Last this year, from November 30 to December 1, over in Oracle Land—Sofitel in Redwood City, to be exact—VentureBeat threw a party of sorts with some of the most influential people in cloud computing today: Box.net’s Aaron Levie will be there; Randy Bias, Cloudscaling’s CTO, will be there; as will chiefs, top managers, and presidents from Netflix, Google, Oracle, Rackspace, etc.
The event was CloudBeat2011, and companies were there to market, network, debate, and drink.
What all was covered? That opening Friday, Netflix’s Director of Cloud Systems talked about international expansion via AWS, and got into the grittier hows and whys of Netflix’s decision to go with the public cloud, namely AWS, over its own brew.
That same day, Zynga went over how it left AWS (in part—much of its operations are still on AWS) to form its own cloud, zCloud, after going public. Zynga’s CTO, Allan Leinwand, went into some detail about how Farmville in particular went from 0 to 5 million daily active users in a few days, and how scaling out with AWS was critical. He also talked about the decision making that went on before capital was put toward zCloud. Leinwand went into incredible and enlightening detail about the decisions that had to be made, in reaction to Farmville. I would personally liked to have seen some questions about perceived limits to AWS—there’s gotta be a few; there are always limits.
Check the rest of the agenda from last year, here.
Are you going to be at CloudBeat2012 this winter? Chime in below about what you might hope to hear, see, do, “etc.”