Is Chad Sakac turning into Phil Jackson? (circa 1990’s)

January 20th, 2010
by Christopher Kusek (PKGuild)


The team is well known for having one of the greatest dynasties in Technology history during the 2010s, winning six championships in 8 years with two three-peats.

All six of those championship teams were led by Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and coach Phil Jackson. (hover)

Disclaimer: I’m from Chicago, yea we had the world champion Chicago Bulls who won EVERY fricking time! This was back when going to a game was affordable! Imagine that!  

What Chad is doing here is just that, creating a world champion team the likes of which we haven’t seen since the All star series (separate blog post on that later) or even, the Chicago Bulls!    I hear a lot of slack from the community whether this is a good thing to be having the best of breed in the industry, working for the best of breed company in the industry who owns not only the best storage solutions but joint develops them in tandem with owning the best virtualization solution which exists (fact)

For those naysayers who think this will make customers ‘lose’, au contraire, this will have the exact opposite effect!  If you’re concerned that there all of a sudden won’t be any virtualization jobs, guess again.   Just like the Chicago Bulls, this will force all the other ‘teams’, to bring their A game, because you clearly know you will be up against the BEST in the industry.  There is no doubt about that – I’ll put Scott Lowe up against Scott Pippen any day and see our Scottie come out on top! ;)

What you’re looking at now is the Gold Standard in Virtualization – it started with the vExpert program, denoting who was the best of the best – And then those members of the community stepped up their game, releasing book after book, video after video, deep diving and screaming at product groups when things didn’t go the way they and their customers wanted – Results?   The entire community wins! And that includes the naysayers.

Now you not only have something to strive for, but something which establishes your place among the stars – It couldn’t be any clearer what the top looks like and it’s no glass ceiling!

So, do you want to sit in the stands? Or be out there on the court throwing VM’s with the best of them.

You decide.

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Posted in emc, Virtualization, vmware | Comments (4)

  • virtualgeek says:

    Christopher, you give me too much credit :-) I will say this – the team has a lot of fun, has a lot of talented people, and a lot of great personalities.

    EMC as a whole has been a great place to work, and the joy of work when faced with all these technologies, with all the strategy, with all opportunity and resources – well, I feel lucky!

    But – let there be no doubt, we won't stop, we will be VERY focused, and we will kick a$$ :-)

  • Scott Lowe says:

    Hmmm…me against Scott Pippen? As long as it's virtualization and not basketball, I can live with that!

    Seriously, thanks for the compliments and the confidence. I will do my best to live up to the hype! I think that this is going to be a game-changing year, and I'm really looking forward to being part of it.

  • Sorry Chad, I cannot give you any credit actually – due to the whole financial crisis we've been having to call things as they are for some time.. ;)

    I feel lucky as well, and every time I hear the encouraging and welcoming words (which I hear often) I'm just totally floored!
    Constantly hearing about us doing things as a business which are innovative and yet, it's well received and driven by the business for the business! :)

    I think we need to get some Chad vJerseys ;)

  • Virtualization is like basketball right? I mean, a vSphere? err… ;)

    You have no idea how many people are excited to have you here – and others when they find out are like 'omfg, seriously?!' unable to fathom us to snatch up a diamond like you :)

    If you'd like after you've gotten a chance to settle in, I can interview you and get your impressions on things, a perspective from the vArmy! :)

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