GigaOm Media convened Structure 2012 on Wednesday, which marked the fifth year for the event. The main session and exhibit hall at the UCSF- Mission Bay campus in San Francisco were crowded with IT professionals and infrastructure specialists who were focused on deploying, optimizing and managing cloud infrastructures. Themes such as cloud operating systems, networking and "big data" were popular topics at the infrastructure conference. Below are highlights from the first day of the event.
Derrick Harris of GigaOm (right) listens as Steve Herrod, CTO and SVP of VMware, talks about how the next step in IT will be for all hardware in the data center to become virtualized, thus creating the "software-defined data center." (Photo: Colleen Miller)
Lew Moorman, president of Rackspace, said his company's public cloud engine will be powered by OpenStack by August 1. The open source cloud OS represents a method to achieve an "end-to-end open and scalable cloud" with access to the entire code base, Moorman said. (Photo: Colleen Miller)
Sundar Pichai, SVP, Chrome and Apps, Google, said the advent of multiple mobile devices will do a lot to bring the cloud to people. The Google laptop, called the Chromebook, is basically a stateless computer requiring zero administration and connected to the cloud for all applications. (Photo: Colleen Miller)
During the morning break, participants at the GigaOm Structure event take a moment to check messages and reply to emails, along the stairway in the UCSF - Mission Bay student center. (Photo: Colleen Miller)
The two-day conference was well attended with many participants speaking to such vendors as VMware, Equinix and chip-maker Seamicro, which is now part of AMD. (Photo: Colleen Miller)
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