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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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Cloud computing has changed the IT landscape over the past decade. This new technology came onto the technology scene at such a fast and furious pace that is seemed like it appeared out of….well from the clouds. However, behind the clouds, there are innovative people that made cloud computing happen.  Charles Babcock, Editor At Large, for InformationWeek, looked at the short history of cloud computing and identified 10 cloud computing pioneers that have paved the way for cloud knowledge and adoption. Continue Reading »

 
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A blog entry by Private & Hybrid Clouds Track Chair Barb Goldworm.

Hybrid clouds are getting a lot of attention these days and rightly so. Many believe that given time, everything will ultimately be a hybrid cloud of some type.  The question is not if, but rather what, where, when, who, and how.

  • What type of cloud(s) should you be implementing– private, public, community…?
  • Where should different workloads run (cloud or not and which type of cloud)?
  • When should different workloads migrate?
  • Who are the leaders, both as private cloud component players and as service providers?
  • And of course, how do you get there, securely and efficiently?

These are the questions we will be focusing on at Cloud Connect in our Private and Hybrid Cloud track, and our Private Cloud workshop. We have a great line up of topics and speakers to help you navigate the road to cloud.  With leaders from OpenStack, Eucalytpus, CloudStack/Citrix, VMware, Cisco, BlueLock  and more we will be drilling down into how to go about building a private/hybrid cloud with today’s tools and services, what’s coming down the road, and how to start now, with an eye towards the future.

In the Building VMware-based Private Clouds session , Neela Jacques (one of our top rated VMware speakers) , will share VMware’s experiences to-date in building clouds, as well as how VMware’s new vision of software defined datacenters can fit into and shape your future plans.

Based on rave reviews from past sessions, we are doing an encore of a rapid fire comparison session, Comparing Cloud Orchestration Stacks, with leading cloud orchestration stack vendors answering ten key questions on their stacks, and then inviting you to dig deeper with them.

On the public vs. private debate/discussion, we have a panel of experts including a cloud stack vendor and service providers, looking at  Hybrid Clouds – Can you Get the Best of Both Cloud Worlds (Public and Private).

And continuing the discussion around orchestration and management, Scott Hammond, VP of strategy, Cloud & Systems Management  from Cisco will leverage his background in service management and discuss  Enabling IT as a Service – Cloud Management and Orchestration.

So join our conversation on what, where, when, who and how, and take home some practical answers on the next stops on your road to cloud.

 
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A blog entry from Cloud Infrastructure Track Chair Bernard Golden.

Many people fail to realize how profoundly cloud computing is transforming the world of computing infrastructure. From the vast farms of servers operating in data centers that run up to 1 million square feet, to the highly automated operational environments that require only a handful of employees to manage over one hundred thousand servers, cloud computing represents a revolution — a disruptive innovation, if you will — to computing infrastructure business-as-usual.

This September, the Infrastructure track at Cloud Connect will provide attendees with real-world examples and deep insights about the new world of cloud computing infrastructure. If you’re at all interested in understanding how the world of IT infrastructure is changing forever, you owe it to yourself to attend the following sessions:

The Future of Data Centers: Hear how Ron Vokoun and Mark Thiele build and operate data centers that run up to 1 million square feet.

Cloud Infrastructure Build Out and Management: Hear two veterans of real-world cloud computing infrastructure discuss best practices — and worst nightmares — of operating cloud computing hardware and software infrastructures

Next-Generation Storage and File Systems: Hear the CEO of SolidFire discuss how SSDs can transform the speed and reliability of cloud storage

Automating Cloud Applications Using Open Source: Colleagues from BrightTag will discuss how they’ve knitted together a number of open source applications and components to help them manage complex cloud environments.

Many conferences offer vague generalities and empty marketing phrases to attendees. The Infrastructure track at Cloud Connect will provide knowledge and insight that you can use to increase your success with cloud computing and help you understand how to make better decisions in your work environment.  Join us by registering today with priority code RFPQCH08 to save $400 on the onsite price of conference passes.

I welcome your attendance and participation in a conversation about what the the future of IT infrastructure looks like.

Bernard Golden

 
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A majority of the cloud related articles that I have read from the end of last year to now, all have a common theme. 2012 is going to be the year of the cloud! I thought 2011 was the year of the cloud. It surely was the most talked about subject within the IT market. As I look back at 2011, the cloud talk was surely just that – talk and I mean that in a good way. Continue Reading »

 
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A post from Lauren Nelson, ROI, TCO, and Cloud Economics Track Chair at Cloud Connect.

Turnin’ it off is when you save — that’s Cloud Economics 101. The truth behind the promised savings comes from its pay-by-usage-without-contract billing model and is exactly what makes cloud a powerful technology. But often this core concept is lost in the evaluation of application fit. If you’re always powering up VMs but rarely powering down, cloud isn’t going to save you money. And this isn’t the only confusion around the cloud economics.

The ROI, TCO, and Cloud Economics track at Cloud Connect seeks to clear the fog by answering your biggest questions around these topics today. Not only will this track touch on Cloud Economics 101, but it will also provide a realistic ROI/TCO model for specific applications, share best practices and mistakes from cloud adopters, unveil lesser known cloud costs, and discuss the organizational challenges involved with creating a chargeback system for internal private cloud environments.

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Nati Shalom, CTO of GigaSpaces, writes about new cloud platforms. 

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Global thought leadership organizations Gartner, IDC, and Merrill Lynch, just to name a few, all concur that cloud technologies, which already constitute a more than $16bn dollar annual market, are only expected to grow and some even predict multiply tenfold by 2015.  With more than 50% of respondents citing business agility as a primary driver for migrating to the cloud (as brought forth in a recent Sand Hill survey of 500 IT decision makers), this is almost an ironic scenario with the silo-oriented approach widely dominating the cloud market today that has spawned a rather cumbersome process for organizations who require quick time-to-market when rolling out new business products.

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Jan.
25
2011

4 Days in the Cloud


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Cloud Connect 2011 is shaping up to be a superb event. As utility computing becomes a tool in the enterprise IT tool chest, we’re adjusting the curriculum. So this year, there’s a focus on performance, measuring and management of clouds — something enterprises demand. There’s more emphasis on cloud security. And there’s a detailed look at how to connect on-premise and on-demand computing resources.

But at the same time that the industry is becoming more mature, there are still many IT professionals who need a foundational understanding of what it means to use clouds. To accommodate this, we’ve also put together a “cloud crash course” pre-conference workshop that tackles many of the fundamental changes that clouds bring about — from throw-away servers, to eventually consistent data, to sharding, to the end of perimeter security.

As with last year, we’ll start with a day of in-depth workshops, and then we’ll have three days of conference sessions and fast-paced, thought-provoking keynotes. Last year, we really pushed the envelope on the main stage, and we’re working hard to bring the same short, packed format this year.

- Alistair Croll
Conference Chair, Cloud Connect

 

 
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