GRAVITY – A cinematic experience in conquering the cloud (and lunch)

Just to let you  know of our next event from Auxilion which is focused on how Irish firms have used cloud services and digital transformation successfully.

I am holding a number of seats for my personal guests, if you missed the invite, just let me know. If you are tight on time, we welcome you and a few of your team to even just join us for lunch (on us!) anytime between 1.00 -2.00pm next Wednesday. I will be there on the day too, so if you can make it would be good to catch up.

You can register using the link below, or just let me know and I can have my colleagues get you all registered and setup.

http://www.auxilion.com/gravity

Details

WHY

Learn how your fellow industry professionals have digitally changed their organisations

WHEN

Wednesday October 5th, from 1:00pm

WHERE

Light House Cinema, Smithfield, Dublin City Centre

Agenda

1:00 – 2:00pm

Lunch and Registration

2:00pm – 3:30pm

Customer Stories

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Networking & Breakout Technology Showcase Area

Microsoft Corporation v. United States of America and a small island in Western Europe.

So, the result is in. At least until the next time perhaps. The legal challenges to Microsoft to allow a US judge gain access to a single email which is stored in a European data centre (Dublin) has come to a close (for now!!).

And the verdict. A US court has ruled that the US government cannot force Microsoft to give authorities access to the firm’s servers located in other countries.

So on one hand privacy (to a point, and as much as can be) seems protected, while others cite the fact that criminals can avail of such privacy to provide a ‘safe haven’ for certain activities.

-Judge Susan Carney ruled against the DoJ on the basis that the Stored Communications Act of 1986 limited the reach of warrants applicable outside the US. She noted that such restrictions were vital to maintaining good relations with other nations.

However…

-Another judge involved in the ruling, Gerard Lynch, said the 1986 law was in urgent need of an update.

“I concur in the result,” he wrote. “But without any illusion that the result should even be regarded as a rational policy outcome, let alone celebrated as a milestone in protecting privacy.”

While there is a firm judgement in place for now, the question remains what next, and when will countries look to update either their laws or collaborate on an international level?

In the meantime it looks like major and significant public cloud providers will continue to spring up datacentres in-country for key locations / customer bases to encourage adoption of their services without data and privacy issues such as this one.

Some references below.

Microsoft

https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2016/07/14/search-warrant-case-important-decision-people-everywhere/#sm.0000ohl1ni2fbdetvbb1ogcd3bro0

BBC

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36800334

This has been a very interesting case and one I personally discuss when teaching the Professional Cloud Service Manager course. We look at this from the perspectives of creating a cloud strategy and design considerations regarding privacy when using clouds. It is a very powerful case study for a number of reasons.

Professional Cloud Service Manager Day 3- May 19th

Professional Cloud Service Manager Day 3- May 19th

Day three of the Professional Cloud Service Manager drew to a close some hours ago. The scenic backdrop of Glanmire in Cork was a perfect location to take three days out to deliver the course. We had an international affair with delegates from Ireland, Finland and Saudi Arabia.

Day three examined a number of ITIL process and the impact of cloud on these. We examined the role of governance and the gaps that exist today. Exam prep completed after lunch. It was a shame to say goodbye to all, but as the phrase goes ‘all good things must come to an end’.

Best of luck to all the delegates with the exam and results.

Professional Cloud Service Manager Day 1- May 17th

So day one of the Professional Cloud Service Manager course is drawing to a close. The silence is deafening as the delegates are taking a sample exam. Five minutes left and then freedom for then for the day.

The day started out questioning what cloud is and how best to describe it let alone define it. The day ended with a clear knowledge and understanding of what cloud is and how the world has been using cloud based technologies from the 1950s.

We also examined in-depth a number of critical roles related to cloud computing and took the cloud broker role to a whole new level. Coupled with a one hour workbook test, I would say the class will welcome the end of the day.

It’s onto strategy for cloud computing in the morning. Though instead of slideware it’s a hands on review of a real cloud strategy document which is very interesting and cements the importance of the learnings from day one.

Professional Cloud Service Manager – May16th

I am in the idyllic surroundings of Glanmire in Cork Ireland getting ready for tomorrows delivery of the Professional Cloud Service Manager course. Throughout day one I strip away all the marketing and technological layers to ensure delegates get the real and simple understanding of what cloud computing is all about. We work through key aspects of cloud and take a time warp back to the 1950s.

After lunch there is one hour of hands on workbook assignments for the delegates, then we get to grips with ten critical roles in cloud computing and spend some time on exam prep and review a number of real world case studies.

The final assignment of the day is a sample exam paper which the delegates get to do for homework. Yes you work hard and fast on this course!!

By the end of the day the delegates will be able to describe what cloud computing is in three, yes three, simple words – and more, but this is an achievement in itself.

What to know more about cloud computing and PCSM? Click the link more details regarding the Professional Cloud Service Manager course.

Glanmire