Who We Are
Deni Connor founded SSG-NOW in 2007. She is a well-known storage expert, who was previously a reporter for IDG’s Network World. In addition, she worked in marketing and editorial positions for Novell, IBM, Control Data, Radix International, Thomas-Conrad and LAN Times and Networking Solutions magazine. She has written for InformationWeek, Network World, Data Communications, Byte, Datamation, the Computer Shoppper and Storage Magazine.She has also written four books on computer networking and data communications. Deni holds a B.A. degree in Fine Arts and Biology from the University of Northern Colorado.
Coverage areas: data protection, deduplication, disaster recovery, business continuity, cloud, online file sharing and collaboration, software-defined data center, storage management, storage infrastructure and storage virtualization
Earl Follis is a long-time IT professional who has worked as a technical trainer, a technical evangelist, a network administrator, and in other IT positions for a variety of companies that include IBM Tivoli, Nimsoft (acquired by CA), Northrop Grumman Information Systems, Thomas-Conrad (acquired by Compaq) and Dell. He’s also the co-author of numerous books, including …For Dummies titles on Windows Server and NetWare, and written for many print and Web publications. His primary areas of technical interest include networking, operating systems, cloud computing and unified monitoring.
Coverage areas: Cloud Backup and Data Protection and Recovery, RaaS, ITaas and SaaS, Network Infrastructure, Network Protocols – VLAN, VPN, LAN/WAN, Ops Management and Performance Management, SMB IT, Software Defined Data Center, Hyper-Converged and Integrated Infrastructure Systems, Network and Cloud Management and Monitoring, and WAN Optimization and Acceleration
SSG-NOW Labs Validation – Systems, Network and Cloud Management and Monitoring, Software Defined Networking
Analyst and Validation Engineer
John Blackman Jeff joins SSG-NOW from a broad background of hands-on operational storage infrastructure management in the financial services and retail industry.
Coverage areas: Storage infrastructure, cloud infrastructure, IT operations
Phylis Bockelman joined SSG-NOW from stints in administration and human resources at Houston Instruments and Thomas-Conrad. She attended the University of Missouri – Kansas City.