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Cloud Computing: Infrastructure and Beyond

Infrastructure-as-a-Service is so last-decade. Today’s applications take advantage of a rich stew of cloud computing services up and down the software stack. This presentation will talk about the cloud computing trends that enable next-generation applications and how development teams can take advantage of them to provide competitive differentiation for their organizations.

Join Bernard Golden, author of "Amazon Web Services for Dummies," to participate in the following discussions:

Higher-level cloud services enable next-generation applications
Designing applications beyond Infrastructure-as-a-Service
Managing and monitoring next-generation applications
Addressing lock-in fears
Cost implications associated with using richer cloud services
Recorded Nov 15 2016 49 mins
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Bernard Golden, CEO Navica, VP ActiveState Software, and author of Amazon Web Services for Dummies
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