Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Cloud Computing Conference in 2009

The Cloud Slam Conference is the world's premier cloud computing event, covering research, development, innovations and education in the world of cloud computing. The Technical Program is unmatched, and reflects the highest level of accomplishments in the cloud computing community, while the invited presentations feature an exceptional lineup of speakers. The panels, workshops, and tutorials are selected to cover a range of the hottest topics in cloud computing.

Descriptions of our conference tracks are presented below.

Data Centers, HPC, Cloud Storage, Hardware/Equipment, Software, Platforms, Virtualization, SaaS, E-government (eScience and eEducation), Security, Monitoring, Distributed Technologies, Data in Cloud, CDN

Industry Implementation Experience
Learn about experiences transitioning traditional IT resources into the cloud, efforts to use the cloud to support business processes that have been traditionally supported by IT. Usage/ industry focus such as application to and lessons learned from use in institutional and / or retail financial businesses, life sciences, manufacturing, retail, medicine, pharmaceutical, etc. Discussion of practical usage and issues discovered/addressed could help in promoting a shift in perception of Cloud Computing.

Business Models
This track discusses how to make money in the cloud - for startups, incumbents and Venture Capital/Investments. How to make a career in Cloud Computing(recommended for for HR/recruiters/candidates/institutions/courses).

Legal Aspects: Compliance, Privacy
What is personal information (the definition is quite broad, but varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction)? What is privacy? (a.k.a. "information self-determination" i.e. the right or ability of indivudals to exercise a measure of control over the collection, use and disclsoure of their personal information by others). Where is the personal data stored (profound implications for jurisdiction and applicable laws, transparency, accountability, recourse, etc.).
What laws apply to the data in question (privacy, security, business transaction, consumer prrotection, etc). Is the data secure? (How would you know? What assurances are available? Does assurance level depend on sensitivity? Is it auditable?).
Is individual consent provided? How? is it informed? Can it be revoked? Can conditions be attached?).
Who owns the data? (In the U.S., it is exclusively the organziation's, everywhere else, ownership is a "shared responsibility")
Who (e.g. third parties, agents) is the data shared with? Under what circumstances?
Are there data breach disclosure requirements in place - if a breach occurs will you be informed? What remedies, if any, will be offered?
What steps or measures can people and organizations to limit exposure and lability?
In this Information era of unlimited storage, mirrors, backups, etc - has data deletion (when no longer needed for its original purpose) become an obsolete idea?

Presentations from academia on the current and future aspects of cloud computing(e.g. running MATLAB/Star-P/Mathematica parallel calculations for life sciences projects in cloud environments or storing data sets such as the Human Genome, U.S. Census and labor statistics in cloud to make the information easier to access for researchers).
We invite you to propose a presentation for Cloud Slam 2009. The deadline for abstract submissions is Monday, January 19, 2009. Click here for details on submission guidelines.

For more information see website at http://cloudslam09.com

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