I’m happy to announce that the OPS East Blog is now the OPS Americas Blog. We’ve moved everything over to:


We will maintain this site as a historical archive.  This will be the last post on this site.

The blogging team has grown by almost double, so look forward to seeing some very interesting and exciting new areas of articles and howtos on the new blog.

Blog Stats for opseast

In the last year, since January 3rd or so, we have amassed the following stats:

  • Total Views: 81,757
  • Best Day Ever: 3,065
  • Posts: 399
  • Comments: 206
  • Categories: 42

Thanks for a great run for this particular incarnation of the blog, we’re raring to go over at the Americas blog, so come see what’s happening.

Thanks everyone,



global-green-whitebkgnd.pngNovell BrainShare 2008

  • Mar 16-21, 2008 @ Salt Lake City, UT
  • Sign up for the industry’s premier technical conference today. Registration for BrainShare 2008 is officially open! Register now to reserve your spot at BrainShare 2008, and start reaping the benefits of being an “early bird”. Not quite ready to take the plunge? Take some time to look around this site and become familiar with why BrainShare is the place to be in 2008.
  • Registration and more details

From the article:

CHICAGO — At the Data Center Decisions conference in Chicago on Monday, Oct. 22, controversial comments from Jon Toigo, CEO and managing principal of Dunedin, Fla.-based Toigo Partners International LLC, had attendees shaking their heads in bewilderment.

For one, Toigo advised attendees against using VMware in favor of mainframe systems, calling the virtualization software “shoddy” in comparison. But nearly all conference attendees were assembled to learn about implementing virtualization in their data center.

Toigo is knowledgeable about disaster recovery (DR) planning, which was the topic of his keynote session, but he warned users against ever feeling completely secure with their disaster recovery plans.

More here.

We had a great event at the Casa Larga Vineyard out in the east of Rochester NY, large crowd, lots of great questions, plenty of good food and comments about how helpful this was in helping people understand our offerings.

Our Linux Day events have been very successful in doing several things:

  • Getting the news about new and updated products out to the public
  • Showing the flag for Novell and in particular our Linux products
  • Getting good conversation and feedback on how people are using the products
  • Bringing in new customers and rekindling customer relationships anew

This was our last event for the Novell fiscal year, we on the team have really enjoyed doing our traveling events around the East region this year, many thanks to all who attended them, we’ll see at next year’s events for the latest and greatest!


  • Linux Event
  • October 23, 2007 @ Casa Larga Vinyard
  • This seminar will provide a comprehensive overview of Novell’s latest Linux advances in desktop, server, deployment, virtualization and security. The session will provide you and your fellow business decision makers with a strategy update pertaining to key pain points within organizations. In addition to learning about time, energy and cost saving changes you can make within your organization, you’ll also have the opportunity to network with your peers.
  • Register Now

Click for more events and training in the East…

Just wanted to drop in a quick thank-you entry to everyone who attended the recent Linux Day events in both Philadelphia PA (Sept 27) and Memphis TN (Oct 4).  The events were both filled with well above average registration/attendance rates, and there was some excellent Q&A dialog that was had in both cities.  Upcoming events can be found on this blog and consolidated here.

I’d also like to thank SoftMart for sponsoring the event in Philly (Nice to meet you, James and Amy).  You’re a great partner and we look forward to a bright future together!

Finally, I’d like to point out something that was new for me on this round of Linux Days — it started in Philly, and personally I think it was fantastic!  Half way through the event, an attendee came up to me and asked if I would quickly make an announcement about a local Linux user group right after the break.  I gave him the mic and he simply mentioned the LUG and announced the website for more info.  There were several interested attendees who jotted down the URL and we continued.  Something similar happened in Memphis yesterday.  Here’s a link to their respective sites:

  • Philadelphia PA — (Sorry Philly attendee… I didn’t jot down your name or the URL.  Send me an email and I’ll edit this entry with your URL asap.  kchin at novell dot com)
  • Memphis TN — Group of Linux Users in Memphis

I just thought it was a great way to reach out and let interested persons meet some additional Linux users.  So the moral of the story is… if you’re part of a local Linux User Group and you’re at one of our Linux Days — it certainly doesn’t hurt to ask the presenter during a break if you can plug your org.

AMD’s Virtual Experience is a pretty cool marketing/virtual tradeshow where you can view videos and short presentations on a variety of technologies related to AMD — such as SUSE Linux Enterprise in the Novell booth.

Of course, you could visit the other vendors at the virtual trade show, but why not start by checking out the Novell booth and learn how SLE takes advantage of the technologies in the latest generation of AMD Quad-core Opteron processors…

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