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Willem ter Harmsel is the owner of Indigo Infra, active in EMEA recruitment in IT infrastructure.. At Willemterharmsel.nl, he interviews CEOs of startups, and the VCs that invest in them.
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Search engine guru sniffs cloud, makes it rain in Amazon jungle

Though relatively unknown in the US and Europe, Cloudian – with its product HyperStore that allows enterprises and cloud service providers to build their own Amazon S3-compatible cloud – has 40 large customers worldwide including Vodafone, Nextel, NTT, SoftBank, Nifty, and Lunacloud. The firm claims HyperStore helps customers …

EqualLogic founder Paula Long on privacy, storage sprawl and her new startup

After selling EqualLogic, the company she founded, to Dell in 2007, Paula Long wanted to get back in the storage business with what she considered a game-changing idea: data-aware storage. DataGravity was founded to bring this technology to market, and won the "best of show" award at VMworld 2014 in the new technology category …
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The man who found Atlantis: 14PB of storage, flashy models and Moore's Law

Chetan Venkatesh is the latest subject in Willem ter Harmsel’s interview series. As the founder of Atlantis, he provided a great background to Atlantis. Following on from the interview with the now ex-CEO Bernard Harguindeguy, I had the pleasure of speaking with the CTO of Atlantis, Chetan Venkatesh. Chetan_Venkatesh Atlantis …
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How to grill an American VC... on the storage upstart world

How do VCs view the storage startup world? Willem ter Harmsel talks to Alex Benik, a partner at Battery Ventures, where he focuses on IT infrastructure technologies. He previously worked for the Yankee Group. Battery Ventures is a large venture fund that invests in a wide variety of startups, divided into eCommerce & Retail, …
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WTH? Upstart stuffed with ex-VMware bods grilled on Amazon cloud 'rescue' plan

Willem ter Harmsel recently spoke with the CEO of a firm started up by several former VMware staffers, Platform9. Here he grills the startup's co-founder about VMware, the new business and its go-to-market plans. Platform9 has created a SaaS-based system that it claims offers internal IT a way to build a private cloud that …
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Hey Microsoft: You want to keep hardware partners onside? Stick to software

Data storage solutions are typically sold as appliances: hardware with a smart software layer on top. The intelligence is in the box that you buy and is tailored to the hardware it lives with. That approach makes sense until you take a wide-angle view on a real-world data centre: independent storage boxes act well on their own, …
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Noticed a sudden explosion of analytics firms? So has Microsoft's chairman

One of a series of interviews by Willem ter Harmsel with tech leaders. I recently had the opportunity to speak with John Thompson, newly appointed chairman of the board at Microsoft. After a long career at IBM where he held various executive positions, Thompson became CEO at Symantec, which he helped build into a $6bn company …
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Array upstart's chip boffin CEO: Skyera's not just a flash-in-the-pan

As a part of his CEO series, Willem ter Harmsel interviews CEOs of innovative companies in the fields of storage, virtualisation and networking. Rado Danilak, the founder and CEO of Skyera was in for a chat recently. The company – which includes Western Digital among its investors –was first introduced to Reg readers in August …

App-happy cloud bod? You'd better keep eyes on your networks

Measuring how well your application is performing is not a straightforward task. Many enterprises have multiple locations, work with cloud-based applications and have end users stationed in different parts of the world. With the future of IT infrastructure trending toward more interconnectivity and external dependencies, it …
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Tegile founder: Will we IPO? Yes. And we're NOT another NetApp

As a part of his CEO series, Willem ter Harmsel interviews CEOs of innovative companies in the fields of storage, virtualisation and networking. Tegile Systems was founded in 2009 and offers a range of hybrid storage arrays, labelled as Zebi arrays. Its top model can be configured as a 100 per cent all-flash array, while keeping …
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A3CUBE HPC boffins: They've uncloaked. Now what?

A3CUBE, which came out of stealth on Monday, is the latest firm to gamble on in-memory networking, in its case using PCIe to create a very fast network with nanosecond latency between nodes. Last week I had the chance to briefly speak with both the CEO Antonella Rubicco and CTO Emilio Billi, who ran me through the concepts. …
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I'd rather hire lesser but 'agreeable' bod than arrogant rocket scientist

As a part of a CEO series, Willem ter Harmsel interviews CEOs of innovative companies in the fields of storage, virtualisation and networking. Nimble Storage was founded in 2008, offering a hybrid storage model that works both with magnetic disk and flash storage. They have been very successful and issued an IPO very …
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Diablo boss on IP lawsuit: We are NOT 'engaging in a public pissing match'

Tech startup blogger Willem ter Harmsel spoke with Memory Channel Storage maker Diablo Technologies' Riccardo Badalone yesterday. He updated us on the current state of affairs at Diablo, including the Netlist IP lawsuit and its newly formed links with Sandisk and IBM. Last time we spoke, Badalone hinted at a few great …
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Diablo Technologies’ boss: 'As a CEO I have made a lot of mistakes'

With IBM adopting Diablo Technologies' Memory Channel Storage (MCS) for its gen 6 X-servers, we thought it timely to have a look at the background to this through a Willem ter Harmsel interview with Ricardo Badalone, Diablo Technologies' CEO. Read on to find out about Badalone's thinking on SAN bottlenecks and a move to …
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Ex-VMware bods start up infrastructure firm, draw 'inspiration' from Google

Big Data analytics techniques play a role in CloudPhysics' instrumentation data-sensing results analysis. Here is the second part of Willem ter Harmsel's interview (click here for part one) with Cloud Physics CEO John Blumenthal, who explains how Cloud Physics takes its cues from Google and LinkedIn. WtH: Is CloudPhysics still …

Parting the clouds for IT admins: We chat to CloudPhysics

A company's IT Infrastructure is crucial to its survival and success, which is why most companies invest heavily in that area to reduce risk and increase performance. Despite these investments, the complex and dynamic nature of IT infrastructure environments means that most companies do not have a complete picture of their IT …
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If you're pondering a startup, go for big data. This VC might fund you

Enterprise software venture capital firm Atlantic Capital Partners backs a number of up-and-coming startups, including Amplidata, Racktivity and Torch, the firm behind data analytics tool Graylog2. But what makes the firm's partners decide which firms to take a gamble on? ACP was founded in 2010 and invests, at the growth stage …

Infinio CEO: It's VNAS not VSAN. Chuh!

Centralised storage often represents the performance bottleneck of the data centre stack. The storage array sits far away from the application and has to deal with changing I/O from multiple applications. As a result, latency to a busy storage array is high and performance can be unpredictable. Moving storage closer to the …
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How to succeed in business: First, get Netscape kingpin to lob you some cash

We have a new storage scribe – new to El Reg, that is: Willem ter Harmsel, who runs Indigo Infrastructure in Amsterdam. He not only interviews storage, virtualisation and networking startups, he also talks to the people who've put money into them – so you should gain some insight into how to get at that funding. In this …