“The Internet is the most important single development in the history of human communication since the invention of call waiting.”
Dave Barry

At most IT or Business Technology Conferences today, I have heard several differing definitions of the term Cloud. In addition to the widespread, varied interpretations in regards to what the Cloud exactly is and/or what it can do, fear/skepticism of cloud computing is another emerging conceptual viewpoint. With so much hype around the topic of Cloud these days, whether positive or negative, it is a topic that is becoming nearly impossible for most businesses to avoid. Here are some common issues faced by corporations looking into cloud computing:

  • Security
  • Reliability
  • Ownership
  • Data Backup and Portability
  • Intellectual Property

Here at Dell, we are interested in learning more about these common concerns & misconceptions so that we are better enabled to address these issues for our customers in the future.

As customer focused organizations, Dell and VMware are actively looking for unique opportunities to educate our customers on the latest technologies and their future direction. I am pleased to announce once such event for customers, technologists, enthusiasts, and anyone interested in the subject of cloud computing. Dell and VMware have assembled a collection of leading cloud computing experts, bloggers, analysts, educators, and technologists from around the U.S. for a full day of intellectual discussion and interaction on various cloud topics via a live streamed social media happening.

The #FutureCloud discussion will be moderated by Rob La Gesse, who was recently named as the #2 Social Media Thought Leader by Forbes Magazine and will include three four Dell Cloud Executives and one VMware executive who will provide additional information to the panel, listen to customers and panelists, and take the overall information from the day to contribute directly to the future of Dell cloud solutions. To clarify, this open event is focused on the overall cloud computing market and NOT on Dell products or other specific technology. Other prominent confirmed panelists for the #FutureCloud Think Tank event include:

Again, Dell and VMware are pleased to host this exciting, educational event focused on the topic of Cloud Computing and we hope you are able to join in the discussion scheduled for June 27th.

Watch this blog and Twitter for more information on how to attend this happening via Social Media. Thank you.

Update: In this blog post, we stated Rob La Gesse was ranked as the #2 social media thought leader by Forbes. We later discovered that Rob La Gesse is actually listed as 2nd social media thought leader that was highlighted --not "ranked-- #2 by Forbes. We apologize for the confusion.