Cloud Platform Round-up

Event Details

May 19, 2016
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Elemental Technologies
225 SW Broadway, Suite #600
Portland, OR 97205

$15 Members 

$30 Nonmember


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Everyone has heard the hype of the moving to cloud hosting --  it’s faster; it’s cheaper, it’s more secure, it’s more flexible…  But do the offerings live up to these expectations?  How do you choose the right vendor?  How do you estimate the costs?   Come join us to hear from a panel of cloud experts as they share their use cases, experiences, and advice to help you choose the best cloud model for you.  

Questions to be answered:

  • How do you choose from the various options?
  • How do you control the costs?
  • What kind of monitoring do you need?
  • What kind of training do you need?
  • How do you migrate? 
  • How do you maintain security and control?

This event features professional  panelists and a moderator with industry leadership and in-depth practical  experience expertise in Cloud Architecture and insight into the new advances in this area.



Al Kari, Principal Enterprise Architect -  Cloud Practice, Red Hat

Al Kari has broad technical, business development and operational expertise, focused on blending business needs with cloud computing, virtualization and data center optimization technologies.  In his role as Principal Enterprise Architect at Red Hat Software,  Al was recently involved in migrating a large financial institution with 1500 VMs from VMWare to OpenStack.  He will speak to the challenges and how they took the project from concept to implementation.


Jared Cheney, Senior Vice President of Client Operations at Atmosera

Jared Cheney has driven advanced deployments of Microsoft Azure with key clients and most recently led the implementation of a follow the sun database deployment for a global retail customer to address latency issues that negatively impacted the user experience. Jared will provide an overview of the challenges, solution, and benefits realized.


Khawaja Shams, VP of Engineering at Elemental Technologies

As Vice President of Engineering at Elemental, Khawaja Shams is responsible for all product engineering, including Amazon Elastic Transcoding Service. Previously, Khawaja was the Head of Engineering for NoSQL databases at Amazon Web Services and also served as a Technical Assistant to Charlie Bell, SVP of Utility Computing. Before coming to Amazon, Khawaja was the Manager for Data Services at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His team was responsible for processing all the images downlinked from rovers on Mars, backend processing and mission critical systems for tactical operations, Deep Space Network operations. At NASA, Khawaja contributed to numerous missions including Curiosity Rover (Mars Science Laboratory), Mars Exploration Rovers, Mars Phoenix lander, International Space Station, and Cassini. His team also supported other government agencies for monitoring as well as command and control of autonomous systems.


Ryan Comingdeer, CTO, Five Talent Software

Ryan has extensive experience with development leveraging the AWS cloud platform.  Ryan will share his recent experience developing a SaaS product that utilized an AWS cloud infrastructure solution. Once implemented, the new AWS solution reduced annual platform costs by 85%+ while meeting strict security and compliance requirements, and satisfying continuous integration workflow needs




John Gasper, VP of Engineering,

John is a seasoned technology leader with over 25 years experience building state-of-the-art software solutions in the Silicon Valley, Reno, Nevada and Portland, Oregon. He is currently Vice President of Engineering at Skyward IO building applications for commercial drone operators.  Previously he has worked at companies both large and small including PeopleSoft, Intuit, ADP, Serena Software, and Thomson Reuters and in multiple domains including financials, payroll, taxation, and healthcare.  John currently serves as a member of the Technology Association of Oregon Development and Engineering Community.  He had previously served as an advisor to the University of Nevada, Reno for the Project Management Certification program.

John lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and twin sons where he can be found hiking, practicing photography, gardening, and enjoying the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

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