"Cloud first” has become a mantra for many organisations driven initially by considerations of cost, but in more recent years by a recognition that public cloud can be the foundation of the more agile, innovative business model. The growth in the adoption of serverless architectures, for example, has driven and facilitated the growth of DevOps – and the two have a symbiotic relationship.

Cloud computing seems to have been with us forever and the logic of putting non-core, commoditised applications and workloads into the public cloud has long been understood and acted on by many organisations . The idea of paying for compute as you use it is a compelling proposition and has been for quite some time.

However, many organisations are still at a relatively early stage in how they consume cloud resources. Management, integration and security factors mean the public cloud is not always the proverbial no-brainer that some believe it should be. The pressure for Cloud First is often driven from the top of organisations who often lack the understanding of the day-to-day challenges inherent in this approach.

Cloud strategy and application orchestration in particular can be assisted for smoother running in several ways, for example hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI), which can allow organisations to mimic some aspects of the public cloud.

Join us for this web seminar, in which our expert panel will draw out the challenges facing organisations in cloud strategy and application orchestration when bridging data centre and cloud architectures.

Topics include:

- The 'state of the nation' in terms of UK enterprise public cloud use

- Common pain points in provisioning, scaling and managing applications, and how to solve them

- The relative benefits of HCI, and what it can bring to general cloud strategy and application management



Peter Gothard

Technology Analyst Incisive Media Business Technology

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Peter is a Technology Analyst at Incisive Media, carrying out CIO-level IT industry research by running end user and wider industry focus groups, producing white papers and reports, and delivering seminars and keynotes on these findings. Previously, Peter was a journalist and editor at Computing, V3 and The Inquirer for five years, specialising in big data and analytics, cloud technology, endpoint IT and government digital policy.Close


Graeme Burton

Group News Editor, Computing

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He has 15 years of experience in news and magazine journalism, and has edited such titles as Trade & Forfaiting Review, Inside Knowledge and Managing Information & Documents.

Seb Hakiel

Enterprise architect at Nutanix

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Seb has 15+ years of experience in the IT and High-Tech industries. His core competencies include enterprise level solution design, project planning, and strategy; all with a focus on delivery.

As an early employee of Nutanix, Seb now works as a Nutanix Enterprise Architect working with large UK based global clients. Here he is helping disrupt the infrastructure space with their revolutionary scale-out storage/compute solution for private cloud and virtual infrastructure.

Prior to Nutanix, Seb was a consultant, representing well-known vendors such as VMware, Cisco, and VCE where he worked on next-generation data center and solution designs, from private cloud deployments to 10K+ seat virtual desktop infrastructures.

Ryan Kennedy

Academic Computing Team Manager at the University of Reading

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Ryan Kennedy is the Academic Computing Team Manager at the University of Reading, responsible for physical and technical infrastructure to support research across the University. In this role Ryan and his team look after multiple compute and storage clusters servicing the ever-expanding requirements of academics. Ryan is currently expanding his Nutanix ReserchCloud environment to allow Academics to “Do as you wish, when you wish” utilising the self-service portal to provide the benefits of the public cloud on a centralised environment.

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