A Technical Architects Diary

About Me

My name is Chris Kranz. I am now working for the leading UK system integrator Kelway, concentrating on storage and virtualisation (with a focus on NetApp, EMC and VMware), I head up the Solutions Architect team for storage and virtualisation.  I started life in the late 90′s as a web developer, so I know how to script, and pull things apart. I write a lot of scripts to help out with the simple tasks in life as I get bored of the mundane very quickly. Anything is possible when it comes to computers, it just comes down to how much time it’ll take (and ultimately how much money that will cost to do!). I am a Solutions Architect these days, which means I spend a lot of time talking with customers, talking through solutions and designing strategies. I am very proud to say I am a VCDX (one of the first 50 globally), and I am greatly humbled by the other architects I share this qualification with (www.vmware.com/go/vcdx). I also hold a variety of qualifications in the key areas I focus on, NetApp NCDA and NCIE, EMC Proven Professional, VMware VCP, VTSP, VCAP and of course VCDX.

I live in sunny Birmingham in the UK, and you’ll find me at any point driving up and down the country in my trusty Phaeton. You may spot me from the number plate!

I have learnt a lot from my 2 older brothers who are major Solaris guys, anything they don’t know about Solaris, isn’t worth knowing. I’m constantly quizzing them and others about anything and everything and I’m always listening and trying to learn. If you’ve ever dealt with a Kranz, you’ll know what I mean :) Check out Tom over at www.siliconbunny.com

I want to try give back to the community, to the people that have helped me get to where I am. Feel free to ask me any questions. I am also available for consulting and contracting roles through my employer Kelway, just give me a shout.

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