San Diego, CA, January 31, 2019. AITP San Diego and Managed Solution hosted an exclusive CIO panel on multi-cloud strategy. Representatives of Western Digital, Stone Brewing, UCSD, Scripps Health and Managed Solution shared their experience with establishing multiple cloud environments and challenges they faced along the way. They agreed that multi-cloud is a reality for businesses, and the only open question is whether your business will be reactive or proactive in the approach.
Steve Phillpott, Chief Information Officer at Western Digital, underlined two main facts regarding the cloud: “You own the security – cloud will give you a lot of additional capabilities, but you own it and need to make sure you are secure. Regarding cost, make sure you’re not wasting money by keeping colder, less frequently accessed data in the Cloud.”
Christian Aboujaoude, Senior Director Enterprise Architecture at Scripps Health, explained how cloud affected them: “We started to change our IT business model by leveraging the cloud as an extension of our infrastructure, helping to structure services in a more cost-effective fashion for our patients. Going to the Cloud was a shift for us. However, it did introduce flexibility and scaling especially when leveraged as a service. We had a lot of partners and vendors we work with which lead us down the road of using the major cloud carriers such as Azure or AWS promoting the use of a multi-Cloud strategy.”
Brian Andrews, Chief Information and Administrative Office at Stone Brewing: “Stone embarked on our cloud journey five years ago, supporting our business expansion and optimization with Software-as-a-Service applications and Infrastructure-as-a-Service. A recent example of the benefit was being able to double the size of our website infrastructure in minutes to support a big spike in traffic after announcing our new Enter Night Pilsner collaboration with Metallica.” Stone Brewing, headquartered in Escondido, California, has grown to become the 8th largest craft brewery in the country among 7,000 breweries. Stone has used cloud to scale nationally and internationally while reducing costs and driving business value.
Sean Ferrel, Chairman and Founder at Managed Solution, explained, that when making IT decisions we need to we need to first talk about what business problem we are trying to solve and not talk so much about the technology tools we like best: “Yes, we all have the painters, framers, plumbers and electricians who implement these tools but if we don’t have a great blueprint for what we want to build the result will be less impactful for the business.” Sean added where he sees technology going next: “We need to think about cost management, movement between data centers, aggregation of cloud providers and optimization of data resulting in business intelligence for our businesses.”
The panel was moderated by the newly elected President of AITP San Diego Donna Hale.
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