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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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The 451 Group Announces 3rd Acquisition of 2013 @The451Group

March 11, 2013

By Olivia Shannon, @Olivia_at_O451GroupLogo

The 451 Group (@The451Group) has announced its third acquisition of 2013 – Applied Velocity Labs. According to the press release, Applied Velocity Labs is a Charlotte, NC-based strategy, advisory and research firm and the developer of a proprietary digital infrastructure strategy framework. It is hoped that the acquisition will “strengthen The 451 Group’s thought leadership around digital infrastructure.”

Martin McCarthy, The 451 Group’s Chairman and CEO,  commented, “The proprietary Applied Velocity Labs strategic framework will broaden our capabilities and expertise, helping enterprises transform their technology operations to support the evolution of the digital enterprise.”

With the Applied Velocity Labs acquisition, Tony Bishop, founder of Applied Velocity Labs, becomes  The 451 Group’s chief strategy officer and co-head of 451 Advisors.

This news marks The 451 Group’s third acquisition since the start of 2013. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Rainmaker Files hosts “New Economics” Roundtable at IP EXPO

September 21, 2012

Martin Hingley and Puni Rajah are hosting a roundtable discussion at this year’s IP EXPO about the new economics of storage infrastructure in the era of big data (or savage data, if you prefer).

The discussion will focus on strategies to increase performance and resilience in large installations. Participants will explore how IT professionals can efficiently and cost-effectively meet the increasing demand for storage capacity and performance.

In an article about the roundtable, Rajah writes:

“Earlier this year, we started looking at the role of storage hypervisors in large storage installations. Where is the pain line, and how are storage architects designing for the new economic environment? What adjustments should in-house storage designs incorporate to work with data ‘in the cloud’ to ensure seamless user experience? And are storage vendors keeping up with the unravelling complexity facing their customers?”

Rajah identifies four fundamental areas where storage performance and cost efficiencies can be found: disk array, appliance, network and server hypervisor.

The roundtable will address these issues and more.

If you would like to be involved with this roundtable discussion, please email editor@ipexpo.co.uk.

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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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