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Kristi Ibello

The knowledge and best practices you gain at Cloud Connect Chicago will ultimately help your organization maximize their cloud investment. You’ll come back better prepared to help your company develop strategies to increase efficiency and productivity; and ideas on how to test and implement new, transformative technologies.

Need a little help demonstrating the ROI your trip to Cloud Connect will have? Share the below list which helps demonstrate the importance and impact your trip will have on your organization.

  1. Discover innovative ways that the cloud can help you boost productivity and create new revenue streams.
  2. Stay abreast of industry trends and issues, hear industry experts and end users discuss use cases and best practices surrounding their cloud migration.
  3. Evaluate which cloud stacks and platforms are right for your specific challenges, so you can optimize spend in these key areas.
  4. Up-level the skills and experience of your organization with CompTIA Cloud Essential Certification.
  5. Meet with over 30 vendors and find new solutions to your cloud, security, infrastructure or big data questions.
  6. Anticipate emerging cloud trends so you can plan for any impact on your business.
  7. Renegotiate service agreements and/or upgrade to the next version by scheduling one-on-one meetings at Cloud Connect.
  8. Network with like-minded professionals and learn how they are tackling cloud issues in your industry.
  9. Learn from top peers, analysts and other end users in the Cloud Connect Conference sessions including cloud & private clouds, AWS, CloudStack, and OpenStack
  10. Connect with thousands of experts — including leaders from companies like ZipCar, Boeing, Sears, and The Weather Company, the brightest innovators in IT — for guidance and advice on the specific challenges your company is facing.

Leverage the Convince Your Manager tools on the Cloud Connect website to get additional details and justification letters to share with your management team. We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

 
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Kristi Ibello

Cloud Connect Chicago kicks off in just over a month at McCormick Place in Chicago. Cloud Connect is the only venue where you will learn how to leverage the cloud ecosystem to develop new services, new revenue streams and new business models.  Over the course of three days, the Conference offers in-depth boot camps, panel discussions and access to a host of industry experts, all designed to help you weigh your cloud options and drive transformation.  Here is a list of the top 5 events you will want to add to your schedule. 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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When applied to the right environments, Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and DevOps methods make IT and business environments more agile. Combined, they streamline processes and provide predictability of pre-integration and enhanced consistency in development and production environments. But, PaaS and DevOps methods aren’t perfect. Complete freedom can be difficult to achieve due to vendor constraints and there are still serious concerns about PaaS scale and uptime. To be successful, enterprises must learn to embrace new DevOps methods, know what environments to use PaaS and which not to, and the difference between public and private PaaS strategies.

The PaaS Track at Cloud Connect Chicago, led by industry veteran Wendy White, Principal at Surge Marketing Group, answers these key questions pertinent to anyone considering PaaS strategies. Sessions include:

From Code to Production: What Is Your PaaS and DevOps Play?

As organizations evolve to take advantage of cloud enabled services, Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is turning out to be a key enabler of this shift to modern IT. PaaS and DevOps are helping organizations push their idea to business value, and eventually, giving them competitive advantage in shortest time compared to the past. However, the confusion in the minds of enterprise IT on the value PaaS and DevOps offers is turning out to be the biggest stumbling block in the IT transformation. Read more…

Presented by Krishnan Subramanian, Director, OpenShift Strategy, Red Hat

The Goat and the Silo: What an Old Calculus Problem Can Teach Us about Instilling the Culture of DevOps

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.  Read more…

Presented by Michael Ducy, Enterprise Architect, Opscode

Designing Your Apps for Long-Term PaaS Success

While many custom-built applications can slide seamlessly into a PaaS platform, there’s no guarantee that they will run efficiently. Well-designed cloud applications are elastic, infrastructure-agnostic, composable, built for failure, stateless, and easily updated. Even if you’ve successfully published a cloud-friendly application to a public PaaS, how can you avoid application silos that don’t connect with any other enterprise assets? Read more…

Presented by Jared Wray, Creator of Iron Foundry PaaS; CTO, Tier 3

Be sure to register for Cloud Connect Chicago before October 17 to save on advanced pricing.

 
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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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Steve Wylie

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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The market has moved past the era of merely defining the cloud and evangelizing its value proposition. Real customers are passionate about the shift to Cloud platforms and are actively evaluating their options and making critical decisions to drive projects forward. From agile SMBs to large Enterprises and Service Providers, the unlimited resource of the cloud is driving a breakneck pace of innovation and unprecedented value for companies prepared to take full advantage of the IT as-a-Service revolution.

Cloud Connect’s conference program enables Cloud solution decision makers to evaluate the competing choices, to put all the issues on the table, fuel intelligent dialogue and stimulate the necessary debates. And with business stakeholders now actively engaged in business technology decisions, the Cloud Connect program has been shaped to serve both technical and line-of-business audiences. Continue Reading »

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