Author Archive: Jason Quesada
A blog entry from Scott Bils, the Organizational Readiness & Business Cases Track Chair.
GE’s Jack Welch once stated, “Change before you have to.” While it’s certainly sage advice, with virtually everything in the cloud computing world evolving so rapidly – the offerings, the providers, the implementation strategies, and the buyers, who these days are most typically business users rather than IT – it’s dauntingly difficult to decide what, how, when and with whom to change.
Yet, following in the footsteps of the highly successful, inaugural Organizational Readiness track at the Cloud Connect conference in February 2012, the sessions at the September 11-12 event in Chicago are all designed to cut through the clutter, and provide deep insights on the organizational issues that are threatening to thwart cloud-oriented next generation IT success.
In “New World Order: Your Dev Team Just Became the CIO” session, industry analyst Vanessa Alvarez and Cisco’s Laura Cooney will discuss the emergence of developers as decision makers, what organizations are doing to adjust to this revolution, the technologies to look at, and pitfalls to avoid.
With budgets increasingly migrating to “shadow” IT driven by business users, it is more critical than ever for CIOs to understand how to serve and enable this new buyer group in a next generation IT environment. During the “Tough Questions You Need to Ask” session, business users who have driven major cloud initiatives will provide answers to questions CIOs may be afraid to ask.
The panel session “Hard Choices in Enterprise Cloud Adoption” will feature three 15-minute drill-down presentations that provide insight into the major choices and decisions organizations face around:
- Open versus Closed Cloud Infrastructures, and the pros and cons of each
- Forklift versus Greenfield, and how to determine if you should first focus on moving existing applications to a virtualized environment, or deploy a new infrastructure for greenfield applications
- Now versus Later, to help CIOs evaluate whether they should accelerate or put a hold on their
enterprises’ move to the cloud
“Current Thinking in Addressing Persistent Cloud Challenges” will examine Security and Compliance, Performance, Vendor Management and Lock-In issues, and provide practical, real-world examples of how panelists’ and other organizations are creatively addressing them.
If you haven’t yet registered for Cloud Connect, I hope you’ll visit the conference registration page and sign up today. Use code TFPQCH02 to receive 25% off conference passes or claim a free expo pass. You’ll unquestionably gain strategic, tactical and actionable insights on how to shine much needed light into all things cloud. As Chair of the Organizational Readiness track, I look forward to seeing you in Chicago in September!
Here are five ways that you can accelerate your cloud computing strategy at Cloud Connect Chicago:
- Attend 30+ sessions across 8 conference tracks including big data, cloud infrastructure, application design and architecture.
- Hear from keynotes and top industry leaders as they discuss hot topics including private and hybrid clouds, mobile clouds, and cloud performance.
- See all the latest cloud solutions from 50+leading companies.
- Enjoy vendor-hosted beverages while you check out the latest products and network during the Cocktail Reception on the Expo floor.
- Hear about new cloud solutions hosted in the new Cloud Solutions Theater.
Cloud Connect Chicago will provide four days of inspiring cloud dialogue and get you up to speed on how to leverage new cloud technology solutions to increase efficiency and improve your business agility. Register by August 10 with priority code RFPQCH04 to save $400 on Platinum or Conference passes. Don’t forget to tell your friends as well!
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A blog entry from WAN and Cloud Networking Track Chair Eric Hanselman.
When interconnection works well, it’s invisible to the user or the application that’s taking advantage of it. For a long time, we’ve lived in environments where the bulk of the interconnection that we need runs really well. As virtualization and cloud deployments have scaled up, we’ve started to hit the limits of the traditional ways of interconnecting. Those limits are in capacity, but also, increasingly, limits in agility are becoming a greater concern. The big benefits of cloud are hard to achieve, if the networks on which they run can’t keep up. The networking track at Cloud Connect Chicago 2012 will look at these issues and explore how to deal with them and manage needs for sophisticated interconnection. Continue Reading »
A blog entry from ROI, TCO, and Cloud Economics Track Chair Joe Weinman.
IT, in terms of both applications and the infrastructure to run them, is becoming increasingly pervasive in our society, with the cloud playing a larger and larger role. CIOs and business executives understandably need to consider how best to leverage this technology. Is IT just plumbing, as relevant to the strategic needs of the business as, say, parking lot design or lighting fixture selection? Or is it a strategic weapon that when wielded properly can win battles, or even wars, in today’s hyper-competitive global marketplace? Continue Reading »
I recently had the opportunity to speak to Jocelyn DeGance Graham, founder of CloudNOW, a nonprofit executive consortium of the leading women in cloud computing. CloudNOW is hosting their “Legacy Award” program at Cloud Connect Chicago and hosted their first annual “Top 10 Women in Cloud” awards program at Cloud Connect Santa Clara. Below is a recap of our conversation.
Cloud Connect: When was CloudNow founded?
Jocelyn: We founded CloudNow almost a year ago – August 15 of last year. Continue Reading »
A blog entry from Cloud Infrastructure Track Chair Bernard Golden.
Many people fail to realize how profoundly cloud computing is transforming the world of computing infrastructure. From the vast farms of servers operating in data centers that run up to 1 million square feet, to the highly automated operational environments that require only a handful of employees to manage over one hundred thousand servers, cloud computing represents a revolution — a disruptive innovation, if you will — to computing infrastructure business-as-usual.
This September, the Infrastructure track at Cloud Connect will provide attendees with real-world examples and deep insights about the new world of cloud computing infrastructure. If you’re at all interested in understanding how the world of IT infrastructure is changing forever, you owe it to yourself to attend the following sessions:
The Future of Data Centers: Hear how Ron Vokoun and Mark Thiele build and operate data centers that run up to 1 million square feet.
Cloud Infrastructure Build Out and Management: Hear two veterans of real-world cloud computing infrastructure discuss best practices — and worst nightmares — of operating cloud computing hardware and software infrastructures
Next-Generation Storage and File Systems: Hear the CEO of SolidFire discuss how SSDs can transform the speed and reliability of cloud storage
Automating Cloud Applications Using Open Source: Colleagues from BrightTag will discuss how they’ve knitted together a number of open source applications and components to help them manage complex cloud environments.
Many conferences offer vague generalities and empty marketing phrases to attendees. The Infrastructure track at Cloud Connect will provide knowledge and insight that you can use to increase your success with cloud computing and help you understand how to make better decisions in your work environment. Join us by registering today with priority code RFPQCH08 to save $400 on the onsite price of conference passes.
I welcome your attendance and participation in a conversation about what the the future of IT infrastructure looks like.
A blog entry from Cloud Security & Risk Track Chair Steve Orrin.
There is a lot of talk about threats to the Cloud and challenges facing organizations looking to adopt and take advantage of it. We will have several great sessions at this year’s Cloud Connect Chicago talking about both the challenges and solutions from various perspectives. I thought that I’d take this opportunity to look at a rising issue that affects the cloud, data management, more specifically, data expiry and erasure. A lot of concentration is paid to compliant data protection, access controls and more recently data retention. In these use cases, data controls are used for access to data, transfer of data between systems, and users and regular audits of these controls. Typically encryption is used to provide the appropriate protections for data both at rest and in transit and DLP (Data Loss Prevention) based solutions are deployed to ensure that important data doesn’t slip through the cracks. As organizations begin to look at ways to manage data retention requirements of various regulations and industry standards, I believe they should also be looking at how to deal with the future requirements for data erasure. After all, most IT shops are probably pretty established in their practices for data destruction on devices such as PCs, laptops or disk drives. Why should they be less concerned when it comes to the cloud? Continue Reading »
We’ve organized Cloud Connect’s social media efforts around weekly technology themes. During each theme week, posts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the Cloud Connect Blog will highlight relevant sessions and exhibitors, along with any other timely announcements or news regardless of theme. Below is the calendar:
- 6/25 Application Architecture & Design
- 7/2 Cloud Security & Risk
- 7/9 Cloud Infrastructure
- 7/16 ROI, TCO, and Cloud Economics
- 7/23 WAN & Cloud Networking
- 7/30 Organizational Readiness
- 8/6 Big Data
- 8/13 Mobile Cloud
- 8/20 Private & Hybrid Clouds
- 8/27 Expo Highlights
Here is how you can help:
- Like Cloud Connect’s Facebook account. Feel free to contribute key facts, case studies or start discussions that pertain to cloud computing.
- Provide updates about your activities, ”must see” at Cloud Connect and other news through twitter and we will re-tweet it on Cloud Connect’s Twitter account if applicable to the event. Include #ccevent in your tweets for tracking purposes.
- Tell people you are attending Cloud Connect Chicago. Go to the Cloud Connect group page, and start a relevant discussion on topics covered at the event.
- Create videos about what you are looking forward to see and do at Cloud Connect and post it on YouTube. Send us the URL and we’ll add it to our favorites and promote it via our social media channels.
- Foursquare is coming back to Cloud Connect. You will be able to check-in locations all over the place! We’ll create booth venues where you can check in and share info with others. Please be sure to add Cloud Connect as a friend to your Foursquare account
There you have it! Pretty simple. I’ll get the sharing started by offering anyone who reads this blog a 25% Discount on Cloud Connect Conference passes or a free expo pass by using the following Priority code: RFPQCH04
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Let’s do this!
- Prices are set to increase onsite in Santa Clara. By registering today, you will receive a 25% discount on conference passes* or a free expo pass by clicking this link!
- Registering allows you access to the Cloud Connect Mobile App, where you have the exclusive opportunity to create your own Cloud Connect schedule, view an interactive expo map, get the latest event news, and more!
- Once you arrive at Cloud Connect, you can quickly print your badge off of one of the computers provided and get right on the show floor! Otherwise you will need to spend time registering yourself and your team onsite.
Take advantage of receiving 25% discount on your conference* registration by clicking on this link: http://tiny.cc/jw2vo
For more information about attending Cloud Connect, please visit the event site.
Looking forward to seeing you in Santa Clara during the week of February13, 2012.
*The 25% off discount applies to Platinum and Conference Passes. The discount is calculated based on the on-site price and not combinable with other offers.
Prices after discount applied: Platinum: $1,796.25 | Conference: $1,571.2
A majority of the cloud related articles that I have read from the end of last year to now, all have a common theme. 2012 is going to be the year of the cloud! I thought 2011 was the year of the cloud. It surely was the most talked about subject within the IT market. As I look back at 2011, the cloud talk was surely just that – talk and I mean that in a good way. Continue Reading »