ECPI Graduate Co-Authors Book on VMware vSphere

It’s been just eight short years since ECPI University graduate Harley Stagner received his BA in Management Information Systems, but he is already making a name for himself. A Richmond-Moorefield Campus graduate, he has just co-authored a book titled Managing and Optimizing VMware vSphere Deployments. In it, he and co-author Sean Crookston offer start-to-finish lessons for vSphere planning, implementation, operation, management, and troubleshooting.

Content includes:
•    Building a strong foundation for virtual infrastructure
•    Smoothly integrating vSphere 5 into current environments and considerations
•    Establishing a more stable infrastructure
•    Choosing hardware and making optimal configuration decisions
•    Transforming VMware design from blueprint to completion
•    Operating vSphere solutions more efficiently on a day-to-day basis
•    Automating tasks and maximizing availability
•    Streamlining the installation of updates, patches, and upgrades
•    Forecasting and planning capacity on an ongoing basis to support growth
•    Overcoming roadblocks on the journey to 100% virtualization
•    Monitoring vSphere 5 with tools provided by VMware and its community
•    Discovering the most valuable and current online VMware resources
•    Examples using Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS)

Harley is the only VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) in Central Virginia, and the 46th in the world. He is currently a DC Solutions Engineer with TBL Networks in Glen Allen,Virginia.

ECPI University Hosts Fort Eustis Soldiers

ECPI is proud to support our troops at Fort Eustis! Today, members of the 7th Sustainment Brigade spent the day at our Newport News campus attending an ICND1 Cisco class led by former ECPI student SPC. Preston Hall. ECPI was happy to donate the space and equipment to help our soldiers improve their skills.

Girls Get IT – Moorefield Campus Uses Group to Educate and Encourage

One of the top paying career fields is Information Technology and it’s no secret that it is and has historically been, a male dominated field.  With inspiration from a program originally created by Cisco®, ECPI is taking full advantage of its CIS Department Head and female role model, Mrs. Iantha Finley-Malban, to create their own original program called “Girls Get IT”.

A little play-on words for a program that exposes young women to the amazing world of Information Technology, this program consists of a small panel of female professionals from the industry sharing their experiences with young ladies.  Discussing anything from why they chose the field, to what their education was like, to what role they play, and how they got to where they are today, the young girls have an interactive dialogue with strong female leaders in their area.

After discussion and questions, participants are broken up into groups.  Each group is given a unique IT issue to discuss and try to solve, with one of the professionals helping them brainstorm, after which everyone comes back together as a group and shares the newly learned information.  ECPI also provides pizza during the small groups to continue the energy flow!

The students end up leaving energized and excited about the possibilities of their future, the panelist are equally enthusiastic about encouraging another generation, and ECPI has a blast sponsoring the event, creating strong ties between the campus and the community.

ECPI University Professor Presents at International Conference

 ECPI University faculty member Corey Keating recently delivered a presentation at the International Conference on Computing and Missions in Doetinchem, Netherlands. Conference attendees came from all over Europe, with a few coming from the U.S. and Canada. The conference covered all aspects of technology and computing for mission organizations, many of which operate as international companies. The conference theme centered on mobile computing to enhance effective operations.

Mr. Keating’s security presentation focused on Deniable File Systems and was featured in the Advanced Technology Track. “Although encrypting data is a trivial task, the ability to plausibly deny the existence of truly sensitive data, even under the pressure of hostile adversaries, is a very difficult problem from a technological perspective, “says Keating. “I presented various methods and tools to maintain hidden, encrypted data. The methods ranged from fairly simplistic to very sophisticated, based on a person’s risk situation. Due to the potentially incriminating nature of this material to those traveling into hostile parts of the world, my presentation is not being published or made readily available to the public.”
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Chris Lassiter – Making the Most of Each Day

Chris Lassiter

 

If life is a gift, then Chris Lassiter demonstrates each and every day that he is possessed with an abundance of gratitude. He entered the Charlotte Campus’ Network Security program as a fresh high school graduate. When he arrived, he was typical of most traditional college students. To pay his way through school, he balanced a full time job at Wendy’s with his class schedule and homework responsibilities.

Half way through the program, Chris became very ill, was diagnosed with stage 2 cancer and was forced to withdraw from school. This experience would be terrifying for anyone but was especially so for someone so young. After a six month hiatus, Chris returned to class with a new found drive and maturity seldom found in people his age; and his performance during the last half of his program foreshadowed coming success.

After completing his externship in 2010, Chris interviewed for a position on campus, and it was quickly apparent to all concerned that he stood head and shoulders above all other candidates. “Chris has a fantastic combination of people skills, abilities and motivation,” says Help Desk Administrator Supervisor Mike Martin. “He comes to my office and says ‘hey Mike, I was thinking….,’ and what follows is almost always a great idea for improving our operations or his own performance. He is truly an outstanding employee.”

With a talent for troubleshooting, this Help Desk Administrator is always searching for solutions. Possessed of the “I want to do more” attitude, Chris is the personable face of IT that students and faculty meet. Some of his duties include helping with password resets, phone support and software/hardware maintenance campus-wide. It is his enthusiasm for going beyond what is required, however, that makes him exceptional.

Quiet and understated, Chris becomes animated when discussing some of the money-saving work-overs he has implemented at the Charlotte campus, claiming he is just “tinkering here and there.” One of his more notable projects is the configuration and installation of FOG, a program that can distribute and install software to all the school computers simultaneously and remotely. FOG eliminates the need to service each machine separately, saving time and money. For a campus that uses extensive technology in addition to computers, streamlining maintenance and troubleshooting service adds up fast.

Chris Lassiter is an example of the enthusiasm, dedication and pursuit of excellence that ECPI students bring with them. His advice to new students: Don’t get behind and don’t miss class!