How Will the Industry Respond to the Shift to Hyperscale, Cloud, and Virtual Data Centers? Seattle IT’s Greg Smith Previews CAPRE’s Great Northwest Cloud Summit

SEATTLE, WA -- Greg Smith is the Director for Technology Infrastructure, for Seattle IT. Seattle IT provides powerful technology solutions for the City of Seattle and the public we serve. Internally, we serve the more than 12,000 City employees in 29 departments and offices with enterprise application, network, server and phone support, desktop services, messaging, mobile computing and guest wireless. Seattle IT also maintain the City's fiber program and the public safety radio system. Seattle IT also serves the public directly. Seattle IT regulates the three cable television providers operating in the city, maintains the City’s website and open data portal, data.seattle.gov. Greg will be a featured speaker at CAPRE's Great Northwest Cloud Summit tomorrow, so we connected with him to chat about his perspective and his expectations. CAPRE: Thanks for chatting with us today Greg. How do you characterize the activity you’re seeing in the Seattle and Pacific-Northwest market? Smith: At the City of Seattle we are fortunate to be in the center of things with so many leading technology players in our own back yard. There’s definitely an emphasis on establishing strong relationships between partners and the City, and I’m seeing great engagement from private sector on this front. To that end, Mayor Jenny Durkin has established an Innovation Advisory Council with many of those players involved. The goal is to have great ideas and input from these companies on how we might bring new and innovative services…