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In partnership with Everest Group, an advisory and research firm on global services, Cloud Connect launches its first awards program, Innovation through Cloud in Enterprise (ICE) Awards, to honor companies that have achieved innovation through the adoption of cloud solutions. Cloud Connect just announced the four finalists, and a winner will be announced in just a few weeks during Cloud Connect Chicago.

Everest Group narrowed down nominations to name four pacesetting enterprises that, through cloud implementations, have transformed business processes, positively impacted stakeholders and significantly contributed to the bottom line. The four finalists for the inaugural ICE Awards are:

“Cloud solutions have drastically changed business operations for the better. When implemented correctly, cloud directly contributes to business agility, streamlined collaboration between employees and partners, and higher revenue,” said Steve Wylie, Cloud Connect General Manager. “The four selected ICE Award finalists have made big strides with cloud implementation and we’re pleased to recognize their efforts in Chicago at Cloud Connect.”

Join us on Tuesday, October 22, as Jimit Arora, Everest Group Vice President, will announce the winner during the keynote program. For more information, check out the full press release.

 
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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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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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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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Private Clouds continue to receive attention in enterprise organizations that are looking to amplify the benefits of virtualization and increase agility. While press reports about cloud computing are filled with lots of action and adventure, many enterprises are approaching cloud computing in a more methodical, step-by-step approach. Rather than build a complex hybrid cloud right from the start, many enterprises are looking to evolve from their current server virtualization environments to a full-fledged private cloud. When making this transition it is important for enterprises to consider:

  • What is the best approach for evolving from a server virtualization environment?
  • Who should access a private cloud, and under what controls?
  • How does a private cloud fit in with current IT management processes and systems?
  • What are the first use cases to target with your private cloud to ensure a “quick win?”
  • What landmines should you avoid?

Transitioning from virtualization environments to private clouds is something Dave Roberts, Sr. Director Solutions Marketing at BMC Software has spent over a decade tackling. Dave is chairing the Virtualization and Private Cloud Track at Cloud Connect Chicago 2013, where he will address these questions out help attendees build their private cloud roadmap. Sessions include:

Hear from companies including Boeing, Eucalyptus and BMC Software on how they moved from virtualization to private cloud environments. Register to attend Cloud Connect Chicago, use discount code SMBLOG and lock in Early Bird Pricing.

 
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This post was co-written by Emily Johnson and Bernard Golden

There is no question that AWS is leading the charge in IaaS with high resiliency, and dynamic development options, especially for those developing SaaS applications in the cloud. However, their API-based features can make standardization of management interfaces difficult for cloud vendors, and though it can quickly evolve to its customer’s needs, does not endorse industry standards. Luckily, there are a number of great management solutions out there and AWS continues to be a prudent financial decision. Continue Reading »

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