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Is the Cloud Creating Better IT?

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Recorded Oct 27 2010 48 mins
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Bob Tarzey, Quocirca; Len Padilla, NTT Europe; Peter Judge, eWeek
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    The 2020 Cloud Computing Survey from IDG has found that 32 per cent of respondents’ organizations’ budgets are being spent on cloud computing - and that an incredible 59 per cent said their organizations would be mostly or all in the cloud within 18 months. With the steep rise of adoption seeing cloud continue to take a great leap forward, it’s time to assess the state of the cloud nation.

    Join this panel of cloud and IaaS experts as they discuss the impact of cloud growth on not just the IT team - but the business as a whole. Topics of discussion will include:

    - As cloud is evolving, is multi-cloud the future?
    - How connecting and combining with other services in the cloud techscape can meet an unlimited number of application and data needs
    - How ‘cloud is the answer’ as we enter challenging economic times prompted by COVID-19
    - How cloud is calling for the addition of new cloud roles and functions, and the need to reskill IT for the cloud
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    In this session, we will cover how ISVs (including Startups) of all sizes can create successful partnerships with the major Cloud Service Providers (CSPs). We will discuss how technology partners can leverage CSP programs and build relationships with the CSPs to drive technical integration; sell with and sell through strategies via the cloud marketplaces and develop joint revenue opportunities. At the end of the session, attendees will be able to hit the ground running and amplify their growth opportunities via the CSPs.
  • Every cloud has a silver lining: Which provider is best for you? Sep 15 2020 12:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Jakub Pawlowski, Enterprise Cloud Architect and CEO, Volentus Ltd
    Cloud initially was only about storage and compute but the choice of a cloud provider is no longer about who can give you such resources cheaper and in the most reliable way. We’re entering the era of specialization now.

    Each cloud provider has now some unique offerings which make it stand out from their competitors and the speed of innovation happening in many services offered makes it really difficult to catch up and make the best choice. It is increasingly tempting to become complacent however the smart companies should have more than one cloud provider in their toolbox so that not every problem looks like a nail.

    We’ll be focusing on the three main cloud providers: AWS, Azure and GCP using as much as possible examples from my past and current cloud migrations.

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    ● A helicopter view on the current cloud landscape
    ● What are each provider's biggest strengths?
    ● What criteria companies use when choosing a cloud provider?
    ● When you should consider using more than one provider and when it is not recommended
    ● What is a typical multi-cloud architecture, using Google Anthos as an example
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    •Encrypting data—either at rest or in motion
    •Using hashes to authenticate/ Information coding and data transfer methodologies
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    •Managing multiple clusters
    •Keeping the business functioning if a cluster goes down
    •How to prepare for the coming datapocalypse

    After you watch the webcast, check out the Q&A blog at: https://bit.ly/2DE91fL
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    Enterprises accumulate new cloud solutions rapidly, but still run 40% of their workloads in their own data centers. Without a plan, the result is an unsupportable mess. Join Nemertes Research as we discuss how to pull all the pieces together to make a coherent hybrid multicloud IT can manage, and use to deliver real business value.
  • Value-driven Cloud and Imperative Analysis Recorded: Jun 16 2020 49 mins
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    In the world of enterprise cloud, multi-cloud strategies can be sophisticated. This webinar will discuss cost-savings in the cloud utilizing advanced tools for multi-cloud deployment for reducing CapEx and OpEx while streamlining processes and optimizing revenue cycles.
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    With some calling multi-cloud ‘the new normal’, more and more companies are moving towards a multi-cloud future. The benefits of a multi-cloud strategy - including reducing vendor lock in and capitalizing on different cloud providers’ strengths - however, take some time to become apparent.

    This panel takes a closer look at how to make the path to successful multi-cloud management as straightforward and clear as possible. From how to manage conflicting infrastructure and serverless applications, to workflow portability, join cloud experts as they discuss:

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    oThe range of technologies and capabilities under development to help enterprise hyperscalers and cloud service providers (CSPs) serve IT customers
    oHow scalability differs in block vs. file workloads
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    * Is it ‘RESHAPING’ the human aspect or REPLACING it?
    * Is the ‘What’ taking precedence over the Why?
    * Is Digital transformation possible minus disruption?

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    * How using different methodologies like ‘Design Thinking’ and ‘empathy mapping’ can help retain the HUMAN element in digital transformation
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    In this webcast, we will explore why your storage may be acting strangely now that it’s been subjected to the whims of data scientists. We’ll look at how and why the I/O patterns have changed, where this will lead, and some of the tactics and strategies you can deploy now to prevent impact from this new movement of storage saboteurs! We’ll discuss:

    •Why are data scientists here? (the benefits a data scientist brings to the organisation)
    •How to spot a data scientist in the wild (data patterns to look out for)
    •Feeding and watering your data scientist (what they need and how to provide it)
    •Planning for more data scientists (how to make your infrastructure data scientist ready)
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    •Is the data packaged in unusual or specific ways?
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Cloud computing is a general concept that incorporates software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and other recent well-known technology trends in which the common theme is reliance on the Internet for satisfying the computing needs of the users.

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