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'General Session | Mission Critical Applications and the Cloud - Myth or Reality?'
The first generation of cloud computing focused primarily on low cost personal cloud services along with some capability for application developers and non-mission critical applications. The latest generation of cloud computing is now capable of addressing the needs of enterprise mission crucial applications. Mission critical applications of the enterprise require computing infrastructure that is secure, optimizes performance and is highly resilient. The purpose of the session is to highlight how the latest cloud computing designs have evolved in terms of security, availability and overall service quality to meet the needs of mission critical applications. During the course of the session, many of the key adoption questions in the cloud marketplace will be addressed including:

• How are cloud designs addressing key security issues such as Intrusion Protection and Data Privacy?
• Can cloud designs handle high availability service levels?
• How can new cloud designs optimize overall service quality (performance, availability and security)?
• What are the key considerations in developing a cloud migration plan?

As a result of the session, attendees will be able to better understand why the newest cloud designs are ready for mission critical applications and how to leverage these designs for both private and multi-tenant cloud services.

Presented By:
Henry Fastert is Chief Technologist and Managing Partner at SHI, where he has overall responsibility for the SHI Enterprise Solution Services (ESS) Group. Leveraging over 25 years of IT experience, his responsibilities include both strategic and operational direction for ESS, as well as providing expertise on infrastructure design, data center consolidation, and technology consolidation to SHI’s largest customers.

He comes to SHI from Unisys, where he was responsible for their North American professional services organization. His responsibilities included business development and service delivery, as well as providing deep expertise on ERP, Business Intelligence, infrastructure design, and data center consolidation. Prior to joining Unisys, he spent five years as VP and Chief Technologist for Melillo Consulting.