CloudBeat 2011Only a few seats remain for Wednesday and Thursday’s CloudBeat 2012 event.

We’ve decided to offer up a handful of heavily discounted tickets to students and/or founders who may not have the budget to make the event at full price.

So, if you’re a student or a startup founder on a very tight budget and you want to come to CloudBeat (Nov 28 – Nov 29 in Redwood City, CA), send a quick note to explaining why. We’ll be going through entries all day and handing out select discount codes that will carry a very significant discount.

The agenda is packed, the speaker lineup is robust. Like our successful inaugural event last year, we’ve selected the most interesting real cases of cloud adoption we can find.

(Notably, this year, we even have several university representatives talking about their own case of cloud adoption In the case of Purdue, it’s built its own cloud, and a Purdue executive will be talking about he did it. Oxford University, meanwhile, has adopted a hybrid cloud and is offering an impressive database-as-a-service for all of its researchers. VMWare will discuss how it helped in the process. Harvard University will also be talking about how it has leveraged the cloud.)

We’ve got representation from just about every major player and disruptor in the cloud industry: Not only Oracle, SAP, VMware,, Google, and the other big guys, but the emerging players as well. Dropbox will show brand new data on how enterprises are using storage services, and what it means for companies like Dropbox that started outside of the firewall. And we even have the Church of Latter Day Saints explaining how it is using NoSQL big data technology to process its family tree property, FamilySearch. Its service holds more than 3 billion vital records and images, and is second only to social network Facebook in the sheer amount of data it must parse. A FamilySearch executive will also feature the first early demonstration of a special “Bumping” application that allows two users to locate where their family trees may have linked up generations ago.

Most importantly, CloudBeat avoids the pitfall of competing events, which have been mainly for vendors to push their wares. Instead, we’re focusing on customer-centric case studies to uncover the key cloud architectures that companies of all stages are adopting to survive and prosper. CIOs and other IT decision makers will be heavily represented in the audience.

We look forward to seeing you at what has shaped up to be the cloud event of the year!