Cloud Platforms Community of Practice to host cloud solution seminars

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State’s Cloud Platforms Community of Practice (Cloud CoP) group is inviting like-minded, current and potential cloud users to participate in a series of upcoming events designed to explore cloud solutions at the University.

The Cloud CoP will welcome representatives from Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform to lead a series of three virtual events that anyone at Penn State can register for and attend. The goal is to work toward advancing cloud fluency at Penn State.

Paul Crum, a cloud architect on the Cloud Services team, said the best way to understand how the cloud can solve data processing and workflow problems is to bring people together who are interested in learning more and testing out new ways of solving problems using the cloud. 

The first chance to do so will be at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29, when the series kicks off with a high-level overview of AWS.

“We hope to meet the needs of a diverse audience interested in cloud computing across Penn State by offering these sessions,” Crum said. “We’re focused on providing high-level information about the cloud and services available to tackle computing and data storage use cases that people find themselves facing as part of their everyday work at the University.”

Visit this Zoom link to register for the first CoP event on Sept. 29.

The second event on Wednesday, Oct. 13, will focus on Microsoft Azure, while the third session on Wednesday, Oct. 27, will explore Google Cloud Platform.

The Cloud CoP sees potential for the first three sessions to evolve into additional community meetings and conversations with specialized content tailored to unique use cases at Penn State.

That’s where input from the University community comes in. Crum and his colleagues hope attendees can help to inform what will be covered in future meetings within the scope of enabling research, teaching and enterprise information technology optimization.

“We want to build relationships,” Crum said. “We’ll be able to learn more about the real-world challenges people are facing here at Penn State when it comes to data needs and how the Cloud CoP may be able to collaborate and fine-tune cloud solutions for their individual needs.”

Feedback surveys will be part of each session and those who would like to attend are encouraged to come with questions ready. 

Registration is currently open for the Oct. 13 event and the Oct. 27 event. More information about those events will be available as they approach. 

Last Updated October 06, 2021