Every year you sit down and start sifting through the many cloud computing events that you and your team could attend this year. It’s great that there are so many options, but it’s getting harder and harder to decide which ones will be most valuable for you.
That’s why we created the ultimate cloud events and conferences tool. Want to see if there’s a cloud computing event focusing on your favorite cloud provider and located in New York City this year? This tool can quickly show you what you’re looking for.
In addition, we wanted to share with you our short list of the 8 hottest cloud computing event in 2017. We hope to see you at some of these events!
1. Google Cloud Next
When: March 8-10
Where: Moscone Center West in San Francisco, CA
Price: $1,499 for full-price ticket
Description: As you might expect, this is the premier event for Google Cloud Platform, one of cloud computing’s “big three.” With many Google engineers on hand and other subject matter experts, this is the place to be if you want to learn about big data/machine learning, app development, infrastructure/operation, and more in GCP. If you want to go deeper and have a more interactive experience, you can sign up for one of six different bootcamp topics — serverless machine learning with Cloud ML, data to insights with BigQuery, IoT data analysis with GCP, cloud security, managing Windows Workloads on GCP, and an introduction to Kubernetes. If you’re thinking of moving forward with GCP (or you already use it), this is the event that will keep you ahead of what’s next.
2. IBM InterConnect 2017
When: March 19-23
Where: Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV
Price: Tickets start at $995
Description: With more than 25,000 industry leaders attending, there’s no doubt that you’ll learn a lot about leveraging cloud computing to make the most of your data — specifically through AI, machine learning, Internet of Things, and more through the IBM Cloud. One important theme at IBM InterConnect is how to deal with a complex infrastructure of legacy equipment. These sessions are tailor-made for businesses that need to master hybrid cloud before diving headfirst into cloud computing. Learn how to make the most of your existing infrastructure while accommodating digital transformation.
3. Dell EMC World
When: May 8-11
Where: The Venetian in Las Vegas, NV
Price: Tickets start at $2,195
Description: Digital transformation has been the prevailing theme in the enterprise world for the last few years. Cloud computing is a critical component of successful digital transformation and if you want to maintain a competitive advantage moving forward, you need to make sure you’re leveraging the right technologies. At Dell EMC World, the content hinges on digital transformation in three key categories — IT, security, and the workforce. From converged platforms to storage, data protection, big data and beyond, this event is sure to help you get your transformation strategy on track.
4. OpenStack Summit 2017
When: May 8-11
Where: Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA
Description: Whether you know it or not, open infrastructure is a critical part of your cloud computing efforts. This event is specifically made to teach you more about the open technology that comprises a modern infrastructure, including OpenStack, Kubernetes, Docker, and more. Whether you’re a business executive looking to hear how cloud computing is benefiting your contemporaries, an architect looking to learn about new open infrastructure tools, or a developer creating tomorrow’s cloud applications, the OpenStack Summit has valuable content for you.
5. Cloud Expo New York
When: June 6-8
Where: Javits Center in New York City, NY
Price: Tickets start at $100 for basic access and $995 for total access
Description: This New York iteration is the 20th international Cloud Expo. There was a time that cloud computing discussions hinged on the debate between public and private options. But Cloud Expo knows that hybrid cloud is the reality and brings topics together that reflect that understanding. With industry leaders in IoT, big data, FinTech, DevOps, WebRTC, digital transformation, and more in attendance, Cloud Expo has something for everyone looking to learn more about any aspect of cloud computing.
6. VMworld 2017 US
When: August 27-31
Where: Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV
Price: Early pre-registration rate of $1,795
Description: VMware is a major player in the cloud computing space with many products ranging from cloud management to software-defined data center platforms to virtual desktop infrastructure and more. VMworld gives you a chance to keep up on all the latest product/service releases while also learning from industry experts about cloud infrastructure and business mobility. Beyond breakout sessions and networking, there will be a hands-on lab experience to showcase VMware solutions live.
7. Microsoft Ignite
When: September 25-29
Where: Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL
Price: Free with pre-registration
Description: There are many cloud computing events that focus on the actual infrastructure. Microsoft Ignite features Azure sessions for reinventing IT infrastructure and driving business agility, but the cloud-based services go beyond that. At this event, you’ll get a deep dive into the world of cloud-based Office 365, Windows 10, Skype for Business Online and more — all in the context of a more cloud-first enterprise. This free 5-day event provides hands-on experience and direct access to the experts who designed the products/services you use every day.
8. AWS re:Invent 2017
When: November 27 – December 1
Where: Specific locations in Las Vegas, NV TBD
Price: 2017 pricing is currently unavailable, but 2016 passes were $1,599
Description: Since AWS re:Invent 2016 just ended somewhat recently, the 2017 details aren’t fully available yet. However, each year this is the premier event to learn any and all things Amazon Web Services. New products and services are announced at this event and there are technical sessions for developers, engineers, system administrators, systems architects, and more. If you’re leveraging AWS for your cloud strategy, this is the conference that will help you make the most of your investments.