Global Cloud Innovation Summit

Location: Tiburon, San Francisco, USA 
Date: April 23rd & 24th 2015


“The technology industry is going through monumental changes that are having significant impact on the way IT uses technology to serve their business, and the products and services being brought to market from the technology vendor community. NetEvents provides a unique forum for exploring important ideas in technology with thought leaders from around the world, while raising awareness and understanding of important issues across the global technology audience.”

Martin Casado, CTO, Networking, VMware Inc.

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A stimulating conference program focused on ‘Cloud Innovation’ providing your organization with the opportunity to participate in a conference sessions and a series of scheduled briefings with press, analysts, Service Providers and Cloud Operators from around the globe in a single location.

We are flying in 40+ press and analysts representing more than 25 countries throughout Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, South America, Central America and North America, providing your organization with the opportunity to reach an audience of over 2 million CIO’s, MIS Managers/Directors, IT Professionals plus Cloud Operators and SPs.

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Outline Agenda

Wednesday 22nd April

5:30 – 8:30 pm Registration desk open at the Tiburon Lodge
7:30 pm NetEvents welcome reception


Thursday 23rd April

7:30 am onwards Registration desk open at Corinthian Yacht Club, Tiburon, San Francisco, USA
7:30 – 8:30 am Welcome breakfast, informal meetings & debate briefings
8:30 – 8:40 am Opening welcome and conference introduction
8:40 – 9:00 am Keynote Presentation by Jeff Schmitz, Chairman, OpenCloud Connect
Clear Sailing Ahead for Cloud Interoperability Standards
Innovation builds on standards: Think about what Ethernet, TCP/IP, HTML and WiFi have done to create a vibrant platform for modern-day networks and the Internet. The next big industry regatta is the race for cloud computing, which desperately needs standards to fuel the next phase of growth. The action-packed, high-energy opening keynote from Jeff Schmitz, chairman of OpenCloud Connect (formerly the CloudEthernet Forum), will highlight the thrilling opportunities and perilous challenges facing cloud providers, and show how OCC is calming the troubled waters with the OpenCloud Reference Architecture, CloudE 1.0 specification and OpenCloud Project interoperability test bed. The honorary NetEvents Commodore will also share a sneak preview of how the OCC is recognizing innovative startups with the Clouded Leopards Den. Raise the anchor, let’s go!
9:00 – 9:30 am Debate Session I — Cloud service innovation: who’s investing in what?
Introduced and Chaired by: Jeremiah Caron, Senior Vice President – Analysis, Current Analysis
Jeremiah Caron from Current Analysis is interested in cloud innovation – but not what is being proposed so much as what is actually happening, or about to happen. Where are service providers putting their money today: NFV? SDN? Service orchestration? He has some pretty shrewd ideas based on his analysis of recent trends, cloud and business economics, and he will outline his latest research on the business realities of cloud innovation before inviting the panel to consider, agree or fault his findings.Panellists: Juan Tellez, Senior Architect, Apcera; Arpit Joshipura – VP Strategy, Product Management & Marketing, Dell Networking; Kevin Vachon, Chief Operating Officer, MEF; Tom Gowen, Director of Services Integration at NTT America; Mike McBride, Deputy Area Director for the Market Area, Open Networking Foundation.
9:30 – 10:00 am Debate Session II—Software defined cloud networking – the formless in pursuit of the ephemeral?
Introduced and Chaired by: Brad Casemore Research Director, Datacenter Networks, IDC
Great technology and radical new ideas capture the imagination and make hot news. But business is business, demanding practicality, efficiency, savings and, above all, results. SDN is making headlines, but enterprise uptake has been underwhelming, so we first invite the enterprise members of our panel to speak: spelling out what they really want, their grudges, comments and suggestions. What are the key drivers here: Is it service orchestration and operational management? Improving CAPEX and OPEX? Migrating legacy technology? Product differentiation? Or simply inertia or apathy by enterprise customers who haven’t taken the time to understand SDN?
It is then up to the vendor members of the panel to respond and say how they are addressing these drivers. Have they already offered solutions that have not been taken up? Are better solutions now in the pipeline? Can our panel now co-operate on how to build real BDN – Business Defined Networking?Panellists: Nand Mulchandi, Vice President, Citrix; Dave Hawley, Global Product Manager, HP Networking; Chris Liou, VP, Network Strategy, Infinera; Tom Gowen, Director of Services Integration at NTT America; Eric Hutchinson, CEO, Spirent Communications
10:00 – 10:30 am Debate Session III—One Two Three – that’s how network’s meant to be…
Introduced and Chaired by: Erin Dunne, Director of Research Services, Vertical Systems Group
Since the MEF announced the Third Network and it’s participation in a recent study on Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO), there have been a number of significant developments and product announcements. While Maravedis-Rethink suggests 75% of mobile operators will have deployed some virtualization by 2018, right now only 10% think the cost savings is worth the risk. Despite the perceived risks, in order for service providers to match capacity demands and stay profitable, they need to make drastic changes to achieve healthy profit margins. For many, long-term profitability is dependent on a successful migration to Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).NFV is an idea whose time has come, say our vendors. and we are now offering solutions that will set your business models alight. Use it or lose it. Have the vendors hit the mark? Or missed the point? Let’s hear their thoughts…Panellists: Paul McCluskey, Director of Business Development, CENX; Jeff Baher, Sr Director for NFV solutions, Dell Networking; Kevin Vachon, Chief Operating Officer, MEF
10:30 –10:45 am Coffee break
10:45 –11:00 am Endpoint security renaissance – Cylance takes on the global cybercrime elite
Glenn Chisholm, CTO, Cylance Inc. ‘In the HOT SEAT’ – with Manek Dubash, Editorial Director, NetEvents wielding the welding torch
An awful lot of security is now handled in the data center, but maybe it’s time for a renaissance of end-point security?
Cylance is… No, let’s hear it in Glenn’s own words: “We started this crazy venture in 2012, focused on one big, hairy, audacious goal of protecting the world’s endpoints from attack in a completely different way. The same way our own brains work. By leveraging advanced math principles to learn from our past and create the world’s first security machine learning system, we’ve achieved something just short of magical. We’ve given our system the ability to determine if a file is GOOD or BAD instantly, even if we’ve never seen the sample before.”
You might say that Cylance Protect is unique because it doesn’t so much search for malware signs as RECOGNISE THE SMELL of evil in a file… But Glenn Chisholm – as someone outspoken enough to publicly denounce the “five dirty secrets” of the anti-virus industry – might just tear that analogy to pieces.
Sounds like the sort who could make enemies: so we are giving Glenn just five cruel minutes to defend his case and persuade us before being lead to the Hot Seat. The torture begins with a ten-minute Manek Dubash grilling followed, maybe, by who-knows-what amusing suggestions from the floor. Welcome to the NetEvents Hot Seat, Mr Chisholm…
11:00 – 11:35 am Debate Session IV – Four Five One – thinks the cloud has just begun
Introduced and Chaired by: Sean Hackett, Vice President, 451 Research
Sean Hackett of 451 Research has been doing in-depth research on actual cloud adoption; successful, and not so successful, use cases; and wining strategies. Has the current migration to public cloud gone to far? Should we reverse the trend? He has a lot of new findings and insights to present, and he wants a quick response from our panellists rather than a general discussion. So we invite him to take those three headings in turn – cloud adoption, use cases, strategies – present his findings in each case give the panel just a few minutes to respond, strictly on topic.Panellists: Dave Hawley, Global Product Manager, HP Networking; Angus Robertson, VP Product Marketing, Hubble; Mark Showalter, Senior Director, Corporate Marketing, Infinera; Sebastien Jobert, Co-Chair of the OpenCloud Project & Director of Engineering; Iometrix; Ev Kontsevoy, Director of Products, Rackspace.
11:35 am – 12:30 pm The Clouded Leopard’s Den
This brand new competition between cloud computing start-ups identifies potential winners and rewards them with high-level exposure to media, analysts, VC’s and IT leaders, together with business mentorship, marketing and technical resources. There will be two award categories: “The Hottest Cloud Start-up” for those seeking stage A funding; and “The Hottest Pre-IPO Cloud Company” for companies at the B/C round stage.
The session starts with Bob Metcalfe – Professor of Innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise at The University of Texas, Austin Cockrell School of Engineering – chairing an important discussion on how to foster innovation and the challenges of financing – what’s getting funded, what should be, what’s hot, and what’s not. Then the six competition finalists will give their elevator pitches, you weigh up their chances, and the judges will announce the two winners at tonight’s gala dinner.Panel: Jim Lussier, Managing Director and Head of Dell Ventures; Bob Metcalfe – Professor of Innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise at The University of Texas, Austin Cockrell School of Engineering; Janice Roberts, Partner, Benhamou Global Venture Partners; Dan Scheinman, Entrepreneur/Angel Investor; Murli Thirumale, Entrepreneur/Angel Investor; Co-Founder and CEO, Portworx Inc.

Hottest Cloud Start-Up, New Entrant: Innovate Create, TapLink and TrueDash
Hottest Cloud Start-Up, Pre-IPO: CENX, Mirantis and Viptela
12:30 – 1:45 pm Lunch

Briefings with press & analysts

1:45 – 4:30 pm A series of 30 minute individually scheduled briefings between delegates, press and analysts
4:30 – 7:00 pm ‘Open meeting’ time for informal networking. Press area also available for filing stories
4:40 -7:00 pm “Captains of Industry” Match Race, by invitation
Back in Sept 2013 we co-hosted a “Captains of Industry” hospitality day at the America’s Cup with Spirent Communications – what a great day, which became the turning point for Team USA going on to win sailings prestigious Americas Cup! This year Spirent have hired two yachts for our very own “Captains of Industry Match Race” on San Francisco Bay – inviting C-Level execs from leading tech companies plus Silicon Valley industry “movers and shakers” – invited guests will be supported by professional crews for a competitive, fun race on the Bay.
7:30 pm Awards Dinner and Charity Auction
A wonderful opportunity for organizations to host tables with invited guests, friends and colleagues. Watch and congratulate the winners of the Clouded Leopards Den competition as they receive their awards, find out which organizations will take home a Spring 2015 Cloud Innovation Award, plus help to raise money for two worthy charities: Prostate Cancer Research and the STEM Project.
Click here to book your table/tickets – Awards Dinner and Charity Auction, April 23rd, 2015

Friday 24th April

7:30 – 8:30 am Breakfast—informal meetings and conference session briefings
8:30 – 8:40 am Opening welcome and conference introduction
8:40 – 9:00 am Keynote Presentation by Guido Appenzeller, Chief Technology Strategy Officer for Networking and Security, VMWare
The Next Horizon for Cloud Networking and Security
Guido Appenzeller has been championing SDN since before the term existed. In fact, a reporter coined the term “Software Defined Networking” when writing about the work his team was doing at Stanford University. In the six years that have since passed, SDN and Network Virtualization has become an accepted part of modern data center architecture. The transformation of networking into a software industry has accelerated innovation and given rise to a number of new technologies and use cases that previously were impossible. Beyond impacting the network, SDN is starting to have a profound impact on services, security, the underlying physical networks and the organization of the IT organizations that use them. How will SDN impact the next horizon for Cloud Networking & Security?
9:00 – 9:20 am Keynote Interview & Audience Q&A with Guido Appenzeller and Manek Dubash, Editorial Director, NetEvents
9:20 – 10:00 am Debate Session V – Breaking Bad – new developments in cloud security
Introduced and Chaired by: Rob Ayoub, Research Director, NSS Labs
Cloud security – a paradoxical expression as the word “cloud” suggests formlessness while the word “security” implies boundaries. No wonder the topic makes people feel uneasy.
So we have broken it down into four basic approaches. Firstly hardware – firewalls, IPS etc. Then software – a fresh look at anti-virus packages, virtual firewalls etc. Then security as a service – the “clean water” concept where decontamination takes place in the cloud. Finally the need to muscle-up the network with a “boot camp” testing regime. Our panel consists of advocates for each approach.
We end with an open debate to explore what approach, or combination of approaches, is truly the way to go.Panellists: Grady Summers, Senior Vice President of Cloud Analytics, FireEye; Ryan Potter, Director Cloud Business Development, Fortinet; Iben Rodriguez, Principal Architect – Cloud and Virtualization, Spirent; Mike Curtis, VP of Marketing, Wedge Networks
10:00 – 10:20 am Coffee Break
10:20 –11:00 am Debate Session VI – Driving true innovation with Cloud and Mobility: IoT, Big Data, Analytics, Security and more
Introduced and Chaired by: Casey L. Quillin, Director, Data Center Appliance and Storage Area Network Market Research, Dell’Oro Group
Mobile means everything from fitness bands to phone applications to the Internet of Things. Reports indicate that by 2020 there may be up to 100 billion connected devices – silently communicating with each other and taking automated actions to make our personal and professional lives easier. You can’t open a newspaper without reading about wearables. What do those trends have in common? More than one might think: Terabytes of personal data flowing from devices to service providers. Sophisticated Big Data processing of all that data, finding correlations and making predictions. Advanced ways of presenting data to customers and end-users. A robust requirement for security, balanced against a need for user-friendliness. This session will explore cutting-edge mobile innovation, from the Cloud to security, from personal data to Big Data, and on every form factor of device imaginable.Panellists: Bob Metcalfe – Professor of Innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise at The University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Engineering; Hari Makkala, CIO, Delta Dental; Paul McNamara, VP Strategy for Cloud, Ericsson; Eric Hutchinson, CEO, Spirent Communications
11:00 –11:20 am Closing Guest Speaker Presentation by Arpit Joshipura – VP Strategy, Product Management & Marketing, Dell Networking
Cloud Innovation – what’s in it for the enterprise?
Arpit Joshipura predicts that “2015 will be a particularly historic year for enterprises of all sizes.” As a network marketing veteran for over 25 years, he knows the difference between clever ideas and those that will have a major impact on business and society – hence his role in the venture capital community, guiding teams to take ideas into execution.
So we’ve invited him to play the observer role over our two days of presentations, panels and discussion, judging it from the business angle: cutting down the hope and hype of techie talk and asking what, if anything, does this all mean for the enterprise CIO? Where best can enterprise IT direct its budget to improve business processes and efficiencies, competitive advantage and maximise profitability and return on IT investment?
After Arpit Joshipura’s informed analysis of the event – with a CIO’s top ten tips for riding the 2015 wave – the tables are turned. For Forbes technology correspondent, Jean-Baptiste Su, joins him onstage to challenge his predictions and – if Jean Baptiste Su fails to knock him out, the floor is open for your own challenges. Let’s get real!
11:20 – 11:40 noon Closing Guest Speaker Interview & Audience Q&A with Arpit Joshipura and Jean-Baptiste Su, Forbes
11:40 – 11:50 am Conference round-up and close of conference sessions
11:50 – 1:00 pm Lunch — informal meetings and
Lunch guest speaker presentation by Will Wise, Senior Vice President, UBM Tech
The Elite 100 Executive Survey – Key Strategies and IT purchasing trends

Briefings with press & analysts

1:00 – 4:30 pm A series of 30 minute individually scheduled briefings with delegates, press and analysts
4:30 pm Close of event and press departures

Our Global Summits are run by a professional team who have built a great reputation for bringing together key players in the industry in a relaxed yet focused environment. For some it is a key opportunity to make a corporate announcement or launch new products, for others it is a way to establish better media relations and dialogue with the industry’s top press. The following publications and Service Providers, Cloud Hosting/Services companies are currently nominated:

Publications invites by country/region

Regard this Global Summit as YOUR EVENT – if there are any other publications you would particularly like us to invite to this event please advise contact details when booking (prior to January 23rd 2014).


Clouded Leopards Den Awards and Spring 2015 Cloud Innovation Awards

Join us on Thursday April 23rd, 2015 for an unmissable night at the Corinthian Yacht Club, Tiburon, San Francisco, USA as we present these awards!

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We are excited to present the Clouded Leopards Den competition awards to two lucky Cloud Start-ups after winning over the judges earlier in the day in the ‘Shark Tank’ style final!

Please click here for more information on this competition.

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We will also be presenting the Spring 2015 Cloud Innovation Awards.

The awards categories are:

  • Hottest Cloud Company
  • Hottest Cloud Product or Service.

Please click here for more information on these awards.


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Host a Table of 8: $1,495 per table
Individual Tickets: $195 per person
Co-located at the NetEvents Cloud Innovation Summit, the evening will be attended by key Technology Press & Analysts representing 30+ countries from around the globe.
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Conference Photos Day 1 - Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Captains Industry of Match Race - Friday, April 24th, 2015

Cloud Innovation and Clouded Leopards Den Awards - Friday, April 24th, 2015


Conference Photos Day 2 - Friday, April 24th, 2015


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