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Interop Preview: Cloud Computing Takes Center Stage

Cloud computing will play a strong supporting role at Interop Las Vegas this year, where the concurrent Enterprise Cloud Summit will showcase to CIOs and senior IT management the tools needed to tackle enterprise cloud computing.

"We want to show the enterprise why clouds are relevant to them," BitCurrent analyst Alistair Croll, who's heading up Interop's cloud computing content, said in an interview. "I think a lot of enterprises believe cloud computing is for startups, or limited only to applications that are very 'bursty,' like testing."

Despite the buzz about cloud computing, only 22% of Interop attendees rate the incorporation of cloud-based services as a top priority for their organization over the next year.

For those who don't need the deep dive that the Enterprise Cloud Summit will bring, Interop will present a number of keynote addresses from several of the top industry executives working with cloud computing, such as VMware CTO Stephen Herrod, Hewlett-Packard CTO and VP of cloud services Russ Daniels, and IBM VP of cloud services Ric Telford.

As a way to show business IT pros how cloud computing could be relevant to them, Croll has put together a series of demonstrations highlighting how to run and manage an application in the cloud and how to migrate data and applications from on-premises to the cloud. One demo, for instance, will show how a company can use Elastra to move an Oracle data warehouse into a cloud environment while still respecting Oracle licenses.

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