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Everyone knows the advantages of the cloud, right? I mean, it seems the default answer to every technology discussion is to “put it in the cloud.” The answer is not that simple. Choosing the “right” cloud is critical to successfully meeting specific requirements. While there are brand-name cloud providers in the market, they may not necessarily be the right “fit” for your small-to-medium-sized business (SMB) needs.

Migration to a cloud environment can often be more challenging than anticipated, and if your SMB lacks cloud expertise or the time to develop to an appropriate migration strategy, you’ll require the right partner to ensure your cloud deployment meet regulatory requirements, offers future scalability and flexibility, and/or provides you the most cost-effective option possible. But as an SMB with limited resources, you may struggle to compete for assistance or support from many vendors who are primarily focused on larger enterprise customers.

You have options, though. You can learn to truly evaluate public, hybrid, and private cloud options for your SMB needs. You can also find a cloud vendor focused on delivering enterprise-level assistance and support focused primarily on SMB customers.

What attendees will learn:
  • Gain a better understanding of public, hybrid, and private clouds for SMBs
  • Learn the operational and cost benefits of virtualization
  • Hear what is driving SMBs today to make cloud investments
  • Understand how cloud services complement business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) services, managed security, and on-demand infrastructure.

Who should attend:
  • Hear real-life examples of SMB cloud migrations, including
    • High-frequency trading company that upgraded their legacy virtualization technology to increase network connectivity and system response times, while improving a high availability failover.
    • VoIP provider that needed to move from an aging colocation environment to reinforce the reliability of operations against downtime risks.
    • 24/7/365 media company that wanted to move their internal VMWare private cloud environment to a high-availability hybrid cloud model.
  • Learn how your SMB business can receive a complimentary cloud assessment and/or design consultation


Ed Dryer
Senior Technology Strategist


Erik K. Linask
Group Editorial Director