The SearchVMware.com Editorial Advisory Board is comprised of six leaders in the enterprise IT community. Their mandate is to provide ongoing feedback to our site team on the critical technical issues faced by virtualization professionals. Read about their individual experience, area of expertise and professional affiliations.
Name: Bernard Golden
Location: San Francisco Bay area
Job Title & Company: CEO, Navica Inc.
Area of expertise: Systems integration, Xen, open source virtualization strategies
Bernard Golden is CEO of Navica Inc., a systems integration firm specializing in open source software based San Ramon, Calif. He founded Navica in 2001, after two decades of experience in starting and building successful IT-related organizations. He has previously served as a Venture Partner for an international venture fund and has senior executive positions in a number of private and public software companies, including Informix, Uniplex Software, and Deploy Solutions.
Bernard is the author of Succeeding with Open Source (Addison-Wesley, August 2004), and the creator of the Open Source Maturity Model (OSMM), a formalized method of locating, assessing, and implementing open source software. Bernard holds an MBA from UC Berkeley and a BA from UC Santa Cruz. He is based on the SF Peninsula with his wife Alison and three year-old twin sons, Sebastian and Oliver. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling, skiing, and cooking.
Name: Andrew Kutz
Location: Austin, Tex.
Job Title & Company: Consultant, Operating Systems Specialist, lostcreations
Area of expertise: VMware, .NET, open source
Andrew has been professionally involved in the technology sector for 11 years. For the last six of them he has worked with the latest technologies while employed by the University of Texas at Austin. Two years ago, Andrew started his own consulting firm and development house, l o s t c r e a t i o n s. He is also a founding member of the Austin VMware Users' Group (VMUG). His current pet development project is Sudo for Windows (http://sourceforge.net/projects/sudowin).
In 2004, Andrew started working heavily with consumer virtualization and in 2005 began pushing for server virtualization in UT's central technology department, Information Technology Services (ITS). In 2006, Andrew designed and implemented ITS' first enterprise virtualized server infrastructure environment.
Andrew is an avid fan of .NET, Open Source, Terminal Services, coding, and comics. He is a Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD) and Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD). Andrew graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in Ancient History and Classical Civilization and currently lives in Austin, Tex. with his wife Mandy and their two puppies, Lucy and CJ.
Name: Scott Lowe
Job Title & Company: Senior Engineer, ePlus Technology, Inc.
Area of expertise: Virtualization, VMware ESX, VMware Virtual Infrastructure, software, servers, SAN, iSCSI, Active Directory, Fibre Channel
Scott Lowe is a senior engineer for ePlus Technology, Inc. He has a broad range of experience, specializing in enterprise technologies such as storage area networks, server virtualization, directory services, and interoperability.
Previously he was President and CTO of Mercurion Systems Inc., an IT consulting firm, CTO of iO Systems Inc.
Name: Steve Kaplan
Location: Sacramento, CA.
Job Title & Company: CEO, Access Flow Inc.
Area of expertise: Virtualization, ROI, VMware
Steve Kaplan is CEO of Access Flow Inc., a virtualization consulting firm in Sacramento, Calif. Kaplan previously ran By-the-Bell, an ROI consulting company. Kaplan also previously ran RYNO Technology – the Citrix Partner of the Year for the U.S. at the time of its sale in 2001.
After subsequently traveling the globe as a highly sought after ROI consultant, Kaplan was approached in early 2005 by his friend, Gary Lamb, about expanding his VMware consulting practice. The two decided to found AccessFlow in order to combine their expertise and offer top quality solutions to existing and new clients. They determined that AccessFlow would maintain a laser beam focus on helping organizations understand and obtain the benefits derived from enterprise virtualization.
Name: Barb Goldworm
Location: Boulder, CO
Job Title & Company: President of Focus Consulting
Areas of expertise: Physical and virtual systems, storage and enterprise management; HA, DR and business continuity; blade systems; storage, network and I/O virtualization; storage networking.
Barb Goldworm is president of Focus Consulting, a research, analyst and consulting firm focused on systems and storage. She has spent thirty years in technical, marketing, industry analyst, and senior management positions with IBM, Novell, StorageTek, Enterprise Management Associates, and multiple successful startups.
Barb chairs the Server Blade Summit conference on blades and virtualization, and has been one of the top three ranked analyst/knowledge expert speakers at Storage Networking World. Barb has authored numerous business and technical white papers and articles and has just finished a book, Blades Servers and Virtualization: Transforming Enterprise Computing while Cutting Costs.
Name: Joe Foran
Job Title & Company: Director of Information Technology for FSW, Inc.
Areas of expertise: Data center management, virtualization
As the Director of IT for non-profit FSW, Inc, Joseph Foran has lead a major migration to Server Virtualization, Linux and Open Source applications, and Internet-Enabled technologies. In his role as Director, he is responsible for working with executive and line management to come up with cost-efficient uses of technology that will better enable client services, employee efficiency, and increased grant revenue. Joseph serves on FSW's Leadership committee, where he advises and collaborates with company management on both technology and business decisions. FSW's services extend across Connecticut from six locations across the southwestern portion of the state.
Prior to FSW, Joe was an IT manager at filtration manufacturer CUNO, Inc. and at sports league Major League Soccer, and has been a systems admin with consumer goods giant Unilever, as well as a consultant for the State of CT's Dept. of Corrections, Dept. of Mental Health, and Dept. of Education
Name: Andrew Hillier
Location: Ontario, Canada
Job Title & Company: CTO and co-founder, CiRBA.
Areas of expertise: Virtualization
Andrew Hillier, CTO and co-founder of CiRBA, has over 15 years of experience in the creation and implementation of mission-critical software for the world's largest financial institutions and utilities. As co-founder, he leads product strategy and defines the overall technology roadmap for the company.
Prior to CiRBA, Hillier pioneered a state of the art systems management solution which was acquired by Sun Microsystems and now serves as the foundation of their flagship systems management product, Sun Management Center. Hillier has also led the development of solutions for major financial institutions, including fixed income, equity, futures & options and interest rate derivatives trading systems, as well as in the fields of covert military surveillance, advanced traffic and train control, and the robotic inspection and repair of nuclear reactors.
Hillier holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering from The University of New Brunswick.