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Meet Field Day Delegate – Vuong Pham

Vuong Pham is coming to Storage Field Day 19! Experienced Senior Solutions Architect with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry. He is also an author, blogger, and speaker skilled in Storage Area Network (SAN), NAS, VMware Virtualization, Storage, Servers, Hybrid Cloud, and Data Center. He is an engineering professional with a Bachelor of Science. Connect with Vuong at @Digital_KungFu on Twitter, the web, or the Tech Field Day website.

How did you get into technology and IT?

My first computer was HP-150 touchscreen – Intel 8088 @ 8 MHz dual floppy, 256k RAM (adjusted for inflation is $7k retail) and the original inkjet printer (I was 12). At 14, I was consulting PC projects, like multimedia authoring DVD’s. Professional PC tech monkey after my BS in Biology and Chemistry minor. It was a hiatus for my PhD aspirations.

What do you do now? Tell us a little about your current role.

I am a Senior Solutions Architect, Pre Sales and Post Sales delivery. I am a Virtualization and HCI Specialist. Subject Matter Expert in BCDR, storage, and diving deeper into DevOps (containers, PKS, K8s), as well as cloud architecture. I design and implement solutions for commercial and SLED organizations. I assist customers with virtualization enablement and reconciling business requirements with a solid strategic tech road map.

What are your biggest challenges?

Finding enough time in a 24 hr day.

What was your first computer? What was great about it? 

HP 150 Touchscreen (see above).

How do you manage your work/life balance?

Focus on “one thing at a time” in order to prioritize.

If you weren’t working in IT, what would you be doing instead?

Genetic biologist (molecular phylogenetics/systematics), bread baker, or language translator.

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies?

Read, cook (bbq and bake), as well as tinker.

What are you most excited about seeing at the event?

The presentations from WekaIO and Komprise.

What is the coolest thing you’re working on right now?

rPi K8s demo learning cluster.

Who inspires you?

Grace Hooper.

As a child, what did you want to do when you “grew up”?

Astronaut.

What superhero movie character would you like to be and why?

Spidey – it isn’t always brute force but brainpower counts, too!

Fun Fact: Spider-Man first appeared in the August 1962 comic book Amazing Fantasy #15!

What is your favorite thing about what you do?

Enabling people to do more cool things with tech.

If you won the lottery and could retire, what would you do with your time?

Learn more first-hand about other cultures and food / customs.

Thanks for sharing, Vuong! Looking forward to having you at Storage Field Day 19! 

Remember to add Storage Field Day 19 to your calendars; January 22-24!

About the author

Alissa Nivens

Alissa Nivens is the Project Specialist at Gestalt IT. She enjoys reading, taking OrangeTheory classes, snuggling with her dogs, hiking, and singing in her community choir. Follow her on Twitter at @AlissaNivens!

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