Posts Tagged ‘VMware’

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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.

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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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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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Analyst Q&A with Clive Longbottom, Founder of Quocirca

March 28, 2012

By Rose Ross, @Rose_at_O

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself. 

I’m on a quest to debunk technology, putting it back where it belongs as a pure facilitator to business process.  I’m also on a quest to try and make briefings with industry analysts a bit more fun. Let’s have a bit of a laugh and enjoy things, rather than getting too serious and spoiling each other’s day.

Q. Tell us a little bit about your analyst firm and its interest in information technology (including storage, security, mobile, cloud and virtualization).

Quocirca was set up to be a firm with analysts who are big enough to have their own views.  Talking with a Quocirca analyst should not have any “company views”, but should be from the analyst’s own heart – their feelings, their experiences, their take on the markets based on research amongst large and small companies worldwide, face-to-face discussions with end users and vendors and a hard-headed dose of reality thrown in.  All our public output is available completely free of charge without any need to subscribe or register – just go to the web site and take whatever you want!  All the above technologies are inherent to the problems that organisations are dealing with – therefore, Quocirca covers them all, but in a contextually aware manner that fits each part in to an organisation’s needs, rather than looking at them as pure technology plays.

Q. What’s hot in IT this year? 

Mainly confusion.  Vendors are trying to stake their claims to various different parts of the market, as are different parts of the channel – as well as industry bodies, analysts and the media.  2012 will be the year of cloud and big data, followed in 2013 by the year of sorting out the mess caused by wrong implementations of technology to underpin these strategies, poor business models from providers and confusion from end-users.  I’d keep away from what’s hot, and concentrate on what’s right – Read the rest of this entry ?