At the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver earlier this year, there was one small booth in the that was quietly going about its business. Staffing the booth was Jim Liddle, CEO of Storage Made Easy, a UK startup in the enterprise file sharing and synchronization (EFSS) space. That there is a company in the EFSS space that isn’t based in Silicon Valley is enough of a shock, but the fact that, unlike the big names in the space (Box, Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive) SME isn’t leveraging the public cloud for its storage makes things interesting. The fact that they were at the OpenStack Summit, an event that is all about private and hybrid cloud, meant that a chat with Liddle was in order.
Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.