Posts Tagged ‘data centre’

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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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Nominate for the Data Centre Solutions Awards before 15th March

March 6, 2013

By Rosalind Carr, @Rosalind_at_O

Last year's DCS awardsOn 23rd May, the Millennium Gloucester Hotel London opens its doors to the much anticipated Data Centre Solutions Awards 2013. This prestigious black tie event rewards products, projects and services as well as valuing the companies and teams in data centre fields. The awards will also acknowledge the achievements of end-users, channel partners and vendors. 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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ExecEvent BIG Event Speaking Opportunities via Emerging Vendors Showcase and Big Data Startup Focus

June 15, 2012

By Olivia Shannon, @olivia_at_o

Technology networking and business development event ExecEvent has announced some exciting new speaking and networking opportunities for vendors of storage, virtualization, security, cloud and data centre technology.

At next month’s BIG Event in Santa Clara, California (July 10-11), there will be two separate showcases – one for emerging vendors in the data world, and the other for “big data companies you should know about in 2012.”   Each company will present for 10-minutes, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A before an audience of potential partners, VCs, press and analysts. Participating vendors are eligible for consideration for an Execullence Award for Best of Show, Most Disruptive Technology or Coolest New Technology. Judges for the Execullence Awards include representatives from companies like Intel, IBM, EMC, NetApp, HP, HDS as well as selected venture capitalists and financiers.

The BIG Event is the one time in 2012 that ExecEvent will bring together executives from across the storage spectrum in the U.S.  The agenda highlights include speeches with a panel of Silicon Valley VCs, an open networking session, a corporate development panel and sales workshop.

There is also this mysterious teaser from the ExecEvent website: “We’ll have a VERY special guest speaker at our ‘Pre’ reception on Monday early evening.  Please try to attend – you’ll kick yourself for missing this.”

ExecEvent will take place July 10-11 in Santa Clara, CA.   There will be opportunities for informal networking in both “pre” and “post” cocktail receptions. Registration is $975.  See The BIG Event Registration for more information.

In order to be considered for the emerging vendors showcase:

  1. Complete and submit the Emerging Vendor Showcase Application (or simply send an email outlining why you think you are interesting and should be chosen)
  2. Register 2 or more attendees – the Big Event registration