Sunday Jan 25, 2009

CloudCamp London #3

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Date: Thursday, March 12, 2009 from 6:45 PM - 10:00 PM (GMT)
Location: Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster

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Tuesday Jan 06, 2009

Bar Camp Bank London

"It's been a wild six months since the first London Bar Camp B ank - the collapse of Lehman brothers, sterling falling off a cliff along with the stock markets and even the man in the street talks about the credit crunch now - so we thought it was time for London's second Bar Camp Bank.

We will bring together technologists and industry insiders for a day of networking and discussion of the impact of emerging technologies on the financial space.

So if you are an innovator, a disruptor or a professional of the banking and finance industry, if you are excited by or just curious about all the innovations that the new technologies could bring to the banking and finance world or if you want to present a project, confront your ideas or just echo lively debates with your own experience then you should definitely consider joining us atBarCampBankLondon2

More info and the wiki for the event can be found at

We look forward to seeing you there."

Friday Oct 24, 2008

What does the MySQL community look like?

My hat goes off to the MySQL team for a great event yesterday in London on the "MySQL Customer Conference 2008" tour.  Following on from Munich, Germany, the team, along with sponsors and customers such as BetFair's TradeFair (who moved to MySQL from the big 'O') - presented to a packed audience of over 300.

Topics included:

  • Overview of Sun & MySQL marriage (match made in heaven :-) )
  • MySQL exciting upcoming features
  • Performance, scaling, and virtualisation
  • HA & Backup strategics
Here are just a few take-aways that you should know about....
The cost of an Enterprise support license (huge discount also available for SSE members by the way) is the same price as the big 'O''s single CPU price!
Scaling MySQL on CMT (Chip Multi-Threading) saves you big money, reduces carbon output greatly and requires less electricity & cooling.
Data-Warehousing with MySQL is amazing, latencies and performance is market leading
Solaris (especially with ZFS) & MySQL is an amazing match - people still don't know about 'Why Solaris' :-(
Sun not only offers Memcached support but also contributes to the codebase!

There was also a drinks reception at the end of the day.  Unfortunately I did not make it to the MySQL meetup or the MashUp event following the conference.  London Underground's central line closed due to a "body on the line" :-(

Thursday Aug 21, 2008

How can Sun Startup Essentials UK help support startups

startup business plan

For anyone that knows me, Iam the man in the shirt that runs Startup Essentials in the UK and above is myself looking at the dilemna I face

We Need You

Well to be exact I need to inform you of what Sun can do for you, and you need to tell me does that help ? What more can I do to help you grow, scale and be successful ?

So to start off, what does Sun microsystems do ? To me its simple, we are the best vendor in the world to work with, we don't compete with you, we are a global organisation full of bright people who want to help and make the world a more interesting place, that uses less power and heat but gives us amazing technology that keeps reducing in size but scales beyond belief.

\*We are the biggest contributor to Open Source on the planet

\*We invest over $2bn in R&D year on year.

\*We design our hardware to be resilent, beautiful and simplistic to install and manage

\*We are open, OpenSolaris, OpenStorage, MySQL, Glassfish, you get the picture.

So what does Startup Essentials do ?

Simply, it helps you interact with all the great things about Sun, that differentiates us from other vendors who can provide you a server, delivered to your door. So here is what we do !!!

\*Sell x86 servers, Intel or AMD you choose, Did you know these can run Windows, Linux and Solaris, yes they run and support multiple OS and virtualisation as well. These machines are made for Enterprise, Remote access and management built in, front to back cooling, designed to be readily accessible but at STARTUP pricing.

\*Open Storage - We provide in Startup Essentials Enterprise class storage solutions, that Smugmug, Blue Orange, etc are using due to its open aspect, and pricing. Ask now if you purchase storage, you will be amazed at the price and how it will save you time, money and is so simple to setup and administer. 5 Minutes and up and running, is what one customer said.

\*Hosting - We can provide through partners, VPS, CoLo, Dedicated, Managed hosting for you now.

\*Engineering Support - Do you have a scaling problem ? Have you thought about Scaling ? Do you want to talk to World Class Engineers to discuss issues, problems and get resolution, Ask Sun.

\*MySQL - DBA/Performance Tuning - Ask how Startup Essentials can give you a discount on a DBA and Performance tuning for your MySQL database, without having a full time employee.

\*Community events - Are you aware that we host and support events for the UK and Irish Startup community ? Every month we host a Facebook Garage, recently I have held Drupal for Enterprise events, Pizza on Rails and sponsored Techcrunch pitch . Also every quarter we have a Startup Essential meetup  to help make certain that Startup have the chance to network and collaborate together. I also host events, bringing together all the members once a month to network, share ideas and listen from industry leaders about topics such as PR, Marketing, Legal and Funding etc, the content requirements are driven by the members, so they get to hear what they require.

\*PR/Marketing - Sun a global corporation, why would they want to do PR with me ? So as part of Startup Essentials customer base, you have access to our PR team to write a customer success story, that gets pushed out to Analysts globally, at present we have two Startup Essentials customers working with analysts that will get included in their global reports, to  be pushed out to a global mainstream audience. So what does the PR look like ?

-  in the Financial Times

- Oneis Customer Success story

- Why did Glasses direct move from LAMP to SAMP and it only took a day ?

- General stories and round ups

And also we have produced videos with our customers, that get pushed across the whole of and out to the press, and at regular intervals we pull together a Press roundtable, invite our Startup Essential customers to talk about their experience and how Sun has helped them in different ways.

Do you want to meet one of the key influencers of IT over the last 25 years ? These Startup Essential customers did.

\*Introductions - Do you want to talk to Investors from Angel to VC ? Would you like to be part of a larger network to push your offering across different geographies ? How can we help you grow and scale ? Do you need legal advice ? What is a term sheet ?

- With my access to a wide range of people in the community, inside Sun and across EMEA and the US I can help support you as a Startup Essential customer to gain more outreach and look for synergies with other Startups for collaboration or a JV.

So the question is, How can I help you ?

Join now at Startup Essentials   and start to work with a global organisation who supports the Startup community and understands whats needed, Start Smart.

Monday Jun 02, 2008

Busy week of startup Events next week.....

Week of Startup Events - London.

So next week, Im away all week in London and aiming to spread the word more about Startup Essentials and how Sun is helping the vibrant UK startup community and how we want to help more and more....are you not already working with Sun ? Why not ?

So we have lots of exciting companies working with us now, and doing some really amazing things with Sun technology that its just great to go to work everyday as every day is different.

So why so excited about next week, well we have three large events that we are taking part in :


June 10th - London - 200 attendess with 8 tracks of subjects, and Sun being the sponsor for the demo room with 25 UK startup companies demoing, this is going to be one heck of a day.


June 13th - London - 200 attendees all coming to hear a superb range of quality speakers aimed at web 2.0 and new social media.

VIP Invite only

25 UK Startup Companies will be meeting with Scott McNealy to hear how he setup Sun and how we are still just a large startup at heart, an exciting evening for these young companies to learn and meet directly with one of the great Co-Founders of Sun.

So a really great week, and also if you are in the UK and not a member of the Startup Essential programme, then why not, join now .... if you were, you would have had a chance to meet Scott, obtained a discount on Being Digital or got a FREE ticket for FUEL.


Connecting the Startup Essentials community with all the events, information and resources required for them to grow and scale.


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