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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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Act quick – Cloud Expo 2013 East Call for Papers Deadline March 15, 2013

March 15, 2013

cloudexpo eastBy @Olivia_at_O

Today is the call for papers deadline for Cloud Expo 2013 East in New York City. “If you have something substantive, challenging, and original to offer, you are encouraged to submit a proposal,” according to the guidelines here. Simply submit your 100-word abstract,  50-word speaker bio, and details of your previous speaking experience and published work.

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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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Second-Generation Geek: Q&A with Matthew Yeager, Storage Blogger and Computacenter Practice Leader: Part Two

March 31, 2011

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

EDITOR’S NOTE: Matthew Yeager left his position at Computacentre in August 2011. He is now the Chief Technologist at Colt Technology Services. Find him on LinkedIn.

As we mentioned before, we had so many great insights from our interview with Matthew Yeager (@mpyeager) that we’ve decided to run his Q&A as a two-part series. This is Part Two, covering Matthew’s experiences with social media, including recommendations for what he thinks are some of the best blogs, storage and otherwise. Enjoy! Part One, covering Matthew’s views on what businesses want from their IT providers and the storage issues he thinks are important this year, is available here.

Q. Are you a social media lover?

Yes, and frankly I think more vendors, ISVs, startups and others in technology really need to make the investment. The authenticity of the voice and the message is what you need to get right.  It isn’t going to be perfect the first time. It takes a while to get the hang of it. But it’s an investment worth making. If you can encapsulate your thoughts in 140 characters and make it interesting, you’ve got a much better shot at catching mine and other people’s attention.

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Q&A with Greg Knieriemen, iKnerd Storage Blogger & Infosmack Co-Host

March 24, 2011

More #SNWusa prep from the @321StorageExpo team. We hope you enjoy this Q&A with Greg Knieriemen (@knieriemen), VP at Chi Corporation, co-host of the Infosmack Podcast and self-proclaimed Knerd.

As a Vice President for Chi Corporation, a U.S. based storage and virtualization integrator, my primary responsibility is to provide client engagement support for our team which usually involves both internal and external technology evangelism. I’m very passionate about good technologies that solve real IT challenges while pushing back on technologies that create more problems than they solve. I tend to be cynical of vendor and industry analyst “noisemakers” and I consciously try to filter out those who don’t really add value in solving real IT problems.

For fun, I co-host the Infosmack Podcast and what started as a crazy idea has taken on a life of its own. Our recent distribution deal with The Register dramatically increased our exposure which is really exciting. We weren’t sure if you could mix humor with serious enterprise tech discussions but the combination is working so far.

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

My personal blog, http://iKnerd.com/, is really a sounding board for me to rant about what is going on in enterprise and personal tech. Unlike many blogs, iKnerd.com is not as much about personal marketing as it is to socialize my crazy thoughts. It shouldn’t be taken too seriously. The podcast is really where my interest in storage and enterprise tech manifests itself.

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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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Q&A with Storagebod

December 13, 2010

By Rose Ross, @Rose_at_O

Q.  Tell us a bit about you:

Being a rather shy individual, which is why there are very few pictures of me floating about the web, I’m not especially great talking about myself. But as many people know, I work for one of the largest broadcasters in the UK. What most people don’t know is that I wear two hats there.

Broadcast Storage Manager – this is obviously no big surprise considering what I write about and where my background is.

Integration and Test Manager – this probably a big surprise (and it constantly amazes me too). I look after a team of engineers who carry out QA work for broadcast applications but also work on making some the bits of broadcast infrastructure talk to each other.

Now, when I started my formal IT career some twenty odd years ago; I declared that there were two areas of IT I would not work in: test and storage! Both incredibly boring and test especially I was really rubbish at. I believe if code compiles cleanly, that should be enough for anyone.

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

I write Storagebod and it covers the whole spectrum of Data Storage and a bit of Cloud and Virtualisation. I guess it’s a mix of punditry, apoplexy and general observations from the user side. At present the voice of the user isn’t well represented in the storage blogosphere, so I do my best to represent users and kick the vendors when necessary.

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

A full-time blogger??? Gods no! At the Compellent Analysts, Journalists, Bloggers and Users dinner, the bloggers were asked to put their hands up and there were just the two of us. I believe we were told to look round at the journalists who get paid for what we do for free. Firstly, we don’t do what journalists do in general; and secondly, I couldn’t live on what most IT journalists get paid.

Anyway, my working life? Well as I say, I run two teams; I pretend to be hands on technical with regards to storage, which seems to be most of the time loading tape libraries with inordinate amounts of tapes and generally being a pest. If you keep an eye on a certain 24 hour news channel, you might at times see me in the background as I walk into their computer room.

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

The same as any other year: how we manage the data explosion. What I would like to see being hot is how do we actually contain the data explosion and stop creating/storing crap which has no value to anyone. More and more stuff is being stored which in the past would have been shredded and recycled as something useful; by the time it’s made it to the storage device, it’s too late!

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

Only one or two, mostly because I generally end up doing them in my own time.

Q – Which one are you most looking forward to?

I went to SNW Europe this year for the first time and had a great time. I’m hoping to go again providing that they ask me again (BIG HINT).

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

Clustered storage and NAS, but that’s because it’s what I’m interested in professionally.

Q. How many interviews do you do per week?

Why? Do I need to be doing interviews? Has my boss told you something?

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

Over beer and curry. Still if I have too much beer, I’ll probably forget what you’ve told me.

Q. – Who is worth listening to?

People who work for end users and not vendors.

Q. – What’s your favourite blog?

thestoragearchitect.com; gods know when Chris finds the time to write but he does and it’s generally excellent and on the mark.

Q – What is your favourite piece of technology?

Oh, I have so many favourite pieces of technology; I’m a complete techno-addict. I guess  my favourite thing is Spotify.

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

/dev/null; or at least it should be!

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

Don’t bother pitching them to me. I’ll find the stuff I’m interested in and the people I’m interested in.

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?

I’ve only really been on one, so I don’t have a lot to compare it with. Actually I do have a tip though; I have a day job, so generally attending trips/events means me taking leave…I’m not going to do too many in that case, so make sure it’s going to be really interesting and not just some lousy product launch.

Q –  What’s your favourite restaurant?

I don’t have a favourite restaurant but I think Gordon Ramsay is an over-rated tosser, so I avoid his restaurants like the plague.

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

I spend far too much time on Twitter. I do have FB and LinkedIn accounts as well…but Twitter is my main one.

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?

I was dressed in a pink basque and stockings when I met my wife; she thought I looked very pretty but decided that I needed some make-up, so she did my face. It was a Rocky Horror party BTW!

As for unusual hobbies? Certainly not, well I don’t think that they are unusual!

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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!