Posts Tagged ‘storage’

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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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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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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
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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!