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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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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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There’s no doubt that big Data is growing fast; each year, the generation of global data is doubling, and as it does so it becomes increasingly challenging to manage, interpret, store and secure. In order to stay competitive companies are seeking new big data platforms to help them manage large data sets and strategies that will allow them to turn data into insights which can drive value for their organization.

IT, marketing and digital professionals are spinning trying to untangle the Big Data web. In effort to help these professionals do their jobs better we are excited to announce The Big Data Conference which will be co-located with Cloud Connect Chicago October 21-23, 2013.

The Big Data Conference spans three days, the conference offers in-depth educational programs, workshops, case studies, demonstrations and real-world technology implementations including:

  • Large enterprise case studies in key verticals including manufacturing, retail, healthcare, and financial services
  • How to structure an organization to take advantage of Big Data
  • The big picture: A life-cycle for Big Data management
  • How to set the best Big Data strategy for your organization
  • Data visualization & interfaces trends
  • Breakdown of Hadoop and other Big Data platforms & architectures

Click here for more information The Big Data Conference. Register for an All Access Pass to attend both Cloud Connect and The Big Data Conference Pass Conference sessions and Workshops.

 
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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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Given the soaring growth of cloud computing it is no wonder that businesses of all sizes hope to seize the opportunities afforded by cloud services—whether public, private or hybrid. Despite the opportunities, enterprises still face considerable barriers to adoption. IT and network leaders struggle with how best to leverage the power of the cloud amidst the challenges of security, the need to optimize network resources, and new network technologies such as Software Defined Networks (SDNs). The integration of private data networking technologies with cloud computing platforms can overcome these hurdles to adoption, if enterprises know the critical steps for a successful implementation.

A webcast, co-sponsored by XO Communications and 451 Research, will provide a roadmap and best practices for integrating private data networking technologies with cloud computing resources. Plus, submit your own questions when you register and we will address the top ten questions during the event.

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: Tuesday, May 14, 2013  |  Time: 10:00 am PT/1:00 pm ET  |  Duration: 60 minutes

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Presenters:

Eric Hanselman – Chief Analyst, 451 Research

Tom Schlatter – Executive Director of Network Engineering, XO Communications

Moderator:

Steve Wylie – General Manager, Cloud Connect

 
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If you are an expert in your field and would like the opportunity to share your knowledge with other technology professionals from around the world – we need you! As both a conference and an expo, Cloud Connect continues to be the leading vendor-neutral cloud computing event. Our key role is to provide a platform for application developers and managers, senior IT professionals, infrastructure and service providers to network and gain deep cloud insights. Help us share those insights!

Please find information below to guide you through the submission process. Deadline is April 29, 2013 Continue Reading »

 
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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

Congratulate Jeremy @jedberg

2.  Adrian Cockcroft, Director, Architecture, Netflix

Congratulate Adrian @adrianco

3. Jinesh Varia, Amazon Web Services

Congratulate Jinesh @jinma

4. Barb Goldworm, President and Chief Analyst, FOCUS

Congratulate Barb @barbgoldworm

5. Thomas Barton, Global Enterprise Architect, Novartis Pharmaceuticals

Congratulate Thomas @tsbarton

6. Toby Owen, Product Leader, Rackspace

Congratulate Toby @TobyDOwen

7. William Forrest, Principal, McKinsey and Company

Congratulate William @ayewill

8. Alistair Croll, Founder, CloudOps Research

Congratulate Alistair @acroll

9. Bernard Golden, VP, Enterprise Solutions, Enstratius

Congratulate Bernard @bernardgolden

10. Neal Sample, SVP, Technology, American Express

Congratulate Neal @nsample

 

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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We’ve organized a VIP tour of the new San Francisco 49ers football stadium that is being constructed next to the Santa Clara Convention Center on April 3rd at 3:30 PM. Invite a colleague to Cloud Connect and you’ll both be entered to win spots on the tour!

Here are four easy steps on how to enter:

Step 1: Send this blog post to your friends to get them excited.

Step 2: Highly encourage them to register for any Cloud Connect pass with priority code “49ers” by April 1, 2013

Step 3: Start tossing the football around and pretend you are Colin Kaepernick.

Step 4: Attend Cloud Connect next week, learn about cloud computing and wait to be notified if you won.

Good luck

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