Hear from IT leaders, industry experts and developers at the defining event that brings together the entire cloud computing community.
CEO, Founder and Cloud Strategist, Cloudscaling
Randy is the expert cloud providers like VMware, EngineYard, Internap, and GoGrid consult when they need help. His cloud strategy consulting firm, Cloudscaling, advises Fortune 500 companies like Kaiser Permanente with their internal cloud initiatives. He has driven innovations in infrastructure, IT, Operations, and 24×7 service delivery since 1990. He was the technical visionary on the executive team of GoGrid & ServePath, a major cloud computing provider. Prior to GoGrid, he built the world's first multi-cloud, multi-platform cloud management framework at CloudScale Networks, Inc. Randy is recognized as one of the top cloud bloggers and twitterers. The Cloudscaling blog has tens of thousands of page views every month. In addition to his contributions as a top cloud blogger, Randy's open licensing of the GoGrid API inspired many others to open license their cloud APIs including Sun Microsystems, Rackspace Cloud, and VMware's vCloud.
Once we understand what cloud performance actually means, we need to understand how it applies to real world situations and real applications. In this panel, we'll bring cloud providers and cloud users together for a discussion that will include what vendors are doing about maintaining their offering's performance, what developers are learning as they deploy applications to the cloud, and if any gaps exist between the two that we should be aware of. We'll focus on key takeaways and lessons that can help new and existing application deployments in the cloud.
Where would the web be without Linux, Apache, MySQL and the pervasive PHP, Python and Perl? The Berkley Internet Domain Name (BIND) gave us the ability to easily transcribe IP addresses to human-readable names. Sendmail allowed us to send email from system to system instantaneously. These technologies helped define the Internet but their model of transparent free and open source development allowed them to become pervasive. Just as with the web, open source is one of the core foundations of cloud computing—achieving an unprecedented level of scale at a bare-bones cost that had never been seen in the history of computing. The first movers in cloud computing services found the open source software model most appealing, but to businesses today the attraction of open source is about the ability to develop a more flexible infrastructure and avoid vendor lock-in that often results from proprietary systems. This panel of leading cloud computing and open source practitioners will share their experiences on how they are helping their customers accelerate their entry into the cloud computing market as well as offer insight into how and where open source will continue to shape the cloud over the next few years.
Learn from this panel of experts as they review and discuss the optimal ways to make informed decisions and plot the roadmap for business-justified cloud adoption. The panel will cover differences in benefits between private and public solutions, how early adopters are quantifying benefits of the cloud, and how ROI and financials drive private or public cloud choices.
Hear industry visionaries discuss the growth and future cloud computing.
More than one description of “private cloud computing” has dismissed it as little more than “virtualization on demand.” This begs the question “Is there a difference between the virtualization on demand and private cloud computing?” And if there is, does it matter as long as it’s providing benefit to IT and business stakeholders? In this session we will debate the differences and whether or not such differences (if they do indeed exist) have an impact on the benefits of implementing such architectures in the enterprise environment.
There are virtually no large-scale IT projects that come off without a hitch - and private cloud computing is unlikely to be the first. This session will examine challenges encountered during private cloud computing initiatives and their solutions. These challenges will be presented in rapid-fire discussion of what works and what doesn't, including the perspectives of those who've lived it. The panel will further explore these barriers by challenging each other's positions, offering practical insights reflecting how organizations have addressed their implementation issues to successfully (or unsuccessfully) launch a private cloud.
A variety of options are available for building a private cloud that include both commercial and open source options. While many of the arguments for and against both style of solutions remain fairly standard (flexibility versus lock-in, price versus support) cloud computing brings new arguments to the table that may or may not tip the balance toward one approach rather than another for organizations. This session will bring those arguments to the table in a panel debate with proponents of open source squaring off against commercial vendors. Panelists will present the strengths and weaknesses of each approach, pushing each other to defend their positions and offering counter points that challenge the audience to reconsider their own biases and assumptions.
With many CIOs and IT practitioners continuing to express concern regarding control and security in public cloud computing models, is some sort of “hybrid” model the final stop on the cloud computing journey or is it merely a transitory architecture; a pit stop on the road to a fully public cloud computing implementation? Or is it the case that the lack of clarity surrounding the definition of “hybrid” causing the perception that hybrid clouds are being implemented in the first place? This session will examine the definition of “hybrid” cloud and whether or not they are valid as target architectures or merely a transition toward a fully public cloud computing model.