Here are some of the top questions I’ve been getting lately since I’ve been here in Afghanistan.
Why the hell are you in Afghanistan?! What are you DOING there?!
I mean, sure I was a little… obtuse about details, for safety and security reasons when I shared things initially in my post Taking a stand and serving my country; or WTF is @CXI doing in Afghanistan?!? but I think I’m comfortable answering a few of these questions for you :)
So on the initial question, WHY am I here – refer to my blog post above and I think you’ll get that answered pretty easily! But more importantly…
What am I actually doing here!
So, I eluded to doing things with Storage… Virtualization… Cloud… etc. Well, here is a little low-down at the best I can possibly offer you. :)
In 2011 Afghanistan NATO and International forces had ~800 bases or so, and then started closing down or transferring bases, take the 202 bases closed in 2012 alone and as we are here in 2013, more and more bases are being closed as we ready for the complete draw-down slated to finish Dec 31 2014. So, you’re asking WTF ARE YOU DOING, STOP STALLING! :)
Where I come in, is as these bases start to close up, there’s infrastructure which gets decommissioned, data-centers closed, services shut down or consolidated. And as the Afghanistan theatre and country lead for Virtualization and all the fun that falls underneath that… Well, let’s just say… There’s a whole lot of fun that falls underneath that! Between the sites which are shutting down and the ones which will continue running for a long time to come. :)
Hopefully this gives you a little bit of an idea of what I’m doing, how I’m doing it, and all of the evolution and change which goes with that! I’ll provide more details, stories and so much more as time goes on, you can’t even begin to imagine the challenges and woes of high tech infrastructure in a warzone and as applicable I’ll share those stories here, at conference and beyond when I come home! Also, I’m planning to do some ‘virtual’ VMUGs here for the guys on the ground who haven’t had that experience and if you’re a speaker/presenter who would like to try to remotely present let me know!
Some of you ask about sending me letters, care packages and what-not, feel free to send whatever you’d like to me at the address below!
JNCC-A Task Force Signal
APO, AE 09354
I wish you all the best and don’t hesitate to reach out to me in the short and the long-term! Eventually I’ll be coming home and the eventual adventures I’ll pursue when I come home, Safely. :)