Cloud Connect Announces Expanded Keynote Lineup for Silicon Valley Event

New One-Day PaaS Workshop, DEPLOYCON, To Kick-Off Cloud Connect on Monday

Mar 15, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, March 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cloud Connect, produced by UBM Tech, today announced the expanded lineup of keynote speakers, including Ann Winblad of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners and Margaret Dawson of HP Cloud Services.  In addition, DEPLOYCON, presented by Rishidot Research LLC, is a new one-day conference presented in conjunction with Cloud Connect covering the expanding theme of platform as a service (PaaS).  Cloud Connect is the premier technology event for cloud computing, featuring the latest technologies, platforms, strategies, and innovations in the cloud and will take place April 2-5, 2013 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. For more information, visit


In addition to the previously announced lineup from CloudOps Research, Cisco, General Electric, PayPal, Telx and Warner Music Group, the below listed, recently confirmed keynote speakers will also take the main stage:

  • Margaret Dawson, Vice President of Product Marketing and Cloud Evangelist, HP Cloud Services
  • Jim Davies, CTO, Mitel
  • Lisa Larson, VP of Enterprise Cloud Solutions, Rackspace
  • Rich Murr, VP of IT Operations, Rackspace
  • Nathan Day, Chief Scientist, SoftLayer
  • Kit Colbert, Chief Architect and Principal Engineer, VMWare

The keynote stage will also feature a panel discussion on the hot topic of open source cloud computing titled: "Are Clouds the Gateway Drug to a Quantified Society?"  This panel will be moderated by Ann Winblad, Co-founder and Managing Director of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners and panel participants include Citrix, CloudOps and Red Hat.

"We've secured an incredible lineup of industry visionaries from leading companies shaping the cloud computing industry today," said Steve Wylie, Cloud Connect General Manager. "Whether you're an IT professional getting up to speed on the cloud or a manager looking to transform your environments into a private cloud, this year's conference program can help you understand the latest innovations and develop a productive cloud strategy.  These speakers will provide insight on the full range of cloud platforms, applications, and challenges – touching on key trends like big data, open source and PaaS."

A new addition to the program, DEPLOYCON 2013, produced by Rishidot Research LLC, held this year on Tuesday, April 2 in conjunction with Cloud Connect, will bring together CIOs, enterprise managers, IT and developers to discuss how organizations can better leverage Platform Services to enable IT transformation to agile IT.  DEPLOYCON features a lineup of heavy hitter technical and business experts in cloud platform services from the likes of EnStratius, Intel and Warner Music Group. In order to better leverage the fast-evolving platforms services, this program is intended to empower developers to build modern services around big data while also helping business users effectively manage functional needs.

Cloud Connect Silicon Valley offers a multi-day conference, including tracks on Big Data, Mobile Cloud, Private and Hybrid Clouds, and Organizational Readiness, in-depth workshops and an expo floor, showcasing cloud solutions from top cloud computing technology companies. Several sponsors include: Cisco, Rackspace, SoftLayer, VMWare, Citrix, Mitel, RedHat, Akamai Technologies, IBM, Nuage Networks, Oracle, ProfitBricks and Sungard Availability Services. For more information, visit:

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About Cloud Connect
Cloud Connect, produced by UBM Tech, is the defining event of the cloud computing industry. As both a conference and an exhibition, Cloud Connect's goal is to chart the course of cloud computing's development by bringing together enterprise IT professionals, developers, infrastructure and service providers and cloud computing innovators. UBM Tech has produced cloud events that define and frame cloud computing discussions since June 2008, including Cloud Summit Executive and Enterprise Cloud Summit at Interop. Cloud Connect is a one-of-a-kind event that encompasses the entire cloud computing ecosystem featuring a full conference program, IT & Developer workshops and an expo. For more information visit:

About UBM Tech
UBM Tech is a global media business that provides information, events, training, data services, and marketing solutions for the technology industry.  Its media brands and information services inform and inspire decision makers across the entire technology market— engineers and design professionals, software and game developers, solutions providers and integrators, networking and communications executives, and business technology professionals.  UBM Tech's industry-leading media brands include EE Times, Interop, Black Hat, InformationWeek, Game Developer Conference, CRN, and DesignCon. The company's information products include research, education, training, and data services that accelerate decision making for technology buyers.  UBM Tech also offers a full range of marketing services based on its content and technology market expertise, including custom events, content marketing solutions, community development and demand generation programs. UBM Tech is a part of UBM (UBM.L), a global provider of media and information services with a market capitalization of more than $2.5 billion.


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