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50 must-read IT blogs

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I noticed a tweet or two this morning that mentioned my name in the same breath as "the top 50 IT blogs" and suddenly I was flooded with congratulations from a number of my followers on Twitter.  What started all this talk was an article by where they listed their "50 must-read IT Blogs from BizTech". 


I'm always amazed and humbled by the positive mentions about ATSB over the last couple of years and couldn't wait to share this with my wife.  Her first question was, "Where on the list are you?" (quickly followed by "does that mean you'll be getting a raise"). Well, I'm the third listed but it's not a ranking.  My wife replied, "Well, those kinds of lists are almost always a ranking and if it was alphabetical, Zito would be near the end."  We're kind of used to being the last ones called when something is alphabetical.  Well, in this case, BizTech listed by the name of the blog, not the bloggers name.


I'm in some great company and wanted to call out some of the blogs on the list that I respect and read (non-ranked, taking them in order as I skim down the list BizTech has):

There were a few that were missing from the list that I thought should have been there:

  • Storagebod by Martin Glassborow: When ever anyone asks me who is on my "must read" list of storage and IT bloggers, Martin is at the top.  He sometimes snarky and sometimes critical of vendors but there really isn't anyone who has a better sense of technology and the industry. 
  • The Storage Architect by Chris Evans: Before I've finished mentioning "Bod" out blurts out Chris' name.  Even though he calls me Alvin (inside joke), I wish he wasn't in the UK because I'd probably try to meet up with him monthly and talk to him weekly.  He's a very savvy storage guy. 
  • StorageNerve by Devang Panchigar: I'm so glad I reached out to Devang a few years ago.  When I first found his blog, he was only talking about a competitor's products.  I asked him if he was interested in learning more about HP and extended an invite to him for our very first "Tech Day" that we did.  He hasn't been writing as much lately but he also just recently added a new member to his family. 
  • Techhead by EMC's Simon Seagrave: Simon is one of my favorite people in the industry.  When he called me to tell me he was going to work for EMC a while back, it was a downer of a day for me - I was happy that Simon got a great job at a good company but I knew I wouldn't be able to bring him to the blogger events we do.  I miss seeing Simon as much as I used to.
  • Nigel Poulton by none other than Nigel Poulton: Nigel is another one of those guys that just gets storage. He was on the invite list to the first Tech Day we did and I continue to invite him to events when I can, like HP Discover this last June.
  • Welcome to vSphere-land by Eric Siebert: When we did our first HP Tech Day in Colorado Springs a couple of years back, Eric called me to ask why I didn't invite him.  At the time, I didn't know much about him and I was just starting to do our blogger days.  Boy, not inviting him was one of my biggest mistakes since I've been doing this job.  Eric is rockstar in the VMware community, a wealth of knowledge and just a great guy to hang out with.  I'm happy to have him at HP and he'll be writing here on ATSB on a regular basis.
  • Storage Illustrated by Marc Farley: before HP bought 3PAR, I really admired what Marc did.  He's brought his trade to an blog and has really done some creative things to help simplify technology - like his whiteboard videos. 

What blogs are you reading? Maybe you're reading someone that I haven't discovered yet - please leave a comment with what bloggers are on your reading list!

Labels: Bloggers| storage
Chris M Evans | ‎09-07-2011 11:56 PM



You deserve the recognition.  Your hard work at the HP events (most recently Discover 2011) is really appreciated.  Enjoy your 15 minutes!



| ‎09-08-2011 06:39 AM

Hey Chris - you got me laughing out loud.  I appreciate it and I think 5 minutes is more likely!

fahim | ‎09-21-2011 07:29 AM

Hi! Chris Your hard work at the HP events (most recently Discover 2011) is really appreciated.  Enjoy your 15 minutes!

| ‎09-23-2011 10:14 PM

I'm not clear if you were talking to Chris or me (Calvin) - but thanks on behalf of both of us.

tezzjb | ‎03-02-2012 11:08 AM

Nice work man good keep it up your web site is to good i like to read this type of website Framework

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