Posts Tagged ‘Virtualization’

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Interview with Desiré Athow (@desireathow), Editor of TechRadar Pro (@TechRadarPro)

March 19, 2014

By Rosalind Carr (@Rosalind_at_O) and Rose Ross (@Rose_at_O)

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Following our article on Desiré’s key event advice and tips (“5 golden PR rules for events”), we chat top tech events, PR pitches and hot topics in tech for 2014…

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself.

Originally from Mauritius, been in this country for the last 10 years or so. English is my third language and my degree is in sociology. So to land in this country and to work as an editor on one of the biggest B2B websites in the UK is an absolute treat. Prior to working on TechRadar Pro, I was the editor of ITProPortal for 8 years and have been covering and writing tech for my entire adult life.

Q. Tell us a little bit about the title you write for and its interest in data storage/mobile/cloud/infosec/virtualization.

TechRadar Pro is a fairly new title, we’ve been around for less than two years. However, because it has been carved out of TechRadar, UK’s biggest technology website, we already have a significant amount of uniques, far more than more established websites. I seldom write unless I attend an event, have an exclusive or snatch an important interview. As for our areas of interest, our roots lie in computing but my team and I have been working hard on diversifying the content production to include business technology at large. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Rose Ross talks to Hans De Leenheer, independent Blogger and vEXPERT

August 29, 2013

Hans de Leenheer, Independent blogger

By Rose Ross, @Rose_at_O, and Rosalind Carr, @Rosalind_at_O

This summer Rose caught up with Belgium based independent Blogger Hans De Leenheer @hansdeleenheer, chatting storage, virtualization, American Football and Storage Beers… Check out his latest insights at  http://hansdeleenheer.blogspot.co.uk/

Q. Tell us a bit about yourself:

As I was previously a systems engineer, I suppose initially I fell into blogging by putting solutions to problems encountered into a blog to help tackle these problems. In the last three years, I have put my focus more towards storage, compiling the how to’s and offering my insights into different areas of storage and virtualization.

As I started blogging more about new products and industry moves I gained interest from the vendor community. I got invites from DELL, HP and others to come to their events as an influencer. The best thing I do is being passionate about technology and sharing that passion with others, whether that is through writing, presenting or just speaking to people in person. And that is what I do today; I represent vendors when they need someone passionate to explain their technology. Read the rest of this entry ?

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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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Speaker opportunities at June 2013 Red Hat Summit: deadline this Friday

January 10, 2013

By Rosalind Carr, @Rosalind_at_O

With its June 2013 summit on the horizon, Red Hat is seeking passionate presentation speakers for breakout sessions, panels and labs for this Boston-based event (June 11-14).

The Red Hat Summit is an open source technology event that showcases the latest and greatest in cloud computing, platform, virtualization, middleware, storage, and systems management technologies.

This year, Red Hat is particularly interested in: Read the rest of this entry ?

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Registration Now Open for VMworld Europe 2012

June 20, 2012

Registration has opened for VMworld Europe 2012, to be held in Barcelona, Spain from October 9th to the 11th. The early bird registration deadline is July 20th, so register now for the best rates.

As we mentioned on the Countdown2StorageExpo blog back in February (here), the dates of VMworld Europe and IP EXPO no longer clash—great news for anyone with a foot in both the VMworld and IP EXPO camps. As always, we will be covering both events on this website and our sister blogs (see the blogroll on the right-hand side of the page).

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ExecEvent BIG Event Speaking Opportunities via Emerging Vendors Showcase and Big Data Startup Focus

June 15, 2012

By Olivia Shannon, @olivia_at_o

Technology networking and business development event ExecEvent has announced some exciting new speaking and networking opportunities for vendors of storage, virtualization, security, cloud and data centre technology.

At next month’s BIG Event in Santa Clara, California (July 10-11), there will be two separate showcases – one for emerging vendors in the data world, and the other for “big data companies you should know about in 2012.”   Each company will present for 10-minutes, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A before an audience of potential partners, VCs, press and analysts. Participating vendors are eligible for consideration for an Execullence Award for Best of Show, Most Disruptive Technology or Coolest New Technology. Judges for the Execullence Awards include representatives from companies like Intel, IBM, EMC, NetApp, HP, HDS as well as selected venture capitalists and financiers.

The BIG Event is the one time in 2012 that ExecEvent will bring together executives from across the storage spectrum in the U.S.  The agenda highlights include speeches with a panel of Silicon Valley VCs, an open networking session, a corporate development panel and sales workshop.

There is also this mysterious teaser from the ExecEvent website: “We’ll have a VERY special guest speaker at our ‘Pre’ reception on Monday early evening.  Please try to attend – you’ll kick yourself for missing this.”

ExecEvent will take place July 10-11 in Santa Clara, CA.   There will be opportunities for informal networking in both “pre” and “post” cocktail receptions. Registration is $975.  See The BIG Event Registration for more information.

In order to be considered for the emerging vendors showcase:

  1. Complete and submit the Emerging Vendor Showcase Application (or simply send an email outlining why you think you are interesting and should be chosen)
  2. Register 2 or more attendees – the Big Event registration
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Have you got what it takes for #TechfieldDay? Find out if you have the influence for this tech deep dive

November 22, 2011

By Rose Ross, @Rose_At_O

Seeing a tweet like this. You got a click right? Curious how to become a #TechFieldDay delegate? Here’s all you need to know: http://t.co/1PFo8FrQ

After all, curiosity is my middle name.

For any click-averse out there. This is what it says:

Would you like to be a Gestalt IT Field Day Delegate? The good news is that our delegate selection process is open and flexible – no one is excluded from potentially being part of our events. The bad news is that we can’t take everyone who would like to go. Read on to learn how you can be part of Tech Field Day in the future!

Delegate Qualification

Our selection process is based on a simple idea: We want to bring together just the right group of people for every event regardless of where they come from! Qualification is based on who you are and what you do, and no one is excluded.

We are looking for the following key characteristics in our Field Day delegates:

  1. Independence – This is a state of mind, but employment status comes into play as well. Are you open-minded and willing and able to consider and recommend products and technologies based on their own merits? Independent critical thinking and discussion is a crucial part of the Field Day experience!
  2. Contribution – Are you a selfless contributor to the advancement and sharing of knowledge? Field Day Delegates devote hours every day writing, advising, and supporting the technology community. Attending Field Day events gives them knowledge and connections they can use and share.
  3. Knowledge – Field Day Delegates open up the hood and explore technology, discovering how and why things work. The are authoritative experts and the Field Day events are a chance to dive deep, applying what they know and learning more.
  4. Fit – Each Field Day event is like a dinner party: The selected Delegates must be able to come together as a group, with everyone adding to the discussion. Some of our events are focused on a certain area of technology, while others celebrate the diversity that gives Gestalt IT its name.

It is never easy selecting delegates for a Field Day event. We narrow our list based on the criteria above, sorting and weighing each individual to pick just the right group. The ideal event includes many first-timers along with a few repeat delegates to help the group to gel. Selection isn’t automatic, even for past delegates, and space is always limited.

How to Get Selected

It’s easy to get selected: Excel in independence, contribution, and knowledge and fit in with the event! But this isn’t something you can try to accomplish. Instead, it’s something you do naturally. The best Field Day Delegates are selected because they naturally do all of these things every day!

Although there is no secret recipe for being selected, here are a few tips to help you along.

  1. Become active in your field – Start a blog, support users in a forum, join a user group, or write tutorials – the possibilities are endless!
  2. Claim your name – It’s difficult to get to know someone who keeps their identity hidden. Make sure you have “about” pages, boxes, and profiles including your name and employer.
  3. Be yourself – Have some personality and show the world why they would want to get to know you better. Be yourself, not who others want you to be.
  4. Be visible – Get a Twitter account, register on LinkedIn and Facebook, and set up a Google profile. It’s a connected world, so make yourself easy to find.
  5. Tell us – Fill out the form below, and get to know the current set of Field Day Delegates. Let us know you’re interested and share what you’re doing.

A pleasant side effect of these efforts is your growing stature in the community and contribution to its advancement. That’s good for everyone!

If you want to then even the click-averse will have to actually click: http://t.co/1PFo8FrQ or ping the lovely @sfoskett for more info 🙂

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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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