Next week I’m heading to San Francisco for a few days to take part in a couple of events. Firstly I’ll e taking part again in the annual Forecast event run by the Open Data Center Alliance. Forecast was held in New York last year and managed to bring together an excellent selection of technology customers to take part alongside the usual selection of vendors and industry pundits. Later in the week I’ll be attending GigaOm’s Structure event. Structure is always a highlight of the conference circuit – Om and his team bring together a who’s who of the cloud world and looking at the agenda, this year should continue that theme.

Over the week I’ll be taking part in three different sessions. First up at Forecast I’ll be moderating a panel looking at the current attention that private cloud is getting and trying to draw some conclusion and future predictions – is private cloud merely a stepping stone to the public cloud or will it continue to be an integral part of the way IT is delivered. I’ll be joined on the panel by a great selection of both vendors and customers including:

  • Herb Congdon, Associate Vice-President of Technology & Standards at TIA
  • Dawn Jutla from the OASIS Board of Directors
  • Gordon Haff, Senior Cloud Strategy Marketing and Evangelism Manager at RedHat
  • David Casper, Executive Director of UBS
  • Mark Atwood, Director of Open Source Engagement at HP
  • Ray Solnik, President of Appnomic

Anyone who is interested and hasn’t yet registered can use code SPSC-13 to register for the event here.

Next up I’ll be at Structure where I have two sessions. Firstly I’ve been asked to moderate a sponsored session from VirtueStream where we will look at addressing the key challenges enterprises face when moving mission-critical applications to the cloud. This will be a hands-on panel were we’ll explore best practices around security and compliance and delivering on relevant SLAs. I’ll be looking to extract some real world case studies and examples to illustrate the talk. Again for anyone who is interested in attending Structure, use this link for a discounted ticket.

Joining me on the panel will be

  • Brian Gracely, VP, Product Management at Virtustream
  • Rodney Rogers, Chairman and CEO at Virtustream

My final public engagement for the week I’m really looking forward to. I’ll be on a panel moderated by my good friend Paul Miller. The panel will seek to give some clarity around what we’re calling the “Multi-cloud opportunity”. The panel will no doubt extend the topic from my ODCA session a few days earlier and we’ll talk about the emergence of hybrid cloud – the motivations for its adoption, the implications for customers and vendors and the prognosis for this hybrid approach. In a real rarity for a Bay Area event, three of the four speakers will have a non-US accent, that in itself is noteworthy! The session will be made up of the following fine folks:

  • Paul Miller, Founder, Cloud of Data and Analyst, GigaOM Research
  • David Linthicum, SVP, Cloud Technology Partners and Analyst, GigaOM Research
  • Jo Maitland, Director, GigaOM Research

It’s going to be an excellent, albeit busy, week. Looking forward to catching up with many followers there.


Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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