Is Your Head “In the Clouds” When it Comes to Cloud Computing?

Posted by: Jim Willette, SHARE Volunteer

One of the areas getting significant face-time at SHARE in Orlando 2011 is cloud computing. There is a lot of buzz around the cloud, with more companies beginning to explore this as a way to extend IT’s existing capabilities without adding overhead, new software or infrastructure. You may be surprised at the impact on resources in a cloud implementation. Cloud computing has been one of the hottest topics among the analyst community and even the media, but how are real-world IT professionals using the cloud effectively?

In a recent blog, John C. Dvorak stated, ""Somehow the idea that the cloud is so much better is just accepted as fact, because it was said so at GroupThink2010. Then is was repeated at DroneCon, then at a Conference for Dummies, and at the UsuakSuspects2011. From there, it was picked up by bloggers, and the rest is history."

Well, SHARE is not for dummies. Learn about what real people are doing with cloud computing. Cut through the buzzwords, and get past the groupthink to discover how you can benefit from this technology, and whether or not it is better for you.

You cannot take full advantage of cloud computing without first becoming familiar with what it entails and how the latest issues and trends relate to cloud computing such as:

  • How are real IT professionals implementing the cloud?
  • What efficiencies are they gaining through this implementation?
  • Should you be considering a Public Cloud, Private Cloud, or Hybrid Cloud approach?
  • What makes sense for your organization?
  • What should you be aware of?
  • What are the broader business implications?
  • How is the role of the mainframe being elevated by cloud computing?
  • What are the major architectural implications?

SHARE is well aware of the increasing importance of cloud computing in IT. In this series of sessions, you, as a SHARE attendee, will learn from, and network with, enterprise cloud computing professionals and experienced users. You will leave with ideas and examples that you can immediately apply to leverage the cloud. You will also gain an understanding of the entire scope of the cloud computing spectrum – from architecture to storage to security.

What issues around cloud computing are important to you? What are you hoping to learn about the cloud at SHARE in Orlando? What else would you like to learn in the future? Are you ready to implement cloud in your organization? What’s holding you back? Share your ideas and opinions, here and in Orlando.

Sessions in this area of interest include:
Monday 9:30 a.m. – 9915 Introduction to Cloud Computing: What's It All About?
Monday 11:00 a.m. – 10017 Using SOA to Implement Cloud - One Company's Modernization
Monday 1:30 p.m. - 9261 IBM's Cloud Computing Reference Architecture: Cloud Gets Real
Monday 3:00 p.m. – 9844 Cloud Storage: Backups in the Cloud
Tuesday 9:30 a.m. – 9354 Securing Data in a Cloud Environment
Tuesday 11:00 a.m. - 9916 Business Decisions for Cloud Computing
Tuesday 12:15 p.m. – 9600 CICS TS and the Cloud
Tuesday 1:30 p.m. – 10029 Business Strategy and Innovation: Cloud Computing is Elevating the Role of IT Mainframes
Tuesday 1:30 p.m. – 9772 Fit for Purpose Platform Selection
Tuesday 4:30 p.m. – 10055 Innovative Computing Solutions with System z and Other Architectures-- Including Implication in Performance Models
Wednesday 3:00 p.m. - 9352 Securing Your Data No Matter Where it Resides or Who Manages It
Thursday 8:00 am – 0459 Cloud Computing with IBM System z

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