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BraveIT 2021 Award Finalists

BraveIT 2021 celebrates the brave stories of a select group of eight nonprofits exemplifying bravery through the utilization of technology for the benefit of others, specifically focusing on charitable organizations dedicated to STEM initiatives in their communities. This video highlights our three finalists, and the grand prize of $10,000 will be awarded to one of the finalists on September 23rd 2021 at 12pm CST.
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  • 2021 BraveIT Award Presentation Recorded: Sep 23 2021 22 mins
    TierPoint
    Join us as we review our BraveIT Award nominees and award the nominees with the most votes from our public contest. Voting closes on September 15, 2021.

    Each year, TierPoint’s BraveIT Award recognizes industry leaders and organizations that exemplify the unique blend of leadership, innovation, commitment, and courage required to succeed in today’s challenging technology environment. Winners for the BraveIT Awards are chosen based on online voting, promoted via social media and email. For 2021, the organization with the most votes will become our grand prize winner and earn a donation of $10,000. Second and third place winners will each receive $5,000, and all participating nominees will receive an upfront $2,000 donation from TierPoint.

    BraveIT 2021 highlights eight deserving nominees across the United States that work with IT leaders and educators making a difference in their communities. Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs help innovative minds to create, imagine, and excel - and as the employment landscape evolves, our future workforce is dependent on STEM education. This year’s BraveIT Award initiative shines a light on organizations dedicated to closing the IT skills gap and helping students innovate and create a bright and brave future for generations to come.

    And the nominees are:
    1. Aspire2STEAM
    2. FIRST
    3. Girls Who Code
    4. i.c.stars
    5. The Children’s Museum of the Upstate (TCMU)
    6. STEM Center of Excellence at Camp Whispering Cedars
    7. Summer Science Program
    8. Warrior-Scholar Project

    Vote now through September 15th, 2021.
  • Why Hybrid IT Environments are a Must in 2022 and Beyond Recorded: Sep 21 2021 55 mins
    Dave McKenny, TierPoint; Bryan O'Neal, TierPoint; Tara Kovaleski, TierPoint
    From small businesses to large multinational enterprises, staying competitive depends on deploying the right mix of technologies from legacy non-cloud systems with public and private clouds to leverage a hybrid IT approach. 

    There are measurable benefits of a hybrid IT approach, however, the convergence of multiple technologies and delivery models makes managing hybrid IT environments incredibly complex.  Despite the challenges, a hybrid approach has become the new normal. 

    Join us on September 21st at 2:00PM CT for a discussion on the trends that are transforming and enabling hybrid IT.  

    KEY TOPICS:
    - The increasing importance of cloud at the edge
    - Organizations dealing with legacy systems
    - Increasing flexibility with software-defined connectivity
    - Workload trends that are migrating to the cloud
  • BraveIT 2021 Award Nominees Recorded: Sep 20 2021 4 mins
    BraveIT
    BraveIT 2021 celebrates the brave stories of a select group of eight nonprofits exemplifying bravery through the utilization of technology for the benefit of others, specifically focusing on charitable organizations dedicated to STEM initiatives in their communities. This video highlights the 5 nominees that were not part of the three finalists, and each of these nominees will take home a $2,000 donation to their organization. Tune in on September 23rd at 12pm CST to learn more about our finalists and find out who will take home the grand prize of $10,000.
  • BraveIT 2021 Award Finalists Recorded: Sep 20 2021 6 mins
    BraveIT
    BraveIT 2021 celebrates the brave stories of a select group of eight nonprofits exemplifying bravery through the utilization of technology for the benefit of others, specifically focusing on charitable organizations dedicated to STEM initiatives in their communities. This video highlights our three finalists, and the grand prize of $10,000 will be awarded to one of the finalists on September 23rd 2021 at 12pm CST.
  • Psychology and Fear in Security Decision Making Recorded: May 20 2021 48 mins
    Paul Mazzucco, TierPoint CSO; PJ Farmer, TierPoint Director of Security Product Management
    The human brain is wired for survival – fear helps us determine what’s safe and unsafe. But sometimes, fear can hold us back from making the right decisions, especially as business leaders. In this session, we interview TierPoint’s Chief Security Officer, Paul Mazzucco, to discuss the psychology of fear when it comes to making those business decisions and how you can use that fear to effectively manage security for your organization. TierPoint Security Product Manager, PJ Farmer, moderates. In this session, our speakers discuss:
    • why fear can be a double-edged sword when making security decisions for your environment
    • the biggest factors holding businesses back from making those decisions
    • best practices on how to overcome that fear and create a successful security strategy for your business
  • Next-Gen Data Breach Prevention: Extended Detection and Response (XDR) Recorded: May 11 2021 33 mins
    PJ Farmer, Director of Security Product Management, TierPoint and Tyler Reese, Security Architect, TierPoint
    Cybersecurity threats are on the rise and only getting more dangerous. It seems every day there’s a new headline about another data breach. Meanwhile, most organizations lack the technology, and many struggle to hire and retain qualified security professionals to detect and respond to these threats. The sophistication of today’s threats and many business regulations require organizations of all sizes to collect, correlate, and analyze security information from all IT systems to enable rapid detection and response. Extended Detection and Response (XDR) solutions, in conjunction with SOC (Security Operations Center) services, enable companies to reduce this cybersecurity risk without increasing their Security personnel headcount.

    Join PJ Farmer, Director of Security Product Management and Tyler Reese, Security Architect at TierPoint for a webinar to discuss the importance of XDR. In this session we’ll address these questions:
    • What is Extended Detection and Response (XDR)?
    • How is XDR different from SIEM and other security solutions?
    • How do these solutions enhance security operations productivity?
    • What SOC activities can you outsource and what activities should you perform in-house?
    • How can XDR solutions facilitate improved and proactive threat protection?
  • Respond, Restart, Reimagine: 3 phases to building business resiliency Recorded: Jan 21 2021 41 mins
    Brian Leimbach, CIO Advise; Matt Brickey, TierPoint
    We’ve been existing in the pandemic world for nearly a year and while many businesses survived, pivoted, and even prospered, over the past months, a large majority have struggled to adapt to new realities.

    In this webinar, Matt Brickey, senior vice president of TierPoint professional services, chats with Brian Leimbach, CEO of CIO Advise about his experiences when working with organizations and their responses to the pandemic. In his role, Brian works with a variety of small and medium businesses to help them make strategic decisions by using digitally disruptive technologies.

    In this session, they will:
    - discuss commonalities Brian has seen in both successful and failed responses,
    - how organizations are starting to restart business once the work-from-home challenges are settled, and
    - the role of the CIO, CTO, and IT as integral change agents in the new normal.
  • Delivering Successful Business Outcomes with Cloud Recorded: Jun 11 2020 64 mins
    Bryan O’Neal, TierPoint; Alvaro Gonzalez, TierPoint and Kong Yang, Nutanix
    Businesses are adopting cloud computing solutions at a staggering rate with most leveraging more than one cloud platform, often including public, private, or hybrid cloud configurations. While many IT professionals are wired for do-it-yourself projects, building your own cloud is not a task that should be taken lightly. Rapidly changing customer demands and technologies have created a constant state of flux for IT teams. Additionally, competing interests are often blocking the path to success. It can be a real struggle to balance routine maintenance and continuity of cloud infrastructure with important projects centered around strategic improvement projects.

    Join TierPoint and Nutanix for a webinar to discuss the key factors to consider when evaluating your cloud strategy. We’ll address these questions:
    •Why are business outcomes fundamental to successful cloud projects?
    •Even if you have the skills available to build your own cloud is it something you should do?
    •How can service providers be that competitive edge for your organization?
    •Practice leadership insights to leverage TierPoint Hosted Private Cloud to delight your customers and deliver success for your business
  • Bots Evolve to Challenge Security in a 5G World Recorded: Apr 23 2020 57 mins
    Paul Mazzucco, Chief Security Officer – TierPoint
    As 5G networks roll out in 2020, many organizations are intrigued by the opportunities they enable for  AI, automation and IoT. The sheer number of devices able to connect to 5G networks in combination with a software-defined architecture creates more potential entry point and paths that can be exploited by bad actors. Join Paul Mazzucco, Chief Security Officer at TierPoint, to learn about 5G network vulnerabilities and how the current generation of bot may threaten the rise of 5G.
  • Mastering Multi-Cloud Environments Recorded: Mar 25 2020 61 mins
    Jo Peterson, Clarify360 | Álvaro González, TierPoint | Matt Wallace, Faction
    Learn how to master multi-cloud and power your modern architecture.

    The worldwide public cloud services market is forecast to grow 17% in 2020 to total $266.4 billion, up from $227.8 billion in 2019, according to Gartner, Inc. Research from Flexera tells us that 84 percent of enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy, with respondents to the Flexera research running applications in a combination of 3.4 public and private clouds and experimenting with 1.5 more for a total of 4.9 clouds.

    Join this panel where industry experts will discuss:

    - Aligning your multi cloud strategy to your organizational strategy
    - Determining internal cloud competency to enable your organization to deploy multi cloud environments
    - Designing complexity into your strategy
    - Factoring in appropriate security to the equation
    - Creating a blueprint to determine which workloads belong in which cloud
    - Controlling scope and growth

    Moderator:
    Jo Peterson, Vice President, Cloud & Security Services, Clarify360

    Panelists:
    Álvaro González, AVP of Partner Strategy and Enablement, TierPoint
    Matt Wallace, CTO, Faction
  • Avoid D*wntime with TierPoint and VMware’s vCloud Availability Recorded: Feb 26 2020 61 mins
    Dale Levesque, Director – Product Management, TierPoint & Guy Bartram, Director, Product Marketing, VMware
    Downtime is a dirty word. When applications and data are inaccessible, employees can’t do their jobs, transactions don’t go through, and business revenue comes to a halt. Beyond lost revenue, the costs of downtime are incurred in many ways including regulatory penalties and legal expenses. Other intangible costs can include loss of customer goodwill and damage to company reputation. It’s troubling that business leaders are becoming less confident in their abilities to recover from a disaster.

    Almost one in five (18%) said they “had concerns” about or were “not confident at all” in their disaster recovery plan. Cloud-based disaster recovery is among the fastest-growing cloud services, and DRaaS enables recovery of your data, applications, and infrastructure – all within minutes. You can achieve more control over your recovery plan, replication, and failover and confidence that your data and applications are protected.

    Join TierPoint and VMware to learn about how TierPoint’s customized cloud-to-cloud recovery solutions powered by VMware’s vCloud Availability protect your virtualized workloads and offer a variety of configurations with failover to private and multitenant clouds. The TierPoint recovery team can create a DR solution for your VMware environments that reduces complexity, minimizes data loss and downtime, and fits your unique requirements and budget.

    Speakers: Dale Levesque, Director – Product Management, TierPoint Guy Bartram, Director, Product Marketing, VMware

    Dale Levesque is a Director of Product Management at TierPoint and is responsible for the development of various cloud and managed services, including storage, backup, and DRaaS. Guy Bartram is a Director of Product Marketing at VMware. He is a customer-centric and results-driven leader with expertise in helping cloud providers implement innovative solutions.
  • 2020 Predictions for Cloud Computing Recorded: Jan 22 2020 43 mins
    Dave McKenney, Director, Product Management - TierPoint and Abhijit Sunil, Analyst - Forrester
    Forrester’s recently released report Predictions 2020: Cloud Computing, outlines five predictions that will shape the cloud landscape in the coming year.

    According to the report, enterprises are just now starting to use cloud to modernize core business apps and processes; to date, they've been using cloud primarily to build new apps and rehost infrastructure. In our view, this movement is well underway and in 2020, drivers like security, cloud-native innovations and new alliances among key hyperscale players will reshape how providers deliver solutions to help enterprises digitally transform.

    Join us for a webinar to discuss these predictions with featured speaker, Forrester Analyst, Abhijit Sunil and TierPoint Director of Product Management, Dave McKenney. In this session you’ll learn more about:
     What’s next in the cloud technology landscape, including public cloud
    insights
     The increasing importance of security in cloud management
     How organizations are rethinking their data and edge strategies
     The growth of hyperconverged infrastructure across new use cases
  • TierPoint’s DRaaS and Backup Predictions for 2020 Recorded: Dec 2 2019 3 mins
    Dale Levesque
    What three trends will we see in 2020 for Disaster Recovery and backup? TierPoint’s Director of Product Management, Dale Levesque, shares his thoughts in this < 3-minute video.
  • The New Wave of HCI: Hyperconverged Infrastructure Meets Evolving Expectations Recorded: Nov 13 2019 60 mins
    Mike Piccininni, Senior Manager, Americas Global Alliances – Dell EMC; Ryle Edwards, Inside Solutions Engineer – SHI; Dave Mc
    Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solutions combine compute, networking, and storage resources into a single system that enables the efficiency and agility that IT organizations crave. Early on, midsize companies successfully deployed HCI solutions on remote office/branch office (ROBO) environments and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) initiatives. These systems allowed IT organizations to both reduce complexity and expense.

    The analysts at IDC expect the HCI market to grow more than 26% year over year for the next five years and the benefits are clear. So, what’s next? Service providers (and end-users) are seeking solutions to help innovate and differentiate. HCI vendors are shifting to a new wave of solutions in order to tackle challenges around artificial intelligence (AI), hybrid cloud deployments and edge computing. Join us for a discussion focused on this new wave of HCI including:
    • How organizations’ expectations have changed - an understanding of what people want out of their clouds
    • The new features/tools organizations can use to innovate and differentiate themselves
    • A view into the roadmap to enable this new wave, created by leading technology vendor Dell EMC

    Our panelists for this session include Mike Piccininni, senior manager, Americas Global Alliances with Dell EMC and Ryle Edwards, inside solutions engineer at SHI. Mike leads the Global Alliances sales teams to co-develop industry-leading service offerings built on Dell Technologies solutions; Ryle has an extensive solutions engineering background and has spent the past four years helping customers evaluate traditional, converged and hyperconverged platforms. Dave McKenney, director of product management at TierPoint will moderate the session. Dave oversees the strategy, product rollout and technical direction of all TierPoint’s cloud solutions.
  • Not Your Grandpa’s DR: Delivering Modern Data Availability for IBM Systems Recorded: Oct 17 2019 49 mins
    Orry Dubois - Chief Technology Officer | ZPX Cloud and PJ Farmer - Director of Product Management |TierPoint
    As hybrid IT environments become the new normal, IT leaders must change their approach to designing and delivering enterprise-wide DRaaS solutions. Disaster recovery solutions must now align with the transformation of production environments to interconnect services, various cloud providers, and IoT, all while securing business-critical data from increasing cyberthreats. For IBM POWER and complex mainframe computing and cloud environments, traditional disaster recovery strategies may not be enough to support today’s business recovery objectives. DR testing the most critical applications once or twice per year is potentially insufficient and has created challenges for IT organizations to demonstrate their ability to meet RTOs and RPOs and have the confidence to invoke their DR plan should an outage occur. Join us for a discussion focused on how a change in thinking about DRaaS solutions can yield unprecedented business resumption capabilities including how to:

    • Overcome challenges associated with hot sites and bare metal restores
    • Benefit from an automated, always-on recovery system
    • Avoid hassles and problems when testing your recovery systems
    • Make hybrid a reality with industry-leading partners in IBM and x86 recovery

    The session will be led by Orry Dubois, Chief Technology Officer at ZPX Cloud. Orry is a 30-year veteran in the disaster recovery (DR) industry and has held various management and leadership roles with multiple DR service providers including Sungard and IBM. PJ Farmer, Director of Product Management at TierPoint, will help review some case studies to understand how this new way of thinking solved our shared clients’ business problems and drove real results.
  • Protect the Reality of “Anywhere”: Identity & Access Management Best Practices Recorded: Sep 26 2019 59 mins
    Matt Tabor, Director of Product Management - TierPoint
    Today’s mobile workforce accesses data from a variety of devices and cloud applications, opening the door for cyber criminals to use compromised identities to damage your organization. IT security teams must now face the reality of being able to protect users and devices anywhere. Shifting focus from traditional security boundaries, the rapid adoption of cloud applications and BYOD has made identity the new perimeter. Solutions like Microsoft’s Office 365 with Enterprise Mobility + Security offer an expansive portfolio of security services to centralize and manage access and identities. Join us for a discussion focused on the core tools and best practices to help protect your users and your business, including how to:
    - Protect access to devices and applications with Azure Active Directory
    - Manage company-owned and bring your own (BYO) devices with Intune
    - Provide extra security with multi-factor authentication
    - Gain visibility into your cloud apps and services with Cloud Application Security

    The session will be led by Matt Tabor, Director of Product Management at TierPoint. Matt has 20 years of experience working with cloud and managed services organizations in various management, consulting, and engineering roles. He currently provides strategic direction around TierPoint’s Managed Services and Cloud Platform including a managed security offering for Office 365 using Enterprise Mobility and Security services from Microsoft.
  • Cybersecurity, Compliance, and IT War Stories | BraveIT Livestream Recorded: Sep 19 2019 61 mins
    LIVESTREAM | BraveIT powered by TierPoint
    BraveIT is an interactive, thought leadership event designed for the modern IT professional happening on 9.19.19 in New York City aboard the Intrepid Seam Air & Space Museum. This livestream features two of our mainstage sessions:

    *INSPECTION! The 2020 Security & Compliance Audit*

    The Internet of Things (IoT), edge computing, 5G network deployments, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, software-defined networking (SDN), public clouds, hybrid infrastructure - what do all of these have in common? They are all experiencing explosive growth. Businesses will benefit from growth in these areas, but with more opportunities come new compliance and cybersecurity challenges. IT decision-makers will need to evolve at a pace matching these new opportunities (and risks). It’s easier said than done, though. How do you keep up with day-to-day IT operations while accounting for new advancements in technology and new trends?

    TierPoint’s Chief Security Officer and Certified Ethical Hacker, Paul Mazzucco, leads a discussion with Forrester Analyst, Renee Murphy, to understand the latest strategies and tactics surrounding cybersecurity and IT compliance.

    *With a Little Help from My Friends: IT Leaders Trade Stories & Secrets*

    A large percentage of businesses – small and large – are undergoing some form of digital transformation, essential for them to stay competitive. But digital transformation may mean something different depending on the type of businesses and industry. Some prioritize their IT transformation efforts to make their IT organization more efficient and positioned for revenue generation.

    Microsoft leads a discussion with a panel of IT leaders who have stories to tell about their current digital & IT transformation efforts (security, cloud migration, disaster recovery, budgets and human resources). Panelists include: Clearsense, Connection, Christian Broadcast Network, and New York City Department of Environmental Protection.
  • 5G, Hyperscale, and Hyperconverged: The Future of IT | BraveIT Livestream Recorded: Sep 19 2019 69 mins
    LIVESTREAM | BraveIT powered by TierPoint
    BraveIT is an interactive, thought leadership event designed for the modern IT professional happening on 9.19.19 in New York City aboard the Intrepid Seam Air & Space Museum. This livestream features two of our mainstage sessions:

    *What 5G Really Means for IT*
    For customers, 5G will mean faster speed and better coverage. For carriers, it means more customers and more towers. For IT, it means something else. There may be some not-so-immediately-obvious impacts from the new technology, like heavier loads on your applications and infrastructure due to the easier access to faster speeds, new sources of data (like IoT, Machine Learning and AI), and ensuring you have the right talent to handle the changes. In this session, we join IT experts in a discussion on the implications and solutions to adapting to the new networking technology.

    Moderated by TierPoint CRO Tony Rossabi, the panel will feature LiveNation SVP Network, Gabriel Sassoon; PCCW Global CEO, Marc Halbfinger; CenturyLink, SVP, Core Network & Technology Solutions, Paul Savill; and IBM Cloud Global Offering Executive, Gabriel Montanti.

    *Battle Royale: Hyperscale vs. Hyperconverged*
    Hyperscale (a.k.a., public) clouds have been all the rage. But as more businesses look to the cloud for their data and applications, they’re asking some tough questions: “Is public cloud more economical than private cloud in all cases? Which type of cloud best addresses my company’s unique needs? How does hyperconverged infrastructure change the equation? Are we properly staffed to manage any of the options?” Industry experts and IT leaders will tackle these and similar questions, to help you make the best decision for your business.

    Moderated by TierPoint President & CFO Mary Meduski the panel will feature Compass Datacenters Founder & CEO Chris Crosby; Nutanix COO, David Sangster; Goldman Sachs Managing Director, Technology, Media and Telecom, Jason Tofsky; Cowen’s Colby Synesael; and Upstack Chief Strategy Officer, Jeff August
  • Don’t be a Headline: Ransomware Basics and How to Achieve Good Security Hygiene Recorded: Aug 29 2019 57 mins
    Darren Carroll, Director of Security Product Management
    Organization under attack. Users locked out. Systems taken offline. Data at risk.
    Ransomware attacks continue to make headlines and impact organizations of all types and sizes. A recent study found that business detections of ransomware attacks have skyrocketed 235 percent since early 2018. With this dramatic increase in attacks, it seems like a good time to talk to our resident security expert about ransomware. Why are these attacks increasing? Despite the visibility, risks, and costs of attacks, how are so many organizations still vulnerable? What can you do to defend your data from this threat? In this webinar, you’ll learn more about this hacker fan favorite including:
    - Ransomware fundamentals – what is it and how does it work?
    - Ransomware in the news.
    - How to prevent ransomware.
    - How to recover from ransomware attacks.
  • What's Hot in Software-defined Networking: Solutions for On-demand Connectivity Recorded: Jul 17 2019 58 mins
    Jay Turner - PCCW Global, Jonathan Rubin - PCCW Global and Dominic Romeo - TierPoint
    Key takeaways from this session include:
    • What is trending in software-defined networking
    • What are simple network tools that allow you to manage high traffic needs
    • How to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of your interconnects from your
    TierPoint data center
    • How to increase your network security and performance and remove friction for end
    users to set up dedicated connections
    • How to implement solutions for on-demand network redundancy
    • How to improve SaaS performance for end users with your network design
    • How to reduce latency between SaaS, clouds, your other sites and end users
    • What are dedicated cloud connectivity options
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