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
Senior Analyst and Validation Engineer
Logan Harbaugh started as a network administrator, systems integrator and consultant, then began writing for IT magazines such as PC Week and PC Magazine. He has written books on troubleshooting networks. He does reviews and features for magazines such as InfoWorld, eWeek, PC World, Network World, IT World, Storage Magazine and the TechWeb and Internet.com web sites.
Coverage areas: Storage Infrastructure, Green Technology, Power Management, Collaboration Systems, Unified Communications, Desktop and Server Virtualization, Private and Public Clouds, Gateway and Endpoint Security, Desktop Management, Email Systems and Identity Management
SSG-NOW Labs Validation – Storage Infrastructure, Software-Defined Networking, Object Storage
Douglas Spindler has had a long career in personal computers and technology. As an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley, Doug had the foresight to become an early adopter in the then-emerging personal computer revolution. At the same time his classmates were still using typewriters, Doug began offering computer and networking services out of his dorm room while pursuing a degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. His business quickly grew into a 25-person company as the personal computer industry matured. Over the following years Doug personally oversaw projects and managed technology for the Department of Energy/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, UCSF Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente and many other San Francisco Bay Area tech companies.
Doug is currently an Information Technology professor at City College of San Francisco, and a technology business systems analyst, digital forensic investigator, presenter and author. He is president of Pacific IT Professionals (Pac IT Pros) a 5,000 member IT Professional association based in San Francisco. In his teaching career, Doug has created innovative educational programs to train the next generation of IT professionals with the skills needed for today’s IT jobs.
This spring Doug will complete his Master’s degree in Information Assurance with a focus on storage technology. He holds numerous certifications and awards including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), MCSE, and Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional (MVP).
Coverage areas: Windows Server Infrastructure, Hyper-V, Security, File Systems, Information and Risk Management
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.