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A blog post by Infrastructure Track Chair, Bernard Golden, Vice President, Enterprise Solutions, enStratus Networks.

The concept of cloud computing is simple: computing resources offered across the network via self-service, providing elastic capacity from a resource pool carrying no long-term commitment and paid for on a per-use basis.

As the old saying goes: simple, but not easy. Providing cloud computing services requires a transformation in both infrastructure and operations processes, and this transformation is affecting all parts of the traditional computing infrastructure.

The infrastructure track at this April’s cloud connect offers a great opportunity to get an in-depth look at next-generation infrastructure from leading-edge practitioners. Every layer of the infrastructure will be addressed, from data center facilities to application management. Here is an overview of the four sessions on tap:

  • Trends in Data Centers and Infrastructure: Learn from Mark Thiele (Switch — a huge data center provider), Ron Vokoun (Gray — a data center construction company), and a representative of CoreSite (a data center REIT) about trends in data center growth, changes in construction technique, operations practices, and investment trends
  • Managing Cloud Environments in a Complex, Hybrid, World: Learn from Bernard Golden (enStratus Networks — a leading cloud management company) and Lori McVittie (F5 — a high performance networking and application performance company) about the implications of cloud computing for application and network management
  • Storage and Disaster Recovery: Learn from Sage Weil (Inktank — commercial sponsors for the highly scalable Ceph storage product) and Henrik Rosendahl (Quantum — providing data protection and big data management) how cloud computing enables new cost-effective approaches to long-standing problem areas for IT
  • Cloud-based Infrastructure Applications and Economics: Learn from Genomic Health (cancer treatments via genomic based clinical laboratory services) and Chris Pick (Apptio — a leading IT infrastructure economics management company) about the effect cloud computing has on application rollout and IT economics

Cloud computing represents the future infrastructure platform for IT organizations. Succeeding with this new platform requires getting prepared for the changes that it brings. The Cloud Connect Infrastructure Track sessions provide insights from some of the most advanced users of cloud computing and presents an opportunity for attendees to get ready for their future challenges.

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