Focus on… Game changing technologies in datacenters, cloud, systems, software, and storage
Founder, president and chief analyst, FOCUS, LLC
Barb Goldworm is founder, president and chief analyst of FOCUS, LLC, a research, analyst and consulting firm focused on transformational technologies in virtualization, cloud computing, systems and storage.
Barb is a well-known industry expert, frequent keynote speaker, analyst, book author and columnist, with thirty years’ experience in virtualization, systems, and storage, in various technical, marketing, sales, senior management, and industry analyst positions with IBM, Novell, StorageTek, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), and multiple successful startups. Barb chairs and keynotes at many industry events on virtualization, cloud computing and storage.
In addition to being a frequent speaker, Barb has been content chair for major industry events including Interop – Virtualization (and Advisory Board member), Enterprise Cloud Summit – Private Cloud, Cloud Connect – Private and Hybrid Cloud, ComdexVirtual Virtualization, Data Center Insights, Blade Systems Insight, and Server Blade Summit.
Barb has been a regular keynote speaker at hundreds of virtualization, cloud, datacenter and storage events throughout North America, along with numerous webcasts and podcasts, and been one of the top rated expert speakers at major events such as Tech Target Data Center Decisions, Storage Networking World, Interop and Cloud Connect. Her breadth and depth of knowledge allow her to deliver presentations from keynotes to multi-day workshops on virtualization, cloud, and storage.
Barb has published extensively and has also been a regular expert columnist and speaker on systems and storage since the 1990s for NetworkWorld, ComputerWorld, Storage Networking World Online, TechTarget, IDG, GigaOm, Information Week, Network Computing and Ziff-Davis. She also has been a judge for awards such as Best of VMworld, and Product of the Year.
Barb has authored hundreds of business and technical white papers, market research reports, end-user surveys, and articles, and authored the Wiley book “Blade Servers and Virtualization: Transforming Enterprise Computing While Cutting Costs” (available on Amazon.com).
Barb started with virtualization and storage in the 1970s with IBM, delivered the industry’s first PC Electronic Software Distribution (ESD) Solution in the late 1980s, was a SAN thought leader in the 1990s, a blades and virtualization thought leader and book author in the 2000s, and is now a cloud thought leader. She spent a decade in technical roles as a software developer, systems architect, systems engineer, and director of software development. After another decade in product management, marketing and sales, through VP of marketing and sales, Barb has spent the last ten years as an analyst, consultant, author and speaker. Barb offers an insightful perspective on the IT landscape of today and tomorrow.