More Scenes from Cloud Connect 2012

The cloud computing action continued at the Cloud Connect conference on Wednesday and Thursday, as thousands of industry executives, vendors and end users gathered at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Focal points of the discussion included the challenges involved in enterprise implementation of cloud technology, and the role of data centers in supporting effective cloud applications. Here are some highlights of Wednesday’s sessions and exposition.

Chris Kemp, the CEO of Nebula and co-founder of OpenStack, discussed the future of cloud technologies in the enterprise in Wednesday's first keynote. (Photo: Rich Miller).

IBM had one of the most prominent booths in the Cloud Connect expo at the Santa Clara Convention Center. (Photo: Rich Miller).

Gregory Clark, the Global Portfolio Director of Data Center Services for CSC, was among the panelists in a session sponsored by CoreSite that examined the attributes of a succesful cloud computing data center (Photo: Rich Miller).

Along with the many newer cloud companies, industry stalwarts Cisco Systems (front) and Microsoft (at rear) also had prominent booths on the exposition floor. (Photo: Rich Miller).

Philip Easter, the Director of Mobile Apps for American Airlines, discussed how the airline uses cloud technologies to expand its reach across mobile apps and devices. (Photo: Rich Miller).