NotThe.Blog (NT.B or, inconsistently NTB) is a personal blog covering virtualisation (mostly VMware) written by me, Steve Dockar. The blog’s name comes from the famous Obi-Wan Kenobi “These are not the droids you are looking for…" quote from Star Wars Episode IV. In the movie, Obi-Wan is using The Force to distract some StormTroopers from seeing Luke’s droids. In this case, unless you know this is the Blog you’re looking for, you can, most probably, safely move along, without needing to check its identification papers…

I’m a Cloud Solutions Architect at VMware by day, and have the pleasure of working closely with both Cloud Provider Partners and VMware’s own Product Development teams. This gives me the opportunity to write about topics of (hopefully) interest from things I work on with existing, and new, products and solutions alike. The views expressed in the blog are, as you’d expect, my own, and don’t necessarily reflect the views of my employer.

Updated: May 20th 2021
While it’s been quiet on the blog during that year, at work things have not. I changed roles within VMware a few months ago, and now spend my time supporting Oracle Cloud’s Oracle Cloud VMware Solution (OCVS). I still get to spend my time working with customers and partners, but now with both VMware and Oracle’s Product Development teams as well. As a consequence, you might see more OCVS and OCI posts appearing on NT.B.

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…two countries divided by a common language.
I live in the UK, but, as both VMware and our corporate website are based in the US, I write a lot in what I think is US-English [en-US]. Often though, there’s a real technical author there to review what I hack together, but here on NT.B, in the posts themselves, I have to fly without that particular safety net. That means that although I try to be consistent, you may stumble across a the odd stray UK-English (en-GB) spelling, phrase or other sundry corruption - Mea Culpa! / My bad!

If you did decide to stay and check the site’s identification papers, welcome! I hope you find what you read here entertaining and, occasionally, useful too. If you want to get in touch, you’ll find my contact details on the… err… Contact page.