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[Panel] Making Cloud-First Storage a Reality: Challenges and Rewards

The benefits of a cloud-first storage strategy are well-known: scalability, flexibility, agility, avoiding lock-in and spreading risk to name a few. But defining your cloud-first storage strategy requires you to take a hard look at your ecosystem and address the challenges of cloud adoption head on.


Join this panel to hear experts discuss how the key challenges - including taking risks with data assets, ownership, integration, security and compliance - can be overcome so that you can unlock the rewards of going cloud-first.
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