IT Martini Brings First Ever Infrastructure Only Tech Conference to Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati, Ohio (PRWEB) June 11, 2012

Cincinnati is playing host to the first ever Infrastructure Only IT conference on June 21, 2012 at the historic Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Beginning at 12:30 p.m., IT Martini 22: Infrastructure We Trust is hosting both strategy and technical tracks about the future of energy efficient servers, VDI rollout, the convergence of SAN & LAN architecture and big data storage. Nearly a dozen speakers and panelists are participating. The conference concludes at 5:30 p.m. with a charity benefit reception for the Reds Foundation, hosted by Cincinnati Reds Pitcher Logan Ondrusek, as well as several early stage companies from around Cincinnati.

Returning to Cincinnati for a sixth time and picking the city for its first IT infrastructure conference was an easy choice for IT Martini co-founder John Bishop.

IT Martini has developed some great partnerships with the people and organizations in Cincinnati over the last several years,” he said. “Its a first class, technology savvy city thats ideally suited for a conference that sheds some light on the infrastructure inside the cloud. Thanks to the depth of experience from our presenters, it should be a great afternoon – followed by an excellent evening event.

IT industry leaders throughout the Midwest are presenting hands-on, solutions based topics covering IT infrastructure. Scheduled presenters and panelists include Branndon Kelley, Chief Information Officer at American Municipal Power; Jared Price, IT Director at American Municipal Power; Jeff Biggs, Chief Technical Officer and Executive Vice President at Peak 10; Scott Denull, experienced IT Infrastructure leader; Steve Covert, manager of Vendor Services at Highlights for Children; Jeff Ely, Engineer at Netech; Ryan Troy, System Consultant at Dell; Ernest Lefler, VP/GM at Peak 10 Cincinnati; Jared Stanley, Specialist Service Provider at Cisco; and Ronnie Frames, VP, Network and Cloud Infrastructure at Peak 10.

One hot topic being covered is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. Microsofts increasingly complex licensing requirements has the IT industry taking a second look at the requirements and the needs of their business partners. Steve Covert breaks down the some of the pitfalls and offers solutions to IT pros charged with leading their companys VDI needs.

An organization that is implementing VDI needs to understand how the software is being used and where it is being used, Covert said. Many of these details that are captured during the up front analysis drive the requirements of the infrastructure. An awareness of VDI complexities and infrastructure considerations is what makes events like the IT Martini conference so important. It helps to create that awareness of the pitfalls that can destroy a VDI.

The business alignment of IT is a topic on every industry leaders mind. Business leaders demand IT organizations continuously deliver on a strong value proposition. In his presentation Strategic Architecture: A Path to the New Era of Business Scott Dennull identifies core services, enabling technologies and the architecture to support business needs.

Having a solid architecture plan is imperative to providing value to the business by being prepared and flexible, Dennull said.

Columbus-based IT Martini has had enormous success in Cincinnati with its signature receptions, supported by its coverage of industry leaders and their companies in the IT Martini Weekly newsletter. Past spotlighted leaders have included Cincinnatis own Bob Bartlett of Vantiv.

IT Martini is a very well-run and highly respected organization within the IT community, Brian Hubers, Vice President of MTCI and IT Martini top shelf sponsor said. IT Martini regularly brings together top thought leaders in the community and addresses current and relevant information with the group. It has been a privilege to partner with IT Martini.

The conference concludes with a reception to raise money for the Reds Community Fund, with the help of Cincinnati Reds pitcher Logan Ondrusek. To date, IT Martini has raised thousands of dollars for local Cincinnati charities through its events.

The Cincinnati Reds strive to be winners both on and off the field. As America’s first professional baseball team, we take pride in being an integral part of our great community and the special relationship we have with our fans, Zach Bonkowski, director of Promotional Events said.

Bonkowski continued, The Reds Community Fund, the official nonprofit arm of the club, is dedicated to improving the lives of youths by leveraging the tradition of the Cincinnati Reds and the game of baseball. Fundraising events such as the IT Martini event allow for the Community Funds message to reach a new segment of the market that perhaps it hasnt in the past, while providing much needed resources to help fund the youth baseball programs that are at the heart of what the RCF is all about.

Its this commitment to the community that drives the Title Sponsor, Peak 10.

Peak 10 is happy to once again be sponsoring an event with IT Martini, Ernest Leffler, General Manager of Peak 10 in Cincinnati said. It is events like these that allow Peak 10 to help continue to provide educational and enjoyable events to IT and business professionals in our market. The ability to have an event that contains educational, social/networking, and charity components, makes it attractive to a wide variety of business professionals and results in a highly attended event.

Tickets for both the IT Martini 22: Infrastructure We Trust conference and reception are available online at for $ 50 while reception-only tickets are $ 25.

About IT Martini:

IT Martini was founded by John Bishop and Aladin Gohar, two IT Professionals who wanted a better IT Community. They spawned a conference event series and a weekly web newsletter that connects IT Communities together in a growing number of cities.

About Peak 10:

Peak 10’s people have a foundation and expertise in IT, but bring you more than technical knowledge. You get proactive and empowered professionals, at every level, focused on applying what they know to what you need. Our team delivers the enterprise-level solutions of a national data center with the trust, attention and focus of a local business partner. No red tape, fast approvals and local decisions mean you get 24/7/365 problem solving to save you time and money.

About MTCI:

As a full-service Unified Communications solutions provider, MTCI enables you to conquer the complexities of voice and data communications services. Through our long-term partnerships with major carriers, regional service providers and telephony equipment vendors, MTCI simplifies telecom so our customers can work with many companies through a single point of contact.


John Bishop | 614.432.4323 | john(at)itmartini(dot)com |

Interviews and photo opportunities available to media during the event.

Find More Cloud Infrastructure Press Releases

Speak Your Mind