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Check out interview with Colm Keegan, Storage Switzerland, at Countdown2StorageExpo.com

July 10, 2013

Colm KeeganAn in-depth interview with Colm Keegan, Senior Analyst at Storage Switzerland, is available at Countdown2StorageExpo.com. Check out the interview here.

Olivia Shannon writes: “Colm Keegan has been involved with Storage Switzerland for several years as a ghost writer, but came onboard full-time at the beginning of this year. Read the rest of this entry ?

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The 451 Group Announces 3rd Acquisition of 2013 @The451Group

March 11, 2013

By Olivia Shannon, @Olivia_at_O451GroupLogo

The 451 Group (@The451Group) has announced its third acquisition of 2013 – Applied Velocity Labs. According to the press release, Applied Velocity Labs is a Charlotte, NC-based strategy, advisory and research firm and the developer of a proprietary digital infrastructure strategy framework. It is hoped that the acquisition will “strengthen The 451 Group’s thought leadership around digital infrastructure.”

Martin McCarthy, The 451 Group’s Chairman and CEO,  commented, “The proprietary Applied Velocity Labs strategic framework will broaden our capabilities and expertise, helping enterprises transform their technology operations to support the evolution of the digital enterprise.”

With the Applied Velocity Labs acquisition, Tony Bishop, founder of Applied Velocity Labs, becomes  The 451 Group’s chief strategy officer and co-head of 451 Advisors.

This news marks The 451 Group’s third acquisition since the start of 2013. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Interview with Dr Alea Fairchild (@AFairch), Cofounder of The Constantia Institute

January 7, 2013

By @Rose_at_O, @Olivia_at_O

Alea Fairchild is the cofounder of The Constantia Institute, a Brussels-based technology policy think-tank. Check out her work blog or catch her on Twitter.

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Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself: 

I am a cross between an analyst, a consultant and an academic, which sounds like one of those bad “three men in a boat” jokes.  I started my career in technology market analysis in the late 1980s at Dataquest with the great Hal Feeney (one of the Intel 8008 processor designers), moved later to my own technology consultancy company, which also did due diligence work for a number of VCs, and then I got my PhD in Information Economics in 2001, so I also teach at a graduate business program in Brussels.  All three skill sets help me do my research in my particular niche.

Q. Tell us a little bit about your firm and their interest in the cloud.   

I cofounded The Constantia Institute in 2007 when I realized that there was a market niche that was absent in the marketplace.  Lots of analyst firms cover product introductions and make product comparisons, but in my view, the relevance of technology trends, its innovative impact on business and society, and its governance were not examined in any depth by either analyst firms or consultancies. I use the term “think tank” because we actually think past the short term and examine consequences and issues. Cloud is a game changer for many aspects, including collaboration, regulation, data protection, governance, privacy, device usage and service provisioning. Let’s face it; governmental involvement in cloud – whether it be localized with the UK CloudStore or the EU’s attempts at regulation – is a sure sign that cloud is now mainstream.

Q. What’s hot in the cloud this year? 

Mobile, social and collaborative are the three consumer drivers for cloud, and all cause enterprise-sized headaches. And for businesses, it is about Read the rest of this entry ?

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Introducing Software Defined Networking: Rainmaker Files new research target

September 21, 2012

By Olivia Shannon, @Olivia_at_O

Cloud insiders have been buzzing about software-defined networking (SDN) and its potential to introduce more sophisticated, flexible and customizable network control, especially after network virtualization leader Nicira’s acquisition for $1.05b by VMware this summer. Now there is a special focus on SDN at Rainmaker Files.

In an article about the new research focus area, analyst Martin Hingley writes that Rainmaker Files will be using a combination of case studies and competitive analysis to answer the following questions about SDN, software-defined datacenters (SDDC) and fabric computing:

  • Can network virtualization help overcome the fragmentation of data centre computing by application and usage case?
  • Can networking itself become more democratic, as networking makes the data centre more democratic?
  • Will network switches and routers always depend on proprietary ASICs and algorithms?
  • Is Cisco’s strong market share in enterprise networking a profit pool waiting to be emptied into the pockets of companies able to ‘change the economics of networking’?
  • Public Clouds, Service Providers, large, medium and small businesses – which offer the best initial opportunities for new approaches?
  • What are the attached service opportunities?
  • Will customers trust new suppliers and techniques, however deep the proposed savings are?
  • Will SDN and SDDC lead to the fossilisation the underlying physical infrastructure choices?

We look forward to hearing more from the Rainmaker Files on this topic, as it promises to be an exciting area of research.

Please contact the Rainmaker Files if you want to get involved with this research. Visit www.rainmakerfiles.com or email info@rainmakerfiles.com.

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In memory of Claus Egge, friend and valued member of the storage industry family

August 1, 2012

By Rose Ross, @Rose_at_O

Last week, Claus Egge, analyst, blogger, friend, colleague and established player of the storage world, passed away suddenly.

I, like so many of those in the storage world, have known Claus for many years. He was one of the first analysts many storage professionals would have briefed or set up briefings with during his IDC days, before the dot-com bubble burst and before the shadow of 9/11 was cast over us. He was – and continued to be – on all European storage PR professionals’ top tier list.  He certainly was for me.

I will remember him as a great person to work with, a sharp analytical mind, knowledgeable and supportive—especially during my early years in storage PR in the early noughties. But I think I will most fondly remember him from the social side of the storage world at more informal gatherings such as #storagebeers and CloudCamps.

Claus loved the debates at those events. I remember a debate I had with him not long ago around big data, or should I say, according to his definition, “savage data.” Claus believed big data should be called savage data because it was wild and untamed—a fascinating perspective. I want to, and will, remember Claus as always being armed with a grin and a great sense of humour, and very much enjoying the social side of the storage family.

He’ll certainly be missed as we head into the busy storage autumn with events such as IP EXPO, SNW Europe and VMworld Europe all within the next three months. We’ll all be busy during those events, but they won’t be quite the same without him. 😦

A small regret is that despite many chats around doing an interview for the blog here, the time was never quite right for him. I am sure an interview would have revealed more about this quiet man and his love of music and other interests.

If you want to share your memories of Claus, please email the Rainmakers on rememberingclaus@rainmakerfiles.com

His business partners and great friends Puni Rajah and Martin Hingley will announce an appropriate celebration of Claus’s life in London in a few weeks time. Please keep an eye out on the Rainmakers site for more info on that.

At the celebration, which may coincide with the next #storagebeers in London, I will be raising a glass with many of his friends and saying “Skol” in a toast to my dear, departed storage mate, Claus.

Farewell!

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