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Patterns? In Cloud Computing?

Microsoft Architect Evangelist Bill Zack Will Tell All at Cloud Expo

"You are interested in cloud computing, but where do you start?"

This question was posed by Microsoft Architect Evangelist Bill Zack, who will present a session on the topic of Patterns in Cloud Computing at Cloud Expo.

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People often see sheep or little doggies or Freudian/Rohrsachian images in physical clouds, but fortunately, the patterns in Cloud Computing are less fanciful and more discrete. That said, there remains a lot of confusion about basic definitions within the nascent Cloud Computing industry, no doubt because Cloud is not a new technology, but rather, a new way of putitng things together and delivering computing services. Zack asks, "How are vendors defining Cloud Computing? What do you need to know to figure out which applications make sense in the cloud? And is any of this real today?"

His answer to the last question would be "yes," as his session is "based on real-world customer engagements," he notes. Specfically, "the session explores a set of five patterns that you can use for moving to the cloud, together with working samples on Windows Azure, Google AppEngine, and Amazon EC2. Avoiding the general product pitches, this session provides the tools and knowledge to help you more clearly understand moving your organization to the cloud."

Zack came to this current role after serving as a Solutions Architect in the Financial Services Unit of Microsoft Consulting Services. His experience includes developing, supporting and evangelizing .NET/SOA based frameworks used to jump-start development projects for financial services companies. Prior to joining Microsoft he acted as a Consultant, Architect, Administrator, Developer, and System Integrator. He has also authored several computer books and white papers.

He is the Founder and President of the New York chapter of the International Association of Software Architects (IASA). He is also Co-Moderator of the New York City .NET Developers Group, co-founder of the Windows Azure User Group, founder and past president of the New York Enterprise Windows User Group, and the founder and past president of several other computer user groups.

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Roger Strukhoff (@IoT2040) is Executive Director of the Tau Institute for Global ICT Research, with offices in Illinois and Manila. He is Conference Chair of @CloudExpo & @ThingsExpo, and Editor of SYS-CON Media's CloudComputing BigData & IoT Journals. He holds a BA from Knox College & conducted MBA studies at CSU-East Bay.