My Name is Chanaka Ekanayake, usually known as ‘Chan’ amongst my friends & colleagues. I’m the Lead Architec & Practise manager of the Hybrid Cloud practise at Insight UK specialized in Public & Private Cloud, Datacentre Virtualization and Enterprise Storage (SAN) with over 14 years of hands on IT consultancy experience in the field.
Technology is my passion and I dedicate all my time outside of work that is not spent with family (or playing cricket for my club during the summer) on learning new technologies and keeping my skill set up to date. I am a big proponent of SDx (Software Deifned everything) which I’ve always believed is the future of almost everything and therefore naturaly excited to learn about the use of intelligent software (often together with intelligent hardware) to solve problems.
I have collected few certifications along the way during my time. Some of the key ones I have include,
- VMWare: vExpert 2014-2017, NSX vExpert 2016, VCAP5-DCD, VCP5, VCP4, VTSP (Management), VTSP (Hybrid Cloud), VTSP (Network Virtualisation)
- NetApp: NCIE (SAN), NCDA, NASAP
- Microsoft: MCSE, MCSA, MCP
- Others: CommVault, EMC Velocity SE, BSc (Hons) Computer Sc
I’m available for consulting work through my employer (along with a team full of other skilled presales Solutions Architects here at Insight UK that I manage) and if you wish to get in touch, be that for help with designing a complex solution to meet your business requirements or to simply ask a question about any technology, please feel free to use the contact details below.
firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com / 07920104072
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I’ve started this blog site with two primary aims, mainly to use this as a knowledge gathering portal for my own use going forward as well as to contribute back to the technical community. You are welcome to contribute to the contents also, via comments or if you’d like to list something of your own, do feel free to get in touch, I would be happy to post your articles with a reference out to you if I think its good.
The focus of this this site is all things technical, but may focus mainly key technologies that are important to me given the point of my career at the time of writing which may vary over the years. However it would be fair to say that there will be lot more content on VMware products than anything else as I believe in VMware’s Software Defined Hybrid Data Center strategy and tend to work with almost all of VMware products when it comes to building solutions on behalf of my customers. Having said that, if there are other related key technologies I come across that are simply good enough to warrant my attention to be a part of an enterprise IT solution, I would try to include them here too.
I don’t get paid to blog or promote anyone’s technologies in my blog. I write what I think and reasonably believe about interesting technologies to me and they are purely my own thoughts that I will put down on my own will for sharing with others. From time to time, I may get invited to attend various vendor and industry events as an attendee or a delegate to see, review various products (such as VMworld, Tech Field Day events…etc.) and usually either my employer or the event organisers will usually pay for the transportation, accommodation and the cost of attendance along with some subsistence (food) which is the standard practise. None of them however would provide me with any payment, direct or indirect to blog or promote their technologies and I am under no obligation, direct or indirect to do so. As such, any posts written subsequent to those events would entirely be at my own pleasure / free will.