The Economics of Cloud Computing

Myths and facts about the true cost of cloud computing.

Thursday November 7, 2013, 6:00 PM
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New York, NY
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Fee: Free for NYTECH members and sponsors. $20.00 for non-members.

Several high-profile companies have made statements over the past year, claiming that the cost of operating in the cloud is higher than they could achieve by building their own data centers. Join the NY Technology Council for a panel discussion on the economic issues of cloud computing.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • How much does cloud computing really cost?
  • Can you perform an accurate TCO analysis of cloud computing?
  • When might a traditional data center make sense over the cloud?
  • Are there other benefits to cloud computing that need to be considered

Wine and food will be served.


Lenny Herold is a 15-year technology industry veteran specializing in operations, systems and network management, and infrastructure development, migration and consolidation. During his career, he has provided the operations leadership for multiple public and private companies, overseen numerous datacenter builds and migrations, and spearheaded the technical aspects of several mergers and acquisitions. As the head of Infrastructure Solutions at Corsis, Lenny provides expert consulting services on wide range of topics including infrastructure management, traditional and cloud hosting strategies, scaling and redundancy, disaster recovery planning and security.

Aaron Klein is a Co-Founder of CloudCheckr Inc. and serves as the company COO. Aaron brings a deep knowledge of cloud architecture and over 20 years of managerial experience and vision to his role at CCI. He has held leading roles in diverse organizations ranging from small entrepreneurial start-ups to multi-billion dollar enterprises. Aaron has authored a series of whitepapers on AWS and cloud usage. He is also regular contributor to publications such as DZone, Amazon Cloud Journal, and

Dianne O’Brien is Microsoft Corporation’s Senior Director of Business Development for Cloud & Enterprise.  In this role Dianne is responsible for developing the Cloud & Enterprise business development strategy for commercial deals that fill key technology or business gaps that will help accelerate the C&E business growth, with a particular focus on realizing our Cloud OS vision and Windows Azure.  Prior to moving into Business Development for C&E, Dianne was a part of the Windows Azure business team, joining as its third member in 2008 as the Senior Director for Business Planning and Operations, responsible for all long term business planning, offer and channel strategy, business desk, and performance management before moving to her current role.  During her fourteen year Microsoft tenure she has held senior leadership positions in the corporate planning and finance functions including leading the Global R&D finance team and serving as IT Controller. Prior to joining Microsoft, Dianne owned a private CPA practice, and was the Assistant General Manager of a public utility service in San Diego County where she was responsible for the implementation of several major technology initiatives. Dianne holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of San Diego. She lives with her husband on Whidbey Island near Seattle, and enjoys fishing and watching baseball. 


Andrew J. Brust is Founder and CEO of Blue Badge Insights, writes a blog for ZDNet called "Big on Data" ( and is a Big Data analyst for GigaOM Pro. Blue Badge Insights provides strategy and advisory services to Microsoft customers and partners; the firm also works with its clients on Big Data, BI and analytics strategy and technology. The company derives from Andrew's background in application software development dating back to 1985, and his industry expertise in Microsoft technologies like .NET, SQL Server and Analysis Services. Andrew is co-author of "Programming Microsoft SQL Server 2012" (Microsoft Press); an advisor to NYTECH; serves as Microsoft Regional Director and MVP; is conference co-chair of Visual Studio Live!; and writes Visual Studio Magazine's "Redmond Review" column.



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