SVForum Cloud Day: The Cloud at Scale - It's Not Just for Startups Anymore



  • Behold... the age of the cloud has arrived. While not a new concept, cloud computing has finally emerged from relative obscurity to become a mainstream concept over the past several years. Widespread adoption is no longer in question, any credible software company necessarily offers its solutions “on demand”, and “X-as-a-service” has expanded from software to platforms and infrastructure. Yet despite these successes, many questions remain. How is cloud poised to continue its evolution? What factors are slowing advancement, and which pose the greatest risks and challenges? Which new technologies and architecture strategies can surmount obstacles, create new capabilities and enable potentially powerful business models? What role do M&A and venture financing play in driving the pace and depth of change across the sector?

    Join SV Forum for Cloud Day – 2012 to explore these and many other questions along with a group of other industry professionals like yourself. The day will include presentations by industry thought leaders, conversations with senior-level representatives from significant players in the cloud ecosystem, and networking sessions that allow you to meet others and exchange ideas.


    7:30am - 8:30am Registration/Continental Breakfast & Networking
    8:30am - 8:45am Welcome and Introductions
    8:45am - 9:15am

    State of the Cloud: Adoption, Investment, Deployment
        James Staten, Vice President, Principal Analyst, Forrester Research, Inc.

    9:15am - 10:00am We Aren't There Yet: Barriers to Cloud Success
        Rob Craft, Microsoft
    10:00am - 10:30am Morning Break
    10:30am - 11:15am Real-world Adoption: The AWS Perspective
        Simone Brunozzi, Amazon
        Michael Crandell, RightScale
        George Reese, enStratus

    11:15am - 12:00pm

    Open Data, Open PaaS, Open Cloud
        Dr. Amr Awadallah, Cloudera
        Kyle MacDonald, Canonical
        Issac Roth, Red Hat
        James Watters, VMware
        Moderated by: Dave Nielsen, CloudCamp 

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Lunch, Demo Tables & Networking

    1:00pm - 1:45pm


    Cloud Smackdown 1: Dynamics of Platforms and Hybrid Clouds
        Chris Kemp, Nebula
        Marten Mickos, Eucalyptus Systems
        Peder Ulander, Citrix
        Moderated by: Bernard Golden, enStratus

    1:45pm - 2:30pm


    Advanced Topics: What You May Not Know About the Cloud (or Apps you didn't think were possible yet)
        Michael Hoch, Virtustream
        Dima Rekesh, IBM
        Guido Schroeder, Splunk    
        Dr. Michael Zeller, Zementis     
        Moderated by: Rachel Chalmers, 451 Research

    2:30pm - 2:45pm Afternoon Break

    2:45pm - 3:30pm




    Cloud Smackdown 2: Big Data/ Analytics - Raison d'etre for the Cloud?
        Michael Driscoll, Metamarkets
        Damien Katz, Couchbase
        Chase McMichael, Infinigraph
        David Sonnenschein, SAP
        Moderated by: John Akred, Accenture Technology Labs

    3:30pm - 4:15pm


    Making Rain: Funding and M&A Transaction Outlook for the Cloud
        Jeff Hinck, Icon Venture Partners
        Lars Leckie, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners
        Ellen Pao, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
        Julia Reigel, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
        Moderated by: John Mack, Accenture

    4:15pm - 4:30pm Closing
    4:30pm - 6:00pm Wine Reception sponsored by Accenture