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Are you in control of your cloud? In partnership with NetApp

14 March @ 16:30 - 18:00 GMT

EVENT: Are you in control of your cloud?

High performance cloud storage and the requirement to be more agile has become a strategic priority for many organisations. Join this event to see how high performance cloud storage delivers real ROI to organisations at large.

Hosted in partnership with Cloud expert SolidFire, a NetApp company.


Josh Attwell, Developer Advocate at SolidFire which is now part of NetApp

Matt McGrory, Managing Director at Carrenza

Aaron Yates, CIO at CommuniGator

Bart Veldhuis, Cloud Architect at Weolcan


16:00-16:15 – Registration

16:20 -16:40 Welcome message. Thomas Konopka, Carrenza

Brief introduction, Why we, as a Cloud Service Provider, chose Solidfire

16:40-17:15 – Josh Atwell NetApp SolidFire Cloud Architect

Josh will explore how next generation infrastructure and cloud offerings are enabling organizations to deliver without sacrifice and maintaining control. He will discuss how to address the new code-first consumption models, and how API-driven infrastructure can enable this model to deliver far-reaching benefits in your initiatives.

17:15-17:30 – Carrenza/Solidfire Customer Case Study:

Chris Royal – Operations Director of CommuniGator share’s his experiences and lessons learnt

17:30 – 18:00 – Close with Q&A

Reasons to attend

Carrenza turned to NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) and implemented the NetApp® SolidFire® all-flash storage system to increase infrastructure agility and responsiveness, while reducing storage maintenance time and administration effort. As a result, Carrenza’s customers now scale storage resources without up-front capital expenses. The scalability and agility frees customers from unnecessary up-front costs and allows them to plan ahead for performance or capacity changes.

Speaker profiles

Josh Attwell | Developer Advocate at SolidFire, now part of NetApp

Currently Developer advocate for SolidFire (now part of NetApp) focused on building a community of customers, partners, and employees looking to be more successful with our API, SDKs, and other integrations. This affords me the opportunity to be hands on with a wide range of software packages and methodologies. I’m always looking for opportunities to share, connect, and grow collective knowledge while helping my company succeed.

I’m a published author, serial podcaster, and I am an avid community organizer and networker.

Bart Veldhuis of Weolcan

Bart is a seasoned cloud architect with over 15 years of infrastructure architecting experience. He is the founder of the Cloud Architect Alliance, a forum for experienced cloud architects to share knowledge and exchange experience. Bart is a serial entrepreneur and founded the first VMware based cloud provider in the BeneLux. Bart founded the vendor independent consultancy firm Weolcan to help organizations bring tangible results from their cloud strategy.

Matthew McGrory, Managing Director, Carrenza

Carrenza is an IaaS and PaaS focused Cloud Service Provider. We help our customers run their critical business applications and revenue generating systems on our enterprise cloud architecture.

Notable customers include Comic Relief, Government Digital Service, De Bijenkorf, IOVIO, Royal Bank of Scotland and CommuniGator.

Aaron Yates, CIO and owner of CommuniGator

Responsible for the creation and delivery of CommuniGator’s product portfolio to the marketplace. Specialist interests are Marketing Automation and SAAS delivery. Being able to build a digital market place around you where customers value the benefits in your products.


About SolidFire:

SolidFire is born out of the largest cloud infrastructures in the world and built to solve the challenge of delivering high-performance applications from a multi-tenant infrastructure. Founded in 2010, SolidFire is a market leader in all-flash storage systems built for the next-generation data center where simple scaling, set-and-forget management, assured performance and multi-tenancy, and cloud economic models are driving new market growth.

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