I had a fun conversation with Mark Van Rijmenam (@VanRijmenam) (pictured
below) a couple of weeks ago about cloud computing, Big Data, and the IoT.
Mark runs BigData-Startups.com in Den Haag, Netherlands. We were mutually
amused that he had chosen the name Think Bigger for his new book just as I
had chosen that name for a recent IoT piece.
His book is now out, and can be found on Amazon. Mark sees as I do, an
enormous opportunity for manufacturers with Big Data and IoT. He lives in a
region of Europe known as the Randstad, encompassing 7 million people within
3,200 square miles across the cities and metro regions of Amsterdam, Den
Haag, Rotterdam, and Utrecht. It's one of the great manufacturing centers of
Given my roots and current base within the US Industrial Heartland, it seems
that Mark and I share a similar point of view about the challenges and
With Octoblu emerging from stealth mode, it seemed like a good idea to talk
to a couple of key people there. We were able to do just that with company
co-founders Geir Ramleth and Chris Matthieu.
Geir Ramleth serves as CEO. He was named to CIO Magazine's Hall of Fame in
2008, and served as SVP/CIO of the Bechtel Group for more than a decade
during his career. Chris Matthieu serves as CTO and has a global reputation
as an innovator in emerging technologies. Chris also serves as our Tech Chair
Octoblu will utilize Meshblu (formerly code named SkyNetIM), an open sour... (more)
The IoT is coming, as inevitably as the earth circles the sun. It's just a
matter of how many laps the planet will take before we have an IoT society
characterized by smart things, buildings, grids, cities, and nations. We'll
see much of the current state-of-the-art at the upcoming @thingsexpo in New
York June 10-12, an event I'm fortunate enough to chair.
One question to ponder is which of those nations are best equipped for the
IoT? We think an answer to this question lies within the research we've been
conducting at the Tau Institute these past three years.
We measure key tech... (more)
Open Source Storage recently announced that Oracle veteran Mark Iwanowski
(pictured below) was joining the company as its new chairman. What better
time to find out what's going on there? We had a few questions for him...
Cloud Computing Journal: What are your key objectives as the new Chairman?
Mark Iwanowski: As Chairman of Open Source Storage, I'll help the company
achieve success by bringing my business background and understanding of open
source together with the innovations of CEO Eren Niazi and his executive
management team. One of our objectives is to continue building the ... (more)
A new SoftLayer facility in London with a capacity for more than 15,000
physical servers is the most recent of IBM's ongoing campaign to invest $1.2
million in 15 new datacenters worldwide. The new facility will complement an
existing SoftLayer datacenter in Amsterdam and London network Point of
Presence (PoP), according to IBM.
"We're excited to give our large customer base in London a full SoftLayer
data center right in their backyard, with all the privacy, security, and
control the SoftLayer platform offers," said Lance Crosby, SoftLayer CEO.
He also said that "organizations o... (more)