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Microsoft Cloud OS Summit Wellington highlights

An event for those who want to understand how to transform data centres and leverage hybrid cloud infrastructure and solutions.

This is how Microsoft New Zealand and sponsors (including Intergen) described this full day event held in sunny Wellington last Friday. The audience was full of architects, IT managers, CIOs and business development managers interested in ways to improve business efficiencies, reduce costs and complexity, and handle changing needs and unexpected opportunities. 

The day went by with lots of real business examples and demonstrations of how cloud technologies are changing the way we do business. 

Morning sessions were relevant to CIO and COO roles as well as business decision makers, IT decision makers, ops managers, IT architects and anyone interested in learning about how cloud technologies can be used to drive efficiencies and deliver value back to the organisation. 

The keynote "Cloud Technologies: changing the way you do business", delivered by John Kaleski, General Manager Cloud Services Fujitsu Australia, covered real life uses of cloud technologies to improve productivity and sustainability in different verticals. He also presented results of a survey showing how the market sees topics such as SaaS, PaaS, BYOD, mobile broadband, social networking and unified communications. The survey shows that many CIOs see many of these technologies as important but overhyped. He then proceeded to clear some of the misconceptions found in some responses and present edthe top issues faced by organisations, mainly dominated by communications. 

Cisco followed, showing the company's vision of applications being matched to different cloud types, using Public and Private clouds for different application profiles. 

Cloud strategy: different cloud types for different application profiles

Brad Borrows, Server & Tools Group Manager, Microsoft, showcased the Microsoft Cloud OS concept, the company's cloud vision for modern businesses: an enterprise-grade platform with global reach, scale and security to meet business demand. Its hybrid design gives businesses one consistent platform across multiple environments delivering an environment covering development, management, identity, virtualisation and data. 

Cloud OS Summit: Microsoft Cloud OS vision

The afternoon sessions were technical in nature and relevant to an IT pro audience interested in learning about the technical aspects of the technology.

The afternoon sessions were broken into two tracks: Hybrid Cloud and Azure. The Hybrid Cloud track included "How to rapidly SHIFT your virtualised workloads to the Cloud OS" with Corey Aldolphus, NetApp, and Stu Fox, Datacom, and "Enabling the Private Cloud – building a private cloud with Hyper-V and System Center", hosted by one of Intergen's VTSPs, Andrew Kosmadakis. The Azure track consisted of an "Introduction to Windows Azure; what's possible in the cloud" with Jaron Burbidge, Microsoft New Zealand, and "Unlocking the Power of Windows Azure; Demos of solutions to get you started" presented by Stu Fox, Datacom. 

Cloud OS Summit technical: Enabling the Private Cloud

What was clear at the end of the event is that cloud services and platforms have come a long way and are mature and enterprise-ready, meaning mainstream businesses can utilise these resources to implement strategy-supporting modern applications with the potential to deliver outcomes that transform businesses into agile and flexible organisations.

Posted by: Mauricio Freitas, Online & Digital Marketing Specialist | 07 April 2014

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