July 17

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State and local governments across the country have been forced to upend business operations in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. And for many of them, agencies looked to cloud-based technologies to allow their employees to work remotely while sheltering safely at home.

But as the nation moves beyond the crisis to the long, hard work of reopening and rebuilding the economy, governments will have to reexamine their longer-term technology strategies with likely an even tighter budget. Having the right IT infrastructure will enable IT teams to deliver mission-critical services and applications while delivering significant savings. Often, that means a hybrid mix of cloud and on-premises solutions.

Join us July 17 at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET for a discussion of hybrid infrastructure and the benefits of determining the right model for your organization. Topics will include:
• Hyperconverged infrastructure – what it is and how it can improve efficiency while reducing complexity
• How can an enterprise approach to cloud computing help you move nimbly from one network to another
• Manage the hidden cost of the cloud


Yuri Topolnicki

Yuri Topolnicki

Network Administrator, Democratic Information Technologies House of Representatives

Yuri Topolnicki is a Network Administrator with the PA House of Representatives Democratic Information Technologies team. With over 20 years of experience in networking, storage, and virtualization, Yuri brings a customer service oriented approach to IT solutions.

Kevin Astree

Kevin Astree

Network and Systems Manager, Democratic Information Technologies House of Representatives

Kevin Astree is a, proud father of 2 and serves as the Network and Systems Manager of the PA House of Representatives, Democratic Caucus.

He has served in various roles over his 17 year career with the PA State Legislature. His start with the Democratic Caucus had been in a user focused Technology Support role before transitioning on to a Network Operations and Infrastructure Services focus where he’s since spent the majority of his career.

Dave Mitchell

Dave Mitchell

System Engineering Manager, Nutanix, State Local and Education

Dave Mitchell currently leads the Northeast SLED team from Virginia to Maine. Dave and his team work to make our communities better places to live, by helping our public servants in State, Local and Education modernize and reduce cost and complexity. Before joining Nutanix, Dave held several leadership positions at IBM, including Worldwide Technical Sales Leader for System x. Outside the office, Dave is President of the non-profit, Little Flower Home Inc which provide temporary residence for homeless pregnant mothers and their children. Dave and his wife are the proud parents of six children.

Bob Woolley

Bob Woolley — Moderator

Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Government

Bob was the Chief Technical Architect for the state of Utah’s Department of Technology Services, including the development of the state’s Utah.gov portal. Utah has been widely recognized in these areas with numerous national awards. He has also been a technical lead and RFP writer for the WSCA/NASPO Cloud and Data Communication Procurements. He has experience with state, county and higher education employee skill assessments and technology upgrade implementations.

He has extensive experience with development and implementation of enterprise infrastructure and technology services. He focuses on e-government and technical architecture, with special emphasis on technical architecture implementation, planning and analysis; Web design; cloud implementation; and development of online government services. He is a specialist in Theory of Operations documentation processes and implementation of Microservice Architecture and DevOps in hybrid cloud environments.

He has worked in the public sector as a university professor and systems analyst, and in the corporate world as a company president and Enterprise Architect. He has a master’s degree from Utah State University. He was named as one of Government Technology Magazine’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers, and has specialized in applying new and emerging technology solutions to government.