Brien Posey

Brien Posey Freelance Writer and Independent Analyst, BrienPosey.com

Brien Posey is an eleven time Microsoft MVP with over two decades of IT experience. Prior to going freelance, Brien was a CIO for a national chain of hospitals and healthcare facilities. Brien has also served as a network engineer for the United States Department of Defense at Fort Knox and has worked as a network administrator for some of the largest health insurance companies in America.

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George Crump President and Founder, Storage Switzerland

George Crump is President and Founder of Storage Switzerland. An IT analyst firm focused on the storage and virtualization segments. With 25 years of experience designing storage solutions for data centers across the US, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS and SAN. Prior to founding Storage Switzerland he was CTO at one the nation’s largest storage integrators where he was in charge of technology testing, integration and product selection.

George also contributes to publications such as Storage Magazine, SearchStorage, SearchServerVirtualizaiton and SearchDataBackup.

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Andrew Reichman

Andrew Reichman President, Reichman IT


Andrew Reichman works with vendors, end users and analyst firms on advisory, strategy and content creation projects, along with writing, speaking and blogging. 

Most recently before launching this practice, he worked at Amazon Web Services leading their efforts in marketing infrastructure as a service to enterprise firms worldwide.  Prior to this, he spent six years as a Principal Analyst at Forrester Research covering storage, cloud and data center economics.  Prior to his time at Forrester, he was a consultant with Accenture optimizing data center environments on behalf of EMC.  Prior to that, he held a variety of positions in technology companies, both vendors and end user firms.  He holds an MBA in finance from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington and a BA in History from Wesleyan University.

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Mike Matchett

Mike Matchett Senior Analyst & Consultant

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Mike brings to Taneja Group over 20 years experience in managing and marketing IT datacenter solutions particularly at the nexus of performance, capacity and virtualization. Currently he is focused on IT optimization for virtualization and convergence across servers, storage and networks, especially to handle the requirements of mission-critical applications, Big Data analysis, and the next generation data center. Mike has a deep understanding of systems management, IT operations, and solutions marketing to help drive architecture, messaging, and positioning initiatives. He has previously worked at a senior level in services, marketing, and product management at a diverse portfolio of companies ranging from large enterprises like Dell Storage and BMC, to successful startups like BGS and Akorri (acquired by NetApp), and was most recently a CTO/co-founder of a social media startup applying machine learning to augment human capability. He started out in IT implementing highly secure networks for federal agencies after proudly serving as a USAF intelligence officer in Desert Storm. Mike received his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from MIT.

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Brian Madden

Brian Madden Independent Industry Analyst, Blogger & Author, BrianMadden.com


Brian Madden is known throughout the world as an opinionated, super technical, fiercely-independent desktop virtualization expert. He's written several books and thousands of articles about desktop virtualization. His blog site, www.BrianMadden.com, receives millions of visitors per year and is a leading source for conversation, debate, and discourse about the application and desktop virtualization industry. Brian is also the creator of BriForum, an independent conference about desktop virtualization, consumerization of IT, and enterprise mobility management. Having been ranked the #1 speaker at both VMworld and Citrix Synergy, Brian flies over 200,000 miles per year for speaking and consulting, has been written about in Wired Magazine, heard on NPR, quoted in The Economist, and featured on podcasts around the world.

Brian Madden has also been a member of the TechTarget Speaker Bureau since its formation in 2012.

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Howard Marks

Howard Marks Founder and Chief Scientist, DeepStorage.net

As Founder and Chief Scientist at DeepStorage, LLC Howard Marks provides the kind of practical, hands-on analysis that can only come from spending 30 years in the trenches. As a consultant, he helped organizations large and small including America Express, JP Morgan, Borden Foods, BBDO Worldwide and Foxwoods Resort Casino solve real world storage and network problems.

Now at DeepStorage, he runs an independent test lab evaluating the latest in storage products in beautiful Santa Fe MN and writing about them for multiple websites including NetworkComputing.com. An entertaining and energetic speaker, Howard speaks regularly at industry events including Storage Decisions, Interop, SNW and Microsoft’s TechEd. He has written three books and hundreds of articles on networking and storage technologies.

Howard Marks has been a member of the TechTarget Editorial Speaker Bureau since its formation in 2012 and has spoken at numerous TechTarget editorial events in previous years.

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Marc Staimer - President and CDS, Dragon Slayer Consulting

Marc Staimer CDS, Dragon Slayer Consulting

Marc Staimer is the founder, senior analyst, and CDS of Dragon Slayer Consulting in Beaverton, OR. The consulting practice of over 12 years has focused in the areas of strategic planning, product development, and market development for technology products. With over 30 years of marketing, sales and business experience in infrastructure, storage, server, software, and virtualization, he's considered one of the industry's leading experts. Marc can be reached at marcstaimer@mac.com

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Jon Toigo

Jon William Toigo CEO and Managing Principal, Toigo Partners International, and Chairman of the Data Management Institute

Jon Toigo is a 37-year veteran of IT and has developed business continuity plans for more than 100 companies. He has written 17 books, including four on disaster recovery planning, with the fourth edition of his Disaster Recovery Planning: Getting to Business-Savvy Business Continuity coming to bookstores in 2013.

Toigo is Managing Principal Partner for Toigo Partners International, a consultancy specializing in IT consumer advocacy, data management and storage technology, and he is chairman and co-founder of the Data Management Institute, a professional organization for those who create, store, manage and administer data and storage assets. DMI is now in its 20th year and has trained and certified nearly 100,000 data management professionals worldwide.

Jon Toigo is proud to be part of the TechTarget Editorial Speaker Bureau since its formation in 2012, and has spoken at numerous TechTarget editorial events in previous years. Jon also writes a column for Storage Magazine every month.

Some of Jon's most recent projects have included the following:

  • Established a data protection plan with a federal government agency that included archive and reduced overall storage capacity demand growth to about half of its anticipated rate. Data protection planning can deliver business value beyond risk reduction.
  • Worked with a major power company to develop a high availability failover capability between an active and lights-out data center, with continuous data replication that enabled the selective failover of workload - saving the company the cost and effort of sending employees to the remote site for any reason other than a complete shut-down of the primary center.
  • Relocated and resumed service for hundreds of NYC businesses following 9-11, including the re-routing of voice and data networks, the deployment of on-the-fly networks, fast re-hosting of applications and the consolidation of tape and disk based data restore activity.

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Randy Kerns Senior Strategist, Evaluator Group

In his role as Senior Strategist at Evaluator Group, Randy Kerns brings expertise from virtualization everywhere to very long term archive to help end users and vendors develop strategic plans, product roadmaps and evaluate options. He draws from over 35 years in the computer industry helping storage companies design and develop storage system products for their markets as well as advising technical professionals on how to build the best storage infrastructures to streamline their business processes.

Randy Kerns spent many years in executive level product strategy and design positions. He was vice president of storage strategy and planning at Sun Microsystems; he developed disk and tape systems for mainframe attachment at IBM and StorageTek; he designed disk systems for attachment to open systems and proprietary computer platforms at Fujitsu and Tandem Computers; and he developed tape and disk systems for two start-up companies.

Prior to joining Evaluator Group, Randy served as CTO for ProStor where he brought products to market addressing long term archive for information technology and the healthcare and media / entertainment markets. 

An educator and presenter, Randy Kerns has written numerous industry articles and papers and is the author of Planning a Storage Strategy, a book that offers step-by-step guidance on how to build an information storage strategy as part of a larger business process and most recently is the author of Information Archiving – Economics and Compliance, which is the first book of its kind to explore archiving of information in depth.  Randy Kerns has regularly taught classes on storage technology in the US and Europe.   

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