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Wednesday, November 29 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
The State of the Cloud

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Redefine their understanding of the cloud, and why their institutions should pay attention to recent cloud innovations. Some say the cloud was born in 1969 with the development of ARPANET. On that timeline, that makes the cloud about 45 years old. But the cloud has evolved at break-neck speed over the past three years, with no signs of slowing down. So what does the future hold for the cloud and its users? How will it evolve, and what do institutions need to know about its strengths, latest developments, and weaknesses for the year ahead? Rob Williams, Senior Manager for Cloud and Data Center Solutions, will provide an overview of the state of the cloud, what it is, and how it can help eliminate or alleviate downtime. Learn how to create a Disaster Recovery Plan, why backing up your data isn't enough to make you sleep comfortably at night, and why your most likely data disaster scenario has nothing to do with storms or power outages, but likely your colleague next door. The top reasons for downtime might surprise you, and find out why buying cloud is less complex, more scalable, and more cost-effective today than ever. Regardless of how you currently store or back-up data, this session is for you. (Presenter(s): Rob Williams, Senior Manager, Cloud & Data Center, FirstLight)

Wednesday November 29, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm EST