The 2016 Conference Season: 7 Cloud Events You Should Know About

May 22 2016 | by Yoav Mor

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As the cloud events season steps into full swing you’re probably wondering what cloud computing conferences you should be making the effort to attend this year. With an almost endless choice of cloud computing focused events it’s not an easy decision to make.

Whether you’re interested in getting clued up on the latest trends sweeping the industry, looking to draw in some new customers, or just want to enjoy the atmosphere with other like-minded professionals then it’s worth seeing if your travel budget will stretch to incorporate a few of these events this season. Gaining new connections and enhancing old ones within your field is never a bad idea, and could serve to be useful in the future.

Already this year we have had some major events, including the CIO Summit, MS Envision, Google Cloud Next and most recently, ITFM week, which was held in Chicago. Looking toward the rest of the season there’s a full calendar in store, and so we have come up with a list of the most prominent cloud computing conferences scheduled for the rest of 2016. If you can’t make it in the flesh, don’t despair as many of these events are also offering live streaming options.

Cloud Foundry Summit, Santa Clara

May 24-25
Considerably the leading provider of open source Platform as a Service (PaaS), Cloud Foundry is used by some of the most prominent names in technology, including IBM, HP, CenturyLink, and Pivotal, to name a few. This conference is the ultimate event for developers and cloud operators using the platform and includes in-depth discussions of technical issues and operational best practices with core contributors.

Cloud Expo, NYC

June 7-9
Cloud Expo prides itself on being the only conference which covers the entire world of cloud in one location. DevOps, webRTC, microservices, big data, internet of things, cloud computing… you name it, it will be featured. With over 100 exhibitors on the floor showcasing the latest solutions and strategies and a Demo Theater that allows you to really see and feel the technology, you won’t be struggling for things to do. Also, don’t miss my session on “Plotting the Best Course Around Multi-Cloud Adoption.”

AWS Global Summit Series

AWS London Summit, July 6-7
AWS Santa Clara Summit, July 12-13
AWS NYC Summit, August 10-11

And many other additional locations

AWS cloud users (experienced and inexperienced alike) will be flocking to their nearest summit this year to educate themselves on the latest AWS innovations. Chances are you won’t have to travel too far to attend one of these events as they are being held in over 30 locations worldwide.

New customers can discover how to get to grips with the platform while existing users are catered for with more in-depth technical content. At the most recent summit in Chicago last month the company announced the imminent release of another new offering, AWS Application Discovery Service, which will help organizations plan their migration to the cloud.

Microsoft WPC, Toronto

July 10-14
Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference is the largest event for Microsoft Partners, offering excellent business management training sessions as well as the chance to network with others within the community. The conference is open to all current Microsoft partners as well as those considering partnership. The most common attendees are executives looking to accelerate business growth.

VMWorld 2016

Las Vegas, August 28
Barcelona, October 17

The renowned virtualization conference has become the renowned data center conference and this year returns to both Europe and the US. As Dell recently acquired both VMware and parent company EMC, this conference looks set to be an intriguing one.

Microsoft Ignite, Atlanta

September 26-30
Held primarily for IT professionals, Ignite is for those who love to stay on the cusp of the latest Microsoft technology. Make use of the deep dive sessions to experience hands-on learning or consult the experts for up to date insights on Microsoft products.

AWS re:Invent, Las Vegas

November 28
The annual Amazon Web Services user conference re:Invent also happens to be the largest gathering of the global cloud community. Aimed at existing customers as well as newbies, this conference offers a wealth of knowledge concerning AWS products and features through keynote speeches, technical sessions (including an all-day hackathon), question and answer sessions with engineers and the ever expected announcement of new products.


While networking should always be high on the priority list, don’t forget the educational benefits that come from attending a relevant conference. With invaluable information, tips and advice being handed out at these events, finding yourself at the right place at the right time could mean everything for your business development. Make sure that you take this into consideration when deciding which cloud computing conferences to attend this season and which ones to forgo.

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