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Manuela Farrell is the Conference Manager, for Interop Las Vegas, Interop New York, Cloud Connect and Enterprise 2.0 Conference. Manuela is responsible for conference content development, speaker recruitment, and community outreach. She has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Yale University. Follow Manuela on Twitter at


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New blog post from Cloud Connect, Cloud Economics track chair Joe Weinman summarizing some of the content he covered at Cloud Connect and highlighting a lesser known but increasingly important economic justification for cloud computing: the total customer experience.

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As you’ve all heard and seen if you attended, Cloud Connect was a huge success!  Workshops, conference sessions, the expo and especially our keynote rooms were packed with attendees wanting to hear about the latest innovations and experiences in cloud computing.  Thanks to everyone who made the event possible.

And a special thanks to everyone who participated in our campaign, by donating money, filling out evals, or voting for their favorite Launch Pad finalist.  We had a record breaking over 1600 evals completed which shows the engagement and dedication of the Cloud Connect audience to improving conference content and giving back to the community.  Because of you, UBM TechWeb and Cloud Connect will donate over $2500 to Bay Area math and science public school projects via our partnership with  Three of our selected projects were completed before the event even began (amazing), with the remaining projects reaching completion stage once our final donation is made. 

Take a look at the classrooms and kids we’re helping and know that your participation was an integral part of the process. 

Thanks again for making Cloud Connect the must attend cloud conference of 2011 and sharing in our desire to promote and improve math and science education in the Bay Area.  Here’s to all the future cloud evangelists and engineers!

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In preparation for tomorrow’s Cloud Performance Summit at Cloud Connect, great new post from one of that program’s speakers, Jyoti Bansal, Founder and CEO of AppDynamics.  Jyoti writes that “the only true way to manage cloud-based apps is to focus on business transactions.” 

This summit is proving to be one of our most popular programs with a truly stellar speaker lineup.  One more day!

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This week we announced that Cloud Connect chose as its official event beneficiary in order to support math and science education in Bay Area public schools.  We selected three classroom projects whose requests include iPad touches for basic math and phonics instruction, human anatomical models for anatomy and physiology courses and materials and balances for science labs.  Public schools in the Bay Area, California and the entire country need all the support they can get, and we’re proud that Cloud Connect can make this contribution to the community that hosts it.

“Thanks to Cloud Connect, hundreds of Bay Area public school students will receive resources that they need to learn and succeed,” said Candice Chesson Jimenez, Director, West Region, “We are honored to partner with the conference, and look forward to continuing to learn how our organization can drive innovation in our online peer-to-peer philanthropy model.”

We’re asking Cloud Connect attendees, exhibitors, speakers and community members to join us in our support by either donating directly via the Cloud Connect giving page, filling out evals for any conference sessions or workshops attended, and/or voting for their favorite Launch Pad finalist on the keynote stage on Wednesday, May 9th.

Click here for detailed information.

See everyone in just over a week!

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Drew Bartkiewcz, the Culture, Risks and Governance track chair at Cloud Connect, is currently a Featured Author within the Cloudbook Publication.  Part 1 of his research on Emerging Cyber Risks  is available now, with Part 2 debuting the week of March 4th so don’t miss out.  A lot of what you’ll read there will be covered in Drew’s session, Cloud Risk Factors and Assumptions: Any Different than the Economics of Traditional IT Risk? , Wednesday March 9th at 11:15. 

Drew’s track also features, Larry Clinton, the President & Chief Executive Officer of Internet Security Alliance, Michelle Dennedy, Vice President, Security & Privacy Solutions at Oracle Corporation and a very impressive lineup of panelists for the Cloud Heding Debate.

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Amazon recently posted some updated information on the workshop being taught by Technology Evangelist, Jinesh Varia at Cloud Connect on March 7th, including a discount code for all who’d like to attend.

Moving to the Amazon Web Services Cloud Step by Step is a full day workshop and a first at Cloud Connect, one of many fantastic workshops offered at the event in just a couple of weeks.

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Attending the Platforms and Ecosystems BOF at Cloud Connect?   Shlomo Swidler, Founder of Orchestratus will be leading discussion groups that evening and recently posted this very informative outline of which topics will be covered and how discussions will be organized.  It’s a must see and read for anyone interested in the program scheduled for Monday, March 7th, 6:00 – 7:30.

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William Louth, CTO at JINSPIRED and a panelist at the Cloud Performance Summit at Cloud Connect, recently blogged about what he sees as the top trends in application performance management including: activity performance management (APM), greater automation in problem detection and diagnosis and runtime governance, supervision and quality of service (QoS).

Nice preview of the kinds of topics you’ll see covered at Cloud Performance Summit and the Performance and Monitoring track at Interop.

To hear more from William on all things api design and performance engineering, follow his blog.

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Great post on Netflix’s move to the Cloud, and the reasoning behind their choice of 3 NoSQL tools: SimpleDB, Hadoop/HBase and Cassandra. Get a glimpse of what Netflix will cover at Cloud Connect.

Kevin McEntee, Vice President of Systems Engineering at Netflix is a keynote speaker on March 8th, and Adrian Cockcroft, Cloud Architect at Netflix is speaking in the Private Clouds track at the conference as well.

Just two of a long list of great speakers confirmed so far.

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David Chou, Technical Architect at Microsoft is speaking in the Design Patterns track at Cloud Connect, a unique track made up of lectures from Amazon, Microsoft, VMware and Cloud Event Processing. David’s session, Building Highly Scalable Java Applications on Windows Azure, is scheduled for March 8th at 1:15.  His newest blog post on designing for cloud optimized architecture gives a little preview of what you can expect at Cloud Connect.  Great read.

Go to the speaker list for info on Cloud Connect’s impressive roster of speakers.


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