Richard talks to Dave Sobel of Evolve Technologies about how small
businesses can benefit from virtualization technology. The conversation
ranges over migration to virtualization, how upgrades change with
virtualization, the benefits to disaster recovery and more.
Virtualization on the desktop is explored as well.
Dave Sobel is the founder and CEO of Evolve Technologies, a consulting
firm that provides information technology (IT) and computer networking
services to the small business, faith-based and nonprofit communities in
Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Evolve Technologies provides a
wide array of services including server installation, virus protection,
network security, backup services, and complete information technology
outsourcing. The first Microsoft Small Business Specialist located in
the Washington, D.C. area, Evolve Technologies is a Microsoft Certified
In 1996, Sobel founded Evolve Technologies, established a successful Web
hosting facility and won a USA Today award for his reality-based Web
site. The business expanded into consulting in 1997, and has grown to
include a number of clients in the Washington D.C. Metro area.
In his role as CEO, Sobel holds overall management responsibilities for
the company. With over ten years of experience in Internet services and
consulting, Evolve Technologies is a flourishing IT management firm
under Sobel’s experienced watch. As such, the business has earned
several industry awards including the Microsoft Mid-Atlantic Region
Partner Excellence Award for Customer Satisfaction for Second Quarter
2007, the MSPmentor 100 and 250, as well as the ConnectWise Best New
Idea Award for 2008.
Sobel’s consulting clients have spanned from Fortune 500 companies to
local and regional operations, including such technologies as Web server
management, database servers, security and software development.
Sobel has spoken at a wide variety of industry events including the
Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, SMB Summit and SMB Nation. Sobel
is also an active peer group member and faciliatator for Heartland
Technology Groups (HTG), as a member of HTG5 and facilitator for UK and
Ireland based HTG11.
He is often quoted in many technology-driven publications and maintains
his own, popular blogs on business, Evolutionary Business Thoughts
(www.evolvetech.com) and virtualization (www.smbvirtualization.net). In
addition, Sobel published his first book, Virtualization. Defined: A
Primer for the SMB Consultant, in 2008.
In 2010, Sobel’s dynamic voice within the IT community and efforts to
promote active peer networks were recognized with the Microsoft Most
Valued Professional (MVP) Award.
Prior to founding Evolve Technologies, Sobel worked as a Web architect
for a consulting company doing security, network and infrastructure
design for Fortune 1000 companies. Sobel holds a bachelor’s degree in
Computer Science from the College of William and Mary.