Consonus to Present Cloud Computing Session at Second Annual UNC Charlotte Software as a Service Conference

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Consonus Executive Daniel Milburn to Demystify and Offer Real-World Cloud Computing and Software as a Service (SaaS) Success Stories.

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The 2nd Annual SaaS Conference, part of the Emerging Issues in Information Technology Series, is hosted by UNC Charlotte's renowned College of Computing and Informatics.

Consonus today announced that Daniel Milburn, Consonus senior vice president and chief operating officer of hosting and managed services, will present "Pursuing the Holy Grail: Is Cloud Computing a Panacea or Fantasy?" on Tuesday 6, April, in the McKnight Auditorium at Cone University Center on the UNC Charlotte campus in Charlotte, North Carolina.

2010 marks Consonus' debut at this important Software as a Service (SaaS) event, produced by UNC Charlotte's renowned College of Computing and Informatics. In addition to Milburn's presentation, Consonus serves as a Silver Sponsor for the event and will host an exhibit area where attendees have the opportunity to experience Consonus cloud computing and managed services solutions, such as Consonus Secure Archiving for the Enterprise™ (Consonus SAFE™), the Software as a Service delivery option of Symantec Enterprise Vault™

Software as a Service (SaaS) enables an organization to acquire IT capacity and capabilities without significant up-front capital or development expense. Benefits of SaaS can be substantial for those who understand its challenges: security, compliance, performance, and technical issues are among the areas of expertise needed to fully exploit the efficiencies of SaaS. Similarly, cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources such as networks, servers, storage, applications, and services. Typically, these computing resources can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal drain on IT staff and management.

Speakers at this year's conference represent organizations such as Microsoft, 6 Fusion, Grant Thornton, Network Security Consulting, YAP, Gartner Research, IBM Cloud Services, SciQuest, and the Intellectual Property Practice Group of the law firm Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice. Topics range from "The Future of SaaS Infrastructure" to "A Look at Microsoft's Cloud Computing Platform" and "The New Economics of Cloud Computing" as well as a town hall meeting on cloud computing. Milburn's presentation will address the cloud revolution, breaking through the hype to discover whether this model is suitable for a particular business. Milburn will review the five essential cloud characteristics, three cloud computing service models, and four cloud computing deployment models, plus offer detailed criteria essential to a reasoned decision, and case studies on three different cloud computing solutions implemented by Consonus in client environments.

About Consonus Technologies

Consonus Technologies, Inc. is a leading national provider of Data Center hosting and colocation, Managed IT Services, IT Infrastructure, and IT Consulting solutions based in Cary, NC. Offering a comprehensive suite of IT services, combined with highly-secure, reliable, and energy-efficient data centers across the country, Consonus provides customers with complete cloud computing solutions addressing disaster recovery, data protection, and virtualization. Consonus is an active, long-time member of The MSPAlliance, the world's largest Professional Association and Accrediting Body for the Managed Services Industry. Visit Consonus Technologies on the Web at http://www.consonus.com.

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