01 / Latest Blogs

Five Traits of Highly Effective Solution Architects

The role of Solutions Architect is one of the most versatile, challenging, and rewarding positions I've personally had. I've worked alongside hundreds of such folks across roles and companies and think the following five traits are at the heart of all those that I would consider highly effective.

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Goodbye (and Good Riddance) EC2-Classic

AWS has recently announced the retirement of EC2-Classic, albeit a year from now. For those that follow AWS, this is quite unique. They have an utter propensity to not depreciate or retire anything. Google could learn a lesson or two or (a thousand) on that.

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vSphere 7 Home Lab Build Saga – Complete Overhaul

One of my pandemic projects that may have gotten a bit out of hand was building a vSphere home lab. The initial plan was to simply upgrade a 7-year-old standalone ESXi server, but quickly turned into buying a 1/4 height rack.

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02 / About James

As a former global networking expert at AWS, James brings a rich background in on-premises and cloud architectures as well as product development and management expertise. He has partnered with customers from US government agencies, financial institutions, utilities, and manufactures, transforming their architectures to embrace cloud. James is a public speaker and an author of multiple whitepapers, blogs, and the book, “AWS Certified Advanced Networking Official Study Guide.”

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03 / Speaking Engagements & Publications

Co-author of AWS Certified Advanced Networking Official Study Guide

Regular speaker at AWS re:Invent, playlist of content available here

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