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Cloud and Security – Do you have a plan?

29th March 2017, London

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Venue Swan Restaurant at the Globe


Today, more and more Enterprise businesses are adopting and leveraging the benefits of cloud technology to drive innovation.  We see this in the results of many analysts’ reports.  However, along with the benefits such as a time and money saver, we found that adoption and deployment still comes with concerns.

Security is raised often, with the perception of shared data and not owning the hardware to having less control, therefore less security.  Is this really the case, does this impact your adoption of a secure cloud?

The second concern expressed is more substantive in that many enterprises don’t have the skills to take full advantage of the cloud, especially more traditional organisations. Other common business concerns are enterprises having a licensing agreement for technologies locked in for many years, should this be the best way to procure technology?

How are you leveraging cloud, do you come up against these concerns?  Join us to discuss ways to overcome these and more at our Dinner.


6:00 – 6:30 pm – Welcome Reception & Cocktails
6:30 – 7:05 pm – Introduction from Master of Ceremonies & Keynote Speaker
7:05 – 8:15 pm – Three-course dinner complemented with table discussion points
8:15 – 9:30 pm – Wrap up, closing remarks from Rackspace & Networking

Discussion Topics

  • Moving to the Cloud
  • Securing your infrastructure/e-commerce from today’s threats
  • GDPR regulation – Impact on the business and resources

Keynote Speaker


Ash Patel, Senior Manager, Microsoft Strategic Alliance

Ash Patel is a cloud man through and through and a judge for the UK Cloud Awards. Currently Ash has been building the Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider strategy for Rackspace’s international market. Ash has been working in the IT industry since he was only 16. After beginning as an IT lecturer at Uxbridge College, he then architected and deployed wireless networks for cloud services delivery at Locustworld and the Royal Air Force, working on projects at the 2010 Commonwealth Games village and multiple sites for the RAF across Europe and Asia. Ash refined his considerable cloud business acumen at Insight, where he was instrumental in growing the company’s cloud business globally, helping enterprises build a cloud strategy. More recently Ash was a board member for Cobweb Solutions as the Director of Business Transformation helping to transform the business.

About Rackspace

Your Clouds. Our Expertise.

The cloud was supposed to make our lives easier. But it turns out, the cloud is complicated to build, run, maintain and manage — especially across multiple platforms and locations, with technology that’s always changing.

If it feels like the cloud has been managing you, it’s time to turn the tables.

With Rackspace by your side, you can thrive in today’s multi-cloud world. We will help you tap the power of cloud computing — across OpenStack®, AWS®, Microsoft® and VMware® technologies — without the pain, complexity and cost of doing it all yourself.

We have the expertise to support your workloads at scale across all the leading public and private clouds, whether they’re powered by AWS, Microsoft, OpenStack or VMware.

We’re a world leader in managed hosting on dedicated servers, and we’re driving rapid innovation in the area of containers and API-accessible, instantly deployable bare-metal servers • We serve customers in more than 120 countries — from startups to more than half of the global enterprises in the Fortune 100 • We host more of the world’s top 1,000 ecommerce sites than any other cloud provider • We employ teams of experts who specialise in managing cloud infrastructure, security, web content platforms, databases, containers, email and collaboration apps, disaster recovery and IT transformation • We rapidly create technical expertise at scale. In Q4 2015 alone, our AWS engineers earned over 200 technical certifications and more than 1,000 technical and business accreditations • We have hundreds of certifications in a broad range of technology including Cisco, MS, AWS, Red Hat and VMware • We hold a broad range of security, compliance and content protection certifications • Rackspace co-founded OpenStack and is the leading operator of OpenStack public and private clouds.

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