Meet Data Center Evangelist – Mickey Cullop

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As you may already know from my previous blogs, I’m Red River’s confirmed data center evangelist for the Federal, Healthcare and Civilian markets. I believe that if we solve larger problems that are affected within the data center, we can ultimately ease the workload and burden on all of the users that interface with those systems.

I’ve been in IT for 22 years and work hard to stay on top of today’s leading data center, infrastructure, cyber security, storage, cloud and virtualization technologies and trends.I currently hold certifications from today’s leading technology manufacturers like VMware, Microsoft, Palo Alto Networks, NetApp, and CompTIA. I’ve also served on several partner briefing and executive boards for industry leaders, such as Hitachi Data Systems and VMware. While certifications and board positions are certainly important to some, I thrive on gathering real-world expertise.

I have deep knowledge of U.S. Civilian government accounts from both the OEM and reseller perspectives, specifically for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). I have developed several solutions as a lead for the largest instance of the government network for the VA that are still in use today. I have also worked with Cisco Systems to help develop and implement their unified compute platform within the Federal government.


When it comes to the VA and healthcare industry, my mission is to make every doctor’s job as easy as possible, to make it as seamless for each nurse to work between any station that he or she may attend to, and, ultimately, to be able to provide the best healthcare for the patients that they serve. If I can do that at a data center level, then I can affect multiple hospitals and healthcare systems at one time, verses handling it at each individual hospital. So, rolling out those larger solutions has a bigger impact for all of the people they touch.

If you’re a regular reader, you know that I enjoy digging into new trends such as Converged vs. Hyper Converged Infrastructure and Transitioning to the Software-Defined Data Center and Cloud.  Through my blog, I plan to continue sharing insights you can use to make better, more informed decisions, like What You Need to Know about Software-Defined Storage and Why Switch to Converged Infrastructure. I hope to introduce new technologies and provide tips for leveraging current assets, so you can modernize infrastructure through the use of newer, augmented technology and get more longevity and a stronger return on IT investments.

Done right, data center advancements broaden horizons and breed freedom. Personally, I get cranky if I’m in the data center for too long. I enjoy spending time with my family, and my wife and I go on as many cruises as we can. We’ve been able to enjoy ocean breezes in the Bahamas, St. Thomas, St. Martin and Puerto Rico – and I hope to help my readers use technology to break new boundaries. I think having solutions in place that allow employees to find better ways to work, so that they can break away from the four walls that have their company logo on them and work securely from home, on the road or wherever it is that they choose to call their office for the day, makes for a happier and more productive workforce overall.


About the Author

Mickey Cullop is an energized Information Technology leader with over 20 years of experience. As a Systems Engineering Lead and Senior Technical Architect for Red River, Cullop sets direction for technology focused on data center platforms, contributes to building strong technology partnerships with leading OEMs, and serves as Technical Lead for the Department of Veterans Affairs. A highly-certified data center expert, Cullop also has technical expertise in an array of technology focus areas, including virtualization, converged infrastructure, storage, cyber security and unified communications. During the course of his career, he’s held leadership positions with Accelera Solutions, NetApp, Merlin international, Wyle Information Systems, N.E.W. Customer Service Companies and UnitedHealth Technology. He is a confirmed data center evangelist and resident expert on various Red River hardware applications, with a true passion for discussing new technology trends and advancements.

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