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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Talks Technology Trends and the Cloud at Last Thursday’s NVTC Premier Titans Event!

On Thursday, April 19, more than 730 attendees gathered at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner for a Premier NVTC Titans Breakfast featuring Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. During the event, NVTC Chair Brad Antle sat down with Ballmer for a conversation about technology trends including the cloud, cybersecurity, data centers and big data. Ballmer also discussed Microsoft’s latest offerings, including Windows 8.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer addressing more than 700 attendees at the Titans event.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer addressing more than 700 attendees at the Titans event.

Ballmer began his remarks by describing how technology continues to change the places and ways we interact, sharing that he recently removed the last few analog devices from his office: pencils, paper and a whiteboard. He predicted that over the next few years, technology will become more interactive – we will be able to relate and interact with our devices, and our devices will be able to learn about and recognize us.

Ballmer shared Microsoft’s support for both private and public cloud services, explaining that the hybrid cloud will require some level of common management, security and directory. He also expressed his belief that customers want real-time available data center capacity, explaining that a two-year cycle for construction will soon be a thing of the past. Microsoft’s data center strategy also focuses on power use and cooling technology, according to Ballmer. He explained that Microsoft’s recent decision to build a data center in Boydton, Va., was based on proximity to customers, access and connectivity to fiber optic backbone and other infrastructure, ease of construction and the availability of stable and affordable energy sources, including hydroelectric power.

Titans gift presentation to Ballmer. (L-R) Signature Platinum Sponsor Transformation Systems Inc. Founder and CEO Marta Wilson, NVTC Chairman and Salient Federal Solutions President and CEO Brad Antle, and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
Titans gift presentation to Ballmer. (L-R) Signature Platinum Sponsor Transformation Systems Inc. Founder and CEO Marta Wilson, NVTC Chairman and Salient Federal Solutions President and CEO Brad Antle, and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

Ballmer and Antle also discussed Microsoft’s focus on big data, including building infrastructure to allow customers to collect, process and analyze data, as well as supporting machine learning for real-time analytics. In addition, Ballmer described a shift in focus around cybersecurity from protecting the organization and its devices to safeguarding information, regardless of the device used to access it. He shared that Microsoft spends $500 million to $1 billion a year in security research and development.

During his remarks, Ballmer also discussed the re-imagining of Windows 8, which integrates interactive and cloud technologies, and Ryan Asdourian, senior product manager at Microsoft, provided a brief demo to the Titans attendees. To view a full transcript of Ballmer’s remarks, click here.