Posts Tagged ‘Big Data’

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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 ?

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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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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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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.

    http://www.jc-church.org/findus.htm

 

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!

 

More at http://www.cloudcamp.org/london