Who We are

Deni Connor

Founding Analyst

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

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Earl Follis
Senior Analyst and SSG-NOW Lab Director

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: Software-defined Networking, Software-defined Storage, Software-defined Data Center, Cloud Backup and Recovery, Data Protection, DRaaS, SaaS Backups, Network Infrastructure, Dev/Ops, Application Performance Management, SMB IT, Hyper-Converged and Integrated IT Infrastructure, Network/Cloud Management and Monitoring, Network Functions Virtualization, WAN Optimization and Acceleration, Cloud Archiving, Malware Protection

SSG-NOW Labs Validation – Systems, Network and Cloud Management and Monitoring, Software-Defined Networking


Logan Harbaugh
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

Terry Ahnstedt
Senior Analyst

Terry has a long career in software development and management from companies, such as 3Com/Tippingpoint, IBM/Tivoli, Thomas-Conrad and Radix International. Terry has a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Utah.

Coverage areas: Container technology (including Docker, Kubernetes, LXC), Agile Program Development, Network Infrastructure, Mobile technologies (sensor, RF-ID), In-Memory Databases, Enterprise Application Development and Internet of Things (IoT). He has a vertical specialization in Healthcare and Electronic Medical Records (EMR).

Marcin GamzaMarcin Gamza
Director of Client Relations

Marcin Gamza is Director of Client Relations for SSG-NOW. Marcin has a long career working as an IT professional at Citigroup, CEO of Key Logic, Council President of the IT and Engineering Sales Vertical at CareerBuilder and VP of Sales and Business Strategy at Sprocket Media.  Having served both startup and Fortune 500 clients his moniker is simply to add as much value as possible, while making some great friends.  His technical and non-technical interests include neuromarketing, quantum computing, percussion and growth hacking.

karlyKarly Follis
Sales Assistant

Karly Follis is studying political science and law at the University of Bonn in Germany. Karly is originally from Austin, TX and she misses barbeque very much!



Phylis Bockelman
Client Relations

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.