Announcing Xconomy’s June 24 Forum: The Promise and Reality of Cloud Computing

Yes, “cloud computing” is a trendy buzzword. But it’s also a real technology serving as the platform for a growing number of innovative businesses. And within a few years, it seems certain, big chunks of the everyday computing done by large enterprises and average consumers will be handled in the cloud. Here’s what a few of the experts are saying:

On June 24, you can hear Simeonov, Landry, Wladawsky-Berger, Zippel, Carr, and other experts share their experiences and insights directly, at Xconomy’s afternoon forum, The Promise and Reality of Cloud Computing.

The forum, which will run from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm at Akamai’s corporate headquarters in Kendall Square, will be Xconomy’s most ambitious and in-depth public event to date. We’ll divide our distinguished lineup of speakers into two panels—one looking at today’s largest and most ambitious manifestations of cloud computing at companies like Google, Amazon, and Yahoo, and the other gauging how entrepreneurs can make the best use of cloud infrastructures in their own businesses—punctuated by incisive keynote talks and Q&A sessions with the experts.

If you attend, we promise you’ll go home with a working definition of cloud computing and how it relates to grid computing, utility computing, and software-as-a-service; an up-to-the-minute picture of the most significant current applications of cloud computing; and a toolbox of recommendations, cautions, and contacts you can use as you begin to engage with cloud computing technology yourself.

Register between now and June 10 and we’ll give you a special early-bird rate of $95 per person. After that, the price goes up to $125. The first 50 people to register will receive a free copy of Nicholas Carr’s book, The Big Switch. As a special bonus, event host Akamai will take guests on a tour of its Network Operations Command Center, where engineers oversee the company’s edge computing network of 34,000 servers worldwide. We hope to see you there.

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