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Jan. 12 #cloudchat: All about hybrid cloud

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“…Hybrid clouds, making use of both public and private clouds as appropriate, will continue to be the pragmatic decision for most organizations.” —Fortune

“Predictions for 2012: hybrid cloud takes off.” —Cloud Computing Journal

“Hybrid is now just the reality of how we get things done.” —James Governor (@monkchips)

Hybrid cloud was big in 2011 and no doubt will only grow as a major strategy in 2012. Just look at the quotes above. We figured to start out 2012, our first #cloudchat of the year should focus on hybrid, why it’s such a smart choice for organizations, and how it’s being used today.

Join us this Thursday, Jan. 12, at 4 p.m. ET to discuss. We’ll have Christopher Ferris, IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO Cloud Standards, and Scott Hebner, IBM VP, joining us for the conversation. Here’s a little more about Chris and Scott:

Christopher Ferris
IBM Distinguished Engineer, CTO Cloud Standards

Chris Ferris is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO Cloud Standards in the Software Group Standards Strategy organization. He has been involved in the architecture, design, and engineering of distributed systems for most of his 30+ year career in IT and has been actively engaged in open standards development since 1999.

Scott Hebner
IBM VP, Marketing, Cloud & Business Service Management

As Vice President of Marketing & Strategy for IBM’s Cloud & Business Infrastructure solutions, Scott Hebner is responsible for leading the organization’s worldwide marketing and strategic market development activities.  In this capacity, Scott’s team drives IBM’s cross unit solution initiatives around key client priorities in Business Service Management, Data Protection & Security, Enterprise Mobility and Smarter Assets/Facilities as well as managing its channel performance, portfolio positioning and demand generation programs.  He also serves on IBM’s Marketing Leadership Board, helping to set direction for the company’s global marketing strategy. He has been with IBM since 1989.

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As always, here’s the full rundown of how the #cloudchat works:

  • What: A tweetchat is an online conversation held at a pre-arranged time following a specific hashtag, in this case #cloudchat. You will need a Twitter ID to take part.
  • When: Thursday, January 12, from 4-5 p.m. ET, repeating the 2nd Thursday of every month at 4 p.m. ET.
  • Where: The chat can be followed on Twitter using the hashtag #cloudchat. Alternatively, log on and access the chat on twebevent. A recap will be posted on this blog the following Friday.
  • Why: To facilitate additional industry dialogue and provide a forum for questions, idea sharing, and problem solving. We want your input on what you’d like to discuss during future chats, so please leave a comment on this post or tweet @ibmcloud with topic ideas.
  • Who: Anyone and everyone is welcome to join!
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