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Announcing Structure 09, Our Internet Infrastructure & Cloud Computing Conference

structure_09_logoThe second edition of Structure, our conference devoted to Internet infrastructure — in particular emergent trends such as cloud computing — will return to the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco on June 25th. Even amid a global recession, the tidal wave known as the Internet continues to gather momentum, and companies big and small are starting to realize that they can leverage its infrastructure to great advantage, both in terms of cost and productivity. Our two keynote speakers — Paul Sagan, CEO of Akamai Technologies, and Marc Benioff, CEO of — will directly address how. The two big themes of this year’s gathering will be future trends in cloud computing and the impact of ultra-broadband.

Over the past year, the cloud computing discussion has shifted to security and ownership, so we’ll be making that a focus, too. Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon, and Greg Papadopoulos, CTO of Sun Microsystems, will return a year after delivering keynotes at our inaugural Structure conference to offer a deeper understanding of some of the issues surrounding this discussion.

If “clouds” are the cities of our Internet future, then we need better freeways on which to travel between them. That’s why we’re going to talk about ultra-broadband. What happens, for example, when hundreds of millions of people are accessing the Internet at speeds in excess of 50 Mbps each? On one of the panels, we’ll bring together some of the world’s preeminent Internet scientists to discuss what might be possible if we rebuilt the Internet’s infrastructure from scratch.

How will companies deal with the massive explosion in digital information? From data spaces to data pipes, every component of Internet infrastructure will be challenged. And these are not challenges of a distant future, but of the coming decade. Jonathan Heiliger, V-P of Technical Operations at Facebook, will moderate a conversation with his peers about the future of web infrastructure.

At Structure, we will bring together the industry’s most innovative minds and give them a place to share their thoughts with the rest of us. Together, we will figure out how to take advantage of the opportunities being created. (Check out the full lineup of speakers.)

I am extremely excited about this year’s event, and I hope to see you there. Tickets are on sale now; take advantage of our early-bird rate for the best pricing. We sold out last year, so get your ticket soon!

If you’re interested in sponsoring the event, please get in touch with Mike Sly sly at gigaom dot com. For editorial inquires, please email our conference chair, Surj Patel, at surj at gigaom dot com. For all other inquires, please get in touch at structure at gigaom dot com.

See you all in San Francisco in June!