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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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Sponsored by: Akamai

 

 
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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 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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Andrew Wild has more than 20 years of experience leading teams to design, implement and operate secure networks and computer systems. As Qualys’ chief security officer, Andrew oversees the security, risk management and compliance of its enterprise and SaaS environments. Prior to joining Qualys, he managed a team of information security engineers responsible for the design, implementation and operation of security solutions for EMC’s SaaS offerings, with heavy emphasis on cloud and virtualization technologies. Prior to EMC, he was the chief security officer at Transaction Network Services. He has also held a variety of network engineering leadership roles with large network service providers including BT and Sprint. Andrew has a master’s degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the United States Military Academy. He is a veteran of the United States Army and served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Here is an inside peek at his sessions at Cloud Connect:

  • An Opportunity for Continuous Security with Cloud Computing
    • It is clear that companies need to re-evaluate their security strategy with cyber attacks on the rise – even against large corporations with advanced IT security programs in place. Network perimeters are changing all the time with mobile devices and cloud services, and the problem grows more complex. The goal we all must strive for is to effectively protect information at the data level itself and streamline patching and mitigation processes. With cloud computing, we have an opportunity to automate key processes and provide continuous, better and invisible protection, while reducing the cost of securing such an infrastructure and applications as the costs can be distributed across thousands, even millions, of users. This session will discuss ways to proactively protect against cyberthreats leveraging a newer, more scalable security model that builds security into the fabric of cloud computing, while providing a continuous view of the security and compliance posture of current infrastructures and applications.

Register with priority code SMCCBlog and save up to $300* on your Cloud Connect All Access or Conference Pass.

 

*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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This isn’t a simple question to answer.

First of all, cloud computing is hidden behind a fog of abstraction. Whereas IT could once instrument every element of an application, today applications are like Descartes’ brain in a jar—never quite sure if they’re real, or virtual.

Second, on the surface many service providers’ goals aren’t aligned with those of their customers’. Service providers want to maximize revenues, and want the freedom to do with the underlying infrastructure what they will. That’s how they stay in business and make the most of what they have. Without that freedom, they lose economies of scale and skill. By contrast, customers want special treatment, and instrumentation all the way down the stack.

Third, people don’t really understand metrics well. Despite decades of criticism, we still use averages, even though they hide important fluctuations in service quality that can warn of bigger problems before they become disasters.

There’s a bigger problem here, however. For half a century, IT has been about protecting precious resources. The reason you put up with carrying a stack of punched cards to the basement of the computing building at 3AM was because the mainframe was scarce, and the humans abundant. No more: each of us has three screens, one of which is seldom more than a meter from our bodies at any time.

That means we’re less concerned about the consumption of resources and more concerned about the completion of tasks. We shouldn’t really care if the CPU is idle or maxed out, provided that the user accomplish what they set out to do. Proponents of Service Level Agreements have long known this, but cloud monitoring, hiding behind the fog of virtualization, drives it home hard.

Application Performance Management and Real User Monitoring have long been thought of as “advanced” forms of measurement*. These go beyond up/down metrics or numbers related to utilization, and instead look at the success of the application from the user’s point of view. They’ve often languished somewhere between web analytics (which show you what users did) and synthetic monitoring (which shows you whether the site is working.)

Today, however, the real question is: could they do it, well? There’s great evidence that slow applications undermine productivity, cost money, and cut into revenues. Slow clouds need fixing. To do this, I think we need to go beyond APM, and start with the business problem. Too often, IT professionals start at the bottom and work up. “Server 10 is down, which means the support site isn’t working, which means the phone queue is too long, which impacts our customer satisfaction rating.” They begin with the means, and work back to the end.

Instead, I think we need to step back and look at the business model. From that, we can derive the relevant metrics, and what’s considered an acceptable threshold. Then we can measure against those thresholds, and report on violations. That’s a much more palpable approach to measurement for executives. Starting at the model and working down says we say, “7% of visits need to result in an enrollment for us to meet our monthly target.” From that, we can measure the steps of an enrollment, and their performance against the past or response targets.

When we owned the infrastructure, this was considered progressive. But the fog of cloud monitoring means it’s often the only way we can measure. It lets us size cloud consumption, which in turn lets us define budgets—since with the right architecture, you can have any performance you can pay for. And it leads to good metrics, since it’s focused on rates and exceptions rather than averages.

We’ll be talking about how to measure cloud-based applications at this spring’s Cloud Connect event in Santa Clara. In fact, we have a whole track of content dedicated to it, including sessions on WAN, application delivery networks, load-balancing, and choosing the right metrics. Clouds are the IT of abundance, and they fundamentally change how we measure applications. Let’s figure out how.

 
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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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Each year at Cloud Connect, we try to look ahead to what the next twelve months hold. To many of us, the future was really the removal of the word “cloud.” Just as “web applications” are now just “applications”, so technologies like “cloud storage” are just “storage.” Similarly, cloud computing will soon just be “computing.”

Does that mean the future of something like Cloud Connect is simply “connect”? Sort of. New technologies are seldom interesting in their own right. Rather, they’re interesting for what they make possible.

Y-Combinator founder Paul Graham describes a startup as an organization designed for rapid growth—and he means rapid. He wants to see a 5-10% increase in users or revenues every week for companies within his accelerator. While he says that startups aren’t necessarily technology, it’s very likely that they are. That’s because technology does two things:

  • It disrupts a market. There’s not much new about Uber driving people around. We’ve had taxis for centuries. But the ubiquity of mobile applications with location awareness is new, and that’s disrupting a big market quickly. So technology can trigger a rapid change in an existing market. Growth.
  • It makes a new market. The online search industry didn’t exist twenty years ago. Today, it’s worth billions. Technology creates entirely new businesses even as it leaves old ones crumbling. 3D printing might usher in an era of manufacturing at the edge, even as it destroys traditional just-in-time logistics.

And this is why clouds are interesting. Not in their own right—they’re rapidly becoming another tool in the IT toolbox, albeit an extremely flexible one. Clouds are interesting because they make computing frictionless. They allow organizations of any size to achieve the kinds of scale and growth Graham demands of the companies he helps launch.

A couple of years ago, we joked that “big data gives clouds something to do.” There’s a lot of truth to this. Big Data itself isn’t new—and it isn’t mounting the peak of a hype curve, despite what Gartner says. Big Data has been around for ages, as anyone from a company like Teradata, IBM, Oracle, or Microsoft will tell you. What’s new about big data is the democratization of analysis. Anyone who runs a Facebook Graph Search today has more power, and more access, than any three-letter-agency in Washington dared dream of a decade ago.

And powerful, democratized analysis is a game-changer for society. It’ll alter how we work and play; how we learn and love; and how we make decisions. All because of cloud computing, which provides the elastic, on-demand undercarriage for vast analysis.

In the Futures and Disruptions track at Cloud Connect this spring, Cascade Insights’ Sean Campbell will lay out four possible futures for cloud computing in the next few years, encouraging IT professionals to hedge their bets. Allan Leinwand, whose career spans executive technology roles at Cisco, Digital Island, Zynga, and Servicenow, predicts where cloud platforms are headed. And serial entrepreneur Margaret Dawson joins Savvis’ Ed Saipetch to speculate on the future of data—and whether it’s headed for anarchy or trust.

It promises to be a fascinating look at where technology is headed, even as clouds themselves quietly blend into the fabric of everyday computing.

 
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A post by Eric Hanselman, WAN and Cloud Networking Track Track Chair.

With all of the enthusiasm for the compute and storage aspects of cloud capabilities, it’s easy to take the networks that bind them together for granted.  Networks haven’t been a very visible part of early cloud computing deployments, but they’re critical to effectively leveraging cloud’s advantages and ensuring success in implementations. Networks take on new forms and characteristics in cloudy deployments, too. There’s increased flexibility, but also a dependence on the cloud provider’s network designs. That dependence can make a transition from typical enterprise network architectures a challenge.  Understanding the differences can help smooth the way to being able to take advantage of the many benefits of cloudy worlds. Continue Reading »

 
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A blog post by Infrastructure Track Chair, Bernard Golden, Vice President, Enterprise Solutions, enStratus Networks.

The concept of cloud computing is simple: computing resources offered across the network via self-service, providing elastic capacity from a resource pool carrying no long-term commitment and paid for on a per-use basis.

As the old saying goes: simple, but not easy. Providing cloud computing services requires a transformation in both infrastructure and operations processes, and this transformation is affecting all parts of the traditional computing infrastructure. Continue Reading »

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