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Reflecting on 2021… Goodbye 2021 and Welcome 2022! #ThankYou

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As we end another year and prepare for 2022 to start… With a humble and wide-open heart–thank you for following, sharing, and modeling my work (whether via my blog posts, tweets, books, video courses, or speaking at events) over these past 12 months.

The last day of the year! This is a good one to reflect on in 2021 and to plan for 2022. What do you want to achieve in 2022? Not only work but also regarding family, health, wealth, friends, hobbies, projects, learning, and so on… You are welcome to share your thoughts in the comment section below.

I’ve taken the habit every year to reflect on the past 12 months, I took some time to gather whatever insights I can and focus on the year ahead. I’m in a reflective mood as I write this article.

Reflecting a bit on the past is often helpful to see how much (or little) you’ve accomplished, and for me, this reflection seems vital in achieving future goals. My targets for 2022 have already been recorded and carefully refined. Clarity precedes mastery, right?

My vision for the New Year has been decoded into game sheets and one-page plans. I’m ready to serve and amped to help. I hope to be an instrument of usefulness to more people. So long as I’m able to.

I will share my goals for 2022 that might be inspiring by the end of this article.

The 2021 Year in Review

I will not be sharing achievements for the past year as I usually do, because I don’t see any value in this and I don’t expect anyone would be really keen to read my summary. If you are interested to learn more about my achievements, you can subscribe and keep following my blog here, where I continuously document my learning journey which might be inspiring.

However, one of two big events for me during 2021 was passing the official and the toughest cloud security professional (CCSP) exam by (ISC)². And the second one is, publishing my first LinkedIn Learning course about Azure Storage Essential Training.

As we approach the end of a second unique year, our world faced so much upheaval this year.

The current events have drastically altered the way we work, operate, how we deliver our products and services to our customers and the day-to-day lives of our workforce. The global pandemic has forced the hand of many businesses and transformed those “nice to do” future tasks into immediate necessities.

In these uncertain times, ensuring that you have the right infrastructure and tools, you’re keeping costs down where necessary, and that your increasingly digitized operations are secure, is vitally important. The cloud is an invaluable resource; whether you’re just getting started or you’re looking to broaden your cloud service portfolio in the future.

Yet—being the extreme optimist and eternal possibilitarian I am — I sincerely believe that the volatility will soon or later morph into victory. And much better days will appear.

2021 Blog Facelift

Over 6 years now, I decided it was time to give a fresh new look and design.

While the content around Cloud, CyberSecurity, Microsoft Azure, and more will not change, the new design should provide a better user experience. The new design is cleaner, and more modern, and should help readers to find the right content. It also comes with a completely new mobile experience.

I spent an extended amount of time optimizing, changing, and selecting the right technology to speed up my site across the globe.

PageSpeed Insights
PageSpeed Insights

I hope you like the new design and feel free to leave some feedback in the comments section below. You can also use the contact form to send me some direct feedback on the new look and design. Your feedback is valuable to me.

Finally, I continued my fierce focus on producing blog articles at least once a week. In 2021, I was able to write about 95 articles. It’s educating, challenging – but most of all, fun.

Photo by Tadas Sar on Unsplash
Photo by Tadas Sar on Unsplash

Blog Statistics

I started this blog about 7 years ago to share my knowledge and help other people. Because knowledge is a gift, don’t keep it to yourself, and when sharing your knowledge, you help other people. This is rewarding when you receive a lot of feedback and comments about what you have shared with others is valuable!

As a blogger focusing on cloud computing and Cybersecurity, it is always fun. The traffic to my blog grew significantly, with more visitors compared to 2020. And in 7 years, my blog hits over 2.6 Million visitors with nearly 700 blog posts… Thanks to all my readers!!!

Stats and Insights
Stats and Insights

Where did the readers come from? Top 10 Countries:

Top 10 Countries
Top 10 Countries

This blog was viewed as follows:

> 796,026 times in 2021.

> 441,755 times in 2020.

> 329,706 times in 2019.

> 321,308 times in 2018.

> 322,118 times in 2017.

> 216,741 times in 2016.

> 172,745 times in 2015.

> 59,983 times in 2014.

The busiest day of the year was November 18th, 2021 with 5,257 views, and 4,292 visitors.

Stats and Insights
Stats and Insights

The most popular post on that day was: Enable SFTP Support for Azure Blob Storage.

The top 10 most viewed blog posts during 2021:

1) How to Deploy a Secure FTP (SFTP) Service on Microsoft Azure

2) AZ-104 Exam Study Guide: Microsoft Certified Azure Administrator Associate

3) Step By Step: Migrate your File Servers with Storage Migration Service

4) How to Copy Files from one Azure Storage Account to Another

5) Log in with RDP to a Windows Azure VM using Azure AD

6) Sync Between Azure File Share and Azure Blob Container

7) How To Backup Azure DevOps Git Repositories

8) How to Mount and Persist an Azure File Share with Windows

9) Disable Server Manager at Startup for all Users

10) AZ-303 Exam Study Guide: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies

Another great thing I could do in 2021 was work with my customers on several different and exciting projects. I have to thank my employer itnetX (Switzerland) AG for their continuous support, and to all my sponsors here: Hornet Security,, Stellar Data Recovery, Astra Security, NAKIVO, and CloudBerry Lab.

So how do I summarize all of this?

People’s interest in hybrid cloud, security, and the Microsoft Cloud platform, in general, continues to rise more and more. We have migrated and secured several customers to Microsoft Azure and enabled them to move faster during the hit of the global pandemic.

We made it through and now we are more prepared for 2022!

My goals for 2022

My goals for 2022, I will focus more on what I really love to do and invest more in activities that have real value for me.

My first goal is to read more books, the books I like to read can be broken down into four categories:

1) Spiritual

2) Health

3) Wealth

4) Relationships

When you read and keep learning, you can make an immediate impact on your life and the people around you. The secret of the truly wealthy and successful people in this world is the simplest of them all — pick up a book and spend a lot of time reading!

My second goal is to get additional security certifications compared to 2021. If one piece of advice I can give you is to invest in CyberSecurity and keep learning. You can find on my blog many articles that can help you to get started.

My third goal is to keep publishing and writing more articles on You are welcome to share your favorite topics in the comment section below.

My fourth goal is exchanging experiences that are important and learning from someone who (really) knows stuff is invaluable. My goal is to meet more people. If it was not for the IT Community I would not be where I am today. I firmly believe in the sharing of knowledge and helping others to succeed!

My fifth goal is to publish a second video training, I am still working on the topic. You are welcome to share your ideas in the comment section below.

My sixth goal is to move to a new home and redesign my home office workplace!!!

I am looking forward to starting to work on these goals and growing my knowledge.

Whatever You Do – Never, Ever Give Up…

My Expectations for 2022

I see 2022 will be an epic year, if 2021 was the second year of the new way of working, 2022 promises to be the year of keeping strengthening security posture and resiliency. The year 2022 is going to be an exciting journey!!!

Aside from all of that, If you are interested in watching my video courses and reading my books, you can order them from here:

I am looking forward to the 2022 kick-off… There are a lot of interesting personal and work projects coming down the pipeline…

And with that, let me wrap up 2021 by wishing everyone a Happy New Year!!!

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 2022!

Thank you for reading my blog.

If you have any questions or feedback, please leave a comment.

-Charbel Nemnom-

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Charbel Nemnom
Charbel Nemnom is a Senior Cloud Architect, Swiss Certified ICT Security Expert, Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). He has over 20 years of broad IT experience serving on and guiding technical teams to optimize the performance of mission-critical enterprise systems with extensive practical knowledge of complex systems build, network design, business continuity, and cloud security.

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