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Cloud Connect is next week and we are ready to get things started.  Last week we published a partial list of speakers and today I’m pleased to take the wraps off the balance of our amazing program.

 

Joe Weinman, Author, Cloudonomics
Strategically Exploiting the Cloud
The benefits of cloud computing are often listed as cost reduction and business agility.  This may be true, but misses the bigger picture: the opportunity for firms to exploit cloud computing, big data, mobile, social, and the Internet of Things to attain strategic advantage.  Companies such as Amazon, Google, and Microsoft are leveraging these technologies in their cloud businesses, but also their other businesses: Amazon in retailing and entertainment; Google in search, entertainment, and advertising; and Microsoft in gaming.  But it isn’t just “cloud” companies that can benefit from these technologies, traditional manufacturing firms such as BMW, GE, Nike, and P&G as well as emerging companies are using today’s digital technologies to win in the marketplace.

 

Margaret Dawson, VP of Product Marketing & Cloud Evangelist, HP Cloud Services
Cloud in the Era of Hybrid Washing – What’s Real, What’s Not?
First it was cloud washing, with many companies attaching their products and services to the cloud to attract more customers and drive revenue. Today, with a myriad of cloud solutions and services on the market, companies are now jumping on the ‘hybrid’ bandwagon, labeling every solution with this latest buzzword, which has led to “hybrid washing” and customer confusion. What is Hybrid – what’s real and what’s not? Please join Margaret Dawson, HP Cloud, in this provocative, hype-busting session as she discusses cloud in the era of hybrid washing. A cloud computing and IT industry veteran, Dawson will cover why hybrid cloud matters and how IT can gain control within a hybrid reality to drive greater innovation and business impact. She will also talk about the importance of an open cloud architecture to achieve the needed interoperability, manageability and reliability in a hybrid cloud environment

 

Mayur Shintre, Cloud Platform Architect, Target
Managing Multiple Clouds in an Enterprise: A Heterogeneous Lens


 

 

Michael Ducy, Enterprise Architect, Chef
The Goat and the Silo: What an Old Calculus Problem Can Teach Us about Instilling the Culture of DevOps
We may know the Goat and Silo problem as a common calculus mathematical problem, but Goats (scape goats) and Silo (organizational silos) problems also plague IT organizations.  When drastic organizational change is recommended to implement a culture of DevOps and successfully adopt a PaaS platform, the time is right to explore how the philosophies of DevOps can be used to turn Goats and Silos into assets that can not only help in enabling an organizational transformation, but assist in implementing transformational technologies such as PaaS.

 

Jonathan Bryce, Executive Director, OpenStack Foundation
Taking Control of your Cloud Strategy
One of the central questions being explored at the Cloud Connect Summit is how open clouds and APIs provide enterprise value. In this session, Jonathan Bryce will address the value of open cloud platforms through the changing dynamics of users and technology vendors in the cloud ecosystem. Jonathan will explore how open source development is changing the relationship between users and vendors, and how open APIs are critical for choice and interoperability. He will provide specific examples of users in the OpenStack community who are no longer passively consuming software, but are actively participating in the evolution of their cloud platform. The result for enterprises is the ability to move faster, access more vendor and technology choices, and greater control of vendor relationships and costs.

 

Scott Carlson, Cloud Infrastructure Architect, PayPal
The Software-defined Data Center at PayPal
As the world’s most successful e-commerce payment platform, the security and availability of the PayPal infrastructure are beyond critical. With 143 million active registered accounts in 193 markets, PayPal needs to be agile and flexible. So how does this enterprise remain agile enough to support internal business units as well as phenomenal end-user growth? Through an open and robust software-defined data center (SDDC) based on OpenStack cloud software. In this talk, Scott will address enabling agility at scale through PayPal’s software-defined data center model, and the benefits they are achieving.

 

JP Morgenthal, Director, Cloud Computing Practice, Perficient, Inc.
Eating The Elephant: Introducing DevOps Into Enterprise IT
We view applications from a stack perspective, responsibility for that stack is divided among various disparate ownership in Enterprise IT, how do we let the stack dictate introduction of DevOps responsibilities.

 

Marc Trouard-Riolle, Senior Technical Marketing Manager, Citrix Systems Inc.
Case Studies of Real-world Cloud-enabled Enterprises
Marc Trouard-Riolle is a Senior Technical Marketing Manager at Citrix Systems Inc.  After many years working in a variety of technical pre & post sales roles within the virtualisation arena and most recently within Product Management for the Citrix XenServer product, Marc’s accomplishments include product releases focussed on integration with other technologies such as Intel’s Trusted eXecution Technology integration or other Citrix products.  Now with a Technical Marketing focus and with a broader remit across multiple Citrix products, responsibilities include demo infrastructure management and conference support, amongst the many duties as a Citrix cloud technologies’ subject matter expert.

 

Bernard Golden, Vice President, Enterprise Solutions, Enstratius, a Dell Company
Working With, Not Against, Developers and Business Units to Succeed in the Cloud
Today, developers and business units are leading the charge to cloud computing. The primary driver: accelerated application life cycles available by using new computing infrastructure, freed from the perceived friction of on-premise computing environments and processes. However, it’s not clear that these initiatives observe critical requirements relating to security, legal requirements, and company policy. This presentation will discuss how internal IT can work with developers to enable agility while validating governance requirements are observed. Specific attention will be paid to policy automation, service catalogs, and code management. The end result? Agility and governance combined to achieve success.

 

Steve Riley, Technical Director, Office of the CTO, Riverbed Technology
What do you mean I can’t have a SPAN port? Monitoring performance in the cloud
The cloud is not a replacement for an on-premise data center, and it isn’t a replacement for a branch office. Many of the techniques we’re accustomed to using for measuring performance may require adaptation. For SaaS applications, taking some measurements from various points around the globe might be useful for determining whether people in branch offices or remote users should go directly to the SaaS provider or route through the corporate data center. For IaaS/PaaS, applications hosted purely in the cloud could benefit from transaction tracing. Injecting measurement techniques directly into applications can help provide real-time and historical analysis of how performance varies from location to location and over time. Transaction analysis can also identify potential bottlenecks when porting existing applications to the cloud, thus exposing them to more WAN-type links (everyone traverses a WAN to get to the cloud and to move from cloud to cloud). Using a WAN simulator and some historical data, it becomes possible identify potential changes to the application that would make it less sensitive to latency problems. Latency is always going to be a challenge; you can’t change the laws of physics.

 

Keynote Panel: Solving the Real-world Challenges of the Cloud-enabled Enterprise
The future of enterprise computing will be wildly heterogeneous with public, private and hosted private clouds converging to provide a new breed of IT services. But will next gen services offer the enterprise-grade assurance of reliability, performance and security and how will technology leaders ensure visibility and control over resources that are now largely out of their control?

 

Moderator: Liam Eagle, Analyst, 451 Research
Panelists:
  • Patrick Harding, CTO, Ping Identity
  • Andres Rodriguez, CEO & Founder, Nasuni
  • Jaspreet Singh, Co-Founder and CEO, Druva
  • Jeff Irby, Vice President, North America Services, Unisys

Daniel Koffler, Senior Principal Advisor, Operations Technologies, Rio Tinto Alcan

How Cloud and the Industrial Internet are Poised to Revolutionize Heavy Industry and Manufacturing

Not all Big Data is created equal. To date the majority of Big Data implementations have focused on consumer behavior or the social web. However, datasets from the Industrial Internet (aka The Intenet of Things) will drive efficiency and cost savings within manufacturing and heavy industry in a manner not seen since the introduction of the steam engine. With just a 1% increase in industrial efficiency, cloud technologies and the Industrial Internet are set to create at least $1 trillion in additional value over the next decade and most projections estimate a much higher efficiency increase than the 1% goal.  This session will explore how cloud technologies and the Industrial Internet are changing manufacturing and heavy industry as well as how these technologies will impact your day to day life as a consumer and citizen

And that completes Day 2 of the Cloud Connect Summit! We’re planning for lots of Q&A time with this esteemed group of speakers so get your questions ready and I’ll see you in Vegas!

 
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Cloud Connect is less the two weeks away I’m happy to announce that our agenda is now final!  We have an amazing group of speakers lined up and the most relevant topics planned for the two-day summit.

Adrian CockcroftAdrian Cockcroft, Technology Fellow, Battery Ventures

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly – Critical Decisions for the Cloud Enabled Enterprise

At Battery Ventures, Adrian advises the firm and its portfolio companies about technology issues and also assists with deal sourcing and due diligence.  Prior to Battery, Adrian helped lead the Netflix migration to a large-scale, highly available public-cloud architecture and the open source cloud-native Netflix OSS platform.

chriswolfChris Wolf, CTO, Americas, VMware

Blast from the Past! Accelerating Your Hybrid Cloud Journey

At VMware, Chris collaborates with the IT and business community at large on cloud, mobile, virtualization and data center modernization strategies. Before joining VMware, Chris was a Research Vice President for Gartner’s Technical Professionals service.

Mark ThieleMark Thiele, EVP Data Center Technology, Switch

The Power of a Strong IT Ecosystem

A top speaker at past Cloud Connect events, Mark’s responsibilities at Switch include evaluating new data center technologies, developing partners and providing industry thought leadership.

Jimit_AroraJimit Arora, VP, Everest Group

Cloud Adoption in the Enterprise – Distilling the Facts from the Hype

Jimit will help us get the facts straight with fresh data from the 3rd annual Enterprise Cloud Adoption Survey.  At Everest, Jimit leads the IT Services research practice, which is focused on conducting in-depth research on the full spectrum of technology services across applications,infrastructure, cloud services, and next-generation IT.

scott-bilsScott Bils, Managing Partner, Leverhawk

Making the Case for IT-as-a-Service

Scott is a Managing Partner at Leverhawk, and leads the firms’ consulting and advisory services around ITaaS and Service Provider Transformation.  Scott will tackle why Cloud, DevOps and ITaaS are synergistic; why CIOs need to incubate cloud and new ITaaS operations; how internal “marketing” and communication is becoming a critical skill for CIOs seeking to drive ITaaS and cloud transformation.

sandra_kurtzigSandra Kurtzig, CEO, Kenandy

Cloud ERP: Empowering Real People

Sandra was the first woman to take a technology company public, and was included on Business Week’s list of the top 50 corporate leaders. She founded Kenandy in 2010 with the vision to transform the world of enterprise management software.

jared_wrayJared Wray, Chief Technology Officer, CenturyLink Cloud

Human Cost of Cloud

Jared is a respected thought leader in the enterprise cloud services space, having originated the Iron Foundry open source Platform as a Service (Paas) project. He also founded Tier 3 which was acquired by CenturyLink in 2013.

 

Jonathan Murray Profile PicJonathan Murray, EVP and Chief Technology Officer, Warner Music Group

From Theory to Practice: Implementing the ‘Composable Enterprise’

Jonathan is responsible for Warner Music Group’s global technology strategy, IT Service delivery and transformation to a newly developed – cloud based -­‐‑ Digital Services Platform.  He introduced the concept of the ”Composable Enterprise’ to describe a radical new approach to transforming business through the use of a new generation of cloud based platform architectures.

uri_saridUri Sarid, CTO, MuleSoft

Integration Unlocking The Organization Of the Future

Uri is CTO of enterprise integration company Mulesoft and was formerly Vice President of the NOOK Cloud at Barnes & Noble, where he architected, led, and released the flagship digital content and user platform for NOOK. At Cloud Connect, Uri will tackle the important topic of APIs in the Enterprise.

ben_golubBen Golub, CEO, Docker

Are VMs Passé?

Ben is a serial entrepreneur as CEO of Docker, former CEO of Gluster (now part of Red Hat) and Plaxo (now part of Comcast Interactive). His Cloud Connect talk explores the pro’s, con’s, hype, and reality, and whether “containerization” really does make VMs passé.

speaker-ben-kepesBen Kepes, Founder and Principal, Diversity Limited

Panel Discussion: Is there a Future for of PaaS in an IaaS World?

Mark Russinovich, Technical Fellow, Microsoft
Margaret Dawson, VP of Product Marketing & Cloud Evangelist, HP Cloud Services
Jesse Proudman, Founder and CEO, Blue Box
Krishnan Subramanian, Director, OpenShift Strategy, Red Hat
Brent Smithurst, VP of Product Management/Marketing, ActiveState

Michael BiddickMichael Biddick, CEO, Fusion PPT

Case Study on Cloud Computing Interoperability and Portability

Michael Biddick will present a case study on cloud computing portability and interoperability within a U.S. Government agency. Michael has worked with hundreds of Government and international commercial organizations, providing expertise in information technology and cloud computing solutions.

And that’s just day 1 of the Cloud Connect Summit!   We’re planning for lots of Q&A time with this esteemed group of speakers so get your questions ready and I’ll see you in Vegas!

 
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As we approach our first Cloud Connect Summit in Las Vegas, I’d like to recognize the people we count on most for developing the high-quality conference program Cloud Connect is known for.  This year we have been fortunate to get support from an amazing team of experts and influencers. Their guidance can be seen in the caliber of speakers we have assembled to take the stage in just three weeks!

Wendy White, Principal, Surge Marketing Group

@wendywhite

 

 

 

Bernard Golden, Vice President, Enterprise Solutions, Enstratius, a Dell Company

@bernardgolden

 

 

Scott Bils, Managing Partner, Leverhawk

@sbils

 

 

 

Alistair Croll, VP, CloudOps Research

@acroll

 

 

Charlie Babcock, Editor-at-large, InformationWeek

@babcockcw

 

 

Joe Weinman, Author, Cloudonomics

@joeweinman

 

 

Steve Riley, Technical Director, CTO Office, Riverbed Technology

@riverbed

 

 

Dave Roberts, Author, Leverhawk.com/ Sr. Director, BMC Software

@sandhillstrat

 

 

 

Ben Kepes, Advisor, Investor and Founder, Diversity Limited

@benkepes

 

 

 

Jimit Aurora, Vice President, Everest Group

@everestgroup

 

 

Andrew Conry-Murray, Director of Content & Community, Interop

@Interop_Andrew

 

 

 

Thank you to a great team! See you in Vegas!

 

 

 

 
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In case you missed our big announcement last month, Cloud Connect is heading to Las Vegas!  This is significant step forward as we continue to advance the cloud agenda and cover the issues that matter most in enterprise cloud adoption.  We began Cloud Connect in the Silicon Valley four years ago, and in that short time we have made tremendous progress in helping to define and evangelize the value of cloud computing.  Today its value  is impossible to ignore, but the hard work of enterprise integration still lies ahead!

Cloud Connect Summit will take place March 31 – April 1 alongside the mighty Interop Las Vegas. With Interop’s longstanding strength in serving the IT community and Cloud Connect’s focus on the cloud-enabled enterprise, we are taking the next step in helping companies evaluate their cloud options and make the right decisions for their business.  As IT and business leaders embrace the cloud model, the time is right to bring Cloud Connect to the largest independent IT event in the US.

With the Cloud Connect Summit we are also planning a new program format developed around “critical cloud decisions.” The final agenda will be crowd-sourced to the Cloud Connect community and zero in on the most pressing cloud technology, policy and organizational decisions and debates facing the cloud-enabled enterprise.

Some of the topics we will explore include:

  • In-depth analysis and comparison of the leading cloud stacks
  • The role of IT and CIO leaders in the new service provider model
  • Embracing IT-as-a-Service, Agile IT and DevOps strategy
  • Open Data / Open Clouds and APIs
  • Processes for managing SaaS and the heterogeneous cloud environment
  • Operational and policy issues, case studies and models for the cloud-enabled enterprise
  • Cloud-enabling platforms: Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS), cloud brokers, cloud management platforms (CMPs) and cloud identity management

To complement the 2-day summit we have a number of in-depth workshops planned including:

  • OpenStack Boot Camp
  • Amazon Web Services Boot Camp
  • Infrastructure for Private Clouds
  • Orchestration and Management of Federated Applications in Hybrid Clouds

We are gearing Cloud Connect Summit towards a cross-section of disciplines with a stake in the cloud-enabled enterprise. Technology stakeholders include CIO/CTO, architects, senior engineers and IT leaders. Business stakeholders include business analysts, project/program managers and line of business leaders.

I’m really excited to take this important next step with Cloud Connect.  Now comes the fun of developing  a stellar agenda with the help of an incredible advisory board.  More on that and program developments in the weeks ahead.

Viva Las Vegas!

 
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In a lot of ways, 2013 has been a pivotal year for PCI compliance in the cloud. As recently as a few years ago answers to compliance questions for cloud environments were more than a little murky, typically regressing into endless debates on how to define “cloud” in the first place. Compared to where we were as an industry then, 2013 has ushered in the age enlightenment.

In February, PCI Council finally pushed guidance for ensuring compliance in several types of cloud environments. At nearly 50 pages it’s more of a self-published novella than clarification, but it’s a major milestone nevertheless. The biggest question – “Can you be PCI compliant in the cloud” – has been answered. Yes, you can.

Businesses unwilling to wait for the PCI council to catch up with the real world have been finding their own way for years of course, but now the uncertainty of picking just the right QSA or a cloud provider that understood security have been greatly reduced. Take a random walk through a set of cloud providers – Rackspace, Peak 10, Amazon for instance – and you find a lot of PCI resources that provide common sense answers, and in some cases a set of services to handle most of the heavy lifting.

Things are notably better, but ask anyone going beyond merely replicating their deployment in a legacy data center and you won’t hear about the “age of enlightenment” for PCI compliance. A more accurate assessment of our current state is just beyond the point where you get deer in the headlights looks when the topic comes up.

What will be the next pressure point? Heady topics like auto-scaling, deployment automation and usage based billing. Security has been largely exempt from dealing with these issues, in no small part because uncertainty of compliance in the cloud provided a convenient cover, but expect that ability to deal with elastic environments becomes a major issue in 2014.

Challenge here is much more technological than an issue of governance, and its exactly the area where security people will have a difficult time meeting business demands. After all, computing, storage and networking have been disrupted to the core by “software defined” movements, while security industry has escaped largely unscathed. What happens when your newly PCI compliant cloud deployment auto-scales to meet surging customer demand, leaving your security infrastructure in the dust?

We’ll be discussing cloud, security, compliance and more at Cloud Connect in Chicago on October 21-23rd.

Misha Govshteyn is the Vice President of Emerging Products at Alert Logic and will be a featured speaker during the Cloud Security and Risk Summit at Cloud Connect Chicago.

 
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A post by Jamie Porter, Cloud Connect PR Specialist

With Cloud Connect Chicago just a week away, a handful of our top exhibitors offered a preview of news they’ll be making from the expo floor. With demonstrations of the most recently announced innovations and the launch of new technologies, we expect the expo to be bustling with conversation about products best suited for the enterprise cloud.

Here’s a sampling of next week’s announcements:

CSA Chicago will feature best practices for providing security assurance within Cloud Computing, specializing in the areas of Legal Issues in the Cloud and the Anti-Botnet Working Group.

EdgeCast announces the new EdgeCast Route, a high-performance, high availability, scalable and secure DNS platform. Route leverages EdgeCast’s massive global IP Anycast network, with points of presence in most major metros across four continents, and with high-performance proximity to almost every broadband user in the world.

IBM will be showcasing new DevOps solutions that accelerate continuous delivery while leveraging the cloud. Learn how to automate application deployment to the cloud with new IBM UrbanCode solutions, or innovate in the cloud with JazzHub – a self-serve, instant-on, “one stop shop” for Mobile and Cloud application development.

Latisys announces its Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) product suite, offering clients a variety of options for business continuity from basic backup to completely automated failover between redundant sites. Fully customizable and tested regularly, these solutions ensure systems are protected in the event of a natural or human induced disaster.

OVH.com, the leading Internet hosting provider, will demonstrate its new Dedicated Cloud service offering a complete VMware Data Center in less than 30 minutes. OVH technical architect will be available at booth #407 for questions.

SingleHop, a dedicated server and cloud hosting company that offers highly scalable, automated, on-demand infrastructure services to both end-users and resellers, announces that the company will present its revamped white-label reselling platform.

Veeam will showcase Modern Data Protection™ – powerful, easy-to-use and affordable solutions built for virtualization and the cloud. Veeam Backup & Replication v7 includes Built-in WAN acceleration (for efficient D2D2C backup), GFS retention (using backup copy jobs), self-service VM and file recovery, VirtualLab for Replicas, and deployment planning.

VMware will feature vCloud® Hybrid Service™, a secure, dedicated infrastructure-as-a-service cloud built on the trusted foundation of VMware vSphere®. Develop new applications and run existing applications with no change, with common networking, management, and security that spans between onsite and offsite environments. Visit booth #400.

For more news, check out the press release we issued yesterday. Thanks to all exhibitors who submitted to the press release!

To stay on top of even more announcements coming from Cloud Connect next week, be sure to visit our dedicated Press Releases page, where we’ll link to all exhibitors’ news. To read up on conference news, you can also check out our News & Coverage page, where we’ll log articles we see in top industry publications. We already have several preview stories up, if you want to get a head start on your reading. Enjoy!

 
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Gartner predicts that from 2013 to 2016, $677 billion will be spent by cloud customers to create cloud advertising and other business services. This estimate does not even include the billions of dollars of private cloud infrastructure investment. So when a modern bank robber is asked why he is targeting cloud services, he will most likely answer, “Because now that’s where the data is” — so that’s where the money is.

What are today’s bank robbers attempting to do? Some are using cloud services to run their Zeus botnets and other hacking infrastructures. Other risks include hacktivists who target your service provider with DDoS attacks, rendering your business service unavailable for hours or days because the cloud provider didn’t have the bandwidth or controls in place to contend with the attack.

So what are obvious considerations to protect against these emerging threats?

1. Know what data your company is storing in the cloud.
– Don’t find out after someone else publishes it on the Web or sells it to a crime syndicate.
– Be aware what types of data your business is producing or holding during the initial stages of the project.

2. If you are storing any confidential data in the cloud, encrypt it.
– Assume the data is going to be attacked and potentially leaked in the future.
– Encryption increases the costs for hackers to gain access to your data and may thwart their efforts.

3. Have a Plan B for critical business services.
– Assume that your cloud provider is going to have a disruption in the future.
– Determine how much downtime you can handle and still remain profitable and consider designing redundant services between multiple providers.

4. Choose a cloud provider that is aligned with your risk tolerance.
– Assess various cloud service providers and choose that one that best fits your budget and risk tolerance.
– Don’t bargain-hunt for a cloud provider — you may one day wish you had chosen a provider with stronger security.

Robert Malmrose is Chief Security Officer at Quantitative Risk Management and a featured speaker in the Cloud Security and Risk Summit at  Cloud Connect Chicago 2013. This post is a summary of Robert’s article that was published in InformationWeek.

 
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Cloud Connect Chicago is right around the corner and we are ready for a great event.  We recently took the wraps off this year’s keynote lineup which includes an impressive variety of opinions, case studies & perspectives on the cloud enabled enterprise.   The keynote program runs 9 – 11am on Oct 22nd and 23rd.  See you there!

Robin Chase, Founder, ZipCar and GoLoco

Competing in the Collaborative Economy

A new organizational structure is transforming the sources of power and value creation. It used to be that companies would gain a competitive edge by bringing resources inside the company in order to reduce transaction costs. Today, the smartest companies and governments are using the Internet to leverage assets outside of their sphere of control. We are stepping into the age of abundance. The collaborative Peers Inc economy is exactly what we need to respond to the size, scale, and urgency of problems facing the planet.


Paul Walsh, Vice President of Weather Analytics and Meteorologist, The Weather Company

Rethinking Weather – Using Weather Analytics to Grow Your Business (and save the world)

2012 was yet another year with unprecedented and high-impact weather events.  That trend has continued in 2013 and is expected to continue for the balance of our collective lives. While it sounds grim, there is a silver lining. In this presentation, learn how the convergence of new weather technology and sensing capabilities, big data analytics, high-speed computing, enhanced forecasting capabilities and new media channels are enabling companies to rethink how they leverage weather and environmental information to dramatically enhance business effectiveness and create new opportunities for growth.


Ric Telford, VP, IBM Cloud Services

Competing for the Future in the New Era of Computing

Cloud pacesetters are gaining competitive advantage through strategic reinvention, better decision making, and smarter engagement.  Interest in cloud has moved well beyond an IT obsession – into the very fabric of the enterprise.  What defines a cloud pacesetter goes beyond adoption to differentiation and business results. Please join Ric Telford, VP IBM Cloud Services, as he talks about innovation in this new era of computing and how cloud computing helps clients differentiate through reinvention of relationships, insights, and ecosystem expertise.


Narayan Desai, Principal Experimental Systems Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory

Optimizing for Creativity: Building Clouds for Data-Intensive Informatics

One of the key impediments to large scale informatics is the development of new approaches for data analysis and organization. In this talk, I’ll describe our experiences using openstack over the last 3 years and how it has accelerated the development activities of our scientists. I will discuss our experiences, why we selected Openstack, and the remaining open issues in these platforms.


Jean-Sebastien Bruneau, Cloud Architect, OVH.com

The Cloud Triangle: Where should you be?

Choosing the right “as a service” technology can be a daunting task. How do you select the right solution in a world of choices where the term Cloud is used in so many ways? OVH proposes a walktrough the cloud marketplace to trace a clear path to risk free service externalisation.


Alistair Croll, VP, CloudOps Research

What Would You do if You Were Starting From Scratch?

What would you do if you were starting from scratch? And why aren’t you? In this session, author and entrepreneur Alistair Croll looks at what’s holding back big companies, and the threat posed by not being willing to burn the boats. In a world of abundant, ubiquitous technology, the risk of sitting still far outweighs the risk of moving too quickly. As everyone around the boardroom table realizes their fortunes depend on technology, the CIO’s mindset needs to change dramatically if they, and indeed their entire IT organization, are to remain relevant.


Duke Skarda, CTO, Softlayer

Selecting the Right Cloud Architecture to Optimize Performance

Performance is the intersection of power, agility, and control.  If you value performance you don’t want to use an oversubscribed, commodity cloud as the cornerstone of your business.  In this session we will discuss the features of a cloud that combine to create a truly performant environment.


Fireside Chat with Cloud Security Alliance:  The State of Security & The Cloud

This keynote will provide a brief overview of CSA research on government access to information, attitudes domestically and abroad, will discuss future impacts on cloud providers and government policies, and outline the CSA view on best practices on balancing safety, security, individual privacy and business interests of cloud.

  • Jason Witty, Senior Vice President & CISO, U.S. Bank
  • Jim Reavis, Co-founder & Executive Director, Cloud Security Alliance

Stack Wars: The Battle for the Enterprise Cloud
The Stack Wars rage on with heated debates around which cloud platform is best suited for the enterprise. Join this lively discussion with leading cloud providers and judge for yourself which will come out on top!

Moderator: Alistair Croll, VP, CloudOps Research

  • Monty Taylor, Manager, Automation and Deployment, Hewlett-Packard
  • Jim Anthony, Vice-President, Tier II Solution Architecture Team, Verizon Terremark
  • Mathew Lodge, VP, Cloud Services, VMware

Ted Rudman, Interim Vice President, Pricing, Marketing/Loyalty, Supply Chain & Corporate Systems, Sears Holdings Corporation

Transforming Data Architecture Complexity at Sears

The Hadoop ecosystem of big data tools has transformed the way structured and unstructured data is ingested, processed, stored and analyzed at Sears Holdings, a highly data-driven company. Discover the challenges that hadoop helps overcome and key use cases that drive big data value across the organization.


Molly Rector, Chief Marketing Officer, EVP Product Management and WW Marketing, Spectra Logic

Enabling the Disruptive Thinkers in Your Organization

Big data is not only changing the way we store data but more importantly, why we store data. No longer are we storing data just to look back in history but now we are keeping it to predict the future. Enterprises are rapidly adapting to utilize Cloud Storage techniques to remove obstacles that block users from being able to retain, access and learn from their data. “Disruptive Thinkers” in each Enterprise are using these tools to analyze the past in order to reveal the opportunities for data driven decisions on where to invest in the future for market space leadership and differentiation.


 
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In partnership with Everest Group, an advisory and research firm on global services, Cloud Connect launches its first awards program, Innovation through Cloud in Enterprise (ICE) Awards, to honor companies that have achieved innovation through the adoption of cloud solutions. Cloud Connect just announced the four finalists, and a winner will be announced in just a few weeks during Cloud Connect Chicago.

Everest Group narrowed down nominations to name four pacesetting enterprises that, through cloud implementations, have transformed business processes, positively impacted stakeholders and significantly contributed to the bottom line. The four finalists for the inaugural ICE Awards are:

“Cloud solutions have drastically changed business operations for the better. When implemented correctly, cloud directly contributes to business agility, streamlined collaboration between employees and partners, and higher revenue,” said Steve Wylie, Cloud Connect General Manager. “The four selected ICE Award finalists have made big strides with cloud implementation and we’re pleased to recognize their efforts in Chicago at Cloud Connect.”

Join us on Tuesday, October 22, as Jimit Arora, Everest Group Vice President, will announce the winner during the keynote program. For more information, check out the full press release.

 
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A post by Joylyn Tanner, Senior Communications Manager for Cloud Connect.

My mother was born in Chicago, and as a result, I have an overwhelming sense of pride for the city, Da Bears, deep dish pizza and Wrigley Field.  This affinity for the Windy City inspired me and my colleagues to cull together our top-picks on where to eat and what to see when you’re in town for Cloud Connect. With over 7,000 restaurants to choose from, more than 500 parks and a menagerie of bars, theaters, comedy clubs, etc., we’ve created an infographic that can help you navigate the goods with some short commentary below from yours truly.

Where to Eat:

Chicago is the birthplace of the beloved deep dish pizza, as well as fast food behemoth, McDonald’s and chewing gum giant, Wrigley’s.  With these notorious knocks under its belt, Chicago is sure to tantalize your taste buds during your stay.  It’s tough to narrow down, but our first staff pick for the best pie in the city is Lou Malnati’s, followed closely by Giordano’s and Pizano’s.

Italian bites run rampant in Chi-town, a couple of our faves are Rosebud on Rush and RPM Italiano.  And if it’s just a good dog you’re in search of, be sure to hit Hot Doug’s.  It’s cash only and don’t go at prime lunch time because the lengthy line will overwhelm.

If more of a scene is your thing, Howells & Hood is nestled at the base of the Tribune Building and features an unparalleled drink selection (largest draft beer selection in all of Chicago!), tasty menu and remarkable views to cap your evening.  Reservations strongly encouraged – you can’t go wrong with this choice!

If you can’t pull yourself away from the conference grounds, Hyatt Regency McCormick offers a couple dining options: Shor for a contemporary American meal, Forno if a plate of pasta hits the spot, or the lobby bar M/X for small bites and a cocktail.

Things to See:

Did you know that the first Ferris wheel made its debut in Chicago in 1893? Now Navy Pier is home to the 15-story Ferris wheel and a must-see when in Chicago.  During the week of Cloud Connect, Chicago’s Chocolate Festival is at Navy Pier and open to the public, while for those in search of some Halloween funk can check out The Fear Haunted House, also happening at the Pier. The insider’s tip here though is the stained glass exhibit that can’t be missed!

Lincoln Park Zoo is free and who doesn’t love free?!  With fall upon us and Halloween in the air, the Zoo has an events calendar you should check out prior to your visit to make sure you’re maximizing on fun, which may or may not include a Spooky Zoo Spectacular.

If you prefer setting sail, you can’t go wrong with the Architectural Boat Tours.  While on board, you’ll navigate along the Chicago River, be awed by 50+ buildings unique architecture, and learn the ins and outs of how the city grew from a small back-country outpost into one of the world’s most important crossroads.  While on the topic of Chicago history, may we recommend a Mob Tour, where you can escape into the city’s underworld of gangsters and criminals?  Problem is, tours only run Saturday and Sunday, so if you’re in early or sticking around after the event – secure your spot now to learn about all the old gangster hot spots.

What to Do:

If you need some greenery in your life, parks abound.  Stop by the local Bird Sanctuary off McCormick or visit Memorial, Grant or Millennium Park, which plays host to the famous “Bean.”

If a drink and a laugh is more up your alley, Second City Comedy Club will put you in stitches with their improv. Shows run nightly at 8:00 pm during the week of Cloud Connect.  Social Twenty-Five is located in the trendy River North neighborhood – just a few miles from McCormick – and has become a favorite hot spot with live music entertainment and a swanky two-level bar.  You could also belly up to the bar at Chicago classic, Pippin’s Tavern, a quintessential Irish pub located on Rush Street.

Don’t be afraid to take on public transit to get you where you want to go.  All you need to know to plan your route can be found on Chicago’s Transit’s website.

And finally, it was to my delight when Cloud Connect decided to expand to Chicago last year and return in 2013 to such a fun-loving city.  I’m looking forward to the event and being back in my mom’s hometown.   Hopefully, this can help you chart your course while in Chicago and if we missed something you’d like to share, please feel free to comment – we are all ears.

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