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Robert is a creative, savvy technical engineer in cloud computing, able to move masterfully back and forth from a specific point to the entire structure. As Microsoft Solutions Architect and many years of project management experience, he has a solid, emerging skill set in cloud and hybrid computing. Robert is a dynamic collaborator who knows when to push his team in a new direction and when to pause and let the ideas of others percolate. Creativity, balance, input, analysis and synthesis are all processes at play when he leads a team. As a technology visionary with 20+ years leading the design, development and implementation of high-performance technology solutions, Robert has a strong record of success in managing robust IT High Reliable Organizations (HRO). He has a proven ability to bring the benefits of IT to solve business issues while delivering applications, infrastructure, costs and managing risks. Robert has spent the better part of 20+ years working with Microsoft workloads. For the past 15 years before joining Nutanix, Robert spent his time leading System IntegratorsMicrosoft related practices. In April 2016, Robert was first awarded Microsoft® Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in Cloud & Datacenter Management. He has substantially been awarded for 2017/2018. The Microsoft MVP Award is an annual award that recognizes exceptional technology community leaders worldwide who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with users and Microsoft. With just over 4,000 awardees worldwide, Microsoft MVPs represent a highly select group of experts. MVPs share a deep commitment to community and a willingness to help others. They represent the diversity of today’s technical communities. MVPs are present in over 90 countries, in more than 40 languages, and across numerous Microsoft technologies. MVPs share a passion for technology, a willingness to help others, and a commitment to the community. These are the qualities that make MVPs exceptional community leaders. MVPs’ efforts enhance people’s lives and contribute to our industry’s success in many ways. By sharing their knowledge and experiences, and providing objective feedback, they help people solve problems and discover new capabilities every day.

Why I joined Liquidware

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Simply.  Well, I love what I do.  I love alliances and being a solutions champion for something I believe in – and it’s not just about webinars and pushing a product.  It also about educating your customers so they can make the best decisions for their organization.  Alliances on the other hand, is what makes the world go around, for a company at least.  Alliances find great partners to go to market with and you both benefit.

The best career advice I’ve received so far is, “Never turn down an interview.” I generally follow this advice because you only have so much time in life to make an impact

I first met Liquidware in the past during my Nutanix days.  They were a great company to work with, but honestly, I had over 80 partners, so when a partner that is easy to work with you make “note.”

In July this year, I started up a dialog with Tyler Rohrer (T-Rex) to understand what they were doing with Windows Virtual Desktop, Frame, AWS WorkSpaces, Google Cloud, etc.  After 5 minutes, the energy and passion I felt from Tyler was incredible.  Hearing about the technology they have been working on and getting a hint of Liquidware’s continued innovation was breath of fresh air.  That night, I thought long and hard and decided.  At that point, I had a mission, “To Work at Liquidware!”  So, the very next day, I approached Tyler and said, “Do you have a role for a person of my talents?”  The rest is history…..

One last thing…The one common thought I feel as I get to know the people here, “I joined a community, not a company.”

Standby for an update, there’s more to come!, Rob

MVPITPro Podcast – Ep5 – A Talk with Mike Bender from the Azure Cloud Ops Advocate Team

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Join us for episode 5 of the new MVPIT Pro Podcast, featuring your hosts Andy Syrewicze from Altaro Software and myself 

Join Andy and Rob as they talk about the world of IT, Microsoft, and the Microsoft MVP program!

In this episode Andy and Rob Talk about:

  • Windows Server 2019 GA Release
  • What is Cloud Ops Advocate?
  • and much, much more!

Our special guest interview this episode features Mike Bender @michaelbender – Cloud Ops Advocate Team at Microsoft!

Enjoy 🙂 !!!

Microsoft Hyper-V vs. VMware: How far is VMware Still Ahead?

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Probably four of the best virtual platform developers are VMware (vSphere), Microsoft (Hyper-V), Red Hat (KVM), and Citrix (XenServer).

While they are all comparable, each with its own set of advantages, the two who seem to cause the most ruckus are VMware and Hyper-V.

There’s a lot of talk about which is better and in what way, so let’s dive into the two a little deeper.

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The Microsoft Cloud: A Complete Picture

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If you’re looking to learn more about Microsoft cloud, including how your organization could benefit from it, you’re in the right place. This comprehensive guide covers the basics and beyond, from “What is Microsoft cloud?”, to services and security.

Feel free to skip to the parts you’re most interested in by using the table of contents below. If you have any questions after reading, don’t hesitate to get in touch—I’m happy to provide clarification and answer any of your questions. Continue reading

Azure Stack 101: The Definitive Introduction

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Azure Stack

Microsoft’s Azure Stack is an excellent toolset that allows enterprises to run a hybrid cloud right in their own datacenters, giving them additional cloud options.

But to really use it to its best advantage, IT pros should know the ins and outs of Azure Stack so they can use it within their business IT infrastructures to better manage, speed up and control their Azure cloud deployments and workloads.

A good place to start is with a primer on Azure Stack itself to give business users a broad look at what’s under the hood of their IT infrastructure.

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How Microsoft started it’s love for Linux ♥ – A History

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Microsoft Love Linux

I’ve been using Linux distributions ever since I can remember.  It is arguably the most flexible operating systems in the world and it’s the foundation for many of the Virtual Appliances on the market today.  I’ve known some of the histories between Microsoft and Linux, but decided to dive in, research and give some good data points on

How Microsoft started it’s for love Linux”

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