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'General Session | Patterns for Cloud Computing'
You are interested in cloud computing, but where do you start? How are vendors and companies defining Cloud Computing? Do you know the differences between Public, Private, Community and Hybrid Clouds? What do you need to know to figure out which applications make sense in the cloud? And is any of this real today? Based on real-world customer engagements, this session explores a set of five patterns that you can use for moving to the cloud. Avoiding the general product pitches, this session provides the tools and knowledge to help you more clearly understand moving your organization to the cloud.

Presented By:
Bill Zack is an Architect Evangelist with Microsoft. He comes to this role after serving as a Solutions Architect in the Financial Services Unit of Microsoft Consulting Services. His experience includes developing, supporting and evangelizing .NET/SOA based frameworks used to jump-start development projects for financial services companies. Prior to joining Microsoft he acted as a Consultant, Architect, Administrator, Developer, and System Integrator. He has also authored several computer books and white papers.

He is the Founder and President of the New York chapter of the International Association of Software Architects (IASA). He is also Co-Moderator of the New York City .NET Developers Group, co-founder of the Windows Azure User Group, founder and past president of the New York Enterprise Windows User Group, and the founder and past president of several other computer user groups.

He has been working with the Azure Services Platform, part of the Microsoft Cloud, since before the first public Community Technical Preview in 2008.