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Steve Wylie
Cloud Connect is next week and we are ready to get things started.  Last week we published a partial list of speakers and today I’m pleased to take the wraps off the balance of our amazing program.

 

Joe Weinman, Author, Cloudonomics
Strategically Exploiting the Cloud
The benefits of cloud computing are often listed as cost reduction and business agility.  This may be true, but misses the bigger picture: the opportunity for firms to exploit cloud computing, big data, mobile, social, and the Internet of Things to attain strategic advantage.  Companies such as Amazon, Google, and Microsoft are leveraging these technologies in their cloud businesses, but also their other businesses: Amazon in retailing and entertainment; Google in search, entertainment, and advertising; and Microsoft in gaming.  But it isn’t just “cloud” companies that can benefit from these technologies, traditional manufacturing firms such as BMW, GE, Nike, and P&G as well as emerging companies are using today’s digital technologies to win in the marketplace.

 

Margaret Dawson, VP of Product Marketing & Cloud Evangelist, HP Cloud Services
Cloud in the Era of Hybrid Washing – What’s Real, What’s Not?
First it was cloud washing, with many companies attaching their products and services to the cloud to attract more customers and drive revenue. Today, with a myriad of cloud solutions and services on the market, companies are now jumping on the ‘hybrid’ bandwagon, labeling every solution with this latest buzzword, which has led to “hybrid washing” and customer confusion. What is Hybrid – what’s real and what’s not? Please join Margaret Dawson, HP Cloud, in this provocative, hype-busting session as she discusses cloud in the era of hybrid washing. A cloud computing and IT industry veteran, Dawson will cover why hybrid cloud matters and how IT can gain control within a hybrid reality to drive greater innovation and business impact. She will also talk about the importance of an open cloud architecture to achieve the needed interoperability, manageability and reliability in a hybrid cloud environment

 

Mayur Shintre, Cloud Platform Architect, Target
Managing Multiple Clouds in an Enterprise: A Heterogeneous Lens


 

 

Michael Ducy, Enterprise Architect, Chef
The Goat and the Silo: What an Old Calculus Problem Can Teach Us about Instilling the Culture of DevOps
We may know the Goat and Silo problem as a common calculus mathematical problem, but Goats (scape goats) and Silo (organizational silos) problems also plague IT organizations.  When drastic organizational change is recommended to implement a culture of DevOps and successfully adopt a PaaS platform, the time is right to explore how the philosophies of DevOps can be used to turn Goats and Silos into assets that can not only help in enabling an organizational transformation, but assist in implementing transformational technologies such as PaaS.

 

Jonathan Bryce, Executive Director, OpenStack Foundation
Taking Control of your Cloud Strategy
One of the central questions being explored at the Cloud Connect Summit is how open clouds and APIs provide enterprise value. In this session, Jonathan Bryce will address the value of open cloud platforms through the changing dynamics of users and technology vendors in the cloud ecosystem. Jonathan will explore how open source development is changing the relationship between users and vendors, and how open APIs are critical for choice and interoperability. He will provide specific examples of users in the OpenStack community who are no longer passively consuming software, but are actively participating in the evolution of their cloud platform. The result for enterprises is the ability to move faster, access more vendor and technology choices, and greater control of vendor relationships and costs.

 

Scott Carlson, Cloud Infrastructure Architect, PayPal
The Software-defined Data Center at PayPal
As the world’s most successful e-commerce payment platform, the security and availability of the PayPal infrastructure are beyond critical. With 143 million active registered accounts in 193 markets, PayPal needs to be agile and flexible. So how does this enterprise remain agile enough to support internal business units as well as phenomenal end-user growth? Through an open and robust software-defined data center (SDDC) based on OpenStack cloud software. In this talk, Scott will address enabling agility at scale through PayPal’s software-defined data center model, and the benefits they are achieving.

 

JP Morgenthal, Director, Cloud Computing Practice, Perficient, Inc.
Eating The Elephant: Introducing DevOps Into Enterprise IT
We view applications from a stack perspective, responsibility for that stack is divided among various disparate ownership in Enterprise IT, how do we let the stack dictate introduction of DevOps responsibilities.

 

Marc Trouard-Riolle, Senior Technical Marketing Manager, Citrix Systems Inc.
Case Studies of Real-world Cloud-enabled Enterprises
Marc Trouard-Riolle is a Senior Technical Marketing Manager at Citrix Systems Inc.  After many years working in a variety of technical pre & post sales roles within the virtualisation arena and most recently within Product Management for the Citrix XenServer product, Marc’s accomplishments include product releases focussed on integration with other technologies such as Intel’s Trusted eXecution Technology integration or other Citrix products.  Now with a Technical Marketing focus and with a broader remit across multiple Citrix products, responsibilities include demo infrastructure management and conference support, amongst the many duties as a Citrix cloud technologies’ subject matter expert.

 

Bernard Golden, Vice President, Enterprise Solutions, Enstratius, a Dell Company
Working With, Not Against, Developers and Business Units to Succeed in the Cloud
Today, developers and business units are leading the charge to cloud computing. The primary driver: accelerated application life cycles available by using new computing infrastructure, freed from the perceived friction of on-premise computing environments and processes. However, it’s not clear that these initiatives observe critical requirements relating to security, legal requirements, and company policy. This presentation will discuss how internal IT can work with developers to enable agility while validating governance requirements are observed. Specific attention will be paid to policy automation, service catalogs, and code management. The end result? Agility and governance combined to achieve success.

 

Steve Riley, Technical Director, Office of the CTO, Riverbed Technology
What do you mean I can’t have a SPAN port? Monitoring performance in the cloud
The cloud is not a replacement for an on-premise data center, and it isn’t a replacement for a branch office. Many of the techniques we’re accustomed to using for measuring performance may require adaptation. For SaaS applications, taking some measurements from various points around the globe might be useful for determining whether people in branch offices or remote users should go directly to the SaaS provider or route through the corporate data center. For IaaS/PaaS, applications hosted purely in the cloud could benefit from transaction tracing. Injecting measurement techniques directly into applications can help provide real-time and historical analysis of how performance varies from location to location and over time. Transaction analysis can also identify potential bottlenecks when porting existing applications to the cloud, thus exposing them to more WAN-type links (everyone traverses a WAN to get to the cloud and to move from cloud to cloud). Using a WAN simulator and some historical data, it becomes possible identify potential changes to the application that would make it less sensitive to latency problems. Latency is always going to be a challenge; you can’t change the laws of physics.

 

Keynote Panel: Solving the Real-world Challenges of the Cloud-enabled Enterprise
The future of enterprise computing will be wildly heterogeneous with public, private and hosted private clouds converging to provide a new breed of IT services. But will next gen services offer the enterprise-grade assurance of reliability, performance and security and how will technology leaders ensure visibility and control over resources that are now largely out of their control?

 

Moderator: Liam Eagle, Analyst, 451 Research
Panelists:
  • Patrick Harding, CTO, Ping Identity
  • Andres Rodriguez, CEO & Founder, Nasuni
  • Jaspreet Singh, Co-Founder and CEO, Druva
  • Jeff Irby, Vice President, North America Services, Unisys

Daniel Koffler, Senior Principal Advisor, Operations Technologies, Rio Tinto Alcan

How Cloud and the Industrial Internet are Poised to Revolutionize Heavy Industry and Manufacturing

Not all Big Data is created equal. To date the majority of Big Data implementations have focused on consumer behavior or the social web. However, datasets from the Industrial Internet (aka The Intenet of Things) will drive efficiency and cost savings within manufacturing and heavy industry in a manner not seen since the introduction of the steam engine. With just a 1% increase in industrial efficiency, cloud technologies and the Industrial Internet are set to create at least $1 trillion in additional value over the next decade and most projections estimate a much higher efficiency increase than the 1% goal.  This session will explore how cloud technologies and the Industrial Internet are changing manufacturing and heavy industry as well as how these technologies will impact your day to day life as a consumer and citizen

And that completes Day 2 of the Cloud Connect Summit! We’re planning for lots of Q&A time with this esteemed group of speakers so get your questions ready and I’ll see you in Vegas!

 
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Cloud Connect is less the two weeks away I’m happy to announce that our agenda is now final!  We have an amazing group of speakers lined up and the most relevant topics planned for the two-day summit.

Adrian CockcroftAdrian Cockcroft, Technology Fellow, Battery Ventures

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly – Critical Decisions for the Cloud Enabled Enterprise

At Battery Ventures, Adrian advises the firm and its portfolio companies about technology issues and also assists with deal sourcing and due diligence.  Prior to Battery, Adrian helped lead the Netflix migration to a large-scale, highly available public-cloud architecture and the open source cloud-native Netflix OSS platform.

chriswolfChris Wolf, CTO, Americas, VMware

Blast from the Past! Accelerating Your Hybrid Cloud Journey

At VMware, Chris collaborates with the IT and business community at large on cloud, mobile, virtualization and data center modernization strategies. Before joining VMware, Chris was a Research Vice President for Gartner’s Technical Professionals service.

Mark ThieleMark Thiele, EVP Data Center Technology, Switch

The Power of a Strong IT Ecosystem

A top speaker at past Cloud Connect events, Mark’s responsibilities at Switch include evaluating new data center technologies, developing partners and providing industry thought leadership.

Jimit_AroraJimit Arora, VP, Everest Group

Cloud Adoption in the Enterprise – Distilling the Facts from the Hype

Jimit will help us get the facts straight with fresh data from the 3rd annual Enterprise Cloud Adoption Survey.  At Everest, Jimit leads the IT Services research practice, which is focused on conducting in-depth research on the full spectrum of technology services across applications,infrastructure, cloud services, and next-generation IT.

scott-bilsScott Bils, Managing Partner, Leverhawk

Making the Case for IT-as-a-Service

Scott is a Managing Partner at Leverhawk, and leads the firms’ consulting and advisory services around ITaaS and Service Provider Transformation.  Scott will tackle why Cloud, DevOps and ITaaS are synergistic; why CIOs need to incubate cloud and new ITaaS operations; how internal “marketing” and communication is becoming a critical skill for CIOs seeking to drive ITaaS and cloud transformation.

sandra_kurtzigSandra Kurtzig, CEO, Kenandy

Cloud ERP: Empowering Real People

Sandra was the first woman to take a technology company public, and was included on Business Week’s list of the top 50 corporate leaders. She founded Kenandy in 2010 with the vision to transform the world of enterprise management software.

jared_wrayJared Wray, Chief Technology Officer, CenturyLink Cloud

Human Cost of Cloud

Jared is a respected thought leader in the enterprise cloud services space, having originated the Iron Foundry open source Platform as a Service (Paas) project. He also founded Tier 3 which was acquired by CenturyLink in 2013.

 

Jonathan Murray Profile PicJonathan Murray, EVP and Chief Technology Officer, Warner Music Group

From Theory to Practice: Implementing the ‘Composable Enterprise’

Jonathan is responsible for Warner Music Group’s global technology strategy, IT Service delivery and transformation to a newly developed – cloud based -­‐‑ Digital Services Platform.  He introduced the concept of the ”Composable Enterprise’ to describe a radical new approach to transforming business through the use of a new generation of cloud based platform architectures.

uri_saridUri Sarid, CTO, MuleSoft

Integration Unlocking The Organization Of the Future

Uri is CTO of enterprise integration company Mulesoft and was formerly Vice President of the NOOK Cloud at Barnes & Noble, where he architected, led, and released the flagship digital content and user platform for NOOK. At Cloud Connect, Uri will tackle the important topic of APIs in the Enterprise.

ben_golubBen Golub, CEO, Docker

Are VMs Passé?

Ben is a serial entrepreneur as CEO of Docker, former CEO of Gluster (now part of Red Hat) and Plaxo (now part of Comcast Interactive). His Cloud Connect talk explores the pro’s, con’s, hype, and reality, and whether “containerization” really does make VMs passé.

speaker-ben-kepesBen Kepes, Founder and Principal, Diversity Limited

Panel Discussion: Is there a Future for of PaaS in an IaaS World?

Mark Russinovich, Technical Fellow, Microsoft
Margaret Dawson, VP of Product Marketing & Cloud Evangelist, HP Cloud Services
Jesse Proudman, Founder and CEO, Blue Box
Krishnan Subramanian, Director, OpenShift Strategy, Red Hat
Brent Smithurst, VP of Product Management/Marketing, ActiveState

Michael BiddickMichael Biddick, CEO, Fusion PPT

Case Study on Cloud Computing Interoperability and Portability

Michael Biddick will present a case study on cloud computing portability and interoperability within a U.S. Government agency. Michael has worked with hundreds of Government and international commercial organizations, providing expertise in information technology and cloud computing solutions.

And that’s just day 1 of the Cloud Connect Summit!   We’re planning for lots of Q&A time with this esteemed group of speakers so get your questions ready and I’ll see you in Vegas!

 
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As we approach our first Cloud Connect Summit in Las Vegas, I’d like to recognize the people we count on most for developing the high-quality conference program Cloud Connect is known for.  This year we have been fortunate to get support from an amazing team of experts and influencers. Their guidance can be seen in the caliber of speakers we have assembled to take the stage in just three weeks!

Wendy White, Principal, Surge Marketing Group

@wendywhite

 

 

 

Bernard Golden, Vice President, Enterprise Solutions, Enstratius, a Dell Company

@bernardgolden

 

 

Scott Bils, Managing Partner, Leverhawk

@sbils

 

 

 

Alistair Croll, VP, CloudOps Research

@acroll

 

 

Charlie Babcock, Editor-at-large, InformationWeek

@babcockcw

 

 

Joe Weinman, Author, Cloudonomics

@joeweinman

 

 

Steve Riley, Technical Director, CTO Office, Riverbed Technology

@riverbed

 

 

Dave Roberts, Author, Leverhawk.com/ Sr. Director, BMC Software

@sandhillstrat

 

 

 

Ben Kepes, Advisor, Investor and Founder, Diversity Limited

@benkepes

 

 

 

Jimit Aurora, Vice President, Everest Group

@everestgroup

 

 

Andrew Conry-Murray, Director of Content & Community, Interop

@Interop_Andrew

 

 

 

Thank you to a great team! See you in Vegas!

 

 

 

 
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One of our goals with Cloud Connect Chicago is to provide a side-by-side comparison of the leading cloud platforms and ecosystems.  CloudStack is a top-level project within the Apache Software Foundation and is one of the leading contenders in the battle for Infrastructure-as-a-Service adoption.  This week we are taking the wraps off the CloudStack Track we have been planning with key members of the CloudStack community.  Meet the the co-track chairs for this year’s program:

Mark Hinkle, Sr. Director, Open Source Solutions, Citrix – Mark Hinkle is the Senior Director of Cloud Computing Community at Citrix Systems Inc. He joined Citrix as a result of their July 2011 acquisition of Cloud.com where he was their Vice President of Community. He is currently responsible for Citrix open source efforts  around the open source cloud computing platform, Apache CloudStack and the Xen Hypervisor. Previously he was the VP of Community at Zenoss Inc.,  a producer of the open source application, server, and network management software, where he grew the Zenoss Core project to over 100,000 users and 20,000 organizations on all seven continents. He also is a longtime open source expert and author having served as Editor-in-Chief for both LinuxWorld Magazine and Enterprise Open Source Magazine. Mr. Hinkle is also the author of the book, “Windows to Linux Business Desktop Migration.” (Thomson, 2006). He is a contributor to NetworkWorld’s Open Source Subnet and his personal blog on open source, technology, and new media can be found at www.socializedsoftware.com. You can follow him on twitter @mrhinkle.

Aaron Delp, Sr. Director, Technical Marketing, Citrix – Aaron Delp is the Sr. Director of Technical Marketing for the Citrix Cloud Platforms Group. He currently leads the generation and publishing of reference architectures, technical documentation, competitive intelligence, and field enablement content. Prior to Citrix, Aaron led the Cloud Field Enablement team for VCE specializing in management, orchestration, and automation products from VMware, Cisco, EMC, and CA Technologies. In addition, Aaron led a solutions team that designed, tested, and published the configuration of Cisco Unified Communications (UC) on the VCE Vblock Platform. Other past responsibilities include a top 50 technology value added reseller (VAR), ePlus Technology serving as the Data Center Practice Lead & over ten years at IBM holding various positions supporting business partners, vendors, and distributors to design and deploy data center solutions. Continue Reading »

 
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Cloud Connect has been closely tracking the recent heated debate around which infrastructure is best suited for the enterprise cloud. There’s still no clear verdict, so Cloud Connect will continue the conversation from the keynote stage in Chicago. From accessibility to cost to security, AWS, CloudStack and OpenStack all have their benefits and limitations, which experts will thoroughly explore during the keynote panel, “Stack Wars: The Battle for the Enterprise Cloud.”

We’re pleased to announce that Margaret Dawson, VP of Product Marketing & Cloud Evangelist of HP Cloud Services will moderate the panel, which will include advocates for these competitive platforms. Margaret is perfectly positioned to host this session, with more than 20 years of global leadership experience and ample time spent working in the cloud industry. Prior to her current position at HP, she ran point for two cloud startups in the B2B integration and data storage markets, and served at Microsoft and Amazon.com. She has a keen understanding of cloud trends, and is a valued member of both the Cloud Connect Advisory Council and the Cloud Network of Women (CloudNOW).

This is a session you won’t want to miss. We’ll be revealing panelists closer to the event, so be sure to check back on the Cloud Connect Chicago keynote page for more information. In the meantime, if you’re on Twitter, follow Margaret ‏@seattledawson to keep tabs on her perspective on the cloud.

What’s your stack of choice? Weigh in at Cloud Connect Chicago, October 21-23 at McCormick Place. If you haven’t already, register now to lock in Early Bird pricing and save up to $500 on Conference Passes.

 
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Visionary, cutting-edge and inspirational Cloud Connect keynote speakers will provide insight into crafting your own cloud computing plans. That’s why we’re excited to announce Duke Skarda, CTO of Softlayer, will be part of the transformational keynote program at Cloud Connect Chicago.

As the CTO, he holds responsibilities for implementing, designing and enhancing the proprietary SoftLayer Infrastructure Management System (IMS). Prior to joining SoftLayer, Mr. Skarda served as the Vice President of Information Technology and Software Development at The Planet. He served in this role from June, 2009 to October, 2010.

Previously, Duke spent 10 years with Level 3 Communications in a series of increasingly responsible positions. As Senior Vice President for its Content Markets Group, he led Engineering and IT development for its Content Distribution Network platform and IT support systems. As Senior Vice President for IT Architecture and Application Development, he led a broad range of programs, including business process management, order-entry and service assurance development. He also served as Vice President of IT Architecture, where he led the development of a long-range systems roadmaps, systems merger and acquisition planning, and the development of the company’s Enterprise Architecture team.

Duke Skarda earned a B.S. in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at El Paso.

Be sure to attend Cloud Connect Chicago October 21-23, 2013 at McCormick Place to hear about a new approach of how infrastructure can support APIs and operational procedures in the cloud.  Register early to lock in Early Bird rates and save up to $500 on Conference Passes.

 
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There is no question OpenStack is hot. Growth of other open source cloud software is flattening but OpenStack enjoys rising interest, developer attention and deployments. Support from a diverse ecosystem of major corporations, governments and startups has allowed OpenStack to grow faster than any project in the history of open source software. As OpenStack enjoys rising market share it is important for developers and IT departments to gain and informed point of view on the status of OpenStack, as well as a more nuanced understanding of how the software might play a role in helping organizations deploy cloud infrastructure to support business units.

That is why Cloud Connect Chicago has expanded its 2013 Conference lineup to include an all new OpenStack Boot Camp and OpenStack Track. These sessions will help you separate marketing hype from what’s real in OpenStack and understand how companies are using OpenStack in production today. Sessions include:

 

OpenStack Boot Camp

Separate marketing hype from what’s real and gain an informed point of view on the status of OpenStack, as well as a more nuanced understanding of how the software will play a role in helping your organization deploy cloud infrastructure.

Hype vs. Reality: What Works and What Needs Work in OpenStack

Dig deep into each OpenStack service and gain a candid assessment including which components are ready for prime time, and which ones are incomplete or broken.

 

 

APIs, Architecture, and the Realities of Cloud Bursting

APIs are the currency that unlocks value in cloud infrastructure, and the capabilities of an API are only as good as the cloud infrastructure’s ability to deliver on what that API has promised. With the right APIs and the right architecture, hybrid cloud with OpenStack can be both practical and economical.

Which Cloud Should You Build? Elastic or Enterprise?

What do the applications look like that you want to run on OpenStack? Do they look like the legacy enterprise applications that we’ve been running in enterprise data centers for the past 30 years? Attend this session to find out.

Don’t forget to register for Cloud Connect Chicago by September 16 to save $500 on Conference Passes or claim your FREE Expo Pass. To learn more about the OpenStack sessions at Cloud Connect click here.

 
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Among the many challenges facing IT management is the need to provide robust web security while at the same time delivering flawless user experiences on any device, anywhere. To better understand how you can survive and thrive in the cloud while proactively addressing today’s security challenges, join a guest speaker from Forrester Research, Inc., and Akamai Technologies at the upcoming live web panel “Strategies for Securing, Optimizing and Controlling the Cloud.” In this interactive webcast sponsored by Akamai Technologies, you’ll learn about:

* Today’s changing threat landscape

* Web security that won’t slow you down

* Tips for optimizing your cloud deployment

* Solutions available to ensure protection and performance

Register now for this free webcast to learn how to maximize the benefits of cloud computing for your enterprise and for your bottom line.

Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 | Time: 10:00 am PT/1:00 pm ET | Duration: 60 minutes

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SPEAKERS:

  • Rick Holland, Chief Analyst, Forrester Research, Inc.
  • Gary Ballabio, Executive Director of Cloud Products, Akamai Technologies
  • Martin McKeay, Security Evangelist, Akamai Technologies
  • Steve Wylie, General Manager, Cloud Connect

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REGISTER NOW >>

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Sponsored by: Akamai

 

 
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Given the soaring growth of cloud computing it is no wonder that businesses of all sizes hope to seize the opportunities afforded by cloud services—whether public, private or hybrid. Despite the opportunities, enterprises still face considerable barriers to adoption. IT and network leaders struggle with how best to leverage the power of the cloud amidst the challenges of security, the need to optimize network resources, and new network technologies such as Software Defined Networks (SDNs). The integration of private data networking technologies with cloud computing platforms can overcome these hurdles to adoption, if enterprises know the critical steps for a successful implementation.

A webcast, co-sponsored by XO Communications and 451 Research, will provide a roadmap and best practices for integrating private data networking technologies with cloud computing resources. Plus, submit your own questions when you register and we will address the top ten questions during the event.

Register now for this free webcast to learn how to maximize the benefits of cloud computing for your enterprise and for your bottom line.

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2013  |  Time: 10:00 am PT/1:00 pm ET  |  Duration: 60 minutes

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Presenters:

Eric Hanselman – Chief Analyst, 451 Research

Tom Schlatter – Executive Director of Network Engineering, XO Communications

Moderator:

Steve Wylie – General Manager, Cloud Connect

 
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IT professionals today are dealing with a lot of challenges to make sure that their department is running in an efficient and productive manner. Staying up with the latest releases of products, putting out small fires within their organization, keeping their data centers cool and of course the cloud, which is constantly hanging overhead. LOB executives want to make sure their organization is prepared for the future in terms of IT productivity and the words they keep hearing are: The Cloud! I’m pretty sure Sys Admins cringe every time those words are mentioned, but they do know it is an important aspect to their IT framework.  However there are so many types of cloud computing deployment models to consider, that it can make your head feel like a cloud. Here are a few examples of cloud computing deployment models that are out there right now: Continue Reading »

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