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Q&A with Jean-Jacques Maleval, Editor of StorageNewsletter

September 16, 2010

Editor and publisher Jean-Jacques Maleval is a well-known and respected veteran data storage expert with over 20 years in computer journalism.

He is also a prolific writer who has published thousands of articles on basketball and IT in publications including Le Monde, Le Figaro, Le Matin de Paris, L’Equipe, Le Monde Informatique, Décision Informatique, 01 Informatique Hebdo, O1net, Electronique International Hebdo, Silicon.fr, Les Techniques de l’Ingénieur, SVM, Info-PC, La Vie Française, Les Echos, France-Soir, Le Journal du Dimanche, Nord-Matin, Newsport, le Cinq Majeur, L’Equipe-Basket-Magazine, L’Equipe-Basket-Hebdo, Sport, Maxi-Basket, Converse Basketball Yearbook. He is also the co-author of a book, Ce Fabuleux Basket Américain.

He travels quite a bit to IT storage shows and conventions around the world, and regularly meets business leaders and IT gurus. He holds master’s degrees in Economics and Computer Science, both from the University of Paris. When he was younger, he played a few minutes in the final game of the French University Championship, the equivalent of the NCAA Final Four in France.

He is married to Isabelle and they have two boys, Benjamin and Boris. When he isn’t working, Jean-Jacques fills his time with his children, extended family and friends, and engages in hobbies that include do-it-yourself, drum, and basketball coaching.

Q – Tell us a little bit about the titles you write for and their interest in data storage:

Now StorageNewsletter only

Q – What’s hot in IT storage this year?

SSD and de-dupe

Q – How many storage events do you attend each year?

Around three

Q – Which one are you most looking forward to?

SNW Europe

Q. -What types of stories or companies are likely to attract your attention this year?

Anything on storage

Q.- How many interviews do you do per week?

Two or three

Q – What’s the best way to pitch a story to you? Email? Phone? Twitter? By mail?

Email and face-to-face

Q. – Who is worth listening to?

CEOs

Q. – What’s your favourite blog?

The Continuous Data Protection and File Storage Technologies blogs by Philippe Nicolas (in French)

Q – What is your favourite piece of technology?

My small old machine to make my cigarettes

Q -What do you think is the most important development in IT storage to date?

SSD and de-dupe (once more)

Q – What is the best piece of advice for companies pitching stories?

Forget the word “exciting” in your press releases

Q – What was the best press trip you’ve ever been on?

In Norway with Western Digital

Q-  What’s your favourite restaurant?

“La Ferme” in the Lot department of southwest France

Q – Are you a social media lover? Which ones are you on? FB? LinkedIn? Twitter?

No one

Q- Tell us something no-one knows about you? Do you have any unusual or unexpected hobbies/interests? Do you have a claim to fame?

My dream: to have my own vineyard in the French Lot department to produce just half a litre of Cahors red wine per day.



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