News roundup from Cloud Expo West

Cloud Expo West wrapped up yesterday, sending attendees back to their home states and offices with much to think about, particularly how their organizations must continue to innovate and adapt to the growing availability and adoption of cloud services.

If you weren’t able to attend the show, or if you did go but didn’t have time to stop by our booth or keynote sessions, here’s a quick wrap-up of the topics we were discussing and headlines we made.

SHI CEO Thai Lee Explores the Changing Atmosphere of Cloud Computing. Thai Lee opened Cloud Expo West with a keynote presentation that emphasized the value of examining the IT trends of the past in order to better meet the current and future needs of customers.

SHI Cloud Marketplace Simplifies and Optimizes Cloud Services Management. On Monday we followed up Thai’s presentation with the introduction of our Cloud Marketplace, an online portal that enables organizations to securely compare, procure, and manage cloud infrastructure from a variety of providers.

Quietly Efficient SHI Opens New Marketplace for Cloud Services. eWeek reporter Chris Preimesberger stopped by our booth and spoke with John Yung, CEO of Appcara, the web developer SHI worked with to develop the Cloud Marketplace. Preimesberger’s article relays more details about how the Marketplace operates and how businesses can use it.

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CIOs reveal 6 ways cloud services are changing IT

At Cloud Expo this week, SHI had the opportunity to participate in a number of presentations and panel discussions about the state of the cloud services industry. We offered insights that have come not only from our experiences delivering these services, but through a series of CIO roundtable events we have been hosting over the past four months.

Using some of the best practices and case studies gleaned in these sessions, our CTO, Rich Taggart, kicked off the Expo for us on Monday with a breakout session highlighting how cloud services are changing IT delivery and, as a result, the role of IT departments. One of the attendees of the presentation, Michael Steinhart of The Enterprise Cloud Site, summarized the key takeaways in his article “CIOs Evolving With Cloud Services.”

Check out what he had to say:

CIO best practices and IT case studies

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SHI Cloud gets creative with Vine: Poll

With the 12th International Cloud Expo only a few days away, the SHI Cloud team has been hard at work preparing their presentations and making sure our booth is ready to accept visitors. But that doesn’t mean we haven’t been able to have a little fun too. This week we launched a series of animated Vine videos to get customers, partners, and other attendees pumped about the show and eager to learn more about the new SHI Backup as a Service offering that we’ll be showcasing at our booth.

If you’re following us on Twitter, you might have seen them. But if you haven’t, here are the six videos we’ve published so far. If you have 36 seconds, you have enough time to watch them all. But good luck watching each one only once!

When you’re done watching, scroll down to let us know which is your favorite.

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