I sat down with one of Lewan's Solution Architects, Kenneth Fingerlos, to discuss his upcoming speaking engagement at the BriForum conference on July 20th. Our brief conversation covered the details of his session, "vSGA, vDGA, vGPU, and Software - When and Why", his background in the industry, and what gets him excited in the technology space right now.
Me: Kenneth, can you tell me a little bit about your industry experience?
Kenneth: So, after college I took a left turn in my career path and went into corporate IT for ten years. Various positions: desktop management, server management, data center. Various kinds of things. After ten years of that I decided I didn't care for IT management and tried to correct the course change and landed in consulting. I've been doing IT consulting for about the last ten years around storage, data management, virtualization of various types, and building up my skill sets trying to help customers solve problems.
Me: Great, great. So have you been to BriForum before?
Kenneth: I have not been to BriForum. This will be my first year.
Me: What attracted you to BriForum?
Kenneth: I'm excited. The whole idea of a conference that has some size to it and is established that is not tied to a specific vendor is just exciting, right? You go to a Cisco conference and it is all about what is the latest widget from Cisco. Cisco can do no wrong. You find the same thing if you go to, you know, Dell World. Dell is perfect. Whatever Dell has got going is awesome and whatever everyone else has is garbage. BriForum excites me because it is everybody. It is a marketing company--a media company that puts on the conference as opposed to a product manufacturer.
Me: So what will you be discussing at BriForum?
Kenneth: I'm discussing a topic that is near and dear to my heart which is the idea of virtualized graphics. Taking things we do everyday in the physical world with physical PCs and trying to bring this into this virtualized environment. Things like disaster recovery, security, flexibility. You know, the physical world is pretty restricted. Graphics have always been one of these things that is hard and is difficult. Technology is evolving and has advanced dramatically over the last couple of years in terms of what we can do. But there is also a lot of complexity and a lot of information and I find my customers have a lot of confusion about what they can and can't do. What works, what doesn't work. My session is all about trying to bring some clarity to that area.
Me: Ok, so I am going to open this up a little bit and say maybe don't limit this to just the enterprise world but what is the technology you are most excited about right now?
Kenneth: The technology I am most excited about right now....I think the stuff that is most exciting is really this idea of graphics virtualization. I mean, so many things go into a user experience, right? And all of the traditional things that you think about: servers, storage, memory, CPUs--graphics is part of that. Remoting protocols, right? What's going on with actually getting that content delivered to a user. Networking, right? 3G, 4G networks and starting to think about what's next, what's beyond 4G. These are huge enablers to let people consume and develop content in ways that have never been envisioned before. Letting you take that stuff to the cloud, to the remote data center, and access it from anywhere. I've been sitting on top of a mountain in my 4x4 holding a virtual desktop, just because I'm a geek and into this stuff, but yes--I can access that app, whatever it is, from a mountain top in the middle of nowhere. That's cool stuff. And it's all about enabling people to work and function in ways they've never been able to before. That excites me.
Me: Very cool. Well, looking forward to seeing your session at BriForum! Until next time.
As I wrote about earlier, BriForum Comes to Denver, and I am excited to have such a great event in my backyard. If you are going to be at BriForum or just have general questions about Denver, reach out to either @kfingerlos or myself (@sagelikebrian) and let's catch up.