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Meet Colm Keegan (@colmswiss), Senior Analyst at Storage Switzerland (@StorageSwiss)

June 25, 2013

By Olivia Shannon, @Olivia_at_O

Colm Keegan has been involved with Storage Switzerland for several years as a ghost writer, but came onboard full-time at the beginning of this year. His background in end-user support and technical sales gives him a perspective focused on helping IT end users reduce their costs and enhance their IT systems. Part of that role involves identifying the latest emerging technologies that can help businesses solve their challenges around managing large amounts of data. He is interested in all kinds of storage technologies, including cloud, virtualization, backup, disaster recovery, object storage and big data. You can find Colm on Twitter @colmswiss or on LinkedIn here.

Colm Keegan

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’ve been working in the IT industry for 23 years. I started working in end-user support for seven years; I then spent 15 years working in various sales capacities, both on technical and account management. I have worked in data centers as a systems administrator, calling on customers and solving their challenges around storage, enterprise backup, and disaster recovery, mostly on distributed system platforms. I also have exposure to mainframe computing and data backup-related design. I’ve worked across verticals including banking, telcos, retail, managed services providers and education.

Q. Tell us about how you got involved with Storage Switzerland and its interest in data storage. 

I’ve known George Crump, the president and founder of Storage Switzerland, for about ten years. We met at an integrator company where Read the rest of this entry ?


New UK channel publication launches. Will Channelbiz be the biz for the Storage Channel?

March 5, 2012

By Rose Ross, @Rose_at_O

Today sees the launch of, a pure play daily online channel magazine that is set to break the mould, from NetMediaEurope – the leading online IT publishing house.

According to NetMediaEurope’s announcement. Channelbiz is a channel title with a difference, because in addition to covering breaking news, the site aims to demonstrate to distributors and resellers the benefits in using emerging and nascent technologies to cut costs and to add those extra points to the bottom line.

The magazine will provide pithy comment pieces, interviews with important senior managers in the industry, and leading edge technology profiles. Read the rest of this entry ?


Industry news: launch Silicon Europe and Ideas Bank content hubs (v @FeaturesExec blog)

February 22, 2012

By Rose Ross, Rose_at_O

Some exciting news on developments at Looks like any aspiring European start-ups should ensure that these guys are on firmly on the radar. Hints on contibuting to can be found here.

A repost from the launch content hubs

  • By Chris Sedgwick has launched two content hubs – Silicon Europe and Ideas Bank.

Silicon Europe will showcase hot new start-ups, dissect business failures and provide advice from experienced business leaders about how to get funding and avoid common pitfalls.

Ideas Bank is an extension of the existing magazine section. It will host regular guest posts from people with strong opinions about new trends, challenges facing their industry or a disruptive solution to an existing problem.


Clash of the vTitans of events over: VMworld Europe moves to 9-11 October away from IP EXPO dates

February 4, 2012

By Rose Ross, AKA @Rose_at_O

Well that is a relief for everyone with a foot in both the VMworld and IP EXPO camps. After a clash of dates last year! (We felt your pain!) VMworld dates have moved to 9-11 October a week or so before on 17-18 October 2012.

This means we don’t need to invent a time machine or cloning technology before the Fall. Instead we can relax and top up our tans in Barcelona and enjoy some vBeers and a few siestas before hitting the showfloor at Earls Court 2 by day and the Atlas pub for #storagebeers by night.

The team is unclear as to why the dates have moved but like many others who’d love to be at both and those who exhibit at both it is a welcome respite.



Up close and personal with France’s top storage blogger: @CDP_FST AKA Philippe Nicolas

January 30, 2012


By Rose Ross, AKA @Rose_at_O

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself:

I started to work in this industry in the beginning of the 90’s and spend time at many different vendors (Compaq, SGI, Veritas, Symantec and Brocade) for various technical and marketing positions. I initiated a file collaboration project named KerStor and also started a consulting and marketing services firm (Condor Consulting Group) and we launched the IT Press Tour in June 2010. I also initiated and drive SNIA France regional committee for almost 10 years since 2001 and was 2 times European board of director member. I also participated in many various aspects with SNIA US activities.

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

I started 2 blogs in French about Data Protection and File Storage respectively in September 2005 and June 2006. As today, it represents 1000+ blog posts representing the #1 independent storage blogs in France, as it is not affiliated with any vendor.

Q. What’s hot in storage this year?

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What’s on in IT? Launch of the ultimate UK storage events channel?

January 17, 2012

Breaking news! Something we are all crying out for.

TechWeekEurope UK, the business IT website, has launched an Events channel, giving a comprehensive run down of events for professionals in the IT sector.


The Events channel gathers in one place a wealth of information, giving the UK’s tech community a single source for a detailed view of IT happenings. It covers exhibitions, conferences, workshops, seminars and training events for IT, marketing and PR professionals in the UK. All the listings contain full details and contacts, and can be viewed as a list or on a calendar.


“Despite the current economic climate, the UK’s IT sector still has a huge demand for education and information, provided by a thriving events community,” said Peter Judge, Editor of TechWeekEurope UK. “Our new channel aims to give users access to the events and training they need.”


Each event has a dedicated page, with information including a location map, and the aims of the event. The channel is filling rapidly, and has space for readers’ discussion and feedback – allowing users to enter details of their own events and launches.


The TechWeekEurope Events Channel can be found on:


Cloudcamp London – Goes Big Data for one night only!

January 16, 2012


By Rose Ross, AKA @Rose_at_0


CloudCamp is an unconference where early adopters of Cloud Computing technologies exchange ideas. With the rapid change occurring in the industry, we need a place where we can meet to share our experiences, challenges and solutions. At CloudCamp, you are encouraged to share your thoughts and experience in several open discussions, as we strive for the advancement of Cloud Computing. End users, IT professionals and vendors are all encouraged to participate.


The Big Data Special


Departing from the norm, for this CloudCamp we have a theme – ‘Big Data’ – a perfect use case for the cloud and the cloud is a perfect place to store, manage and analyse big data. Or is it? come along, find out and discuss, let us know what you think.  Of course if you have non data related cloud questions and opinions you’ll have the opportunity to voice them.


As always the unconference will provide vendor neutral unbiased expert opinion, answering questions and discussing issues in a fun and educational way, along with the opportunity to network with cloud users, consultants and vendors.  It is a forum where you can get your cloud questions answered in a unbiased way and meet people with real cloud experieince.


We keep vendor sales pitches to a minimum by giving the audience ‘red cards’ – if you don’t like what the speakers are saying send them off!


The Venue


    The Crypt , St James Church, Clerkenwell Close, London, EC1R 0EA.


The Agenda


    With an introduction to CloudCamp from Simon Wardley @swardley of the Leading Edge Forum

   Followed by Lightning Talks – short 5 minute educational, non-sales, and entertaining talks. Lightning Talks speakers include: Peter Matthews, Research Staff Member at CA Technologies;

        Mark Wilson, Fujitsu; Chris Swan, UBS and Matt Wood, EMEA Evangelist AWS


And as always to round off the evening – beer and pizza. A perfect Cloudcamp evening for sure! See you there!


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Storage in 2011: Over $1 Billion in VC juice – Honestly, it’s not about the price tag (Well actually it probably is)

January 4, 2012

By Rose Ross, @Rose_at_O

How we love Jean-Jacques Maleval and the Storage Newsletter. This time they have put together a great overview of the storage industry in 2011 – looking at the start-up community, funding etc.

To pull out a couple of interesting facts from our perspective:

  • Firstly, but not too surprisingly, we see where the storage start-up action is:
  • In pole position is the US with 265 of the start-ups; trailed by a good few laps by France (17), the UK (15), Canada (12) and Israel with (11)



  • The storage start-up birth rate is not as strong as it was at its strongest (12 years ago before the dot com crash) with a whopping 95 start-ups – positive baby boomer time. Last year we saw around 12 new storage start-ups formed down from 19 in 2010.


But on the positive according to Storage Newsletter 2011 was a “Record Year in Financial Funding
2011 was a record since 2003 in the amount received by storage start-ups” totaling over $1 billions

In total, it was reported that 16 start-ups secured over $20 million in VC funding in 2011. The story here in full

Well we’ll all be keeping a keen eye on the space and of course hopefully we’ll see many of you next week in London to celebrate 2011 and ring in New Year storage style with some #storagebeers. (A rendition of Auld Lang Syne is not planned, Maybe Jessie J will pop by and blast out some tunes? “It’s not about the money. money. It’s not about the money, money, money. Just want to make the world dance. Forget the price tag….” Unlikely, but you never know what might happen at one of these things.:) )

PS – Details of the location here courtesy of @Storagebod, storagebeers keeper of the pint glass of (calling) time.


New Year, new publications: Datanami and Platform Cloud 9

January 3, 2012

By Rose Ross, @Rose_at_O

Two new kids on the publishing block hit the digital newsstands this month. A great start to 2012 for us tech media lovers.

Following the launch late last year of Datanami, this month sees the birth of the Datanami e-newsletter, providing a compilation of the latest news and developments taking place within the world of big data in an easy to read weekly format. And of course BIG data needs BIG storage so there are stories a plenty with a storage flavour. Datanami comes to us from Tabor Communications, publishers of HPCWire and HPC in the Cloud.

Nicole Hemsoth, contributing editor for HPCwire and former editor of HPC in the Cloud, is managing editor of Datanami, and brings insights from the world of high performance computing as well as cloud in frastructure to the new challenges created by big data. She blends news and perspectives from across the academic and enterprise spheres on the larger canvas of technologies and trends that are reshaping computing across all sectors.

 This month also sees Sift Media’s new title, Platform Cloud 9 go live. This is part of a wider portfolio of ITDM titles currently being planned by Stuart Lauchlan, Head of Publishing at Sift Media, and Paul Briggs, Publisher of Platform Cloud 9, Business Cloud 9 and

Platform Cloud 9 will be covering the `how’ of cloud computing, from cloud applications and services development and orchestration through to the systems, the software and management tools, and the underlying architectures which form the platforms that businesses can build services on. These are the services that fulfil their business needs.

So Platform Cloud 9 will be looking at the technologies of cloud computing through a filter marked `meeting the objectives of the business’.

Platform Cloud 9 will start publication in mid-January and the website will be Martin Banks AKA Banksie is the Launch Editor.

Exciting stuff in big data and the cloud, both with a good dose of storage news and know-how in the mix. Bring on 2012. And yes, of course we are looking to secure some up close and personal time with Nicole and Martin to find out what makes them and their publications tick! We’ll keep you posted on progress.


The SVC Awards voting deadline has been extended to Monday, 28th November

November 22, 2011

By @Mike_at_LPDE

Don’t panic Mr Mainwairing cries the IT equivalent of Corporal Jones (See British Comedy Classic “Dad’s Army”

The Storage, Virtulalization, Cloud Awards voting deadline has been extendedto next Monday, 28th November.

Quick link to list of finalists and to vote here. So good luck to all those shortlisted. Looking forward to seeing you all at the Awards Ceremony in London on December 7th at the prestigious No. 4 Hamilton Place. More info on that here.