As we end another year and preparing for 2018 to start…
With a humble and wide open heart–thank you for following, sharing and modeling my work (whether via my blog posts/Facebook posts/tweets/books/live events) over these past 12 months.
As 2017 comes to a close and I look forward to 2018, I took some time to look back on the past twelve months across my website. I wanted to share with you the greatest value to me over 2017, I will try to summarize it in this blog post.
So let’s start wrapping up 2017.
In January, I released my first book! Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V – Second Edition.
In February, I had the chance to do an interview with Carsten Rachfahl, we discussed about the new release of my Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V Cookbook – Second Edition.
In March, I passed Windows Server 2016 security exam.
In May, I had the honor and privilege of attending the VeeamOn 2017 Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.
In June, I released my second book! Getting Started with Nano Server.
In July, I received my forth Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award in a row.
In November, I contributed and reviewed the Microsoft Official Courseware – Configuring and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure Stack.
In November as well, I upgraded my lab and bought the smallest Azure Stack Development Kit in the world.
In December, I passed the Microsoft Software-Defined Datacenter exam.
Some of the work I really enjoyed in 2017 was, deploying several Software-Defined Storage using the Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) on top of HPE ProLiant systems and Cisco Nexus switches.
As a blogger focusing on Microsoft technologies it is always fun. The traffic to my blog growth significantly, 9 times more visitors compared to 2016.
Where did the readers come from?
Top 11 countries
The Louvre Museum has 7.3 (7,300,000) million visitors in 2016. This blog was viewed about 321,900 times in 2017, 216,000 times in 2016, 170,000 times in 2015 and 59,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 16 days for that many people to see it.
The busiest day of the year was June 16th, 2017 with 1,570 views. The most popular post that day was, The Future of Windows Server and System Center.
The top 10 most viewed posts during 2017:
Another great thing I could do in 2017 was working with my partners on several different projects. I really have to thank all my sponsors here: Altaro VM Backup, StarWind Software, 5nine Software, and NAKIVO VM Backup.
So how do I summarize all of this?
People interest in Hyper-Converged Infrastructure and in Microsoft Cloud (Azure and Azure Stack) in general continues to rise more and more…
My Expectation for 2018
I see 2018 will be an epic year, if 2017 was a year of creation, 2018 promises to be the year of change.
Aside from all of that, I am writing my third book Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager due later in 2018, and I look forward to speak at a few conferences later this year!
If you are interested in reading my books, you can order them from here:
I am looking forward for 2018 to kick-off… There are a lot of interesting things coming down the pipeline 😉
Thank you all for reading my blog and the comments throughout the year, may you all have a healthy, successful and outstanding New Year!
Until then… see you in 2018!