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February 20, 2008


Dan Murphy

When I saw the "Skiing" title, I knew I had to take a look. And since I know a lot more about skiing than I do about storage, I'll stick to what I know. Plus, you're on vacation - relax. ;-)

Skis these days are infinitely more versatile than, say, 15 years ago. I used to show up at the mountain with two sets of boards, ski the GS boards in the early AM, then after a few hours, put the slalom boards on. Now, with the new shaped skis, I feel no need at all to do the switch. My current skis (K2 Apache Recons) will make a nice tight turn, and will rip fast GS turns when you want to open things up. But wait, there's more. They have even performed admirably out west in 2-3 feet of freshies, such as we saw 3 weeks ago at Alta (though I do toy with the idea of getting bona fide powder boards for those trips out west).

As for storage, ah, well.... I'll leave that to you, Chuck. May the powder gods be with you.
Dan Murphy

Chuck Hollis

Hi Dan

I was skiing mostly on my K2 Apache Strykers this week -- shortest ski I've ever skiied on -- and it was mostly OK.

But, I have to say, it's still a tradeoff.

I'm not getting rid of my Volkls, nor my Atomics, nor my trusty rock skis anytime soon ... ;-)

Keith Norbie


To me to are one of the funniest guys in this game. Since skiing and storage are both my area of expertise I had to chime in. It is funny how many parallels there are. We both are fans of the "new house" in both areas. Skiing technology and product appeal have both advanced. I used to run a ski school as well as occasionally raced so I can relate to having "purpose built" gear. Foam fitted boots just seem to fit and feel better than not.

I'm probably most humored by the parallel with the value of guided expertise in skiing and storage. I was an average Joe skier until I had the good fortune of training for a couple years with a PSIA fully certified guy (he was also an examiner and ran a race program at Mt. Hood). I was stunned as to how much I didn't know. Funny how that applies in storage these days. Through his guidance I could leverage "purpose built" or all-in one gear so for me it was as much technique as gear. I also was able to obtain PSIA full certification which means you can teach any skier in any condition AND facilitate change.

These days I'm a little more into snowmobiling (and VMware) but the kids will probably migrate me back into something that mutually races the "AT" (hear rate). As for Storage... well just like trying to get skiers away from overly pressure/edging their turns and instead focusing on "new school" concepts like moving the center of mass downhill I'll stick to the "new house". Storage doesn't seem as fun (or as benefitial) the old way. Keep up the heat within EMC to innovate (along with Chad).

BTW - Volkl/Technica/Marker (just like Ping)end of conversation. (it's also funny to see how well new skis work without a good tune)

Dan Murphy

BTW, we'll be anxiously waiting for the "Mountain Biking and Storage" article as soon as the trails clear up.

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Chuck Hollis

  • Chuck Hollis
    SVP, Oracle Converged Infrastructure Systems

    Chuck now works for Oracle, and is now deeply embroiled in IT infrastructure.

    Previously, he was with VMware for 2 years, and EMC for 18 years before that, most of them great.

    He enjoys speaking to customer and industry audiences about a variety of technology topics, and -- of course -- enjoys blogging.

    Chuck lives in Vero Beach, FL with his wife and four dogs when he's not traveling. In his spare time, Chuck is working on his second career as an aging rock musician.

    Warning: do not ever buy him a drink when there is a piano nearby.

    Note: these are my personal views, and aren't reviewed or approved by my employer.
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