Cloud Connect @ Interop

Monday, April 27 – Friday, May 1, 2015

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 Summit'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.

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Cloud Connect Conference Sessions

Wednesday, April 29 – Friday, May 1

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

Featured Cloud Connect Summit Sessions
Cloud Economics and Strategy
Learn key economic and strategic lessons from an experienced hyperscale practitioner of public and private cloud. Mark Williams led the Infrastructure Operations team at Zynga through its unprecedented growth from traditional data center infrastructure in 2008 to becoming one of Amazon's largest cloud customers through 2011 before sharply pivoting to migrate completely into private cloud in 2012. This session will look at the various business imperatives that evolved as the business matured and the strategies that proved successful along the way. In addition, the session will cover the latest pricing trends across public cloud providers, private and hybrid cloud technologies, and leveraging data and charge/show back to influence change in how your customers consume IT. It will also look at the pros and cons of public, private, and hybrid cloud adoption.
Speaker: Mark Williams, CTO, Redapt  
 
Hybrid Ops: Managing Your Applications Across Infrastructure Platforms
If you are like most cloud users, you maintain systems on different infrastructure platforms. Perhaps you run your systems across multiple public cloud providers. Or perhaps you choose the best platform for each component of your architecture, where your front-end is on one public cloud, your processing nodes are on another, and your back-end is on your own physical infrastructure. Or maybe you are embarking on a long-term migration from dedicated infrastructure to the cloud. This session highlights the hybrid scenarios that we run into most frequently at Google, the operational challenges in each, and best practices you can employ to operate your hybrid applications most effectively.
Speaker: Dan Belcher, Lead Product Manager - Logging and Monitoring, Google

Making The Cloud Feel Local
By 2017, two-thirds of the applications used by businesses will be processed in the cloud--including email, document sharing and storage, collaboration, ERP, CRM, and more. Historically, the closer the user has been to the data, the better. But in a cloud model, the business has less control over the data’s physical location, which can affect performance. Now the industry is at the threshold of a significant change that is poised to eliminate this constraint from most IT decisions. With the help of modern tools designed for this purpose, IT managers can tap into the cloud as efficiently as if all its resources were stored in the next room. Applications and data can be placed wherever is optimal for the business and can be quickly moved around as necessary. Users will experience no performance degradation. Administrators and developers can retain visibility into application behavior regardless of how much distance might separate them.
Speaker: Steve Riley, Technical Director in the Office of the CTO, Riverbed Technology

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of OpenStack Operations
Historically, some have considered OpenStack difficult to deploy and operate. There are dozens of resources— from consultants and training to distributions and tools—available to help, but is the problem really solved? The fact is, operating an OpenStack cloud is not a trivial endeavor. This talk will detail what it takes to actually operate an OpenStack cloud in production, from the perspective of a cloud operator who has more than three years of first-hand experience operating OpenStack clouds across dozens of deployments.
Speaker: Craig Tracey, Cloud Architect, Blue Box Group
 
The Post-Cloud: Where Google, DevOps and Docker Converge
The cloud technology landscape is shifting. We have a mixture of dead ends and new roads. New concepts like containers, DevOps, PaaS, and more are altering the way we look at cloud computing. Nicholas Weaver will strip away the magic and talk about how these concepts expose the next evolution of private cloud. One that is built on lessons learned by hyperscale companies like Google but attainable by the private cloud 99%.
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: Nick Weaver, Principal Platform Architect, Intel 

Cloud Connect Summit Sessions will be announced later this year. Follow @Cloud_Connect on Twitter for updates!
Cloud Economics and Strategy
Learn key economic and strategic lessons from an experienced hyperscale practitioner of public and private cloud. Mark Williams led the Infrastructure Operations team at Zynga through its unprecedented growth from traditional data center infrastructure in 2008 to becoming one of Amazon's largest cloud customers through 2011 before sharply pivoting to migrate completely into private cloud in 2012. This session will look at the various business imperatives that evolved as the business matured and the strategies that proved successful along the way. In addition, the session will cover the latest pricing trends across public cloud providers, private and hybrid cloud technologies, and leveraging data and charge/show back to influence change in how your customers consume IT. It will also look at the pros and cons of public, private, and hybrid cloud adoption.
Mark Williams, CTO, Redapt

Workshops Powered by Cloud Connect

Monday, April 27 – Tuesday, April 28

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.
Instructor:
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, ipSpace.net AG

Making Cloud Storage Work For Your Organization
The ready availability and relatively low price of cloud storage means IT departments can improve the services they provide while also keeping costs in line. Because cloud storage is equally accessible from anywhere, it's a compelling option for providing access to data from multiple locations. Cloud storage is also attractive for backup data. Even better, in a disaster IT can recover that data from a provider for rapid recovery. Add in how object storage services like Amazon's Glacier offer low-cost, long-term archiving and the cloud starts to look like a nice place to keep some of your data. The rub, of course, is that cloud storage is on the other side of the Internet from your applications, which adds significant latency and stresses your bandwidth. These latency and bandwidth challenges will require organizations to make process and organizational changes, and storage pros aren't big fans of change. This workshop will explore how you can bring the advantages of cloud storage to your organization without losing your mind.
Instructor:
Howard Marks, Contributing Editor, Network Computing

OpenStack Boot Camp
Cloud computing with OpenStack is a powerful way of providing and consuming IaaS to achieve the scale and agility required by IT departments today. In the most recent release, Icehouse, approximately 350 enterprise-driven features were included. Organizations such as Fidelity, Bloomberg, Comcast, Best Buy, and Wells Fargo are now deploying OpenStack-powered IaaS in production in order to increase operational efficiency and create real business value. The OpenStack Boot Camp provides an opportunity for cloud architects, IT management and business leaders to gain a working understanding of OpenStack and how to achieve business agility, performance and scale, and cost-savings within an existing enterprise environment. This introduction will cover topics like enterprise readiness for OpenStack, how to choose the best cloud for your applications and show real world examples on how companies are taking advantage of OpenStack today. In addition, the Boot Camp will provide an overview of the OpenStack ecosystem and how you can leverage this growing group of companies to make sure your deployments are successful.
Instructor
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Eric Wright, Principal Solutions Engineer/Technology Evangelist, vExpert, Cisco Champion
 
Practical Cloud Management
Many cloud deployments start with wonderful hopes and dreams, but quickly devolve to decentralized chaos, ever-increasing bills, or abandonment. This workshop will cover the most important aspects of cloud management so that your organization can realize the full benefits of the cloud instead of becoming a cautionary tale. We will cover how to establish a robust (but fixed) set of tools and resources; how to monitor access, performance, security, and cost; how to handle privileged-user access so that your developers and sysadmins have access to only the things they need; why you should (usually) bootstrap your servers instead of baking them; and how to take full advantage of automation and orchestration.
Instructor: Joe Emison, CTO, BuildFax

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Cloud Connect Exhibit Zone

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
ActiveState Software 909
Allot Communications 604
Data Specialties, Inc 1117
Deltek 614
DreamHost 521
LogicVein, Inc 617
Peer 1 Hosting 715
Qian Xin High Technology Co., Ltd 915
Puppet Labs, Inc 517
Redapt 911
ServerLIFT 1121
Spirent Communications 820
UberConference 515
Zippy Technology Corp 709

More Companies Announced Soon!

How to Register

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

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Ben Kepes

Director/Principal, 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.

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Charlie Babcock

Editor-at-Large, InformationWeek

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.

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Sam Charrington

Founder, 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 http://cloudpul.se, and writes about cloud and big data related topics for The New Stack at http://thenewstack.io. 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.

 

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