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As the world is moving to online in general and cloud in particular, what is going to happen to the $40 bln hosting industry?

Parallels (which is probably the largest software vendor for hosters) published video recordings from their Parallels Summit 2012, including this keynote fro their founder Serguei Beloussov. At 31:51 mark he talks about the area near and dear to my heart – Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and specifically Jelastic in which I work. Check it out and see if you share Serguei’s views on where the industry is going:

Click to watch the recording on YouTube

 

There’s yet another cloud conference coming our way this April – but this one is special.

So far most of the cloud tradeshows have either been heavily developer- and investor-/analyst-oriented, or simply cloud tracks and sessions on vendor events. The Experts Conference (TEC) is different with its heavy focus on IT professionals.

Full disclosure: I have been involved helping the conference organizers set up the cloud track – and I am pretty proud of the line-up of speakers and sessions we managed to come up with.

TEC is actually a very established technology conference. They started 10 years ago as a very technical (level 400+) and practical Directory conference by the experts for the experts. I believe that with all the marketing hype about the cloud which we are getting these days, its about right time for the event to expand to the cloud. After all, IT professionals who want to be on the cutting edge today actually need to know how to set up federation, deploy Office 365, Google Apps, Amazon or Salesforce.com, what is the state of private cloud technology, what SAMLOAuth and OpenID are and how to use them, and much more.

And to give you that information we got folks from product teams, system integrators, and just practitioners with vast experience in all these technologies!

You can find the full agenda of the Cloud and Virtualization Track here. Below are just some of the highlights:

Joey Snow will be talking about Windows Azure (Microsoft’s platform as a service) from IT pro perspective – this will be quite unique considering that Microsoft’s official Azure message is very much developer-oriented!

There will be multiple sessions about Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and other components of the BPOS/Office 365 suite from Microsoft: ranging from real-world experience on when these work and when on-premise options are still superior, how to handle the migration, how to integrate your on-premise directory with the cloud system, what is their state of security and even how they stack up against Google Apps. These are getting delivered by superstars including: Jerry Camel, Mike KostersitzJarrod RoarkDave ChennaultEinar MykletunBill Baer, Dmitri Gavrilov and David Smith.

There will be great discussions on the major authentication and authorization protocols including OpenID and OAuth, ADFS, REST, SAML from industry experts Brian PuhlEve MalerPat PattersonLaura E. HunterFemi AladesuluNikita RyuminCarol WapshereDave JonesMark Wahl.

Finally, we have great representation from industry experts and team members from Microsoft teams (Office 365, Windows Intune, ADFS), Salesforce.com, Rackspace, RiverbedSteve RileyPat PattersonJohn EngatesJoseph Dadzie.

So expect a lot of highly practical content and social interaction with the folks who are using cloud in real life today!

The conference is April 17-20, 2011 in Las Vegas. Learn more and sign-up for the event here.

The Experts Conference 2011: Advanced Training on Cloud Technologies for Enterprise IT ArchitectsWhat do enterprise IT architects need to know about the Cloud? What is the difference between SAML and OAuth? Can you really host an AD domain controller in the cloud? How do you enable single sign-on (SSO) between Active Directory and Salesforce.com? Microsoft’s Office 365 or Google Apps? What is the state of art for security and compliance in the cloud?

These are just some of the questions which are probably going to be discussed at The Experts Conference 2011 in Las Vegas, April 17-20 2011.

If these questions are relevant to you – register today and get the early bird discounts.

If you are an industry expert willing to present at the event on one of the topics I listed above or a related cloud topic – you still have a few days to submit a session proposal here. You can also contact me for more information or assistance in submitting your session proposal.

This Monday, August 2nd, 2010 I will be talking about how cloud computing is transforming the Systems Management industry at the Cloud Computing usergroup in Mountain View, CA. Here’s the abstract:

As SaaS and cloud matures and gets wider acceptance it starts affecting new markets and application areas. While more and more widely adopted in consumer space, collaboration, CRM and human resource management, cloud only recently started affecting IT professionals and systems management in general.

Dmitry Sotnikov heads Cloud efforts at one of the biggest IT management software vendors – Quest Software. In this session he will share his views on how cloud is changing enterprise IT and what threats and opportunities he sees for existing IT software vendors, as well as Value-Added Reseller (VAR), Managed Service Provider (MSP) and System Integrator (SI) companies.

Please stop by if you are in the Valley or close. See you on Monday!

Here’s when and where you can find me in Berlin this week:

Microsoft Online Services booth (Unified Communications area) in the TLC area (3.2)

I’ll be there tomorrow (Tuesday) during the evening reception – 6:15-8:00 pm. Obviously, I will be happy to answer any questions on Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, LiveMeeting, OCS Online and sign

And then, both Tuesday and Wednesday:

For developers:

BOF10: Developing on Azure: Stories from the Trenches
Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 12:20-13:00 (lunch break)
Interactive theater 5, Yellow – Hall 3.2

Have you given Windows Azure a try? Whether it was just kicking the tires or you are deep in the enterprise application development, let’s get together and share the lessons we learned on the way.

For IT Professionals:

BOF13: Going to the Cloud: Are we crazy?
Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 12:20-13:00 (lunch break)
Interactive theater 6, Pink – Hall 3.2

Are cloud services about efficiency or negligence? About being able to outsource commodity services and concentrate on core competence or loosing control and risking getting out of compliance? Which IT services can be safely moved to the cloud and which should stay in house? Let’s get together and discuss the present and the future of Software + Services use in our companies, share success stories, lessons learned, discuss concerns and best practices.

And you can obviously contact me by email or twitter. So if you are at TechEd Europe 2009 – I am looking forward to seeing you this week!

There are two cloud-related sessions in the “community” section of Microsoft TechEd Europe 2009 and you need to vote for them here if you are attending the conference (and obviously if you want them in the agenda).

Basically, both are on cloud computing: one for developers and the other for IT professionals:

Going to the Cloud: Are we crazy?

Are cloud services about efficiency or negligence? About being able to outsource commodity services and concentrate on core competence or loosing control and risking getting out of compliance? Which IT services can be safely moved to the cloud and which should stay in house? Let’s get together and discuss the present and the future of Software + Services use in our companies, share success stories, lessons learned, discuss concerns and best practices.

Developing on Azure: Stories from the Trenches

Have you given Windows Azure a try? Whether it was just kicking the tires or you are deep in the enterprise application development, let’s get together and share the lessons we learned on the way.

Both topics are near and dear to my heart, and as a matter of fact, will be moderated by me should they get into the agenda.

So if you want these sessions in Berlin this November, please cast your vote here.

Recording from my TEC session on IT professional view on identity management and AD-integration for Exchange Online and Windows Azure has just got posted:

Enjoy!

You can find other session recordings from TEC (including keynote!) here.

Also, if you are based in Europe – TEC Europe in coming to Berlin in September and early bird discounts are still available – see the conference site for details.

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