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Cloud Connect China, hosted at the Shanghai International Convention Center, produced a excellent recap video from its first ever, Cloud Connect China, held Sept 15-17, 2013 in Shanghai.

The IT industry in China has seen a significant impact with the rapid development of the cloud computing business model, including the underlying infrastructure to support cloud computing – servers, storage and networks, middleware, operating system, applications software, and Internet service. These advancements are creating a large growth element for the Chinese IT industry as well as a need to discuss the issues and best practices in cloud computing. Hosting a Cloud Connect event in Shanghai was a natural next step for the evolution of the event and a great opportunity to bring the cloud industry’s talented speakers, engaged attendees, and solution providers together.



Cloud Connect China 2014 will take place Sept 16-18 at the Shanghai International Convention Center. Find out more at http://www.cloudconnectevent.cn/index_en.php.

Attendee Testimonials from Cloud Connect 2013:

“I found the conference great. I picked up some really good information, and found that the people in the conference were some of the best for networking, it was a really good experience for me.”

Glenn West, Cloud Business Unit Manager, APAC, Red Hat

“I attended and participated in the first Shanghai Cloud Connect event in September 2013 and I have to say that the event was planned and executed very well. As a speaker and attendee I would not have known that this was the first time for this event in Shanghai. The staff was very professional and courteous, content was strong, the sessions were kept on schedule and the rooms were excellent.”

Mark Thiele, Executive VP Data Center Tech , Switch Inc

“Great event, I very much enjoyed it. SOASTA has had the honor in participating and speaking at many Cloud events over the years, Including the very first Cloud Conference ever held back in 2008 in San Francisco. This year’s CloudConnect in Shanghai, being the first of its kind in China, has moved to the top of our list of terrific Cloud events. Some of Clouds finest speakers came from around the world to share their experiences and expertise with a very engaging audience. Thank you to all that worked so hard to put on such a terrific event.”

Tom Lounibos, CEO and Co-Founder, SOASTA

Cloud Connect will be held alongside Interop New York from September 29-Oct 2. 

Cloud Connect @Interop:

Register with code CCBLOG2 by June 30 to receive an extra $200 off the Super Summer Savings Discount on Cloud Connect Summit and Total Access passes!

 
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Cloud Connect Summit had an impressive launch at Interop Las Vegas this past spring, and is now heading to Interop New York, the leading independent technology conference and expo series for the IT community, from Oct 1- 2.

As cloud continues to reshape business computing, Cloud Connect will bring its cloud-as-business-enabler programming to Interop New York for the first time in 2014. The two-day Cloud Connect Summit will give attendees an intensive immersion in how to leverage the cloud to drive innovation and growth for their business. In addition to the Summit, Cloud Connect will produce five cloud workshops to run Sept 29-30, alongside the Interop workshop program. The Interop Expo will also host a Cloud Connect Zone, Oct 1 -2, showcasing cloud companies’ technology solutions. Adding Cloud Connect programming to Interop New York further demonstrates how cloud technology has become a critical tool in the IT wheelhouse.

The New York program features three *new* workshops as well several new Summit keynotes and sessions.  Find more information about the Cloud Connect workshops here, and stay tuned for the Summit agenda, to be released late June.

See you in the Big Apple!

WHAT ATTENDEES SAID ABOUT CLOUD CONNECT SUMMIT LAS VEGAS:

Impressed with the quality of the speakers and the interesting and engaging topics.

Margaret Dawson is one of the best speakers I’ve heard in a long time.

Another session packed with information. Fantastic speakers.

A massive amount of information to take in, but I plan to take what I learned and really do some research, especially around hybrid cloud and ITaaS since that is the next direction from my company. Learning the difference in vendors and the hype versus fact will help as well as one speaker put it, the good, the bad and the ugly.

Excellent detailed session about AWS components and structure. Bernard did an amazing job presenting the material and answering questions.

Register with code CCBLOG by June 30 to receive an extra $200 off the Super Summer Savings Discount on Cloud Connect Summit passes!

 
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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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A post by Joylyn Tanner, Senior Communications Manager for Cloud Connect.

My mother was born in Chicago, and as a result, I have an overwhelming sense of pride for the city, Da Bears, deep dish pizza and Wrigley Field.  This affinity for the Windy City inspired me and my colleagues to cull together our top-picks on where to eat and what to see when you’re in town for Cloud Connect. With over 7,000 restaurants to choose from, more than 500 parks and a menagerie of bars, theaters, comedy clubs, etc., we’ve created an infographic that can help you navigate the goods with some short commentary below from yours truly.

Where to Eat:

Chicago is the birthplace of the beloved deep dish pizza, as well as fast food behemoth, McDonald’s and chewing gum giant, Wrigley’s.  With these notorious knocks under its belt, Chicago is sure to tantalize your taste buds during your stay.  It’s tough to narrow down, but our first staff pick for the best pie in the city is Lou Malnati’s, followed closely by Giordano’s and Pizano’s.

Italian bites run rampant in Chi-town, a couple of our faves are Rosebud on Rush and RPM Italiano.  And if it’s just a good dog you’re in search of, be sure to hit Hot Doug’s.  It’s cash only and don’t go at prime lunch time because the lengthy line will overwhelm.

If more of a scene is your thing, Howells & Hood is nestled at the base of the Tribune Building and features an unparalleled drink selection (largest draft beer selection in all of Chicago!), tasty menu and remarkable views to cap your evening.  Reservations strongly encouraged – you can’t go wrong with this choice!

If you can’t pull yourself away from the conference grounds, Hyatt Regency McCormick offers a couple dining options: Shor for a contemporary American meal, Forno if a plate of pasta hits the spot, or the lobby bar M/X for small bites and a cocktail.

Things to See:

Did you know that the first Ferris wheel made its debut in Chicago in 1893? Now Navy Pier is home to the 15-story Ferris wheel and a must-see when in Chicago.  During the week of Cloud Connect, Chicago’s Chocolate Festival is at Navy Pier and open to the public, while for those in search of some Halloween funk can check out The Fear Haunted House, also happening at the Pier. The insider’s tip here though is the stained glass exhibit that can’t be missed!

Lincoln Park Zoo is free and who doesn’t love free?!  With fall upon us and Halloween in the air, the Zoo has an events calendar you should check out prior to your visit to make sure you’re maximizing on fun, which may or may not include a Spooky Zoo Spectacular.

If you prefer setting sail, you can’t go wrong with the Architectural Boat Tours.  While on board, you’ll navigate along the Chicago River, be awed by 50+ buildings unique architecture, and learn the ins and outs of how the city grew from a small back-country outpost into one of the world’s most important crossroads.  While on the topic of Chicago history, may we recommend a Mob Tour, where you can escape into the city’s underworld of gangsters and criminals?  Problem is, tours only run Saturday and Sunday, so if you’re in early or sticking around after the event – secure your spot now to learn about all the old gangster hot spots.

What to Do:

If you need some greenery in your life, parks abound.  Stop by the local Bird Sanctuary off McCormick or visit Memorial, Grant or Millennium Park, which plays host to the famous “Bean.”

If a drink and a laugh is more up your alley, Second City Comedy Club will put you in stitches with their improv. Shows run nightly at 8:00 pm during the week of Cloud Connect.  Social Twenty-Five is located in the trendy River North neighborhood – just a few miles from McCormick – and has become a favorite hot spot with live music entertainment and a swanky two-level bar.  You could also belly up to the bar at Chicago classic, Pippin’s Tavern, a quintessential Irish pub located on Rush Street.

Don’t be afraid to take on public transit to get you where you want to go.  All you need to know to plan your route can be found on Chicago’s Transit’s website.

And finally, it was to my delight when Cloud Connect decided to expand to Chicago last year and return in 2013 to such a fun-loving city.  I’m looking forward to the event and being back in my mom’s hometown.   Hopefully, this can help you chart your course while in Chicago and if we missed something you’d like to share, please feel free to comment – we are all ears.

 
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A post by Scott Bils, Managing Partner, Leverhawk.

As cloud computing matures and success models emerge, enterprises are now getting serious about using cloud to drive business and IT transformation.  Successful cloud adoption is about more than technology and platforms though – it also will require a more complete understanding of the true economic, organizational and operational implications of the cloud.  Unfortunately these are issues that most IT leaders are ill-prepared to address.

The Cloud IT Executive Summit (CITES) provides an unparalleled opportunity to hear the latest insights from industry experts, thought leaders and enterprise executives who are leveraging cloud and other next generation IT platforms to drive disruptive business strategies and achieve competitive advantage. The Summit will provide an opportunity for forward thinking CIOS and IT decision-makers to engage in peer-level discussions and learn best practices from other executives who are leading the migration to next generation IT models.  The CITES sessions will feature a variety of discussions on cloud-enabled transformation, including:

  • ITaaS – The New Operating Model with Scott Bils, Managing Partner at Leverhawk
  • Cloud Strategy and Economics, with Joe Weinman, Senior VP at Telx
  • CIO perspectives on Cloud Strategy with Bob Gill, Research Director at Gartner
  • The Future of Cloud Computing, with Jamie Goldstein, Partner at North Bridge Venture Partners,
  • Customer Perspectives on Cloud Transformation with Latisys

The Cloud is fundamentally transforming the “business model” of IT, requiring CIOs and their organizations to become service providers themselves.  CITES will provide a roadmap for executives seeking to navigate the strategic, organizational and operational issues on the way to transformation.

Register here and join the conversation!

 
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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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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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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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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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Cloud Connect has been closely tracking the recent heated debate around which infrastructure is best suited for the enterprise cloud. There’s still no clear verdict, so Cloud Connect will continue the conversation from the keynote stage in Chicago. From accessibility to cost to security, AWS, CloudStack and OpenStack all have their benefits and limitations, which experts will thoroughly explore during the keynote panel, “Stack Wars: The Battle for the Enterprise Cloud.”

We’re pleased to announce that Margaret Dawson, VP of Product Marketing & Cloud Evangelist of HP Cloud Services will moderate the panel, which will include advocates for these competitive platforms. Margaret is perfectly positioned to host this session, with more than 20 years of global leadership experience and ample time spent working in the cloud industry. Prior to her current position at HP, she ran point for two cloud startups in the B2B integration and data storage markets, and served at Microsoft and Amazon.com. She has a keen understanding of cloud trends, and is a valued member of both the Cloud Connect Advisory Council and the Cloud Network of Women (CloudNOW).

This is a session you won’t want to miss. We’ll be revealing panelists closer to the event, so be sure to check back on the Cloud Connect Chicago keynote page for more information. In the meantime, if you’re on Twitter, follow Margaret ‏@seattledawson to keep tabs on her perspective on the cloud.

What’s your stack of choice? Weigh in at Cloud Connect Chicago, October 21-23 at McCormick Place. If you haven’t already, register now to lock in Early Bird pricing and save up to $500 on Conference Passes.

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