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Join The WHIR This Thursday in Vancouver, B.C.

The WHIR team is on the road again, heading to the West Coast for a networking event in Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2017. The free event is held from 6 – 9 p.m. in the Uber Lounge at Steamworks Brewing Co. RSVP for free now.

Thanks to our sponsors, including platinum sponsor Lenovo, new sponsor Datera, and MERGE! Show, we are able to offer complimentary drinks and appetizers to our attendees. Our sponsors are also giving away prizes. Make sure you bring a business card to be qualified to enter the draw. You could win:

  • Lenovo is giving away a Yoga Tab 3 Pro
  • Datera is giving away an Apple Watch Series 2

Feel free to invite your local colleagues as well. The more is certainly merrier when it comes to the WHIR networking events!


After Vancouver, there are still three WHIR networking events left in 2017. You can view the full schedule here. 

Want more information about sponsorship? Get in touch today.

IBM Acquires Israeli Data Center Networking Startup Cloudigo

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IBM has acquired Cloudigo, a data center networking startup based in the Tel Aviv area.

Little public information is available about Cloudigo’s technology; information on its website has been replaced by a notice of the acquisition.


John Considine, GM of cloud infrastructure services for IBM Watson and Cloud Platform, wrote in brief a blog post earlier this month that the startup focused on “advanced networking technology that moves the networking function from the server to the edge, increasing data center efficiency.”

The Cloudigo team will work in IBM’s Cloud Innovation Lab, part of the company’s Cloud Infrastructure group, he said.

Gal Sagie, Cloudigo founder and CTO, said in a LinkedIn post that his company was “joining an incredible team with an important mission to make networking infrastructure great in hyper scale.”

Terms of the transaction or its targeted closing date were not disclosed.

WHIR Networking Events Comes Home to Toronto

For those of you who keep up with the WHIR Networking Events schedule, you know that we are in cities around the U.S. throughout the year. But I have to admit, it is so nice when we host an event in Toronto so we can meet our attendees and sponsors in our own backyard.

Last Thursday night we had the opportunity to host a networking event at the Pravda Vodka Bar, and there was an incredible turnout of folks working in web hosting, data centers, software as a service, finance, and more. We have to thank our sponsors for their role in supporting our event, without whom none of it would be possible, so thank you Lenovo, ServerMania and MERGE. Our sponsors not only provide the complimentary drinks and food at each event, but also show up with some can’t-miss prizes that we give away to lucky attendees:

  • Lenovo gave away a Yoga Tab 3 Pro to Jeff Woo, Production Manager at weare1188 Creative Studio
  • ServerMania gave away Sony XB650BT Extra Bass Wireless Headphones to John Saleh, President & CEO of IT Tailors
  • MERGEgave away a pass to its conference in Orlando from October 14 – 18, 2017 to Kiera Howe, CTO of Wiley Solutions

Thank you so much to everyone who made it out to the event, and for those of you in the Denver area, mark your calendars because we’ll be in your city on September 28, so RSVP free today.


WHIR Networking Events Comes Home to Toronto

For those of you who keep up with the WHIR Networking Events schedule, you know that we are in cities around the U.S. throughout the year. But I have to admit, it is so nice when we host an event in Toronto so we can meet our attendees and sponsors in our own backyard.

Last Thursday night we had the opportunity to host a networking event at the Pravda Vodka Bar, and there was an incredible turnout of folks working in web hosting, data centers, software as a service, finance, and more. We have to thank our sponsors for their role in supporting our event, without whom none of it would be possible, so thank you Lenovo, ServerMania and MERGE. Our sponsors not only provide the complimentary drinks and food at each event, but also show up with some can’t-miss prizes that we give away to lucky attendees:

  • Lenovo gave away a Yoga Tab 3 Pro to Jeff Woo, Production Manager at weare1188 Creative Studio
  • ServerMania gave away Sony XB650BT Extra Bass Wireless Headphones to John Saleh, President & CEO of IT Tailors
  • MERGEgave away a pass to its conference in Orlando from October 14 – 18, 2017 to Kiera Howe, CTO of Wiley Solutions

Thank you so much to everyone who made it out to the event, and for those of you in the Denver area, mark your calendars because we’ll be in your city on September 28, so RSVP free today.


WHIR Networking Hits Washington, D.C. During Microsoft Inspire 2017

The WHIR returned to the nation’s capital this week for a WHIR Networking Event during the Microsoft Inspire conference, which drew 15,000 attendees from around the world. It was great to see many of our international readers and supporters from over the years in the wonderful city of Washington, D.C.!

As typical for July in the city, the heat was intense, but thanks to our sponsors, our attendees were kept cool with complimentary refreshments.

Thanks to our sponsors for the support, and for providing some lucky attendees with prizes:


  • Lenovo gave away a Yoga Tab 3 Pro to Janine Goodman of Avenue 4
  • H5 Data Centers gave away a $250 Apple gift card to Karl Stallknecht of Slable
  • Infomart Data Centers gave away a Google Home to Keneshe Barns of Tech Data
  • Sabey Data Centers gave away a Nike+ Apple Watch to Shannon Farmerie
  • Radware gave away a $100 AMEX gift card to Sabarinthan Sampath of Racknap
  • Tech Data gave away an Amazon Echo Dot to Susan Emanuel
  • Plesk gave away a JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Bluetooth Wireless Speaker to John Masin of SitScope
  • CSC Leasinggave away a UE Boom Portable Bluetooth Speaker to Munesh Jadoun of Racknap

Two weeks from today (July 27) we will be in Toronto, Ontario for a networking event at the Pravda Vodka Bar from 6 – 9 p.m. RSVP today for free and let your colleagues in the area know!

After that we take a bit of a break for August, but we will see those of you in the Denver area on September 28 for another networking event! Keep posted on all of our events here.

If you are interested in sponsoring an upcoming event, please get in touch.

WHIR Chicago Networking Event Recap

The WHIR was in Chicago last week for our networking event at the Rockit Bar & Grill, a very cool and spacious venue, providing the perfect atmosphere for all of our guests that made it out!

Thanks to our sponsors for providing complimentary food and drink as well as several fantastic prizes that they gave away to some lucky winners:

  • Lenovo gave away a Yoga Tab 3 Pro to Brian J. Greenberg of Akrete Communications
  • 1547 Datacenters gave away noise canceling headphones to Rene Pena of cPanel
  • H5 Data Centers gave away an Apple gift card to Corey Northcutt of Northcutt
  • Netrality Properties gave away a $100 AMEX gift card to Craig Ball of The Ball Group
  • Radware gave away a $100 AMEX gift card to Meisha Robinson of Kelzer Care Center

Thanks to all attendees and the sponsors who make our events possible. If you are in Washington, D.C. on July 11 be sure to RSVP to our upcoming networking event, running in conjunction with the Microsoft Inspire 2017 conference.