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24 Hours in a Private Cloud Event

Free Community event May 10th Hosted by Microsoft

In collaboration with IEEE Computer Society, the Cloud Security Alliance and Dell, Microsoft is hosting a 24 Hours in a Private Cloud virtual event that will start May 10th, 2012 8:00AM GMT.

The event was built by the community for the community. Microsoft is the host of this event. Session content and product demos will be focused on our private cloud products (Windows Server, Hyper-V, System Center). Microsoft will promote:

Dell will promote their private cloud hardware, solutions and services. Cloud Security Alliance will discuss their research and industry guidance which Microsoft has been a major contributor toward. The IEEE Computer Society will showcase their cloud content and guidance to help IT Professionals understand the dynamics of a Cloud computing. Each will have a keynote session at this event.

Overview: Attendees will hear from top industry and technical professionals from around the world to help them better understand the private cloud technology solutions that are available today. They will engage with industry organizations to understand their view of the public cloud and how the role of the IT Professional will evolve as more and more organizations begin a private cloud transformation. Attendees will have access to a number of technical professionals who will be on hand talking about the required components to simplify private cloud creation and management. As a part of this event, they can expand the dialog with their peers on numerous topics focused on operational efficiencies that come from deploying a private cloud.

Expectations: Through the virtual event experience, we expect that attendees come away with the knowledge and experience to help them in their private cloud infrastructure decisions and be prepared to have thought-leadership based discussions focused on building and managing their organization's agile and efficient private cloud environment. After the event, we would like to see the attendees download and test our private cloud products from the TechNet Evaluation Center and leverage our private cloud promoted assets which we identified above.

CALL TO ACTION:

Marketing Context: Every organization has the power to employ cloud technologies in their own way, at their own pace and with their own terms.  The use of private cloud technologies help transform how organizations manage infrastructure resources, provision applications and automate services for their business. It also helps them leverage and manage public cloud services that expand their current infrastructure and application capabilities. As an end result, organizations increase IT operational agility, improved business focus and achieve value-add economics that evolves their IT infrastructure into a strategic asset.

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Keynote Speakers:

Jim Reavis, Executive Director, Cloud Security Alliance

For many years, Jim Reavis has worked in the information security industry as an entrepreneur, writer, speaker, technologist and business strategist. Jim's innovative thinking about emerging security trends have been published and presented widely throughout the industry and have influenced many. Jim is helping shape the future of information security as co-founder, executive director and driving force of the Cloud Security Alliance. Jim was recently named as one of the Top 10 cloud computing leaders by SearchCloudComputing.com.

Jim is the President of Reavis Consulting Group, LLC, where he advises security companies, large enterprises and other organizations on the implications of new trends such as Cloud and how to take advantage of them.  He has previously been an international board member of the ISSA, a global not for profit association of information security professionals and formerly served as the association's Executive Director. Jim is a co-founder of the Alliance for Enterprise Security Risk Management, a partnership between the ISSA, ISACA and ASIS, formed to address the enterprise risk issues associated with the convergence of logical and traditional security. He currently serves in an advisory capacity for many of the industry's most successful companies and is also a partner with the MetroSITE Group.

Jim founded SecurityPortal in 1998 and has been an advisor on the launch of many industry ventures. Jim is widely quoted in the press and has worked with hundreds of corporations on their information security strategy and technology roadmap. Jim has a background in networking technologies, marketing, product management and systems integration. Jim received a B.A. in Business Administration / Computer Science from Western Washington University in 1987 and serves on WWU's alumni board.

Dr. Dejan Milojicic, Sr. Research Manager, HP Labs

Dr. Dejan Milojicic is the founding editor of IEEE Computing Society's Computing Now. He has served on the editorial boards of IEEE Parallel & Distributed Technologies, IEEE Concurrency, IEEE Distributed Systems Online, and IEEE Internet Computing magazines. He chaired the IEEE Technical Committee on Operating Systems and has been involved with several other technical committees and Computer Society-sponsored conferences.

Dejan is a senior research manager at HP Labs. He has worked in the areas of operating systems and distributed systems for more than 20 years. Dejan is the managing director of the Open Cirrus testbed, a consortium sponsored by HP, Intel, and Yahoo. In the past, he has led many activities in HP Labs, such as incident reduction, shared services platform, virtual desktop systems, adaptive monitoring, service deployment standards, a number of pervasive computing projects, and multi-computer systems. Dejan has been engaged in standardization bodies, such as OMG and GGF.  He received his BSc and MSc from University of Belgrade and PhD from University of Kaiserslautern.

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John Weston is a Cloud IT Pro Evangelist for Microsoft.http://aka.ms/syscntr During the last ten years he has spoken to thousands of IT Professionals across the country. Before joining Microsoft full time, he spent six years as an MCT, training people at a local college and getting new Microsoft hires up to speed. He holds more certifications than he can remember, but the list definitely includes MCITP, MCSE, MCDBA, MCT, and CCNA. Before becoming and MCT, Weston co-owned a software development and consulting firm that was a Microsoft Partner based in Dallas. His primary blog includes http://blogs.technet.com/b/jweston.

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