Archive for the ‘Big Data’ Category


Last-chance speaker opps at London’s #BigData World Congress and #Cloud World Forum

March 12, 2013

By Olivia Shannon, @Olivia_at_OBig_Data_Logo-copy

There are very few speaking slots left for the Big Data World Congress and Cloud World Forum this June – but if you have great ideas and act fast, you might still have a chance to snag a spot. Just send the name of your company, the name of your potential speaker, and a very brief outline of the speech to, and she will let you know if there is a chance for you to speak.

There are currently over 60 speakers lined up for Big Data World; check out the keynote speakers here. Over 150 big data solution providers are exhibiting, including event sponsors Talend, BAE Systems, Deltica and Basho. You can register to attend here, but please note that you will have to pay to attend the seminars (an early-bird discount applies until May 10th).

The agenda currently includes sessions on the financial sector’s need for new analytics, cloud-friendly Hadoop, choosing a big data solution that fits your business objectives and more. Read the rest of this entry ?


Q & A w/ @BenKepes – Trailblazer with his head in the #cloud cutting through the hype

July 5, 2012

By @Rose_at_O

The Countdown team has caught up with leading cloud blogger, analyst and native kiwi Ben Kepes.

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself: 

I’m a cloud computing blogger and analyst – excited about what cloud can mean in terms of agility and innovation. I live in rural New Zealand on a small farm but work predominantly in the US – this dual focus is the cause of many strange tweets about sheep, but it also gives me a unique perspective on the ever-changing technology world.

Q. Tell us a little bit about your blog and its interest in the Cloud. 

I own a dozen or so small businesses and have always had to wrangle technology on a day to day basis. I’m not a technologist but a technology user and the focus of my blog is to put things in ways that real users can understand, and advocate for tools that really meet their needs

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

What isn’t? Big data, cloud management, Platform as a Service, small business applications, Read the rest of this entry ?


Cloud gurus: #Poweringthecloud Call For Papers is now open

February 22, 2012

By Rose Ross, AKA @Rose_at_O

Calling all cloud experts the ‘call for papers’ for the Powering the Cloud comprises SNW Europe, Datacenter Technologies and Virtualization World conferences is now open. The event takes place this year on 30th and 31st October in Frankfurt, Germany.

Deadline for submissions is 27th April 2012

Click here to submit papers online

Last year, we interviewed one of the organizers Paul Trowbridge about his top tips for success in securing a speaker slot here.

The official line from this year’s website is as follows:

They are looking for quality submissions from IT end-users, consultants, industry analysts and system integrators/VARs, describing case studies or technology update sessions that focus on real-world deployments and/or methods and best practices to evaluate new, existing or future solutions.

Submissions from IT vendors may also be considered but it is vital that these sessions be delivered in a vendor-neutral/product-agnostic manner. To encourage contemporary content, they request that all proposals discuss fresh deployments.  Submissions will be ranked and selected by the Conference Committee based on suitability and adherence to these submission guidelines.

Sponsoring vendors please note:  Speaking slot entitlements that are included in your sponsorship package should NOT be submitted via this process.

Hot Topics:

  • Cloud Security
  • Desktop/client Virtualisation
  • Converged Infrastructures
  • Next Generation Data Protection
  • Solid State Storage
  • Public/Private Cloud storage solutions
  • Outsourcing, Hosting and co-location
  • The delivery of managed services

Other Technology Topics of interest:

  • Big data solutions
  • Business Continuity: Protection, Archiving, Backup & Recovery
  • Business Intelligence / Data Warehousing
  • Cloud Service Providers / Managed Service Providers
  • Converged Data Center Networks
  • Data Archiving and Digital Preservation
  • Data Center/ IT Infrastructure
  • Data Governance / Regulatory / Compliance / E-Discovery
  • Data Lifecycle Management
  • Data Storage-as-a-Service (DaaS) and Cloud
  • Data Security / Data Encryption
  • Desktop virtualization’s impact on storage
  • Emerging Technologies and Services
  • Green Storage / Energy Efficient IT / Green Computing
  • Enterprise Content Management / Document Management
  • High Performance Computing
  • Implementation of Cloud Storage Solutions
  • Information and IT Security
  • Information Management
  • Infrastructure convergence
  • SaaS and Data Migration
  • Solid State Storage
  • Storage Networking
  • Storage Resource Management
  • Systems Integration / Corporate IT Architecture / SOA
  • Virtual Data Center / Outsourcing / Hybrid Cloud
  • Virtualized Environments & Storage / Server Virtualization

We’ll see you in Frankfurt in October. Hopefully we’ll raise a Cloudybeer or two together!


Cloudcamp – why wouldn’t you? You should and @PaulMiller gives a great review of Cloudcamp London’s big night on Big Data

January 31, 2012

By Rose Ross, AKA @Rose_at_O

Last week saw a real gem in the cloud event world with a star studded ensemble gathering in St James’ Crypt for Cloudcamp London’s Big  Data extravaganza. I can’t give do it justice but luckily Paul Miller, GigaOmer and blogger extraordinaire has already done so.

The highlight for me was the content – outstanding! and of course the people including a lot of media and analyst Clouderati such as ZDnet’s Jack Clark (AKA @MappingBabel), Cloudpro’s Max Cooter (@maxcooter) EuroLan’s Keith Humphreys (@KeithHumphreys) and Rainmaker Claus Egge (@c_egge)  and of course the451’s William Fellows (@wif)   and of course beers with the big man of cloud himself @werner (Amazon’s CTO Werner Vogels) lovely chap and his colleagues Matt Wood (@mza) and Glen Robinson (Sorry Glen forgot your tweet handle) plus the irrepressible Cloudcampers Simon Wardley (AKA @swardley and Kings of the Cloud cats) and Joe Baguley (Prince of Cloud at VMWare and @jbaguley).

FYI –  Amazon’s Matt Woods preso is here. (@MZA Slides from my lightening talk on #genomics, featuring some of my own genetic markers: #cloudcamp) – PS Matt the big Q of the night did you test the asparagus theory gene?

Enough name dropping in a cloudbursting sort of way. Here is an extract from Paul’s blog about the night and a link to his blog in full here:

LEF‘s Simon Wardley kicked proceedings off as usual, once again managing to pepper an on-topic canter through the topic with a seemingly never-ending stream of Flickr images of cats… and analogies to electricity. You possibly had to be there? His core message, though? There’s nothing new under the sun… and the cycles of change just keep on coming.”

Or in other words the times they are a changing – and that is a constant. So to make sure you’ve got your finger on the Cloud pulse, plus you get to socialise with all the beautiful cloud people over a slice of pizza and a bottle beer you need to keep up with what Cloudcamp fun and frolicks is planned around the globe – and to do that you need to keep an eye on the Cloudcamp website here. For those too busy for an extra click. Here is the list of what’s on Cloudcamp style correct as of today:  

Cited from “The events listed below have a confirmed time and place. Let us know if you’d like to put on a CloudCamp in your city or region:

February 1, 2012 in San Francisco, CA, USA

February 24, 2012 in Warrington, UK

March 13, 2012 in Edmonton, AB, Canada

March 19, 2012 in Reston, VA, USA

March 22, 2012 in Europa-Park Rust, Germany

March 24, 2012 in Rochester, USA

April 4, 2012 in Washington, DC, USA

April 9, 2012 in Moscow, Russia

April 17, 2012 in Seattle, USA

May 22, 2012 in Copenhagen, Denmark

June 16, 2012 in Abuja, Nigeria

June 23, 2012 in Lagos, Nigeria

June 30, 2012 in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria

July 7, 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya

July 21, 2012 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast

September 11, 2012 in Jacksonville, FL, USA

December 11, 2012 in Burlingame, CA, USA

But do keep an eye on the website as I am sure there will be many more added over the coming months! Happy Cloudcamping and hope to catch you at many of them!