I helped organize the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge‘s cloud computing event. Beat the Tax Day blues and join us for a candid discussion about the promise vs. reality of cloud computing. The event promises to be great as we’ve assembled a stellar cast of speakers from both coasts.

Adam Selipsky, VP Product Management and Developer Relations at Amazon Web Services will start off with a short keynote followed by a fireside chat with me and audience Q&A. Amazon continues to lead in the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) part of the cloud services spectrum but they are also pushing deeper into the platform-as-a-service (PaaS) space by improving SimpleDB and driving additional innovations such as the recently-launched beta of Elastic Map Reduce. Adam is a dynamic speaker who’s got his finger on the pulse of cloud computing.

The goal of the event is to showcase what’s possible today with cloud computing. This is where the demos come in.

My friend and former co-worker Spike Washburn, who recently founded Stax Networks, will show off his company’s PaaS offering targeting Java applications. While Engine Yard‘s amazing management of Ruby apps is impressive and Google’s AppEngine shows how one can manage Python-based apps in the cloud, there are a lot more Java developers and many more Java applications out there. Stax Networks is going for the sweet spot of enterprise cloud hosting.

Following that, Fumi Matsumoto, founder/CTO of Allurent will tell the story of how Allurent migrated its e-commerce 2.0 platform from on-premise to on-demand delivery and changed its go-to-market approach in a matter of months by leveraging cloud computing. Fumi will also share some of the hard-to-come-by data about the real costs of running a product in the cloud.

Frank Gillett, Vice President & Principal Analyst at Forrester Research will close with a panel including Roman Stanek, founder/CEO of GoodData , Richard Reiner, CEO of Enomaly and Josh Fraser, VP of Business Development at RightScale. This will be a real treat.

Register for the event now and leave a comment if you’d like to join me at the VIP reception before the event (very few invitations are left).

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2 Responses to “Join Sim at the April 15 cloud computing event”

Lou Guercia April 8, 2009

I am a Director of Strategy at a new Online Collaboration Services business within Lotus Software. Was previously CEO of WebDialogs, a company IBM acquired in 2007 and would like to network with the group.

Apratim Purakayastha April 8, 2009

Would like to join in the VIP reception.

I am a director of development at IBM/Lotus Software