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Geek Girls, DevOps, Containers, PaaS, and More

Top Six Reasons to Attend Cloud Expo

There are several hundred good reasons to attend Cloud Expo | @ThingsExpo and the DevOps Summit next week (June 9-11) at the Javits Center in New York. Hundreds of great presentations and exhibits, the world's largest audience at an independent Cloud and IoT event, and the inspiration that one always gets when hearing peers discuss what they are doing in the cloud.

I've winnowed the list down to half a dozen big-picture items. I'm sure you'll have your big reasons as well.

1. Geek Girls
I have a daughter who was an applied math major and is now an actuary, so I get to use the term "geek girls" and I get to be very proud of all women who achieve breakthroughs in STEM areas.

Within that context, I will be very proud to introduce Sandy Carter of IBM and Manjula Talreja of Cisco as the keynote speakers at Cloud Expo on Tuesday, June 10 and Wednesday, June 11, respectively.

Cloud Expo attendees will also find several other women delivering tremendous presentations. The Cloud Expo team, led by our CEO Carmen Gonzalez, actively recruits the best speakers available on more than 150 topics, including the best speakers who happen to be women. We look forward to continuing this tradition at Cloud Expo Santa Clara Nov 3-5, and beyond.

2. It's Alive! (OpenStack)
The OpenStack community just drew 6,000 people to its summit in Vancouver. Then today comes word that Cisco has acquired OpenStack player Piston Cloud and IBM has acquired the (already appropriately named) OpenStack player Blue Box.

Ongoing OpenStack consolidation means there's some validity to it, even if more for private cloud than for its original aim of competing with Amazon's public-cloud offerings.

3. Microservices & Containers
This rates only #3 on this list, but is the #1 story overall in cloud computing so far this year. There's a mighty wind a' blowin' and its scattering old ways of thinking every which way. It's important to remember that microservices aren't necessarily micro-they can provide substantial functionality and complexity - and that the huge promise of containers to reduce overhead has set up a battle among technology providers that will enlighten and clarify things over the next year or so.

4. It's Alive! (PaaS)
PaaS was going to be submerged into cloud infrastructure by now, but this hasn't happened. Designing, deploying, and managing apps and services in a cloud environment is a complex thing to do, and the benefits of a distinct PaaS not only address many of these issues but also ward off an era of Vendor Lock-in 2.0



5. IoT Ascending
The Internet of Things is no longer a curiosity but a quickly rising phenomenon. Not only with wearables, but with major efforts to create Smart Cities throughout the world, and address big problems such as power consumption, transportation, and healthcare.

6. Up with DevOps
We have Andi Mann, one of the world's leading experts and proponents, as our DevOps Summit chair, and he's put together a splendid double-track program in New York. The hyperconvergence, if you will, of distributed computing services and agile development is forcing the issue of DevOps onto organizations of all sizes. We're past the point of worrying about the validity of DevOps; it's time to board the train.

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About Roger Strukhoff
Roger Strukhoff (@IoT2040) is Executive Director of the Tau Institute for Global ICT Research, with offices in Illinois and Manila. He is Conference Chair of @CloudExpo & @ThingsExpo, and Editor of SYS-CON Media's CloudComputing BigData & IoT Journals. He holds a BA from Knox College & conducted MBA studies at CSU-East Bay.

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