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  • 2017

    Martin picks up PureStorage Rookie of the Year award at Purely Technical

    August 2017

  • Ross CANT SELL, CAN DRESS UP Ogilvie

    Rossco picks up best dressed at Purely Technical. Receives worlds shittest prize. A hat from the golf course we were staying at. GGF PureStorage

    August 2017


    Little is known about Filip Zahradnik. Katana1 have chased this elusive computer god since 2011. Thought to have grown up in post-USSR Slovakia selling Kalashnikov’s to the CIA, Filip used his first computer at age 11 – a weapons computer from a HIND Mi-24 Gunship (later sold to Saddam H) – and has never looked back. Making his way to Sydney in 2001 via a stolen 941 Акула, aka Typhoon-class nuclear missile submarine and settling in for a life of hectic IT system design and flawless deployments across various complementary future-tech. Katana1 are currently arming him with additional data automation and data analytics skillsets. Filip only drinks his Red Wine with coke.

    July 2017

  • Martin Lawrence Comedian turned DEATH METAL HAX0R

    After leaving a very successful comedic career, Martin Lawrence moved to Melbourne, Australia chasing his real passion; computers and printers. Performing long stints and dropping some 733t infrastructure designs into Bupa and AGL, Lawrence turned up on the Katana1 VIC doorstep, ready to team up and be shaped by part man, part sales-machine James V, the K1 VIC C&C. Team GODZILLA is born.

    March 2017

  • James COMMANDER & CHIEF Vercillo

    James THE THREAT Vercillo, unknown to many, known to a key few, roamed the deep, dark and treacherous hallways of a telco in Melbourne for more than 12 years. Emerging scarred and deeply angry as a reclusive part human, part (sales) machine, James created the Katana1 Melbourne office, linking to our Sydney head office without our knowledge. James SALES MACHINE Vercillo continues the fight, building a team out of a crazy bunch of IT Consultants of Fortune.

    Feb 2017

  • 2016
  • Trevor Laughton

    Trev is our new Data Warrior launching the Queensland operation of Katana1.  Trev joined from NetApp and Citrix after more than a decade in the Brisbane enterprise IT market.  Trev has a sound technical background with a genuine understanding of the challenges faced by government and corporate customers around complex cloud and IT solutions. Prior to Citrix, Trev had roles with Packeteer and Clearswift, as well as Vice President of Sales at Tenix Datagate which included 18 months in Washington DC providing security solutions into organisations such as Boeing Corporation, US Dept of Energy and Lockheed Martin. Trev was the founder and a Director for ExpressApps, a pioneer in the Australian Application Service Provider (ASP) industry that was ultimately acquired by Citrix Partner – Dunson in 2001.

    October 2016

  • Fabiano – Agent of Destruction

    Fabiano (real name not known) was kidnapped at an early age and taught Linux operational mastery from Richard Stallman to compete in the underground battle tournament BLITZKRIEG. Run out of nuclear bunkers in the USSR, pitching operational experts against each other where the best chaos detection algorithms and self-healing code base mean LIFE or DEATH. Escaping Stallman’s opensource chains, Fabiano was recruited by Alessandro (The Brazilian Microwave) into the ranks of Katana1

    August 2016

  • Bramble aka. Miles Dyson starts at K1. IT HAS BEGUN

    Bramble has been crushing it since at least the year 2005, minimum 2007, but at least 2005… he knows enough about programming to go in one ear and out your mother. He loves open source and Splunk, and if he could marry them he would. The world needs more Brambles, thankfully we just have one.

    May 2016

  • K1 full Platinum Sponsors Puppet Camp Sydney YO!

    Loose your mind at Puppet Camp, Sydney 2016. Maybe not, with speakers from all walks of IT lyfe, book releases, the demise of HUMAN ERROR and day 0 for the impending rise of machines #puppetlyfe

    May 2016

  • K1 turns 5, still acts age

    From a sunny Mosman 90210 pad where Nick and Ross started of playing pretend IT company, to more than 15 staff, multiple awards and a Katana1 we are all very proud of. Thank you to clients, staff (and families – even Shaun), disti’s, vendors and all the help we’ve definitely required

    April 2016

  • Mitch THE HULK Barnes

    Found living deep in the favela’s of Rio, trying to stay calm, data centre solutions mad skillz and all round nice guy (HULK style) joins the K1 team. With a broad experience across a range of data centre technologies and enterprise environments of varying sizes, Mitch has the know-how to take your requirements and turn them into exactly what you need. Mitch also likes Oreo’s, Dr Pepper, kettlebells and SMASHING PUNY GODs, in that order.

    March 2016

  • 2015
  • Nick and Ross meet Kiefer Sutherland

    On our way to merry Puppet Conf in sunny Portlandia we bump into Kiefer Sutherland. We had been out NOT drinking, being silly nor driving around LA with complete strangers when we meet YOUNG GUN Kiefer. He chatted and asked us if we were on the door list for the OVERPASS club. We weren’t, he walked us up to the door, made sure we got in, cuddled us and went on his merry way. NICEST (CELEBRITY) DUDE EVER

    October 2015


    Chris K, a security ninja infiltrates Katana1. ACCESS NOT DENIED. A long list of security certs (enquire within!), a Splunk Certified Architect, Splunk Enterprise-Security master, and has been securing Telco’s, Cloud’s & sensitive-networks for almost 2 decades!

    June 2015

  • Linux/UNIX and PuppetLabs Gun signs with k1

    Hailing from Mexico, Jose comes with a wealth of Linux and python experience. Master of Puppets Jose will not stop until the world is automated, Skynet, Judgement day and rise of the machines all come to mind. Someone call Sarah Connor!

    February 2015

  • 2014
  • VDI Specialist crashes through k1 doors

    Rob McQuhae not only has the craziest last name, he brings the madest VDI skills. Designing and implementing many Citrix and VMware based solutions, Rob designs and eats his own VDI breakfast. If you’re laggy VDI environment is getting you down, send in some Mcquhae pain relief.

    November 2014

  • K1 places in Deloitte fast50

    Katana1 lands an impressive and hard fought place in the Deloitte fast50. Gaining position #18 in the Deloitte fast50 is excellent news at Katana1, Deloitte is one of k1’s dearest clients with 2 exDeloitte employees residing at K1

    October 2014

  • Brazilian Splunk Ninja starts at k1

    Joining k1 from one of the biggest Splunk deployments in Australia, Alessandro Dantas brings years of experience in a multi-terabyte per day Splunk instance. Alessandro also has a wealth of experience in many complementary technologies including automation and orchestration.

    October 2014

  • Tenchu Splunk Ninja Assasin moves in

    Shaun Butler, Splunk, Infrastructure, PuppetLabs and AWS expert joins the K1 team. Shaun is another heavy contributor to Splunk, having written multiple apps and also contributing to the splunk communities. Shaun has hit the ground running, working on the K1 and Datalicious joint venture, OptimaHub

    May 2014

  • Top Splunk Resource Joins K1

    Luke Harris, Splunk and PuppetLabs expert joins the K1 team. Luke is a heavy contributor to both Splunk and PuppetLabs communities, building some of the top Splunk apps available today.

    January 2014

  • Mike Duncan parachutes into the k1 ranks

    Ex military, part-time medic, fire-fighter, Company Director, mad cyclist, holder of 5x different classes of motor vehicle licence, Certified SCUBA diver and IT Architect, climbed the Himalaya’s. Mike has also been held hostage by Maoist Insurgents, they are all dead.

    March 2014

  • 2013
  • CRN Fast50

    David Tsang and Ross Ogilvie attended CRN Fast50 awards in Sydney, taking out 2nd place! Nick Russell gets freaky in Deli on Distribution Central Mania trip. K1 hits top 10 for distributor

    December  2013

  • BRW Fast100

    Nick Russell and Ross Ogilvie attend BRW Fast 100 event in Melbourne. Katana1 finished #46

    May 2013

  • 2012
  • K1 finishes FY2012 on top

    K1 finishes out the FY with 4 staff and revenue outstanding growth of 23,852%

    June 2012

  • K1 courts Global French bank

    February 2012 kicks off with an order from a large French bank.

    February 2012

  • Global telco signs on with K1

    A large global telecommunications company sign up with K1. K1 provides 1PB + storage design, including automation and always on technologies

    January 2012

  • 2011
  • K1 win’s first $1million deal

    Katana1 is in business, landing the first $million + order, securing growth and sustainability

    November 2011

  • K1 signs 6 month Residency

    K1 wins staff residency services engagement with large property company

    October 2011

  • K1 wins staff augmentation

    K1 wins its first staff augmentation gig with top 4 finance firm

    11, June 2011

  • Katana1 is born

    Working out of Mosman Mansions (Nick’s house), Katana1 founders sail the k1 boat out into the vast reseller ocean

    20, April 2011