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Mark Your Calendar for CloudCamp's "Unconference"

Is everything going to the cloud?  Depends on who you ask.  But one thing is for sure, cloud computing and the idea and applications behind the cloud are growing quickly and more and more people are talking about it.  The enterprise datacenter is changing, and with technologies like virtualization and the cloud making their mark on the datacenter, things won't be the same or the "norm" for much longer.

If you haven't jumped into the water yet, what are you waiting for?  At least educate yourself.  VMworld is proof that admins are arming themselves with knowledge -- the conference has grown at a tremendous rate over the last few years.  But that's VMware and virtualization, and perhaps you believe you have a handle on that already.  So what about the cloud?  Are you there yet?  Need more information?  It sounds like that's where CloudCamp comes in... though I get flashbacks to the 80's and SpaceCamp references when I think about the name.  ;)

CloudCamp was formed in order to provide a common ground for the introduction and advancement of cloud computing.  It is billed as an "unconference", something getting a lot of attention this past year.  More and more people are using the "unconference" reference to disassociate themselves with the big, vendor controlled conferences.  People want to hear from Sal the Systems Engineer, Dan the Datacenter Admin or Vic the Virtual Admin (sorry, couldn't help myself).  They want to mix it up with their peers and find out those valuable nuggets of information that will keep them happy and employed... looking like the hero in their own office.  And who can blame them?  People are growing tired of marketing messages and death by PowerPoint. 

So at CloudCamp, early adopters of Cloud Computing technologies can come and exchange ideas with one another.  They can use the event as a meeting place to share their own experiences, challenges and solutions  At this event, you are encouraged to share your thoughts in several open discussions, and everyone is encouraged to participate.  The goal is to advance the current state of cloud computing and its technologies in an informal, member supported gathering. 

The event relies entirely on volunteers to help with meeting content, speakers, meeting locations, equipment and membership recruitment.  But they also have corporate sponsors that provide financial assistance with venues, food, drink, software, services and other valuable donations.

The 2009 schedule is underway.  So if this sounds like something up your alley, you might want to go check it out.  See if CloudCamp is going to be at a city near you.  But hurry, these free events are going quick.  There are limited tickets available for each event.

Virtual pre-conference discussions can be found at http://www.cloudcamp.com/ and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/cloudcamp. For more information or to register for this event go to http://www.cloudcamp.com/

Jan 20th in Atlanta, GA

Jan 21st in Singapore

Jan 28th in Indianapolis, IN

Feb 11th in Toronto, Canada

Mar 12th in London, UK

Apr 18th in Minneapolis, MN

 

Published Saturday, January 17, 2009 6:16 PM by David Marshall
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