Over 100 Experts to Headline Cloud Slam '09, World's Premier Cloud Computing Event

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The first annual virtual conference on cloud computing will feature an exceptional lineup of industry thought leaders. Hosted online April 20-24, 2009, Cloud Slam '09 will explore the hottest trends impacting cloud computing, widely expected to be the "next big thing" for IT.

Toronto, March 23, 2009-- Some of the most respected names in the world of cloud computing are slated to share their expertise at Cloud Slam '09 from April 20-24, 2009. Focused on trends and innovations driving the rapid adoption of cloud computing, the virtual conference will examine the field's latest research, technologies, business models, industry experiences and challenges.

Cloud Slam '09 will feature panel discussions and presentations by over 100 pioneers of the cloud computing community. Keynote speakers include Simon Crosby, founder and CTO of XenSource/ Citrix Systems, Songnian Zhou, CEO of Platform, Hal Stern, SVP of global systems engineering at Sun Microsystems, Maximilian Ahrens, CTO of Zimory, and Jayshree Ullal, president and CEO of Arista Networks.

Other distinguished speakers will represent Google, Amazon, Cassatt, EMC, Cisco, Trend Micro, Forrester Research, Gartner, RightScale, 3Leaf Systems, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, NetApp, F5 Networks, Nirvanix, Desktone, rPath, Joyent, Elastra, Appistry, SOASTA, 451 Group, Rackspace, Cordys, Booz Allen Hamilton and an array of equally esteemed innovators.

Designed to arm IT professionals with the latest strategies for getting the greatest value from the cloud, the conference will deliver career-enhancing benefits such as exposure to best practices and opportunities to network with peers, major players and emerging experts. Enterprises attending the event will also gain insights into capturing cloud computing revenues now pegged by market analysts at $100 billion.

"The cloud will be the next big thing in IT," says Cloud Slam '09 keynote speaker Russ Daniels, VP and CTO of cloud services strategy at HP. "Yet much of the hype about the cloud has obscured the true benefits. The cloud will fundamentally change the way people and businesses connect to information, profoundly impacting every aspect of our lives."

The conference's virtual format, relying on video conferencing and telepresence solutions, answers the growing demand to "go green" while also helping businesses cut travel costs without sacrificing the collaborative advantages of face-to-face meetings.

In partnership with Cloud Slam 09, BUSINESSWEEK magazine will be publishing a special ad section devoted entirely to the business imperatives of cloud computing in its April 13, 2009 global edition. "Cloud Computing: Next-Gen Internet to Power Business" hits newsstands April 3.

Further details on Cloud Slam '09, the world's premier cloud computing event, are available on the conference website at http://cloudslam09.com.

For sponsorship opportunities, enabling companies to communicate directly with the decision makers shaping the future of cloud computing, please contact Khazret Sapenov at info(at)cloudslam(dot)org.

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