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Cloud: 5 Lesson’s Learned

The Cloud is not just the Public Cloud:  It’s easy to think of the Cloud as just some place outside your organization to store data or run applications.  Fundamentally, the Cloud is a strategy that allows enterprises to change how they approach IT.

Clouds begin at Home:  Your goal is IT agility.  Agility is not predicated on rip and replace.  Consider transforming / evolving your infrastructure into a cloud based model (Private Cloud model).

Virtualization is Key:  The key to any Private Cloud deployment is virtualization.  Implement a highly virtualized environment to take full advantage of a cloud based infrastructure.  Remember though, Virtualization is not Cloud.

Open Standards:  Open is key wherever possible.  Look to open standards, or companies that based their architecture on open standards, whenever possible. 

Evolution is Possible:  Moving to cloud is an evolution.  It doesn’t have to be a revolution.


About Michael Elliott

Michael Elliott is a thought leader, cloud strategist and enterprise data center evangelist focusing on data center evolution with particular emphasis on private and hybrid clouds. Michael previously worked as Dell’s Cloud Evangelist representing Dell’s cloud portfolio and vision at customer meetings, media briefings, and industry conferences. Prior to that, Michael held marketing and consulting roles in the storage and telecom industry. Michael currently works for NetApp as their cloud strategist and evangelist. Michael started his career as a mainframe programmer for General Electric and held the role of adjunct professor of marketing at the University of Akron. Michael has a mathematics degree from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from Pennsylvania State University. Michael’s recent work includes: • Participation in cloud industry panels and private equity discussions relating to the vision of cloud. • Business development activities with a focus on the enterprise data center. • Sales enablement and training on cloud positioning and how cloud impacts hardware and software sales. • Industry conference presentations including the Consumer Electronics Show, Cloud Computing East, Educause, and the Cloud Computing Association. • Presentation at the International Forum on Innovation and Emerging Industries Development in Shanghai, China


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