Hybrid Cloud, Best of Both Worlds?

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Calling our Manchester community. Join us on the 6th of November for our SODA Social event titled, ‘Hybrid Cloud, Best of Both Worlds?’

As IT infrastructures approach the end of their useful life, IT decision-makers are looking for alternatives to the traditional big bang refreshes and the risk they cause, hybrid cloud solutions offer the alternative of strategically consuming only the resources you require when you require them. This allows you to achieve high benefits with low operational risk and low cost whilst removing pressures from your on-premise IT infrastructures using Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

Talks will uncover the strategies, challenges, and opportunities arising when deciding which cloud infrastructure capabilities to consume to best fit your business’s needs such as disaster recovery, development and testing, legacy application delivery and more.

We will be providing complimentary food, drinks and the opportunity to network with market-leading experts.

Speakers include:
- Jason Birchall, Founder, and Managing Director at A4S Solutions
- Mike Gay, Lead Cloud Consultant at A4S Solutions
- Anthony Platt, MBA CEng CMgr, Your Housing Group Infrastructure Project Manager at Your Housing Group

Jason Birchall, Founder, and Managing Director
Jason founded A4S Cloud Solutions as he could see cloud services such as Azure and AWS creating an opportunity for smaller niche service providers with highly focused and skilled teams to thrive and deliver amazing services to clients, prior to forming the company; Jason has built up years of experience working in IT senior management positions and as a consultant-led large scale public sector infrastructure transformations.

Jason believes that cloud allows smarter investments in people, processes, automation, and infrastructure as code without being distracted by traditional constraints and that A4S will continue to grow through the delivery of intelligent hybrid cloud solutions to its clients that deliver the best of on-premise and public cloud.

Under Jason's watch; the company has grown from a single man consultancy to a service provider with a small team of top-rank industry professionals working as hybrid cloud experts in only a few short years and is delighting its well-known clients.

Mike Gay, Lead Cloud Consultant
Mike joined A4S Cloud Solutions as the lead consultant and brings invaluable expertise and experience to support the companies continued growth. Mike's background involved working for managed service providers designing and service transitioning enterprise-scale hybrid-cloud infrastructure solutions and digital transformation.

Mike is dedicated to delivering hybrid cloud services through the use of high-quality automation and repeatable processes and technologies. With Mike's leadership to the ongoing development of the A4S infrastructure as a code service catalogue; the company will continue to flourish and deliver the best solutions in the shortest and lowest risk manner possible.

Anthony Platt, Your Housing Group Infrastructure Project Manager
Passionate about project delivery and service improvements to enhance business processes. 15 years experience as a Project and Programme Manager within the Defence engineering, resourcing, and housing sectors.

Experience of delivering complex IT upgrades, equipment and training support projects across a number of business areas, ensuring organisational compliance, value for money and measurable business change. APM PMQ, PRINCE 2 and MSP Practitioner qualified. Also competent in lean techniques and qualified as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

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