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Kristi Ibello

SF Giants fans, outdoor activists, and runners… these are just a few interests shared by some of our recently added  Cloud Connect speakers.  The Cloud Connect 2013 speaker lineup includes top Tech VPs, analysts, PaaS experts, and cloud evangelists who are all leaders in their respective fields. Here are 9 must see speakers we have added to our conference agenda:


Ashesh Badani @asheshbadani

General Manager, Cloud BU and OpenShift, Red


Ben Kepes @benkepes

Blogger, Diversity Limited


Andre Kindness @AndreKindness

Principal Analyst, Forrester Research


Lisa Larson @rackerLLarson

VP of Enterprise Cloud Solutions, Rackspace


Avery Lyford @averylyford

Managing Director, Propell Solutions


John O’Farrell @johnofa

General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz


Neal Sample @nsample

Senior Vice President of Technology, American Express


Mark Settle @BMCSoftware

Chief Information Officer, BMC


Ann L. Winblad @Humwin

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners

Check out the full speaker list for Cloud Connect here. Attendee favorites Barb Goldworm, Alistair Croll, and Jeremy Edberg will be returning and addressing new insights on the state of cloud computing, hybrid cloud environments and big data.

There is still time to reserve your Conference Pass to Cloud Connect Silicon Valley, taking place April 2-5 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Register with priority code SMCCBlog and save up to $300* on your Cloud Connect All Access or Conference Pass.

Our speakers look forward to seeing you in a few weeks!

*Discount calculated based on the on-site price and not combinable with other offers. Offer good on new registrations only. Prices after discount applied: All Access: $2,099.00 Conference: $1,699.00, Workshop: 799.00, Expo Plus: $150.00,
Expo Only: Free

 
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Jeremy Brown

Cloud Connect Chicago 2012 was a great inaugural event. We received a record high response rate from evaluations and top marks across the board!

As we wrap up Chicago and begin to shift our focus toward Santa Clara 2013,we would like to congratulate  the fantastic speakers that made Chicago a success.

Let’s take a look back at the sessions and speakers that rocked Cloud Connect. Continue Reading »

 
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Jason Quesada

Here are a few reasons why to register before you get on site at Cloud Connect Chicago:

  • Prices are set to increase onsite in Chicago. By registering today, you will receive a $200 discount on conference passes or get a free expo pass by clicking on this link!
  • Registering allows you access to the Cloud Connect Mobile App. Get event information at your fingertips including exhibitors, sessions, events, news, exhibition floor plan, new products and show specials. Plus, receive suggestions based on your interests, create short lists, plan your agenda, take notes, get directions, and more!
  • Once you arrive at Cloud Connect, you can quickly print your badge off of one of the computers provided and get
    right on the show floor! Otherwise you will need to spend time registering yourself and your team onsite.
  • Tell all of your friends and colleagues that you are attending Cloud Connect conference and workshop sessions. It will ensure your organization is equipped to leverage new cloud and big data technology solutions in order to increase efficiency and improve your business agility. They will be super jealous!

Looking forward to seeing you in Chicago!

Feel free to follow me on Twitter for inside Cloud Connect updates.

Cheers,

Jason

 
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Jason Quesada

A blog entry from Big Data Track Chair Jeremy Edberg.

We’re introducinga new program at the upcoming Cloud Connect Chicago on ”BIG DATA: FUNDAMENTALS TO BEST PRACTICES“. BUT what is Big Data? I get asked that question often. Just the other day, I did a search on Google News for [Big Data]. What I found was a long list of blogs and news stories, many of which were trying to define Big Data.

I’ll make the answer easy — we don’t have a definition because it means too many things to too many people. To some it means using the latest NoSql technology; to others Big Data is just a repackaging of data mining and business intelligence. Continue Reading »

 
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Jason Quesada

A blog entry from Scott Bils, the Organizational Readiness & Business Cases Track Chair.

GE’s Jack Welch once stated, “Change before you have to.” While it’s certainly sage advice, with virtually everything in the cloud computing world evolving so rapidly – the offerings, the providers, the implementation strategies, and the buyers, who these days are most typically business users rather than IT – it’s dauntingly difficult to decide what, how, when and with whom to change.

Yet, following in the footsteps of the highly successful, inaugural Organizational Readiness track at the Cloud Connect conference in February 2012, the sessions at the September 11-12 event in Chicago are all designed to cut through the clutter, and provide deep insights on the organizational issues that are threatening to thwart cloud-oriented next generation IT success.

In “New World Order: Your Dev Team Just Became the CIO” session, industry analyst Vanessa Alvarez and Cisco’s Laura Cooney will discuss the emergence of developers as decision makers, what organizations are doing to adjust to this revolution, the technologies to look at, and pitfalls to avoid.

With budgets increasingly migrating to “shadow” IT driven by business users, it is more critical than ever for CIOs to understand how to serve and enable this new buyer group in a next generation IT environment. During the “Tough Questions You Need to Ask” session, business users who have driven major cloud initiatives will provide answers to questions CIOs may be afraid to ask.

The panel session “Hard Choices in Enterprise Cloud Adoption” will feature three 15-minute drill-down presentations that provide insight into the major choices and decisions organizations face around:

  • Open versus Closed Cloud Infrastructures, and the pros and cons of each
  • Forklift versus Greenfield, and how to determine if you should first focus on moving existing applications to a virtualized environment, or deploy a new infrastructure for greenfield applications
  • Now versus Later, to help CIOs evaluate whether they should accelerate or put a hold on their
    enterprises’ move to the cloud

“Current Thinking in Addressing Persistent Cloud Challenges” will examine Security and Compliance, Performance, Vendor Management and Lock-In issues, and provide practical, real-world examples of how panelists’ and other organizations are creatively addressing them.

If you haven’t yet registered for Cloud Connect, I hope you’ll visit the conference registration page and sign up today. Use code TFPQCH02 to receive 25% off conference passes or claim a free expo pass. You’ll unquestionably gain strategic, tactical and actionable insights on how to shine much needed light into all things cloud. As Chair of the Organizational Readiness track, I look forward to seeing you in Chicago in September!

 
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Jason Quesada

Here are five ways that you can accelerate your cloud computing strategy at Cloud Connect Chicago:

  1. Attend 30+ sessions across 8 conference tracks including big data, cloud infrastructure, application design and architecture.
  2. Hear from keynotes and top industry leaders as they discuss hot topics including private and hybrid clouds, mobile clouds, and cloud performance.
  3. See all the latest cloud solutions from 50+leading companies.
  4. Enjoy vendor-hosted beverages while you check out the latest products and network during the Cocktail Reception on the Expo floor.
  5. Hear about new cloud solutions hosted in the new Cloud Solutions Theater.

Cloud Connect Chicago will provide four days of inspiring cloud dialogue and get you up to speed on how to leverage new cloud technology solutions to increase efficiency and improve your business agility. Register by August 10 with priority code RFPQCH04 to save $400 on Platinum or Conference passes. Don’t forget to tell your friends as well!

Feel free to follow me on Twitter for inside Cloud Connect updates.

Cheers,

Jason

 
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Jason Quesada

A blog entry from WAN and Cloud Networking Track Chair Eric Hanselman.

When interconnection works well, it’s invisible to the user or the application that’s taking advantage of it. For a long time, we’ve lived in environments where the bulk of the interconnection that we need runs really well. As virtualization and cloud deployments have scaled up, we’ve started to hit the limits of the traditional ways of interconnecting. Those limits are in capacity, but also, increasingly, limits in agility are becoming a greater concern. The big benefits of cloud are hard to achieve, if the networks on which they run can’t keep up. The networking track at Cloud Connect Chicago 2012 will look at these issues and explore how to deal with them and manage needs for sophisticated interconnection. Continue Reading »

 
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Jason Quesada

A blog entry from ROI, TCO, and Cloud Economics Track Chair Joe Weinman.Joe Weinman

IT, in terms of both applications and the infrastructure to run them, is becoming increasingly pervasive in our society, with the cloud playing a larger and larger role.  CIOs and business executives understandably need to consider how best to leverage this technology.  Is IT just plumbing, as relevant to the strategic needs of the business as, say, parking lot design or lighting fixture selection?  Or is it a strategic weapon that when wielded properly can win battles, or even wars, in today’s hyper-competitive global marketplace? Continue Reading »

 
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Jason Quesada

I recently had the opportunity to speak to Jocelyn DeGance Graham, founder of CloudNOW, a nonprofit executive consortium of the leading women in cloud computing. CloudNOW is hosting their “Legacy Award” program at Cloud Connect Chicago and hosted their first annual “Top 10 Women in Cloud” awards program at Cloud Connect Santa Clara.  Below is a recap of our conversation.

Cloud Connect: When was CloudNow founded?

Jocelyn: We founded CloudNow almost a year ago – August 15 of last year. Continue Reading »

 
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Jason Quesada

A blog entry from Cloud Infrastructure Track Chair Bernard Golden.

Many people fail to realize how profoundly cloud computing is transforming the world of computing infrastructure. From the vast farms of servers operating in data centers that run up to 1 million square feet, to the highly automated operational environments that require only a handful of employees to manage over one hundred thousand servers, cloud computing represents a revolution — a disruptive innovation, if you will — to computing infrastructure business-as-usual.

This September, the Infrastructure track at Cloud Connect will provide attendees with real-world examples and deep insights about the new world of cloud computing infrastructure. If you’re at all interested in understanding how the world of IT infrastructure is changing forever, you owe it to yourself to attend the following sessions:

The Future of Data Centers: Hear how Ron Vokoun and Mark Thiele build and operate data centers that run up to 1 million square feet.

Cloud Infrastructure Build Out and Management: Hear two veterans of real-world cloud computing infrastructure discuss best practices — and worst nightmares — of operating cloud computing hardware and software infrastructures

Next-Generation Storage and File Systems: Hear the CEO of SolidFire discuss how SSDs can transform the speed and reliability of cloud storage

Automating Cloud Applications Using Open Source: Colleagues from BrightTag will discuss how they’ve knitted together a number of open source applications and components to help them manage complex cloud environments.

Many conferences offer vague generalities and empty marketing phrases to attendees. The Infrastructure track at Cloud Connect will provide knowledge and insight that you can use to increase your success with cloud computing and help you understand how to make better decisions in your work environment.  Join us by registering today with priority code RFPQCH08 to save $400 on the onsite price of conference passes.

I welcome your attendance and participation in a conversation about what the the future of IT infrastructure looks like.

Bernard Golden

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