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Steve Wylie
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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Steve Wylie

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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Steve Wylie

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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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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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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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 »

 
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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:

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Amazon Web Services is the largest and most successful cloud service provider by a huge margin. Its lead over the competition can be seen in the most recent Gartner IaaS Magic Quadrant, where there is enormous white space between it and its nearest competitor in the leader quadrant — with only AWS and that competitor cited as leaders. Everyone else is relegated to other quadrants.

The implication of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant is clear: AWS will be important for every company and IT organization. Developing AWS skills is critical. However, AWS is designed and operates quite differently from every other cloud service provider’s offering.

Understanding how AWS works and how to gain the greatest advantage from it is crucial — and Cloud Connect’s AWS Boot Camp delivers a half-day firehose of information to help get you started on your AWS journey.

The workshop covers core AWS concepts, as well as details of the different AWS services, to prepare you for your initial work with it.

Key areas covered in the AWS Boot Camp include:

  • AWS global architecture and data center locations
  • AWS services
  • In-depth discussion of AWS compute and storage services
  • AWS application design principles to ensure robust and scalable apps
  • AWS service pricing
  • Managing AWS utilization and costs

Past Boot Camp attendees have given it high marks for clearly and simply describing AWS in a manner making it easy for anyone to understand. While technical concepts are presented, it is not necessary to have a deep technical background in order to attend the Boot Camp. No hands-on technical work is expected of students, although a demonstration of the service is included in the Boot Camp, in order to communicate its ease of use.

Register for a Cloud Connect All Access Pass and be on your way to becoming an AWS expert.

 
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As we near the kickoff of Cloud Connect Chicago on October 21 here is a look at the top 5 reasons why you cannot miss this year’s Conference and Expo.

1. Independent Analysis

With dilution of cloud washing and vendor-events, Cloud Connect stands alone as the only vendor-neutral event where you receive independent insight into the cloud ecosystem and separate hype from reality.

2. In-Depth Training and Professional Development

Steering clear of impractical high-level theories and self-promotion found at other events, at Cloud Connect you can choose from Summits, Boot Camps, and individual breakout sessions including real-life use cases and “how to’s” to help you drive immediate action with your cloud projects.

3. Community and Networking

Cloud Connect is dedicated to building a community of technology and cloud practitioners across a wide variety of verticals. Immerse yourself and get inspired in a community of practice, sharing, teaching and learning that will supercharge not just your skill sets, but your cloud strategy. Join peers from companies including:

Wells Fargo    City of Los Angeles     Salesforce.com     Hilton Worldwide

Bank of America    Microsoft    Thomas Reuters  JPMorgan Chase

University of Chicago   Live Nation    AT&T   Canon U.S.A., Inc.

4. Subject Matter Experts

Cloud Connect attracts the best and brightest innovators in the industry. Attend over 50+ sessions and Keynotes from presenters hand-picked based on their knowledge and accomplishments.

5. Cloud Stack Wars

Attend over three days of lectures, panels and roundtable discussions on topics like CloudStack, OpenStackAWS, Virtualization, and Private Clouds. Cloud Connect is the only venue where you can see cloud’s top vendors duke it out.

Register by September 16 to save up to $500 off an All Access Pass for all 3 days of actionable content, invaluable connections and see why Cloud Connect is the must attend cloud event of the year.

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