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BI's Cloudy Future


Speaker:

Brian Gentile

President & CEO
Jaspersoft

Track: Hot Topics


Business Intelligence programs have been getting gradually better about delivering on their promise of instant analytics to support business decisions. Today’s BI platforms have more functionality than ever with dashboards, customizable reporting and more data flexibility. Yet only 15% of the knowledge workers who could be using BI are using these new tools. With such low penetration numbers, how intelligent are businesses really becoming? Before any BI initiative can begin improving sales results, optimizing operational expenses or otherwise saving the enterprise, it must be conceived, funded, assembled, configured and deployed. Even if budgets are allocated, businesses may wait months while all the other steps are taken, especially if infrastructure — servers, operating systems, database platforms, BI technology and all the resources needed to support them — isn't configuring and maintaining infrastructure has eased significantly. Because the entire hardware and software cycle is outsourced to a third-party provider — such as Amazon's EC2, Google's App Engine, and solutions from GoGrid and AppNexus — IT units can focus on applications and solutions. They can also ramp up and down quickly, without the delays and costs typically associated with hardware and software acquisition. But while the payoff for delivering BI in the cloud may be obvious, going it alone into the cloud can be challenging. By cooperating with technology partners, developing a fully-functional BI stack — one that's truly affordable — is possible. Jaspersoft's work with other vendors to provide a cloud-based BI platform, available and consumed on demand, demonstrates how collaboration can transform cloud-based services from a pie-in-the-sky idea, to a practical application that's the perfect fit for the current economic environment. This willingness to work together, a deeply engrained aspect of the open source software industry, is the key to a successful cloud.




 
How to Roll Your Own Cloud in 30 Days or Less


Speaker:

Shannon Williams

VP of Business Development
VMops

Track: The Cloud From All Angles


The benefits of private clouds are fairly well documented, but at the end of the day, the best way to gauge the value of this computing model within an enterprise is to jump in and start small. However, starting small doesn't mean sacrificing functionality like elasticity, self service, programmatic access, and automation. In this session, technology visionary and creator of the Java Virtual Machine at Sun Microsystems, Sheng Liang, will discuss how to set-up a small private cloud using commodity infrastructure. He will present the challenges and potential pitfalls associated with rolling your own cloud, and then explain how to evaluate cloud software platforms and select the right servers, storage, hypervisor, and networking infrastructure.




 
Innovation in Cloud Computing Architectures with OpenNebula


Speaker:

Ignacio M. Llorente

Professor
DSA Research Group at UCM

Track: Hot Topics


This session will describe the innovations in cloud management brought by the OpenNebula Cloud Toolkit, a widely used open-source Cloud manager for building private, public and hybrid Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) clouds.




 
A More Secure, Trustworthy Cloud


Speaker:

Charlton Barreto

Principal Architect
Intel

Track: Server, Desktop & Storage Virtualization


Cloud computing allows companies to perform feats of computation that would otherwise have been impossible, or at least prohibitively expensive. However, cloud computing has generally lacked the security features typically required by small and medium-sized enterprises. Likewise, in using public clouds, IT cedes control over key security parameters to the service provider.

Previously, computer network concepts could not easily be realized within the cloud, because the network itself was not virtualized - just the processing and storage - yet recent developments goe some way toward allowing the virtualization of this infrastructure. These technology advances, such as Trusted Boot Chains to enable or disable access to secure networks, Secure Enclaves to isolate process and data access, and IPsec to establish secure connections with data centers, all enable cloud-based resources to enjoy a greater level of security, to the point where integrating them with a local network of servers become feasible.

This session will cover how these models, architectures and technologies enable the integration of remote, virtual resources with both physical and virtual machines in the data center, giving customers the option use public and private clouds securely and scalably. This is part of a larger trend in cloud computing: creating secure connections between real and virtual machines.





 
A Practical Framework for Successful Private Cloud Design


Speaker:

Dave Malcolm

Vice President & Chief Technologist
Quest

Track: Enterprise Cloud Computing


Not all clouds are created equal. A successful private cloud starts with a good design, its form following the key requirements set by business users and IT leadership: for example, sizing available compute infrastructure, defining expected peak and off peak workloads, and creating use cases for business services. This session provides a practical framework to assess principle private cloud requirements and to map those to design elements including infrastructure pooling, resource allocation, and service policies. These proven design patterns serve as the foundation for vendor selection and help to establish metrics for analyzing project success.




 
A Transparent Extension To Your IT Organization


Speaker:

Denis Martin

EVP & Chief Technology Officer
NaviSite

Track: Hot Topics


NaviCloud is a next-generation platform that combines the economic efficiencies of cloud computing with true enterprise-class reliability and security. With built-in high-availability, a state of the art operations center, and a highly-resilient service delivery infrastructure spanning multiple data centers, NaviCloud ensures business continuity. NaviCloud also employs a multi-pronged approach to ensuring and enforcing the security, privacy, and integrity of enterprise applications and data. NaviSite CTO Denis Martin will deep dive into the architecture and the real building blocks of NaviCloud.




 
Addressing Data Privacy, Residency, and Security in the Cloud


Speaker:

Terry Woloszyn

Founder
Leeward Security

Track: Security, Management & Compliance


When adopting Cloud solutions, especially Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), questions regarding data security and governance arise. Depending on your jurisdiction, you may be subject to the recently released EU Data Protection Directive. In the US, you may have to cope with a patchwork of disparate and overlapping regulations, as well as sector-specific requirements such as HIPPA for healthcare, or FISMA and ITAR for public sector-related organizations.

In this session Terry Woloszyn, the Founder/CTO of PerspecSys and a thought leader in Cloud data governance, will present strategies to address data privacy, residency, and security requirements when adopting Cloud solutions. The session will discuss both the technology options available as well as the functional and business value impacts of each strategy. Cloud Expo delegates will come away with a clearer understanding of the decisions surrounding SaaS adoption while remaining compliant with data governance requirements.





 
Advanced Digital Forensics: Finding Malevolence in the Cloud Before it Bursts


Speaker:

Aaron Walters

Vice President of Advanced Security R&D
Terremark Worldwide, Inc.

Track: Management, Performance, Security, & Compliance


Terremark Vice President of Advanced Security R&D AAron Walters will discuss the unique technical challenges and advantages associated with performing digital forensics and incident response in virtualization and cloud environments. The talk will present advanced threats specific to these environments and examine why traditional security/forensic solutions and practices are often inadequate. Attendees will learn from first-hand experience about performing investigations in these environments and how investigators can look into memory (RAM) to find the future.




 
Anatomy of the Blueprint for IT


Speaker:

Brian Sledge

SVP of Solution Architecture & Field Engineering
Adaptivity

Track: The Cloud From All Angles


The “root cause” of IT delivery limitations is directly linked to how systems are designed, built and implemented. In this session a TOGAF Master IT Architect will review the architectural, engineering and operational components that are necessary for creating a complete blueprint for IT that enables organizations to design, build and run optimized Enterprise Cloud Delivery models.

You wouldn’t build a building without a blueprint, right? So why would you build a Cloud for IT without a blueprint?




 
Applying IT Blueprinting Science and Tools


Speaker:

Kurtis Tatum

Chief Infrastructure Architect
Adaptivity

Track: Hot Topics


The “root cause” of IT delivery limitations is directly linked to how systems are designed, built and implemented. This use case driven session will be led by a Master Architect and will demonstrate how to profile business demand, IT supply and operations while incorporating aspects of workload, and IT physics that demonstrate a proven method for balancing business performance with an efficient IT solution.

You wouldn’t build a building without a blueprint, right? So why would you build a Cloud for IT without a blueprint?




 
Beyond Theory: Applications in the Cloud Today


Speakers:

Lew Moorman

President, Cloud & Chief Strategy Officer
Rackspace

and
Michael Crandell

CEO & Co-Founder
RightScale

Track: Enterprise Cloud Computing


As enthusiasm for cloud computing has exploded – so has confusion over the definitions, use cases and practical realities of deploying applications in the cloud today. While the promise of lower IT costs, greater scalability and more flexible computing are hard to ignore, many CTOs and IT managers are finding it increasingly difficult to understand how to take advantage of cloud computing– or even how to get started. Citing real-world case studies, Michael Crandell of RightScale and Lew Moorman of Rackspace will discuss the pragmatics of cloud computing today - what types of applications are best for the cloud (and which aren’t), how to get started, and what steps are already being taken to ensure the cloud's security and stability.




 
Building Applications with Google App Engine


Speaker:

Chris Schalk

Google Developer Advocate
Google

Track: Enterprise Cloud Computing


This session will provide a general overview of Google App Engine technology and how it serves as a Platform as a Service. We will then provide more detailed technical information on how to build Python and Java apps (with an emphasis on Java) and deploy them to the cloud.




 
Case Study: Accelerating Backup and Replication Through Storage Virtualization


Speakers:

Charlie Kraus


Certeon

and
Dwayne McCoy

IT Manager
Boots & Coots

Track: Server, Desktop & Storage Virtualization


Deploying backup and replication operations over a WAN can have a negative impact on data recovery times and network bandwidth utilization. Storage virtualization technologies, such as virtualized iSCSI SANs and virtual appliances for WAN optimization, can eliminate WAN performance issues and reduce network bandwidth requirements.

This session will present a case study of Boots and Coots, a leading global provider of integrated pressure control services for onshore and offshore oil and gas exploration companies. It will cover their lessons learned and successes in deploying storage virtualization to improve data backup and replication performance and lower business continuity costs.





 
Case Study: Platform as a Service Blueprint for Fortune 500 Company


Speaker:

James Houghton


Adaptivity

Track: Performance, Standards, Storage & Hosting


The “root cause” of IT delivery limitations is directly linked to how systems are designed, built and implemented. With the emergence of Enterprise Cloud Computing, making these mistakes will result in even more pain for your business. In this session an award winning CTO will provide an overview of how to build the right Blueprint for building an Enterprise Cloud based on real world experience and lessons from the field, including the transformational aspects of changes to IT Delivery and Execution.

You wouldn’t build a building without a blueprint, right? So why would you build a Cloud for IT without a blueprint?




 
Case Study: ROI Results from Cloud Computing for Supply Chain Companies


Speaker:

Robert Graybill

Director of Innovation
University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute

Track: Performance, Standards, Storage & Hosting


In this session, we will examine the benefits of HPC model based simulation technical computing for four supply chain companies, based on the results from a government funded project in which Cloud Computing was used as a way to lower the barriers of HPC technical computing entry for these small supply chain companies.




 
Closing Power Panel: So, What's Working, What Isn't...And What's Next?


Speakers:

Terry Woloszyn

Founder
Leeward Security

and
Darryl S. Brown

CMO
Appcore

Track: All Tracks






 
Cloud 2.0


Speaker:

Arvid Fossen

Director, Product Management & Marketing
A-Server

Track: Server, Desktop & Storage Virtualization


Cloud 2.0 is a probably the most strong technological evolution in cloud computing. In Cloud 2.0, cloud becomes more than an extra feature in your IT environment, Cloud 2.0 is capable of replacing the full IT infrastructure of your company! Cloud 2.0 renews because it is available sized to everyone's need, from small end user on-site installations up to massive clouds in a datacenter.

This session will highlight some important aspects what Cloud 2.0 should be:

  • It is not about public clouds, but private clouds!
  • How to prevent downtime in your cloud infrastructure
  • How to save energy and bill power to your customers
  • How to create an unbreakbale storage infrastructure under your cloud (forget backup, restore, archive...)
  • How to give control to your customers without losing yours
  • Desktops in the cloud?




 
Cloud Computing and the Enterprise


Speaker:

Maria Azua

VP of Cloud Computing Enablement
IBM

Track: Enterprise Cloud Computing


This session will draw on IBM’s experience working with customers and operating 13 cloud centers world wide to review the conditions under which cloud computing can deliver its promise of flexibility and cost savings in the delivery of IT services to the enterprise. The session will cover the importance of dynamic infrastructures and service management for both public and private clouds, cloud service life cycles and integration between public clouds and enterprise services. Also discussed will be standards required for interoperability between clouds and application scenarios that demonstrate the use of cloud computing in an enterprise context for a smarter planet.




 
Cloud Computing as a Service


Speaker:

Darryl S. Brown

CMO
Appcore

Track: Hot Topics


How does your data center provider impact your customers’ performance? In the session, we will discuss expectations, requirements and needs of a cloud computing infrastructure as it relates to selecting and deploying your customers' applications into a third-party data center or co-location facility. Areas covered will include:
  • Scalability: How power/cooling density and available capacity impact growth
  • Choice: How bandwidth provider access and ecosystem partner connectivity impacts your customers’ application latency
  • Security: Why security and availability matter for customer due diligence
  • Location: Why site location matters to your customers and partners: geography, proximity and redundancy
  • Service: How onsite service and support impacts your customers’ experience





 
Cloud Computing as a Strategy: Enabling IT’s Evolutionary Change


Speaker:

Tim Crawford

CIO

Track: Moving to the Cloud


This session deconstructs cloud computing into the cloud’s true value proposition. Traditional IT operations are buckling under the increased demand from business organizations. A significant change is needed. Game-changing strategies are outlined that IT organizations can leverage to address this increase in demand. A ‘cloud’ framework is detailed and covers specific customer value opportunities and provider market opportunities. Examples are discussed that enable the IT organization for enhanced flexibility and ultimate alignment with the business.




 
Cloud Computing Everywhere: How Are We Going to Manage All of This?


Speaker:

Barry X Lynn

Chairman & CEO
3Tera

Track: Enterprise Cloud Computing


Information Technology is reliable today, largely because of years of investment in management, monitoring and modeling. As the paradigm shift to Cloud Computing occurs, will we still be able to leverage these investments? This session will focus on how the management of IT in the Cloud needs to evolve in order for Cloud to become pervasive and even more reliable that IT is today.




 
Cloud Computing Platforms - Which “aaS” is Right for You?


Speaker:

Max Coburn

Chief Architect
HubSpan

Track: Moving to the Cloud


There's PaaS (Platform as a Service), IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), SaaS (Software as a Service) and a growing number of “aaS” solutions on the market. But which one is right for you and will address your company’s needs? The speakers, IT industry and cloud computing veterans, will take you through the many different “aaS”es on the market today, sorting through the hype and acronyms and giving real world examples of when these consumption models work and when they don’t. This session will also explore the "build vs. buy" decision and when it may be the right time for you to consider outsourcing.




 
Cloud Computing Rules of Thumb and Best Practices


Speakers:

Larry Beck

Sr. Director, Cloud Strategy
Avanade

and
Al Perez

Chief Software Architect
Total Computer

and
Keith Pijanowski

Platform Strategy Advisor
Microsoft's Developer and Platform Evangelism

and
Becca Bushong Meadows

Director, Business Intelligence
Stanley Associates, Inc.

Track: Performance, Standards, Storage & Hosting


Once you get beyond the initial thrill about “Cloud Computing” a few basic questions arise. Attend this session if you want to enjoy a panel immersed in “the cloud” - share lessons on such areas as: what scenarios are logical starting points to consider the cloud; their greatest worry going in and now; notable design considerations; less obvious financial aspects; and their biggest surprise (either good or bad).

Join us and drop your business card for a chance to win Windows 7 Netbooks. Must be present to win!!




 
Cloud Computing? There’s an Audit for That!


Speaker:

Douglas Barbin

Director
SAS 70 Solutions, Inc

Track: Hot Topics


Fear the cloud! That is the conventional thinking of the security industry. Their issue is the uncertainly surrounding virtualization because it is “in the cloud”, and therefore, beyond control. But is that really true? Rather than rehash the cloud computing models as defined by CSA and NIST, this session will break the models down into their tangible and auditable components (networks, servers, applications, third parties, etc). From there, we will discuss different types of assurance solutions available (including SAS 70, PCI, ISO 27001/2, etc.), what companies are doing today, and could be doing better tomorrow.




 
Cloud Mashups: Creating Integrated Cross-Cloud and On-Premise Systems


Speaker:

Michael Heydt

Sr. Manager, Advanced Technologies
SunGard Consulting Services

Track: Hot Topics


Cloud mashups are a new type of application that combines cloud computing services from multiple clouds with your on-premis data and services rapidly into a single service or application. This session will demonstrate practical means of building these new types of applications, focusing on the key issues, specific best practices, and lessons learned for their creation and deployment. We will look at techniques for fusing Azure, EC2, and on-premise data and services using semantic data, cloud-based orchestration and rich Internet client and mobile technologies to rapidly create applications previously not possible with existing enterprise systems.




 
Cloud Standards: Enabling Interoperability and Package Delivery


Speaker:

Diego Parrilla

VP of Product Management
Abiquo

Track: Performance, Standards, Storage & Hosting


A combination of interoperability and portability is the Holy Grail of cloud computing, but is nearly impossible to achieve without standards. Hypervisor vendors give lip service to standardization, but have yet to deliver. Standards enable open source applications, foster competition and innovation.

In this session, we will discuss cloud computing standards, emphasizing interoperability and package delivery using the Open Virtualization Format (OVF). OVF is an open, secure, portable, efficient and extensible format for the packaging and distribution of software to be run in virtual machines. Abiquo applies OVF to effectively manage multiple datacenters in one platform, making it possible to define and replicate deployments in different infrastructures. Vendor to vendor transfers are quick and easy thanks to OVF.





 
Cloud Storage Use Cases – What is Working, What Isn’t?


Speaker:

Chris Schin

Vice President, Products
Zetta

Track: Performance, Standards, Storage & Hosting


Cloud storage promises many benefits, but where does it actually fit? This vendor-neutral session will examine a number of real-world storage use cases and their technical and business requirements. It will then draw some conclusions about which use cases can work and benefit from a cloud storage environment and what features are necessary to insure a good fit.




 
CMO’s Toolkit: Harnessing Facebook using Cloud Computing


Speakers:

Jeff Barnes

Architect Evangelist
Microsoft

and
Jim Zimmerman

Developer, ASP.NET MVP
Thuzi

Track: Enterprise Cloud Computing


How do you tap the social media sites in a way that reaches repeat customers, ensures a consistent user experience yet internally has the peace of mind regarding the customer data, scalability, and ease of development?

Join us to learn how Thuzi has created a repeatable approach. For example, a whopping 540k people signed in just 4 weeks for an Outback Steakhouse “Blooming Onion” promotion. As many as 35,000 Facebook fans signed up per day.





 
Collaboration in the Cloud with GoogleApps and Cordys


Speaker:

Catherine Minter

President
Cordys Americas

Track: The Cloud From All Angles


From internal collaboration to supplier and customer interactions, enterprises are discovering new ways of increasing productivity, process accountability, and connecting those challenging "white spaces" that exist between processes, ERP, andd legacy systems. Consider how you can embark on quick-win opportunities that provide a demonstrable ROI, and address a complex or often broken process. For example, see how you can integrate your mail, desktop applications, and legacy systems/data with Google Apps and the Cordys Process Factory.




 
Compliance and Customer Ownership in the Cloud


Speaker:

Brett Thomas

CTO
Vindicia

Track: Management, Performance, Security, & Compliance


The advent of cloud computing has changed how companies market, sell, provision and deploy new services. However, one of the less understood issues in this environment, especially for those dependent on automatic payments (credit cards), is the idea of compliance and the parallel issue of customer ownership. How do you manage your services, and by extension your customers, if you don't own the infrastructure on which they reside? And if credit cards are a part of your payment landscape, then PCI compliance is a necessity, not an option.

In this session, Vindicia CTO Brett Thomas will draw on his first-hand experiences relating to cloud-based compliance and highlight some of the technical and business process requirements that underlie these concepts.





 
CTO Power Panel - Has Enterprise IT Changed Forever and for Always?


Speakers:

Brian E. Boruff

VP of Cloud Computing & Software Services
CSC

and
Mark Rivington

Vice President of Technology
Nimsoft

and
David Movshovitz

CTO
Navajo Systems

and
Jason Lochhead

CTO of Hosting Services
Terremark Worldwide, Inc.

and
Ken Owens

VP of Security & Virtualization Technologies
Savvis

Track: All Tracks


Moderated by Jeremy Geelan

This fast-moving industry discussion panel will answer such questions as:
  • What are the technical advantages – and disadvantages – of moving to the Cloud?
  • Is there an optimal mix of traditional IT and cloud computing?
  • What tools are necessary to deliver on the promise of cloud computing in the enterprise?
  • How close are we to achieving Secure Cloud Computing
  • What are the plusses and minuses of public clouds, private clouds and hybrid cloud solutions?
  • Should developers care about Cloud Computing?
  • Is there a simple way to compare the performance, security and quality of various cloud computing providers?
  • How important is Open Source to the future of the Cloud?
  • How about standards, how far along are we there? Are clouds interoperable yet? If not, should they be?
  • What's really involved when moving an application from your enterprise data center to the cloud?
  • How does latency change when applications are moved to the cloud?
  • What services or capabilities can real-world enterprises expect to see in the Software-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service and Infrastructure-as-a-Service layers?
  • What other new cloud technologies are coming over the horizon?




 
Customer-side Encryption of Sensitive SaaS Application Data


Speaker:

Dan Gross

Co-Founder
Navajo Systems

Track: Management, Performance, Security, & Compliance


Data security is the leading factor hindering SaaS adoption by enterprises. This session describes a unique method of protecting sensitive enterprise data in SaaS environments, eliminating SaaS-related data security and regulatory concerns. Without SaaS application modification, and without affecting application functionality, this method transparently encrypts all sensitive SaaS application before it ever leaves the enterprise. All sensitive data is thus stored and processed by the SaaS provider’s servers in an encrypted state. End users are unaware of this process, yet their data is completely unreadable (and therefore meaningless) when stored at the SaaS provider: database theft and identity theft become harmless, and regulatory compliance is ensured.




 
DaaS Cloud: Lining your Cloud with Data


Speaker:

Cameron Purdy

Vice President of Development
Oracle

Track: Moving to the Cloud


Organizations embracing Cloud Computing are quickly realizing how Data Grid technology can solve many of the challenges associated from running applications on distributed shared infrastructure across the globe. From hosting data as a service, sharing application state across applications, parallel processing of transactions, events and messages, Data Grids provide the perfect combination of extensibility, reliability and performance needed to meet the demands of Cloud Computing. This session will map the evolution of Data Grid technology and how it is being successfully integrated into Cloud Computing.




 
Day Three Keynote: An Open Cloud Ecosystem: the Gathering Storm


Speaker:

Pete Malcolm

CEO
Abiquo

Track: All Tracks


The last decade saw the growth of Virtualization from its humble beginnings as a developer tool to its increasing adoption in data centers worldwide. It dramatically improved resilience, scalability, portability and utilization, and became one of the key foundations of the Cloud.

But the story is only just beginning...

Join Pete Malcolm, CEO Abiquo, for this vendor-neutral keynote, where you will learn about the next chapter in the Virtualization story. What it is, what it means, why open standards are key, and most importantly, how it will revolutionize the way your organization manages IT.




 
Day Two Keynote: The Science of Doing Business in the Clouds


Speaker:

Tony Bishop

Founder & CEO
Adaptivity

Track: All Tracks


Workloads manifest the demand of the business from applications and services. These workloads have common patterns and known qualities, as do the applications and infrastructure deployment models that support them. During this Cloud Expo Day Two Keynote, Tony Bishop will describe Adaptivity’s systematic and prescriptive approach that combines Fit-for-Purpose infrastructure technologies and management capabilities in order to create the optimal economics, environment and autonomics needed for the business to leverage cloud services.




 
Defining Enterprise-Class Cloud Computing: Managed Cloud Services


Speaker:

Claudine Bianchi

Chief Marketing Officer
NaviSite

Track: All Tracks


Anticipated cost efficiencies associated with technologies, such as virtualization and automation, have driven early interest in cloud computing. Before making the leap to move their critical application workloads to cloud, however, enterprises require a higher threshold of management, support, reliability, and security. This session will examine enterprise requirements for cloud computing, while defining the concept of managed cloud service and how it is going to address those key concerns. We will also introduce NaviSite’s Managed Cloud Services offering and discuss our unique resource-based pricing model which provides enterprises flexibility to pay as you go yet give them full control on predictability on usage of those resources.




 
Designing a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure for Performance & Reliability


Speaker:

Dave Stark

Virtualization Competency Lead
EMC Consulting

Track: Server, Desktop & Storage Virtualization


A virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) breaks the physical bonds between information and desktop hardware enabling IT staff to change, update and deploy components independently. In this session Cloud delegates will learn the central principles of design and architecture, including:
  • Network resilience and WAN optimization
  • Storage performance and sizing considerations
  • Deployment options and security considerations for VMware View
  • Interaction and dependencies between VMware View and both the storage and network infrastructure.
At the end of this session, delegates will be able to identify the security considerations in the VMware View infrastructure and application traffic; estimate the bandwidth requirements needed for a virtual desktop environment now that desktop traffic will be originating from the data center, instead of a campus or branch office; and design a topology and understand redundancy considerations for the SAN environment




 
Desktop as a Cloud Service: Dynamic End User Computing Environments


Speaker:

Scott Burgess

Director for EMC Global Services
EMC Corporation

Track: Server, Desktop & Storage Virtualization


This session will discuss new solutions to the challenges in today's desktop operational environments and the opportunities for IT to enable the enterprise knowledge worker by reducing time to market and lowering TCO. Areas of focus for this discussion will begin with an outlook on IT's evolving role in today's service aligned cloud based delivery models.




 
Directions in Physical Infrastructure for the Cloud


Speaker:

Hal Stern


Track: Enterprise Cloud Computing


The cloud promises immediate and limitless scale across all types of applications. This raises practical questions about system utilization, capacity planning and performance issues related to the widespread usage of virtual servers and storage. How will the cloud mitigate requirements for applications needing real-time responsiveness, extreme transaction processing, event processing and continuous availability? This session will discuss the experience gained from research and development from Sun Microsystems' cloud program and the new types of systems that must be created to power the new generation of cloud implementations




 
DoD Cloud Computing Advances Cloud


Speaker:

Kevin L. Jackson

Engineering Fellow
GovCloud Network

Track: Management, Performance, Security, & Compliance


The Defense Information Systems Agency, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency and even the Central Intelligence Agency have all publicly announced their intent to use cloud computing in form or another. The session will examine the specific projects and mission goals that are driving this important trend.




 
DOM Virtualization


Speaker:

Mike Samuel

Software Engineer
Google

Track: Server, Desktop & Storage Virtualization


The same-origin security model which governs how code running in-browser interacts with sensitive data is breaking down. This session will show how various alternative security models virtualize the DOM and network to allow web applications to embed third-party code safely and efficiently, while smoothing over platform idiosyncracies.




 
Elastic Scalability – A Distributed Database in the Cloud


Speaker:

Brian Clark

Vice President, Product Management
Objectivity

Track: Hot Topics


There is much talk about elastic scalability in cloud computing. This may be true in terms of processing, it is not so easy with traditional databases. This session will show how an alternative database architecture can truly scale in the cloud while giving a single logical view across all data.




 
Empowering the Cloud Ecosystem


Speaker:

Michael Ferris

Director of Product Strategy, Cloud Computing
Red Hat

Track: Moving to the Cloud


Interest in cloud computing has been growing rapidly over the past year, with the advent of both new technologies and innovative business models. With many enterprises looking to deploy cloud solutions, there is a growing need for a comprehensive ecosystem of both service and technology providers to properly enable the cloud.

Only by marrying the technical, business, and legal dynamics of cloud computing across a robust ecosystem will enterprises be able to achieve the reduced costs and increased operational efficiency at the scale that can be delivered by the cloud. This presentation will illustrate both the requirements as well as a strategy for building a robust open cloud ecosystem that will stay true to the promise of cloud computing and reinforce the value that open source is already bringing to the enterprise.





 
Enterprise Application Security on the Cloud – Watertight


Speaker:

Emma Pudney

EVP, Product Strategy & Development
Virtual Ark

Track: Security, Management & Compliance


This session is targeted at CIOs and Infrastructure Managers. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) presents a range of new security challenges and traditional solutions are not optimal. Delegates will leave this session with an understanding of the key security concerns with IaaS deployments and alternative technology and process approaches to address them. The result will be insights into how to manage security for highly scalable cloud environments to support critical business applications.




 
Enterprise Security, Privacy and Data Compliance in Cloud Computing


Speaker:

Rohit Bhardwaj

Principal Software Engineer
Kronos

Track: Security, Management & Compliance


Data integrity, security, recovery, privacy and regulatory compliance are most important attributes for enterprise cloud implementation. Enterprise customers ask for transparency in how the vendors will provide security programs. Many question need to be asked for any cloud implementation to policy makers, architects, coders and testers. This session will explore data security and storage, privacy and data compliance issues. We will explore the security management in cloud. The session is aimed at anyone from CEO to developer who is going to implement the enterprise cloud.




 
Essential IaaS Security


Speaker:

Glenn Brunette

Distinguished Engineer & Chief Security Architect
Sun Microsystems

Track: Security, Management & Compliance


In this session, Cloud Expo delegates will learn essential concerns, best practices and techniques to help better maximize the security posture of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) deployments. The session will feature specific architectural models, configuration ideas, and deployment techniques that will help reinforce your services from attack.




 
Five Steps to Sanity: Methodologies for Finding Your Best Cloud Source


Speaker:

Carl Meadows


The Planet

Track: Management, Performance, Security, & Compliance


There are few technologies that have cast as many promises and bombarded as many news outlets as the ever-present “cloud.” Companies are attaching the moniker to far too many new products, creating fear, uncertainty and doubt in the minds of those evaluating their options. Bottom line: All clouds aren’t the same, and adoption hasn’t begun to lay claim to 1.0 adoption criteria.

In this session, Carl Meadows offers a comprehensive five-step and easy-to-follow methodology for choosing the right cloud platform for your business. From profiling your applications, to clearly articulating a capacity plan, defining security requirements and even hybrid options, he will provide the resources, considerations and questions companies should ask to be fully informed.

The interactive discussion delivers advice and take-aways about the direction in making “the” cloud decision.





 
Future of the Data Center


Speaker:

David Yen

EVP & GM, Fabric & Switching Technologies Group
Juniper Networks

Track: Performance, Standards, Storage & Hosting


Today's data centers stand at the epicenter of powerful technological and economic trends. Cloud computing, together with processing, storage, security and software technologies that make it possible, are already straining the capabilities of legacy data center networks. It can be daunting to interconnect a growing number of virtual and physical devices while trying to simplify the network to manage these resources at scale. Management complexity increases exponentially as more devices are added. The era of legacy data center architectures is ending. Just as other areas of the data center have evolved to meet the demands of an Internet-enabled world, the time has come for networks to take a significant leap forward into cloud computing.

By rethinking traditional legacy approaches and preparing for the advent of cloud computing, it is possible for IT organizations to build data center networks that offer greater economies of scale, improved application service levels, simpler management and lower costs. IT organizations can take decisive steps today that drive businesses closer to the promise of tomorrow. The session will outline what steps organizations must take now to meet the current and future data center challenges at hand.





 
General Session: Building the Cloud Blueprint for Enterprise IT


Speaker:

Tony Bishop

Founder & CEO
Adaptivity

Track: All Tracks


The “root cause” of IT delivery limitations is directly linked to how systems are designed, built and implemented. Designing and implementing Cloud in an Enterprise requires a multi-dimensional design approach. In this session an Industry pioneer will walk through how to create a tailored Cloud blueprint for their Enterprise IT.

You wouldn’t build a building without a blueprint, right? So why would you build a Cloud for IT without a blueprint?




 
General Session: Continuous Business Transformation: The Cloud Value Chain


Speaker:

Catherine Minter

President
Cordys Americas

Track: All Tracks


Rising from the ashes of this unprecedented economic upheaval, leading enterprises are fundamentally rethinking the way they do business. By transforming their business processes in the cloud, they expect to improve all of their Key Performance Indicators by an order of magnitude all at once. They are also fortifying their value chains through collaboration in these business clouds, to create extreme ecosystem gravitational pull for clients, suppliers and partners. This session focuses on enterprise case studies which point to the real value of leveraging the business cloud as a change agent for creating and launching new products quickly, catalyzing process innovation and agility, competing on a global scale; and collaborating with multi-tier customers/suppliers -- galvanizing ecosystem-wide continuous business transformation. Moreover, it will arm participants with a set of immediate questions to assess their enterprises' readiness for the extreme competition that the Cloud will create.




 
General Session: Deploy an Enterprise Private Cloud in Less Than 30 Days with Surgient


Speaker:

Brian Wilson

Director of Cloud Services
Quest

Track: All Tracks


Join Brian Wilson, Surgient VP of Services & Support, in this 30-minute session, as he shares his insights on how to leverage your existing infrastructure to create a private cloud in less than 30 days with Surgient. As the leader in enterprise cloud automation software, Surgient leverages leading virtualization and systems management technologies to automate the deployment and management of complex, user-centric IT services. Through a patented, just-in-time self-service approach, administrators and users access dynamic resource pools (clouds) on-demand and through guaranteed reservations. Using Surgient, world-class companies are reducing capital costs, increasing operational efficiency, improving compliance and driving overall business agility.




 
General Session: Eliminate Vendor Lock-in with Next-Generation Virtualization Management


Speaker:

Pete Malcolm

CEO
Abiquo

Track: All Tracks


Virtualization is one of the key foundations of the Cloud, but many enterprises are finding the rapid growth in the number of virtual machines extremely difficult to manage. Far from reducing provisioning times and improving utilization, many organizations have found that “virtualization sprawl” has reduced the effectiveness of their IT infrastructure teams, and failed to make anticipated cost savings. Furthermore, vendor lock-in has resulted in the artificially high expense of maintaining virtualized environments.

Join Pete Malcolm, CEO Abiquo, to learn how next generation virtualization management can completely eliminate vendor lock-in, substantially reduce provisioning times, realize utilization goals and ultimately achieve the cost savings promised by the virtualization ideal.





 
General Session: Microsoft's Cloud Services Approach


Speaker:

Yousef A. Khalidi

Distinguished Engineer
Microsoft

Track: All Tracks


Twenty million businesses and over a billion people use Microsoft cloud services, and many of the Microsoft products that we know and trust are available in the cloud. Like SQL. Office. And Windows. This session will discuss Microsoft's cloud computing vision and investments. Yousef Khalidi, Distinguished Engineer and lead architect for Windows Azure, will outline Microsoft’s cloud strategy and portfolio, then he will discuss the benefits to customers and partners such as business agility, and the array of choice from on-premise into the cloud. Khalidi will also detail the Windows Azure platform pillars, and how they fit into Microsoft’s cloud computing initiatives.




 
General Session: PaaS is the Remedy for the VM Hangover


Speakers:

Mohamad Afshar

VP of Product Management
Oracle

and
William Dettelback

Principal Product Manager
Oracle

Track: All Tracks


Virtualized hardware is all the rage in enterprise IT. However, is a purely virtualization-focused, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) approach really the right one for enterprises and government? What’s becoming clear is that virtualization is but one piece of a much bigger strategy for fast, self-service deployment and ultra-efficient operations, referred to as “platform as a service” (PaaS). PaaS leverages a wider set of middleware capabilities to enable application deployment in minutes rather than days and reduces operational costs by up to 90%. This general session will compare and contrast the IaaS and PaaS approaches, discussing architectural and operational considerations for PaaS using examples of best practices. It's a must-attend session for anyone considering building a private cloud.




 
General Session: Storm Clouds - Disruptive Technologies Creating the "New Normal"


Speaker:

Sam Gross

VP of Global IT Outsourcing Solutions
Unisys

Track: All Tracks


As much as information technology has changed in the last 10 years, the next decade promises even more significant change. And as cloud technology becomes more prevalent, IT enterprises will be driven to reconsider the status quo around just about everything we know, including Physical Infrastructure, Virtualization, Automation, Service Management, and Security.

Cloud technology and virtualization of virtually everything means rethinking the economic models around physical infrastructure, the emergence of a new class of providers as well as a greater degree of standardization around virtualized OS & Middleware configurations. There are increasing expectations from consumers of data center services - instant provisioning & de-provisioning, just for openers. And with a new generation of workers that expect anytime, anywhere access to corporate data, securing your data outside of your data center walls has become a greater business imperative albeit far more difficult. In this session, Cloud Expo delegates will learn what you need to consider to ensure your enterprise’s foray into cloud computing successfully and securely meets the needs of your enterprise, today and tomorrow.





 
General Session: The Cloud’s Not the Revolution: Cloud Usage Is


Speaker:

Duke Skarda

CTO
SoftLayer

Track: All Tracks


Today it’s hard to read any technology news that doesn’t include an emerging technology or new products with the cloud moniker attached. We’ve gone from the vague to absurd, so it’s no wonder technology professionals and IT teams are concerned. Coupled with confusing facts about saving time and money, the marketplace has hit a frenetic scale in deciding how to adopt cloud at virtually any level.

The Planet’s Duke Skarda takes a contrarian point of view to help his audience discern the differences by previewing the ‘real’ adoption curve. He’ll look at ‘silver bullets’ from days past and underscore where cloud adoption makes sense, accompanied by use cases that support his theories.

The audience will learn to evaluate cloud decisions, decide what makes sense for their respective companies and set a path for evaluating opportunities.




 
General Session: Third-Generation Outsourcing Is Here!


Speaker:

Marty Gauvin

Founder, President & CEO
Virtual Ark

Track: All Tracks


Third Generation outsourcing is here! First Generation was "your mess for less"; Second Generation is strategic or selective sourcing, including hosting. Third Generation Outsourcing, as a result of the emergence of Cloud Computing, stands to materially revolutionize and challenge traditional outsourcing models like no previous models have. The Cloud also delivers an opportunity for the wider adoption of existing enterprise applications in a SaaS model.

In this general session Marty Gauvin - Founder, President & CEO of Virtual Ark - will challenge your traditional views of outsourcing, cloud security, SaaS and adoption of public cloud services by Fortune 1000 companies globally.





 
Getting from SaaS to $aa$ -- Show Me the Money!


Speaker:

Tien Tzuo

CEO
Zuora

Track: The Cloud From All Angles


The next wave of Internet innovation is coming with cloud-based business models. Interested in best practices to monetize cloud-based services? Learn how to manage, scale and grow subscription businesses with online billing & payments solutions, revealed in lessons learned from Tien Tzuo. It's time to start thinking about how to grow and monetize, bringing the next generation of subscription businesses to the consumer market. Consider it - manual billing systems use valuable employee time better spend on product development. The new face of Web-based business models support innovation and changes to company pricing plans, allowing for flexibility and quick implementation.




 
Hardware vs. Amazon EC2 Cloud - Performance in the Cloud


Speaker:

Ron Warshawsky

CTO
Enteros

Track: Management, Performance, Security, & Compliance


This session will report on the capability of the Public Cloud to support operational performance of a typical Web-based SME application. Our tests will reveal:
    1. Cloud infrastructures can support similar (and in certain casess even higher) rates of throughput for business transactions and information retrieval requests compared to the infrastructure based on physical hardware for a typical web application of average intensity;

    2. Cloud infrastructure database components consumed more CPU (but still remained fairly low), though CPU load on application servers was comparable to the load in the lab environment; and 3. Memory consumption seems more optimal in a cloud environment although network bandwidth consumption is negligible in both environments





 
Hosting Your Applications in a Cloud


Speaker:

Michael A. Salsburg

Lead Architect for Unisys Cloud Engineering
Unisys

Track: Performance, Standards, Storage & Hosting


This session will discuss a critical question that arises when considering hosting applications in the cloud: What are the attributes that attract applications to public clouds? Why implement private clouds? When is it appropriate to use both in a Hybrid Cloud approach? Can legacy applications be moved unchanged to the cloud or do they have to be re-written as Web 2.0 apps? What are the implications regarding the application data migration? How will latency change when applications are moved to the cloud? What about Identity and Access Management? How will data be secured between cloud tenants?

If you are considering migrating your applications to the cloud, you will be interested in these and other issues, so bring your own questions with you!





 
Hosting your Applications in a Cloud


Speaker:

Michael A. Salsburg

Lead Architect for Unisys Cloud Engineering
Unisys

Track: Performance, Standards, Storage & Hosting


This session will discuss a critical question that arises when considering hosting applications in the cloud: What are the attributes that attract applications to public clouds? Why implement private clouds? When is it appropriate to use both in a Hybrid Cloud approach? Can legacy applications be moved unchanged to the cloud or do they have to be re-written as Web 2.0 apps? What are the implications regarding the application data migration? How will latency change when applications are moved to the cloud? What about Identity and Access Management? How will data be secured between cloud tenants?

If you are considering migrating your applications to the cloud, you will be interested in these and other issues, so bring your own questions with you!





 
How Cloud Computing *Improves* Security


Speaker:

Scott C. Sanchez

Security & Privacy Officer
ScaleUp

Track: Security, Management & Compliance


We are constantly bombarded with articles and presentations about the security risks in cloud computing and why organizations need to be concerned about them as they consider a move. The truth is that organizations DO need to be concerned about security – but they needn’t be paralyzed by fear. In fact, the heightened concern we’re seeing has actually become a spur to action and has begun to drive cloud security to a whole new level. This session will focus on the key areas where a successful migration to cloud computing can actually improve security and reduce risk, and address some of the major issues to account for before and during that migration.




 
How Cloud Computing *Improves* Security


Speaker:

Scott C. Sanchez

Security & Privacy Officer
ScaleUp

Track: Security, Management & Compliance


We are constantly bombarded with articles and presentations about the security risks in cloud computing and why organizations need to be concerned about them as they consider a move. The truth is that organizations DO need to be concerned about security – but they needn’t be paralyzed by fear. In fact, the heightened concern we’re seeing has actually become a spur to action and has begun to drive cloud security to a whole new level. This session will focus on the key areas where a successful migration to cloud computing can actually improve security and reduce risk, and address some of the major issues to account for before and during that migration.




 
How To "Think Cloud"


Speaker:

Steve Riley

Technical Leader, Office of the CTO
Riverbed Technology

Track: Enterprise Cloud Computing


Cloud computing radically alters our thinking about IT. Public cloud service providers offer several benefits over in-house data centers, including so-called "private" clouds. Scarcity evaporates as on-demand resources appear infinite, servers morph into disposable horsepower, and backups lose their fragility.

Eliminating the need to own information processing assets helps improve economics by removing requirements of meeting certain guaranteed cash flows to recoup sunk costs. Security and control remain possible because they now derive not from ownership and location but from contracts, standards, and confidentiality and integrity protection. The system administrator role evolves from server caretaker into one that's more aligned with the dynamics of the business and helps the organization add capacity as business needs dictate.

Join Steve Riley, technical evangelist from Amazon Web Services, as we explore together how to think cloud and maximize the outcome of your investment in public cloud services.





 
Identity and Access Management: Abandoning the Burden by Embracing the Cloud


Speaker:

Eric Z. Maass

Enterprise Security Solutions Director
Lighthouse Security Group

Track: The Cloud From All Angles


Identity and Access Management (IAM) is a complex challenge faced by organizations world-wide, and the introduction of cloud applications threatens to further exasperate the matter. IAM solutions have recently emerged that use the public cloud to achieve deep cost reductions without diluting performance. This track will discuss the fundamentals of Identity and Access Management in your on-premise and cloud-based hybrid application ecosystem. Discussing the core challenges that face every organization, such as SSO, Access Controls, Identity Provisioning, and Federation, this session will take a deeper look into the components of a comprehensive IAM system. Specifically addressing the extension of IAM to the Cloud and identity integration with SaaS partners, the session will share critical information required to achieve powerful ROI while avoiding pitfalls and hype that may compromise your organization’s security.




 
Identity in the Cloud - Finding Calm in the Storm


Speaker:

Patrick Harding

CTO
Ping Identity

Track: Moving to the Cloud


Enterprises are asking their architects to create and enact plans for the future, in a time when protocols are proliferating, services are moving to the cloud, and perimeter security has been left behind. It is a time of change - can the chaos be made to serve you rather than the other way around? The best solutions will minimize application change, maximize business flexibility, and monetize the benefit of cloud services. In this session Ping Identity CTO Patrick Harding will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of today's technology and third-party service options and give insight into the future trends on the horizon.




 
Impact of Social Media on Performance in the Cloud


Speaker:

Dan Bartow

Vice President and Cloud Evangelist
SOASTA, Inc.

Track: Management, Performance, Security, & Compliance


Companies are becoming increasingly proficient at cross-platform marketing. In particular, using social media sites, such as Twitter, Facebook and MySpace, in conjunction with traditional media, to drive traffic to websites. If done well, when the users from all of these sources converge on a site there's an inevitable spike in traffic, often supercharged by leveraging social media. For example, Denny's promotion during the Super Bowl increased traffic to their site 1700%. Slashdotting, massive and often unforeseen increases in traffic as the result of getting linked from a popular site such as Drudge Report or Digg, is another example of the impact of social media. These are great opportunities for the recipient of the traffic, if they can handle it.

The elasticity of the Cloud is one of the most effective ways to handle these dramatic swings. But simply throwing more servers at a problem is rarely the solution, and the same is true of scaling in the Cloud. In this session, attendees will learn how to make architectural decisions for their online applications that set the stage for performance and scalability when deploying in the Cloud to handle unforeseen spikes. We'll cover everything from the underlying technology choices (such as the use of Flash vs. HTML5), the infrastructure and typical breaking points to the ongoing operations of measuring performance.





 
Innovation in Cloud Computing Architectures with OpenNebula


Speaker:

Ignacio M. Llorente

Professor
DSA Research Group at UCM

Track: Management, Performance, Security, & Compliance


In this session Professor Llorente will describe the innovations in cloud management brought by the OpenNebula Cloud Toolkit. This widely used open-source Cloud manager fits into existing data centers to build private, public and hybrid Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Clouds.

Most of its innovative features have been developed to address requirements from business use cases in RESERVOIR, flagship of European research initiatives in virtualized infrastructures and cloud computing. The innovations comprise support for elastic multi-tier services; flexible and scalable back-end for virtualization, storage and networking management; and support for Cloud federation and interoperability. The session will end with an introduction to the community and ecosystem evolving around OpenNebula and its contributions to ongoing standardization efforts in Cloud Computing.





 
Integrating Cloud Technologies into the Enterprise Data Center


Speaker:

Charles T. Watt

Founder & CTO
Racemi

Track: Moving to the Cloud


This session will look at integrating private and public cloud technologies with the enterprise data center. It will cover current best practices and attempt to answer some common questions. What is actually available for implementing your own private cloud? What use cases make sense today for a private enterprise cloud? How best to move your existing applications into the private cloud? Forget the hype, what is really available from public cloud vendors? Are there any use cases that make sense for the public cloud? For a hybrid private/public cloud? Can they even be implemented? What can we expect in the future for private and public clouds?




 
Into the Cloud with Digital Trust


Speaker:

Ron Knode

Director of Global Security Solutions
CSC

Track: Management, Performance, Security, & Compliance


What prevents an enterprise scale explosion in cloud processing that matches the individual and SMB growth patterns that have already been recorded? What stops important government and commercial mission-essential applications and services from being confidently migrated to the cloud in a style that captures the biggest possible payoff?

For CSC, the answer lies in restoring visibility into and through the cloud, and delivering a technique that can reclaim transparency even as services are being delivered through cloud processing. That technique includes a capability to reclaim transparency into and through the cloud within a broader set of Orchestration Core services. The CloudTrust Protocol (CTP) was created to help make visible the evidence of trustworthy processing that each cloud can provide. The CTP provides a method to request and receive information about the elements of transparency across cloud services. The CloudTrust Protocol itself extends the NIST/DOD sponsored Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) as a packaging and expression technique for some of the elements of transparency. With a CloudTrust Protocol service (known as Transparency Service), decisions about degrees of trust in cloud processing are placed back in the hands of the users, and they once again can have the evidence and items of assurance they need to move more and more functions into more and more powerful cloud processing delivery models. This is digital trust in the cloud.

This session will include a discussion of how this transparency is reclaimed, and concludes with a brief demonstration scenario so the attendees can get a sense of what such transparency will look like and how it can make a difference in cloud usage.





 
Introducing the Virtual Private Data Center - Enterprise Cloud Delivered


Speaker:

Ken Owens

VP of Security & Virtualization Technologies
Savvis

Track: The Cloud From All Angles


For a cloud to be considered enterprise, it must provide a high-availability solution that accounts for every aspect of an Enterprise IT Infrastructure environment, from development to production including provisioning and maintenance of servers, network, storage, security and software. The value of the enterprise cloud solution is simple: It enables businesses to adapt to the rapidly changing economic and technological environment with speed, excellence and efficiency while reducing the total cost of ownership. This session will introduce the Virtual Private Data Center concept, which provides the high-availability infrastructure, management, support, and multiple levels of QoS required to optimize the delivery of mission-critical applications in the enterprise cloud.




 
Introduction to Private Cloud Computing – An Access Story


Speaker:

Rick German

Co-Founder & CEO
Stoneware

Track: Security, Management & Compliance


In this session delegates will learn why Stoneware's “Private Cloud Computing” takes an access approach to cloud computing. webNetwork helps organizations transition from a client-centric to a centralized web computing environment. Without application development, organizations can easily plug their web, Windows, and hosted applications into the private cloud. Users connecting to the private cloud will be presented with a virtual web desktop that delivers all of their applications, services, documents, and data from ANYwhere, using ANY device. The session will include a live product demonstration.




 
Investing in Cloud Computing


Speaker:

Joel Fishbein


Lazard Capital Markets

Track: Moving to the Cloud


Cloud Computing is disrupting traditional software business models by changing how IT service gets delivered, as it enables a new paradigm in ubiquitous computing and the delivery of "enterprise class" software and services through the Internet.

As companies search for ways to eliminate costs, reduce the complexity of their IT environments, and improve efficiency in their data centers, Cloud Computing will likely continue to gain prominence. Unlike other major technology industry shifts, such as the shift from Mainframe Computing to Client Server computing, which required massive investment, the Cloud Computing paradigm requires little incremental infrastructure spend, as enterprise computing can be provisioned over the Internet.

In light of this shift, this session will examine the current competitive and market landscape, and assess emerging trends affecting the Cloud Computing market. We also present a synopsis of current trends in Cloud Computing and its relation to the current capital markets environment.





 
Let's Get Unphysical!


Speaker:

Robert Grapes

Chief Technologist
Cloakware

Track: Management, Performance, Security, & Compliance


How will your internal controls over financial reporting be affected by virtualization? Will you be able to prove that the application running in your cloud today is the same application that was running there yesterday? While the benefits of virtualization are clear and measurable, what isn't so clear are the security ramifications of deploying critical application infrastructure in a virtual environment. Security conversations today are focused on mapping the current known security techniques to the virtual environment. This session will explore appropriate security techniques - control flow and data transformations, debugging resilience and software-based key and algorithm protection techniques.




 
Lunchtime Power Panel - Who's Doing What (and Where) with Cloud Computing?


Speakers:

Rex Wang

VP Product Marketing
Oracle

and
Eric Z. Maass

Enterprise Security Solutions Director
Lighthouse Security Group

and
Pankaj Mittal

CTO
Impetus

and
Jeff Echols

Director of Cloud Strategy
CommVault

and
Dave Murphy

Sr. VP of Strategic Partners
SOASTA, Inc.

Track: All Tracks


All the main buzzwords that have been making the rounds over past few years - ASP, SaaS, SOA, Virtualization, Grid Computing, Enterprise 2.0, etc. - have somehow been transmogrified into the single term "Cloud Computing."

We all know how Amazon took the lead in introducing AWS (Amazon Web Services) way back in 2003, then brought in Storage as a Service concept via S3 (Simple Shared Storage). It also introduced EC2 (Elastic Computing Cloud), where Infrastructure as a Service became viable. But what about the other 249 players in the fast-emerging Cloud ecosystem? What are their specialties? What are the newcomers offering? And what about older vendors like IBM? How do the “pure cloud” vendors like Google, Amazon, and SalesForce.com differ from everyone else? What are the lingering unresolved issues - and who is working on solving them?





 
Making Apps Mobile – Destination Private, Public or Hybrid Clouds


Speaker:

Greg O'Connor

President & CEO
AppZero

Track: Hot Topics


Learn how to leverage a core asset of business – the application. By making applications mobile they can run in any cloud, move at the speed of the network and be provisioned from a single “gold” image to multiple destinations. In this session we will see a Virtual Application Appliance (VAA) can give ultimate control back to the business, enabling you to run your applications when and where you want.




 
Making Sense of Cloud Service Management


Speaker:

Mark Rivington

Vice President of Technology
Nimsoft

Track: Performance, Standards, Storage & Hosting


Unless you have been living on Mars for the last 2 years, cloud computing has become a familiar term. As with all new technologies, adoption of the technology tends to lag behind the expectation and promise of value by quite a margin of time and usually for good reason. In the case of cloud computing one of the overriding and sensible reasons for delay is the assessment and mitigation of risk in the area of service assurance. What will happen to my service if I start using public cloud offerings? How will I reassure my customers and internal users that service will not be affected?

This session looks at the predominant cloud computing service types (IaaS, SaaS and PaaS) and characterizes the shift in management responsibility that comes with adoption of each type. It also suggests some best practices, as used by early adopters, in how to monitor services delivered through cloud computing deployments.





 
Managing Complex IT in a Cloudy, Virtual World


Speaker:

Kent Erickson

VP of Product Management
Zenoss

Track: The Cloud From All Angles


This session will explore the speaker's insights into cloud-based infrastructure and model-driven management. Explore how the discovery and understanding of discrete elements of web infrastructure interact, and how they can be managed to provide the highest quality of service for cloud-based applications. You’ll also hear war stories of how some of the world’s largest cloud-based and virtualized environments are managing the challenges of the dynamic nature of a virtualized infrastructure.




 
MiniClouds: How ISVs Can Deploy in Any Environment


Speaker:

Diego Parrilla

VP of Product Management
Abiquo

Track: Enterprise Cloud Computing


ISVs have been offering their solutions packaged in virtual machines for a while now, but how can they ensure that their applications will still function properly if the user needs to add a load balancer, or an external database, or a virtual network device? The possibilities for future needs that will interfere with these applications are endless. ISVs cannot possibly anticipate these future scenarios, so they end up solving each user issue as they arise. Users are frustrated, ISVs spend resources supporting these issues, and efficiency is undermined.

This session will discuss how Abiquo allows users to manage all environments, which ensures that ISV applications will work properly, regardless of any necessary changes made to the environment. Abiquo is an open-source LGPL software that can be added onto existing solutions to manage environments without interfering with the proprietary element of the solutions it supports.





 
Monetizing the Cloud - A Case Study


Speaker:

Arturo Pereyra

Business Development Director
Oracle

Track: The Cloud From All Angles


As the adoption of cloud services grows and service offerings mature, business models must also evolve in order to fully capture revenue streams. However, most Cloud Service Providers today do not possess the required business support systems that enable them to easily create sophisticated bundles, dynamic pricing options and promotions to better monetize their services.

Savvy Cloud Service Providers have begun to optimize revenues by launching business models and pricing structures that map more directly to the value their services deliver. In this session, Oracle's Arturo Pereyra will discuss a customer case study that covers innovative strategies for monetizing cloud services, resulting in increased revenue potential and higher customer satisfaction.





 
Move Over BI, Here Comes PI - Performance Intelligence


Speaker:

Tom Lounibos

President & CEO
SOASTA

Track: Performance, Standards, Storage & Hosting


Business Intelligence has focused on providing the actionable information needed to support decision makers in improving business operations. Until now, performance testing tools have delivered plenty of data, but very little decision support. Performance Intelligence enables test engineers to analyze results on a single timeline, make informed decisions and take action, often while a test is still running. In this session, Cloud Expo delegates will learn how companies have used cloud testing and "Performance Intelligence" to gain complete confidence in the performance, scalability and reliability of their websites and applications.




 
Next Generation Databases: Where Do They Fit in Your Environment?


Speaker:

Jonathan Bryce

Executive Director
The OpenStack Foundation

Track: Moving to the Cloud


404 Error – this page could not be found. Eight little words that no developer wants to hear. With every minute of uptime crucial, developers need to be able to deploy backend solutions for their Websites that house, support and access huge amounts of related data. Without it, both vendor and developer will be seeing that dreaded error message more often than not.

Industry efforts to architect next generation databases that can scale massively by pairing open source databases and content management technologies with cloud-computing are underway. The door is also “opening” to a whole new world of user benefits which will be made possible by access to data - cross-cloud - in non-proprietary database.

The Apache Cassandra Project and Drizzle are open alternatives to traditional databases that offer new opportunities by utilizing cloud computing to improve performance. Both are going to change the way we think about databases for the next few decades.

In this session, Jonathan Bryce, co-founder of The Rackspace Cloud, will discuss the recent movement – from both developer and vendor – for open cloud initiatives, while also addressing:
  • The similarities and differences between Cassandra and Drizzle while providing case scenarios for each
  • Traditional, distributed and non-relational databases
  • The unique ways cloud providers are working with open database projects to maximize user experience
  • Why open models will ultimately win out




 
Next-Generation Business Analytics in the Cloud


Speaker:

Ajay Anand

CEO
Datameer Inc.

Track: The Cloud From All Angles


As storage becomes more affordable, and large-scale data acquisition becomes increasingly common, there is interest from organizations to exploit these massive data sets for business analytics and enterprise-wide reporting. However, a number of issues need to be addressed:
  • Information is stored in distributed silos with multiple formats, including databases, text files, spread sheets, etc.
  • Traditional data warehouses are limited in scalability, lack flexibility, and tend to be proprietary and expensive
  • It can take weeks to add a new data source to a custom datawarehouse, create a new dashboard, or change a hierarchy
This session will examine cloud computing approaches for organizations to run business analytics on hundreds of terabytes of data from multiple sources (operational data, finance data, sales data, as well as external data on markets and customers), and enable business analysts to do rapid custom analytics and real time queries without relying on IT programmers to build reports and dashboards.




 
OPENING KEYNOTE: The Coming of Age of Enterprise IT and Cloud Computing


Speakers:

Richard Sarwal

VP of Development for Oracle Enterprise Manager
Oracle

and
Hasan Rizvi

Sr. Vice President, Oracle Fusion Middleware
Oracle

Track: All Tracks


Enterprise IT must constantly evolve to respond to rapidly changing business requirements and new technologies. Cloud computing promises to accelerate that evolution with far-reaching, convergent principles such as self-service, pay-for-use, rapid deployment, elastic scalability and efficient management of physical and virtual environments. What are the key enabling technologies? What is the role of management systems for cloud computing? How can complex, multi-tier applications be packaged and deployed on clouds? This keynote will explore how enterprise IT can evolve to a cloud computing model, building on a foundation of grid computing, virtualization and management automation.




 
Optimize While You Virtualize to Get to the Cloud


Speaker:

Rich Corley

Founder, CTO & VP Engineering
Akorri

Track: Server, Desktop & Storage Virtualization


By consolidating low priority applications onto shared resources, virtualization has enabled IT organizations to cut costs and improve efficiency, leverage new IT investment, and improve service. As companies advance through the stages of server virtualization adoption, they need an infrastructure-wide analytical systems management solution to provide visibility and control to troubleshoot and assure performance, optimize performance and capacity, plan server and storage requirements, and manage service levels. Organizations that do not advance operationally through the virtualization stages will not be able to leverage private cloud computing. In this session, Rich Corley, Founder and CTO of Akorri will analyze the steps IT managers need to take while they optimize their virtualization environment including: troubleshooting, optimization, capacity planning and service level management.




 
Parting the Clouds - Evaluating Clouds and Cloud Providers for the Enterprise


Speaker:

Chris Drumgoole

Senior Vice President of Client Services
Terremark Worldwide, Inc.

Track: All Tracks


Go beyond the marketing hype, the brands and the buzzwords, and learn how differences in architecture, infrastructure, security and design can have significant impact on your ability to take advantage of the cost-effectiveness and agility of infrastructure-as-a-service without compromise to availability, performance and compliance. learn how leading enterprises and government agencies are taking advantage of the power and flexibility offered by enterprise cloud computing architecture. Chris Drumgoole, Terremark Senior Vice President of Client Services, will in this session present a practical guide to evaluating enterprise clouds and cloud providers.




 
Partly Cloudy Infrastructure Ahead


Speaker:

Larry Beck

Sr. Director, Cloud Strategy
Avanade

Track: The Cloud From All Angles


Taking advantage of the cloud is a multi-step journey over time - not an all-or-nothing immediate proposition. Companies need to start with a clear, cloud strategy and a commitment to virtualizing appropriate data center services. With this foundation, companies can leverage the "elastic cloud" - provisioning and managing services both on premise and in the cloud -­ based on their specific business needs. This session will look at how companies can be "partly cloudy" using this approach - ­easing into cloud computing and leveraging the cloud as an extension of existing infrastructure.




 
Patterns for Cloud Computing


Speaker:

Bill Zack

Cloud Architect
Slalom Consulting

Track: Moving to the Cloud


You are interested in cloud computing, but where do you start? How are vendors defining Cloud Computing? What do you need to know to figure out which applications make sense in the cloud? And is any of this real today? Based on real-world customer engagements, this session explores a set of five patterns that you can use for moving to the cloud. Avoiding the general product pitches, this session provides the tools and knowledge to help you more clearly understand moving your organization to the cloud.




 
Performance Management for Composite Applications


Speaker:

Doug Willoughby

Director of Cloud Computing
Compuware

Track: Performance, Standards, Storage & Hosting


Composite applications enable IT to provide higher quality, agile solutions with greater ROI by enabling enterprises to build only what is core to their business, but they also present IT organizations with additional performance management challenges.

While core business functionality and databases will still typically be provided by resources located in the data center, composite applications are increasingly composed of services provided from multiple sources, many of which are outside the direct control of the application's owner. To prevent "finger pointing," tools which gives IT end-to-end application visibility from data-center to end-users' browsers, are essential to deploy composite applications. Beginning with use cases and real world examples, this session will detail how IT operations, and increasingly IT architects and developers, can build and deploy composite applications with manageability as their foremost concern.





 
Platform as a Service for the Enterprise


Speakers:

Jason Lochhead

CTO of Hosting Services
Terremark Worldwide, Inc.

and
Tom Mornini

Co-Founder
Engine Yard

Track: Performance, Standards, Storage & Hosting


Ruby on Rails is a rapid application development platform that in just a few short years has come to be the default choice for open-source developers creating public web and departmental applications. Although Twitter is the highest profile user, there are thousands of developers using Ruby on Rails (and its JVM version, JRuby) to create departmental and enterprise applications on enterprise clouds. In this session we'll talk about the architecture and benefits of a Rails-based Platform-as-a-Service built on Enterprise Cloud infrastructure, and how it can help developers directly access and manage IT resources for their application development and deployment needs.




 
Power Panel - What's the Main Business Value of the Cloud?


Speakers:

Tom Lounibos

President & CEO
SOASTA

and
Dipto Chakravarty

Vice President of Worldwide Engineering
NetIQ

and
Catherine Minter

President
Cordys Americas

and
Bill Karpovich

CEO & Co-Founder
Zenoss

Track: All Tracks


Moderated by Jeremy Geelan

Session Description to be posted shortly




 
Predicting the Future: Security and Compliance in the Cloud Age


Speaker:

Misha Govshteyn

Co-Founder
Alert Logic

Track: Security, Management & Compliance


The emergence of the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) models are just two of many inflection points as IT migrates away from the traditional data centers and into the cloud, shifting more control over security from the enterprise to the service provider. How will your security and compliance strategy change when this transformation is complete? This session will explore technologies and strategies you need to adopt today to prepare to support security and compliance in the cloud age.




 
Private Clouds for Developers: Make Your infrastructure Agile


Speaker:

Diego Parrilla

VP of Product Management
Abiquo

Track: Enterprise Cloud Computing


Traditionally, a team’s infrastructure resources have been at the mercy of the System Administrator. Development teams using Agile Development Methodologies are made rigid by this dated and inefficient system. “What if” scenarios are generally never attempted because the upfront cost of IT resources needed to reallocate the necessary infrastructure is too high. Unfortunately, Agile development efforts often fail because the development team does not control the management and deployment of the artifacts they develop.

This session will discuss the future of infrastructure management, which will reduce our dependence on IT for day to day operations, eliminating waste and boosting productivity in the process. Abiquo makes that future a reality by giving management teams hands-on control of resource allocation without risking damage to any virtual machine. Infrastructure changes are made easily and instantly, can be made by anyone with administrator capabilities, and do not affect other teams’ resources.





 
Riding with Large Data on Hadoop in Cloud


Speaker:

Vineet Tyagi

Head of Impetus Labs
Impetus

Track: Hot Topics


Data accumulation rates are growing astronomically and managing data in traditional ways is getting difficult in the same proportion. Hadoop is emerging as a champion in large-scale data management needs; however, it requires a lot of IT infrastructure investment & expertise. Cloud-based Hadoop deployments offer multi-fold efficiencies and benefits. Hadoop in cloud provides on-demand computing, operational scalability, efficiency, cost etc, local access to large data.




 
SaaS Enablement of an Enterprise Application on the Cloud - Case Study


Speaker:

Emma Pudney

EVP, Product Strategy & Development
Virtual Ark

Track: Enterprise Cloud Computing


Easy SaaS enablement on the cloud. Too good to be true? In this session Virtual Ark takes you through a real-world example of technically enabling an ISV application and the challenges they overcame along the way.

You will hear about:
  • Challenges to overcome to get an application onto the cloud
  • An approach to performance analysis
  • Performance enhancement opportunities
  • Deployment automation
  • Automatic scaling
  • Provisioning a new instance to overcome failures
  • Penetration testing
  • And a demonstration of provisioning a new SaaS customer on the cloud




 
SaaS Enablement on the Cloud Doesn't Have To Be Hard


Speaker:

Emma Pudney

EVP, Product Strategy & Development
Virtual Ark

Track: The Cloud From All Angles


In this session - aimed principally at ISVs - Virtual Ark's Emma Pudney explains how SaaS enablement doesn't have to be hard. The session will go into the process of on-boarding a new application onto the Cloud.

You will hear about:
  • Is it worth the effort to bring a SaaS version to market?
  • Why aren’t all ISV’s embracing SaaS enablement?
  • An assessment of common technical misconceptions
  • What are the real technical challenges?
  • Overview of an on-boarding process




 
Scale Without Sacrifice - Application Delivery with Multi-Tenant Architecture


Speaker:

Tom Fisher

Vice President of Cloud Computing
Success Factors

Track: The Cloud From All Angles


A fundamental advantage cloud computing offers over previous deployment models is the ability to deliver and scale a single instance of an application across use environments ranging from a small home office to a huge enterprise. Using cloud computing doesn't have to mean sacrificing extensibility, security and efficiency - by choosing the right development, implementation and optimization strategies, you can create a secure, flexible and user-driven cloud solution that can quickly scale from an office of four to an enterprise of 400,000. We'll use real-world examples to get to what works - and what doesn't - in building cloud-scale and enterprise-ready applications.




 
Science of IT Design in an Enterprise Cloud


Speaker:

Mike Tardif

President
Adaptivity

Track: Enterprise Cloud Computing


The “root cause” of IT delivery limitations is directly linked to how systems are designed, built and implemented. Transforming IT Design from an Art to a Science is a critical success factor to enabling the Enterprise Cloud. In this session hear an Industry Thought Leader describe how to take the aspects of IT Economics, IT Physics and IT Supply Chain Management and create a systematic design discipline that will enable you to create higher performing and more cost effective IT solutions for the Enterprise Cloud.

You wouldn’t build a building without a blueprint, right? So why would you build a Cloud for IT without a blueprint?




 
Seamless Backup and Archive to the Cloud


Speaker:

Jeff Echols

Director of Cloud Strategy
CommVault

Track: Performance, Standards, Storage & Hosting


Do you know how much data resides on your infrastructure that is likely to never be read again but you are required to keep? With increased data growth combined with tightening compliance and regulation, cloud storage offers an ideal storage tier for companies wanting to move stale backup and archive data to lower operational and infrastructure costs. Come hear how CommVault integrates data and information management with cloud storage and how this trend can lower the overall cost of storing data.




 
Securing the Cloud Infrastructure at Microsoft


Speaker:

Mark Estberg

Sr. Director, Information Security Risk & Compliance Management
Microsoft

Track: Management, Performance, Security, & Compliance


Microsoft delivers enterprise and consumer cloud services from a global infrastructure that must keep customer data secure and maintain privacy and availability. This session describes how Microsoft has built on the same security principles used to manage risks to Microsoft software development and operating environments to create an information security program for its cloud infrastructure that maintains Microsoft’s commitment to delivering a trustworthy computing experience. You'll hear how Microsoft’s information security program operates and meets complex statutory and regulatory compliance requirements. This includes a review of its ISO/IEC 27001:2005 based compliance framework and information security management system.




 
Server Virtualization: Aggregation vs. Consolidation


Speaker:

Shai Fultheim

Founder & CTO
ScaleMP

Track: Server, Desktop & Storage Virtualization


Traditional server virtualization has mainly focused on consolidation, which occurs when a physical server is partitioned to run multiple virtual or logical servers. However, using server virtualization for aggregation can result in as many or even more efficiencies, especially for compute or memory intensive applications common in the high performance computing market. Server virtualization for aggregation is when multiple physical servers are combined so that they appear and function as a single virtual system. This session will discuss the differences between server virtualization for consolidation and aggregation, provide best practices, and give use cases for assessing when server virtualization for aggregation can be used for maximum benefits.




 
SMB Cloud Computing Adoption Trends: What's Hot and What's Not?


Speaker:

Jay Hallberg

Co-Founder & VP
Spiceworks

Track: The Cloud From All Angles


Cloud services adoption by small and medium businesses offers tremendous opportunities for providers. But SMBs have specific priorities in mind when deciding what to put on the cloud. This session will discuss the latest SMB cloud computing adoption trends as reported by the Spiceworks Voice of IT market research group, which publishes market data from over 800,000 small and midsize companies.




 
Ten Security Questions to Ask Before Moving to the Cloud


Speaker:

Timothy Brown

Sr. Vice President
CA

Track: Security, Management & Compliance


The hype around Cloud Computing would make you think mass adoption will happen tomorrow. But recent studies by a number of sources have shown that security is the biggest barrier to Cloud adoption. The reality is Cloud Computing is simply another step in technology evolution following the path of mainframe, client server and Web applications, all of which had ­- and still have -­ their own security issues. Join Tim Brown, chief security architect at CA, as he discusses 10 security-related questions you need to consider before moving to the cloud.




 
The Dynamic Datacenter ­- Where Static Virtualization Tools Don't Work


Speaker:

Dave McCrory

CTO
Hyper9

Track: Management, Performance, Security, & Compliance


Today enterprises are virtualizing more of their IT infrastructure than ever, leading to a whole new set of operational challenges. From rising data volumes and complexity to lack of cross-domain visibility and shifting data center roles and responsibilities, today's virtual environments are too dynamic for traditional (think: "static") management approaches. Even new approaches targeted for virtualization management contain hard wired static reports and management views. It's time for a more mature approach to virtualization. Join this session to learn about the new wave of virtualization management, including the top 5 things to consider when virtualizing business critical applications.




 
The Enterprise Cloud: More Than a Myth?


Speaker:

Treb Ryan

Chief Strategy Officer, Cloud Business Unit
Dimension Data Cloud Solutions

Track: Hot Topics


The promises of Cloud Computing - flexibility, scalability and cost effectiveness - have ignited imaginations from the boardroom to the IT department. Everybody is talking about, experimenting with and - in some cases - delivering applications in the Cloud. In this session, Treb Ryan, CEO of OpSource, will discuss what every IT department be looking for in a Cloud solution. What are the plusses and minuses of public clouds, private clouds and hybrid cloud solutions? How can we build community into the enterprise experience and still maintain control? This session will answer these questions, while undoubtedly sparking a conversation that will bring us more.




 
The Heavy Lifting in Cloud Management


Speaker:

Sushil Kumar

VP of Product Strategy & Business
Oracle

Track: Security, Management & Compliance


The success of any cloud implementation depends on a complicated equation of managing physical and virtual resources, rapid provisioning and re-provisioning of applications and infrastructure, dynamic capacity management and maximizing resource utilization. If this equation does not end up providing significant cost savings and increased IT productivity, then your cloud implementation will fail. This session will outline the cloud management tasks you need to get right for a successful cloud program.




 
The Tip of the Iceberg: Access Control Security for the Cloud


Speaker:

Darren Platt

CIO
Symplified

Track: Security, Management & Compliance


Although there’s much talk about securing cloud computing environments at the infrastructure layer, that’s really the tip of the iceberg. The bigger challenge facing organizations is controlling user access and enforcing security policies across the cloud to software as a service applications (SaaS). Unlike the past, when user identities and access control could be managed within the enterprise network, enterprises that deploy SaaS must manage user access to applications that reside outside the firewall. Access control and identity management have always been a difficult problems to solve; with the disappearing perimeter it has become even more complicated. This session will cover the technical and organizational challenges that must be addressed to manage how enterprises control provisioning, access, authentication, single sign-on, auditing, compliance and integration of enterprise systems to cloud-based services.




 
The Top Seven Pitfalls To Avoid During a Cloud Migration


Speaker:

Vishal Sharma

Sr. Director of Business Development
NaviSite

Track: Moving to the Cloud


Faced with high in-house deployment, management, and support costs for its mission-critical enterprise applications, enterprises are turning to the cloud for its economic efficiencies and speed of deployment. But moving to the cloud requires some up-front planning and careful consideration of the various cloud offerings. Come listen to real-wold case studies on how, after laying out their key selection criteria and evaluating the service offerings, enterprises decided on a fully-managed cloud service from NaviSite that offered enterprise-class reliability and security yet provided full transparency to the IT environment deployed on the cloud.




 
The Trusted Front Door-Identity Management for Cloud Computing Customers


Speaker:

Mike Denning

Vice President – VeriSign Infrastructure Assurance Services
VeriSign

Track: Hot Topics


Enterprises continue to expand the use of cloud computing, and particularly software-as-a-service applications (SaaS), to achieve operational performance enhancements and efficiencies. Implementation of these technologies introduces several challenges related to identity management, such as administration and delegation of account authentication and authorization. A new approach to identity is required to ensure the continued growth and success of cloud computing: we call this Identity 2.0.

One of the most critical challenges is the need to accurately identify and manage users of these services. Yet at the same time, users are demanding greater control, convenience, and security. The challenges faced by a greater emphasis on the cloud are ones of both centralization and de-centralization: the centralization of computing resources combined with the decentralization of identity, authentication and authorization. Identity 2.0's challenge is how to cope with these two competing forces while avoiding the pitfalls of the past. During this session, Fran Rosch will address whether Identity 2.0 is prepared for an explosion of cloud computing, or do we need some other model?





 
Top Ten Private Cloud Best Practices and Pitfalls


Speaker:

Brian Wilson

Director of Cloud Services
Quest

Track: Hot Topics


Based on experience garnered from 150+ private cloud implementations, this session will provide attendees with a set of hard-earned lessons-learned. These are illustrated by a number of project-based anecdotes, including building a future-proof cloud and re-engineering existing IT service delivery processes. Additionally, the session will describe actionable strategies for avoiding the most common (and expensive) private cloud pitfalls, including mismanaging user expectations and underestimating platform growth.




 
Transforming Financial Service Firms with the Cloud


Speakers:

Phil Karecki

Solutions Director
CSC

and
Catherine Minter

President
Cordys Americas

Track: Moving to the Cloud


Upheavals in the financial service and insurance industry this past year point to the critical need for institutions to evolve their processes to match consumer and market conditions. Without this modernization, firms that continue to operate in the past will continue to be at risk for consumer dissatisfaction, compliance failures, expensive processes compared with those of their peers, longer cycle times, and inability to offer new products or remain competitive in the market. This session presents compelling case studies on how Cloud Computing can help firms attract new customers, increase retention rates, contain costs and optimize operational efficiencies, manage business process outsourcing, meet evolving compliance needs, launch new products and boost profitability – affordably, securely and reliably.




 
Unbreakable Storage for Private Clouds


Speaker:

Wim De Wispelaere

Chief Technology Officer & Founder
Amplidata

Track: Enterprise Cloud Computing


Scalability, availability, low power consumption and low operational costs are key properties when planning to build large scale storage clouds. This session will demonstrate how you can build your private storage cloud with higher availability than traditional RAID and replication storage systems, while consuming less disk capacity, less power and a smaller footprint. You will learn how automated self-management, healing and integrity checking will allow you to scale your storage capacity beyond petabytes while keeping your operational costs under control.




 
Unlock the Cloud: Building a Vendor-Independent Private Cloud


Speaker:

Diego Parrilla

VP of Product Management
Abiquo

Track: Moving to the Cloud


Welcome to the end of vendor lock-in. Cloud computing is often heralded as being the best way for organizations to increase flexibility and improve efficiency. However, that flexibility is greatly diminished by the proprietary nature of cloud computing platforms. Hypervisor formats are fixed, allowing almost no chance of interoperability or portability. Teams must use the same hypervisor even if their needs change or they would prefer a different one that better suits their project. Abiquo overcomes vendor lock-in by supporting and managing multiple hypervisors in the same Private Cloud, allowing users to choose any hypervisor and easily port their virtual machines if and when their needs change. We will discuss the benefits of vendor neutrality and how to make sure your organization accesses all of the benefits cloud computing can provide.




 
Using Software Appliances to Enable Customized PaaS


Speaker:

Erik Bergenholtz

Director of Product Management, Business Development
Oracle

Track: Moving to the Cloud


Platform as a Service (PaaS) provides developers with a complete environment that is fully configured and ready to use for deploying applications. But, can enterprise IT really set up a single general purpose platform that satisfies the requirements of all its departments and developers? Instead, IT really needs to be able to quickly set up custom environments that contain just the required components and then provide connectivity to other shared services and infrastructure. This session will explore how software appliances can enable IT to address the needs of their internal customers to rapidly configure and provision the exact custom environment they need.




 
Virtual Storage for Virtual Machine Environments


Speaker:

Anand Babu Periasamy

Co-Founder and CTO
Gluster

Track: Server, Desktop & Storage Virtualization


Virtual machines have dramatically transformed the way IT organizations approach computing architecture. Benefits of virtual environments, including increased efficiency and flexibility, have led to widespread adoption and explosive growth. However, storage technologies designed for physical servers have struggled to keep up with the modern demands of virtual servers, resulting in I/O bottlenecks, highly complex management and an increase in required storage capacity. This session will explore how to ideally store unstructured data in a virtualized environment under a unified global namespace particularly suited to the needs of virtual machines. In addition, the presentation will outline the best practices for organizations to manage unstructured data and achieve a true virtual storage environment to complement their server virtualization.




 
Virtualized Infrastructure: The Server Is Not Enough


Speaker:

Chris Barclay

Director of Product Management
Oracle

Track: Server, Desktop & Storage Virtualization


Virtualization is one of the foundation technologies for cloud computing. While servers and storage are the most fundamental targets of virtualization, the broader scope of virtualization includes desktop virtualization, a changing approach to systems management, and optimization of shared application components in virtualized environments. This session will cover the role and impact of virtualization from desktop to data center.




 
Virtualizing Production Database Systems


Speaker:

Kutay Kilic

Sr. Director/Architect, CTO Group
Sybase

Track: Server, Desktop & Storage Virtualization


It takes more than hardware and a VM to exceed SLAs! Many firms have achieved great results implementing traditional server virtualization. However, in larger business-critical production database systems, this is less common. Yet, aren’t these exactly the systems from which businesses would benefit most if resources could be virtualized and allocated dynamically to support different systems at different times?

This session will cover technical details behind virtualization techniques utilized in Enterprise database systems which go beyond server virtualization. Focus areas will include techniques for optimizing database caches through dynamic memory and object binding as well as managing application SLAs through dynamic CPU/core and cluster node affinity. Delegates will learn how enterprises are benefiting from "Virtualized Resource Management" technologies in both single node database servers and multi-node database clusters to deliver virtualization's promises to business-critical production database systems.





 
What Organizations Need to Know About Cloud Security


Speaker:

Dipto Chakravarty

Vice President of Worldwide Engineering
NetIQ

Track: Security, Management & Compliance


Many people believe you can take traditional identity and security practices, throw them in a cloud environment, and expect everything to work just fine. Not so! Businesses taking advantage of cloud computing should utilize cloud security approaches that support sharing of roles, policies, and workflows, rather than merely providing single sign-on.

In a cloud environment, workloads (combinations of applications, middleware, and operating systems) can be easily shifted from one locale to another to optimize performance as needed. With these rapid shifts, it's critical to maintain proper regulatory and security standards. For cloud computing to flourish in the enterprise environment, businesses need assurances that they'll still be able to securely manage their people and workloads, regardless of location.

In this session, delegates will learn about the necessary security measures that should be taken to ensure that data is secure in the cloud. In addition, you will discover how one particular method, annexing, can be employed to help support your regulatory compliance efforts.





 
What You Should Ask Your Provider About Cloud Security


Speaker:

Tom Cecere


Novell

Track: Security, Management & Compliance


Enterprises are seeing the value in Cloud Services - both the reduction in Capital Expenditures and the increasing maturity of the services offered. Unfortunately, they can't backtrack on their security and compliance requirements even if it results in money savings and capability improvements. This session reviews the basic security and compliance information that enterprises should look for from their Cloud Computing providers.




 
You Have a Virtualized Environment, Now What Do you Do?


Speaker:

Daniel Weiss

Director, IT Management Advisory Support
Unisys

Track: Server, Desktop & Storage Virtualization


Do you want a top down, business-driven, automated data center where efficiencies deliver agility and the ability to innovate? If yes, come to this session to listen to Dan Weiss - Director of IT Management Advisory Services for Unisys Corporation discuss how to mindfully move from virtualization into this agile environment.

Learn how to deal with challenges such as virtual machine sprawl, additional storage requirements, increased systems management requirements, new IT management processes, and specialized technical skills. Learn how to collect empirical data and apply that to making sound business decisions which will aid in guiding the future direction of your infrastructure and IT Services delivery model. And, learn how to analyze both your infrastructure and applications to determine the appropriate steps to take advantage of the new IT Services delivery model – Cloud Computing.





 
You Have a Virtualized Environment, Now What Do you Do?


Speaker:

Daniel Weiss

Director, IT Management Advisory Support
Unisys

Track: Management, Performance, Security, & Compliance


Do you want a top down, business-driven, automated data center where efficiencies deliver agility and the ability to innovate? If yes, come to this session to listen to Dan Weiss - Director of IT Management Advisory Services for Unisys Corporation - discuss how to mindfully move from virtualization into this agile environment.

Learn how to deal with challenges such as virtual machine sprawl, additional storage requirements, increased systems management requirements, new IT management processes and specialized technical skills. Learn how to collect empirical data and apply that to making sound business decisions which will aid in guiding the future direction of your infrastructure and IT Services delivery model. And, learn how to analyze both your infrastructure and applications to determine the appropriate steps to take advantage of the new IT Services delivery model – Cloud Computing.





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Digital Transformation (DX) is not a "one-size-fits all" strategy. Each organization needs to develop its own unique, long-term DX plan. It must do so by realizing that we now live in a data-driven age, and that technologies such as Cloud Computing, Big Data, the IoT, Cognitive Computing, and Blockchain are only tools. In her general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Rebecca Wanta explained how the strategy must focus on DX and include a commitment from top management to create great IT jobs, monitor progress, and never forget that their enterprise is in a day-to-day battle for survival.
In a recent survey, Sumo Logic surveyed 1,500 customers who employ cloud services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). According to the survey, a quarter of the respondents have already deployed Docker containers and nearly as many (23 percent) are employing the AWS Lambda serverless computing framework. It’s clear: serverless is here to stay. The adoption does come with some needed changes, within both application development and operations. That means serverless is also changing the way we leverage public clouds. Truth-be-told, many enterprise IT shops were so happy to get out of the management of physical servers within a data center that many limitations of the existing public IaaS clouds were forgiven. However, now that we’ve lived a few years with public IaaS clouds, developers and CloudOps pros are giving a huge thumbs down to the ...
Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo have announced the conference tracks for Cloud Expo 2018. Cloud Expo will be held June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, and November 6-8, 2018, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with the introduction of DX Expo within the program. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of business. Only 12% still survive. Similar percentages are found throughout enterprises of all sizes.
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, which can process our conversational commands and orchestrate the outcomes we request across our personal and professional realm of connected devices.
You know you need the cloud, but you're hesitant to simply dump everything at Amazon since you know that not all workloads are suitable for cloud. You know that you want the kind of ease of use and scalability that you get with public cloud, but your applications are architected in a way that makes the public cloud a non-starter. You're looking at private cloud solutions based on hyperconverged infrastructure, but you're concerned with the limits inherent in those technologies. What do you do?
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In his Opening Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, John Considine, General Manager of IBM Cloud Infrastructure, led attendees through the exciting evolution of the cloud. He looked at this major disruption from the perspective of technology, business models, and what this means for enterprises of all sizes. John Considine is General Manager of Cloud Infrastructure Services at IBM. In that role he is responsible for leading IBM’s public cloud infrastructure including strategy, development, and offering m...
Sanjeev Sharma Joins June 5-7, 2018 @DevOpsSummit at @Cloud Expo New York Faculty. Sanjeev Sharma is an internationally known DevOps and Cloud Transformation thought leader, technology executive, and author. Sanjeev's industry experience includes tenures as CTO, Technical Sales leader, and Cloud Architect leader. As an IBM Distinguished Engineer, Sanjeev is recognized at the highest levels of IBM's core of technical leaders.
The 22nd International Cloud Expo | 1st DXWorld Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo, to be held June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY, brings together Cloud Computing, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding busin...
Digital transformation is about embracing digital technologies into a company's culture to better connect with its customers, automate processes, create better tools, enter new markets, etc. Such a transformation requires continuous orchestration across teams and an environment based on open collaboration and daily experiments. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Alex Casalboni, Technical (Cloud) Evangelist at Cloud Academy, explored and discussed the most urgent unsolved challenges to achieve f...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Synametrics Technologies will exhibit at SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Synametrics Technologies is a privately held company based in Plainsboro, New Jersey that has been providing solutions for the developer community since 1997. Based on the success of its initial product offerings such as WinSQL, Xeams, SynaMan and Syncrify, Synametrics continues to create and hone inn...
Digital Transformation (DX) is not a "one-size-fits all" strategy. Each organization needs to develop its own unique, long-term DX plan. It must do so by realizing that we now live in a data-driven age, and that technologies such as Cloud Computing, Big Data, the IoT, Cognitive Computing, and Blockchain are only tools. In her general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Rebecca Wanta explained how the strategy must focus on DX and include a commitment from top management to create great IT jobs, monitor ...
In a recent survey, Sumo Logic surveyed 1,500 customers who employ cloud services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). According to the survey, a quarter of the respondents have already deployed Docker containers and nearly as many (23 percent) are employing the AWS Lambda serverless computing framework. It’s clear: serverless is here to stay. The adoption does come with some needed changes, within both application development and operations. Tha...
Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo have announced the conference tracks for Cloud Expo 2018. Cloud Expo will be held June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, and November 6-8, 2018, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with the introduction of DX Expo within the program. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive ov...
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, whic...
You know you need the cloud, but you're hesitant to simply dump everything at Amazon since you know that not all workloads are suitable for cloud. You know that you want the kind of ease of use and scalability that you get with public cloud, but your applications are architected in a way that makes the public cloud a non-starter. You're looking at private cloud solutions based on hyperconverged infrastructure, but you're concerned with the limits inherent in those technologies. What do you do?
Recently, WebRTC has a lot of eyes from market. The use cases of WebRTC are expanding - video chat, online education, online health care etc. Not only for human-to-human communication, but also IoT use cases such as machine to human use cases can be seen recently. One of the typical use-case is remote camera monitoring. With WebRTC, people can have interoperability and flexibility for deploying monitoring service. However, the benefit of WebRTC for IoT is not only its convenience and interopera...
In his general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Dumas, Calligo’s Vice President and G.M. of US operations, discussed the new Global Data Protection Regulation and how Calligo can help business stay compliant in digitally globalized world. Greg Dumas is Calligo's Vice President and G.M. of US operations. Calligo is an established service provider that provides an innovative platform for trusted cloud solutions. Calligo’s customers are typically most concerned about GDPR compliance, application p...
Modern software design has fundamentally changed how we manage applications, causing many to turn to containers as the new virtual machine for resource management. As container adoption grows beyond stateless applications to stateful workloads, the need for persistent storage is foundational - something customers routinely cite as a top pain point. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Bill Borsari, Head of Systems Engineering at Datera, explored how organizations can reap the bene...
With tough new regulations coming to Europe on data privacy in May 2018, Calligo will explain why in reality the effect is global and transforms how you consider critical data. EU GDPR fundamentally rewrites the rules for cloud, Big Data and IoT. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Adam Ryan, Vice President and General Manager EMEA at Calligo, examined the regulations and provided insight on how it affects technology, challenges the established rules and will usher in new levels of diligence arou...
Continuous Delivery makes it possible to exploit findings of cognitive psychology and neuroscience to increase the productivity and happiness of our teams. In his session at 22nd Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo, Daniel Jones, CTO of EngineerBetter, will answer: How can we improve willpower and decrease technical debt? Is the present bias real? How can we turn it to our advantage? Can you increase a team’s effective IQ? How do DevOps & Product Teams increase empathy, and what impact does empath...
"I focus on what we are calling CAST Highlight, which is our SaaS application portfolio analysis tool. It is an extremely lightweight tool that can integrate with pretty much any build process right now," explained Andrew Siegmund, Application Migration Specialist for CAST, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Evatronix will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Evatronix SA offers comprehensive solutions in the design and implementation of electronic systems, in CAD / CAM deployment, and also is a designer and manufacturer of advanced 3D scanners for professional applications.
As many know, the first generation of Cloud Management Platform (CMP) solutions were designed for managing virtual infrastructure (IaaS) and traditional applications. But that's no longer enough to satisfy evolving and complex business requirements. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Scott Davis, Embotics CTO, explored how next-generation CMPs ensure organizations can manage cloud-native and microservice-based application architectures, while also facilitating agile DevOps methodology. He expla...
To get the most out of their data, successful companies are not focusing on queries and data lakes, they are actively integrating analytics into their operations with a data-first application development approach. Real-time adjustments to improve revenues, reduce costs, or mitigate risk rely on applications that minimize latency on a variety of data sources. In his session at @BigDataExpo, Jack Norris, Senior Vice President, Data and Applications at MapR Technologies, reviewed best practices to ...
DevOps promotes continuous improvement through a culture of collaboration. But in real terms, how do you: Integrate activities across diverse teams and services? Make objective decisions with system-wide visibility? Use feedback loops to enable learning and improvement? With technology insights and real-world examples, in his general session at @DevOpsSummit, at 21st Cloud Expo, Andi Mann, Chief Technology Advocate at Splunk, explored how leading organizations use data-driven DevOps to close th...
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Blockchain offers impeccable security with its cryptography-based decentralized system as well as the plethora of possible uses retailers could exploit in the near future. In a world of increasing cyberattacks, internet fraud and online hacking, blockchain comes as a breath of fresh air. With its encrypted data and decentralized network system, it's a thorn in every hacker's side. Generally being associated with the finance sector, blockchain is now taking retail by storm. It's on a course that will change the retail industry as we know it. But how exactly is it going to achieve such a feat?
The 22nd International Cloud Expo | 1st DXWorld Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo, to be held June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY, brings together Cloud Computing, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportunity. Submit your speaking proposal today!
SYS-CON Events announced today that Synametrics Technologies will exhibit at SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Synametrics Technologies is a privately held company based in Plainsboro, New Jersey that has been providing solutions for the developer community since 1997. Based on the success of its initial product offerings such as WinSQL, Xeams, SynaMan and Syncrify, Synametrics continues to create and hone innovative products that help customers get more from their computer applications, databases and infras...
The goal of Microservices is to improve software delivery speed and increase system safety as scale increases. Microservices being modular these are faster to change and enables an evolutionary architecture where systems can change, as the business needs change. Microservices can scale elastically and by being service oriented can enable APIs natively. Microservices also reduce implementation and release cycle time and enables continuous delivery. This paper provides a logical overview of the Microservices Reference Architecture that highlights various sub systems needed to support Microservic...
Our work, both with clients and with tools, has lead us to wonder how it is that organizations are handling compliance issues in the cloud. The big cloud vendors offer compliance for their infrastructure, but the shared responsibility model requires that you take certain steps to meet compliance requirements. Which lead us to start poking around a little more. We wanted to get a picture of what was available, and how it was being used. There is a lot of fluidity in this space, as in all things cloud. The fact that DevOps Security plays into the cloud compliance model – particularly in dynamic ...
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, which can process our conversational commands and orchestrate the outcomes we request across our persona...
Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo have announced the conference tracks for Cloud Expo 2018. Cloud Expo will be held June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, and November 6-8, 2018, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with the introduction of DX Expo within the program. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of busin...
The notion of improving operational efficiency is conspicuously absent from the healthcare debate - neither Obamacare nor the newly proposed GOP plan discusses the impact that a step-function improvement in efficiency could have on access to healthcare (through more capacity), quality of healthcare services (through reduced wait times for patients) or cost (through better utilization of scarce, expensive assets).
In an attempt to put the patient first in healthcare, Congress and President Obama in 2015 approved a bipartisan bill for United States healthcare reform. The bill is known as “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015,” or MACRA. Among the major provisions of MACRA is the Quality Payment Program. Under the Quality Payment Program, physicians and nurses receive positive, neutral or negative Medicare payment adjustments based upon a “Patient Satisfaction Score,” that is, patient satisfaction scores have a direct impact on how physicians, physician assistants, nurses, and hospital’s g...
To get the most out of their data, successful companies are not focusing on queries and data lakes, they are actively integrating analytics into their operations with a data-first application development approach. Real-time adjustments to improve revenues, reduce costs, or mitigate risk rely on applications that minimize latency on a variety of data sources. In his session at @BigDataExpo, Jack Norris, Senior Vice President, Data and Applications at MapR Technologies, reviewed best practices to show how companies develop, deploy, and dynamically update these applications and how this data-firs...
Gaining visibility in today’s sprawling cloud infrastructure is complex and laborious, involving drilling down into tools offered by various cloud services providers. Enterprise IT organizations need smarter and effective tools at their disposal in order to address this pertinent problem. Gaining a 360 - degree view of the cloud costs requires collection and analysis of the cost data across all cloud infrastructures used inside an enterprise.
The high barrier to entry prevents many companies from tapping into the full potential of machine learning. But what if you could make it more accessible? We’re in the midst of a data explosion, with today’s enterprises amassing goldmines of information (25 quintillion bytes of data every day, according to some reports). But what exactly are they doing with this data? Considering the volume of data being collected is quickly becoming unmanageable, now is a good time to shift from manual machine learning to a cognitive approach. This enables businesses to better capitalize on their data and fa...
The “Internet of Things” is an exciting area of tech, one in which industry experts estimate there will be more than 30 billion connected IoT devices by 2020. IoT is the inter-networking and instrumentation of physical devices – everything from streets, cars, factories, power grids, ice caps, satellites, and clothing to phones, microwaves, milk containers, planets, human bodies, etc. IoT creates an opportunity to measure, collect and analyze an ever-increasing variety of behavioral statistics. That being said, data, and more importantly insight into the data, is key for enhanced business val...
"Evatronix provides design services to companies that need to integrate the IoT technology in their products but they don't necessarily have the expertise, knowledge and design team to do so," explained Adam Morawiec, VP of Business Development at Evatronix, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
While Artificial Intelligence (AI) may not be a new concept, its contribution to automation may just change the face of business. AI's conception dates as far back as 1950, when Alan Turing proposed the Turing test in order to evaluate a machine's ability to exhibit intelligent behavior. Fast-forward a couple of decades and research led to the creation of well-known theoretical tools such as Fuzzy Logic, Bayesian Networks, Markov Models and Neural Networks. Concurrently, new types of programming languages such as Prolog, LISP and Smalltalk set the scene for most of the modern interpreted langu...
In a recent post, titled “10 Surprising Facts About Cloud Computing and What It Really Is”, Zac Johnson highlighted some interesting facts about cloud computing in the SMB marketplace: Cloud Computing is up to 40 times more cost-effective for an SMB, compared to running its own IT system. 94% of SMBs have experienced security benefits in the cloud that they didn’t have with their on-premises service
Most of us understand that artificial intelligence (AI) offers opportunities for productivity improvements in the form of speed, automation, standardized actions and responses, plus the opportunity for continuous improvements via machine learning. These opportunities are enabled by data inputs that are analyzed and processed through AI algorithms that execute a desired decision and action. For all of the great capabilities and benefits that AI can provide, there is also a potential dark side. AI solutions can easily codify our prejudices, bias, gender stereotypes and promote injustices intenti...
Gone are the days when application development was the daunting task of the highly skilled developers backed with strong IT skills, low code application development has democratized app development and empowered a new generation of citizen developers. There was a time when app development was in the domain of people with complex coding and technical skills. We called these people by various names like programmers, coders, techies, and they usually worked in a world oblivious of the everyday priorities of the business world. However, with the passage of time, this scenario is much more democr...
It’s conference season and, as you might expect, Jason and I have been on the road covering a bunch of them. It’s always great to see what the disruptive players in the market are doing — and this year did not disappoint. But there is one thing that repeatedly happens that just gets under my skin: transformation-washing. As Jason explained in a Forbes article over a year ago, ‘washing’ is when a vendor (or pundit) applies a buzzword loosely in an overt attempt to attach themselves to its buzz. And transformation-washing is rampant.
Networks have become large, complex entities that are increasingly difficult to manage and control. Security, audit, risk and compliance professionals know that their organizations rely on them for effective risk management, control and governance processes that are essential to the safety of their network environment. Yet compliance and security are more challenging than ever before as additional layers are added to this environment. One of the challenges lies in the fact that there is an ongoing, huge access gap in network security and compliance – and it has been residing within the enviro...