My Fifth Year at VCE

by Jay Cuthrell
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A quick reflection on my 5th year at @VCE 🚀 🚀 🚀 🚀 🚀 #VCE #Vblock #VMware #Cisco #EMC #Dell #roadwarrior

— Jay Cuthrell (@JayCuthrell) October 18, 2015

Confession. I’ve had this happen to me.

Mmmmm coffee and VDI…

— Jay Cuthrell (@JayCuthrell) October 14, 2015

This post is as much about the past 72 hours as it is about the past 72 months. It is important to keep that timeline in mind.

There are always going to be 20/20 hindsight moments and sometimes there is an epiphany. This post will be lighter on details as has come to be the case with my blog in recent years.

I have some thoughts I share and some thoughts I keep to myself. Blogging is ultimately an ability to have a personal publishing platform. Blogging need not be an exhaustive attempt to somehow upload the entirety of a conscisouness. Blogging can simply be a flat text file containing markdown that is organized to convey a concept, idea, direction, opinion set or merely to mark a moment.

This post is the latter. This post is meant to mark a moment and opinion — mine.

And my 5th installment with the usual amount of [REDACTED] and light details is a git commit away…

— Jay Cuthrell (@JayCuthrell) October 12, 2015

This entry marks off another year at VCE.

5 years!

The Part Where I Talk About Me

This post is memorable for me on a few key metrics.

First, I’ve gone global again! In my newest new role I’ve been fortunate to work with an ever expanding team. I get to constantly iterate in a variety of focus areas within and across Federation and Federation partners.

My new @VCE business cards arrived

— Jay Cuthrell (@JayCuthrell) August 2, 2015

Second, I’ve traveled approximately 1 million miles all over the globe according to my trip tracker! It’s not a great story in terms of carbon credits perhaps but I get a lot done and make the most out of each trip. Thank you Las Vegas.

Third, I’ve completed hundreds if not around a thousand customer meetings! Being close to customers is incredibly rewarding and I am grateful and thankful for that constant exposure.

BTW… using GitHub Pages to host this blog has been interesting but hasn’t actually increased my publishing frequency. Long live flat file rendering.

My new “About Me” intro slide

— Jay Cuthrell (@JayCuthrell) August 14, 2015

The Part Where I Talk About VCE Since My Last Update

Luckily, I haven’t stopped tweeting since my last update on all things VCE. So, in the spirit of using what I’ve already tweeted / retweeed / favorited on Twitter, I present a timeline since my 4th year at VCE to present.


October 2014

— Jay Cuthrell (@JayCuthrell) October 22, 2014

Great summary of @VCE @VMware @Cisco @EMCcorp announcement coverage and analysis at @Techmeme

— Jay Cuthrell (@JayCuthrell) October 22, 2014

RT @BButlerNWW: Why EMC acquired VCE from Cisco via @networkworld

— Jay Cuthrell (@JayCuthrell) October 23, 2014

Essay by @Enderle on @CIOonline: How @VCE Created an Amazing Joint Tech Venture #WinWin

— Jay Cuthrell (@JayCuthrell) October 25, 2014

Packed room. @TreyLayton VP & Global CTO @VCE presenting VCE.NEXT to @Cisco global team. Last photo I can share. 😉

— Jay Cuthrell (@JayCuthrell) October 28, 2014

December 2014

The @VCE Certified Professional Program had added +4,000 certified converged infrastructure professionals. #GartnerDC

— Jay Cuthrell (@JayCuthrell) December 4, 2014

“[ #Vblock ] allows us to abstract our thinking away from the componentry” – @mattchamley

— Jay Cuthrell (@JayCuthrell) December 22, 2014

January 2015

“[…] @VCE and @EMCVSPEX continued to drive revenue growth […]”

— Jay Cuthrell (@JayCuthrell) January 29, 2015

February 2015

ICYMI @VCE Solution Exchange is now live!

— Jay Cuthrell (@JayCuthrell) February 16, 2015

What makes a Vblock so special? #vceafterdark

— Jay Cuthrell (@JayCuthrell) February 19, 2015

March 2015

Learn what comes next…

— Jay Cuthrell (@JayCuthrell) March 12, 2015

“CI is the new normal” –@VarrowMadness #vce #vblock #vxblock #vscale #vspex #vspexblue

— Jay Cuthrell (@JayCuthrell) March 19, 2015

April 2015

Something new has been added…

— Jay Cuthrell (@JayCuthrell) April 7, 2015

May 2015

#EMCWorld2015 #threewords Blocks. Racks. Appliances.

— Jay Cuthrell (@JayCuthrell) May 8, 2015

Praveen Akkiraju CEO @VCE at EMC World 2015 @theCUBE

— Jay Cuthrell (@JayCuthrell) May 12, 2015

This. >> " @VCE’s purpose in life is to build turnkey solutions. " source:

— Jay Cuthrell (@JayCuthrell) May 12, 2015

June 2015

And @VCE will be the lens for all Federation converged infrastructure and converged solutions.

— Jay Cuthrell (@JayCuthrell) June 1, 2015

$18B is a decent number. Lots of room for lots of innovation.

— Jay Cuthrell (@JayCuthrell) June 1, 2015

Kudos @CiscoDC team on being recognized for fruitful @Cisco partnerships with @VCE @EMCcorp ok and @NetApp too! 😉

— Jay Cuthrell (@JayCuthrell) June 26, 2015

August 2015

VCE CMO @NinaHargus blog: What Leadership in Integrated Systems Looks Like #Vblock #VxRack

— VCE (@VCE) August 21, 2015

And now… @EMCcorp @pivotal @RSAsecurity @VCE @virtustream @VMware

— Jay Cuthrell (@JayCuthrell) August 22, 2015

The new rack scale HyperConverged @VCE #VxRack is a beautiful piece of engineering! #VMworld

— Rodrigo Gazzaneo (@vGazza) August 31, 2015

September 2015

#VMworld #Federation

— Jay Cuthrell (@JayCuthrell) September 2, 2015

— Jay Cuthrell (@JayCuthrell) September 28, 2015

October 2015

Ready & preconfigured for cloudy workloads before it arrives to customer site. @VCE makes complex look easy #Vblock

— Eric Daly (@daly_eric) October 3, 2015

And now…

The Part Where I Talk About The Recent News

Again, I think it is important to consider not just the past 72 hours, but the past 72 months. So, in that spirit, I’m going to simply post a few select tweets. (Edit: 41 in total for this post in case you are playing along at home)

Dell & EMC to combine and create premier end-to-end technology company IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

— EMC Corporation (@EMCcorp) October 12, 2015

EMC II David Goulden and Cisco Chuck Robbins share commitment to delivering value with VCE

— VCE (@VCE) October 15, 2015

“We look forward to continuing to enable your growth and success through @VCE.” Source:

— Jay Cuthrell (@JayCuthrell) October 15, 2015

Two great sales leaders promoting the importance of partnering between Cisco/VCE to bring value to our customers.

— Chris Panzeca (@chrispanzeca) October 14, 2015

The Part Where I Talk About The Industry

Recently, 451 Group found that 40% of senior IT professionals are planning on moving moreso towards converged infrastructure. Additionally, VCE is seen as a leader in converged infrastructure so it would seem that the industry is still moving in the direction that pulled me to VCE in the first place.

Others would do well to take heed.

Speaking of which… here’s a great example of a 72 months view and perspective:

After you cut through the hype and hyperbole, it comes down to repeated systematic execution at significant scale.

— Jay Cuthrell (@JayCuthrell) July 25, 2015


I’ll only be directing those reading this update to the official tweets and links from the company listed above. As always, everything else is just my opinion and my opinion alone and this post is meant to mark a moment.


Great @VCE customer tech center session today. Here is a non-NDA version of my whiteboard session… 😉 #VCECTC

— Jay Cuthrell (@JayCuthrell) January 14, 2015


— Jay Cuthrell (@JayCuthrell) February 5, 2015

Awesome whiteboard session yesterday. Here’s what I can share:

— Jay Cuthrell (@JayCuthrell) February 8, 2015

Another great whiteboard session excerpt that I can share

— Jay Cuthrell (@JayCuthrell) February 14, 2015

This is how I sign my NDA’s lately

— Jay Cuthrell (@JayCuthrell) August 10, 2015

Oh. If you only knew.

— Jay Cuthrell (@JayCuthrell) August 22, 2015


— Jay Cuthrell (@JayCuthrell) August 26, 2015



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