboard group had been idle for almost the last year so I felt with its renewed kickoff recently my stepping off the group would allow them to add some more energized and active folks.

Third, I am retiring from Pacific IT Professionals, the IT Pro user group I have helped run for over 15 years. This user group was one of the reasons I became a Microsoft MVP and has lead to many wonderful relationships over the years. I wish all those involved with the group the best of luck and I hope it develops some of the next Microsoft MVP's and continues to have impact.

So, what will I be doing? I will still be involved in IPv6, I still find it very interesting and technically relevant to what is happening to the Internet today. So, for now, I will be staying on with the California IPv6 Task Force. In addition, I will tracking cloud technologies and what is happening in that market. Everything else is undetermined. I hope to have more free time to explore new things that are personally interesting to me.

For those that know me and are wondering why, I can only say I have been burnt out for several years and I reached the breaking (the "I'm too tired") point this month. I made the decision over a weekend and I sent out the emails retiring myself out of everything right after that. The last things to do are clean up the blog to remove some logos etc. after July as I will no longer be an MVP or on STEP. It was time, I acted on that, now on to the next adventure!
- Ed

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Join me at TechDays in San Francisco happening June 5-6

 
I'm excited to be participating in TechDays in San Francisco happening June 5-6. You can't ask for a better line up of speakers and sessions. It is two days, 4 tracks per day and just some amazing content. The entire schedule is available up on Eventboard (mobile app) and it is the best way to figure out who is presenting and the session abstracts.

The remarkable part of this regional conference is the quality and level of speakers they get who also present at events like Microsoft TechEd, TechMentor, Windows Connections, and many other key conferences. Oh, and one of the best parts of this conference? It is only $200 for two days and there is limited time to sign up. All the proceeds go to help fund raise for Pacific IT Professionals, a non-profit IT pro user group to run their monthly user group meetings so come help them out!

So join me in San Francisco at the Microsoft office and hear from industry experts about IT, DevOps and all the interesting innovations happening in the industry today, like PowerShell!
- Ed