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Welcome to our Thought Leaders section. This is where our esteemed group of partners - whether they be business owners, customers, consultants, advisors or speculators - have their say about what's influencing their specialist segment of the cloud computing industry. We hope you enjoy reading their posts, and feel free to engage, support or debate a subject or opinion in our blog.

John Dunnet

John Dunnet evoco.co.uk

John is co-Founder and Programme Director at evoco.co.uk, an innovative IT and Business change consultancy based in London, England. He has over 20 years experience in IT and business change. John did a degree in Geophysical Science at Lancaster University and subsequently gained professional qualifications in project management. He is also a Fellow of the
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James Rees

James Rees | Managing Director | Razorthorn Security

  Primary Information Security Consultant   “The first rule of business, Protect your Investment”   James has worked within the IT industry for over fourteen years, eleven of which specialising in  Information Security and consultancy, delivering quality advice to some of the largest and most influential organisations in the world.   A recognised leader in
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Ian Moyes

Ian Moyse | Workbooks | Eurocloud | Cloud Industry Forum

  Ian Moyse has over 25 years of experience in the IT Sector, with nine of these specialising in security and over 23 years of channel experience Starting as a Systems Programmer at IBM in the mainframe environment, he has held senior positions in both large and smaller organisations including Senior Vice President for EMEA at
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Katrena Drake

Katrena Drake, Director of European Operations Firehost

Katrena Drake serves as Director of European Operations for FireHost since October 2011. Katrena was one of the first employees at FireHost and served as Director of Operations for FireHost’s corporate headquarters in Dallas. At her post in the UK, Katrena has worked towards establishing a market presence, build a proficient and energetic team, establish
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Micheal Higgins

Micheal Higgins CloudSigma

Micheal is Manager of Enterprise Solutions Architecture at CloudSigma, an innovative Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider based in Zurich, Switzerland. He has over 30 years of experience working in the technology industry. Micheal undertook his undergraduate education in Physics and Astrophysics at San Diego State University and subsequently attained multiple certifications in technologies such as Oracle, Microsoft and Linux.
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Sarah Cochrane

Sarah Cochrane Strategic Blue

Sarah Cochrane – Strategic Alliances Sarah is responsible for the identification of new cloud providers and channel partners. She was formerly Origination and Research Executive at Lyceum Capital Partners and previously worked in private equity placement at Lazard & Co. and in Strategy and Marketing at PA Consulting.   Sarah holds an M.Phil in Bioscience
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Stephen Nelson-Smith

Stephen Nelson-Smith

Co-founder of Atalanta Systems, Stephen is a seasoned UNIX and Linux system administrator, with a background in Enterprise Hosting.   A Ruby and Python programmer, and Agile and Lean practitioner he is the author of the 'Agile Sysadmin' blog, and a Published book author of 'Test-driven infrastructure with Chef' published by O'Reilly 2011.   Stephen
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Suresh Mandiva

Suresh Mandava Founder & CEO Hexagrid

Suresh Mandava, Founder & CEO Hexagrid With over 20 years of applicable experience, Suresh Mandava founded Hexagrid to launch the first cloud enabling platform directly aligned with real-world IT delivery. Suresh previously founded VistaWiz, a managed security and services provider, where he developed Unified Threat Management solutions.    His depth of expertise in infrastructure architecture
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Dr James Mitchell

Dr James Mitchell CEO Strategic Blue

James founded Strategic Blue in early 2010 with support from a major investment bank.   He was formerly Global Head of Business Development at Atlantis Resources Corporation, a developer of hydrokinetic energy projects.    Prior to this, James was in Morgan Stanley's commodities division, where he executed a range of landmark structured deals. These included
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Mike Wills

Mike Wills Chairman RTW Hosting

  Mike Wills is the CEO and Chariman of RTW Hosting    Leader of the flagship cloud based platform at RTW Hosting specialising in hosted applications from the standard desktop to anything bespoke and customised, hosted voice, hosted video conferencing.   There are two elements to the business: Hosting (desktops / applications / voice) and
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Dave Rokita

David Rokita Hexagrid

David Rokita is CTO of Hexagrid Computing With nearly 15 years of IT operations management, system design and architecture experience, David Rokita provides technical leadership in developing Hexagrid’s state-of-the-art cloud computing solutions to match real-world enterprise IT requirements. For Union Pacific Railroad, Dave participated in managing mission-critical systems deployments, 24×7 critical issue response, and datacenter
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Neil

Neil Cattermull Canary Wharf Consultancy

  Neil Cattermull – Canary Wharf Consultancy Neil owns and runs an independent Financial IT Consultancy offering unbiased advice on real Financial technology issues. With over 20 years of experience  within the Financial IT sector of technology, ranging from directorships at major investment banking firms such as Merrill Lynch and West LB. Additionally to this
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Richard May

Richard May Virtual DCS

Since the year 2000, Richard May has capitalised on his 20 years’ experience in the I.T. industry by focussing on the technologies and services that have formed what is now known as Cloud Computing. Working at Planet Online, in the late 90’s, allowed him to experience the boom of general internet availability (a key enabler
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