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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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Steve Wylie

I have been planning conferences for many years and have come to believe that end user companies often make the best speakers. This is especially true for Cloud Connect because Cloud customers (our attendees) not only need to understand how the Cloud works but also how it aligns with their business objectives.

We are entering a new era in cloud computing where a customer’s success will no longer be measured by cloud adoption alone, but also by how they take advantage of  the Cloud to drive business forward. Simply put, Cloud has become the platform of innovation and that innovation will impact every aspect of the modern enterprise. Continue Reading »

 
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Jason Quesada

Visionary, cutting-edge and inspirational Cloud Connect keynote speakers will provide insight into crafting your own cloud computing plans. That’s why we’re excited to announce Duke Skarda, CTO of Softlayer, will be part of the transformational keynote program at Cloud Connect Chicago.

As the CTO, he holds responsibilities for implementing, designing and enhancing the proprietary SoftLayer Infrastructure Management System (IMS). Prior to joining SoftLayer, Mr. Skarda served as the Vice President of Information Technology and Software Development at The Planet. He served in this role from June, 2009 to October, 2010.

Previously, Duke spent 10 years with Level 3 Communications in a series of increasingly responsible positions. As Senior Vice President for its Content Markets Group, he led Engineering and IT development for its Content Distribution Network platform and IT support systems. As Senior Vice President for IT Architecture and Application Development, he led a broad range of programs, including business process management, order-entry and service assurance development. He also served as Vice President of IT Architecture, where he led the development of a long-range systems roadmaps, systems merger and acquisition planning, and the development of the company’s Enterprise Architecture team.

Duke Skarda earned a B.S. in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at El Paso.

Be sure to attend Cloud Connect Chicago October 21-23, 2013 at McCormick Place to hear about a new approach of how infrastructure can support APIs and operational procedures in the cloud.  Register early to lock in Early Bird rates and save up to $500 on Conference Passes.

 
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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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Cloud computing is exponentially growing and now an assumed part of any infrastructure.  One of the critical needs of this industry is for trained professionals to assure that the cloud is implemented responsibly, and with the appropriate security controls in any organization. Certification is a great way to help advance your career and gain a leg up in the market.

Which types of end users care about this certification?

There are hundreds of IT and business positions that require cloud competence. As purchasing decisions shift from IT to the LOB it is important that more and more business functions understand the core competencies of the cloud. If your organization is adopting cloud at any level, or you’re considering advancing your career within the cloud market, one of the best ways to make that transition is with cloud certification.

What types of certification exists?

Many vendor companies are starting their own certification programs, but these only allow you to get certified on vendor programs or technologies. For a third party certification program we recommend CompTIA Cloud Essentials. The Cloud Essentials certification is a general-purpose tool you can use to show you understand all aspects of cloud computing.

Cloud Connect has partnered with CompTIA to bring the Cloud Essential training to Cloud Connect Chicago this October. Register for this one-day course and get educated on all aspects of the cloud. The training includes a voucher so you can complete the certification test at any testing center of your choice. Register by September 16 to lock in Early Bird pricing on the training – just $599.

 
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We are entering the era of the “Composable Enterprise Model” (CEM), where IT systems and data can be composed into new, business-facing offerings with relative ease. In some ways, CEM represents a pragmatic realization of the “loose coupling” ideal that has fueled recent architectural trends.  CEM is a multi-faceted gem, a collection of best practices and technologies combined with the real world implementation of open standards.  IT succeeds by abstracting the layers of infrastructure, applications and data into common services that can be dynamically accessed.  Infrastructure turns into a platform. Core business operations turn into services that are used by other applications. Applications and data are abstracted from physical infrastructure using platform-as-a-service (PaaS).

[Jared Wray, Tier 3 founder and CTO, will present his thoughts on using Platform as a Service in the Composable Enterprise at this year’s Cloud Connect Chicago.]

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Jason Quesada

Cloud Connect offers several flexible passes to choose from when registering. Here are my top 8 reasons (in reverse order) why you purchase a Cloud Connect All Access Pass:

8. Free Lunch! Nom nom nom

7. Make the most of your Cloud Connect experience by joining any of the following receptions or networking events.

6. Expo: See what’s new, learn what’s cutting edge and identify technology must-haves for your business.

5. Vendor Sessions

4. Keynotes: Learn from industry experts, peers and providers all sharing their insights, case studies and strategies – hear from PayPal, VMware, General Electric, Cisco and more.

3. Cloud Connect offers a variety of comprehensive workshops on both standards and emerging trends from recognized thought-leaders in the cloud space.

2. Conference Sessions: Learn about the latest cloud computing innovations at the Cloud Connect Conference—including Big Data, Infrastructure, Cloud Security, and more.

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Lock in an All Access Pass for the best value and receive behind the scene access to Cloud Connect!

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Jason

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*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 Pass: $799.00, Expo Plus: $150.00, Expo Only: Free

 
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Jason Quesada

IT professionals today are dealing with a lot of challenges to make sure that their department is running in an efficient and productive manner. Staying up with the latest releases of products, putting out small fires within their organization, keeping their data centers cool and of course the cloud, which is constantly hanging overhead. LOB executives want to make sure their organization is prepared for the future in terms of IT productivity and the words they keep hearing are: The Cloud! I’m pretty sure Sys Admins cringe every time those words are mentioned, but they do know it is an important aspect to their IT framework.  However there are so many types of cloud computing deployment models to consider, that it can make your head feel like a cloud. Here are a few examples of cloud computing deployment models that are out there right now: Continue Reading »

 
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Steve Wylie

Our editors at Network Computing recently published an interesting Comparison of Infrastructure-as-a-Service Providers. This extremely helpful buyer’s guide includes information on 17 of the top IaaS vendors in the market and includes a features matrix of more than 60 decision points to help you make the right decision for your business.

Our own Cloud Connect and Everest Group Research shows that companies are increasingly looking at public IaaS options with 31% of our survey respondents indicating they already use public IaaS and an additional 49% indicating near and long-term plans for adoption.  So what’s driving the move to public IaaS?

Network Computing writes:

The IaaS product category has taken off because moving computing capacity to the cloud allows companies to focus on their core competencies rather than worry about buying, deploying and maintaining hardware. IaaS is why Instagram sold at a $1 billion valuation with only 13 employees, and why Pinterest served nearly 12 million monthly unique visitors with only 16 employees. For many companies, IaaS — and public cloud services overall — can yield significant benefits, but with an ever-growing number of providers, it can be difficult to know which will be the best choice. This comparison will help IT professionals make a more informed decision about which IaaS vendor to select. –Joe Masters Emison

This is also a topic we’ll explore in-depth at the upcoming Cloud Connect Conference in Silicon Valley including this newly added workshop on Amazon Web Services:

Amazon Web Services Training: Jumpstart Your Cloud Computing Knowledge Base

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the pioneer of cloud computing and its unstoppable growth dominates the industry. If you want – or are under pressure — to begin using AWS, this workshop is for you. Both fundamental and advanced AWS services are discussed during the workshop, ensuring that you gain a complete overview of the AWS service. The instructor will provide a live demonstration of the AWS system and management console during the workshop to allow you to see the power of AWS. The workshop is presented in a highly interactive fashion to address any questions you have about AWS.

Be sure to download the guide and we’ll see you at Cloud Connect Silicon Valley!

 
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Cloud Computing was supposed to usher in an era of computing on demand. However what we have today is a mix of the old and new – difficult to scale compute resources and billing models that penalize consumption based billing, both of which are only as granular as a preset server size and hourly or yearly based billing.

In this upcoming Cloud Connect webcast we’ll review how we got here, where the architectures of our applications are and how they fit to today’s cloud. We’ll also look at common IaaS packaging models, billing models and how new innovations are driving a more “true” cloud model and how future application architectures will take advantage of the next generation cloud computing architectures. We will discuss how to optimize cloud architectures to maximize infrastructure and control costs for today’s and tomorrow’s cloud computing platforms.

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Time: 11:00 am PT/2:00 pm ET
Sponsored by ProfitBricks
Presented by Cloud Connect
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Join Joe Weinman, noted cloud-computing expert and author of Cloudonomics and Pete Johnson, Platform Evangelist at ProfitBricks for a lively discussion and practical takeaways on cloud architectures and cost modeling.

*** Register now for this free webcast ***

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Presenters:

Joe Weinman, Author, Cloudonomics and Senior Vice President, Telx

Pete Johnson, Platform Evangelist, ProfitBricks

Moderator:

Steve Wylie, General Manager, Cloud Connect

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