Greg Knierieman, one of the ‘Gang of Three’ who host Speaking In Tech will be in London in mid-April; so it seems only right to celebrate with beer, probably followed by a curry.
This is your chance to meet Greg and ask him all the questions that you have, like
1) Is Eddie really that obnoxious and unemployable? Or is there some other reason why he can’t stay at a company longer than a few months?
2) Is Sarah really carrying a Neanderthal baby?
3) Has Greg been working out in case the Dell deal goes south?
If you fancy talking crap about storage and enterprise tech or just general crap!
So the date is April 17th and the venue is The Dispensary nr Aldgate, East London. Followed by curry afterwards at The Halal Restaurant.
I posted a whilst ago giving early warning about a #storagebeers event in London.
This event will be Wednesday 23rd May whilst most of the EMC storage world is partying in Vegas and having a great time (who knows, maybe one day I’ll work out how to get there). But we’ll hopefully also be having a good time as well in London.
1) It is Data Centre Technology Academy time during the day; come and heckle Alex McDonald or give him generous support as he works his way through a vendor-neutral presentation trying not to abuse his competitors. Always marvellous fun.
2) And then it will be London #storagebeers; Princess of Prussia is my proposed venue as it’s just a little walk from the DCTA venue. Hopefully then we’ll go and find somewhere to have a curry. I’m hoping we can get into Cafe Spice Namaste but failing that, we should be able to wander up the road and go to the Halal.
I’ve also been doing a little bit of work with SNIA Europe around how we get a bit more community involvement with SNIA and get more than the vendors involved. Please go here for the first SNIA Europe Blogger page/question…
Hope everyone had a nice break and is ready to get back into the swing of things; 2012 is upon us and for us living in London, we look forward to a summer of travel chaos and ever increasing levels of hyperbole. It is both the London Olympics but also the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, so a great time to visit London and probably a great time to be living elsewhere.
Next week sees the Dell Storage Forum in London and the first #storagebeers of the year. Dell has had a year now to get their storage portfolio in order and 2012 must be the year that they begin to see their acquisitions deliver; yet, even that might not be enough and we need to see some innovation and road-maps presented. From Exanet to Compellent via Equallogic, there is enough product and I am looking forward to see how it gets woven into a strategy.
Yet Dell are not the only company who need to start weaving a strategy, arguably with the exception of EMC, this is the year when everyone needs to start drawing the weft and clothing their products with strategy and coherence.
And it is not just the vendors who need to get their strategies in order; this is very much the case for the end-user as well. Too much product and too much fluff still proliferates in many end-user organisations, this often due to a confusion between flexibility and choice.
From Cloud to Data Analytics; there has been a lot of playing with these technologies but many organisations need to move beyond this and into delivery of investment and results. As in every year, there is lots to do and as in every year, there might be too much to do. Start stripping away the fluff and delivering.
Dell are holding a ‘Dell Storage Forum’ event in early January 2012; I shan’t comment on the wisdom of running an event partially targeted at end-users in the week when many end-users will be coming out of Christmas change-freezes.
Anyway, I have been asked to ‘organise’ a #storagebeers; organising is really just a way of asking me to name a pub and a time. So without further ado, the first #storagebeers of the year will be on Tuesday January 10th meeting in ‘Ye Olde Chesire Cheese’ on Fleet Street from about 8 pm.
All are welcome, whether attending Dell Storage Forum or not…whether you work for Dell or not. Please come along and enjoy a pub where Dickens, Dr Johnson and Voltaire all drank.
Just a quick reminder, there will #storagebeers after IP-Expo on Thursday October 20th.
There are also #vbeers after IP-Expo on Wednesday.
Both events are happening at the same pub - The Atlas which is a stone’s throw from Earls Court.
16 Seagrave Road
I also know that there are various events happening in Copenhagen for VMworld.
So pop along to one of the events if you can.
Also remember, there will #storagebeers at SNW Europe in Frankfurt.
I look forward to meeting some of you in coming weeks.
Provisional #storagebeers dates for Autumn 2011
Thursday 15th September 2011 – likely venue – The Dispensary, Leman Street nr Aldgate. Generally a really good beer selection with a variety of real ales. Good choice of curry venues nearby as well.
Thursday 20th October 2011 – likely venue – nr IP Expo – 20th October is the day of Woz’s keynote.
Tuesday 1st November & Wednesday 2nd November – likely venue – nr SNW Europe conference venue, Frankfurt
Please note the final date is in Germany.
There will be #storagebeers in London this week after the Data Centre Academy event arranged by SNIA.
5-30 to 8-00 Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London SW1p 3EE
8-00 to late The Westminster Arms, London SW1P 3AT
Look forward to seeing some of you there!
The 24th March sees a storage happening; there will be #storagebeers and Infosmack co-mingled to produce a heady cocktail of delight!
A number of bloggers from far and wide will be in London for a vendor bloggers day; so we are taking the opportunity to hold a #storagebeers to celebrate the gathering of the storage illuminati.
But that’s not all; Greg Knieriemen was already in town for the bloggers’ event and now the legend that is Marc Farley is also gracing London with his presence! So we have the two hosts of Infosmack in town together and at the same time…simply amazing!
The place is The Golden Fleece in the City of London; the time is from about 6:00; the date is March 24th!
It’s going to awesome…..or at least quite good! I’m hoping that it’s going to be Record Breaking personally!
All, please note due to Cloud Camp also being on the 17th March; I have decided to move the venue of #storagebeers to somewhere closer to the Cloud Camp venue. Also note, it means that I will get to #storagebeers fashionably late!
Pretty much the closest pub to Cloud Camp is The Crown Tavern on Clerkenwell Green. This historic pub has played host to such luminaries as Lenin and Stalin.
There will also be an Infosmack event on 24th March where such eminent members of the Storagati as Marc Farley and Greg Knieriemen will be gracing themselves with their presence. Venue has yet to be announced as Greg appears to require a PA system which has many of us concerned…perhaps him and Farley are going to sing!
I've been a bit remiss in organsing #storagebeers recently; so this is early warning of the next #storagebeers in London (although there might be another one between now and then). There is an EMC event in London on March 17th and that being St Patrick's Day when everyone who has heard a U2 record claims some kind of Oirish roots; it seems to be too good a chance to ignore.
However this being #storagebeers; it must be entirely vendor neutral, all are welcome and indeed encouraged to attend. So after the EMC event, I suggest that all interested make their way to the Two Brewers and anyone else who wants to attend to turn up whenever; probably sometime after six!
Well that is the current plan anyway….but I'd love to see as many of you as possible there. And hopefully some non-EMCers for some bare-knuckle brawling later