Pete Bartolik is a freelance writer and editor who has covered IT and technology for many years. He was a staff writer, industry editor, and news editor of the IT management publication, Computerworld, and editor in chief for LOTUS Magazine, a monthly publication designed for PC end-users. Over the past decade he has worked on a variety of print, online, and social media editing assignments. He began his writing career as a news reporter with a daily newspaper in Massachusetts.
Daniel Conde has been working for more than five years as a systems administrator, manager of outsourcing support, and technical support lead at Spanish hosting and cloud computing company ADW. He administers hundreds of virtual and dedicated servers. His wide experience in virtualization with open-source technology and his focus on service management has improved overall quality in business IT processes. He has been involved in systems automation projects and in mentoring others. Daniel has a BS degree in computer engineering from the University of the Basque Country. He loves learning and writing about another passion of his, social media.
James M. Connolly
Jim Connolly is a versatile and experienced technology journalist who has reported on IT trends for more than two decades. He has written about mainframe-centric computing, the PC revolution, client/server, the evolution of the Internet, the rise of Web-based business, and IT management. He has covered breaking industry news and has led teams focused on product reviews and technology trends. Throughout most of his tech journalism career, he has concentrated on serving the information needs of IT decision-makers in large organizations and has worked with those managers to help them learn from their peers and share their experiences in implementing leading-edge technologies through publications including Computerworld. Jim also has helped to launch a technology-focused startup, as one of the founding editors at TechTarget, and has served as editor of an established news organization focused on technology startups and the Boston-area venture capital sector at MassHighTech. A former crime reporter for the Boston Herald, he majored in journalism at Northeastern University.
Brian Coppa holds a PhD in materials science and engineering, focused on electronic materials and device R&D. He has published several patent applications and authored international peer-reviewed journal articles. Over the past decade, he has worked for Micron and ASM America and been involved in a startup working on energy-efficient superconductors. He consults in fields ranging from alternative energy to microelectronic device applications. Brian is a leading council member for Gerson Lehrman Group Inc. His technology column, covering green power sources and electronics, has been cited in Huffington Post, USA Today, BusinessWeek, and other publications.
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Dave Gardner is a longtime journalist who has written about technology for Scientific American, The Washington Post, and InformationWeek, among many other magazines. He used to produce The Gardner Report for Newsweek.
Over a course of more than three decades, Keith Dawson has developed software, managed teams of architects, and worked extensively in the software development industry as a writer, editor, and pundit. He has written for Media Grok, Media Unspun, Slashdot, The CMO Site, and Business Agility. A seminal blogger, Dawson has been advocating and practicing social media since before the birth of the Web. In all his work, he has helped diverse audiences make sense out of technology and its uses in business and in life. Some of his best friends are developers.
Alan R. Earls
Alan R. Earls, based in the Boston area, is a writer focused on technology and business. He has chronicled the early rise of the Boston region as a high-tech hub in books such as Route 128 and the Birth of the Age of High Tech.
Andrew Froehlich is the President and Lead Network Architect at West Gate Networks, an IT consulting firm based in Northern Colorado that specializes in enterprise network architectures and datacenter build-outs. He has well over a decade of enterprise networking experience at organizations such as State Farm Insurance, United Airlines, and the University of Chicago Medical Center. Having lived and worked in Southeast Asia for nearly three years, Andrew possesses a unique international business and technology perspective. When he's not consulting, he enjoys writing technical blogs and is the author of two Cisco certification study guides published by Sybex. His latest venture, Rugged-WiFi.com, provides online sales and support of portable indoor and outdoor wireless kits.
In the 1950s, Karl's mother would send newspaper and magazine clippings, books, and other items of interest to friends, family, and chance strangers. She nicknamed this practice Hakkarainen Clipping Service, LTD with the tag line "No need to read, acknowledge, or return." The service was driven by a spirit of entanglement, knowing that an idea was important to someone else and it was her job to get news of that idea to that person.
This is how Karl learned think and write and work. In a career as a newspaper reporter, technical writer, and I.T. guy with large companies and small, he's applied these principles to local and distributed teams.
Karl now works with organizations and professionals in healthcare, law, and education for whom marketing is a novel and somewhat suspect venture. He helps them use social media to tell their stories in ways that fit within their traditions and the laws of their professions. Recently, during a conversation with his son, Karl mentioned that Radio Helsinki broadcasts a daily news program in Latin.
His son asked, "And you know that because...?"
Carrie Higbie is Global Director, Data Center Solutions and Services, The Siemon Company. She has been involved in the computing and networking industries for nearly 30 years. She works with The Siemon Company in support of end-users and active electronics manufacturers. Services include datacenter infrastructure design, audits, migration, and cabling abatement. She has participated in the following organizations: IEEE, TIA, COMMON, ASHRAE, USGBC, WGBC, ISO, The Uptime Institute, and various consortia for standards acceptance. She has extensive background in all aspects of networking and application development as a consultant, project manager, and Fortune 500 executive running datacenters with multimillion-dollar budgets, and has taught at a collegiate level. Carrie speaks at industry events, end-user education forums, and various conferences globally. She is the former president of the BladeSystems Alliance. She participates in the IDC enterprise expert panel, Uptime Institute, numerous green building panels and groups, the Ethernet Alliance, PMI, Share, and various other industry panels. She is an RCDD/NTS and has had 38 certifications in the industry throughout the years. She has one telecommunications patent and one patent pending. She works with end users, consultants, and designers, providing assistance with datacenter designs, network designs, technology planning, and network audits. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Jiang is a Database Technical Manager at the Development and Research Center Lab of NetEase, one of the largest Internet companies in China. His work focuses on the MySQL kernel and development of cloud database technology. His main focus is on solid state disk and other technologies for accelerating database performance. He has a passion for open-source software and its formative role in the software development community. David has authored two books, Inside MySQL: InnoDB Storage and Inside MySQL: SQL Programming.
Michael Joseph has been working in IT since 1984, when he graduated from Dublin Institute of Technology with a major in mechanical engineering. Moving to New York City, he worked on the automation of materials handling in warehouses. He then became Director of IT at Silicon Alley's first global consulting firm, Razorfish. Later, he spent time developing world-class knowledge management systems for Am Law 100 firm Shearman & Sterling LLP, and then for McKinsey & Co. and UNICEF, the UN agency for women and children. Michael now lives and works in London, consulting with local government to evolve new business processes through technology and change management. Michael has worked as a developer, database administrator, networks and security analyst, MIS director, and knowledge management expert. He retains a pragmatic outlook and endless curiosity about the age we live in and the change and potential that technology is bringing about.
Javier Juan is an IT Manager at Caladero, a unit of Mercadona, a large supermarket chain in Spain. He considers himself lucky for having worked at some of the most important ISPs in the country, including PSINet, EncomIX, and Ya.com/T-Online. This enabled him to witness the birth of networking in Spain. He has written for electronic magazines such as Meristation, about gaming, and Minidisc.org, covering that venerable storage format. He also consults on technology. Along the way, Javier has discovered the importance of being curious and eager, as his nursery teacher used to describe him, so as not to get lost in this technologic age. He enjoys spending time with his family and preparing for his first half-marathon, hoping that the 1s and 0s running through his veins will benefit from an increase in oxygen. His motto is "Don't panic," and he expects that one day, simplicity will become the eighth layer of the OSI model.
Tim Kellogg is a software engineer who has worked for several years in the enterprise and in small, innovative companies. He has a passion for open-source software and its formative role in the software development community. He started OpenHatch X: Boulder, a grassroots movement to get developers involved in open-source projects through hands-on participation and mentorship. When not contributing to open-source projects or designing software on the job, Tim is interested in topics like agile in practice, software abstractions, distributed version control, and whatever else seems to be changing the landscape of software development.
Laton McCartney is an award-winning journalist and magazine editor. His work has appeared in such publications as Fortune, More, Journalism Review, Town & Country, Harper's Bazaar, Upside, Manhattan Inc., The Washington Post, and Newsweek International. He is the author of national bestsellers Friends in High Places: The Bechtel Story and Across the Great Divide: Robert Stuart and the Discovery of the Oregon Trail. His most recent book, The Teapot Dome Scandal: How Big Oil Bought the White House and Tried to Steal the Country, was published by Random House last year. McCartney is a frequent guest on National Public Radio and has appeared on numerous other nationally broadcast radio and television programs, including The Today Show, The Daily Show, and C-Span's Book TV. He served as editor and editor-in-chief of InformationWeek magazine from 1989 to 1997. A graduate of Yale University, he grew up on cattle ranches in Colorado and Wyoming. He lives in Manhattan and northern Wyoming with his wife Nancy.
A busy freelance writer for 30 years, Robert McGarvey has written more than 1,500 articles for many of the nation's leading publications, from Reader's Digest to Playboy and from The New York Times to Harvard Business Review. He also has written 10 books. A member of the advisory board of Learning Streams, a startup social network for educators, McGarvey also is a recognized authority on social media. He may be reached via email at email@example.com and on Twitter at #rjmcgarvey.
Robert Mullins has covered the technology industry in Silicon Valley for more than a decade. He covered technology at the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal beginning in 2000 after transferring from the Milwaukee Business Journal where he covered, among other beats, financial services. In 2006, Robert joined IDG News Service, the "wire service" for IDG publications. He transferred to Network World in 2007. He has worked with UBM since 2010, writing for Network Computing and Information Week.
Most recently Vice President of Engineering at Germane Systems, creating ruggedized servers and storage for the US submarine fleet, Jim has held senior management positions at SGI/Rackable and Verari. He was CEO at startups Scalant and CDS, headed operations at PC Brand and Metalithic, and led major divisions of Memorex-Telex and NCR. His team at NCR has their first SCSI ASIC in the Smithsonian. At NCR, he led a $2 billion systems program and built a $500 million annual storage revenue stream. In 2007, he won a TechTarget Product-of-the-Year award for storage appliances that sold 70PB in their first year. Recent successes include a family of scale-out storage appliances at SGI/Rackable and "converged" systems at Verari. Now a consultant focused on storage and cloud computing, Jim's notable assignments include acting as infrastructure program manager for a multibillion-dollar cloud deployment and creating a software approach for leading-edge storage-class memory.
Alan Radding has researched and written widely about business and technology. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Business Week, CFO Magazine, CIO Magazine, Information Week, American Banker, Computerworld, and other publications. As an independent writer/analyst, he has worked with International Data Corp. (IDC), Gartner/Dataquest, Hurwitz Group, Standish Group, Summit Strategies,Ernst & Young (Center for Business Innovation), Baroudi Group, and others. Currently, he is Research Director at IndependentAssessment.com, where he runs the blogs DancingDinosaur and BottomlineIT. He also writes for Business Finance Magazine's wiredFINANCE. Alan has ghostwritten non-fiction books on SaaS, project management, and storage, and his series of Ultimate Guides are a popular download. His book, Knowledge Management: Succeeding in the Information-Based Global Economy, was published by Computer Technology Research. He holds a Master of Science degree from Boston University and spent 10 years as a member of the faculty of Northeastern University.
Linda Rosencrance is a writer and editor who has written about information technology for more a dozen years, including mobile security issues like data loss prevention, network management, secure mobile app development, and privacy. She also writes about BI, big-data, analytics, CRM, ERP, and enterprise IT. Her articles have appeared in such publications as SecurityNewsDaily, Computerworld, ITWorld, CIO magazine, TechNewsDaily, and MSDynamicsworld.com. She has more than 20 years of experience as an investigative reporter, writing for newspapers in the metropolitan Boston area. She is also the author of five true crime books.
Greg Schulz is founder and senior advisor at the independent IT advisory and consultancy firm, Server and StorageIO. He has over 30 years of experience across applications, server, storage, networking, hardware, software, cloud, virtualization, and services. He brings the rare perspective of having been an IT customer, vendor, and analyst and has been a member of server, network, and storage organizations, including CMG, RAB, and SNIA, along with vendor- and technology-focused groups. Mr. Schulz is a VMware Expert, has been a performance capacity planning analyst, and is author of the Intel recommended reading-for-developer books, Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking (CRC Press), a.k.a. the new Enterprise Tech Bible, andThe Green and Virtual Data Center (CRC Press) along with the SNIA education endorsed book Resilient Storage Networks (Elsevier). He is regularly interviewed, providing commentary and opinion on industry activity in addition to presenting at events on a global basis. He has a BA in computer science and MSc in software engineering. Read his blog at www.storageioblog.com and follow him on Twitter: @storageio.
Mary E. Shacklett
Mary E. Shacklett is President of Transworld Data, a technology research and market development firm. Prior to founding the company, Mary was Senior Vice President of Marketing and Technology at TCCU, Inc., a financial services firm; Vice President of Product Research and Software Development for Summit Information Systems, a computer software company; and Vice President of Strategic Planning and Technology at FSI International, a multinational manufacturing company in the semiconductor industry. Mary has business experience in Europe, Japan and the Pacific Rim. She has a B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin and an M.A. degree from the University of Southern California, where she taught for several years. Mary is a noted technology analyst and commentator who is listed in Who's Who Worldwide and in Who's Who in the Computer Industry. She is a keynote speaker, and has over 1,000 articles, research studies and technology publications in print.
Mike La Spina
Mike La Spina has 32 years of experience in the trenches of enterprise IT. As a technical architect, his scope of professional work spans hardware, networking, operating systems, storage, virtualization, and security. He is a strong advocate of Open Storage, to which he contributes much of his personal time. Mike is well known in IT circles for crafting innovative Open Storage solutions that transcend status-quo thinking. He shares snippets of his work experiences globally through his own Web log, Ubiquitous Talk.
Michael Steinhart serves as Editor in Chief of TheITPro.com, monitoring and reporting on cloud technology and adoption trends. He has been covering IT and business computing for 14 years, tracking the rising popularity of virtualization, unified fabric, high-performance computing, and cloud infrastructures. Prior to joining TheITPro.com, he held the post of executive editor at Ziff Davis Enterprise, writing and managing research reports, whitepapers, case studies, magazine features, e-newsletters, blog posts, online videos, and podcasts. He moderated dozens of e-seminar Webcasts and virtual tradeshows. Michael got his start in IT journalism at CMP Media back in 1998, then moved to PC Magazine, managing the popular Solutions section and working as features editor for business technology and consumer software. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications/journalism from Ramapo College of New Jersey.
Terry Sweeney is a writer and editor based somewhere in the smog-laden environs of Los Angeles. He has covered technology for more than 20 years, with broad expertise in storage, networking, security, wireless, and celebrity stalking.
From October 2005 to June 2007, he was Editor in Chief of Byte and Switch (www.byteandswitch.com), storage networking's most widely read Website, which, when you think about it, is really not saying much. He was also a Founding Editor of the sinister IT security Website, Dark Reading (www.darkreading.com), as well as Storage Pipeline (absorbed in a nearly bloodless coup by the insatiable Byte and Switch). He did not leave under a cloud.
Sweeney was also News Editor at Internet Week and spent three years in Paris working for Communications Week International. When the Germans occupied the city he fled to Geneva, Switzerland, where he served as Editor in Chief of the print, online, and video content for the ITU's Telecom 99 conference. He later ran guns to freedom fighters in the Belgian Congo. Maybe.
He has contributed to The Washington Post, Crain's New York Business, Red Herring, Blue Herring, Rogue Herring, Information Week, Network World, SearchStorage, and Chicken Fancier, among other business and IT titles. He also designed a prototype flying machine and a fully functional submarine. No. Wait... That was someone else...
Sweeney surely did, however, graduate from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1982 with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and a minor in Portuguese, for no discernible reason.
John W. Verity
John W. Verity has been writing for many years about the computer industry, concentrating primarily on the enterprise market. He has been a staff reporter and editor at Electronic News, Datamation, BusinessWeek, ComputerLetter, and Venture Capital Analyst. As a freelancer, he has had articles published in CFO, Fortune, The New York Times, ComputerWorld, Smart Enterprise, and Technology Review. John also has written for a number of IT suppliers and consulting firms including SAP, CA, Nokia, Cisco Systems, Perot Systems, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Philip Wik is a Senior Consultant for MSS Technologies. With more than 30 years of experience, he has worked for JP Morgan/Chase, Wells Fargo, American Express, Honeywell, Boeing, Intel, and other leading companies as an architect, analyst, integrator, and developer.
Amy D. Wohl
Amy Wohl has been observing, analyzing, writing about, and consulting to the computer industry for more than 35 years. Today her focus is on enterprise software, cloud computing, and emerging technologies.
Lamont Wood is a freelance writer in San Antonio, Texas, who has covered high-tech for three decades. Beyond blogging, he has written for scores of magazines ranging from Scientific American to Computerworld to trade journals in Hong Kong. He has also written eight books, including Out of Place in Time and Space, an entertaining collection of historical oddities. Lamont has handled press relations for a computer company, was a reporter for a metropolitan daily newspaper, and was a welder in a shipyard, all now defunct. His wife is a professor at the local medical school, and they have twin sons.
HP and SAP have shown a prototype database appliance that can harness as much as 12TB of DRAM.
Dataflow architecture may be just the thing to help harness the power of future computers, each with 1,000 or more processors.
High-speed storage developed for use in scientific simulations is proving useful to financial traders, as well.
A new, open-source search engine continually scans the web's millions of domains and apps for security vulnerabilities.
Intel has redesigned its low-power Atom processor line in hopes of winning market share in mobile devices and microservers in the datacenter.