Maish Saidel-Keesing

Who’s Who in Virtual Networking: Maish Saidel-Keesing

Maish Saidel-Keesing

Maish Saidel-Keesing

Who is he?

Maish is currently a Virtualization Architect for Cisco Video Technologies Israel in Jerusalem, and has worked in IT for the past 15 years with a stronger focus on virtualization for the past 7.

Where can you find him?

While Maish can be found primarily at his site, Technodrome, and on Twitter, he holds a behind-the-scenes role as a moderator in VMware Communities and the Petri forum, and coauthored the VMware vSphere Design book.

He’s been a vExpert from 2010 to 2013, and backs that up with a fair bit of alphabet soup. He credentials include VCP 3, 4, and 5, VCAP5-DCA and VCAP5-DCD and he’s actively pursuing the VCDX5 certification. Outside of VMware is a certified MCP, MCSA, MCSE in Windows NT4, 2000, and 2003, and Novell CNA.

Why we like him?

Practical, smart and industrious, Maish brings contributes in so many ways to the community. Aside from the usual crop of posts and the above mentioned activities, Maish is also the da Vinci behind the unofficial VMware Visio Stencils, a practical resource of VMware icons. He has also compiled lists of past years’ vExperts — very helpful in finding smart VMware thinkers.

His take on virtual network services

Conventional networking was sufficient when we had a known/”finite” amount of nodes on the network. With cloud this is changing, and needs a change in mindset and the way we provision networks. That is why SDN is a natural and logical evolution.

What’s he thinking about?

The ability to migrate any workload between any cloud – whether between your private cloud to any public cloud provider or between any cloud provider, regardless of platform. This is why technologies like docker and Ravello have a future and great potential.

What’s he writing about?

UCS Manager Plugin 0.9.2 (beta) for VMware vCenter

… The Cisco UCS Plug-in can be divided into 2 major components, ucs-vcplugin service and ucs-vcplugin UI. ucs-vcplugin services use UCS Java SDK to interact with UCS domains over XML API interface and the ucs-vcplugin UI is the flex based extension to the web client, which communicates with the ucs-vcplugin services to populate the UI…

SDN Adoption Is Not As Easy As You Think–Take #2

Kendrick Coleman wrote a post today titled SDN on the Horizon, get ready – where amongst other things he stated: “If I were a betting man (and I am, considering I am avid horse racing fan), VMware’s NSX is going to get a pretty good stronghold on its existing customer base. It’s VMware for Pete’s sake. If it has the brand and the label, then a majority of customers are going to buy into it for their needs because having that single vendor relationship makes sense.”

This sparked a interesting change of opinions and discussion on Twitter. I would to elaborate on the 4 points I mentioned in my tweet….

VMware and the Public Cloud – Frenemies

Historically, VMware – the pioneer in virtualization – has always been a software/solutions vendor. They were never in the business of selling hardware, they left that to the hardware vendors. With the advent of the cloud, VMware established partnerships with third-party service providers, who have developed cloud-based solutions on top of VMware’s vCloud product. In this way they have continued to be leaders and have advanced cloud technology, without providing a cloud service of their own…

And outside of work?

I enjoy watching suspense series and enjoy running.


Watch this space for more entries in this series on the shapers and engagers in the world of virtual network services.