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4 steps to winning a speaking slot at SNW Europe (@snweurope) #snweurope

April 16, 2013

snw_largeBy Olivia Shannon, @Olivia_at_O

As our own Rose Ross (@Rose_at_O) blogged back in February, next Friday, April 26th is the call for papers deadline for the Storage Networking World Europe (SNW Europe), Datacenter Technologies and Virtualization World conferences.

As in previous years, the event organisers are seeking “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. ” More information and suggested topics are available here.

If you’re busy putting together your submission, you might be interested in these tips for winning an SNW Europe speaking slot, taken from a previous Countdown2StorageExpo blog post based on a conversation with the conference programme director at the time, Paul Trowbridge: Read the rest of this entry ?

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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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Analyst Q and A: Chatting with Deni Connor – the straight talking Queen of Storage Strategies NOW

September 15, 2011

By Rose Ross, @Rose_at_O

We were granted an audience with one of the veritable queens of Storage. Deni Connor, Founding Analyst of Storage Strategies NOW.

Q. Tell us a bit about yourself:

I started out in medical editing for the National Institutes of Health and then converted to technology in the early 80s. I’ve worked in marketing for a number of companies. Among them a mobile computing company, IBM, Novell and Thomas-Conrad, a company acquired by Compaq.

Q. Tell us a little bit about your analyst firm and its interest in data storage.

Storage Strategies NOW provides research to vendors, end-users, venture capitalists on storage technologies and products.

Q. What’s hot in storage this year?

Solid state drives and of course, more and more virtualization, including the virtual desktop infrastructure. Also cloud companies.

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

About 6, not including analyst days.

Q. Which one are you most looking forward to?

Storage Networking World, where we will release the results of two reports: one on Data Reduction and the other on Data Protection and Recovery in the SMB.

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

Companies that are doing something innovative with the cloud and SSD companies.

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Top tips for data storage startups: Check out the @Searchstorage top data storage startup list and aspire

September 5, 2011

By @Mike_at_LPDE

Dave Raffo at SearchStorage.com has compiled a list of his top emerging data storage startups.

http://searchstorage.techtarget.com/feature/Data-storage-startups-10-emerging-vendors-worth-watching

Think SSD, VDI and cloud and you’re on the money with his selections.

Many of them hopefully will be enjoying a well earned Labor Day break today as most, if not all, are HQ’d stateside. But keep an eye out over here in Europe for them, as many are exhibiting at top European shows such as IP EXPO, SNW Europe and VMworld Europe this Autumn (AKA Fall).

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How to Win a Speaker Slot at SNW Europe: 5 Top Tips

April 12, 2011

By Olivia Shannon (@olivia_at_o)

With the May 6th deadline approaching, we spoke to SNW Europe Conference Programme Director Paul Trowbridge, who has reviewed hundreds of SNW speaking submissions over the seven years he’s spent working with SNIA Europe.

“What we look for in vendor submissions, first and foremost, is that they are not just somebody saying, ‘I want to present on this area,’ and you know full well it is going to be a features/benefits analysis of their product,” said Paul.

Some additional guidance may be found in the points below.

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Storage Networking & Social Media Maven: Q&A with @Stu Miniman, Principal Research Contributor at Wikibon

March 3, 2011

By Olivia Shannon, @Olivia_at_O

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’ve been in high-tech my entire career. As an undergraduate I studied engineering; then I went into technical sales, where I focused on networking and telecoms. After several years doing that, I went on to work at EMC for 10 years on the technical side. I spent my last three years at EMC as a Technologist in the CTO Office working on strategic planning. Last June, I joined Wikibon as an analyst, researcher and blogger. I enjoy being part of that tech community. Although I interact with a lot of storage at Wikibon, my focus is more on virtualization and networking than pure storage. So I don’t get into arguments about RAID types, and although I am up on trends with disk drives and interfaces, I tend to spend more time outside the box rather than inside.

I’m also married with two kids. As a parent I make sure I fulfill parental obligations such as teaching the kids about Star Wars.

 

Q. Tell us a little bit about your analyst firm and its interest in data storage.

The Wikibon Project has been around for about four years now. It looks to reinvent the analyst business. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Q&A with Christine Horton, Editor of Channel Pro

February 4, 2011

By Rose Ross (@Rose_at_O) and Olivia Shannon (@Olivia_at_O)

Christine Horton shares her views on storage and the channel in this Q&A with the Countdown2StorageExpo team.

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself and your magazine.

Channel Pro serves the needs of the IT resellers, VARS, systems integrators and distributor partners though up-to-the-minute news, in-depth reviews, industry opinion and analysis. The tone is business rather than techie. I am not a techie.

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

We cover all technologies, and have dedicated storage and security sections. We look at how they can help resellers can sell them – and ultimately make money from them.

Q. What’s hot in the channel this year?

Virtualisation and of course, cloud computing.

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

Automated tiered storage (such as Compellent, the new EMC VNX platforms).

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Meet Adrian Bridgwater – a Q&A with the Countdown team

December 10, 2010

By Rose Ross (@Rose_at_O) and Olivia Shannon (@Olivia_at_O)

Adrian Bridgwater is a freelance journalist specialising in cross platform software application development as well as all related aspects of software engineering and project management. His work has been published in various international publications including the Wall Street Journal, CNET.com, The Register, ComputerWeekly.com, BBC World Service magazines, eWeek Europe, Web Designer Magazine, Silicon.com, the British Computer Society and Microscope, among others. He is also a finalist in the “the journalist who makes you feel warm and furry on the inside” category of the UK’s CRAPPS Awards for PR & journalist relations. You can vote for him until December 15th.

Q.  Tell us a bit about you:

I’m a technology writer by trade and a committed journalist who has always been striving to show my careers advisor that he was wrong!

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

I predominantly cover software application development – and this, by default, features plenty of data, databases, database administration and therefore storage.

Q – Are you a full-time journalist? If not give us an insight into the other parts of your working life.

When I’m not working as a writer I help out at the coast guard facility where I live here in Bournemouth – I also work as a firefighter and a stunt model for a local film company.

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

Put simply, manageability and in-memory database analytics and providing the data backbone for these services to run on.

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

As many as I can!

Q – Which one are you most looking forward to?

Storage Expo
Q. How many interviews do you do per week?

Not many, only around two or three a month.

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

Email always, Twitter never – I love Twitter, but don’t email me with it – use that email thing instead.

Q. – Who is worth listening to?

Audioslave and Chris Cornell.

Q. – What’s your favourite blog?

Mine.

Q – What is your favourite piece of technology?

My MacBook Pro.

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

RAID backplane enclosures that work with intelligent manageability control suites.

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

Send cider and red wine first.

Q – What was the best press trip you’ve ever been on? Why was it so great? Any tips for PRs planning trips/events for bloggers?

IBM’s events are good, but Adobe’s are superb.

Q-  What’s your favourite restaurant?

Wetherspoons.

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

Love them all – find me on them all.

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?

Nobody knows that I am pals with Tom Cruise due to my connections in the USA, I was upset when he left Penelope — but you know, Katie is just lovely and I know he’s happy so that’s good.

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Q and A: George Crump, Storage Switzerland

October 24, 2010

Last time, we met George was in Boston for the BDevent. Now based in Texas, we are delighted that’ll be in Frankfurt this week for SNW Europe. Here’s a little more on George:

Q. Tell us a bit about your firm?

GC: Storage Switzerland is an analyst firm focused on the storage, server virtualization and cloud marketplaces. We work with technology suppliers to help educate the market on the various topics that concern those marketplaces through the use of content like articles, blogs, briefing reports, case studies and product test drives. All of that content is published on our web site storage-switzerland.com. In addition to this material we have blogging responsibilities on Information Week, Network Computing and SearchStorage.

Q. What is hot in storage this year?

GC: 2010 and more than likely 2011 will be maturing years for more than they will be a breakout year for any particular technology. The technologies that we expect to see major maturation are solid state disk, cloud storage and network convergence. We also expect to see server virtualization be the key driver in advancements in storage including driving down the entry price of shared storage in the first time adopter market as well as continued pressure on improving performance in the high end market.

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

GC: We usually cover both storage networking worlds and now SNW Europe. We also cover VMworld USA every year. We occasionally will attend Storage Decisions. Finally we have attend every The BD Event and will continue to do so. I am most looking forward to SNW Europe as I have not attended that before and I am giving a talk on “Addressing the Storage Challenges Caused By Desktop Virtualization”

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

GC: I am always interested in solid state disk as well as the general deduplication market. My colleague Eric Slack is become quite the specialist in object storage based systems and storage resource monitoring tools.

Q. How many briefings do you do per week?

GC: We typically have an open spot for non-client briefings once per day at either 10AM Central time or 3PM central time depending on the country of origin of the supplier. The rest of the day is devoted to client and end-user briefings as well as of course to creating the actual content. As time allows and if our interest is there we will write up a briefing note that is posted to our web site and distributed to the supplier, that summarizes our thoughts on the briefing.

Q. What is the best way to pitch a story to you?

GC: We really don’t receive story pitches per se. We like to be briefed on a technology or product and then write up our own finding on the product. We will then write stand alone articles that provide thought leadership and education on the storage, server virtualization and cloud market places. As for reaching us, without question it is email. gcrump@storage-switzerland.com

Q. What is your favorite blog?

GC: Other than my own? I’d say my favorite is Mike Workman’s CEO of Pillar, followed closely by Howard Marks.

Q. What is your favorite piece of technology?

GC: Anything Apple. Right now the iPad is my primary travel device and it has become quite a replacement for my laptop.

Q. What is the best advice for companies that provide briefings?

GC: Remind me what you do on every briefing. I talk to a lot of companies and sometimes I forget who does what. Second get right to the point. I’ve been doing this a while. I know that storage is growing and customers are having challenges meeting the demands of users. Third use pictures, I’ve heard they are worth a 1,000 words.

Q. What is your favorite restaurant?

GC: Eduardo Mexican Restaurant in Stafford Texas outside of Houston. A little hole in the wall restaurant that makes a special salsa by request and it is spicy as I have every tested. The rest of the food is good too.

Q. Are you a social media lover?

GC: Don’t tell anyone but I tolerate social media, I’m pretty sure it’s just a bunch of industry insiders that are chatting with each other. I’m not convinced that a lot of IT readers actually use it for information. We are there and we use it I’m just not in love with it.

Q. Tell us something no one knows about you?

GC: I am an avid triathlete (swim, bike run). I do three or four long distance events (half Ironmans) per year and as many short distance events as I can squeeze into my schedule. A couple of years ago I did 47 in one year.

A big thank to George for sharing some of the Storage Switzerland goodness. When we catch up with him for #storagebeers in Frankfurt we’ll also add in the Why is it called Storage Switzerland? – Prost!

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Q&A with Phil Alsop, Editor of SNS Europe & SNS UK

October 1, 2010


Q.  Tell us a bit about you:

A little bit beyond the “life begins” age, I live in Wiltshire (not far from the UK’s own M3/M4 Silicon Valley) with a wife and a quantity of children and animals. Cricket and hockey for all three sons tends to dominate my spare time. Have worked as a journalist and editor in trade publishing for 20+ years,  starting in the engineering and warehousing sectors, and eventually arriving at water tech and storage networking and data centres – working on and launching a range of magazines over the past seven or so years.

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

SNS Europe and SNS UK came out of the magazine I launched with a couple of colleagues, Fibre Channel Focus, which worked closely with the FCIA in Europe and the US. As IP Storage came on the horizon and SNIA came to Europe, it became fairly obvious that a title change – to Storage Networking Solutions – was required. The SNS magazines are still the only titles in Europe that focus entirely on storage networking technology, and we enjoy a good relationship with SNIA Europe. We are also  part of the organisation  that organises SNW Europe each year (Angel Business Communications).

Data Centre Solutions was launched about four years ago. From working with storage, it was clear that the data centre was becoming a focal point for a range of IT solutions – and then, of course, there are the buildings, the “facilities” and the whole colo and managed services side of it.

The temptation to launch a Cloud publication is strong, but ‘cloud’ means so many different things to different folks, that it might be difficult to bring it all together, or know where to focus!

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

In one word: Cloud. That said, virtualisation has gained seemingly unstoppable momentum (a necessary precursor of The Cloud), which cannot be said of convergence just  yet – but it seems like it will happen over time.

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

Not as many as I should, owing to workload. Probably somewhere between 12 and 15 a year in the UK and Europe.

Q – Which one are you most looking forward to?

I’m off to VMWorld Europe mid-October, and, call me biased, but I do enjoy SNW Europe – it’s a great chance to listen and learn from both vendors and end users.

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

Mergers and acquisitions seem to be firmly back on the agenda, and then it’s back to the largely familiar – cloud, virtualisation, consolidation and convergence. Of particular interest are what I call the Tier 2 companies (below the major players), who have great technology, but not the market presence of the big guys. It’s always interesting to see if technology or marketing wins out.

Q. How many interviews do you do per week?

Thursdays and Fridays are spent on the phone most weeks, and I do some face-to-face meetings – although travelling into London for one meeting isn’t great use of time.  So, anywhere between four and 12 per week.

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

Email is king in my book – gets straight through to people, but gives them time and space to work out a response.

Q. – Who is worth listening to?

I enjoy talking to any and all vendors about their solutions and how they see the market going – they’re the folks who have to make money from technology at the end of the day, so they have most to lose if they talk nonsense!

Q. – What’s your favourite blog?

I have to confess that, despite the best efforts of my children, getting me on Facebook, and the fact that I do Twitter (not as much as I should) for SNS and DCS, blogging is something that I have not really got into just yet. Time is hectic enough working across the magazines, newsletters and websites, without trawling and reading endless blogs – however good the content !

Q – What is your favourite piece of technology?

Apple technology wins every time! The iPod is great, the Apple Mac is great in the publishing world, and my IT-illiterate wife can work her iPhone and there’s every chance, therefore, that she’ll get to grips with an iPAD – not sure if that’s good or bad!

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

I could be mischieveous and suggest that the decision to abandon InfiniBand first time around as a genuine contender for the one, unified connectivity fabric was fairly significant – the more so as convergence is now going to be based around Ethernet.  But in terms of what has probably had the most positive impact on the most end users, it would have to be simple backup software.

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

Look at the story objectively before pitching. Of course it’s of great interest to you/your company, but is it really of significance to the wider world? And, if so, is it a major story, or a fairly low-key announcement that doesn’t require a “bells and whistles” approach? Also, if I had a euro for every time I’ve been told a company wants to speak to me, and when the call takes place the company spokesperson says “What would you like to know?” – I would have retired a few years back! Interviews are great, just so long as both parties know what is the objective!!

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

Most memorable was a week long coach trip around Germany – taking in the Hanover Fair – shortly after I started in journalism. Two coach loads of customers and a few journalists visiting pubs and breweries all over Belgium and Germany, plus a factory opening (the reason for the trip). However, a press event at the Museo de Bellas Artes (not the more famous Guggenheim) in Bilbao was the best, simply because we had the art gallery all to ourselves, so I could stand for hours looking at the El Greco paintings – sorry if that sounds pretentious, but as far as I’m concerned art doesn’t get any better.

Q-  What’s your favourite restaurant?

The Sloop Inn. Every year we go on holiday to West Wales for the surf and the empty beaches, and we always visit the inn during our stay – the food is excellent and plentiful and sitting outside in the evening overlooking the harbour beats anything that city life has to offer.

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

Tolerator rather than lover. I’m on Facebook courtesy of my sons, and I get involved sporadically (it’s good to find out what the boys are up to – not sure if they’ve realised this…) The downside is that many of these social media sites seem to be little more than extensions of today’s celebrity culture. We can all be celebrities, apparently – even if we have no talent, but just swear a lot and tell people how drunk we got at the weekend. On the plus-side – for keeping in touch with friends is there a better solution? My eldest changed schools last year and he keeps in touch with so many old school friends.

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?

Listening to choral music from all eras isn’t exactly out of left field, but sitting in a cathedral that’s been there for hundreds of years enjoying the sounds of Tallis or Howells is about as rewarding as it gets when I’m not taxiing boys to cricket, hockey, rugby and golf all over the west country and further afield. As for a claim to fame, I have played cricket with and against a few famous names, but my wife played netball and trampolined for Wales, and I can’t compete with that!