February Top 10 #CloudInfluence UK and Cloud Bursters

Bursting Onto The Scene:

Our February Cloud Bursters, the #CloudInfluence individuals with the greatest increase month on month, were as follows:

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Rodney Rogers came in 1st place as our highest Cloud Burster thanks to his appearance at 2nd place in the #CloudInfluence Global 50. Narendra Modi in 2nd, India’s prime minister said that his government’s push towards building IT infrastructure would adopt innovations by the industry and initiatives such as “Digital Locker”. He also claimed that this would increase the need for “cloud godowns”, where people would be able to store and access their documents and information on the move. It is great to see senior politicians appreciating the potential of cloud.

Ericsson’s president and CEO, Hans Vestberg was in 3rd with Samsung’s senior director of product marketing Shoneel Kolhatkar in 4th as the launch of the Samsung S6 and looming Mobile World Congress pushed them into prominence. Carlos Moncho, Chairman & CEO of PUSHTech in 5th was also boosted by a pre-Mobile World Congress announcement.

Then there were two analysts: Ajay Sunder, Vice President, ICT Practice, Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific in 6th followed by Rohit Mehra , Vice President, Network Infrastructure at IDC in 7th who has been commenting on the uptake of 10Gb Ethernet and 40Gb Ethernet as data centres seek to grow their capacity.

The other cloud bursters were Orlando Scott-Cowley, cyber security expert at cloud-computing company Mimecast, in 8th, and two more analysts Brad Casemore, research director, Data Center Networks, at IDC in 9th and Seamus Crehan , president of Crehan Research in 10th.

Closer to home:

The leader of this months #CloudInfluence rankings for the UK should not come as much of a surprise to anyone. Topping the UK list last month, appearing at 25 in this month’s global list, and topping the UK list yet again is IBM’s Simon Porter.

Then excluding two of our own directors (who would have appeared in 8th and 11th) from the running, the rest of the UK list was as follows:

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Simon Hansford, Skyscape CEO, retained 2nd place. The next two had reports to promote: Tudor Aw, Technology Sector Head at KPMG Europe in 3rd, was promoting a report that found that the UK tech sector outperformed the wider UK economy in Q4 2014, while Alex Hilton in 4th was publicising CIF research that found that only two percent of UK businesses have reported a security breach in their cloud services.

Then we had the CEO and CTO of Iomart, which was accredited for the UK Government G-Cloud 6, followed by Mark Porter of InterCloud and the CEOs of Napatech and Tisski. Francis Maude dropped to 10th this month, still promoting the government’s G-Cloud.

As for the top UK organisations, the UK government came top with Francis Maude and others promoting its G-Cloud, then excluding ourselves again (Compare the Cloud would have come second) came Aria Networks and Iomart.

Come back next month to see how things change!

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