Archive for the ‘Cloud’ Category

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Interview with Steve Chambers (@stevie_chambers), Wikibon’s first analyst outside of the US

April 28, 2015

By Rosalind Carr (@Rosalind_at_O) and Rose Ross (@Rose_at_O)

Stevie Chambers

The Countdown Team catch-up with Wikibon‘s newly appointed Senior Analyst Steve Chambers, who is flying the flag for the Wikibon community in the UK. We chat hot topics in cloud for 2015, the best way to pitch him and his favourite industry events of the year…

Leeds_United_-_Logo.svgTell us a bit about yourself.

I’m a living paradox: I love my home town, but I also love global reach.  I love football, but I’m a Leeds United fan.  Most importantly the tech world I came from is being eaten alive, and I’m cheering on Pacman.

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

Wikibon meets my paradox criteria because it has history and future and I love it because it always aims to look at the crazy world of IT from the perspective of the bamboozled end user.  There’s so much change, variation and hype that it’s a nightmare for enterprise IT to make sense of it all: all those folks want is to make the best informed decision, and I think the channels of Wikibon are one way to help that. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Cloud World Series Awards deadline extended – there’s still a month to make your winning entry

April 8, 2015

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By Rosalind Carr, @Rosalind_at_O

Thanks to the lovely folks at the Cloud World Series Awards, you still have over a month to enter the awards- the deadline has been extended to Sunday 10th May.

Do you or your client deserve industry recognition for great achievements in your domain? Here is a quick overview of the awards to help you decide whether they could be your next great opportunity… Read the rest of this entry ?

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Just over a week until entries close for the @UKCloudAwards

January 16, 2014

The deadline for the inaugural UK Cloud Awards is looming

UK Cloud Awards
The submission deadline for the UK Cloud Awards 2014 is just over a week away. Entries close   on 24th January @ 17:00 GMT.

Visit the website (www.ukcloudawards.co.uk) to submit cloud providers, cloud projects, or cloud products.

The awards are free to enter and companies can enter as many categories as they wish. Categories include:

  • Best cloud security product
  • Best cloud storage product
  • Best cloud business continuity service
  • Best cloud management product
  • Best cloud service management suite
  • Most Innovative SMB cloud solution
  • Most innovative enterprise cloud solution
  • Most influential newcomer (ie new CSP)
  • Best IaaS provider
  • Best cloud service provider
  • Best cloud project (public sector) – open to delivery company and user
  • Best cloud project (private sector ) – open to delivery company and user
  • Best use of government’s Cloud Store
  • Best Cloud Migration Project
  • Cloud Personality of the Year

The judging panel is a real who’s who of cloud gurus. It includes CloudPro editor, Max Cooter; Andy Burton, Founder, CIF; Will Venters, Information Systems Lecturer LSE; Maggie Holland, Gorup Editor ITPro and CloudPro; Ian Osborne, Director, Software and Electronics, techUK; Chris Harding, Director, The Open Group; Clive Longbottom, Analyst, Quocirca; Gary Delooze, Head of disruptive & emerging technologies, PwC and Jon Collins, Analyst, GigaOm.

So what are you waiting for? Get entering!

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Talkin’ Cloud Compiles List of “Top 100 Cloud Services Providers”

January 28, 2013

By Olivia Shannon, @Olivia_at_OTalkinCloud100

Nine Lives Media’s third-annual Talkin’ Cloud 100 list is accepting submissions until March 28th. The list seeks to identify the world’s top cloud services providers, aggregators, brokerages, integrators, VARs and MSPs focused on cloud computing. If you want to get your company’s name on the list, click here to complete the survey. The results will be based on such metrics as annual cloud services revenues, percentage growth, dollar growth, cloud computing project revenues, and more. Check out last year’s winners here.

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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. http://www.diversity.net.nz

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 ?

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Social Media Q&A with Cloud Tweeter & Blogger David Terrar @DT

April 4, 2012

By Rose Ross, @Rose_at_O

At UC Expo recently, I was pleased to catch up with David Terrar, blogger and CEO of a cloud service provider in IBM’s social media speakeasy.  David has some interesting ideas about how to use the cloud and social media to promote your business.

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself: 

My day job is running D2C, a cloud service provider dedicated to accounting software, ERP, web communities and collaboration solutions. I have been running my blog, Business Two Zero, since September 2005 as a means of promoting the business. I was encouraged into blogging by my good friend Dennis Howlett (@dahowlett), who was an “expert” back then because he had already been blogging for 3 months at that time.  I named the blog partly as an homage to my father – he was in 1 SAS during World War II  (the Special Air Service).  As well as covering technology, the aim of the blog was applying guerilla-style SAS tactics to business, so it was named partly after the “business 2.0” thing and partly after the first popular SAS novel from Chris Ryan, Bravo Two Zero.

Q. Tell us a little bit about the blog.

It covers all manner of what we used to call Web 2.0 and web stuff – social business, Software as a Service, collaboration, new media, old style sales and marketing vs. the new world approach. I am a big fan of Seth Godin (author of Meatball Sundae and Tribes). Read the rest of this entry ?

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Meet Peter Judge, Editor of TechWeekEurope UK

April 3, 2012

By Rose Ross, @Rose_at_O

Q. Hello Peter.  Would you start by telling us a little about your professional self and your publication?

I have been a journalist for 25 years, aaargh.  To my surprise, I now find myself editor of TechWeekEurope, a proper news site which, after three years, continues to go from strength to strength.  TWE is for technology decision makers.  Our aim is to examine the business implications of IT developments.  As you might imagine, that means we are particularly interested in mobile, security, the public sector, the cloud, and sustainable IT. Read the rest of this entry ?

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New UK Channel publication launches today. Will Channelbiz be the the biz for the cloud channel?

March 5, 2012

By Rose Ross, @Rose_at_O

Today sees the launch of Channelbiz.co.uk, a pure play daily online channel magazine that is set to break the mould, from NetMediaEurope – the leading online IT publishing house.

According to NetMediaEurope’s announcement. Channelbiz is a channel title with a difference, because in addition to covering breaking news, the site aims to demonstrate to distributors and resellers the benefits in using emerging and nascent technologies to cut costs and to add those extra points to the bottom line.

The magazine will provide pithy comment pieces, interviews with important senior managers in the industry, and leading edge technology profiles.

The launch editor is Mike Magee, a channel veteran who also founded The Register and the Inquirer – both highly successful tech web magazines. Mike will manage a team of freelancers to produce lively, informative and valuable information for the channel. He continues to be editor in chief of Techeye.net, which has formed a strategic partnership with NetMediaEurope. Mike worked on both Microscope and PC Dealer (CRN) in the past, and also worked as marketing director of a corporate reseller in the 1980s.

Commenting on the launch, Dominique Busso, CEO at NetMediaEurope, said: “We are excited to launch Channelbiz.co.uk, and believe it will be well received, given the success of the brand already across Europe.

“Through this launch, NetMediaEurope UK now provides the most comprehensive offering to IT audiences.”

At a launch event for Channelbiz.co.uk, on the 15th of March at the Soho Hotel, NetMediaEurope will present qualitative and quantitative research on major trends in the channel and threats and opportunities that will affect the nature of both distribution and reselling. Interviews were conducted with 100 CIOs, CTOs, IT managers and with 15 vendors, distributors, VARs and end users and topics covered includes SaaS adoption rates, managed services and converged IP data.

The research, conducted by Paul Briggs CEO of Media Mantra Ltd (former editor of CRN, and a reporter for Microscope), and Thierry Hamelin of NetMediaEurope, explores two topics – reinventing the UK channel business model in the cloud era and IT procurement methods in 2012.

After the introduction to Channelbiz at the launch, there will be a lively and interactive panel discussion with panellists Malcolm Penn, CEO of Future Horizons and Clive Longbottom, service director of Quocirca Limited, moderated by Mike Magee.

The Launchpad team will be catching up with the new team at Channelbiz to find out more. Stay tuned!

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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
  • BIG DATA
  • 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!

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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: http://t.co/GZWKb6BE #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 www.cloudcamp.org: “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!