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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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Steve Wylie

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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Steve Wylie

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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Kristi Ibello

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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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 »

 
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A post by the CloudStack Track Chairs.

CloudStack has been getting a lot of attention of late. Great stories emerging of people deploying and being successful with CloudStack are appearing almost every week. At Cloud Connect the attention is even greater. There’s a dedicated CloudStack track on Wednesday that has some must-see content.

Don’t know much about CloudStack? That’s ok, Reuven Cohen, of Forbes-fame will bring you up to speed with Introduction to CloudStack. He’ll walk you through the architecture, overview, and features.

Ceph, the next generation, distributed, open source, massively scalable block storage has  long been integrated with CloudStack, providing an incredibly efficient storage back-end to your cloud. Patrick McGarry from Inktank will tell you how it works, what new functionality between Ceph and CloudStack has been exposed in the 4.2 release, as well as talk about the realities of Ceph in production.

Running any infrastructure tool in production is a concern, and often very different from what you read in marketing slicks. Jerry Garcia and Elias Luftallah actually use CloudStack, in production, at Orbitz; they’ll be present to give an uncensored view into the pains and joys of working with CloudStack every day.

Finally rounding out the day, Apache CloudStack PMC member, John Burwell will be talking about using CloudStack pared with Riak CS, the open source distributed object store.

Whether you just want to learn the basics, hear war stories, or learn about extending your cloud toolset, there will be a wealth of Apache CloudStack content available at this year’s Cloud Connect – hope you can join us.

 
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A post by Randy Bias OpenStack Track Chair.

There’s no shortage of stories written about the success of OpenStack. In just three short years, OpenStack has catapulted from a nifty idea advanced by Rackspace and NASA/Anso Labs to a juggernaut of open source software.
Consider this: The more than 10,000 OpenStack Foundation members comprise over 1,000 developers, about 300+ of whom are contributing code on average any given month. Those developers work for 200 companies in more than 100 countries globally, and they contributed more than 3,200 code commits in the latest release, Grizzly. In total, for Grizzly, 517 devs contributed 7,600 patches and 230 new features.

That’s impressive, no doubt. But what’s more impressive is project’s software development life cycle (SLDC). It has matured into an impressive machine that has made possible the project’s semi-annual release cycle with few or no code regressions that complicate compatibility for application developers and cloud architects.

Fresh Blood

OpenStack benefits greatly from the leadership of folks like Russell Bryant and Mark McLoughlin, both with Red Hat, Monty Taylor of HP and Thierry Carrez, who came to the OpenStack Foundation from Canonical. These leaders have brought decades of open source experience to OpenStack, contributing new ideas and energy that have directly led to the processes and systems that make our semi-annual release cycle possible.

Continuous Integration

The Continuous Integration (CI) team in OpenStack has built testing systems that have made it possible to scale from a few dozen contributors for the Bexar release to more than 700 developers now pushing patches *daily* to the project.

The CI system runs as a single app across two OpenStack-powered public clouds, with resources donated by HP, Rackspace and eNovance. The system merges about 150 patches each day into the code base. There are more than 500 commits that don’t make it — every day.

Automation is a big part of the CI system. Google’s Gerrit code review system feeds into a system called Zuul for gating (Ghostbuster fans will recall that Zuul was the Gatekeeper). All this  is connected to a Jenkins server with Gearman worker support for scaling. Tests are tun in parallel with optimistic pipelining to save time.
This may seem like a lot of moving parts, and it is. Without the CI system, there would be no way that 500+ devs could contribute hundreds of code commits each day and the project still ship a new version every six months.

Tempest

The OpenStack infrastructure team uses the CI system to deploy and test OpenStack more than 700 times every day day using Tempest integration tests. To date, the system has performed more than 15,000 unit tests, an incredible feat for an automation system that has only recently come online.

This is all the more impressive when you consider that the CI and other QA projects in OpenStack have been designed, implemented and iterated in an environment where the number of projects has grown from just two (Nova and Swift) to nine (adding Glance, Cinder, Keystone, Heat, Horizon, Neutron (nee Quantum), and Ceilometer).

The success of OpenStack is substantially the responsibility of the developers and leaders who have given the community a top-notch CI system. We’ll take a closer look at OpenStack’s SLDC during the OpenStack Boot Camp at Cloud Connect Chicago.

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Randy Bias is CEO and Co-founder of Cloudscaling, and a board member of the OpenStack Foundation. He is also listed as a Top 10 Cloud Computing Pioneer by Informationweek.

 
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For many organizations, cloud computing has become an integral part of IT, but they continue to face critical technology decisions as competing platforms push for market leadership.  OpenStack, CloudStack and Eucalyptus are the clear frontrunners in the open source infrastructure as a service (IaaS) space. But questions are still lingering: Is one really better than the other? What are the technical differences? Which best supports the integration of legacy systems with cloud-based apps? Which is better for startups versus SMBs and Enterprises?

This year’s program for Cloud Connect Chicago pits these industry players against each other with five conference tracks, each to represent divergent cloud software strategies: Amazon Web Services & Eucalyptus, CloudStack, OpenStack, Platform-as-a-Service and Virtualization & Private Cloud.  As the unique architectures have both benefits and limitations, speakers affiliated with the different tracks will address key technology considerations and business impact across the leading use cases.

The Cloud Stack Wars will also play out on the Cloud Connect Keynote Stage. From accessibility to cost to security, AWS, CloudStack and OpenStack all have their benefits and limitations laid out on stage. Experts will join a Keynote Panel and debate the limitations, nuances, and advocate for their Cloud Stack War winner.

In addition to conference sessions, Cloud Connect will open with a full day of intensive cloud computing education through a series of Summits and Boot Camps. Be sure to attend Cloud Connect Chicago, October 21-23, and see how prevails in the Cloud Stack Wars. Register before September 16 with discount SMBLOG to save an additional $200 off Early Bird prices.

 
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Excitement is building as we put the finishing touches on our 2013 Cloud Connect Chicago program. We’ve incorporated a number of new program elements that we’re excited to share with you and can’t wait to get to Chicagoland this October to delve into discussions around both the state and future of cloud computing.

The new Cloud Connect Conference program provides practitioners and decision makers the ability to evaluate completing choices, evaluate all the issues surrounding competing cloud stacks as well as stimulate necessary debates.  To help enhance your Cloud Connect experience we’ve outlined a list of new tools, Summits, Boot Camps, and must attend sessions!

1. Pre-Conference Networking

 

 

 

With registration launched and sessions added you can get a head start on planning your itinerary by adding sessions via the Session Scheduler and our Cloud Connect Mobile App. Once you add a session on Session Schedule your session will automatically be added to your schedule in the Cloud Connect Mobile App. Use the Mobile App to also network with other attendees, ask questions to exhibitors, see what’s trending, and plan your Conference agenda.

2. CompTIA Cloud Essential Training

The Cloud Essentials Course, facilitated by CompTIA, is a one-day training course that prepares you for the CompTIA Cloud Essentials Certification. Each attendee who completes the course in full will be provided a complimentary voucher to take the Certification test at a testing location of your choice. This one-day course will help you be on your way to cloud certification!

3. New Education Formats

 

 

We’ve added new Summit and Boot Camp training sessions to the Cloud Connect Chicago catalog. These new three-hour intensive formats include more hands-on-training and use-cases that will examine both the technical potential and business opportunity made possible by the cloud revolution.

4. New Tracks

 

 

 

We leveraged attendee, customer and advisory board insights to bring you a new track structure aligned with key cloud players and topics: OpenStack, CloudStack, AWS & Eucalyptus, Virtualization & Private Clouds and more. Keep checking back on the Session Scheduler for additional information and new sessions.

5. Post-Show News and Updates

 

 

The Cloud Connect community and conversation does not end once the Conference is over. All Keynotes will be audio recorded, and will have audio and presentations synced and online within a week after the session is completed. They will be available on the Cloud Connect Chicago website.

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