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Enterprise Management 360°’s Cloud World Forum review

With the cloud computing market potentially reaching $150 billion in 2013 according to Gartner, many companies are now recognising the benefits of moving to the cloud. In fact seven out of ten companies using cloud services will move new applications to the cloud, says cloud management company Mimecast. And it is no wonder why conferences such as Cloud World Forum are paying particular attention to this trend.

Last week over 220 speakers from different countries joined this year’s Cloud World Forum in London to unveil the latest advances in cloud & IT technologies. Entering its fifth year the conference placed its focus on what cloud computing is actually delivering in the enterprise.

Therefore the conference’s agenda included four cloud theatres to every topic related to the cloud. One of them was the Keynote Vision theatre sponsored by Equinix including talks from BP’s CIO Dana Deasy and Amazon’s Chief Evangelist Jeff Barr.

New to this year has been the Evolution Theatre sponsored by HP which highlighted some of the key topics beyond cloud strategies, such as the concept of open source clouds and using cloud to enhance your data centre and legacy applications.

One of the conference’s highlights was the panel discussion featuring Marc Thomas from Databarracks who provided advice on how to protect vulnerable data in the most sensitive of clouds.

Along with various theatres, attendees had the possibility to visit the large-scale exhibition which featured over 100 of the world’s top cloud providers such as Oracle, Dell and Rackspace.

Among the companies exhibiting an array of innovative cloud solutions, there were AppDynamics with their application management solution (APM), and Gigaspaces which provides application virtualisation platforms.

With so many speaking sessions and customer engagements, Cloud World Forum certainly provided a lively atmosphere and offered a platform to learn more about the cloud.

Please access Enterprise Management 360° and Cloud World Forum’s Twitter coverage @etm360 and @CloudWSeries for the latest developments in the Cloud World Forum two-day conference.

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