Nonprofits and Cloud Computing Series: Infrastructure in the Stratosphere

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Infrastructure is an area where many nonprofits are using (or considering using) the cloud. Replacing mail servers, file servers, database servers and other types of IT infrastructure with cloud-based services provide some significant advantages, but also come with risk. This series will answer your questions about what is possible, how to understand the benefits and risks and what to consider in transitioning to the cloud.

Experts in this area, Matt Eshelman of CITIDC, Donny Shimamoto of IntrapriseTechKnowlogies and Zac Mutrux of Sarai, will help us dive into these issues and provide examples of how nonprofits are making this transition.

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Each session runs approximately 90 minutes.

In this three-part series we’ll cover:

  • July 31: Overview of Server Management and Cloud Computing

In this first session in the series, we’ll provide an overview of how to identify and plan for migrating your organization’s IT infrastructure to the cloud. We’ll cover the basic benefits and risks of moving server roles to the cloud and provide a framework for identifying which services to migrate. You’ll come away with an understanding of what your organization should be thinking about when considering moving IT resources to the cloud. Also covered are how to develop a migration pilot plan and advocate for this transition in your organization.

  • August 6: Dissecting Risks of Infrastructure in the Cloud

In this second session in the series, we’ll focus on the non-technical risks of moving your infrastructure to the cloud. What are acceptable levels of risk and what can be done to mitigate those risks? How do you balance those risks against the benefits to make an informed decision? You’ll come away with some of the key questions to ask providers about their services, and what to look for in their contracts and service level agreements BEFORE you sign them. Throughout the session we’ll also look at the business process/operational impacts to consider when moving to the cloud.

  • August 14: Transitioning Infrastructure to the Cloud

In this third session focusing on cloud services, we will examine the concrete steps an organization takes when replacing on-premises server systems with hosted cloud services. We’ll discuss integrating remote systems into the organization’s remaining network infrastructure, managing security and access to cloud services, and strategies for rapidly transmitting large volumes of information to a remote data center. In addition to the purely technical aspects, we will take a look at helping an organization’s staff to negotiate the changes cloud computing represent to their daily routine.

This series is geared towards nonprofit organizations that are investigating cloud-based infrastructure solutions and want to learn more about their options. For information on the strategies for using cloud-based tools and the tools themselves, see our two recent series: Nonprofits & Cloud Computing: A Guide to Navigating the Nonprofit Cloud and Nonprofits & Cloud Computing Series: Working in the Stratosphere: Cloud-Based Tools, Services & Opportunities.

Thanks to the generous support of Google, we’re able to offer this awesome series for free!

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About the Presenters

Matthew Eshleman, Director of Professional Network Services, CITI

As the Director of Community IT Innovators’ Professional Services group Matthew Eshleman helps to identify and shape the company’s strategy in assessing and recommending technology solutions to a wide variety of non-profit organizations. With over 10 years of experience in advanced network engineering and infrastructure design, he fundamentally understands how technology works and is able to blend both traditional and cloud technologies into practical IT solutions. Matt has dual degrees in CS and CIS and an MBA from the Carey School of Business at Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Baltimore MD with his beautiful wife and 2 year old daughter. When not at work you may find him singing with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society or brewing a hoppy IPA.

Donny Shimamoto, CPA.CITP, IntrapriseTechKnowlogies LLC

Donny is the founder of IntrapriseTechKnowlogies LLC, a CPA firm focused on organizational development and advisory services for the middle market. An active CPA and Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP), Donny helps many not-for-profits by bridging accounting and IT to strengthen organizational governance and risk management, improve business processes, and increase the effectiveness of decision making throughout the organization. Donny has worked on several international collaborations between the AICPA and CIMA related to business intelligence and is also a frequent national speaker and author on business intelligence and IT management. Donny received the 2009-2010 President’s Award from the Hawaii Society of CPAs, was named to CPA Technology Advisor’s 40 Under 40 list in 2007 & 2009 and was also a Hawaii Top High Tech Leader in 2004. Donny’s notable not-for-profit clients include the American Institute of CPAs, Catholic Charities Hawaii, and Hawaii Community Foundation.

Zac Mutrux, Sarai

Zac Mutrux is the President and Founder of Sarai, providing ongoing technology management services to over a dozen nonprofit organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Over 14 years Zac has consulted with more than a hundred nonprofit organizations in New York, San Francisco, and Washington DC. Today Zac and his team of tech experts help nonprofits to select and implement cloud technologies including VMWare, Google Apps, WebEx and Microsoft Office 365. An amateur musician, Zac has performed at the Greek Theater in Berkeley along with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart and Hamza el Din.