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  Think Big – Now Think Even Bigger
  Join Us at Internet of Things at Cloud Expo, November 11-13,
at the Javits Center!


The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.

All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - computers, smartphones, tablets, and sensors - connected to the Internet by 2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace for the next several decades.

With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend Internet of Things at Cloud Expo in New York City. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be!

Delegates to Internet of Things at Cloud Expo will be able to attend eight separate, information-packed tracks:

  • Enterprise Cloud
  • Digital Transformation
  • The API Enterprise | Mobility & Security
  • DevOps | Containers & Microservices
  • Cognitive Computing | AI, ML, DL
  • Big Data | Analytics
  • IoT | IIoT | Smart Cities
  • Hot Topics | FinTech | WebRTC

There are 120 breakout sessions in all, with Keynotes, General Sessions, and Power Panels adding to three days of incredibly rich presentations and content.


We'll see you in New York!



Day 3 Keynote at @ThingsExpo | Chris Matthieu, CTO of Octoblu
In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, focused on building an IoT platform and company. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu's platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu).
  Themes & Topics to Be Discussed

Consumer IoT
• Wearables
• Smart Appliances
• Smart Cars
• Smartphones 2.0
• Automation
• Smart Travel
• Personal Fitness
• Health Care
• Personalized Marketing
• Customized Shopping
• Personal Finance
• The Digital Divide
• Mobile Cash & Markets
• Games & The IoT
• The Future of Education
• Virtual Reality

Enterprise IoT
• The Business Case for
x IoT
• Smart Grids
• Smart Cities
• Smart Transportation
• The Smart Home
• M2M
• Authentication/Security
• Wiring the IoT
• The Internet of
x Everything
• Digital Transformation
x of Enterprise IT
• Agriculture
• Transportation
• Manufacturing
• Local & State
x Government
• Federal Government

IoT Developers | WebRTC Summit
• Eclipse Foundation
• Cloud Foundry
• Linux Containers
• Node-Red
• Open Source Hardware
• Ajax and the IoT
• Leveraging SOA
• Multi-Cloud IoT
• Evolving Standards
• WebSockets
• Security & Privacy
x Protocols
• GPS & Proximity
x Services
• Bluetooth/RFID/etc
• XMPP
• Nest Labs



The Top Keynotes, the Best Sessions, a Rock Star Faculty and the Most Qualified Delegates of ANY Internet of Things Event!


The future of computing lies in these things. As computing takes a much more active role in our lives it will at the same time become much more invisible. Internet of Things Expo will address the challenges in getting from where we are today to this future.
 
The high-energy event is a must-attend for senior technologists from CEOs on down – including CIOs, CTOs, directors of infrastructure, VPs of technology, IT directors and managers, network and storage managers, network engineers, enterprise architects, and communications and networking specialists.




@ThingsExpo Power Panel | The World's Many IoTs: Which Are the Most Important?
The Internet of Things is clearly many things: data collection and analytics, wearables, Smart Grids and Smart Cities, the Industrial Internet, and more. Cool platforms like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Intel's Galileo and Edison, and a diverse world of sensors are making the IoT a great toy box for developers in all these areas. In this Power Panel at @ThingsExpo, panelists discussed what things are the most important, which will have the most profound effect on the world, and what should we expect to see over the next couple of years.
Benefits of Attending the Three-Day Technical Program
  LEARNexactly why Internet of Things is relevant today from an economic, business and technology standpoint.
  HEAR first-hand from industry experts the common issues and requirements for creating a platform for the Internet of Things.
  SEE what new tools and approaches the Internet of Things requires.
  DISCOVER how to drive a distributed approach to the Internet of Things, where applications move to the data.
  FIND OUThow the vast volumes of new data produced by the Internet of Things provides a valuable new source of business insight through advanced analytical techniques.
  MASTER how the ongoing development of smart cities, cars, and houses will enhance connectivity infrastructure.
Lunch Power Panel | Microservices & IoT- Moderated by Jason Bloomberg
In this Power Panel at @DevOpsSummit, moderated by Jason Bloomberg, president of Intellyx, panelists Roberto Medrano, Executive Vice President at Akana; Lori MacVittie, Evangelist for F5 Networks; and Troy Topnik, ActiveState's Technical Product Manager; and Otis Gospodnetic, founder of Sematext; peeled away the buzz and discuss the important architectural principles behind implementing IoT solutions for the enterprise. As remote IoT devices and sensors become increasingly intelligent, they become part of our distributed cloud environment, and we must architect and code accordingly. At the very least, you'll have no problem filling in your buzzword bingo cards.


Case Study: When High Availability Is a Need - Not an Option
KEMP Technologies LoadMaster 5500 makes the grade

The Springfield, MA, public school district views itself as a partnership between parents and the community all working toward the common goal of "a culture of educational excellence for our children." To that end, technology plays a critical role in that mission and the district is considered a leader in information technology. The school offers students the ability to explore and gather information through its website and the Internet; teachers use data tools to manage grading and curriculum; and parents and students can access critical information on school events over the Web.

For the new 2010-2011 school year, the district implemented PowerSchool Management, the school's first web-based student information system. PowerSchool allows Springfield to store all student records, grades and attendance data for all 26,000 students for use by approximately 4,400 staff members, including about 2,500 teachers and paraprofessionals. With PowerSchool, all files are stored in a centralized database with appropriate security governing access.

While the school district saves on distributed hardware, the centralized architecture also creates availability issues. Through its value-added reseller, Springfield learned about the need for a load balancer to assure high availability and to avoid congestion with its new system, which could clog the server during such important times as report-card day, when thousands of parents may be accessing the newly implemented system.

Realizing Load Balancing Potential
Prior to installing the PowerSchool Management system this year, the Springfield school district had a manual, distributed student information system where each school had its own server and records were manually scanned into the system. While implementing the new automated online system, Springfield's goal was to consolidate its server count from 300 to 200 and eventually to 80 and consequently needed an application delivery solution that enabled it to do reduce server numbers while maintaining improved performance and availability.

The school is using VMware vSphere 4 running on one physical box at each location connected to one centralized VMware server cluster. With fewer servers online, it increased the importance of assuring that each one is able to handle the increased load placed upon it, especially given the size of the school system. Springfield still has 58 networked buildings, including 51 schools, each one of which has every room wired for high-speed Internet access.

Springfield's IT department almost immediately saw the benefit of deploying KEMP's LoadMaster 5500 application delivery controllers. "Due to the server configurations, hardware load balancing was a necessity," said Benjamin Wilson, Springfield Technology Operations Manager.

For the decision process to implement load balancing technology at Springfield, it included examining a large number of load balancers and then narrowing the selection down to KEMP and one other vendor. They decided on KEMP because of its combination of easy-to-use features and pricing. Even when the other vendor lowered its price, it was still not able to match what KEMP could offer in features and value. Overall, the deciding factor was, according to Benjamin Wilson, "KEMP's products are built with the end user in mind with a leg up on ease-of-use of the product." Specifically, the products are easy to deploy and integrate with in-place hardware and Wilson added, "KEMP's products are tailored toward organizations that do not have the expertise of a Fortune 500 IT staff."

The LoadMaster 5500 is KEMP's top-of-the line application delivery controller. The LoadMaster distributes user traffic and offloads and accelerates Layer 7 applications such as SSL security and content, to optimize web and application servers, ensuring users get the best experience possible across all users. The 5500 provides 99.999 percent high-availability, thereby removing the server load balancer as the single point of failure. The LoadMaster also simplifies the management of networked resources and accelerates user access to diverse servers, content and transaction-based systems.

As one of the school districts with an advanced technology plan, Springfield runs Microsoft SharePoint over the same LoadMaster 5500s. With SharePoint 2007, staff can share information across web sites, collaborate on documents and access and manage databases easily. With KEMP's LoadMasters now in service, it can sufficiently handle Springfield's current traffic load, and Wilson described the load balancers as "more capable than what we're throwing at them."

Bring It On with Load Balancing
If Springfield needs additional load balancers for the district's move toward an overall virtual environment, they can deploy KEMP's Virtual LoadMaster (VLM). The district is also planning to migrate to a Microsoft Exchange 2010 server for unified communications, improved access to email, voicemail, and instant messaging from any platform. Springfield is also planning to implement a Windows Terminal Server farm for virtual desktop creation and remote desktop access. With each of these applications, the school system needs to continue to assure high availability - and with their enhanced support for these applications - Wilson says he "cannot imagine adopting any of these applications without including the LoadMaster because high availability is a need not a preference."

As the school year begins, the pair of LoadMaster 5500s will be put to the test again and again, and Ben Wilson fully expects that they will be able to keep the Springfield school district's server traffic up and running as well as provide an easy-to-access online system for its faculty, administration students and parents. With KEMP LoadMaster's in place, Wilson adds, "we knew it was supposed to be user friendly, but we were surprised how easy it was to use and very pleased with its ability to scale to our future needs."

About Peter Melerud
Peter Melerud is the cofounder and vice president of product development for KEMP Technologies. KEMP Technologies provides affordable server load balancer appliances and application delivery controllers tailored to meet the needs of businesses that rely on the Internet for e-commerce and business-critical applications. KEMP helps companies grow their business with 24/7 high-availability, better web infrastructure performance, scalability and secure operations – while streamlining IT costs.

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