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Alex Polvi is the CEO of Cloudkick, a Y-Combinator funded start-up. Cloudkick specializes in portability and openness between cloud providers. 1,000s of companies use Cloudkick to manage their infrastructure on Amazon EC2, Rackspace Cloud, GoGrid, etc. Additionally, Alex is a lead contributor to libcloud, an open source library for developers to build portable cloud applications. In the past, he has worked on many free/open infrastructure projects for the Mozilla Foundation, Google, and the Open Source Lab. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Oregon State University.
Cloud computing is the great leveller--replacing upfront investment with pay-as-you-go pricing, and making new kinds of companies possible. For many early stage companies, the economics are unbeatable, encouraging them to experiment while reducing the amount of investment needed to get to an initial product. This panel of startups and web companies will tell us what they learned as they built their new ventures on cloud platforms.
On Day Two of Enterprise Cloud Summit, we'll turn our eye outward to look at the many public cloud offerings that are levelling the IT playing field. Public cloud providers offer pay-as-you-go economics and tremendous flexibility; but they also create new security, portability, and performance concerns. Once the exclusive domain of web startups, today enterprises big and small are finding ways to incorporate public cloud platforms into their IT strategy. Whether you're deciding how to embrace them or want to learn from what others are doing, Enterprise Cloud Summit is the place to do it.
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As we try to use clouds for increasingly mainstream, production-grade applications, performance and reliability become a greater concern. In this session, we'll review existing studies on cloud performance, and look at what and how to measure cloud performance.