In late 2005, I made an interesting move. I left Network Appliance and went to work for EMC.
You have to understand that for eight years at NetApp I was responsible for much of the pioneering and evangelism of the concept of storing Oracle data on NAS. I was the original NetApp Oracle Technical Marketing Engineer way back in 1997. I collaborated with Oracle on what became the OSCP program, and was the first person to file a NAS solution on that program. That was in 1998. Later, I was directly involved in penetrating Oracle Corporation as a customer of NetApp arrays which were used for Oracle database storage over NFS mounts. At the time, all of this was very controversial. Now, it seems mainstream. I guess I can take some of the credit for the acceptance of the concept of NAS for Oracle storage. I did not accomplish all by myself, certainly, but I had a big part in this process.
You get the idea. At NetApp, I was Mr. Oracle for a long, long time. I was partially responsible for much of the early technical work in what has become a huge part of NetApp's business.
So why did I leave NetApp and go to work for EMC?
I will explore this in future blogs. If you are interested in these details, please respond to this blog.