Today we open the doors on Cloud Connect 2011, an event 3 years in the making and one that has seen explosive growth in that very short time. The original Cloud Connect was hosted just a few miles from here at the Computer History Museum – a notable launch venue as we fully expected cloud computing to be prominently featured there someday for its profound and long-lasting impact on business and technology. That seems even more true today as we reconvene here at the Santa Clara Convention Center for a much larger Cloud Connect event with 70+ exhibitors, more than 2500 expected attendees and over 100 registered media from all over the world.
As I explore the agenda for the week and map out my time, I’m most impressed with the richness of the program and speaker line up. Our conference chair, Alistair Croll has worked tirelessly over the last few months with a fantastic team of track chairs, and it shows in the quality and depth of the conference. The keynote and general session agenda includes not only a “who’s who” of the cloud industry but also an incredible line-up of enterprise customers that are here to share their case studies and experiences – companies like Netflix, Dreamworks Animation and eBay. I’m also drawn to the Cloud Industry Summit, the conference within Cloud Connect hosted by MR Rangaswami from Sand Hill Group. MR’s program caters to the industry executives who are dreaming up new products and companies, people investing in cloud start-ups and people defining new challenges and opportunities as businesses move to the cloud. Whether you’re building your business in the cloud, moving your enterprise to the cloud, or developing cloud-based applications, Cloud Connect offers something for everyone, including an abundance of quality free programs and evening programs and parties to choose from.
Steve Wylie, General Manager, Cloud Connect