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It’s time to exhale: Our first Structure 08 conference, slated to be held on June 25th in San Francisco, is almost sold out. With a week to go we have just 25 tickets left, and I have to tell you that despite the long sleepless nights […]

It’s time to exhale: Our first Structure 08 conference, slated to be held on June 25th in San Francisco, is almost sold out. With a week to go we have just 25 tickets left, and I have to tell you that despite the long sleepless nights ahead, I’m pretty jazzed about the event.

Amongst ticket buyers, we’ve seen a lot of venture capitalists that are clearly looking at the infrastructure space with some interest, possibly for investments. Also attending will be a lot of people from large corporations as they try to make sense of this whole evolution. Despite how central this issue has become to my writing lately, the mix of people is surprising even to me.

And yes, I’m totally biased, but the line-up of speakers and panelists for the conference would give anyone a serious IQ turbo boost. I recently spent some one-on-one time with speakers such as Salesforce co-founder Parker Harris and Aster Data Systems’ Mayank Bawa, and was amazed by their depth of knowledge. Here’s a quick rundown of the keynotes, panels and workshops:

Keynotes: Werner Vogels (CTO, Amazon.com), Jim Crowe (CEO & President, Level 3 Communications), Greg Papadopoulous (CTO, Sun Microsystems)

Fireside Chats: Parker Harris (Co-founder, Salesforce.com), Dr. Mendel Rosenblum (Co-founder, VMware)

Mini-Notes: Debra Chrapaty (Microsoft), Dr. Larry Roberts (Founder, Anagran), Jonathan Yarmis (AMR Research), Zach Nelson (NetSuite), & Dr. Jonathan Koomey (Lawrence Berkeley National Labs) Drew Perkins (Co-Founder, Infinera)

Panels:

  • Working the Clouds: NextGen Infrastructure for New Entrepreneurs
  • The New New Stack: Re-examining the Internet Platform Chain
  • The Race to the Next Database: Overclocking and Analytics Augment Your Data Layer
  • Harnessing Explosive Growth: Infrastructure Strategies and Tactics
  • Infrastructure On Demand: Should You Build Your Future on Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)?
  • Eyes Wide Shut: Why is the VC Community Keeping Its Wallet Shut to Infrastructure?

Workshops:

  • Google App Engine: Learn how to harness the power of Google’s global infrastructure for your idea
  • Microsoft Data Center Secrets: Get insights from Microsoft’s infrastructure team on building out large deployments.
  • Fenwick & West Venture Capital and Seed Financing: Interact with entrepreneurs and prominent angels focused on raising money for infrastructure ideas.

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  1. Sam Francisco Tuesday, June 17, 2008

    Sounds exciting, I will see you at the conference.

    BTW,you spelled Debra Chrapaty incorrectly above. I would change it before she sees it and realizes she had another previous “commitment”…

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  2. Om;

    Would there be a video cast of the keynotes later on? That would be good.

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  3. @Ravneet

    We are trying to do that and hopefully we will be able to live stream it as well.

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