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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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Interview with Desiré Athow (@desireathow), Editor of TechRadar Pro (@TechRadarPro)

March 19, 2014

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

desire-athow

Following our article on Desiré’s key event advice and tips (“5 golden PR rules for events”), we chat top tech events, PR pitches and hot topics in tech for 2014…

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself.

Originally from Mauritius, been in this country for the last 10 years or so. English is my third language and my degree is in sociology. So to land in this country and to work as an editor on one of the biggest B2B websites in the UK is an absolute treat. Prior to working on TechRadar Pro, I was the editor of ITProPortal for 8 years and have been covering and writing tech for my entire adult life.

Q. Tell us a little bit about the title you write for and its interest in data storage/mobile/cloud/infosec/virtualization.

TechRadar Pro is a fairly new title, we’ve been around for less than two years. However, because it has been carved out of TechRadar, UK’s biggest technology website, we already have a significant amount of uniques, far more than more established websites. I seldom write unless I attend an event, have an exclusive or snatch an important interview. As for our areas of interest, our roots lie in computing but my team and I have been working hard on diversifying the content production to include business technology at large. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Last-chance speaker opps at London’s #BigData World Congress and #Cloud World Forum

March 12, 2013

By Olivia Shannon, @Olivia_at_OBig_Data_Logo-copy

There are very few speaking slots left for the Big Data World Congress and Cloud World Forum this June – but if you have great ideas and act fast, you might still have a chance to snag a spot. Just send the name of your company, the name of your potential speaker, and a very brief outline of the speech to Francesca.hannay@informa.com, and she will let you know if there is a chance for you to speak.

There are currently over 60 speakers lined up for Big Data World; check out the keynote speakers here. Over 150 big data solution providers are exhibiting, including event sponsors Talend, BAE Systems, Deltica and Basho. You can register to attend here, but please note that you will have to pay to attend the seminars (an early-bird discount applies until May 10th).

The agenda currently includes sessions on the financial sector’s need for new analytics, cloud-friendly Hadoop, choosing a big data solution that fits your business objectives and more. Read the rest of this entry ?

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CES Launches CloudBase3 & Accompanying Website to Target Cloud Providers

August 2, 2012

By Olivia Shannon, @Olivia_at_O

Next year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) will have a special area devoted specifically to cloud computing, along with a companion website, CloudBase3.com.

This is interesting news, if not exactly surprising. Given the recent proliferation of cloud-based applications, it makes sense that CES has developed a special offering for cloud providers, who are undoubtedly looking for ways to stand out amid heavy competition. CloudBase3 exhibitors will also get a listing on the CloudBase3.com website, which will catalogue cloud options to help companies compare and choose cloud products and services.

Although the website has not officially launched yet, CloudBase3.com has posted this PDF of packages ranging from $6,800 to $15,600. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Visit Countdown2CloudExpo.com for an interview with blogger David Terrar

April 4, 2012

Countdown2StorageExpo readers may be interested in a Q&A session just posted on our cloud computing-focused blog, Countdown2CloudExpo.com, with David Terrar (@DT on Twitter). David is a blogger and CEO of a cloud service provider in IBM’s social media speakeasy. He has some interesting views on how to use the cloud and social media to promote your business.

To read the interview, please visit http://countdown2cloudexpo.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/dt/.

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Call all Storage gurus: #SNWEurope Call For Papers now open

February 22, 2012

By Rose Ross, AKA Rose_at_O

Calling all storage experts as the ‘call for papers’ for the SNW Europe, Datacenter Technologies and Virtualization World conferences is now open. The event billed as part of the “Powering the Cloud” experience takes place this year on 30th and 31st October in Frankfurt, Germany. As the event stradles Halloween, I wonder if we’ll have any scary storage storytelling? Perhaps darkened rooms, upward pointing torchlight of the presenter’s faces? Well you’ll have to just wait and see if you’re brave enough 🙂 – We will, of course, be doing trick or treating to the stands during the expo. So you’ve been warned exhibitors, have your candy ready or you know the consequences!!!

Deadline for submissions is 27th April 2012

Click here to submit papers online

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 and have already spied a great venue for #storagebeers (See we do love you!) The Champions bar in the Marriott is OK, but this new venue is hopefully “wunderbar” (I know don’t give up the day job for a career in comic writing!)

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2 days left to nominate for the Storage, Cloud & Virtualization Awards (SVC Awards)

September 26, 2011

By Olivia Shannon, @olivia_at_o

There are two days left to nominate your company or project for the SVC Awards, now in their first year. The SVC Awards are organised by Angel Business Communications, the publishers of online and print titles SNS, Cloud Computing 365 and Virtualization World 365. The awards recognise the achievements of end-users, channel partners and vendors operating in the storage, virtualization, and cloud computing fields.

The awards are presented based solely on the votes of the readership of SNS, Cloud Computing 365 and Virtualization World 365, so the Countdown2StorageExpo team would advise anyone entering the contest to build a campaign around it to encourage your partners and customers to vote for you.

The good news is that your £50 entry fee (plus 20% VAT, where applicable) will be donated to Mimi’s Mission and Make-a-Wish Foundation.

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