-- As published in The Storage Blog at Microsoft   

 

Four times per year, each and every product within Microsoft awards the title of “Most Valuable Professional” (MVP) to outside folks who have a passion for those products and technologies within their communities.  Some started asking questions in the newsgroups, and now, years later spend more time answering questions for others than asking their own.  Others run user groups or evangelize Microsoft technologies along with their own.  Often, they are also actively involved in our beta programs to find the things we need to fix before release.  And many are services oriented folks who have developed so much expertise that the product groups might even ask them for assistance. :-)

 

But for whatever their involvement, they have chosen to invest part of their passions in various Microsoft products and their communities of users – so Microsoft recognizes them as “MVP’s” for one year as thanks for all that they’ve done.  There are some cool perks (some of which we can’t share here), not the least of which is an even stronger and direct bridge from these passionate folks outside of Microsoft to the passionate engineering and product management folks in Microsoft that share their passion.

 

As the various storage solutions from Microsoft continue to grow, we’ve seen some significant growth in our communities – across file systems, storage technologies and data protection.  So, we are very excited to announce are largest crop of MVP awardees date – with 9 new MVPs plus one annual renewal who continues year-after-year to add value to our products and the storage community.

Announcing the Storage MVP awardees for July 2008:



David Chernicoff


David Chernicoff is a technology consultant with a focus on the mid-market space; Windows IT Pro Magazine Senior Contributing Editor; founding Technical Director for PC Week Labs (now eWeek); former Lab Director for Windows NT/Windows 2000 Magazine (now Windows IT Pro); and formerly Chief Technology Officer for a network management tools ISV.

David has been writing computer-related feature and product reviews for more than 20 years and is the author of more than a dozen eBooks and a contributor or co-author to an equal number of printed books.


Competency: File Systems and Storage
Where you can find David Chernicoff
: Windows IT Pro


Stephen Foskett


Stephen Foskett has provided vendor-independent end user consulting on storage topics for over 10 years, including work managing and delivering consulting services at Contoural, GlassHouse Technologies, StorageNetworks, and Sprint Paranet. He has been a storage columnist and has authored numerous articles for industry publications, and is a popular presenter at industry events.

As the director of Contoural's data practice, Foskett oversees the group that provides strategic consulting to assist Fortune 500 companies in aligning their storage and computing infrastructures with their business objectives. He holds a bachelor of science in Society/Technology Studies, from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.


Competency: File Systems and Storage
Where you can find Steven Foskett:
Search Storage, Conferences and Seminars.   


Joachim Nässlander


Joachim Nässlander is a very active Forum answerer and became a Moderator during the Windows Server 2008 beta stages. He is also constant presence in Microsoft events: Microsoft TechNet Live, Microsoft TechNet Update, Ask the Experts, Longhorn tour, among many others. He also authors a column for Microsoft TechNet in Sweden, and presents IT Pro webcasts.

Competency: File Systems and Storage
Where you can find Joachim Nässlander:
Technet Forums, Blogs, Technet Extended Expert, Conferences, Events and Roadshows.


Vincent Pang


Vincent is an active answerer in the Data Protection Manager newsgroups. He participates in events such as System Center booth at TechEd, helping customers to better understand Microsoft products and Data Protection Manager. He delivered more than 30 trainings on System Center products. Vincent Pang also participated in Data Protection Manager 2006 and 2007 betas, providing valuable feedback that helped the DPM team to improve the product.  

Competency: Data Protection Manager
Where you can find Vincent Pang:
Microsoft Newsgroups, Conferences, Presentations and Events  


Brien M. Posey


Brien Posey is a freelance technical writer who writes regular columns for CNET, TechTarget, and MSD2D. He has also written for Windows magazine, ZDNET, Smart Computing, Windows Networking, and many others. He has published over 3,000 technical articles and written or contributed material to 27 books. He also serves the IT community through his own Web.

Prior to being a freelance author, Brien served as CIO for a chain of hospitals. He was also previously in charge of IT security for Fort Knox.


Competency: File Systems and Storage
Where you can find Brien M. Posey:
Brien Posey Website, Windows Networking, Tech Republic, and others


Lutfie Royan


Luftie is one of the most active community contributors in Indonesia. He is an avid writer, speaker and user group participant.

Lutfie actively introduces Windows Server latest technologies to community, especially Windows Server Storage, Powershell and Deploying file system. Currently, he is involved in learning about the next generation of Windows Server- Windows Server 2008 and is very interested to know-in depth about Windows Server 2008 Core and Powershell.


Competency: File Systems and Storage
Where you can find Lutfie Royan:
Blogs, Conferences and Seminars.


Derek Schauland


Derek is a network administrator for a specialty malting company in Wisconsin.  He is a regular writer for TechRepublic.com and help out the IT community at Experts-Exchange.com. He contributed with a very interesting series of articles about Windows Storage Server.
Derek, Jill and Scott from the Storage Server team say hello :)


Competency: File Systems and Storage
Where you can find Derek Schauland:
Tech Republic, ZDNet, Experts Exchange



András Székács


András is an active trainer, consultant, speaker and technical writer based in Hungary. He is teaches HP Proliant, Storage and Itegrity courses in the TrainerC education centre, and Microsoft MOC courses in Szamalk CPLS, the largest IT training institute in Hungary.


Competency: File Systems and Storage
Where you can find András Székács:
TechNet Hungary, Events and Roadshows


Ted Vahey


Ted was a referral from Storage MVP Dan Stolts, and we were amazed to find more about his contribution. President of the Boston Area Windows Server User Group, he helped deliver more than 28 presentations about Windows technologies in 2008.


Competency: File Systems and Storage
Where you can find Ted Vahey:
Boston Area Windows Server User Group


Reawarding…
Markus Sprungk

Markus Sprungk is a long time Storage MVP, and was awarded again in July. He is well-known in the community as an expert in Windows Server related topics, and one of the leaders on newsgroups: alt.pl.comp.os.windowsxp; alt.pl.comp.os.windowsvista; pl.comp.pecet; pl.comp.nowe-programy; ms-news.pl.windowsxp.


Competency: File Systems and Storage
Where you can find Markus Sprungk:
PCLab, Microsoft Newsgroups

 



To all of the awardees, as well as the existing Storage MVP’s, we are looking forward to working closer with you than ever before – with some great stuff in beta and in the roadmap, and a lot of expert level folks that want to help you do what you do for our storage communities.

 

Resources:

See all current Storage MVPs.
Visit the MVP award website.

 

--Malu and Jason