What is Forcix?

In sailing terms, force six is a strong wind that will make a boat go at maximum performance.
It's not yet a storm, but at force six, only experienced sailors rig their boats.
Forcix was created with this idea in mind; To provide your company with a strong wind of new energy and ideas to get your IT projects on track.

What can we do for your business?

Looking to re-design your storage architecture? Need fresh ideas on your data management strategy? Forcix will help you orient your strategy to the future
  • Data Storage Strategy
    Forcix will help you build the best value for money storage environment. Together with you, we will build an architecture that satisfies your businesses storage needs. We will build an overall strategy that aligns requirements for performance, availability, backup and disaster recovery.
  • Request for proposal
    Forcix is independent from the major storage vendors. We will help you create an RFP that focusses on your businesses needs first.
  • Disaster Readiness Analysis
    What would happen to your data if fire struck today? We will analyse the impact of possible disaster on your business and formulate options to mitigate these risks.
  • Netbackup analysis
    Using Netbackup in your business? Not sure if all your data is protected? Having performance issues? Forcix can analyse your current Netbackup architecture, we can help you tackle monitoring and reporting challenges.
  • Moving to Linux
    Whether it's an application you need ported to linux, or just need help implementing the platform in your company? I have the expertise needed to get the job done.


A business needs a vision, vision is a friend; A simple rule of thumb you can return to when facing challenges. Or just something something nice to believe in.
  • Add Value Everywhere
    Anything you do can add value; be it in work or in life, in business or society. It's easy to add value everywhere if you're willing to.
  • Your computer has a shutdown button
    Press it from time to time, it's good for you (and for the environment too)
  • IT is there for business
    Not the other way round.

Curriculum Vitae

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1.Personal profile

I'm positive minded, I see problems as a challenge, and embrace the extra mile to resolve these. I take pride in delivering a project 100% complete and on time. I'm self-motivated and eager to learn new things. I'm creative, communicate easily and function well within a team.

In general, I have a broad knowledge of programming and scripting languages, platforms, storage systems and data protection. I have experience both on the software and hardware side of the data management environment.

2.Recent Projects

  • 2012 – 2013: Design and implementation of a backup environment with a capacity of more than 3PB (frontend).

  • 2012: Design of backup strategy for environments using complex application mixes, such as SAP, Oracle, MSSQL.

  • 2012: SAN redesign

  • 2012: Design and implementation of LAMP environment in a geo-clustered HA environment

  • 2010-2013: Redesign, extension and upgrade of Netbackup environments

  • 2011: Disaster recovery analysis of a >100TB SAN and backup environment

  • 2009: (Development) Assisted with integration of Veritas Cluster Server into Netbackup PureDisk

  • 2009: (Development) assisted with testing and tuning the PureDisk export functionality to NetBackup 6.5

  • 2010: (Development) assisted with conversion of encryption algorithms for the NetBackup 7.1 PDDE functionality.



  • Symantec Netbackup PureDisk 6.0 – 6.6 expert

  • Symantec Netbackup 6.5 – 7.5 expert

  • Symantec Netbackup 7.0 PDDE (Deduplication) advanced

  • Storage foundations Veritas cluster server advanced

  • Storage foundations Veritas volume manager advanced

  • Others: Xen, VirtualBox, VMWare, XFS, VXFS, PostgreSQL, OpenLDAP

3.2.Storage systems

  • EMC Clariion advanced

  • Fujitsu DX notions

  • Fujitsu CS800 advanced

  • Netapp intermediate


  • Cisco MDS SAN advanced

  • Brocade SAN intermediate

  • TCP/IP performance tuning strong

  • IP network design intermediate

  • Ethernet, Layer 2 switches intermediate


  • C++, Java, Python, PHP programming

  • Others: Unit testing, System testing, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, DoxyGen

3.5.Operating Systems

  • Linux SuSe, RedHat, Debian very strong, other flavors: strong

  • Windows 2008,2003,2000 strong, others medium

  • Others: AIX, Solaris, Mac OS X limited

3.6.Training experience

These are trainings I delivered as teacher

  • NetBackup PureDisk 6.1 Introductory

  • NetBackup PureDisk 6.1 Advanced / Troubleshooting

  • NetBackup PureDisk 6.2 Advanced / Upgrading

  • NetBackup PureDisk 6.5 Advanced

  • NetBackup PureDisk 6.5 Clustering with Storage Foundations


These are trainings I attended

  • Cisco MDS engineer training (2010)

  • EMC Clariion (2010)

  • NetBackup STS training path UNIX (July 2010)

  • NetBackup STS training path Windows (July 2010)

  • NetBackup 6.5.5 advanced OST and troubleshooting (2009)

  • HP Proliant server hardware (2004)

  • HP Netserver hardware(2004)

  • Backup devices (2004)

  • HP Proliant Blade class server hardware and Remote Deployment (2004)

  • HP Storage area Network training(2004)


  • Symantec Technical Specialist Veritas Netbackup 6.5 UNIX

  • Symantec Technical Specialist Veritas Netbackup 6.5 Windows

  • Symantec Technical Specialist Veritas Netbackup 7.1 UNIX

  • Symantec Technical Specialist Veritas Netbackup 7.1 Windows

  • Fujitsu CS800


Please review the appendix for detailed job descriptions

  • Independent data storage consultant (2010 – ongoing)

  • Software engineer at Symantec (2008 – 2010)

  • Customer focus team engineer at Symantec (2006 – 2008)

  • Senior support engineer at Symantec (2005 – 2006)

  • Server support agent at Hewlett-Packard (2004-2005)

  • Helpdesk support agent at Hewlett-Packard (2003-2004)


  • Dutch: My mother tongue

  • English: Very fluently, both spoken and written.

  • French: Very fluently, both spoken and written.

  • German: Moderately spoken and written.

  • Spanish: Basic, only spoken


6.1.Bachelor's degree in hotel management

School: KHBO (Katholieke hogeschool Brugge-Oostende)

Date: 1999 - 2002

Location: Brugge, Belgium 

6.2.College degree in Hospitality

School: Hotelschool Ter Duinen

Date: 1996 - 1999

Location: Koksijde, Belgium

7.Other interests

Arts,Water sports.

8.Contact Details

Address: Lijnvissersstraat 10

8660 De Panne


Tel.: +32 498 88 15 92

E-mail: symen@forcix.be


9.1.1.Appendix: Detailed job descriptions of previous experience

Datacenter technologies was a Belgian software company acquired by Veritas weeks after I joined the company. A few months later, Veritas merged with Symantec.


Date: February 2008 - 2010

Location: Lochristi – Ghent - Belgium

Function: Software engineer

Systems used: Linux: Suse. Programming: C++ and others

Type: permanent


As a software engineer I took responsibility of 2 core components of the PureDisk product. Tasks involve adding functionality, but also improving stability by increasing the number of tests (both unittests and systemtests), gradually replacing untestable or ambiguous code by code that is clear, tested and documented. I also worked on improving the in-house buildsystem (both on windows and linux) and created and maintained a packaging and installation tool for product patches.


Date: June 2006 – February 2008

Location: Lochristi – Ghent - Belgium

Function: Customer focus team engineer

Systems used: Linux: Suse. Programming: Bash, PHP and C++

Type: permanent


The role of Customer Focus Team (CFT) engineer is a last line of defence type support role. Our team of two had 3 main lines of responsibility:

Training: At each release, We visited the support centres to provide training for the more advanced lines of support. We wrote the training sessions and a support handbook for the product.

Firefighting: In critical support cases, we went to customers to troubleshoot problems onsite.

Programming: we debugged software and wrote patches, managed maintenance packs and performed supporting engineering at most layers of the product.

Apart from that I also wrote and maintained a testing framework to simulate high load on the product over longer periods of time. In this position, I developed strong debugging skills and a good knowledge of different programming and scripting languages. I also learned to understand the value of good user interaction and logging


Date: March 2005 – June 2006

Location: Lochristi – Ghent - Belgium

Function: Senior support engineer

Systems used: Linux: Suse, RedHat, Gentoo, Debian

Type: permanent


As a support engineer for Symantec's Netbackup division, I assisted the launch of a new Netbackup product. My role in this position was to test the product for stability, prepare documentation and training for the callcenters who took on support for this product. I also provided support to the pre-merger Datacentertechnologies customers on the DC-Protect backup solutions. These products were content addressed disk-to-disk backup systems running on diverse linux platforms. Not only has this position provided me with a strong and broad knowledge of the linux operating system, it has also taught me the day-to-day use of SQL (postgresql and mysql), bash scripting, PHP and many other open source-related techniques.

Date: March 2004 – March 2005

Location: Clonskeagh, Dublin, Ireland

Function: Enterprise server support agent

Systems used: Linux (redhat/suse), Windows 2000/2003, HP systems insight manager

Type: permanent


As a server support agent I solved technical problems with HP enterprise hardware (HP Netservers, HP Proliant servers, Backup devices,…) over the phone. Performing this job I’ve gained more in-depth knowledge of server hardware, and the hardware standards (such as PCI,SCSI,IDE). I’ve also needed to use and improve my OS knowledge on a daily basis. In many cases troubleshooting requires going through logfiles, analyzing the boot sequence, checking (driver) modules and kernel configuration.


Date: November 2003 – March 2004

Location: Clonskeagh, Dublin, Ireland

Function: Helpdesk support agent

Systems used: Windows 2000, Active directory, Office,

Type: permanent


As a helpdesk support agent I provided technical support for end users on the windows platform.

Network Administrator

Since 2003 I’ve been the network administrator of my parents’ company (small family business). This involves managing users, backups, mail, firewall security,other network services and end-user support.

9.1.2.Non-IT Experience cypress creek


Date: January 2003 – June 2003

Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

Function: Front desk agent, Service Promise helpdesk agent, Night Audit Manager

Type: intern Southampton


Date: February-June,September-December 2003

Location: Southampton UK

Function: Front desk agent

Type: intern De krab

1997-2011, I was part of the management team of a local land yacht club. The management team consists of 4-7 people. As a team we promoted the sport in Belgium and encouraged young people to learn it. I was president from 2009 – 2011. We organized several events such as large international regattas, barbecues and parties. We are also proud of being the first land yacht club ever having organised an international regatta for youth only.


This was a fun thing to do, but also a very good way of learning basic management skills, Motivating people, dealing with colleagues, with money, and selling a product. 



photo of Symen Symen R.N. Voet
lijnvissersstraat 10
De Panne , WV , 8660 Belgium

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