Many of the web apps that we cover here on WebWorkerDaily wouldn’t have made it off the ground without the scalability and flexibility offered by cloud computing. It’s one of the main reasons that we’ve seen an explosion in the number and variety of web apps over the last couple of years, and it’s radically changing the way that we work on the web.
The cloud offers many benefits, but as the technology is still very much in its infancy, it’s hard to sort the signal from the noise and identify the real opportunities. If you’re looking to get ahead of the pack and exploit cloud computing in your next project, or simply want to check out the opportunities that it brings to the table, you should check out Structure 09, our annual cloud computing conference, returning to the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco on June 25, 2009. The day will be keynoted by two pioneers in the world of “infrastructure on demand,” Marc Benioff and Paul Sagan. Sagan, CEO of Akamai, will share his vision about how Akamai continues to innovate in an industry it helped birth a decade ago. Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com, will share his insights that drove Salesforce.com to become the first SaaS (Software as a Service) company to pass the billion-dollar revenue mark.
A strong base of industry leaders and innovators supports the keynote speakers. Structure 09 is proud to have Michael Stonebraker, a pioneer of database (RDBMS) systems, participating and also welcomes luminaries such as Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon.com, and Greg Papadopoulos, CTO of Sun Microsystems, back to share their thoughts on the progress of the industry since their keynote addresses at last year’s sold-out event. In a unique panel, Jonathan Heiliger, VP of Technical Operations at Facebook, moderates a panel of his industry peers, who handle some of the biggest web infrastructures on the planet — Yahoo, Google, LinkedIn and MySpace — and asks them to share their learning and best practices from the industry’s cutting edge.