May 9th Meeting: Private Cloud Computing: Hybridization

Date: May 9th, 2013
Time: 7pm
Place: EE1 Building (Electrical Engineering)
Room 403
University of Washington Campus
Subject: Private Cloud Computing: Hybridization
Presenter: Chris Avis

Cloud Computing has redefined what we call “infrastructure”. What used to be the hardware and other components that resided within the confines of our own buildings, now lives out in the cloud effectively turning infrastructure into a service (IaaS). Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service is Microsoft’s new service targeted at businesses that wish to extend or migrate their existing infrastructure into the cloud. We will spend time in this session discussing the new services, demoing features, and speaking about some of the possibilities the Cloud based IaaS extends to administrators.

Chris started his career at Microsoft in 1994 as a contract customer service representative during the Windows 95 launch. At the time, he did not know who Bill Gates was or what Microsoft did prior to applying with the company. Why? He was a hard core Apple user and had been since the late 70’s. Chris left the company as a contractor in 1996 and returned 1 year later as a full time employee supporting networking technologies for Windows NT 4.0 Server and client connectivity. Shortly afterwards, he started supporting the Small Business Server product. In 2002, Chris took on the role of IT Evangelist and speaking to IT Professionals about the great products and technologies Microsoft had to offer. Since then Chris has embraced live events and social media (Twitter – @chrisavis, blog – as a way to get the word out to IT Professional in the US and around the world. When not geeking out on technology, Chris enjoys camping, hiking and traveling. He is also an avid Guitar Hero player and karaoke singer. If you ever want to go do some karaoke, let me know!


As always, there will be dinner sponsored by Silicon Mechanics. Check them out at

There will also be several CACert assurers present.

The meeting will be at the Electrical Engineering building on the University of Washington Campus, aka EE1. Directions are linked to the EE Department’s web site above. Parking is $5 after 5pm.