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Cloud storage is an attractive option for many IT departments due to its ready availability, relatively low price, and ability to improve services while keeping costs in line. It can be a savior in disaster recovery and offers access to data from multiple locations. However, latency and bandwidth stress is a constant concern and challenge for cloud storage users.

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Contributing Editor for Networking Computing, Howard Marks offers attendees an essential overview of the state of the art and use cases that offer practical business applications of cloud storage in his workshop, Making Cloud Storage Work for Your Organization – Powered by Cloud Connect.

“Whether you use cloud storage as the digital equivalent of a grandma’s attic (that place where you put stuff just because you think you might need it) or as the core of your organization’s storage strategy, this workshop will show you how to make cloud storage work for your organization,” said Marks.

Attendees will:

  • Understand the different cloud storage service types
  • Get practical use cases for cloud storage
  • Discuss cloud storage benefits, limitations, and risks
  • See beyond cost as a cloud storage driver
  • Learn the pros and cons of cloud storage gateways
  • Find out how to steer users toward great sync-and-share services

Who should attend:
This workshop will appeal to system and storage administrators, as well as more strategic IT management. It will provide both an overview of the state of the art and use cases that illustrate practical business applications for cloud storage.

For more information on this workshop, visit: http://www.interop.com/newyork

Register with discount code: CCBLOG5 before Aug 15 to save an extra $100 off the Early Bird price of Total Access, 3-day Conference, Cloud Connect Summit or 2-day Workshop Passes.

 
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Developing an optimized cloud strategy requires taking a close look at the entire stack. That’s why Cloud Connect will present five immersive workshops, Sept 29-30, at this year’s Interop New York with topics that tackle each layer – from cloud infrastructure, to storage, to applications and the management thereof – attendees will get the chance to walk  from away the event with a holistic approach to cloud. Below is a preview of each workshop:

Designing Infrastructure for Private Clouds

Private cloud deployments are often just a glorified facade for server virtualization, missing the flexibility, elasticity and self-service aspects of cloud services. The missteps leading to this sad state usually start in the design phase, making it even more important to focus on the design of your private cloud infrastructure. Read More >>

Speaker: Ivan Pepelnjak, Chief Technology Advisor, NIL Data Communications

Making Cloud Storage Work for Your Organization

The ready availability and relatively low price of cloud storage means IT departments can improve the services they provide while also keeping costs in line. Because cloud storage is equally accessible from anywhere, it’s a compelling option for providing access to data from multiple locations. Cloud storage is also attractive for backup data. Even better, in a disaster IT can recover that data from a provider for rapid recovery. Add in how object storage services like Amazon’s Glacier offer low-cost, long-term archiving and the cloud starts to look like a nice place to keep some of your data. The rub, of course, is…Read More >>

Speaker: Howard Marks, Contributing Editor, Network Computing

OpenStack Forum

Cloud computing with OpenStack is a powerful way of providing and consuming IaaS to achieve the scale and agility required by IT departments today. In the most recent release, Havana included nearly 400 application-driven enterprise features. Read More >>

Cloud Applications: The Next Generation

Cloud computing solved the problem of infrastructure — computing resources are now cheap, scalable, and easy to access — however, designing and operating applications for cloud environments continues to be a challenge for IT. Read More >>

Speaker: Bernard Golden, Author, Amazon Web Services for Dummies & Vice President Strategy, ActiveState Software

Managing Applications in a Hybrid Cloud World

Federated cloud infrastructures are the future of application deployments. This is good news for IT because hybrid systems provide high availability, promote mobility, and can simplify disaster recovery and continuity of operations. However, federated architectures also create thorny orchestration and management challenges, as data and applications are dispersed across private and (eventually several) public clouds. Read More >>

Speaker: Michael Biddick, Chief Executive Officer, Fusion PPT LLC

Register with discount code CCBLOG3  before July 11 to save $200 off the current price of Total Access or Workshop Passes.

 
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Cloud Connect China, hosted at the Shanghai International Convention Center, produced a excellent recap video from its first ever, Cloud Connect China, held Sept 15-17, 2013 in Shanghai.

The IT industry in China has seen a significant impact with the rapid development of the cloud computing business model, including the underlying infrastructure to support cloud computing – servers, storage and networks, middleware, operating system, applications software, and Internet service. These advancements are creating a large growth element for the Chinese IT industry as well as a need to discuss the issues and best practices in cloud computing. Hosting a Cloud Connect event in Shanghai was a natural next step for the evolution of the event and a great opportunity to bring the cloud industry’s talented speakers, engaged attendees, and solution providers together.



Cloud Connect China 2014 will take place Sept 16-18 at the Shanghai International Convention Center. Find out more at http://www.cloudconnectevent.cn/index_en.php.

Attendee Testimonials from Cloud Connect 2013:

“I found the conference great. I picked up some really good information, and found that the people in the conference were some of the best for networking, it was a really good experience for me.”

Glenn West, Cloud Business Unit Manager, APAC, Red Hat

“I attended and participated in the first Shanghai Cloud Connect event in September 2013 and I have to say that the event was planned and executed very well. As a speaker and attendee I would not have known that this was the first time for this event in Shanghai. The staff was very professional and courteous, content was strong, the sessions were kept on schedule and the rooms were excellent.”

Mark Thiele, Executive VP Data Center Tech , Switch Inc

“Great event, I very much enjoyed it. SOASTA has had the honor in participating and speaking at many Cloud events over the years, Including the very first Cloud Conference ever held back in 2008 in San Francisco. This year’s CloudConnect in Shanghai, being the first of its kind in China, has moved to the top of our list of terrific Cloud events. Some of Clouds finest speakers came from around the world to share their experiences and expertise with a very engaging audience. Thank you to all that worked so hard to put on such a terrific event.”

Tom Lounibos, CEO and Co-Founder, SOASTA

Cloud Connect will be held alongside Interop New York from September 29-Oct 2. 

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Register with code CCBLOG2 by June 30 to receive an extra $200 off the Super Summer Savings Discount on Cloud Connect Summit and Total Access passes!

 
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Cloud Connect Summit had an impressive launch at Interop Las Vegas this past spring, and is now heading to Interop New York, the leading independent technology conference and expo series for the IT community, from Oct 1- 2.

As cloud continues to reshape business computing, Cloud Connect will bring its cloud-as-business-enabler programming to Interop New York for the first time in 2014. The two-day Cloud Connect Summit will give attendees an intensive immersion in how to leverage the cloud to drive innovation and growth for their business. In addition to the Summit, Cloud Connect will produce five cloud workshops to run Sept 29-30, alongside the Interop workshop program. The Interop Expo will also host a Cloud Connect Zone, Oct 1 -2, showcasing cloud companies’ technology solutions. Adding Cloud Connect programming to Interop New York further demonstrates how cloud technology has become a critical tool in the IT wheelhouse.

The New York program features three *new* workshops as well several new Summit keynotes and sessions.  Find more information about the Cloud Connect workshops here, and stay tuned for the Summit agenda, to be released late June.

See you in the Big Apple!

WHAT ATTENDEES SAID ABOUT CLOUD CONNECT SUMMIT LAS VEGAS:

Impressed with the quality of the speakers and the interesting and engaging topics.

Margaret Dawson is one of the best speakers I’ve heard in a long time.

Another session packed with information. Fantastic speakers.

A massive amount of information to take in, but I plan to take what I learned and really do some research, especially around hybrid cloud and ITaaS since that is the next direction from my company. Learning the difference in vendors and the hype versus fact will help as well as one speaker put it, the good, the bad and the ugly.

Excellent detailed session about AWS components and structure. Bernard did an amazing job presenting the material and answering questions.

Register with code CCBLOG by June 30 to receive an extra $200 off the Super Summer Savings Discount on Cloud Connect Summit passes!

 
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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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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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By Emily Johnson

Cloud Connect Chicago 2013 is taking a new approach to the program this year. The focus is on the top cloud computing infrastructure management platforms including: OpenStack, CloudStack, Eucalyptus and VMware and the full-fledged stack wars that are currently playing out in the media.

We had an opportunity to sit down with Randy Bias, Cloudscaling’s CEO & CTO and Director of the OpenStack Foundation who organized the Cloud Connect OpenStack track and Boot Camp and he shared his thoughts on how his program is coming together and what he thinks attendees will gain from it. Continue Reading »

 
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The weather is an integral part of our lives. Most of us check it every morning before we get dressed and note the forecast for the coming days. We prepare our wardrobes, plan “sick days” around serendipitous sunshine, and buy umbrellas all based on our very basic analysis of the information we receive.  And when it comes to the weather, nobody likes getting caught off guard especially the enterprise.

This year at Cloud Connect Chicago we’re excited to welcome Paul Walsh, VP of Weather Analytics and Meteorologist of The Weather Company and former U.S. Air Force meteorologist to the keynote stage. Paul will provide attendees with an overview of how to use big data analysis to predict weather patterns in order to help drive important businesses decisions.  A few notable organizations that Paul has worked with in the past include Wal-Mart, The Home Depot, Citibank and numerous hedge funds.

A couple of interesting facts about Paul:

  • As U.S. Air Force meteorologist, Walsh provided intelligence support for missions and served as chief of weather operations for the Army’s elite 101st Airborne during Desert Storm.
  • Walsh has over 15 years of experience analyzing weather patterns
  • You can follow Paul on tumblr at Rethinking Weather or on Twitter @PaulEWalsh

Be sure to attend Cloud Connect Chicago October 21-23, 2013 at McCormick Place to hear Paul provide the forecast for your business strategy. Register early to lock in Early Bird rates and save up to $500 on Conference Passes!

 
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We’ve had time to collect all of the evaluation data and now have a conclusive top 10 ranked speakers from Cloud Connect Silicon Valley 2013.

We had loads of great content this year and want to say thanks again to all you who presented and contributed to a great event.

Join us in congratulating these speakers by giving them a tweet—don’t forget to include #ccevent!

  1. Jeremy Edberg, Reliability Architect, Netflix

Congratulate Jeremy @jedberg

2.  Adrian Cockcroft, Director, Architecture, Netflix

Congratulate Adrian @adrianco

3. Jinesh Varia, Amazon Web Services

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4. Barb Goldworm, President and Chief Analyst, FOCUS

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5. Thomas Barton, Global Enterprise Architect, Novartis Pharmaceuticals

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6. Toby Owen, Product Leader, Rackspace

Congratulate Toby @TobyDOwen

7. William Forrest, Principal, McKinsey and Company

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8. Alistair Croll, Founder, CloudOps Research

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9. Bernard Golden, VP, Enterprise Solutions, Enstratius

Congratulate Bernard @bernardgolden

10. Neal Sample, SVP, Technology, American Express

Congratulate Neal @nsample

 

If you’re interested in speaking at our Chicago event held from October 21-24 at McCormick Place we’re still accepting submissions through April 29.

Submit today!

 

 
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I am the Programs Specialist for Cloud Connect and work directly with our General Manager, Steve Wylie to manage the conference agenda and speaker recruitment. Many of you may recognize my name from our correspondence around the call for submissions; yes, I’m the one you’re trying to finagle that extension with. Continue Reading »

 

 
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