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Cloud: An Evolution, Not a Revolution – Presented by SunGard Availability Services

3rd April 2013

Wednesday, April 3 3:45 PM–4:30 PM – Location: Grand Ballroom G – Silicon Valley, CA

The term "revolution" by definition refers to a "fundamental or complete change." While definitely a change, one could argue that the industry has actually had utility computing which has delivered virtualization, standardization and self-providing for quite some time. What has changed is the level of automation, making the provisioning easier and faster. With this change businesses need to identify where cloud can add value to existing environment and only migrate when it is the right fit.

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Speaker – Simon Withers, VP, Global Cloud Product, SunGard

SSimon Withersimon has now spent over 23 years in IT, having spent the last 15 years with SunGard Availability Services. Simon joined SunGard in 1998 where he worked within operations. Simon then changed roles two years later, and was one of the original members of the team who founded the Web Hosting division of the business, now known as Managed Services.

Simon has provided pre-sales, post-sales, solution architecture design and product management for both production and Web hosting. He is also credited with the launch and development of SunGard’s CWP (Continuous Web Presence), EAS (Email Availability Services) and Managed Server Replication services. More recently Simon has been focused on SunGard’s private and public Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings that form SunGard’s Enterprise Cloud Services (managed cloud).

Simon has a plethora of experience in Internet, Systems, Storage, Virtualisation and Security technologies which informs his current focus on the future service development and global strategy of SunGard’s Cloud Services. Simon regularly presents on future and emerging technologies and concepts. His recent engagements have addressed Cloud Computing, Storage as a Service, High Availability and ‘Always-on’ computing.