I am a storage evangelist and I am the founding member and Chairman of SNIA® Malaysia. My name is Chin-Fah, Heoh and I have been involved in IT for more than 30 years.

I have been involved with Storage Networking technologies for more than 30 years with positions in implementation, post-sales, pre-sales, sales and management. My previous companies include Sun Microsystems®, NetApp®, Hitachi Data Systems® and EMC®. I am currently the General Manager Asia Pacific Japan for iXsystems™.

I have a very healthy appetite to learn and hence, I have also been involved in many different IT related topics such as Operating Systems, Networking, Databases, Backup and Archiving solutions, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, Storage Management and so on.

I am certified RedHat® RHCE, NetApp® NCDA, HDS Certified Professional, EMC® Proven Professional, SNIA® FC SAN Professional (now obsolete), BC Certified Planner from BCM Institute, SuSE® Linux Certified Professional, IBM® DB2™ Certified Associate, Sun Certified Network Administrator, Sun Certified Java™ Developer, CompTIA® Storage+, BeeGFS Certified Systems Engineer and Prace Advanced Computing HPC certification. I was a certified trainer for Sun and Netscape™ and also NetApp® and SNIA® certified trainer engagements.

I like to read (a lot!), mostly in storage networking technologies and open source Linux progress. My favorite topic is on file systems and at present, I have been spending a lot of time reading and learning about iXsystems™ TrueNAS®/FreeNAS™, Oracle® Solaris™ ZFS and NetApp®’s WAFL™. Because I am such a busybody, I also got involved (lightly) into new technologies such as EqualLogic®, Compellent®, 3PAR, Gluster, Isilon and so on.

I am very passionate about what I do. That is why I started this blog because I am truly ga-ga over storage.

16 Responses to About

  1. adding Tegile and XtremIO to my watchlists…

  2. You should list your CompTIA Storage+ Powered by SNIA certification as well.

  3. Jgan says:

    A trivial question: is it normal for the older blog post to have missing diagrams in the article.


    • cfheoh says:

      Thanks Jay,

      I am aware of the missing diagrams. I have been inactive for 2 months and now I am taking my time to rework on the blog again. I will get the diagrams back. Thanks for reminding.


  4. Luke says:

    Why storage user in Malaysia are slow in upgrading is it the cost or technology factor or ignorance, I find more corporates
    customers pays arms and legs for Storage but always under utilize or not well managed, the feedback also says the storage prices are the highest in Asian region compare with US and Europe which is almost cheaper about 50% in Europe and US why?

    • cfheoh says:

      Hi Luke

      Thanks for your comment. Seems like you have experience with Malaysian users.

      I am not being specific but in general, I see that most Malaysian users lack the competence and intelligence to partake in understanding, implementation, operating and maintaining storage networking and data management solutions. This could be a result of the treating vendor’s proposal with apathy and taking little willingness to learn.

      As a result, I find that most users and customers take the shallow path and easy way to deal with various IT projects.

      I am prepared to take on any flaming if Malaysian users find my response offensive. BTW, I am telling the truth.


  5. Will says:

    Hi Chin-Fah,

    Can I have your email please ?

  6. Will says:

    Thank you!

    I will send you an email later.

  7. musaddiq says:

    hai please help me find the reseller for Atempo Time Navigator in malaysia

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  9. Hi Chin-Fah,
    Do you have an email that I can reach you on?


  10. Daniel says:

    Hi Chin-Fah,

    I’m very impressed by your experience and knowledge in storage networking technologies. You have a wealth of experience in the industry, and it’s clear that you’re passionate about what you do.

    I’m also interested in the topic of file systems, and I’m glad to hear that you’re spending time learning about iXsystems™ TrueNAS®/FreeNAS™, Oracle® Solaris™ ZFS and NetApp®’s WAFL™. These are all very powerful file systems, and I’m sure you’ll learn a lot about them.

    I’m also curious about the new technologies you’re involved in, such as EqualLogic®, Compellent®, 3PAR, Gluster, and Isilon. These are all emerging technologies, and I’m sure they have a lot to offer.

    I’m glad you started this blog, and I’m looking forward to reading more of your insights on storage networking technologies.

    • cfheoh says:

      Hello Daniel

      Pleasure to make your acquaintance. Perhaps I have been too long in the storage technology industry but I am still loving it.

      BTW, technologies like EqualLogic, 3PAR, Compellent, are almost disappearing in the market. Isilon has rebranded to PowerScale like 3-4 years back while Gluster has some implementations out there. If you are interested in Gluster, check out Kadalu, which is in their own words “opinionated” Gluster. And GlusterFS is part of TrueNAS SCALE for its scale-out capabilities. There are plenty more out there but I can’t write about them because I work for iXsystems. So, I got to hold my tongue on the competitors’ technology there.

      Please look for me on LinkedIn so that we can be connected business wise. Thank you for your support.

      Best regards

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