Earlier this month, High Availability, Inc. welcomed customers and partners alike to the Movie Tavern in Collegeville, PA, for an advanced screening of Star Wars: The Return of Skywalker. The annual movie premiere has been a cornerstone event for High Availability, Inc. since 2012. It's a chance for the H.A. team to thank customers for their business during the past year and allows for everyone, even our partners, to kick back and relax.

"A lot of our customers love Star Wars! We are thrilled we get the chance to offer our customers the chance to see the film early and escape the end of the year rush. This event is a great way to kick back and relax," said Liz Thompson, Marketing Manager for High Availability, Inc. "The event produces the ideal blend of industry happenings, education, and fun," Thompson added.

However, the event wasn't as relaxing for our speakers! H.A.'s infamous "Ignite-Style" presentations took place before the film on the big screens. Speakers from NetApp, Cohesity, Nutanix, Zerto, Zix, Duo, Palo Alto, and High Availability, Inc. had to perform a fast-paced powerpoint presentation with "The Rise of..." built into the title to pay homage to the film's title (The Rise of Skywalker).  Each speaker had only 5 minutes to present and had to utilize 20 slides – no more, no less. The slides were timed to advance every 15 seconds whether the speaker was ready or not.

"The Ignite format is super challenging for our presenters, but the presentations always turn out incredible because the speakers put so much thought and time into them," explained Victoria Clery, Office Manager & Marketing Specialist for High Availability, Inc. "Plus, the audience tends to pay attention to the presentations since the format is so fast-paced!"

The most talked-about presentation of the evening, which was delivered by Bob McCouch from High Availability, Inc., entitled "The Rise of the Internet," highlighted tech advancements in correlation to Star Wars movies. McCouch, a Principal Technologist for High Availability, Inc., discussed everything from the age of research, to first domain names, and the mobile revolution!

In short, the High Availability, Inc. movie premiere was an enormous success! Thanks to all our customers and partners for participating in the event.