Highlights from CloudSlam 2011

CloudSlam, a virtual annual conference about cloud computing, provided a fresh outlook on cloud computing, covering all the latest trends and innovations in the space. Here's an overview of some of the most innovative presentations.

The third edition of CloudSlam, a virtual annual conference about cloud computing presented by CloudCor, was held from April 18 to 22. The conference provided a fresh outlook on cloud computing, covering all the latest trends and innovations in the space. Since the first event in 2009, CloudSlam has been growing in prominence with partners like Microsoft, CA, Rackspace, AMD and many more endorsing the conference.

The conference hosted many innovative demonstrations and interesting presentations (delivered via WebEx hosted portals) from a variety of cloud players. Some interesting examples include:

  • Verizon demonstrated some of the world-class public and private cloud capabilities that are helping driving "Everything-as-a-Service" global cloud strategy to deliver content to users virtually anywhere, anytime, on any device.
  • Intel delivered a headline keynote address titled "Vision to Action – Cloud 2015" that discussed the key challenges facing IT as it evolves to the cloud. The speaker also explained how open, interoperable and standards-based solutions enable IT managers to realize greater benefits of cloud computing.
  • Fujitsu presented a vision of an “intelligent society” that describes how people and technology can be brought together to enhance the quality of life - on a wide scale. People today are entering a different era, where almost everything can be put on a network. New services are being created, such as cloud computing, sensor technology, and mobile services. It is an era in which people can greatly benefit from IT and the important role that technology plays in lives.
  • PwC shared insight into how companies can achieve business transformation by leveraging cloud technologies while maintaining strong controls over security.
  • ServiceMesh CEO Eric Pulier delivered a keynote titled "Primal Fear: Enterprise Cloud transformation and the Fight or Flight Reflex," which addressed common enterprise cloud adoption pitfalls and challenges that await IT and business leaders, along with practical strategies to overcome these hurdles and navigate risk.
  • Steve Taylor, CTO of OpenMake Software, discussed how Cloud technology can be leveraged to improve DevOps, particularly in the area of software builds and release. According to Steve, cloud technology is becoming increasingly important in the area of DevOps, exaplaining that cloud technology has become very important in the management of build servers and development machines.

All-in-all, the CloudSlam 2011 virtual conference gave a very comprehensive overview of the latest cloud trends, bringing together many of the largest and most influential players in the cloud ecosystem. For those that missed the conference, the conference proceedings, sessions audio-visual recordings and slide decks, can be purchased (in May 2011) from the CloudSlam homepage.

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