This is the third time round talking to Red Hat. The first being back in 2000 shortly after completing my Red Hat Certified Systems Engineer (RHCE). At the time, I was offered a role as a trainer; however due to company expansion plans and over-reach the offer was withdrawn. The second was back in 2009 as a lab manager for a Java test lab in Brisbane, Queensland. Not the best fit and neither party proceeded.
This time around however it seemed like a perfect fit. A Solutions Architecture role, while reporting to Engineering, working closely with Sales. On top of that, it’s the Australia / New Zealand specialist lead for Red Hat Storage. Red Hat recently purchased Gluster in 2011 and serves as the basis for Red Hat Storage.
Having taken a significant amount of time to check this product out, I can honestly say I’m impressed. I’ve recently worked closely with IBM and EMC on their storage platforms and am a fan of IBM’s V7000 and XIV, and EMC’s VNX and VNXe solutions. The advantage of Red Hat Storage is that it is a software based storage platform – meaning you can do a lot more with it across a lot more hardware.
I’ll post more as it comes, but suffice it to say I’m pretty excited about this role and the company, people and technology I’ll be working with.