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Upcoming Cloud Conferences Worth Checking Out

There’s a lot going on in the world of presentations and meetings about cloud-computing

Here at VM we’re planning our spring 2011 conference tour and we’re happy to say there’s a lot going on in the world of presentations and meetings about cloud-computing. Deadlines are fast-approaching though, so check out the list we’ve put together below and see if there’s something happening near you… hope to see you there!

Note: this list is incomplete and bound to change. Descriptions were taken off the sponsoring organizations’ websites and so may not reflect content and/or quality. Don’t hold us accountable if a conference sucks.

: Global Services Conference 2011: Enabling Business Transformation Through Global Sourcing

When: January 27, 2011 Where: NYC Cost: $1295.00 conference fee for consultants/providers Info: http://www.globalservicesmedia.com/events/gsc2011/

“There are… forces playing out in the industry that define the next generation of services delivery and enable business transformation. Cloud computing has implications not only for IT services but also for business processing; cloud-based delivery models present a discontinuous and disruptive shift that will redefine how IT and BPO services are delivered. The conference will present actionable propositions to leverage cloud-based models.”

What: ComputerWorld IT Leaders Conference: Extreme Convergence: Fusing IT and Business in a Leaner, Global, Virtualized World

When: March 6-8, 2011 Where: Palm Springs, CA Cost: $900 conference fee Info: http://www.premier100.com/ehome/index.php?eventid=14874&tabid=17544&

“Forget IT-business alignment. Business and IT are becoming virtually indistinguishable, converging on a singular enterprise vision and value delivery plan that guides every employee and project plan. How are the best and the brightest organizations today doing it? What does the end game look like? Computerworld’s annual Premier 100 conference will be better than ever in 2011, showcasing an all new kind of business and IT transformation that sets the stage for innovation, revenue growth and a fully engaged organization.”

: Cloud Connect Conference

When: March 8-10, 2011 Where: Santa Clara, CA Cost: Varies Info: http://www.cloudconnectevent.com/

“Learn about all the latest cloud computing innovations in the Cloud Connect conference—designed to serve the needs of cloud customers and operators—where you will see the latest cloud technologies and platforms and identify opportunities in the cloud.

The Cloud Connect conference gives you access to the best content, from the experts who are actually living this disruptive transformation every day. You will learn about clouds, discuss them with your peers, and help shape the strategy of the industry. You’ll come away with high level strategies to craft your utility computing plans, details on how to optimize cost, performance, capacity and risk, and real word end user examples that demonstrate the benefits and drawbacks of cloud computing.”

:  InfoSec World Conference & Expo

When: April 19-22, 2011 Where: Orlando, FL Cost: Free (?) Info: http://www.misti.com/default.asp?Page=65&ProductID=5539&ISS=21737&SID=625900

Everything security.

What:  1st International conference on Cloud computing and Service Science

When: May 7-9, 2011 Where: Noordwijkerhout, Netherlands Cost: Free (?) Info: http://closer.scitevents.org/home.asp

“The 1st International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science, CLOSER 2011, focuses on the emerging area of Cloud Computing, inspired by some latest advances that concern the infrastructure, operations, and available services through the global network. Further, the conference considers as essential the link to Services Science, acknowledging the service-orientation in most current IT-driven collaborations. The conference is nevertheless not about the union of these two (already broad) fields, but about Cloud Computing where we are also interested in how Services Science can provide theory, methods and techniques to design, analyze, manage, market etc. Cloud Computing.”

:  8th International Cloud Expo & 11th Virtualization Conference & Expo

When: June 6-9, 2011 Where: NYC Cost: Varies Info: http://www.cloudcomputingexpo.com/

From the Cloud Expo:

“‘Cloud’ has become synonymous with “computing” and “software” in two short years. Cloud Expo is the new PC Expo, Comdex, and InternetWorld of our decade. By 2012, more than 50,000 delegates per year will participate inCloud Expo worldwide. The cloud is certainly a compelling alternative to running all applications within a traditional corporate data center. But moving from theory into practice is where things get complicated, and this is where attending a top industry event like Cloud Expo comes in.

No one can take full advantage of cloud computing without first becoming familiar with the latest issues and trends, which is why the organizing principle of the 8th International Cloud Expo June 6-9, 2011, is to ensure – through an intensive four-day schedule of keynotes, general and breakout sessions, and our bustling Expo Floor – that attending delegates leave with abundant resources, ideas and examples they can apply immediately to leveraging the Cloud, helping them to maximize performance, minimize cost and improve the scalability of their Enterprise IT endeavors.

Delegates will leave 8th Cloud Expo with dramatically increased understanding of the entire scope of the cloud computing spectrum, from storage to security. Whether you’re an enterprise or small to medium business, you’ll soon be benefiting from the Cloud. Join your peers in New York City in Spring 2011, and maximize those benefits already in 2011.”

From the Virtualization Conference:

“Managers will leave Virtualization Expo with a full understanding of the interaction between virtual servers and the rest of the data center infrastructure. Indeed our overall aim is to ensure through an intensive three-day schedule of keynotes, general and breakout sessions, and not least our bustling Expo Floor that all attending delegates leave the Santa Clara Convention Center with abundant resources, ideas and examples they can apply immediately to leveraging Virtualization in their own corporate datacenter, on the desktop, and elsewhere.”

:  3rd Annual Cloud Computing World Forum

When: June 21-22, 2011 Where: London Cost: Free, requires registration Info: http://www.cloudcomputinglive.com/worldforum/

“Taking place on the 21st – 22nd June 2011, the 3rd Annual Cloud Computing World Forum is a Free-to-attend event and will feature all of the key players within the Cloud Computing and SaaS market providing an introduction, discussion and look into the future for the ICT industry. Building on the success of the 2010 show, this two day conference will provide the most complete and comprehensive platform for the global Cloud Computing and SaaS industry. Included in the 2011 show will be seminars on Cloud Computing, SaaS, Virtualization, CDN, Enterprise 2.0, Mobile Cloud Computing and Green IT.”

:  IEEE Cloud 2011: 4th International Conference on Cloud Computing

When: July 5-10, 2011 Where: Washington D.C. Cost: Varies Info: http://www.thecloudcomputing.org/2011/index.html

“Cloud Computing is becoming a scalable services delivery and consumption platform in the field of Services Computing. The technical foundations of Cloud Computing include Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Virtualizations of hardware and software. The goal of Cloud Computing is to share resources among the cloud service consumers, cloud partners, and cloud vendors in  the cloud value chain. Major topics cover Infrastructure Cloud, Software Cloud, Application Cloud, and Business Cloud.”

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Chris Bliss works at VM Associates, an end-user consultancy for businesses looking to move to the cloud from pre-existing legacy systems.

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