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'POWER PANEL: Enterprise-Level Cloud Computing: Far-Off Dream or Present Reality?'
Cloud Computing, the long-held dream of computing as a utility, has the potential to transform a large part of the IT industry, making software even more attractive as a service and shaping the way IT hardware is designed and purchased. But if it is already a commercial reality, why does Richard Stallman call it "worse than stupidity"?

What, if any, are the new economic models enabled by Cloud Computing, and how can a service operator decide whether to move to the cloud or stay in a private datacenter? What changes should be made to the design of future applications software, infrastructure software, and hardware to match the needs and opportunities of Cloud Computing?

Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan moderates this "Power Panel" which will be simulcast Web-wide on SYS-CON.TV.

Panelists

Rob Walters is Director, Product Management at The Planet. He joined the company in 2008 and as director of product management he is responsible for the strategy and delivery of the company’s entire portfolio of products, including cloud storage, advanced services, storage and data protection, and managed hosting. He previously served as The Planet’s general manager for storage and data protection. Prior to joining The Planet, Walters worked for Rackspace Hosting where he was director of product management, responsible for the development of its managed hosting product portfolio.

Willie M. Tejada is Vice President, Application and Site Acceleration, at Akamai Technologies, Inc., where he is responsible for the Application and Site Acceleration Business Units targeted at optimizing the delivery of enterprise sites and applications over the Internet. With more than 15 years of marketing, product management, and business development experience, Tejada joined Akamai in March 2007 as part of the Netli acquisition. A seasoned executive, he has held various senior management positions in both start-up and large enterprise companies including Novell, where he led marketing, product management, developer and strategic relations organizations. An accomplished communicator and presenter, he is an inventor listed on US Patent 6,078,924, and also the author of Facilitating Competitive Intelligence: The Next Step in Internet-Based Research published in CRC Press' "Best Practices Series" in Internet Management.

Terry Woloszyn is CEO/CTO of PerspecSys Inc., which is emerging as the leading solution addressing cloud application adoption challenges of data privacy, residency, and security. Prior to founding PerspecSys, he has held executive and leadership positions with the IBM Software Group, and CrossWorlds Software which pioneered Enterprise Application Integration. Woloszyn has been at the forefront of many emerging technologies and has helped establish a worldwide presence for a variety of software organizations including Siebel, Scopus (CRM/SFA), Gupta (DB), Information Builders (BI), and Netwise (RPC). His extensive experience and knowledge is reflected in the PerspecSys Solution today and is the primary reason he is emerging as one of the global thought leaders with respect to Cloud Data Governance Solutions.

Adam Blum is CEO of Rhomobile. He came from Good Technology and while spending millions on enterprise mobile application development he realized there was a need for a framework for enterprises to build mobile applications easily and cost-effectively empower their workforce without training their programmers to learn different programming languages and building apps from scratch. He has spoken at Interop in Las Vegas and at Ruby events all over the world.

Greg O'Connor is President & CEO of AppZero. Pioneering the Virtual Application Appliance approach to simplifying application-lifecycle management, he is responsible for translating Appzero's vision into strategic business objectives and financial results. O'Connor has over 25 years of management and technical experience in the computer industry. He was founder and president of Sonic Software, acquired in 2005 by Progress Software (PRGS). There he grew the company from concept to over $40 million in revenue. At Sonic, he evangelized and created the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) product category, which is generally accepted today as the foundation for Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). Follow him on Twitter @gregoryjoconnor.