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7 Vendors To Watch At Cloud Connect Chicago 2013

Learn the latest in cloud strategies and technologies at Cloud Connect in Chicago. Our preview showcases vendors making news there.




The cloud computing industry has tripled in size during the past five years, from about $46 billion in 2008 to a projected $150 billion in 2014, according to information from Awesome Cloud Services, a company that enables channel partners to provide cloud technologies to customers.

Companies ranging from large enterprises to small businesses look at cloud technologies to improve efficiency and reduce costs -- but even more importantly, to increase organizational flexibility. Given the industry's rapid growth, it can be hard to keep up the number of new services and players.

Cloud Connect provides vendor-neutral information and education on how businesses can implement cloud computing, and which are the best new tools for them to use. These conferences, held in the United States, China and India, provide opportunities to learn about hot topics in cloud computing through interaction with peers, industry experts and emerging and established companies.

Cloud Connect will make its next stop in Chicago from Oct. 21 through 23. The conference will offer workshop sessions and in-depth discussions about popular cloud topics such as big data, private and hybrid cloud environments, mobile clouds, and cloud security. On the Expo floor, you can meet with vendors to learn about new technologies and make informed decisions.

Keynote speakers for Chicago's Cloud Connect include Robin Chase of ZipCar and GoLoco, Paul Walsh of The Weather Co., Ric Telford of IBM Cloud Services, Narayan Desai of Argonne National Laboratory, and Jean-Sebastien Bruneau of OVH.com.

There will be boot camps and in-depth discussions led by industry experts on Oct. 21 and 22 that focus on current and emerging trends in the cloud market. Hot topics for this year include cloud security and risk management, economics and cloud implementation in businesses, managing SaaS and hybrid cloud environments, SDN and cloud connectivity, virtualization and private cloud, and the power of Amazon Web Services.

There are many vendors that plan to introduce and showcase new products and services on the Expo floor. We've put together a list of companies that will bring noteworthy innovations to this year's conference. Click through the slideshow to get a sneak peek at which vendors you should see at Cloud Connect.

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Basho Technologies plans to exhibit its distributed database Riak and cloud storage software Riak CS. Basho will also present how Riak CS can be used with Apache CloudStack to build a public cloud and how Citrix CloudPlatform's 4.2 release allows for greater Riak CS integration..

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Infrastructure-as-a-service provider SoftLayer will showcase its entire portfolio at Cloud Connect, with special focus on its push into big data, workloads in the cloud and bare metal servers, which the company says are straightforward to operate and can be used to enhance performance. SoftLayer, a recent acquisition of IBM, is likely to address business values such as security, reliability, guaranteed response times and performance levels.

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VMware's vCloud hybrid service, which entered the market earlier this year, provides the convenience of the public cloud while allowing the interoperability with new and existing apps. This year at Cloud Connect, VMware will focus on the expansion of service capabilities such as disaster recovery and desktop as a service, as well as the implementation of a global cloud service.

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Cloud-based analytics company Sumo Logic plans to showcase its data analytics service, which takes machine data and aggregates it to provide insight on what's going on with your data. This is an increasingly important task for those involved with automated monitoring, management of large data center systems and cloud operations.

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Managed hosting and cloud facilities provider Latisys will promote its end-to-end infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offering, which combines cloud, hosting and data center services and allows customers to spread workloads across a variety of delivery platforms while being managed as a merged IT infrastructure. The company will also provide user case studies during its presentation at the Cloud IT Executive Summit.

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Veeam will exhibit its modern data protection service, which is built for virtualization and helps with disaster recovery and backup storage in the cloud. Its v7 service uses D2D2C technology and provides built-in WAN acceleration, backup copy jobs, native tape support, one-click restore for virtual machines, self-service recovery for VMs and guest files, and Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Exchange, among other features.

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OVH.com, a leading European Internet infrastructure provider, maintains control over the entire production process, from server design and assembly to controlling its data centers and global optical fiber network. It will likely showcase its VMware-based cloud computing infrastructure, which provides customers with the opportunity to use an external data center and cut costs while improving production efficiency.

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