Welcome to my new blog!

I hope to use this space to both provide and solicit insight on the art and science of large scale IT infrastructure architecture. In my work at Fortune 500 companies and large Federal Agencies, I've seen projects both succeed and fail largely due to the processes and decisions made by architects early in the design effort. Unlike our friends on the developer side of the house, there is less guidance and fewer best practices available for infrastructure architects. My hope is that this blog can be a conduit for information and discussion enabling us to build better infrastructures and advance our knowledge/careers.

A little background: My name is David Ziembicki and I am a Senior Consultant in the Intelligence and Homeland Security practice of Microsoft Consulting Services. In my role I lead large design, implementation, and migration projects at Federal government agencies. I have been in the consulting industry for the past 8 years and am a charter member of the Microsoft Certified Architect - Infrastructure program. My primary areas of expertise are Active Directory, Security, Server Virtualization, Server Deployment, Novell/NT Migration, and Scripting. Prior to joining Microsoft, I was a Senior Information Security Engineer at SAIC, consulting at the Defense Information Systems Agency. I have previously been a Principal Consultant at Avanade with their Technology Infrastructure practice, V.P. of technology at a wireless Internet provider, and consultant with Deloitte Consulting.

I am interested in all things technology related, have an inordinate amount of equipment in my home lab, and am a big auto racing fan (Formula 1, Indycar, lawn mowers, anything that moves)

Thanks for stopping by!