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Attend Cloud Connect @ Interop to see first-hand how enterprises can leverage the cloud's abundance of resources and applications to outmaneuver, out-innovate, and outpace the competition.

Cloud is a critical enterprise tool that should be at the heart of every IT strategy. IT buyers across all industries are increasing cloud-related spending, but still face challenges deciding which cloud architecture and platform is best suited for their business. Through analysis and comparison of the leading cloud stacks and how they're progressing, Cloud Connect's programming at Interop Las Vegas will help attendees weigh their options. Cloud Connect will also power in-depth cloud workshops and feature a Cloud Connect Zone on the Interop Expo floor.








Cloud Connect will explore how the Cloud fundamentally changes enterprise computing and the roles of CIOs and IT leaders.

Keynote - Beyond the Cloud: Technology and Business in a Composable Future 
During the 1st Era of computing, applications were anchored in time and place with software written for specific platforms and scheduled to perform work when needed. We’re now in the midst of the 2nd Era, where cloud application software is increasingly decoupled from underlying physical infrastructures, is run globally, and responds to events as needed. Jonathan Murray (@Adamathus) calls the 3rd Era of Computing ‘The Metaform - The platform of Everything'.( In this era beyond the cloud, code will once and for all be liberated from the constraints of time and place, opening the door to a real-time, insight-driven, composable future. Murray will outline the broad implications of this composable future, where businesses unlock fully the value of their core capabilities and new businesses are increasingly constructed from parts available from a global service marketplace. Murray will discuss the technological, operational, and strategic challenges enterprises will need to overcome to survive and profit from this coming transformation. 
Speaker: Jonathan Murray, Founding Partner - Innovia Strategies and Founder n.flex.n Software 

Keynote - Composable, Componentized, Control...Is Your Cloud Strategy Keeping Up? 
The explosion of microservices, agile CI/CD and RESTful APIs is creating a new model for building highly distributed applications and launching them quickly. At the same time, systems of record and governance models will not disappear overnight. How is your organization balancing these competing demands? Is your hybrid strategy supported by management capabilities that span a wide spectrum of host modalities? Jared examines 5 must-solve questions as you consider the future of your most critical application workloads. 
Speaker: Jared Wray, CTO, CenturyLink Cloud

Keynote: "Get Out of My Way”: What Developers Really Want 
Your developers are asking for real cloud because they want easy, fast and predictable access to resources so they can deliver applications and features at scale faster. How do you enable those developers to move at the speed that the business is asking? Striking the balance of control, security, and visibility for IT teams is the challenge most organizations face today. In this talk, you’ll hear what thousands of developers have told Scott and Niki. You'll leave with ideas to help change your mindset and break the glass required to give your developers what they need to help your business move faster. 
Speaker: Rafi Khardalian, Director, Metacloud Engineering & Operations, Cisco 

Cloud Connect Reception

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29; 5:00 - 6:00 PM

After a full day of cloud-focused sessions, join the other Cloud Connect attendees for a reception before the Official Interop Party.

NOTE: This is open to Total Access and Conference Pass holders only.



Cloud Connect brings in-depth cloud workshops to Interop. Choose a Total Access Pass to attend to BOTH the Cloud Connect Summit and the workshops.

Featured Workshops Powered by Cloud Connect

Cloud Applications: The Next Generation
Cloud computing solves the problem of infrastructure -- computing resources are now cheap, scalable, and easy to access. However, it's still challenging to design and operate applications for cloud environments; in addition, the ongoing shift of IT from back office to the public-facing front of the corporation means the number and type of applications is changing dramatically. The Cloud Applications workshop delivers knowledge and insight about how IT organizations can prepare for the new world of cloud applications.
Instructor: Bernard Golden, Author, Amazon Web Services for Dummies, Vice President Strategy, ActiveState Software

Container Crash Course
Containers are hot. If you’re wondering what the buzz is about and whether it’s justified, this workshop is for you. We’ll delve into the technology of containers, including their similarities and differences with virtual machines. We will discuss use cases and appropriate workloads, and describe how containers can be integrated into a cloud strategy. We’ll also look at the container ecosystem for operations and management, and point you in the right direction for testing and experimentation.
 Andrew Clay Shafer, Senior Director of Technology, Pivotal

Designing Infrastructure for Private Clouds
Private cloud deployments are often just a glorified facade for server virtualization, missing the flexibility, elasticity and self-service aspects of cloud services. The missteps leading to this sad state usually start in the design phase, making it even more important to focus on the design of your private cloud infrastructure.
Instructor: Ivan Pepelnjak, Network Architect, AG


The Interop Expo will feature the Cloud Connect Zone, showcasing startup and established cloud companies. Visit the Expo on Tuesday, April 28 – Thursday, April 30.
Cloud Connect Zone ExhibitorsBooth Number
21Vianet Group807
Accelink Technologies Co., Ltd910
ActiveState Software909
Avni Networks811
Data Specialties, Inc1117
Dr. Peng1004
GDS Services905
iland Internet Solutions810
Level 3 Communications1021
Narra Systems920
PEER 1 Hosting815
Puppet Labs, Inc.908
Qian Xin High Technology Co., Ltd915
Spirent Communications820
Stellar Library1011
UBM China907
Virtual Design Masters1007
WinMagic Data Security816
XGIGA Communication Technology Co., Ltd.808
Yunshan Networks1006
Zippy Technology Corp1113

More Companies Announced Soon!


The following passes will get you access to the Interop program:

Track Chairs

Ben Kepes


Diversity Limited

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

Charlie Babcock



Charles Babcock is an editor-at-large for InformationWeek, having joined the publication in 2003. He is the former editor-in-chief of Digital News, former software editor of Computerworld and former technology editor of Interactive Week. He is a graduate of Syracuse University where he obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism.

Sam Charrington


CloudPulse Strategies

Sam Charrington is an analyst, advisor and consultant focusing on cloud computing and big data. As the principal of CloudPulse Strategies, Sam works to drive understanding and adoption of these technologies through speaking, writing, research and consulting engagements. Before founding CloudPulse, Sam spent nearly twenty years in various field, consulting and executive roles in the enterprise software and telecommunications industries, most recently as VP of product management and marketing for Appistry, where he was responsible for the software company's overall product and go-to-market strategies. Sam has been an active speaker and author on cloud and big data topics since "the beginning," as an industry advocate, commentator and participant. In 2008, he co-founded CloudCamp, a global network of unconferences where early adopters of Cloud Computing technologies exchanged ideas. Sam can be found on Twitter at @samcharrington, on the web at, and writes about cloud and big data related topics for The New Stack at Sam is an avid traveler and language learner, and has traveled extensively in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas, butchering Chinese, Thai, Arabic and several Romance languages along the way.