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Steve Wylie

Cloud Connect is less the two weeks away I’m happy to announce that our agenda is now final!  We have an amazing group of speakers lined up and the most relevant topics planned for the two-day summit.

Adrian CockcroftAdrian Cockcroft, Technology Fellow, Battery Ventures

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly – Critical Decisions for the Cloud Enabled Enterprise

At Battery Ventures, Adrian advises the firm and its portfolio companies about technology issues and also assists with deal sourcing and due diligence.  Prior to Battery, Adrian helped lead the Netflix migration to a large-scale, highly available public-cloud architecture and the open source cloud-native Netflix OSS platform.

chriswolfChris Wolf, CTO, Americas, VMware

Blast from the Past! Accelerating Your Hybrid Cloud Journey

At VMware, Chris collaborates with the IT and business community at large on cloud, mobile, virtualization and data center modernization strategies. Before joining VMware, Chris was a Research Vice President for Gartner’s Technical Professionals service.

Mark ThieleMark Thiele, EVP Data Center Technology, Switch

The Power of a Strong IT Ecosystem

A top speaker at past Cloud Connect events, Mark’s responsibilities at Switch include evaluating new data center technologies, developing partners and providing industry thought leadership.

Jimit_AroraJimit Arora, VP, Everest Group

Cloud Adoption in the Enterprise – Distilling the Facts from the Hype

Jimit will help us get the facts straight with fresh data from the 3rd annual Enterprise Cloud Adoption Survey.  At Everest, Jimit leads the IT Services research practice, which is focused on conducting in-depth research on the full spectrum of technology services across applications,infrastructure, cloud services, and next-generation IT.

scott-bilsScott Bils, Managing Partner, Leverhawk

Making the Case for IT-as-a-Service

Scott is a Managing Partner at Leverhawk, and leads the firms’ consulting and advisory services around ITaaS and Service Provider Transformation.  Scott will tackle why Cloud, DevOps and ITaaS are synergistic; why CIOs need to incubate cloud and new ITaaS operations; how internal “marketing” and communication is becoming a critical skill for CIOs seeking to drive ITaaS and cloud transformation.

sandra_kurtzigSandra Kurtzig, CEO, Kenandy

Cloud ERP: Empowering Real People

Sandra was the first woman to take a technology company public, and was included on Business Week’s list of the top 50 corporate leaders. She founded Kenandy in 2010 with the vision to transform the world of enterprise management software.

jared_wrayJared Wray, Chief Technology Officer, CenturyLink Cloud

Human Cost of Cloud

Jared is a respected thought leader in the enterprise cloud services space, having originated the Iron Foundry open source Platform as a Service (Paas) project. He also founded Tier 3 which was acquired by CenturyLink in 2013.

 

Jonathan Murray Profile PicJonathan Murray, EVP and Chief Technology Officer, Warner Music Group

From Theory to Practice: Implementing the ‘Composable Enterprise’

Jonathan is responsible for Warner Music Group’s global technology strategy, IT Service delivery and transformation to a newly developed – cloud based -­‐‑ Digital Services Platform.  He introduced the concept of the ”Composable Enterprise’ to describe a radical new approach to transforming business through the use of a new generation of cloud based platform architectures.

uri_saridUri Sarid, CTO, MuleSoft

Integration Unlocking The Organization Of the Future

Uri is CTO of enterprise integration company Mulesoft and was formerly Vice President of the NOOK Cloud at Barnes & Noble, where he architected, led, and released the flagship digital content and user platform for NOOK. At Cloud Connect, Uri will tackle the important topic of APIs in the Enterprise.

ben_golubBen Golub, CEO, Docker

Are VMs Passé?

Ben is a serial entrepreneur as CEO of Docker, former CEO of Gluster (now part of Red Hat) and Plaxo (now part of Comcast Interactive). His Cloud Connect talk explores the pro’s, con’s, hype, and reality, and whether “containerization” really does make VMs passé.

speaker-ben-kepesBen Kepes, Founder and Principal, Diversity Limited

Panel Discussion: Is there a Future for of PaaS in an IaaS World?

Mark Russinovich, Technical Fellow, Microsoft
Margaret Dawson, VP of Product Marketing & Cloud Evangelist, HP Cloud Services
Jesse Proudman, Founder and CEO, Blue Box
Krishnan Subramanian, Director, OpenShift Strategy, Red Hat
Brent Smithurst, VP of Product Management/Marketing, ActiveState

Michael BiddickMichael Biddick, CEO, Fusion PPT

Case Study on Cloud Computing Interoperability and Portability

Michael Biddick will present a case study on cloud computing portability and interoperability within a U.S. Government agency. Michael has worked with hundreds of Government and international commercial organizations, providing expertise in information technology and cloud computing solutions.

And that’s just day 1 of the Cloud Connect Summit!   We’re planning for lots of Q&A time with this esteemed group of speakers so get your questions ready and I’ll see you in Vegas!

 
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In a lot of ways, 2013 has been a pivotal year for PCI compliance in the cloud. As recently as a few years ago answers to compliance questions for cloud environments were more than a little murky, typically regressing into endless debates on how to define “cloud” in the first place. Compared to where we were as an industry then, 2013 has ushered in the age enlightenment.

In February, PCI Council finally pushed guidance for ensuring compliance in several types of cloud environments. At nearly 50 pages it’s more of a self-published novella than clarification, but it’s a major milestone nevertheless. The biggest question – “Can you be PCI compliant in the cloud” – has been answered. Yes, you can.

Businesses unwilling to wait for the PCI council to catch up with the real world have been finding their own way for years of course, but now the uncertainty of picking just the right QSA or a cloud provider that understood security have been greatly reduced. Take a random walk through a set of cloud providers – Rackspace, Peak 10, Amazon for instance – and you find a lot of PCI resources that provide common sense answers, and in some cases a set of services to handle most of the heavy lifting.

Things are notably better, but ask anyone going beyond merely replicating their deployment in a legacy data center and you won’t hear about the “age of enlightenment” for PCI compliance. A more accurate assessment of our current state is just beyond the point where you get deer in the headlights looks when the topic comes up.

What will be the next pressure point? Heady topics like auto-scaling, deployment automation and usage based billing. Security has been largely exempt from dealing with these issues, in no small part because uncertainty of compliance in the cloud provided a convenient cover, but expect that ability to deal with elastic environments becomes a major issue in 2014.

Challenge here is much more technological than an issue of governance, and its exactly the area where security people will have a difficult time meeting business demands. After all, computing, storage and networking have been disrupted to the core by “software defined” movements, while security industry has escaped largely unscathed. What happens when your newly PCI compliant cloud deployment auto-scales to meet surging customer demand, leaving your security infrastructure in the dust?

We’ll be discussing cloud, security, compliance and more at Cloud Connect in Chicago on October 21-23rd.

Misha Govshteyn is the Vice President of Emerging Products at Alert Logic and will be a featured speaker during the Cloud Security and Risk Summit at Cloud Connect Chicago.

 
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Gartner predicts that from 2013 to 2016, $677 billion will be spent by cloud customers to create cloud advertising and other business services. This estimate does not even include the billions of dollars of private cloud infrastructure investment. So when a modern bank robber is asked why he is targeting cloud services, he will most likely answer, “Because now that’s where the data is” — so that’s where the money is.

What are today’s bank robbers attempting to do? Some are using cloud services to run their Zeus botnets and other hacking infrastructures. Other risks include hacktivists who target your service provider with DDoS attacks, rendering your business service unavailable for hours or days because the cloud provider didn’t have the bandwidth or controls in place to contend with the attack.

So what are obvious considerations to protect against these emerging threats?

1. Know what data your company is storing in the cloud.
– Don’t find out after someone else publishes it on the Web or sells it to a crime syndicate.
– Be aware what types of data your business is producing or holding during the initial stages of the project.

2. If you are storing any confidential data in the cloud, encrypt it.
– Assume the data is going to be attacked and potentially leaked in the future.
– Encryption increases the costs for hackers to gain access to your data and may thwart their efforts.

3. Have a Plan B for critical business services.
– Assume that your cloud provider is going to have a disruption in the future.
– Determine how much downtime you can handle and still remain profitable and consider designing redundant services between multiple providers.

4. Choose a cloud provider that is aligned with your risk tolerance.
– Assess various cloud service providers and choose that one that best fits your budget and risk tolerance.
– Don’t bargain-hunt for a cloud provider — you may one day wish you had chosen a provider with stronger security.

Robert Malmrose is Chief Security Officer at Quantitative Risk Management and a featured speaker in the Cloud Security and Risk Summit at  Cloud Connect Chicago 2013. This post is a summary of Robert’s article that was published in InformationWeek.

 
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Cloud Connect Chicago is right around the corner and we are ready for a great event.  We recently took the wraps off this year’s keynote lineup which includes an impressive variety of opinions, case studies & perspectives on the cloud enabled enterprise.   The keynote program runs 9 – 11am on Oct 22nd and 23rd.  See you there!

Robin Chase, Founder, ZipCar and GoLoco

Competing in the Collaborative Economy

A new organizational structure is transforming the sources of power and value creation. It used to be that companies would gain a competitive edge by bringing resources inside the company in order to reduce transaction costs. Today, the smartest companies and governments are using the Internet to leverage assets outside of their sphere of control. We are stepping into the age of abundance. The collaborative Peers Inc economy is exactly what we need to respond to the size, scale, and urgency of problems facing the planet.


Paul Walsh, Vice President of Weather Analytics and Meteorologist, The Weather Company

Rethinking Weather – Using Weather Analytics to Grow Your Business (and save the world)

2012 was yet another year with unprecedented and high-impact weather events.  That trend has continued in 2013 and is expected to continue for the balance of our collective lives. While it sounds grim, there is a silver lining. In this presentation, learn how the convergence of new weather technology and sensing capabilities, big data analytics, high-speed computing, enhanced forecasting capabilities and new media channels are enabling companies to rethink how they leverage weather and environmental information to dramatically enhance business effectiveness and create new opportunities for growth.


Ric Telford, VP, IBM Cloud Services

Competing for the Future in the New Era of Computing

Cloud pacesetters are gaining competitive advantage through strategic reinvention, better decision making, and smarter engagement.  Interest in cloud has moved well beyond an IT obsession – into the very fabric of the enterprise.  What defines a cloud pacesetter goes beyond adoption to differentiation and business results. Please join Ric Telford, VP IBM Cloud Services, as he talks about innovation in this new era of computing and how cloud computing helps clients differentiate through reinvention of relationships, insights, and ecosystem expertise.


Narayan Desai, Principal Experimental Systems Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory

Optimizing for Creativity: Building Clouds for Data-Intensive Informatics

One of the key impediments to large scale informatics is the development of new approaches for data analysis and organization. In this talk, I’ll describe our experiences using openstack over the last 3 years and how it has accelerated the development activities of our scientists. I will discuss our experiences, why we selected Openstack, and the remaining open issues in these platforms.


Jean-Sebastien Bruneau, Cloud Architect, OVH.com

The Cloud Triangle: Where should you be?

Choosing the right “as a service” technology can be a daunting task. How do you select the right solution in a world of choices where the term Cloud is used in so many ways? OVH proposes a walktrough the cloud marketplace to trace a clear path to risk free service externalisation.


Alistair Croll, VP, CloudOps Research

What Would You do if You Were Starting From Scratch?

What would you do if you were starting from scratch? And why aren’t you? In this session, author and entrepreneur Alistair Croll looks at what’s holding back big companies, and the threat posed by not being willing to burn the boats. In a world of abundant, ubiquitous technology, the risk of sitting still far outweighs the risk of moving too quickly. As everyone around the boardroom table realizes their fortunes depend on technology, the CIO’s mindset needs to change dramatically if they, and indeed their entire IT organization, are to remain relevant.


Duke Skarda, CTO, Softlayer

Selecting the Right Cloud Architecture to Optimize Performance

Performance is the intersection of power, agility, and control.  If you value performance you don’t want to use an oversubscribed, commodity cloud as the cornerstone of your business.  In this session we will discuss the features of a cloud that combine to create a truly performant environment.


Fireside Chat with Cloud Security Alliance:  The State of Security & The Cloud

This keynote will provide a brief overview of CSA research on government access to information, attitudes domestically and abroad, will discuss future impacts on cloud providers and government policies, and outline the CSA view on best practices on balancing safety, security, individual privacy and business interests of cloud.

  • Jason Witty, Senior Vice President & CISO, U.S. Bank
  • Jim Reavis, Co-founder & Executive Director, Cloud Security Alliance

Stack Wars: The Battle for the Enterprise Cloud
The Stack Wars rage on with heated debates around which cloud platform is best suited for the enterprise. Join this lively discussion with leading cloud providers and judge for yourself which will come out on top!

Moderator: Alistair Croll, VP, CloudOps Research

  • Monty Taylor, Manager, Automation and Deployment, Hewlett-Packard
  • Jim Anthony, Vice-President, Tier II Solution Architecture Team, Verizon Terremark
  • Mathew Lodge, VP, Cloud Services, VMware

Ted Rudman, Interim Vice President, Pricing, Marketing/Loyalty, Supply Chain & Corporate Systems, Sears Holdings Corporation

Transforming Data Architecture Complexity at Sears

The Hadoop ecosystem of big data tools has transformed the way structured and unstructured data is ingested, processed, stored and analyzed at Sears Holdings, a highly data-driven company. Discover the challenges that hadoop helps overcome and key use cases that drive big data value across the organization.


Molly Rector, Chief Marketing Officer, EVP Product Management and WW Marketing, Spectra Logic

Enabling the Disruptive Thinkers in Your Organization

Big data is not only changing the way we store data but more importantly, why we store data. No longer are we storing data just to look back in history but now we are keeping it to predict the future. Enterprises are rapidly adapting to utilize Cloud Storage techniques to remove obstacles that block users from being able to retain, access and learn from their data. “Disruptive Thinkers” in each Enterprise are using these tools to analyze the past in order to reveal the opportunities for data driven decisions on where to invest in the future for market space leadership and differentiation.


 
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We’ve had time to collect all of the evaluation data and now have a conclusive top 10 ranked speakers from Cloud Connect Silicon Valley 2013.

We had loads of great content this year and want to say thanks again to all you who presented and contributed to a great event.

Join us in congratulating these speakers by giving them a tweet—don’t forget to include #ccevent!

  1. Jeremy Edberg, Reliability Architect, Netflix

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2.  Adrian Cockcroft, Director, Architecture, Netflix

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3. Jinesh Varia, Amazon Web Services

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4. Barb Goldworm, President and Chief Analyst, FOCUS

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5. Thomas Barton, Global Enterprise Architect, Novartis Pharmaceuticals

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6. Toby Owen, Product Leader, Rackspace

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7. William Forrest, Principal, McKinsey and Company

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8. Alistair Croll, Founder, CloudOps Research

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9. Bernard Golden, VP, Enterprise Solutions, Enstratius

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10. Neal Sample, SVP, Technology, American Express

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If you’re interested in speaking at our Chicago event held from October 21-24 at McCormick Place we’re still accepting submissions through April 29.

Submit today!

 

 
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Kristi Ibello

So you want to take advantage of the exceptional education and networking opportunities offered at Cloud Connect Chicago but not sure how to convince your boss? Let us help you show your manager and company the tangible benefits of attending Cloud Connect Chicago by using the simple two-step process below. If you are looking to increase your business efficiency and agility by moving to the cloud, then be sure to attend Cloud Connect for education, collaboration and new networking opportunities. Your Cloud Connect  participation will be one of the best training investments your organization can make. Continue Reading »

 
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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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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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A blog entry from Cloud Security & Risk Track Chair Steve Orrin.

There is a lot of talk about threats to the Cloud and challenges facing organizations looking to adopt and take advantage of it. We will have several great sessions at this year’s Cloud Connect Chicago talking about both the challenges and solutions from various perspectives. I thought that I’d take this opportunity to look at a rising issue that affects the cloud, data management, more specifically, data expiry and erasure. A lot of concentration is paid to compliant data protection, access controls and more recently data retention. In these use cases, data controls are used for access to data, transfer of data between systems, and users and regular audits of these controls. Typically encryption is used to provide the appropriate protections for data both at rest and in transit and DLP (Data Loss Prevention) based solutions are deployed to ensure that important data doesn’t slip through the cracks. As organizations begin to look at ways to manage data retention requirements of various regulations and industry standards, I believe they should also be looking at how to deal with the future requirements for data erasure. After all, most IT shops are probably pretty established in their practices for data destruction on devices such as PCs, laptops or disk drives.  Why should they be less concerned when it comes to the cloud? Continue Reading »

 
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David Linthicum

Many consider cloud computing as a shortcut, an IT path that uses technology to wire around the need to plan.  Architecture and design are big parts of traditional plans.  Without a sound foundation of good architecture and design best practices, your cloud computing project will fail.  This is true for traditional projects as well as for your cloud computing strategy.  Many are finding this out the hard way as cloud computing projects begin to ramp up. 

Architecture and design come in two core patterns: Those that integrate the use of cloud computing services, either PaaS, IaaS, or SaaS, with existing enterprise IT systems which extend those systems to the platforms of the clouds.  Or, there is the second pattern, those that actually build private, community, or public cloud services for use within a single enterprise, a community of users, or perhaps become public cloud computing providers themselves.

There are a range of cloud computing startups with unique solutions that require specialized approaches to cloud computing concepts including multitenancy, virtualized and managed resources, as well as advanced security solutions.  New ground is covered each day, and the approaches to architecture and design in the world of cloud computing continuously evolve.

Now is the time to get smart around the right and the wrong ways to design and build clouds.  Understand best practices, and, yes, learn and borrow from architecture and design practices from days gone by.  SOA and existing application and enterprise architecture approaches and techniques have proven themselves in the enterprise, and are now proving their value as we extend those architectures to public, private, and hybrid cloud computing.  In short, we’re converging what’s best with the existing architecture approaches and techniques, with what’s emerging in the world of cloud computing. 

So, what are the proper ways to design, build, and leverage cloud computing systems?  What are the steps to success?  What are the emerging best practices?  At Cloud Connect, we’ve put together a track that covers a range of topics relating to the right and wrong ways to leverage, design, and build cloud-based systems and infrastructure.  This includes advice from those currently in the trenches who make cloud computing work for the Global 2000 and government, to those who will soon fight to make cloud computing work for their clients, employers, and/or investors. 

Sessions that will guide you through this process include my session on “How to Get Cloud Architecture and Design Right the First Time,” where I walk you through the basics of design and architecture as applied to cloud computing.  Moreover, there is Bernard Golden’s session on “Cloud Applications: New Techniques for Developers,” including how to deal with elasticity and scalability. 

 If cloud computing is in your future, you need to start here.  With a bit of planning, and some good architecture and design disciplines, you can do amazing things.

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