Posts Tagged ‘SNW’

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

January 30, 2012

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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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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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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 ?