GigaOM Structure 2011: Announcing the Structure 50

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Selected by GigaOM editors, the 50 companies in the inaugural Structure 50 list are the leading innovators in cloud computing and infrastructure – from young startups to the biggest tech titans

GigaOM, a leading business media company, today announced the names of 50 companies chosen for the Structure 50, the first industry ranking of the top companies in cloud computing and infrastructure. Selected via a rigorous editorial review by GigaOM editors, the companies in the inaugural Structure 50 list are the most innovative companies in the cloud industry today – from young startups to the biggest technology companies.

“The companies in the Structure 50 are changing the face of computing. Editors at GigaOM reviewed hundreds of companies to select these top 50 cloud computing innovators based on their product innovation, market impact, technology development, and visionary leadership,” said Derrick Harris, GigaOM Structure Editor and Conference Chair. “The inaugural Structure 50 list recognizes the enormous contribution these leading companies are making to business, technology, and society.”

The Structure 50 includes both startups and established companies, from rising stars like DotCloud and Nimbula, to industry leaders such as Akamai, Cisco, and Apple. A full list of winners can be found on the Structure 50 website, which also includes detailed information about each company.

All of the Structure 50 companies will be recognized at Structure 2011, the industry’s most influential cloud computing conference. Structure 2011 will take place June 22-23, 2011 in San Francisco at the Mission Bay Conference Center. Now in its fourth year, Structure 2011 is the pivotal, must-attend conference for the top executives, investors, entrepreneurs, and technology directors leading the cloud computing and Internet infrastructure industries. Speakers at Structure 2011 include Paul Maritz, CEO of VMware; Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon; John Stankey, President and CEO of AT&T Business Solutions; Lew Tucker, VP and CTO of cloud computing at Cisco; Pradeep Sindhu, founder of Juniper Networks; and dozens more.

GigaOM has been at the forefront of the cloud computing industry since its inception, covering the movers-and-shakers, up-and-coming innovators, and established players in the computing and infrastructure industries. From this vantage point, GigaOM has a deep understanding of which cloud companies are leading the pack – and the Structure 50 is the first list of its kind to recognize the real innovators in the industry.

At Structure 2011, speakers and delegates will engage in a two-way debate about how cloud computing will impact the ways we work, communicate, and improve business outcomes in the years to come. The conference will include panel discussions, roundtables, and fireside chats that address how wider adoption of platforms as a service, infrastructure as a service, managed services, hybrid clouds, and more will affect everything from application development to data center design. Attendees will also hear real-world case studies of organizations that have successfully implemented cloud technologies to reduce costs, improve efficiencies, and boost performance.

Structure 2011 will once again host a Launchpad competition, allowing the most innovative cloud computing startups to apply for the chance to present their companies on stage in front of an audience of VCs, industry executives, and entrepreneurs. Startups less than 12 months old in the cloud computing, SaaS, IaaS, PaaS, and Internet infrastructure sectors are encouraged to apply to the Launchpad competition before May 16, 2011 at 11:59 PM PST. Winners will be selected by a panel of expert judges and GigaOM editorial staff, with winners announced May 25, 2011.

Register Now
Structure has completely sold out for the past three years, so those looking to interact with the movers and shakers of the cloud industry should register now to ensure a space. Register before April 23 to save $400 off the admission price. Business leaders, IT professionals, investors, entrepreneurs, and anyone else interested in the future of computing and the Internet should not miss Structure 2011.

Sponsors are lining up quickly to showcase their brands to the top leaders in cloud computing. Headline sponsor Intel is joined by Primetime sponsors such as Amazon, CA, Accenture, Microsoft, HP, IBM, NetApp, Softlayer, Rackspace, Cisco, Mohr Davidow, AMD, DataDirect Networks, Tilera, and Terremark. Media partners include The Churchill Club, Aberdeen Group, Boogar Lists, StartupDigest, TechCentral SF, The MIT/Stanford Venture Lab, and VC Taskforce. To learn more about sponsorship and exhibition opportunities that connect your brand to the top decision makers in cloud computing, please visit the Structure 2011 sponsors page, or contact Mike Sly at (415) 235-0358.

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Founded in 2006, GigaOM has grown into the leading provider of online media, events and research for global technology innovators. The company is one of the most credible and insightful voices at the intersection of business and technology, with an online audience of more than 4 million monthly unique visitors; industry-leading events, including Structure, Mobilize, NewTeeVee Live, Net:Work, Green:Net, and Structure Big Data; and a pioneering market research service and digital community, GigaOM Pro, which provides insider access to expert analysis on emerging technology markets.


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