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Cloud Computing World Forum set for June

The free-to-attend event – which will take place from 21-22 June – will provide an introduction, discussion and look into the future of the ICT industry. Topics to be addressed include cloud computing, SaaS and green IT.

The free-to-attend event – which will take place at London Olympia 2 from 21-22 June – will provide an introduction, discussion and look into the future of the ICT industry.

Speakers during the 2011 edition will include Sebastien Marotte (VP enterprise, EMEA, Google), Peter Cochrane (former chief technologist, BT), Alan Cohen (VP, global public sector and industry solutions, Cisco) and Philipp Huber (co-founder, SymetriQ).

In total, 120 speakers will appear across the three-theatre format: Cloud Approach Theatre (strategy), Cloud Build Theatre (technical) and Cloud Connect Theatre (mobile and social cloud).

Topics to be addressed during the seminar programme will include cloud computing, SaaS (Software-as-a-Service), virtualisation, CDN, enterprise 2.0, mobile cloud computing and green IT.

In introducing this year’s event, organisers draw attention to the burgeoning public and private sector interest in Cloud Computing. US public sector departments are among those to have made the switch, with the General Service Administration reporting savings of 72% ($1.7 million) by moving some of its services into a SaaS environment. The UK government’s own Cloud Computing strategy, G-Cloud, is now in its second of phase of development, while Cisco, Oracle and Dell are among the many companies making progress in this area.

Show organiser Mark Johnstone told IE: “This year’s Cloud Computing World Forum will be the biggest yet. We’re expecting around 2,500 people to attend, with interest spanning across all sectors of global industry.

“Because the cloud computing phenomenon is one that is affecting every single person with some form of investment in IT, we will see a wide range of organisations and individuals present at the event – from global companies showcasing the latest cloud technologies, to large-scale businesses that wish to make a move into the cloud and smaller start-ups looking to find a new cost-effective IT alternative.

“Cloud Computing is a genuine way for businesses to save money and streamline their IT solutions, so it’s not surprising interest in the subject is increasing the way it is.”