IT Pro Live: Why 'on-premise' isn't a dirty word

The cloud is wonderful, but it's not the only choice when it comes to infrastructure

The cloud is one of the most significant innovation in enterprise IT since the birth of virtualisation - but that doesn't mean that it's the only path to success. On-premise hardware still has a vital and dynamic role in many modern businesses, with innovative and interesting use cases across a wide range of industry verticals. In this panel discussion, we talk to infrastructure vendors and end-user companies to discuss the continuing value of on-premise infrastructure, and the benefits it can offer as part of a modern strategy.

Justin Cupler

Managing Editor, ITPro.com

Justin is an 11-year veteran in the world of journalism in a wide range of verticals, including automotive, personal finance, landscaping, technology and more. He’s also spent years behind the microphone and in front of the camera. He’s appeared on local and national networks, including Cheddar, NBC, CBS and Fox. Cupler is a professionally trained broadcaster from Connecticut School of Broadcasting and an ACES-Poynter-certified editor. His favorite pastime is spotting grammatical errors in national ads and billboards.

Chris Morgan

Infrastructure Architect, Admiral Group

Chris Morgan is an Infrastructure Architect for Admiral Group, responsible for the design of infrastructure solutions that underpin key business processes and objectives, translating and contributing to IT strategy. With a strong focus on enterprise storage and virtualisation, Chris’s primary role is split between solution design, acting as an SME for key technologies and providing consultancy to the wider IT department on all areas of technology.

Matt Cadieux

CIO, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

Matt has over 25 years of IT experience in engineering and manufacturing environments, working for both large global and medium sized companies. He oversees the IT department that is responsible for implementing and supporting the applications and infrastructure used to design, manufacture and race F1 cars. The Chief Security Office (CSO) and Head of Technical Partnerships also report into Matt. Speed, technical innovation and the ability to execute are required to be successful in F1 and Aston Martin Red Bull Racing excels in these areas. 

Matt Harris

UK&I Vice President Hybrid IT Infrastructure, HPE

Starting his journey as an intern, Matt Harris joined HPE in 2004 and he is currently leading the Hybrid IT Infrastructure Group across the UK&I, which encompasses all HPE’s Data Centre and Software Defined technologies, as well as solutions addressing new emerging markets such as Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and IoT. He believes in business as a force for good and that tech leaders have a responsibility to use their innovation and influence to make the world a better place. Matt is passionate about the people within the business, the culture of our UKI organization and HPE’s core purpose – to advance the way people live and work. 

James Petter

VP, International, Pure Storage

James Petter is VP International at Pure Storage, responsible for sales in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), Latin America, Asia Pacific, and Japan. Prior to Pure, James held several leadership roles at EMC including Vice President Global Accounts and Verticals EMEA responsible for the Oil and Gas, Manufacturing, and Public Sectors. He also was the Senior Vice President, UK and Ireland, one of the largest subsidiaries at EMC. Additionally, in his 20+ years’ experience in sales, James has held management positions at Cisco, Telstra and Coca Cola. A graduate of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, James served as an officer in the 2nd Royal Green Jackets for six years. He holds a BSc from the University of Surrey and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies from Bristol University.

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