GigaOM Big Data 2011: Inaugural Event Announces New Speakers and Sponsors

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The only conference to focus on innovative technology solutions to the Big Data problem welcomes executive speakers from Yahoo!, Google, IBM, NetApp, Microsoft, EMC, and more

GigaOM, a leading business media company, today announced a growing roster of top-tier speakers and sponsors for Big Data 2011, GigaOM’s inaugural conference focused on next-generation solutions to today’s “big data” challenges. Leaders from Yahoo!, 10gen, Aspera,, and Revolution Analytics will join the star-studded speaker lineup from the enterprise data industry, including executives from IBM, Google, NetApp, EMC, Cloudera, Microsoft, and more. Sponsors such as Dell, The New York Times, Aspera, and Mashable announced their support for Big Data.

Big Data will take place March 23, 2011 at Pier Sixty at The Chelsea Piers in New York City. Speakers at Big Data are a veritable who’s-who of the enterprise data industry. Keynote speaker and panelists include: Jim Baum, CEO of Netezza; Dave Hitz, founder and EVP of NetApp; Scott Yara, co-founder of Greenplum and VP of products at EMC’s Data Computing Products Division; Amr Awadallah, CTO and VP of engineering at Cloudera; Todd Papaioannou, VP of cloud architecture at Yahoo!; Hilary Mason chief scientist at; Michelle Munson, president and CEO, and co-founder of Aspera; and Lee Edlefsen, chief scientist at Revolution Analytics. New speakers are being announced regularly.

“The inaugural Big Data conference is the only event where organizations can learn strategies to more efficiently gather, store, manage, and analyze vast volumes of data to get real insights into their businesses, and we’re thrilled so many top speakers have elected to take the stage at this pivotal event,” said Stacey Higginbotham, Big Data conference chair and senior writer at GigaOM. “The massive amount of data today – everything from web analytics and CRM, to network and transactional data – makes it more imperative than ever for organizations to implement a ‘big data’ strategy to extract business value from the mountains of stored information.”

Due to advances in cloud computing, virtual datacenters, and broadband infrastructure, a surge of data has been created and stored in the last two years – some estimates say 90% of data in existence today was generated in the last two years. At Big Data, industry thought leaders will debate technology-driven solutions to the current state of “information overload”. The conference will include in-depth panel discussions, thought-provoking presentations, and lively debates about the data industry. Speakers and attendees will debate topics ranging from storage and warehousing, to intelligence and discovery – and come up with creative strategies organizations can use to better analyze and capitalize on their existing data.

Top CTOs, CIOs, storage engineers, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and technologists will gather at Big Data to discuss new advances in the data industry such as:
●    Hadoop
●    Real Time Data
●    Beyond NoSQL
●    Commodity Scaling
●    The Economies of Data
●    Visualization
●    Algorithms and Analysis

Anyone interested in ways organizations can better gather, store, and analyze large quantities of mission-critical data should not miss Big Data. Filled with practical knowledge about the tools and infrastructure needed to extract optimal insights from huge amounts of data, Big Data is the only conference that combines data industry business insight with deep technical know-how.

Spaces are selling quickly, so attendees should register as soon as possible.

Headline sponsor EMC is joined by Primetime sponsors such as Dell, The New York Times, Aspera, ParAccel, Equinix, Aster Data, Mohr Davidow, Fusion-io, Splunk, Karmasphere, and MarkLogic, with more sponsors joining weekly. Big Data 2011 is also supported by top-tier media partners, including Mashable, Aberdeen Group, The Entrepeneur’s Club, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, Executive Council, StartupDigest, TiE and Xconomy. To learn more about sponsorship and exhibition opportunities that connect your brand to the top decision makers in enterprise data technology, please visit the Big Data 2011 sponsors page, or contact Mike Sly at (415) 235-0358.

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