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Managing Hybrid Cloud Environments: The New Reality for Delivering ITaaS

At Cloud Expo, Dell’s James Urquhart and Jeremy Ford to examine the role of IT and the critical decision checkpoints

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IT leaders and practitioners need to know how to embrace shifting business and end-user expectations, and the cloud is a vital part of everyone's strategy to address this challenge. But how do you go about selecting the right cloud services? How do you manage them without adding new management tools for every platform? Since almost all organizations will end up with a hybrid cloud, it is imperative to know how to manage such an environment seamlessly, allowing for the efficiency and agility promises of the cloud to remain real.

In their session at 14th Cloud Expo, James Urquhart, Technologist & Director of Cloud Management Solutions at Dell, and Jeremy Ford, General Manager of Cloud Services at Dell, will examine the role of IT, the critical decision checkpoints, and approaches to managing hybrid cloud computing environments. Attendees will also learn of deployment choices and constraints, the nuances of managing homogeneous vs. heterogeneous deployment environments, and how to deploy and manage applications in dissimilar environments.

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Speaker Bios:
James Urquhart, Technologist & Director of Cloud Management Solutions at Dell, is a seasoned field technologist with 20 years of experience in service-oriented architectures, cloud computing, and virtualization. He has been noted as one of the ten most influential people in cloud computing by both the MIT Technology Review and The Next Web. James joined Dell Software through the acquisition of Enstratius, in May of 2013.

Prior to Enstratius, James held leadership roles at Cisco Systems, Forte Software, and Sun Microsystems. He is also a popular contributing author to GigaOm, and graduated from Macalester College with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Physics.

Jeremy Ford, General Manager of Cloud Services at Dell, is responsible for growing and enabling our global Cloud Services business. He and his team drive Dell's industry-leading Global Data Center solutions (DCS) services portfolio and focus on making Dell a leader in managed private cloud, including Desktop-as-a-Service. He also leads the effort to expand our partner program for public cloud.

Prior to this role, Jeremy was the Portfolio Director, Cloud Services, and led the global team responsible for defining and enabling Dell's Cloud Services portfolio. Previously, he served as a Senior Technology Strategist in the Office of the Chief Technology Officer and led industry enablement of Dell's alternative end-user computing initiative.

Jeremy brings to Dell over 17 years of management and engineering experience in the IT industry. Prior to joining Dell in September 2000, he worked at Compaq Computer Corporation.

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