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Cloud Matters: Robert Herjavec and Other Canadian Cloud Thought Leaders Coming to Banff

Mar 7 2013 12:00AM



BANFF, ALBERTA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/07/13 -- Canadian cloud leaders and policy makers are challenging themselves at an upcoming national conference by asking the question, "Why does cloud matter?" More than 35 speakers, including Robert Herjavec of Dragon's Den fame and CEO of Herjavec Group, will be presenting at the Cloud Matters conference in hopes of answering that exact question.

In addition to Herjavec's opening address, he will be leading the judge's panel for another conference highlight, The Canadian Cloud Showdown. The Showdown will showcase Canada's premiere cloud startups to a panel of the nation's top industry analysts, investors, entrepreneurs and press. The winner of the showcase will receive three months of free office space and mentorship in Silicon Valley, as well as prominent exposure in the Canadian Cloud Council's highly regarded "Cloud Toolkit".

Conference attendees are looking forward to lively discussions and debates that will make an impact on the future of the Canadian Cloud industry. One such discussion is expected to come from Brian Fry, Senior Vice President and Co-Founder of the Canadian cloud and hosting provider RackForce Networks, Inc. As a prominent member of the mobile cloud panel, Fry will be addressing the importance of an enterprise class made in Canada cloud offering to allow Canadians to move forward on their adoption of the cloud. Although he will be explaining the weakness of some Canadian cloud offerings, Fry will making some strong statements about the state of the American cloud industry, and the opportunity that presents for Canadians.

"I am going to tell the audience that large American cloud providers have the wrong model for Canadian business." Fry continues, "for a number of reasons including data privacy issues. Unfortunately, if Canadians equate cloud to Amazon EC2 we will continue to see slow cloud adoption in Canada because in so many ways it just doesn't work."

The entire Cloud Matters conference will be an open forum for Canadian CEOs, CFOs, CMOs and CIOs and other cloud experts to make their voices heard and create a viable plan for the future of the Canadian Cloud industry.

About RackForce Networks Inc.

RackForce Networks is Canada's leading provider of reliable, secure and agile IT solutions and hybrid hosting services. RackForce's hybrid model allows companies their choice of enterprise class Cloud Computing, Colocation, Cloud Storage and Network services delivered on RackForce's Dynamic Datacenter Infrastructure. All of these services are backed by RackForce's 24/7 expert support, as well as the world's leading technology vendors such as IBM, VMware, Cisco, NetApp and Microsoft.

Related Links:

Register for Cloud Matters Conference here.

View the Cloud Matters Event Program here.

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