Archive for the ‘Blogger interview’ Category

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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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Rose Ross talks to W Curtis Preston (aka Mr Backup – @wcpreston), @TruthinIT

May 13, 2013

By Rose Ross, @Rose_at_O, and Olivia Shannon, @Olivia_at_O

W-Curtis-preston-190-x-150Countdown2StorageExpo blog editor Rose Ross’s (@Rose_at_O) interview with W Curtis Preston (aka Mr Backup) from TruthinIT is available here. People who know Curtis are used to seeing him interview the leading storage CEOs for TruthinIT – but at this year’s CeBIT in Germany, Rose got the chance to interview the interviewer. Curtis explained that TruthinIT is a publishing and media company that organises seminars, webinars and videos (even parody music videos). The audience Read the rest of this entry ?

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Interview with Trevor Pott (@cakeis_not_alie), Writer for The Register and Sysadmin Extraordinaire

January 4, 2013

By @Rose_at_O, @Olivia_at_O

Trevor Pott - eGeek - The Register - sysadmin

Trevor Pott is a systems administrator, consultant and a blogger and writer for The Register, SearchVMware.Techtarget.com and Petri.Co.Il. He also operates an IT consultancy in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada called eGeek Consulting. Check out articles Trevor has written for The Register here. His personal blog is here, and the blog for his company, eGeek Consulting, is here.

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself: 

Egads!  The trap question, right up front!  I am a systems administrator by trade, but have spent the past five years working in CTO-like roles as a consultant. I am a business owner – my consulting work having expanded to the point that it requires some other bodies – as well as a technology blogger with pretentions of real journalism.

I’ve tried to answer “who are you and what do you do” in so many ways over the past year that I have settled on simply calling myself a nerd – it says so on my LinkedIn profile – and letting readers and potential clients place me in whatever box they feel is requisite.  I have earned a reputation for thinking orthogonally. I am always interested in the specifics of a given deployment or problem, not writing everything off into these easily classifiable boxes and applying pre-canned solutions or judgments.

My customers pay me to think – to come up with solutions to problems – not to simply implement the same thing everyone else is implementing.  It is by doing things differently – hopefully more efficiently and tightly streamlined to existing workflows – that my customers differentiate themselves from their competition.

Given the above is my day job, when I write for various online publications, I tend to look at things from angles that the average techie doesn’t. I am more willing to consider alternative vendors and solutions, if their value can be proven.

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

The Register currently provides the bulk of my publishing bandwidth.  In general they prefer to hear about news; the more sensational the better.  They like market disruptors and scandals; things that attract a lot of eyeballs.  They have a massive audience – officially audited in 2011 as being 6.6 million, and well beyond that now – so the tastes among the readership are diverse.  El Reg keeps me around mostly to stir the pot and keep things interesting. It is my job to inject some reviews and interviews with interesting people at the coalface and talk about the practical aspects of implementing technologies in all sorts of different scenarios.

Petri.Co.Il likes “how to” articles.  Their business model is completely different from The Register Read the rest of this entry ?

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Exclusive interviews with Tech Trailblazers Awards judges @techtrailblaze #TTAwards

August 10, 2012

With the early-bird deadline for the Tech Trailblazers Awards for tech startups swiftly approaching on August 17th, the Countdown team has compiled a collection of links to interviews we have conducted with some of the judges of the awards. Enjoy, and feel free to share these links with your friends and colleagues.

Available at Countdown2StorageExpo:

Chris Evans, Consultant and Blogger, TheStorageArchitect.com

Martin Glassborow, Blogger, Storagebod

Chris Mellor, Storage Editor, The Register

Simon Robinson, Research Vice President, 451 Research

Enrico Signoretti, Senior Consultant, Juku Consulting SRL

Matthew Yeager,Chief Technologist, Colt Technology Services

Available at Countdown2Infosecurity: Read the rest of this entry ?

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Interview with Howard Marks, Founder and Chief Scientist @DeepStorageNet

May 11, 2012

By @Rose_at_O & @Olivia_at_O

Howard Marks can be found online at DeepStorage.net, on Twitter @DeepStorageNet or follow his blog at NetworkComputing.com. Based on the US East Coast, Howard will be in London next month to keynote a virtualization seminar at the Hilton Metropole on June 28th. He recently delivered the seminar in Montreal and will also keynote the seminar in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 7th.

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself: 

My first job out of college, where I studied chemistry, was at Lifeboat Associates which was then the world’s largest software distributor. Of course it was 1980 so we were still a small business best known as being able to put CP/M software on any of a hundred disk formats.  From there I started the first Novell reseller in New York and ended up as a consultant for 25 years working across servers, storage and networking.

To promote myself as a consultant I started writing at PC Magazine in 1987 and have written hundreds of articles and product reviews.

 Q. Tell us a little bit about DeepStorage.net and its interest in data storage. 

As the publishers all closed their test labs I realized that users and vendors both still needed the independent hands-on validation reviews provided. So I took the test lab I built for magazine reviews and turned it to validating products with the vendors, rather than publishers, paying the bill.  Since I spent the last 7 years or so as the resident storage guy at Network Computing we’re mostly concentrating on storage and related technologies.

Basically we take equipment into the lab and tell the world how it really performed. I also spend a lot of my time explaining storage technologies and how to use them in papers, seminars and webinars.

Q. What’s hot in storage this year? 

I’m excited about the continuing impact flash is having on storage design. I’m paying particularly close attention to the next generation storage arrays from vendors like Read the rest of this entry ?