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Cloud Connect Chicago kicks off in just over a month at McCormick Place in Chicago. Cloud Connect is the only venue where you will learn how to leverage the cloud ecosystem to develop new services, new revenue streams and new business models.  Over the course of three days, the Conference offers in-depth boot camps, panel discussions and access to a host of industry experts, all designed to help you weigh your cloud options and drive transformation.  Here is a list of the top 5 events you will want to add to your schedule.

Monday, October 21

1. OpenStack Boot Camp

The OpenStack Boot Camp is a must attend for anyone considering taking OpenStack from dev/test into production environments. Instructor Randy Bias is Co-founder & CTO of Cloudscaling and on the Board of Directors of the OpenStack Foundation.  This boot camp will cover all the dirty little secrets about the projects that make OpenStack tick, what to consider when moving production to OpenStack, and how OpenStack compares to other open source cloud choices.

2. SDN and Cloud Connectivity Summit

Cloud efficiency is tightly coupled to the capabilities of the networks on which they’re built and which connect them to users. Much has been made of the disruptive effect of Software Defined Networks (SDN) and this summit will explore the state of the technology and its real world impacts. Join Instructor Eric Hanselman and delve into the SDN functionality of the various cloud offerings and explore practical paths to bridge between existing deployments and those in the cloud.

3. Virtualization and Private Cloud Boot Camp

Whether you’re just starting your cloud journey or enhancing your existing cloud landscape, odds are a private cloud will figure heavily into your planning. To succeed on this journey you’ll need to create a top-notch strategy and plan so you avoid getting boxed in. Instructor Dave Roberts will identify what operating models are needed to support your cloud and how to establish “quick wins” in this half-day Virtualization and Private Cloud Boot Camp.

Tuesday, October 22

4. Robin Chase-  Keynote

Tuesday’s Keynote Series opens up with Robin Chase, Founder of ZipCar and GoLoco. Robin is a captivating individual who has done several TEDTed talks and will be discussing how new organizational structures are transforming the sources of power and value creation.  This is a must attend opening Keynote!

Wednesday, October 23

5. Stack Wars: The Battle for the Enterprise Cloud – Keynote Panel

With much commentary and coverage on the Cloud Stack Wars and a competitive vendor landscape the Stack Wars Keynote Panel is sure to heat up the Cloud Connect main stage. Moderator Alistair Croll will lead a panel of vendors in a heated debate on everything from stack pros and cons, future game changers, and the question of who will ultimately win the battle cry.

These are just 5 of our top highlights from the upcoming Cloud Connect Conference .If you haven’t already, register with code SMBLOG to save $200 on the current price and lock in your seat to the must attend cloud show of the year!

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