Gigaom Structure 2011

Making Sense of the Real Cloud
After years of questions about what cloud computing is and how it will affect IT, we’re finally starting to get answers. With major acquisitions having gone...

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Making Sense of the Real Cloud
After years of questions about what cloud computing is and how it will affect IT, we’re finally starting to get answers. With major acquisitions having gone down, hybrid clouds now a reality and the federal government eyeing cloud-inspired legislation, it is becoming more clear how the cloud landscape will shape up. At Structure 2011, we’ll address these issues and more to help attendees make sense of where cloud services are headed and how they’ll affect everything from application development to data center design. Anyone with a vested interest in cloud computing won’t want to miss this chance to hear about its future from the people who are making it happen.

Among the topics Structure 2011 will cover are:
Has Infrastructure as a Service Come Down to Earth?

Dedicated physical servers and managed service are increasingly becoming part of the offerings for cloud providers with roots in traditional hosting. While cloud purists might argue that dedicated servers have no place in cloud computing, there is a strong argument that it’s just part of the necessary features for bringing in large enterprise customers that demand higher security and reliability.
The Potholes that Await Platform as a Service

The PaaS market has grown a lot over the past year, with new offerings coming online regularly and even large vendors such as Salesforce.com and Red Hat buying their ways into the game. With PaaS looking increasingly like the future of application hosting, organizations and developers need to know what to look for to ensure they make the best possible choice when choosing a PaaS provider.
What’s New in Webscale Infrastructure

Just as the web continues evolving, so too does the infrastructure supporting it: energy-efficient ARM-based servers from big-time chipmakers and fast-maturing NoSQL databases are just the tip of the iceberg. Who better to analyze both the trends of today and tomorrow than the individuals responsible for managing some of the largest server footprints in the world?
What Rights Does Anyone Have in the Cloud?

Cloud computing has operated largely outside the watchful eye of the law, but that’s about to change. As enterprises start seriously looking at cloud services, their lawyers are starting to look seriously at the liabilities those enterprises might be taking on. On Capitol Hill, policy mavens for major technology companies are pushing Congress to rewrite archaic laws to ensure constitutional protection for data stored in the cloud. A lot will change as these forces pick up steam.
Making the Case for Cloud Databases

There was a time when cloud databases were contained to whatever proprietary and specialized database your provider created for that specific cloud. That’s no longer the case, as there are now various SQL databases written specifically for the cloud. But there are questions to answer: Will organizations be willing to move into the cloud the data that drives their applications? Can cloud databases overcome scaling and performance issues that have plagued relational databases over the years? We’ll find the answers.
Does the Need for Speed Mean “Goodbye, Disks?”

Spinning hard disk drives still dominate data center storage, but that era looks to be coming to an end. Innovative startups and large vendors alike are pushing everything from in-memory caches to flash storage to speed access to data for all types of workloads, from web applications to real-time analytics. With the technology always improving and prices continuously dropping for these high-speed alternatives, spinning disks might be losing ground in their traditional strongholds to products that align more closely with today’s real-time world.
Register now to ensure your spot at the year’s best event to meet cloud computing’s movers and shakers and engage in meaningful discussions around all things cloud.