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Episode 9 - Go Cloud-Native or Stay Vendor Agnostic

Committing to a specific vendor like Amazon AWS, Google Cloud, or Microsoft Azure, etc. can allow you to access some of the “native” capabilities of each of these vendor cloud offerings. Of course, this makes your tech team’s life easier and it is cost advantageous. On the other hand, you run the risk of getting locked-in to a specific cloud vendor, limiting your future strategic options. For that reason, some technology executives like the idea of staying vendor agnostic in their cloud strategy. But this seemingly sound strategy makes your technology solution more complicated, degrades performance, and often costs a lot more. So, how are you thinking about this trade-off?

In this ZipChat, we are bringing together a group of panelists that have experience implementing one or the other approach. We will discuss relevant issues:

  • Gain cost and performance benefits by committing to a cloud-native offering, e.g. using AWS Backup Service instead of automated backups for EFS (Elastic File System) using a data pipeline.
  • Is it better to achieve cloud portability (instead of cloud-agnostic) using technologies like Terraform for infrastructure as code, Docker container-based deployments, etc?
  • Take a closer look at your specific needs and decide based on that.  For example, if you only need compute and storage and no other cloud-native services, perhaps Kubernetes and Spinnaker GCP will be much cheaper–and easier–to use.
  • Do you have strategic concerns to avoid one cloud provider altogether?  For example, if you are a retailer you may want to avoid Amazon AWS.

So join us from your peloton or grab some popcorn on the couch for this interactive ZipChat session. It’s an open mic, so come with your questions for our subject matter experts!

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Meet our panelists

Todd Crosslin

Todd Crosslin, Global Head of Healthcare and Life Sciences at Snowflake – The Data Cloud.  Todd is a Healthcare IT executive with success in start-up and high-growth/complex environments.

Mike Couvillion

Mike Couvillion, Chief Technology Officer at Kazoo.  Mike is a results-driven software development leader with extensive experience in software development, process improvement, and business operations success.  He leads multiple technology teams in the development of innovative products to fundamentally change how performance management and employee engagement is done.

Mike Watson, VP of Engineering, Synerzip

Mike Watson, VP Engineering at Synerzip, is a veteran engineering leader with over 15 years of experience leading software teams. Mike’s passion is in helping software product development organizations transition into strong Agile practices and cultures within. He has experience working with large and medium public companies (such as Motorola and Tangoe), as well as mid-to-late stage startups (such as 4thpass, Solbright and Quintessent).