Cloud Connect Chicago to Show How Major Cloud Platforms Stack Up New Conference Program Aligns Content Tracks with Competing Cloud Ecosystems

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Cloud Connect Chicago, produced by UBM Tech, announces a new conference program built around the most competitive enterprise cloud stacks including OpenStack, CloudStack and Amazon Web Services. As the premier technology event for the cloud community, featuring the latest technologies, strategies and innovations, Cloud Connect will return to Chicago October 21—23 in a new downtown location, McCormick Place. For more information or to register visit: http://www.cloudconnectevent.com/chicago/.

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For many organizations, cloud computing has become an integral part of IT, but they continue to face critical technology decisions as competing platforms push for market leadership. As such, this year's program for Cloud Connect Chicago pits major industry players against each other with five conference tracks, each to represent a divergent cloud software strategy: Amazon Web Services & Eucalyptus, CloudStack, OpenStack, Platform-as-a-Service and Virtualization & Private Cloud.  As the unique architectures have both benefits and limitations, speakers affiliated with the different tracks will address key technology considerations and business impact across the leading use cases.

"Cloud Connect is uniquely positioned as the only conference and expo where you can evaluate the leading cloud ecosystems side by side," said Steve Wylie, Cloud Connect General Manager. "There has been much recent debate about which stack is the most apt building block for the enterprise cloud, yet no clear consensus. This new program format, intended to separate hype from reality, allows attendees to evaluate and compare the value of competing services and stimulates intelligent debate."

In addition to conference sessions, Cloud Connect will open with a full day of intensive cloud computing education through a series of Summits and Boot Camps. Designed to empower technology decision makers, these comprehensive workshops will outline standards and emerging trends around big data, security and risk, as well as management strategies in increasingly heterogeneous cloud environments. Notable new workshops on Monday, October 21 include OpenStack Boot Camp, SDN & Cloud Connectivity Summit, and the Cloud Essentials Training and Certifications, followed by Cloud IT Executive Summit on Tuesday.

Cloud Connect will host a variety of cloud providers for a two-day exhibition featuring cutting edge products and services. Top sponsors to date include: HP Cloud Services, IBM, Levementum, OVH.com, SoftLayer and Windstream.

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About UBM Tech
UBM Tech is a global media business that brings together the world's technology industry through live events and online properties.  Its community-focused media and events provide expertly curated content along with user-generated content and peer-to-peer engagement opportunities through its proprietary, award-winning DeusM community platform. UBM Tech's brands include EE Times, Interop, Black Hat, InformationWeek, Game Developers Conference, CRN, and DesignCon. The company's 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.

About Cloud Connect
Cloud Connect, produced by UBM Tech, is the defining event of the cloud computing industry and the only venue where attendees learn how to leverage the cloud ecosystem to develop new services, revenue streams and business models. 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. Cloud Connect offers three days of in-depth boot camps, panel discussions and access to a host of industry experts, all designed to help organizations weigh their cloud options and drive transformation.  For more information visit: www.cloudconnectevent.com.

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