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by Joe Weinman
OpenStack. CloudStack. Amazon now lets Eucalyptus customers link their private clouds to AWS. The cloud industry has grown up, and after six years, Amazon is still on top. Do the open-source efforts have a chance, or is this recent fragmentation the last straw?
by Frank Frankovsky and Stacey Higginbotham
With the Open Compute Project, Facebook helped build a new type of infrastructure for its needs and the needs of other webscale companies that had been locked into a vendor-defined ecosystem. After taking the power in its own hands with Open Compute, Facebook isn't done. Frank Frankovsky, the director of hardware design and supply chain, highlights how to take webscale computing to the next level. Instead of just building data centers for scale, it's time to start thinking about how to operate them at scale too.
With the advent of all things cloud, Microsoft is in a great position to rock the PaaS space with its Windows Azure proposition. Redmond has been pushing ahead with its platform, and recent partnerships with consulting giants suggest more is on the way. Will it be the vendor to lead the enterprise as well as the industry in adopting PaaS? And how is the company thinking about big data relative to its cloud offerings? Come hear Microsoft's cloud chief in a conversation with us on the biggest trends in technology today and why he believes Microsoft has something new to offer.
by Thomas Roloff, Lisa Larson and Jo Maitland
What could your service provider do better for you? Over 250 major buyers were polled in industries covering the government, health care, manufacturing and consumer industries. From hybrid cloud to security, storage to disaster recovery, and readable websites to educated sales people, customers poured their hearts out about what service providers need to do to get their business. Join us as we share these key findings.
Vivek Kundra held the inaugural and defining role for the federal government's position of CIO. We are thrilled to be able to host a conversation with this much lauded and accomplished leader. In this conversation we talk to him about the role the federal government will play in transitioning American industry to the cloud, its role in governing and protecting the buyer of cloud services, and the future impact he hopes to make with the help of SaaS giant Salesforce.com.
The need for lowering cost, delivering more applications, and having faster infrastructure is on everyone’s mind. Tilera has developed acceleration solutions for data mining, storage, and caching, which will improve performance, free resources to support new applications, and extend the life of existing infrastructure. Come and join the discussion.
Are you considering making the move from retail colo to wholesale data center space? Wholesale colocation offers a flexible, reliable, and cost effective solution for today's enterprises, but it's still a new and sometimes misunderstood option. Get your questions answered by two of the industry’s most knowledgeable veterans from DFT.
As companies integrate cloud computing into their IT infrastructure strategy, IT departments have to integrate news ways of thinking about how IT resources are delivered. In this presentation we will discuss the major factors driving cloud adoption for the enterprise, relate how the adoption of cloud technologies is changing the way IT departments operate, and review case studies showing how businesses have used cloud services to achieve these cost-savings and efficiencies of the cloud.
With the emergence of cloud as a mainstream phenomenon, organizations have an opportunity to transform their existing solutions and expand their service offerings to excel in a world of many clouds. This session will explore Cisco CloudVerse and how unifying the data center, leveraging the intelligence in the network, and incorporating cloud-ready solutions can improve service providers’ customer satisfaction, give them an advantage in delivery speed and options, and lower their TCO.
Data centers used to be divided based on their reliability, but now a new way of thinking is emerging about server farms. There are those building special-purpose data centers in containers that can be added to on demand, while others are building out a data center ecosystem that puts a lot of broadband and service providers under one roof. Even those leasing floor space have options. As supporting our Web habit becomes a bigger business, which models will win out?
Equinix is building an API for its data center switch fabric that provides an “Internet bypass solution” to deliver high-performance connections. In addition, the fabric allows carriers to connect private WAN customers to virtual private-cloud services, a flavor of Internet bypass that can extend to all fibered buildings served by carriers. In this chat we talk to the two technology thought leaders about how OpenFlow's role and how customer-developed automation code for switches is allowing them to provide API differentiated core "fabric" services.
Go big or go home. The sporting adage is never more appropriate than with the consumer Web, but what does it take to build a Netflix, a Dropbox or a Zynga? Do you have to own your own cloud to do it? And how do you control your huge infrastructure cost?
by Marty Carney, Rikin Shah, Mark Theissen and Matt Estes
The challenge of big data is ease of access, performance at scale and integration with traditional data sources. With Cirro, single query joins between data in HDFS and a RDBMS can be federated across platforms and environments. Come hear our expert panel discuss real-world experiences solving today’s big data challenges.
by Ross Turk
Ceph is an open source distributed storage platform that scales beyond the technical and economical limits of traditional proprietary solutions. Built on a high-performance, self-managing, distributed storage platform, Ceph provides object storage, virtual block device storage, and a POSIX-compliant file system. This session will discuss the transformative power of Ceph and show how it will change the way we all think about data storage.
As more companies rely on the web and mobile to grow their businesses, the volume of data, connections, communications, and customers threatens to crush legacy infrastructures. Hear how forward-thinking technology executives are innovating ahead of their competition to confront the crush and build for the future.
Cloud computing can be very liberating: pay only for what you use, gain unlimited access to resources on-demand and move from vendor to vendor effortlessly. All of this is possible but requires planning and a real understanding of what is being offered by your service provider or software vendor. This workshop will cover open source, open data and open APIs to help you keep your options open and ensure long term success with cloud computing.
Once we have virtualized networking in the data center, we will have a powerful platform for delivering computing to a wider audience without the involvement of systems administrators. So begins the freedom to program data centers to optimally perform whatever applications we want to run on them.
by Rebecca Jacoby and Derrick Harris
As CIO of Cisco, Rebecca Jacoby has to manage the IT needs of a large multinational corporation and channel product-development feedback to her peers worldwide. One of the issues of late that has caught her attention has been the discussion about big data. We will hear her somewhat-contrarian views and what other CIOs worldwide should be thinking about when looking to maximize value from big data.
To date PaaS has largely been about supporting simple Web application designs that are more-scalable versions of their client-server predecessors. But the application design, deployment and business model assumptions built into these platforms seem set to evolve. This panel investigates how business models may have to consider deployment and revenue from new angles as well as how propositions will need to encompass mobile clients and support real-time transactions and closed-loop analytics on big data.
Node.js is enjoying enormous popularity in the developer world. A language born from the internal needs of a huge service provider to provide scalable and nonblocking services, it is receiving tremendous accolades and use in the webscale community. In this session we examine its future and the impact it holds for the enterprise community as it goes not webscale but real time in a very distributed manner.
Windows Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. You can build applications using any language, tool or framework. And you can integrate your public cloud applications with your existing IT environment. This workshop will walk you through the latest Windows Azure features how you can quickly start building cloud applications today.
Big data fast data architecture gives IT an opportunity to change the competitive landscape by helping companies make faster and better decisions. This architecture combines in-memory data management with business intelligence to develop big data applications. Join Chris Keene, VP Emerging Products and gain insight into the transformative value of big data fast data.
SeaMicro, recently acquired by AMD, has built the most energy efficient servers on the market. With millions of hours of deployment in production networks, AMD’s SeaMicro product line sets the standard for high density, energy efficient servers. In this session we review the SeaMicro technology and explain how it applies to any CPU. We will go over customer deployment case studies and review performance data across multiple workloads.
In this session, learn how to benefit from physical cloud hub locations and direct connections to public cloud providers to build the best connected cloud for your customers. The flexibility to develop and customize public, private and hybrid solutions will address buyer concerns, drive performance and lower barriers to entry.
by Damian Black
A 30-year-old, long-forgotten area of computer science research is now having its 15 minutes. Dataflow computing, conceived in the early days of parallel computing, was sidelined as industry interest shifted to the Wintel PC. Now, faced with increasing data volumes and decreasing time availability on very distributed infrastructure, the time has come to reexamine Dataflow and other technologies for their application to the needs of handling volume data in the cloud.
Until recently the industry has seen remarkably little innovation in databases. Why are we seeing so much variety now? NoSQL grew out of the limitations of SQL for certain use cases, but SQL will not disappear. So where will both ultimately belong? We are seeing that the brouhaha around NoSQL as a category obscures the fact that a variety of databases are needed to address a large range of use cases. This panel will examine how design patterns have evolved, especially those underpinning cloud applications, and how those patterns are driving innovations in database design.
Box has been a pioneer in the SaaS and simplified storage space for many years. Its outspoken leader shares his viewpoints and the industry's misconceptions about the cloud.
Everything we do in the cloud is about supporting the delivery of your application. Between the application and the big iron that powers it, there is a layer of management and software that orchestrates magic. This panel brings together differing viewpoints about application and infrastructure management, the gaps in between, and why now more than ever you should be paying attention to the different approaches and their impacts on your organization.
20th–21st June 2012