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Ten cloud conferences to pencil in for 2016

Cloud conferences and events are the perfect place to gain more industry knowledge and sharpen your skills. For the remainder of 2016, there are numerous opportunities to grow your networking base and meet top influencers. IT pros of all roles and experience levels can benefit from what cloud conferences have to give by attending speeches, sessions and hands-on trainings, as well as discovering new tips, tricks and tools. Here are a few of the top cloud conferences and events you should attend in 2016.

HotCloud ’16

June 20-21

The 8th USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Cloud Computing, known at HotCloud ’16, covers multiple models of cloud computing, including IaaS, PaaS and SaaS. Researchers and practitioners will discuss current developments, new trends and recent research related to cloud computing. Attendees can join discussions focused on cloud implementation, deployment and design issues, and delve deep into hot, emerging topics, such as serverless computing and big data.

IEEE Cloud 2016

June 27 – July 2
San Francisco

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers is holding its 9th International Conference on Cloud Computing, providing an opportunity for researchers and industry specialists to come together and discuss recent advances and best practices for cloud computing. Attendees can participate in panel discussions concerning multiple topics, such as big data, mobile and the internet of things (IoT). Other sessions focus on tips for managing cloud computing SLAs, performance and storage systems.

Hadoop Summit

June 28-30
San Jose, Calif.

At the Hadoop Summit, attendees can meet with users, developers, vendors and other members from the IT community to explore Apache Hadoop. This three-day event offers direction for using and developing on Hadoop, as well as sessions that explore how to build an enterprise data architecture with Hadoop. The show has eight technical tracks — including one on Cloud and Operations — and two business tracks, and includes Hadoop case studies from companies including Macy’s and Progressive.

How to Make the Move to the Hybrid Cloud

June 28
Burbank, Calif.

At this TechTarget seminar, sit down with Jon Brown, VP of Market Intelligence at TechTarget, and join other IT pros to talk about hybrid cloud challenges and strategies, including those related to automation, availability and security. While most know the benefits of public and private cloud, few have been able to properly mix them together to support modern apps and workloads. This seminar will discuss how to use the hybrid cloud to host production workloads, rather than just for development and testing.

AWS Global Summit Series

AWS London Summit, July 6-7
AWS Santa Clara Summit, July 12-13
AWS NYC Summit, August 10-11

Open to AWS cloud users of all experience levels, the traveling AWS summit will focus on the latest in AWS innovations and services. New and old AWS users will share insights into topics as AWS architecture, performance and operations. Other session topics include how to create IoT applications to run on AWS, and how to secure AWS workloads through DevOps automation. IT pros can also gain hands-on AWS experience in a series of technical bootcamps and labs.

Gartner Catalyst Conference

August 15-18
San Diego

Gartner’s Catalyst Conference is an event for technical professionals across various industries and roles, ranging from application development and business intelligence to infrastructure management, operations and security. There are multiple cloud-related tracks, including “Designing Your Cloud-First Architecture and Strategy,” which offers sessions on how to select cloud providers, minimize cloud security risks and deploy cloud applications.

Microsoft Ignite

September 26-30
For IT professionals interested in learning more about Azure, Microsoft Ignite offers over 50 sessions dedicated to the public cloud platform. Topics range from Azure security and encryption to serverless computing with the new Azure Functions. In addition to receiving advice and hands-on experience, learn what Microsoft has in store for Azure Compute services and how it could affect you or your organization. Attendees can also take steps to beef up their cloud resumes with five Certification Exam Prep sessions dedicated to Azure.

Modern Infrastructure and Operations: The Next Era of Hybrid Cloud, Virtualization Management, and Containers

September 27 — Dallas
November 17 — Atlanta
December 6 — San Francisco

Hybrid cloud and containers are hot topics today, and Keith Townsend, expert in the enterprise virtualization space and TechTarget contributor, explores both technologies in this two-part seminar. In part one, attendees will learn how to optimize and manage virtualization costs and identify factors that increase those costs, such as networked storage. In part two, Townsend details technologies offered to complement server virtualization, including hybrid cloud and containers, and the benefits they can bring to data management.

Dreamforce ’16

October 4-7
San Francisco

With over 2,000 sessions, this software as a service conference brings together experts, influencers, users and developers to network and discuss Salesforce. The sessions are for all experience levels and offer insights for cloud admins that support and manage Salesforce apps. Topics include agile release management, building a center of excellence and previews from the Salesforce App Cloud roadmap.

AWS re:Invent

November 28 – December 2
Las Vegas

AWS re:Invent is the largest assembly of the AWS cloud community and caters to current customers as well as users and developers new to the platform. There are numerous types of meetings, such as question and answer sessions, technical sessions, hackathons and keynote speeches, that seek to expand your knowledge of AWS features and products. Be the first to know what is coming in the future at the conference’s main event — the announcement of new AWS products and services.