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InformationWeek Conference Cloud Connect

Cloud Connect Track

For the most innovative startups, cloud computing is the dominant model for technology innovation and business disruption. Enterprise IT organizations are rapidly trying to determine how to harness cloud computing to bring agility to their businesses as well, but they are challenged with legacy application portfolios, new security models and compliance complexities. Determining how to deploy private, public or hybrid cloud for existing and cloud native applications will have direct impact on their business successes or failures. Interop's Cloud Connect track will help attendees think about the potential of cloud, select the cloud architectures and services that are best suited for their businesses, and explore how the technology can be integrated into both legacy systems and new initiatives.

Track Chair

Brian Gracely


Brian Gracely brings over 20 years of industry experience to the Interop community, having held leadership, product management, strategy, marketing and technical marketing roles for Cisco, Linksys, NetApp, Virtustream and EMC. His experiences can be found at the intersection of new technologies and new business models. He has delivered both commercial products/solutions and open source software projects to global markets. Brian is active in many technical communities, including DevOps, networking (CCIE), virtualization (VMware vExpert 2011-2015) and cloud computing. He is widely recognized for his podcast The Cloudcast, and has been a frequent writer about cloud computing topics. He is a published author and editor for Cisco Press and often speaks at industry events and local meetups. Brian holds a BS and MBA from Wake Forest University, and completed executive programs at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Find him on Twitter: @bgracely.


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

  • 5-Day Pass (Monday-Friday: 2 days of summits/workshops & 3 days of conference sessions)
  • 3-Day Pass (Conference sessions Wednesday-Friday)
  • 2-Day Pass (Summits & Workshops Monday & Tuesday)