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Security Looms Large as Major Cloud Computing Issue for Enterprise IT

Securing your enterprise data effectively ranks as one of the key considerations when evaluating a virtual cloud solution

With Sun's Open Cloud Platform announced today, the industry took one step closer toward virtual private data centers being a reality. But one key aspect that enterprises must quickly get up to speed on is not only how to protect clusters of servers to the cloud with a security perimeter. Anyone serious about deploying Enterprise IT to the cloud must understand the unique characteristics of cloud security and the challenges specific to compliance and governance.

This is widely understood in the industry. Patrick Kerpan, for example, CTO of CohesiveFT, comments:

"According to leading industry analysts, security is one of the gating factors preventing Enterprise adoption of cloud solutions. This session will outline key considerations when evaluating virtual cloud solutions and explore how companies can secure their assets in the cloud."

And Omer Trajman, Director of Field Engineering for Vertica, who is an authority on cloud-based databases and has helped customers with large-scale data warehouse database deployments like Verizon, Comcast, JP Morgan, and Vonage, agrees that for all the Cloud’s benefits, there are new considerations when it comes to application deployment and data security outside of the enterprise.

"When data is stored on your premises, access is strictly managed and guarded, and often the concern is securing your machines from external unauthorized access. Out in the cloud everything is networked and accessible, which requires a different approach," Trajman observes.

Kerpan and Trajman, along with a welter of their industry peers with special knowledge of security issues, are featured speakers at SYS-CON's upcoming 3-day Cloud Computing Conference & Expo in New York, where one of the tracks is specifically devoted to "Cloud Testing, Security & Management."

Among the 102 differerent breakout and general sessions on offer in New York (view Schedule here), the main security-focused sessions include:

Securing Enterprise Assets in the Cloud
Patrick Kerpan

Securing your Data in the Cloud
Omer Trajman

Enhanced Security Models for Machine Image Deployments
Glenn Brunette

Implementing Cloud Storage: Public or Private?
Sajai Krishna

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Cloud Computing Expo 2009 East is a three-day event, which is being held at The Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. It features a top-notch lineup of speakers from the leading industry players of the main layers of the Cloud ecosystem - the infrastructure players, the platform providers, and those offering applications and services. The lineup includes, among others:

  • Dr Werner Vogels - VP & CTO, Amazon.com (Keynote)
  • Dr Kristof Kloeckner - VP of Cloud Computing Platforms, IBM (Keynote)
  • Davis Douglas, Sr. VP, Cloud Computing, Sun (Keynote)
  • Vik Chaudhary - VP of Corporate Development, Keynote Systems
  • Peter Coffee - Director of Platform Research, Salesforce.com
  • Russ Daniels - CTO of Cloud Services Strategy, HP
  • Doug Tidwell - Senior Software Engineer, IBM
  • Ajay Anand - Director of Grid Computing, Yahoo!
  • Martin Ingram - VP of Strategy AppSense
  • Jim Blakley - Director of Data Center Virtualization, Intel
  • Brian H. Prince - Architect Evangelist, Microsoft
  • Ronnie Thomson - Sr. Vice President of Engineering, Quark
  • Tim Crawford - Director of IT Operations, Stanford University
  • David Bernstein - VP & GM of Cloud Computing, Cisco
  • Glenn Brunette - Chief Security Architect, Sun
  • Sajai Krishnan - CEO, ParaScale
  • Ken Oestreich - Vice President, Egenera
  • Stephen Elliott - Vice President of Strategy, CA
  • Warren Wilbee - Director of ISV Evangelism, Microsoft
  • Lucian Lipinsky de Orlov - Director of Business Strategy, VIRTERA
  • Patrick Kerpan - CTO, CohesiveFT
  • Jim Rymarczyk - Chief Virtualization Technologist, IBM
  • Thorsten von Eicken - CTO and Co-Founder, RightScale
  • Owen Garrett - PM and Technologist, Zeus
  • Scott Sanchez - Chief Technology Architect, Unisys
  • Scott Wiener - Co-Founder & CTO, Cloud9 Analytics
  • Jeff Bauer - Creative Director, Forbes.com
  • Anthony Arrott - Special Assistant to the CTO, Trend Micro
  • Stuart Charlton - Chief Software Architect, Elastra
  • David Bressler - Principal Architect, Progress Software
  • Clod Barrera - Distinguished Engineer and Chief Technical Strategist, IBM
  • Tien Tzuo - CEO, Zuora
  • Raghavan Srinivas - Technology Evangelist, Intuit
  • Brian Zanghi - President & CEO, Kadient
  • John Trembley - Vice President, Xeround
  • Ranjith Ramakrishnan - Co-Founder & CTO, Cumulux
  • John Barr - COO & VP Engineering, Yieldex
  • William Fellows - Principal Analyst, The 451 Group
  • Kevin L. Jackson - Director of Business Development, Dataline
  • Bob Quinn - Founder, Chairman & CTO of 3Leaf Systems
  • Pau Garcia-Mila - Founder, eyeOS
  • David Linthicum - Editor-in-Chief, Virtualization Journal
  • Bryan Wade - Director of Channel Partnerships, ExactTarget
  • Bill McColl - Founder & CEO, Cloudscale
  • Omer Trajman - Director of Field Engineering, Vertica Systems
  • Jon Pyke - Chief Strategy Officer, Cordys
  • Daniel Beveridge - Director of Virtualization Strategy, VIRTERA
  • JP Morgenthal - IT Architecture Consultant
  • John Gauntt - Founder, Media Dojo
  • Ed Sullivan - Founder & CEO, Aria Systems
  • Raghavan Srinivas - Technology Evangelist, Intuit
  • Brian Zanghi - President & CEO, Kadient
  • Simon Wardley - Software Services Manager, Canonical
  • Omer Trajman - Director of Field Engineering, Vertica Systems
  • Michael Hill - VP Enteprise Initiatives, Sales, Services & Business Development, IBM
  • Steve Milroy - Solution Architect, OnTerra Systems
  • Prof Rich Wolski - University of California, Santa Barbara

You can follow the Event - and those planning to attend - by connecting to the Event on LinkedIn, or following it on Twitter.

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