Brian Chee

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Brian Chee

Brian Chee co-host on This Week in Enterprise Tech

Personal Life

I am first and foremost a scientist and while I wear many hats, I most identify with the University of Hawaii School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (

I got my start working for a small electronics shop in Honolulu wire wrapping boards for Imsai 8080's and Altair 8800's and through that relationship went to do odd jobs at the university of hawaii college of engineering. There I met and helped dr. Norman Abramson on the AlohaNet project.(gopher in reality)

I am also a Senior Contributing Editor for InfoWorld Magazine and have been working as part of the Interop NOC team since 1995


I am a communicator for a technical world, regardless of whether it is in a classroom, a boardroom or in front of a video camera; my successes have been to convey extremely complex messages in a manner that can be understood by a wide audience. My greatest success has been the Advanced Network Computing Laboratory® (ANCL) resulting in the graduation of 100 of the next generation of networking engineer. With successes like Fedora and the PODS environmental micro sensor network, ANCL has been making its mark on the world. With something in the arena of 800+ articles published in Communications Week, Internet Week and InfoWorld; and with quite a few of those articles being syndicated around the world, ANCL’s impact is international.


InfoWorld Mediagroup: Senior Contributing Editor Created a new class of competitive product reviews called scenario based testing where complete systems were put under test instead of individual items. This was a continuation of an “Arms Race” between the US Networking magazines to create the biggest competitive reviews in history. As such ANCL was completely funded through donations and is one of the larger public interoperability labs in the US and is InfoWorld’s biggest lab.

University of Hawai’i : Researcher Originally setup as an IT Specialist as a vehicle to house my lab, the Department of Information and Computer Science (ICS) also provided the base at which work was done on a DARPA grant. The PODS project involved micro sensors networks (SenseIT) where our proposal created environmental microsensor networks that were self organizing and self healing for the purpose of monitoring endangered species. The PODS project also served as a platform to test sister a project from the MIT Media lab as a combined technology experiment. The MIT project became the basis for the Zigbee consumer wireless protocol. ANCL also served as a platform for both graduate and undergraduate inquiries into advanced topic research. The Fedora Linux distribution was executed by Warren Togami as part of an ICS499 directed studies project. At the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) I was setup as both an IT Specialist to provide advanced communications support to other grant programs and as a researcher to pursue my own inquires into high speed communications.

Advanced Network Computing Laboratory®: Founder and Director The Advanced Network Computing Laboratory® was founded out of a need to balance the “Ivory Tower” education with some real world experience. The intent was to provide industry with an immediate return on investment for new hires, while preserving the critical thinking skills found in a university education. The cap stone project involved taking the best of these students to either Las Vegas or New York to help build the world’s largest temporary network at the Interop trade show. ANCL interns are also required to do community service and ANCL has been responsible for building networks at various charities in the Honolulu area. (Kaimuki Middle School’s fiber optic backbone, Lyon Arboretum’s fiber backbone, Puohala Elem library information system, etc) Completely voluntary and non-credit, ANCL classes utilize the ISO 7 layer networking model as a syllabus with lesson ranging from fiber optic termination to proxy server design and implementation.

GSA, Office of Information Security: Senior Computer Scientist As a senior systems analyst my role was to match COTS and GOTS (Commercial Off the Shelf and Government Off the Shelf) products to solve secure communications problems. I also provided direct engineering support to agencies like: JIATF, CINCPACFLR, COMSUBPAC, JICPAC, EUCOM, DEA, IIIMEF, Coast Guard, and others. Major projects include but are not limited to: JIATF-WEST Bangkok Center created in Fall 1995 in a cooperative effort between the DEA and the Thai Drug Enforcement Agency as a drug interdiction project. CINCPAC J2-SYS refurbished in the Winter of 1995 as part of an emergency system recovery. During the recovery process a significant systems redesigned was created, approved and implemented to provide a more reliable and faster intelligence support system for CINCPAC.

Pentagon Combined Computing Center migration project was spread over several years from 1995 to 1996. I created the procedures, scripts and documentation to implement a change over from DOS+Windows workstations to newer Windows NT based information systems. This also included the development of group policies to provide a greater amount of auditing in anticipation of new DoD standards on the horizon. Military Traffic Management Command involved the migration of a 1000 user Netframe server to a newer platform, upgrades to the building network to provide a greater level of monitoring and troubleshooting, upgrade from shared workstation printing to dedicated print servers, and implementation of a standard operations binder for auditing, daily operations and backup, and emergency recovery. US Marine Corp. III Marine Expeditionary Force involved the installation of both secure and unsecure local area network infrastructures as part of a larger GSA project to upgrade the capabilities of the aging command center. Additional training material was also created to better handle the frequent rotation schedule at that command. This project also involved documentation upgrades to command center networks at Camp Courtney, Butler and Kadena Airforce Base.

Federal Highways Administration involved the reorganization and refurbishment of a legacy communications network that had become un-supportable over time. This project also included the implementation of the new network cache technology to help optimize limited WAN connections. State of Hawaii Judiciary involved the upgrade of their “docket” system both at the data center level and at the judge’s chambers. This system was part of a legacy system I had created several years before that involved simultaneous connections to Netware Local Area Networks, Wang Mini Computers (WLOC) and IBM 3270 terminal emulation over Token Ring. I updated and documented the legacy system at both the Circuit and District court buildings in Honolulu and laid out the procedures for Judiciary personnel to complete the upgrade at the outer island courts. Other Misc projects require clearance and need to know.

University of Hawaii Computing Center: IT Specialist Responsible for providing departmental Microcomputer LAN support for approximately 220 Novell Local Area Networks spread across the University of Hawaii System. Services included: LAN Planning, bid writing, bid management, installation, training, on-going systems support, creation of training materials, and providing the primary interface to the UH Wide Area Network group. Departmental LANs consisted of multiprotocol workstations that had the capability of utilizing Novell fileserver based resources, TCP/IP based resources, and the UH ES/9000 mainframe based resources.

Major Projects: Phone Assisted Enrollment and Web Registration involved the implementation of a touch-tone and web registration system without overt changes to the legacy student information system already in place. The project team utilized Visual Basic applications accessing the Attachmate Extra for Windows TN-3270 sessions to provide for WINHLLAPI interfaces into the legacy ClCS database application. In addition each session also had a connection to a back end MS-SQL database server running under Windows NT to provide for financial logging and audit trails. Lastly each session also had a remote secure link back to the UH Cashier's office to provide for "on the fly" credit card validation of both Web and Touch-tone based registration actions. This system was voted by an independent research project as “…the most sophisticated student information system in the United States".

Unified Micro Solutions(UNIMIC): Service Manager Lead engineer for network installations and manager for a team of network support specialists primarily in the Honolulu legal community. UNIMIC is a Novell Platinum Value Added Reseller specializing in legacy office information systems and the migration of legacy mini-computer based legal support systems to Novell Netware. UNIMIC was also a sub contractor for American Management Systems of Arlington Virginia on the COMSUBPAC fiber to the desktop project. During the COMSUBPAC project I was co-listed with Wayne Rash, Jr. as Lead Engineers on the project.

Software Library Network Group: Systems Engineer Created and implemented standards for Software Library LAN projects and provided support to the programming staff on Local Area Network issues. Responsibilities included the testing of new LAN products, telephone support, on-site support, LAN Education, and pre-sales engineering support for the Software Library sales staff. I maintained a 15-station Novell Authorized Education Center, and a WordPerfect Authorized Education Center. Won the State of Hawaii 3270 emulation bid process in 1989 by successfully co-developing patches with Attachmate, Inc to allow for the peaceful coexistence of the Wang WLOC dual-coax card and the Attachmate 3270 emulation card. Software Library and IBM were the only two bidders to demonstrate this ability in order to qualify to bid. This bid was also at the time the single largest contract in Attachmate history and held that honor for a period of 3 years. I was chosen to work with the architects to design in data communications capability for the "City Financial Tower" in downtown Honolulu. The design provided for e",,-y, cheap adds and changes to be made to the data communications infrastructure without the need for large disruptive construction.

Gray Associates: sales and support Managed the largest Okidata and Toshiba service center in the United States in the years of 1987 and 1988 with one of the lowest return for repair rates in the country. Gray Associates was the distributor for: Okidata, Toshiba, Brother, Canon, US Robotics, Codex, Motorola, Novell, Multitech, Atlantic Research, Sequel Data Switches, RAD, and Iomega. My primary job function was to provide tor both inside sales and technical support to the Gray Associates network of computer dealers throughout the Pacific. In addition I provided outside datacomm sales for the Codex, Multitech and Motorola lines of datacomm equipment and the Atlantic Research line of data comm analysis tools. In 1987 I became the first Certified Netware Instructor in Hawaii and was privileged to be included as one of the first ten CNI's outside of Novell Corporation. As a CNI I taught and certified most of the Novell dealers in the Pacific before my exit in the spring of 1989.

Xerox: Printer Product Interfacing Specialist One of thirteen professionals worldwide to provide hardware and software support for the Xerox product line to customers and Xerox staff. My primary function was to create custom interfacing solutions (hardware and software) to link Xerox equipment with legacy equipment at the customer site. I also provided technical and sales support for the Xerox XC-20 line of local area networking products and the Xerox 6080 series of Motorola 68000 based TCP/IP workstations. (Aka the Xerox Star System)


This Week in Enterprise Tech

Other Work

I've been shanghaied onto the planning committee for the Honolulu Mini-Maker Faire.


I am serving as the network manager for the Aloha Cabled Observatory (ACO) project, which is currently the deepest Internet and power connections on earth. [1]


Cloud Computing: Technologies and Strategies of the Ubiquitous Data Center By Brian Chee and Curtis Franklin Publication Date: April 7, 2010 | ISBN-10: 1439806128 | ISBN-13: 978-1439806128 | Edition: 1 Modern computing is no longer about devices but is all about providing services, a natural progression that both consumers and enterprises are eager to embrace. As it can deliver those services, efficiently and with quality, at compelling price levels, cloud computing is with us to stay. Ubiquitously and quite definitively, cloud computing is answering the demand for sophisticated, flexible services Cloud Computing: Technologies and Strategies of the Ubiquitous Data Center looks at cloud computing from an IT manager’s perspective. It answers basic as well as strategic questions from both a business and a technical perspective so that you can confidently engage both IT and financial assets in making your organization techno- savvy, efficient, and competitive. Any answers about the future of computing are definitely in the cloud The first section of the book offers up a history of the computing roots that have evolved into cloud computing. It looks at how IT has been traditionally serving needs and how cloud computing improves and expands on these services, so you can strategize about how a cloud might provide solutions to specific IT questions or answer business needs. Next, the book shows how to begin the process of determining which organizational needs would best be served and improved by cloud computing. Presenting specific cases as examples, the book walks you through issues that your organization might likely encounter. Written clearly and succinctly, it -- • Introduces you to the concepts behind different types of clouds, including those used for storage, those that improve processor and application delivery, and those that mix any and all of these services • Covers typical concerns you will hear with regard to such issues as security, application integration, and structural limitations • Looks at the future of the cloud, from developments on the horizon to those still in the planning stage

Advances in digital forensics III: IFIP International Conference on Digital Forensics, National Center for Forensic Science, Orlando, Florida, January 28-January 31, 2007 By Philip Craiger, Sujeet Shenoi Edition: illustrated Published by Springer, 2007 ISBN 0387737413, 9780387737416 357 pages Communications Week Magazine: Multiple articles Internet Week Magazine: Multiple articles InfoWorld Magazine: Multiple Articles, blogging and video

Visual Basic Programmers Journal (Article on Project) - Basic Heros: Computer Telephony & WINHLLAPI: The PA'E Project EDTECH Conference 1991 & 1992 -Implementing CD-ROM networks - Optical Network Storage Alternatives and Planning INET 1995 & Network Technology Conference 1995 - Multiprotocol Workstation Support Information Times - Local Area Networks: Framework/or the 90's

External links

I have parted company with ThinLinX.