Who is Captain KVM
Captain KVM is the alter ego of me, Jon Benedict. I started my I.T. career out by building database queries on an IBM AS/400 all in support for an automated dialer system in a call center. From there I moved on to building custom RISC-based servers at Avnet; performing hardware recovery, system integration work, and tool building at AOL; and Professional Services Consultant at Red Hat. As a consultant, I provided short and long-term services to many Wall Street customers, federal agencies, and telco providers.
In 2009, I took my Red Hat and virtualization expertise to NetApp as a Technical Marketing Engineer, where I designed end-to-end solutions around KVM, RHEV, and RHEL-OSP. While at NetApp I maintained the technical side of the Red Hat/NetApp Alliance, and created this blog/online persona. I was also involved in the creation and design of the FlexPod data center solution, a highly popular converged infrastructure based around NetApp storage, Cisco networking, and Cisco UCS servers.
In 2014, I returned to Red Hat as Principal Solutions Architect, a pre-sales engineer role targeting the Cloud space in the South East. I work on pre-sales consulting and design for OpenStack & cloud management, and hopefully direct all of that to land on Red Hat technologies. In the spring of 2016, I took over the Tech Marketing for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) in the Platform Business Unit of Red Hat.
I love writing and have been lucky enough to have been published in numerous industry online magazines and has written several white papers around KVM, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, and NetApp storage. I also enjoy speaking and have been selected to speak at numerous trade shows including Red Hat Summit, KVM Forum, oVirt Workshop, and OpenStack Summit.