We’re taking the wraps off our Cloud Connect New York program including a workshop line-up of new topics and crowd favorites from Cloud Connect Las Vegas. As my colleague Emily described, this year’s workshop program covers the entire cloud stack, from the infrastructure building blocks, to cloud application development and managing increasingly heterogeneous cloud environments.
The first workshop I’ll highlight was one of the top attended workshops at Cloud Connect Las Vegas and the instructor scored very highly with attendees.
“Ivan is an amazing speaker and is very knowledgeable on this subject. I follow Ivan’s blog postings closely and consider his lectures a valuable resource.”
“The session was quite informative and the real world examples helped to illustrate the concepts. The instructor went over a wide range of considerations for cloud infrastructure from understanding business needs to technical specifications and considerations and this was quite helpful…”
With that I’m pleased to announce:
Designing Infrastructure for Private Clouds
Instructor: Ivan Pepelnjak | Chief Technology Advisor, NIL Data Communications
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.
This workshop will focus on the design aspects of private cloud infrastructure including:
- Private cloud design principles
- The importance of cloud orchestration software
- Selecting Optimal compute capacity
- Storage aspects, including software-defined storage (SDS)
- Network services implementation (physical appliances or virtualized network services)
- Selecting optimal network virtualization technology
- Designing network infrastructure and network services cluster
After attending this workshop you’ll be able to:
- Prioritize your design and decision-making process
- Evaluate how emerging technologies (SDDC, SDN, SDS, overlay networks) fit into your next-generation data center design
- Select the optimal infrastructure for your private or public cloud deployment.
Who Should Attend:
This workshop targets architects and designers who are planning, designing or building next-generation data centers supporting private cloud services. It will also help server, virtualization, security and networking engineers understand the limitations of traditional data center designs and the options made available with the emerging software-defined technologies.
Join me Tuesday, June 17th for a Cloud Connect webcast on “Why Cloud Performance Matters.” Our guest speaker is Jared Wray, CTO at CenturyLink Cloud. Jared is a respected thought leader in the enterprise cloud services market, having originated the Iron Foundry open source PaaS project. He also founded Tier 3 which was acquired by CenturyLink in 2013.
Why Cloud Performance Matters
Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Time: 10:00 am PT/1:00 pm ET
Duration: 60 minutes
When a cloud service provider promises “fastest performance” at a good price, it can seem like a hands-down easy choice. But with cloud, there is no “top performing” or “fastest” cloud infrastructure. There is only the infrastructure that will perform best for your specific workloads. And that can be the difference between higher overall costs, and rightsized, lower costs relative to your needs.
In this webinar, you will learn how the performance requirements of workloads can drive what to spend on compute resources, how to decide the right host for your workloads, how to choose to scale when the need arises, and how, ultimately, cloud performance directly impacts cloud TCO.
- 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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!
Thank you to a great team! See you in Vegas!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The recent Cloud Connect tweet chat on “Management, application performance & security in a Hybrid Cloud world” addressed one of the fundamental challenges facing business technology stakeholders – weighing the benefits of cloud computing with potential loss of direct access & control over application infrastructure. This is especially true with PaaS & SaaS where more of the infrastructure control is ceded to the Cloud provider.
Our Enterprise Cloud Adoption Survey shows that businesses are growing increasingly comfortable with both SaaS & PaaS. But what are the tradeoffs and concerns? Here’s a snapshot of our Cloud Connect twitter discussion on this topic: Continue Reading »
Last week Cloud Connect hosted a “Tweet Chat” – a preplanned virtual discussion which takes place via Twitter. The topic for our chat was “Management, application performance & security in a Hybrid Cloud world” which proved to be a fruitful topic of conversation.
We asked a series of questions to our faithful Cloud Connect Twitter followers and anyone else interested in joining the discussion. The responses started coming in right away and it was interesting to see the variety of perspectives and responses.
Our first question dealt with whether data security concerns would stifle or spur hybrid cloud adoption. Here’s a snapshot of the discussion:
One of our goals with Cloud Connect Chicago is to provide a side-by-side comparison of the leading cloud platforms and ecosystems. CloudStack is a top-level project within the Apache Software Foundation and is one of the leading contenders in the battle for Infrastructure-as-a-Service adoption. This week we are taking the wraps off the CloudStack Track we have been planning with key members of the CloudStack community. Meet the the co-track chairs for this year’s program:
Mark Hinkle, Sr. Director, Open Source Solutions, Citrix – Mark Hinkle is the Senior Director of Cloud Computing Community at Citrix Systems Inc. He joined Citrix as a result of their July 2011 acquisition of Cloud.com where he was their Vice President of Community. He is currently responsible for Citrix open source efforts around the open source cloud computing platform, Apache CloudStack and the Xen Hypervisor. Previously he was the VP of Community at Zenoss Inc., a producer of the open source application, server, and network management software, where he grew the Zenoss Core project to over 100,000 users and 20,000 organizations on all seven continents. He also is a longtime open source expert and author having served as Editor-in-Chief for both LinuxWorld Magazine and Enterprise Open Source Magazine. Mr. Hinkle is also the author of the book, “Windows to Linux Business Desktop Migration.” (Thomson, 2006). He is a contributor to NetworkWorld’s Open Source Subnet and his personal blog on open source, technology, and new media can be found at www.socializedsoftware.com. You can follow him on twitter @mrhinkle.
Aaron Delp, Sr. Director, Technical Marketing, Citrix – Aaron Delp is the Sr. Director of Technical Marketing for the Citrix Cloud Platforms Group. He currently leads the generation and publishing of reference architectures, technical documentation, competitive intelligence, and field enablement content. Prior to Citrix, Aaron led the Cloud Field Enablement team for VCE specializing in management, orchestration, and automation products from VMware, Cisco, EMC, and CA Technologies. In addition, Aaron led a solutions team that designed, tested, and published the configuration of Cisco Unified Communications (UC) on the VCE Vblock Platform. Other past responsibilities include a top 50 technology value added reseller (VAR), ePlus Technology serving as the Data Center Practice Lead & over ten years at IBM holding various positions supporting business partners, vendors, and distributors to design and deploy data center solutions. Continue Reading »