Posts Tagged ‘virtualization’

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Interview with Steve Chambers (@stevie_chambers), Wikibon’s first analyst outside of the US

April 29, 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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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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Act quick for VMworld 2013 call for papers deadline this Friday

April 10, 2013

By Rosalind Carr, @Rosalind_at_O

There’s only a couple of days left to get your entries in for the VMworld 2013 call for papers deadline (Friday 12th April).

Create a unique overview describing your experiences of integrating VMware solutions and technologies – offering advice, sharing your key elements of success as well as the challenges you have overcome.

Useful links: Read the rest of this entry ?

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The best of: Virtualization blogs – Your guide to the top 10 most influential blogs

March 20, 2013

By Rosalind Carr, @Rosalind_at_O

A recent list of the most influential virtualization blogs has been unveiled, with thanks to Eric Siebert – VMware Evangelist, vExpert, book author, blogger and self-professed virtualization nut.

In this poll, 1300 people voted for virtualization’s most engaging blogs, including well known favourites as well as a few newcomers, with the following coming out on top … 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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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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Enter your virtualization projects in the Best of VMworld Europe Awards

August 22, 2012

Vendors, call your customers: the Best of VMworld Europe Awards are open for entries until September 7th. No vendor submissions will be considered, but IT managers at user companies may submit their IT projects for consideration. Nominees must have a representative attending VMworld Europe 2012 to qualify.

For more information and to enter, please click here.