AlignIT Manager Tech Talk #10: Managing Your Private Cloud with System Center

There’s no denying that virtualization has transformed our datacentres and redefined how we do IT, giving us more capacity and savings. Now, private cloud capabilities take us one step further providing the agility IT needs to truly provide IT as a service.

The beauty of a private cloud is that it takes characteristics of a public cloud (resource pooling, elasticity, self-service, and pay per use) and combines those characteristics with management and security built on dedicated resources to provide services to a select group. System Center 2012 brings you that single pane of glass you need to manage your applications and services across your public, private, hybrid or traditional infrastructure. Within the System Center suite, Endpoint Protection provides give you control and security while Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 provides world-class virtualization through Hyper-V.

In this Tech Talk, we’re joined by Islam Gomaa, IT Manager for E-Academy, Inc., and William Bressette, Network Architect for Horn IT Solutions, to discuss the challenges of managing a private cloud and the capabilities of System Center 2012, an integral part of Microsoft’s Private Cloud solution.

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About our guests

Islam GomaaIslam Gomaa

Islam Gomaa is a Data Protection Manager MVP from Ottawa, Canada, specializing in System Center Products, disaster recovery and system infrastructure running on the Microsoft server technology stack. Islam brings over 12 years of expertise in helping organizations align their business goals using Microsoft technology and deploying Microsoft-based solutions for the private and public sector. He is also a member of the Windows Springboard Technical Expert Panel [STEP] for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 having delivered STEP presentations in Ottawa.

He has authored several webcasts on Data Protection Manager 2007& 2010 including "Protecting Applications with DPM2007" and "DPM and Opalis Automation for Disaster Recovery". Islam presented at TechEd 2011 in Atlanta Georgia, and the I365 Worldwide summit in Salt Lake City. He is a frequent presenter for both OWSUG in Ottawa and MITPRO in Montreal.

Islam has a B.Sc. in computer science from Montreal University, and holds several Microsoft technical designations. He is an active member of the IT community. Islam enjoys sharing his adventures and ideas about system administration through his blog at

William BresetteWilliam Bressette

With Horn IT Solutions since 2007, William is an award-winning member of their team (2010 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award and of the "Impact Award 2008" for Infrastructure Design). William is responsible for implementing and managing Horn IT Solutions participation in the Microsoft Partner Program and for Horn achieving Gold Certified membership Level with 5 competencies: Advance Infrastructure, Network Infrastructure, Infrastructure Worker, Licensing and Security solutions along with Small Business Specialist.

As Network Architect William performs Network and Data Center Design for medium sized organizations across Canada, implements network monitoring tools for customer sites and creates and manages IT Policy for customer locations. His excellent project management skills are applied to small and large customer projects as he manages technical services as well as development and management of the Microsoft Packages Service Program at Horn IT.

He graduated from Georgian College in Barrie in 1996 with a major in mathematics.


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