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AITP-Long Island Annual Technology Boat Trip

Monday, July 2, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Charlene Smallwood Brown, CDP, Long Island Chapter

Two days after the dawn of summer, the Lauren Kristy filled with AITP Long Island Chapter (AITP-LI)members and guests and pulled away from the Bay Shore marina. It was shortly after 11:30 a.m., on June 22, 2012, and the atmosphere was already electric with anticipation of the panel discussion on "Technology – 2013 and Beyond.”

The event was the 15th ANNUAL AITP-LI BOAT TRIP!

As the boat moved into the bay, the networking on the 2nd floor of the boat accelerated into high gear and the passengers enjoyed delightful arrays of hors d'oeuvres, soda, beer, wine and water.


After an hour, the session adjourned and the entire group moved to the first floor to hear the 3 panel speakers:

  • Mike Vizard, Editorial Director – NarrowCast Group and Blogger – IT Business Edge
  • Bob Hunt, IT Pro Evangelist, East Region – Microsoft Exchange
  • Scott Bradley, Manager of Network Operations and Voice Services – Brookhaven National Laboratory

With more than 25 years in editing IT publications, Mike Vizard focused on the economics of the cloud. He cautioned system planners and implementers to make their decisions carefully, weighing the cost of the cloud vs. the cost of maintaining one's own infrastructure. He advised that we assess the economics of data management by placing a value on data. To determine the value of data, it is essential that we collaborate with the business people, using their language. Remember that the data belongs to the organization and not to the service provider. Be clear on what would happen if you change your mind and want to move your data back into your own infrastructure -- how would it be done and what would it cost? The bottom line is that it's your data and you are accountable.


Bob Hunt brought more than 19 years of IT industry experience. He emphasized that cloud computing is not a "one size fits all” solution. Microsoft's cloud computing strategy and solution, as released under Windows Azure platform, is more cost-effective than other offerings in the market and offers the customer more flexibility of choice:

  1. Infrastructure as a service – Microsoft provides machines, storage, firewalls, and networks on demand from resources installed in their data centers. Customers are responsible for maintaining the operating system and application software.

  2. Platform as a service (client application on the cloud) – Microsoft provides an operating system, programming language execution environment, database and servers. IT developers can develop the software using tools and libraries from the provider and run their solutions on the cloud without the cost and complexity of buying and managing the hardware and software. The consumer also controls software deployment and configuration settings.

  3. Software as a service (IT has no control) – Microsoft would install and operate application software in the cloud and the customer would access the software from the cloud clients. IT has no control of the cloud infrastructure and platform on which the application is running. The customer does not need to install and run the application on the company's computers, minimizing maintenance and support.

Scott Bradley, with over 25 years of IT management experience, delivered the denouement of the meeting. He declared that, while other technologists might attempt to make predictions, he would not do so. His company, BNL, is so far advanced that they are already doing what others would predict. Then he proved it to be so.

He talked about the bleeding edge IT systems and services that are required by the scientific research community. He gave an overview of BNL's awesome 5,625-acre campus, including:

  • The $1 billion, ½-mile circumference National Synchrotron Light Source II facility, for researching the nature of light.
  • The Interdisciplinary Science Building and a 5-story microscope (2 stories above ground and 3 "vibration-proof” stories below ground).
  • 70 gigabytes per second WAN connection.
  • LAN providing a minimum of 1 gigabytes per second to every desktop.
  • Start-up of the Large Hadron Collider:
    • One of the largest and truly global scientific projects ever, a turning point in particle physics, for exploration of a new energy frontier in proton-proton and heavy ion collisions.
    • World-wide collaboration – 8000 users at 450 institutions around the world – unites computing resources for particle physicists, requiring global n/w connectivity at highest possible bandwidth.
    • ATLAS Detector – 150 feet long, 40 feet radius, 7000 tons.
    • LHC Optical Private Network (LHCOPN).
    • Data transfer 1 petabyte per day – available at all sites after 4 hours.

And so it was!

After the question and answer session, the excitement had peaked and the entire group adjourned back to the 2nd floor for more beverages and for raffle prizes donated by our sponsors, Blue Wolf, eScope Solutions and Microsoft. Following the fun and more networking, The Sexy Salad caterers served a delectable lunch on the first floor.

With a meal behind us and an intense storm approaching, we networked on both floors as the Lauren Kristy sped back across the white caps to return to the Bay Shore Marina.

It was, indeed, another successful boat ride for AITP-LI!

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