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Kion and the University of Oregon to Showcase Multi-Cloud Adoption Strategies at EDUCAUSE 2023

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Last updated on February 15th, 2024 at 2:23pm

COLUMBIA, Md.—(BUSINESS WIRE)— Kion, the leading cloud enablement solution provider, announced today that it will partner with the University of Oregon to present insights into the strategic adoption of cloud in higher ed at EDUCAUSE 2023. The session will outline the University of Oregon’s mission-driven approach to multi-cloud infrastructure adoption in support of their research and education initiatives. The EDUCAUSE Annual Conference is the premier higher ed IT event held on October 9-12, 2023 in Chicago, IL. Randy Shore, VP of Delivery and Support at Kion will be joined by Christy Long, Associate CIO for Technology Infrastructure at the University of Oregon.

The session, “Building Trust and Value: Our Mission-Driven Cloud Journey” will take place on Wednesday, October 11 from 1:30 PM–2:00 PM CT in room W184a, Level 1, and will provide insights into the adoption of the cloud in support of research and academics in higher ed. The session will explore the following topics:

Strategic drivers of the University of Oregon’s cloud program

  • Challenges and successes in partnering with faculty to meet curricular needs for data science
  • The foundational capabilities prioritized for the university's multi-cloud journey
  • How to achieve frictionless cloud access, increased visibility, and enhanced financial control
  • How the university built trust, exceeded expected value, and improved its ability to support future curricular needs

“We selected Kion to provide cross-cloud security, compliance, and observability for campus projects and owners with defined budgets.”

– University of Oregon

“Universities have had challenges embracing the cloud, but in doing so they can accelerate innovation, scale, and agility in a constantly changing environment. Our goal is to help higher education institutions find value in every step of the process and unlock the transformational power of the cloud,” said Shore. “Together, Christy and I will reinforce that universities offering hands-on cloud usage can expand their student experience, unlock online learning potential and differentiate their graduates from the pack.”

“At the University of Oregon, we’re working with academic and research constituents to enable low-friction speed to value across major public clouds. We selected Kion to provide cross-cloud security, compliance, and observability for campus projects and owners with defined budgets,” said Long. “We’re early in our journey and have recently completed a successful engagement with an academic department to enable foundational data science courses at scale. We’ll be sharing our successes and the challenges we’ve experienced along the way, and look forward to learning from other universities on a similar journey.”

About the Speakers

Randy Shore is Vice President of Delivery and Support at Kion. He and his team are responsible for ensuring customers achieve success with the Kion platform to realize the full benefits of their cloud footprint. Shore has extensive experience in multi-cloud solution architecture and design, enabling him to support organizations with their cloud challenges and goals. Shore previously served as Director of IT at the George Washington University.

Christy Long is Associate CIO for Technology Infrastructure at the University of Oregon (UO). As the leader of the Technology Infrastructure division in Information Services, the UO’s central IT department, Long oversees research advanced computing, networking and voice services, enterprise compute and storage, data centers, classroom technologies, and UO staff supporting Link Oregon, the statewide research and education network. Long has worked in higher education for more than 18 years, and joined the UO in 2021.

To attend the session “Building Trust and Value: Our Mission-Driven Cloud Journey” register for EDUCAUSE 2023. You can also visit Kion on the show floor at Booth #1140, and schedule a time to connect with Kion experts.

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