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EP 30 -Rose Ross Chief Tech Trailblazer on the Tech Trailblazer awards

In this episode of the TECHunplugged podcast we have a chat with Rose Ross, who is the founder and Chief Trailblazer for the Tech Trail Blazer awards. This annual award has a number of great categories in which startups can enter to be judged by some awesome list of judges (as well as anyone who’d like to judge in a later stage by a public vote). This makes this a wanted and community driven award that every startup should enter in to. The entrance period for 2019 is ongoing as we speak (until the 26th of September) and you can find out more here:

What are the Tech Trailblazers Awards?

The Tech Trailblazers is the only global independent awards recognizing and rewarding enterprise tech start-ups. It focuses on a wide range of technologies including AI, Big Data, Cloud, Infosec and Storage as well as spotlighting leading individual Tech Trailblazers in the enterprise tech startup space. Entries are now open til September 26th. For more info visit or email the team at

Who is Rose Ross?

Rose Ross is a technologist (in her words by osmosis) with a specialisation in marketing . In the late 90s, she founded widely regarded tech PR and marketing boutique firm Omarketing, has served on techUK’s marketing committee and is a long standing Tech London Advocate. Above all, she is a passionate ambassador for innovation especially in the form of technology’s unsung heroes and from that passion the Tech Trailblazers was born.

Show schedule:

  • 00:01    Max kicks of the next episode introducing Arjan and Rose
  • 00:30    Max asks Rose to introduce herself as well as the Tech Trail Blazers
  • 00:40    Rose does an introduction and goes into more detail on the Tech Trail Blazers
  • 01:12    Arjan asks Rose to tell a bit more on all the work done by Rose
  • 01:26    Rose talks about how she started in PR and how that got her to the Tech Trail Blazer awards
  • 04:15       Rose tells how Joe Baguley (CTO VMware EMEA) was very interested in Tech Trial Blazers and what that meant
  • 04:35       Arjan asks Rose about being a woman in Tech and what that means to her
  • 04:50       Rose tells about women in Tech and what her experiences are
  • 06:10       Arjan steers the conversation back to the Tech Trail blazers and asks about the judges
  • 06:55       Rose explains more on the judges as well as the sponsor selection
  • 10:01    Arjan asks about what is offered to the startups also after they win a category
  • 10:28    Rose dives deeper into the sponsors and what the Tech Trail Blazers offers to them
  • 14:45    Max talks about the vision of the judges and how the public can take part
  • 15:57    Rose explains how the public can vote after the judges have done the first round
  • 18:50    Arjan asks about what a startup needs to do to be included
  • 19:20    Rose tells a lot of startups already have Tech trail blazers on the radar and what the process is
  • 20:52    Arjan tells Rose EP 28 was with Poojan the CEO of Clumio
  • 20:59    Rose tells is not at that episode yet but tells that the judges are part of the process as well
  • 22:28    Arjan an Max ask Rose more information on how the process of becoming a judge is

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EP29 – Imagine the possibilities to manage your data with Data Dynamics StorageX – with Piyush Mehta

In this episode we talk with Piyush Mehta, CEO of Data Dynamics, on the StorageX

About Data Dynamics

Data Dynamics empowers enterprises to seamlessly analyse, move, manage and modernize their critical data assets—from creation to archival—while maximizing the value of their current and future infrastructure investments, on-premises and in the cloud.

The intelligent cloud file management platform enables organizations to visualize their data across the enterprise while allowing for the transparent movement of files to the appropriate storage tier. Featuring a powerful Universal Data Engine that performs completely out-of- band, StorageX automates file management, so that organizations can unleash the power of their data cloud. Four key factors are key to the success of Data Dynamics and StorageX:

  • Analyse data, in a single view
  • Move data across storage resources with simplicity
  • Manage data with advanced intelligence
  • Modernize to adapt to a changing cloud landscape
About Piyush

Piyush has over 25 years of entrepreneurial experience, with the past 20 focused in software and technology services. Currently Piyush serves as CEO and a Board Member of Data Dynamics, Inc., a company he founded in 2012.

Piyush is committed to building software solutions that drive value for his customers. He believes that a customer-centric focus is a must, and thus builds an internal team culture with a “customer-first” mindset.

Show Schedule:

  • 0:06 Max kicks of the podcast
  • 0:14 Arjan gets introduced
  • 0:15 Piyush gets introduced
  • 0:28 Max asks Piyush to introduce himself as well as Data Dynamics
  • 0:53 Piyush introduces himself and Data Dynamics to the audience
  • 1:10 Piyush tells Data Dynamics started about 8 years ago in 2012
  • 2:10 Piyush introduces the analytics module of StorageX
  • 2:25 Piyush introduces the Object storage capability of StorageX
  • 3:20 Arjan asks to what the customers use Storage X for
  • 4:32 Piyush Explains that StorageX initial use case was around data movement but with the introduction of the analytics module that changed
  • 6:20 Max asks if StorageX can be used for archival use casses
  • 6:48 Piyush explains how customers use the StorageX product for archival and other use cases without being tied in to the product
  • 9:05 Arjan asks what a customer needs from Data Dynamics to buy and install StorageX
  • 9:17 Piyush explains StorageX is software only deployed on VM’s on the customer environment using SQL or Elastic as the back end
  • 10:10 Piyush explains how StorageX uses UDE’s (Universal Data Engines)
  • 11:00 Max how StorageX helps large enterprise customers get the right insight into their fragmented environments
  • 11:35 Piyush uses the example of a customer with 1200 filers on 4 continents and how StorageX to give the right insights
  • 13:05 Max asks THE question if (and how) StorageX provides compression, deduplication and encryption
  • 14:00 Piyush explains helps with this and says to look at StorageX as a policy management orchestration engine and its flexibility
  • 17:00 Piyush explains the scalability of StorageX thanks to the UDE’s
  • 17:36 Arjan asks how StorageX helps with the accessibility during migration of data
  • 18:20 Piyush tells that StorageX helps with accessibility and security during the migration of data and how
  • 19:20 Arjan asks if the analytics module can only be used by certain vnedor hardware
  • 19:40 Piyush answers tat StorageX supports everything that talks SMB, NFS or S3 natively (with API integration)
  • 20:30 Max asks about use cases that are special for StorageX
  • 20:50 Piyush talks about the different use cases for StorageX
  • 22:25 Max asks for more information on the open shares capability
  • 22:35 Piyush goes into the open shares in more detail
  • 22:45 Max asks how Data Dynamics StorageX can be purchased
  • 23:05 Piyush explains the different methods to purchase StorageX
  • 23:50 Max asks about the license model for StorageX
  • 24:00 Piyush explains it is capacity based per module annual
  • 24:35 Max asks Piyush to highlight StorageX capabilities compared to its competitors
  • 24:45 Piyush answers with Scalability and Experience
  • 25:30 Thanks you and closing


EP28 – Introducing Clumio, A Cloud-Based Data Platform Launching With Data Protection As A Service – with Poojan Kumar

In this 28th episode of the TECHunplugged Podcast we welcome Poojan Kumar, Co-Founder and CEO at Clumio.

Podcast co-hosts Max Mortillaro and Arjan Timmerman talk with Poojan about his new company, what led him to enter a different market and what Poojan hopes to build with Clumio.

About Clumio

Clumio is a secure, backup as a service that consolidates the protection of an enterprise data center and any remote sites with no hardware or software to size, configure, manage – or even buy at all.  As enterprises move aggressively to cloud, they can use Clumio to protect workloads like VMware Cloud on AWS and native AWS services.

Clumio, innovator of authentic SaaS for enterprise backup, today (13-Aug-19) announced $51M in funding from leading Silicon Valley investors and officially launched its flagship backup as a service product. With this new service, enterprises can eliminate hardware and software for on-premise backup and avoid the complexity and cost of running 3rd party backup software in the cloud. By taking full advantage of cloud scale, economics, and elasticity, there is now a secure and efficient way to protect on-premise, VMware Cloud for AWS, and native AWS service workloads.

About Poojan

Poojan Kumar is the co-founder and CEO at Clumio. Poojan brings 18 years of experience in cloud computing and storage and is known for seeing an opportunity for change, innovating and capitalizing on it. Poojan founded and built PernixData that was acquired by Nutanix in 2016, he then served as Vice President of Engineering and Products. Earlier in his career, he was Head of Data Products at VMware and founder at Oracle Exadata.

Show Schedule:

  • 00:00 Show Introduction
  • 01:00 Poojan’s presentation – Exadata, PernixData and the Nutanix acquisition
  • 02:23 Introducing Clumio, Poojan’s latest company
  • 05:05 The « why » of Clumio – a shift from on-premises towards public cloud, and the « SaaS-ification » of products & platforms
  • 06:47 The « what » of Clumio : building a data platform on top of the public cloud, starting with AWS
  • 07:05 The first brick of the Clumio data platform : Data Protection, or delivering Backup-as-a-Service
  • 08:10 Will this first brick expand to other public cloud providers?
  • 09:22 Initial focus is on AWS, with multiple US regions supported at launch
  • 09:40 VMware on-premises as well as VMware on AWS will also be supported at launch
  • 10:55 Is Software-as-a-Service relevant to the way Clumio is consumed, or is Clumio’s intent to backup SaaS applications, or is it a mix of both?
  • 11:52 Poojan : « we are not in the business of selling infrastructure »
  • 12:21 How to get started with Clumio
  • 15:50 How is Clumio’s data stored on the cloud? Is this using S3, or is there any proprietary file system in the background?
  • 18:03 What is Clumio’s view on bandwidth / throughput required to backup the data – are there any data reduction methods applied at the source?
  • 22:20 Arjan’s considerations on bandwidth related matters for customers in the Asia Pacific markets
  • 23:18 Talking about Clumio’s initial customers
  • 25:48 In a crowded market such as Data Protection, what is the main differentiator that Clumio brings to the table?
  • 28:08 What is Clumio’s consumption model, and how can customers purchase the Clumio solution
  • 30:06 Final Comments & Conclusion