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Brian is the CTO and co-founder of Hudl, a SaaS sports video company. His leadership of the development team and site infrastructure has led to Hudl’s cutting edge architecture and unique development squad structure. These innovations allowed Hudl to rapidly expand and capture the majority of the high school, NCAA, and NFL market for video analysis. Brian has been named in Forbes and Inc Magazine’s 30 Under 30 lists for Hudl’s impact on technology in sports. In his free time he enjoys traveling, action movies, and a good sci-fi read.

Brian Kaiser’s sessions is called “Hudl and Pearson Learning Technologies Share their Experiences Scaling in AWS – From Distributed Apps to Online Business.“  Topics to be covered include:

  • Overall architecture and associated trade-offs
  • Network topology and related technology
  • High availability and data replication
  • Security
  • Running high performing web apps using a hybrid approach

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Cloud computing is exponentially growing and now an assumed part of any infrastructure.  One of the critical needs of this industry is for trained professionals to assure that the cloud is implemented responsibly, and with the appropriate security controls in any organization. Certification is a great way to help advance your career and gain a leg up in the market.

Which types of end users care about this certification?

There are hundreds of IT and business positions that require cloud competence. As purchasing decisions shift from IT to the LOB it is important that more and more business functions understand the core competencies of the cloud. If your organization is adopting cloud at any level, or you’re considering advancing your career within the cloud market, one of the best ways to make that transition is with cloud certification.

What types of certification exists?

Many vendor companies are starting their own certification programs, but these only allow you to get certified on vendor programs or technologies. For a third party certification program we recommend CompTIA Cloud Essentials. The Cloud Essentials certification is a general-purpose tool you can use to show you understand all aspects of cloud computing.

Cloud Connect has partnered with CompTIA to bring the Cloud Essential training to Cloud Connect Chicago this October. Register for this one-day course and get educated on all aspects of the cloud. The training includes a voucher so you can complete the certification test at any testing center of your choice. Register by September 16 to lock in Early Bird pricing on the training – just $599.

 
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Kristi Ibello

There is no question OpenStack is hot. Growth of other open source cloud software is flattening but OpenStack enjoys rising interest, developer attention and deployments. Support from a diverse ecosystem of major corporations, governments and startups has allowed OpenStack to grow faster than any project in the history of open source software. As OpenStack enjoys rising market share it is important for developers and IT departments to gain and informed point of view on the status of OpenStack, as well as a more nuanced understanding of how the software might play a role in helping organizations deploy cloud infrastructure to support business units.

That is why Cloud Connect Chicago has expanded its 2013 Conference lineup to include an all new OpenStack Boot Camp and OpenStack Track. These sessions will help you separate marketing hype from what’s real in OpenStack and understand how companies are using OpenStack in production today. Sessions include:

 

OpenStack Boot Camp

Separate marketing hype from what’s real and gain an informed point of view on the status of OpenStack, as well as a more nuanced understanding of how the software will play a role in helping your organization deploy cloud infrastructure.

Hype vs. Reality: What Works and What Needs Work in OpenStack

Dig deep into each OpenStack service and gain a candid assessment including which components are ready for prime time, and which ones are incomplete or broken.

 

 

APIs, Architecture, and the Realities of Cloud Bursting

APIs are the currency that unlocks value in cloud infrastructure, and the capabilities of an API are only as good as the cloud infrastructure’s ability to deliver on what that API has promised. With the right APIs and the right architecture, hybrid cloud with OpenStack can be both practical and economical.

Which Cloud Should You Build? Elastic or Enterprise?

What do the applications look like that you want to run on OpenStack? Do they look like the legacy enterprise applications that we’ve been running in enterprise data centers for the past 30 years? Attend this session to find out.

Don’t forget to register for Cloud Connect Chicago by September 16 to save $500 on Conference Passes or claim your FREE Expo Pass. To learn more about the OpenStack sessions at Cloud Connect click here.

 
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Cloud Connect is excited to announce the 2013 Chicago Conference Lineup. With the competition heating up between CloudStack, OpenStack and Eucalyptus, the new Cloud Connect Conference program pits these players against each other and allows you to evaluate the competing choices, to put all the issues on the table, fuel intelligent dialogue and stimulate the necessary debates. New tracks include:

Visit the Session Scheduler to see all Conference Tracks and start planning your itinerary today. And, don’t forget to lock in Early Bird pricing, register before September 16 to save $500 on Conference Passes or claim your free Expo Pass. We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

 
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Cloud Connect and Everest Group conducted a joint survey to coincide with the Cloud Connect conference at Santa Clara, in April 2013.

The objectives of the survey were to:

– Identify broad-based cloud adoption patterns

– Identify barriers to adoption

– Identify decision making patterns for cloud adoption

Below is a visual of some key findings.

 

Learn more at Cloud Connect Chicago.

 

 

 
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Steve Wylie

Momentum is building for the 2013 ICE Awards, a program we launched with Everest Group to recognize industry leading cloud adopters. What makes the program unique is its focus on the customer – real enterprises making serious bets on cloud computing.  We’re looking for the companies making bold moves with their cloud strategy, driving innovation and value for their business.  The  winners of the ICE Awards will have the opportunity to present their customer story as a featured speaker at Cloud Connect Chicago 2013.

The deadline to submit for the 2013 ICE Awards is Friday, August 9th at 9pm EST.

The ICE Awards winners will be selected by our esteemed panel of judges representing technology media, enterprise customers and the cloud industry.  The 2013 ICE Awards judges are:

  • Charles Babcock, Editor-at-large, InformationWeek
  • Alistair Croll, Principal Analyst, Bitcurrent
  • Dave McCrory, Senior Vice President of Engineering for Warner Music Group
  • Eric Simonson, Managing Partner – Research, Everest Group
  • Neal Sample, CIO – Enterprise Growth, American Express
  • Peter Bendor-Samuel, Founder and CEO, Everest Group
  • Reuven Cohen, Contributing Author, Forbes Magazine
  • Steve Wylie, General Manager, Cloud Connect

 
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Among the many challenges facing IT management is the need to provide robust web security while at the same time delivering flawless user experiences on any device, anywhere. To better understand how you can survive and thrive in the cloud while proactively addressing today’s security challenges, join a guest speaker from Forrester Research, Inc., and Akamai Technologies at the upcoming live web panel “Strategies for Securing, Optimizing and Controlling the Cloud.” In this interactive webcast sponsored by Akamai Technologies, you’ll learn about:

* Today’s changing threat landscape

* Web security that won’t slow you down

* Tips for optimizing your cloud deployment

* Solutions available to ensure protection and performance

Register now for this free webcast to learn how to maximize the benefits of cloud computing for your enterprise and for your bottom line.

Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 | Time: 10:00 am PT/1:00 pm ET | Duration: 60 minutes

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SPEAKERS:

  • Rick Holland, Chief Analyst, Forrester Research, Inc.
  • Gary Ballabio, Executive Director of Cloud Products, Akamai Technologies
  • Martin McKeay, Security Evangelist, Akamai Technologies
  • Steve Wylie, General Manager, Cloud Connect

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REGISTER NOW >>

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Sponsored by: Akamai

 

 
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Steve Wylie

That’s the question we’re asking with the launch of the 2013 ICE Awards. Cloud Connect and Everest Group are teaming up for a first of its kind look how companies are innovating through cloud computing.  Submissions are due on July 26, 2013!

Why are we launching the ICE Awards?

Our industry has moved beyond the era of defining the cloud and evangelizing its merits. The cloud and it’s benefits are now well understood. But what’s less understood is how cloud has impacted the enterprise in a long-term, meaningful and measurable way. That’s the focus of the ICE Awards.

The Industry Categories
  • Consumer goods & retail
  • Financial services
  • Healthcare
  • Media & entertainment
  • Other

What We’re Looking For?

  • Significant positive effects on one or more segments of your stakeholders (customers, employees, partners/channels, and/or society in general), e.g., improved customer satisfaction, improved collaboration between employees and partners, reduced resource consumption footprint etc.
  • Striking business impact in terms of revenue, costs, pricing, investments, retention, and/or reduced time to market
  • Notable technology transformation that led to process simplification, creation of new feature/functionality, flexibility, uniqueness/cleverness, business agility, etc.
  • Achievement of organizational transformation, e.g., the cloud solution improved your organizational model, bettered your change management practices, empowered a previously impassive organization, etc.

Who Decides the Winners?

We’re working with a team of judges from industry, media & the enterprise. Our growing list of ICE Awards judges includes:

  • Reuven Cohen, Writer of the Digital Provocateur column for Forbes Magazine
  • Neal Sample, CIO – Enterprise Growth, for American Express
  • Dave McCrory, SVP of DSP (Platform) Engineering at Warner Music Group
Winners will be announced at Cloud Connect Chicago 2013 and will have the option to take the stage and tell their story.

 
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Steve Wylie

Each year Cloud Connect Silicon Valley hosts the Cloud Executive Summit (CES), an exclusive program which takes place in advance of the main Cloud Connect Conference and Expo. The speakers and audience for CES include an interesting blend of industry executives, investors and entrepreneurs, and ample opportunity for discussion and networking. The program is fast-paced, thought provoking and focuses on a variety of interesting topics.  But the underlying theme at CES is very much focused on one thing… finding the next business opportunity in the cloud.

Here’s an overview of what we have planned this year and the excellent speakers we have lined up.  I hope to see you there!

Opportunities in the Mobile Cloud

  • Presented by Avery Lyford, VP of Business Development, LEAP Commerce

What’s the Big Data Deal: Market Insights and Opportunities

  • Presented by Seth Robinson, Director, Technology Analysis, CompTIA

How Software Defined Networks Change Everything

  • Presented by Andre Kindness, Principal Analyst, Forrester Research

How to Get Your Cloud Startup Funded

  • Presented by Glenn Solomon, partner, GGV Capital

Understanding Enterprise Requirements for the Cloud – A CIO Interview

  • Presented by John O’Farrell, General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
  • Presented by Mark Settle, CIO, BMC Software

Are you Being a Good Cloud Broker for your Business?

  • Presented by Ray Richardson, Master Cloud Strategist, Hewlett-Packard
  • Presented by Christian Teeft, Vice President Engineering, Latisys

Finding the Next Cloud Opportunity – VC Panel

  • Moderator: Ben Kepes, Blogger, Diversity Limited
  • Ryan Floyd, Founding General Partner, Storm Ventures
  • John O’Farrell, General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
  • Salil Deshpande, Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures
  • Reuven Cohen, Techstars Mentor, Contributing Author at Forbes Magazine and SVP at Virtustream

Have Business Buyers Driven us to the Tipping Point for Cloud Adoption?

  • Presented by Scott Bils, Partner, Everest Group

We look forward to seeing you at Cloud Connect next week.

 
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This isn’t a simple question to answer.

First of all, cloud computing is hidden behind a fog of abstraction. Whereas IT could once instrument every element of an application, today applications are like Descartes’ brain in a jar—never quite sure if they’re real, or virtual.

Second, on the surface many service providers’ goals aren’t aligned with those of their customers’. Service providers want to maximize revenues, and want the freedom to do with the underlying infrastructure what they will. That’s how they stay in business and make the most of what they have. Without that freedom, they lose economies of scale and skill. By contrast, customers want special treatment, and instrumentation all the way down the stack.

Third, people don’t really understand metrics well. Despite decades of criticism, we still use averages, even though they hide important fluctuations in service quality that can warn of bigger problems before they become disasters.

There’s a bigger problem here, however. For half a century, IT has been about protecting precious resources. The reason you put up with carrying a stack of punched cards to the basement of the computing building at 3AM was because the mainframe was scarce, and the humans abundant. No more: each of us has three screens, one of which is seldom more than a meter from our bodies at any time.

That means we’re less concerned about the consumption of resources and more concerned about the completion of tasks. We shouldn’t really care if the CPU is idle or maxed out, provided that the user accomplish what they set out to do. Proponents of Service Level Agreements have long known this, but cloud monitoring, hiding behind the fog of virtualization, drives it home hard.

Application Performance Management and Real User Monitoring have long been thought of as “advanced” forms of measurement*. These go beyond up/down metrics or numbers related to utilization, and instead look at the success of the application from the user’s point of view. They’ve often languished somewhere between web analytics (which show you what users did) and synthetic monitoring (which shows you whether the site is working.)

Today, however, the real question is: could they do it, well? There’s great evidence that slow applications undermine productivity, cost money, and cut into revenues. Slow clouds need fixing. To do this, I think we need to go beyond APM, and start with the business problem. Too often, IT professionals start at the bottom and work up. “Server 10 is down, which means the support site isn’t working, which means the phone queue is too long, which impacts our customer satisfaction rating.” They begin with the means, and work back to the end.

Instead, I think we need to step back and look at the business model. From that, we can derive the relevant metrics, and what’s considered an acceptable threshold. Then we can measure against those thresholds, and report on violations. That’s a much more palpable approach to measurement for executives. Starting at the model and working down says we say, “7% of visits need to result in an enrollment for us to meet our monthly target.” From that, we can measure the steps of an enrollment, and their performance against the past or response targets.

When we owned the infrastructure, this was considered progressive. But the fog of cloud monitoring means it’s often the only way we can measure. It lets us size cloud consumption, which in turn lets us define budgets—since with the right architecture, you can have any performance you can pay for. And it leads to good metrics, since it’s focused on rates and exceptions rather than averages.

We’ll be talking about how to measure cloud-based applications at this spring’s Cloud Connect event in Santa Clara. In fact, we have a whole track of content dedicated to it, including sessions on WAN, application delivery networks, load-balancing, and choosing the right metrics. Clouds are the IT of abundance, and they fundamentally change how we measure applications. Let’s figure out how.

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