About Me

I’m Mike Gelhar and Techspresso is my personal site to share my experiences and opinions on virtualization technologies I’ve learned (or am still learning) with the community. One thing I’ve learned is often times in IT, strength is in the pack. When we work together, pool experiences, build on the wisdom of others and work through failed attempts, that’s when success is achieved. That’s really the goal of this site; to share push myself further and contribute back to others in the IT community so we all get better at what we do.

Professional Info
I am a Sr. Infrastructure Engineer at a market leading consumer electronics retailer. My IT career is made up of over 18 years of hands-on experience in infrastructure engineering, design, implementation and management. Specializing in virtualization technologies, my main focus is on compute, storage, performance, capacity and availability. I am privileged to be designated a Nutanix Technical Champion (2017 & 2018) a VMware vExpert (2017 & 2018) and serve as a Co-Leader of the Minneapolis VMware User Group (VMUG).

My public speaking engagements have included:

  • Minneapolis UserCon (2017, 2018)
  • North Central Wisconsin Super VMUG (2018)
  • Nutanix .NEXT (2017, 2018)
  • Nutanix .NEXT On Tour (2017)
  • Multiple Quarterly VMUG meetings (North Central WI, Minneapolis, MN)

Current certifications include:

  • VMware Certified Professional 6-Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV)
  • Nutanix Platform Professional (NPP)

Personal Info
I’m a lifelong resident of Minnesota and live in the Twin Cities Southeast Metro area. Married 20 years to my beautiful wife, we have 4 kids (three boys and a daughter), three ragdoll cats, and are involved with fostering pit pull dogs with Save-A-Bull Rescue.

My non-technical spare time consists of being a bass player buying more gear than I need and being a part of worship bands at River Valley Church. If I’m not playing bass then you’ll probably find me with a cup of coffee. Coffee, or more specifically espresso, is what makes Techspresso; Technology and Espresso. For me, these go hand in hand. Often times quite literally.

Disclaimer Info
Not to get too serious, but seriously, please be aware of all disclaimers mentioned here which I make related to the content of this site, its contents and views shared.