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So long, Cloud Expo Europe!

That’s a wrap! We’re sad to see the back of Cloud Expo 2017, but it was an excellent opportunity to spend two days talking to the best and brightest our industry has to offer. In addition to the excellent conversations at our stand, many of which we expect to turn into lasting relationships, some of Datapipe Europe’s foremost experts on cloud technology had the privilege to deliver talks on some of the most important and exciting elements of our work.

Day 1 kicked off with Kevin Linsell, Datapipe Europe’s Director of Strategy & Architecture, who gave a presentation on “Your Journey to Agile: A Multi-Cloud Perspective” to a packed theatre. The session was immediately followed by a talk entitled “Alexa Build my Application Platform: The Reality of Infrastructure as Code & People-less Operations” where Kevin was joined on-stage by Mark Duhm, Datapipe Europe Practice Lead for Hyperscale Services. This discussion gave the audience a possible glimpse into the future of DevOps, where self-healing, auto-scaling AWS cloud environments are controlled using voice commands.

Day 2 was as exciting, if not more so. Steve Bianciardi, a Datapipe Europe Solution Architect Manager, delivered his cyber security to-dos to a rapt audience. It was refreshing to be able to showcase ideas about security in the cloud on a purely educational basis. Security, whilst still a concern, is no longer an obstacle for business leaders looking to move to the cloud. As such, the talk wasn’t the traditional sermon on cloud security but an opportunity to discuss the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the planned PCI data security standard changes. The conversations after the presentation were certainly enriching for all involved. One of Cloud Expo’s biggest draws is the opportunity to speak with other professionals in our industry not as competitors, but collaborating as cloud security subject matter experts.

Kevin Linsell and Applegate CEO Stuart Brocklehurst’s “Our Migration to a Managed Cloud on AWS: The Whys, the Hows and Key Learnings” presentation was an exploration of Applegate’s move to a managed public cloud solution in partnership with Datapipe Europe. Key to Applegate’s B2B Internet business, technology is core to its development. “Reliability,” Stuart explained, “is critical to the business and as a challenger brand in such a competitive industry, one shot is usually all you get.”

It is imperative that any agile journey should be undertaken by experts willing to go the extra mile. “AWS experts managing AWS” was the tagline and it certainly resonated with those listening. The biggest success of the move to a managed public cloud solution was that it was completely transparent to Applegate’s clients. The migration was seamless.

Stuart continued the discussion by speaking about the transition he was seeing across multiple industries. “We’re seeing a move from the fixed, owned and proprietary to the flexible and common. The ability to innovate faster for less money is a defining advantage at this stage – missing out on the benefits of AWS is riskier than to undergo a cloud journey”. Both speakers were on hand to answer the many questions afterwards with topics ranging from the myriad technical advantages of public cloud to the specific business areas that Applegate moved to the cloud.

It’s a lesson we’ve learnt many times but always bears repeating: telling a success story is great, but hearing it direct from a satisfied client will always be the strongest tool we have for showcasing our work. We are so grateful for the relationships we have fostered with our clients, assisting them as they determine the next step in their cloud journey.

If you missed out on the presentations, be sure to register for our Multi-Cloud event on May 18th in London!

About Tony Connor

Tony Connor
As Datapipe’s head of marketing in the EMEA region, Tony champions Datapipe as a next generation MSP with unique expertise in architecting, migrating, managing and securing public cloud, private cloud, hybrid IT, and traditional IT around the globe. Tony writes about Datapipe’s company, product, and client news within the EMEA region and also chimes in on the cloud conversation on industry topics and trends affecting the region.

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