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Meet our first batch of CloudBeat 2011 speakers: Aaron Levie, Lew Moorman and more

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VentureBeat’s first annual CloudBeat conference is only a month away. Hosted on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at the Hotel Sofitel in Redwood City, we will be exploring many cases of real and revolutionary enterprise adoption of cloud services. We’ll be cutting though the hype of the “cloud” and see how it’s changing the way business is being done from a customer perspective rather than a vendor-focused one.

We’ll identify the most disruptive cases in each of three layers of the cloud: 1) web applications, or SaaS, 2) middleware, or PaaS and 3) back-end infrastructure, or IaaS. And these cases will highlight core components of the cloud revolution, like security, collaboration, analytics, mobile usage, increased productivity and integration.

On top of exploring these pressing topics, we will also be hosting an Innovation Showdown where 10 finalists will be able to showcase their products or services to a full, captive audience.

Tickets are selling incredibly fast for the conference, but we want to extend a special offer to those who actively read VentureBeat. If you decide to get tickets today (and you should), you can get a 15% discount with the following code: “CBVIP“.

To get an even better expectation of what’s the come later this month, here’s a look at our first list of incredible speakers:

Aaron LevieAaron Levie is the CEO and co-founder of Box.net, which he originally created as a college business project with the goal of helping people easily access their information from any location. Box was launched from Aaron’s dorm room in 2005 with the help of CFO Dylan Smith. He is the visionary behind Box’s product and platform strategy, which is focused on incorporating the best of traditional content management with the most effective elements of social business software.

Byron Sebastian leads the global Platforms teams and organizations at salesforce.com. Sebastian also runs Cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS) innovator Heroku, as its general manager. San Francisco-based Heroku offers an industry-leading rock-solid cloud application platform supporting a variety of developer-friendly runtimes. Heroku was acquired by Salesforce.com in December 2010. Prior to joining Salesforce.com, Sebastian was GM of BEA’s Web Services, WebLogic Platform from 2001 to 2003 and vice president of product management of Crossgain, a software development company and pioneer in developing tools and applications to enable customers to build web services.

John DillonJohn Dillion is CEO of Engine Yard. He has over 20 years of experience in executive leadership positions and has delivered several successful exits as CEO of well-known technology companies including Salesforce.com and Hyperion as well as Navis, the leading provider of shipping logistics software. Prior to his CEO roles, John held sales management positions at Oracle and Arbor Software and was a systems engineer at EDS (Electronic Data Systems).

Lew Moorman is President and Chief Strategy Officer at Rackspace. Moorman is instrumental in driving strategic planning, product development and new business initiatives for Rackspace. He joined the company in April of 2000 and has served a variety of strategy and marketing roles throughout the company’s growth. Before joining Rackspace, Moorman held several positions at the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, advising high technology clients on critical strategic issues. As Rackspace Hosting’s Chief Strategy Officer, Moorman drives strategic planning, product development and new business initiatives across the company. He also serves as President of Rackspace’s Cloud business, leading the company’s fastest growing business unit. He speaks frequently at industry events on cloud computing, hosting and the rapidly evolving world of IT.

Michael CrandellMichael Crandell is the CEO and a founder of RightScale, where he provides the vision and direction for the company as it pioneers innovative ways to bring the power of cloud computing to any organization. Crandell is a frequent speaker at cloud computing industry conferences, and he has played a major role in helping establish and promote openness and transparency in the cloud market. Prior to RightScale, he served as CEO at several Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies and as executive vice president at eFax.com.

Randy Bias is co-founder and CTO of Cloudscaling. His provocative views on the profound disruption caused by cloud computing have made him one of the most influential voices in the industry. He uses this influence to advocate an open and honest debate about which technologies will win in driving cloud to large-scale adoption. Since 1990, Randy has driven innovations in infrastructure, IT, operations, and 24/7 service delivery.

Solomon HykesSolomon Hykes is co-founder and CEO of dotCloud. As co-founder, Solomon is the visionary behind the company’s mission to deliver the power of cloud computing to all developers. As CEO, Solomon drives dotCloud’s day-to-day operations as well as leads the company’s product strategy. Solomon sets the pace and drives a corporate culture of action, transparency, synchronization, accountability, and opportunity. Since launching the company in 2010, he has focused on building a team comprised of the brightest engineers from a range of backgrounds across the globe. Solomon has his roots in cloud computing and has worked in large-scale distributed Internet services for most of his professional career.

We want to thank the industry leaders that are supporting CloudBeat 2011: Sequoia Capital and Scality as Gold Sponsors, Cloudsoft, New Relic, and Trinity Ventures as Silver Sponsors, and Norwest Venture Partners, Box.net, and Loggly as Event Sponsors.

CloudBeat 2011CloudBeat 2011 takes place November 30 – December 1 at Hotel Sofitel in Redwood City, CA. Unlike any other cloud events, we’ll be focusing on 12 case studies where we’ll dissect the most disruptive instances of enterprise adoption of the cloud. These case studies will highlight the core components of the cloud revolution: security, collaboration, analytics, mobile usage, increased productivity, and integration. Join over 500 executives for two days packed with actionable lessons and networking opportunities as we define the key processes and architectures that companies must put in place in order to survive and prosper. Register here. Tickets are limited!