Moving applications to hybrid cloud is easy to understand and easy to do in most cases. Have some underused resource? Want to move the application closer to the data repository or the customer? Need to restrict it to one region or location? Then configure your environment and lift and shift. Simple.

But what about data? If we’re talking about an archive, it is equally simple to lift and shift. But if it is data that is actively being queried and processed then that's a different matter entirely. Live data is intimately attached to a whole lot of baggage that must go with it. Data has state, metadata, governance and management frameworks, and links that must remain intact, otherwise you risk introducing inconsistency - with the consequence that data is lost or that applications don't behave as expected.

Data portability is a key selling point for the hybrid cloud approach. The theory is that with public and private clouds seamlessly joined, organisations can move their apps and data around at will to meet performance requirements and regulatory constraints. The practical reality, unfortunately can be very different.

And while moving most applications may be straightforward, legacy applications that run on specialist hardware or large enterprise databases are a different matter altogether. Making mission-critical applications portable can be just as tricky as making stateful data portable.

Getting it right is vitally important in view of two seemingly conflicting imperatives: the need for high availability and globally optimised performance calls for distributed data stores and applications, while incoming data protection legislation such as GDPR mandates geo-restriction and other special treatment for personal data.

There are ways of squaring this particular circle, however, optimising global performance by making data portable while ensuring that compliance is never at risk.

Join us on this web seminar when you will be able to put your questions on cloud data strategy to our expert panellists.


John Abel

Head of Technology and Cloud, Oracle

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John's primary role in Oracle is Head of Technology and Cloud developing the strategy for UK and Ireland while in parallel managing the business development and sales consulting function. John has worked in Consulting, Support, Education and Business Development, he has a very wide view of the Oracle landscape which helps customers define and drive their own strategy.

Gary Mawdsley

CTO, Anzen Data

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Gary has an Honours degree in Mathematics and a Masters in Computer Science from Manchester University and is the holder of two IT- related patents. Both patents relate to enterprise data with particular reference to cloud.

Early in his career he worked with Fujitsu/ICL on online finance projects where he was one of two principle leads for the UK's first ever internet banking system with particular reference to server and rsync tech.

Gary worked extensively at Cambridge Assessment and BNFL as an Oracle architect pushing the boundaries on Oracle's data storage capabilities and its ability to form a middle tier inside of the the DB (unique approach at that time (early to mid nighties).

More recently he has become involved in the creation of tools and techniques to help the general population understand more about financial security - underlying products and instruments.

Chris Cooper - CEng

Chief Technology Officer, Director and co-founder of KnowNow Information Ltd

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Chris is CTO of KnowNow Information a Smart Cities innovation and data services company. Chris is responsible for the innovation (e.g. Consentua and end-to-end technology design at KnowNow. A Chartered Engineer with 20 years IT experience and a graduate social scientist. Chris’ background is in Enterprise IT Architecture, Smart Cities, Travel & Transport and complex enterprise scale IT Infrastructure design, deployment and management.

Stuart Sumner

Editor, Computing

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Stuart Sumner is editorial director of Computing, V3 and the Inquirer.

During his time at Incisve Media he has overseen the transition of Computing from a print-first publication, to a truly multi-channel media brand encompassing events, website and apps, whilst ensuring it retains the same depth and authority of content on which its reptuation is founded.

He is also responsible for Computing's sister titles V3 and the Inquirer.

Previously he spent 10 years in the IT industry as a programme manager, where he was responsible for the delivery of corporate WAN rollouts for global blue-chip companies.

Stuart has also written for Time Out and IPC Media, and in his spare time writes scripted comedy for TV and radio.

John Leonard

Research Director, Computing

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John Leonard is responsible for the setting up and running qualitative and quantitative surveys for Computing Research's clients in order to assess the opinions and experiences of IT professionals on issues important to the industry, such as cloud computing, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and the IT decision making process as a whole.

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