Many enterprises are investing more in public cloud, and for good reason. The public cloud offers unparalleled scale and agility; enterprises can quickly deploy new projects without infrastructure investments and spin up or tear down workloads as needed. Indeed, many organisations now have a “cloud-first” policy: data and applications are deployed to the public cloud unless there’s a good reason not to. With the infrastructure looked after elsewhere, IT teams are freed up to work on more creative and innovative activities.

At the same time, though, private cloud is growing apace too. As regulations bite and fines for non-compliance and security breaches stack up, many organisations simply cannot legally put sensitive data in the public cloud, while others fear the lack of control and possible security implications that handing data into the care of a third party entails. But the decision on where to run applications is not just about control and security, cost is a major consideration. With the appropriate technology, which mimics that of the major public cloud providers, it is possible to run private clouds at significantly lower cost compared to public clouds.

Because of this, a hybrid cloud setup is a popular option, with mission-critical applications, sensitive data and predictable workloads kept on premises, while commodity workloads, non-sensitive data and transient workloads are moved off into the public cloud.

But who should make the decisions about where data and applications are deployed, and on what criteria should they be based? The self-service ethos which is part and parcel of the cloud computing model has changed the way such decisions are made.

During this web seminar our expert panellists will be investigating the factors that all organisations need to consider when pursuing a cloud-first or hybrid cloud strategy, including price, latency, vendor lock-in. We will also be looking at whether such decisions still rest with IT or if other lines-of-business are now taking the lead in cloud decisions, and if so what the implications are for data governance, security and compliance.


Trevor Kelly

Systems Engineer Director, Western Europe, Nutanix

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Trevor Kelly is the Systems Engineering Director for the Western European region in Nutanix, which includes UK, Ireland and sub-Saharan Africa. Trevor joined Nutanix from HP just under 2 years ago, predominantly because Nutanix is leading the move to software defined datacenters. Prior to Nutanix, Trevor was a Systems Engineering manager in Hewlett Packard for 4.5 years, where he managed several teams including channel and networking. He joined HP through the 3PAR acquisition after 7 years of service.

Peter Gothard

Special Projects Editor, Computing

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Peter is Special Projects Editor at Computing, V3 and The Inquirer, leading and co-ordinating native content for editorial campaign programmes, chairing the Enterprise Technology Group's web seminar programme, and providing editorial leadership for Computing's successful annual Vendor Excellence Awards. As a journalist, he specialises in technology trends, endpoint, big data and analytics, apps in the enterprise and IT skills. He has a particular interest in collaborative and cloud-based working, and enjoys talking to customers about enterprise mobility, remote working, cloud and social collaboration and ERP. Previously, he has written in the technology and videogames sectors, including and 360 Magazine, with a stint as News Editor on gamesTM magazine. He has freelanced across a range of other consumer and enterprise technology, entertainment and design publications.

Jon Forster

Consultant Global Programme Director, Fitness First

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Jon is an independent consultant specialising in infrastructure programme management and has successfully delivered Data Centre Migrations in the Banking, Leisure and Government Sectors Jon has over 26 years experience including IT Director and Programme Management in the UK, Middle East, Western and Eastern Europe.

Ray Bricknell

Managing Director, Behind Every Cloud

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With over 35 years of diverse, international experience spanning practically every operational level and specialised infrastructure role that the industry has to offer, Ray Bricknell is an extremely well rounded IT executive. All of Ray’s BEC engagements are at senior management level and highly commercially focussed by nature - leveraging his keen understanding of the key role that technology plays in the modern business. In recent years his focus has been on the commercial implications of outsourcing, managed services and Cloud; and their impact on traditional IT sourcing models. The opportunity to assist several mid-sized London Finance firms to quantitatively differentiate between providers based on the underlying quality of their offerings inspired Ray to found Behind Every Cloud Ltd in 2010.


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