The DevOps PaaS Infusion: Taking Any App To The Cloud–Windows Azure & Cloudify 5-17-2012 in New York City

Wanted to share another great event around the cloud going on in New York City this week!  On Thursday at the Microsoft office in NYC, Gigaspaces, Aditi, C24, Cisco, and Microsoft will be hosting an event to explore the opportunities created by emerging cloud technologies.  The event will feature coverage & demos of Gigaspace’s Cloudify solution and Cisco’s Unified Computing System in the context to how they relate to Windows Azure.

Gigaspace’s VP of Product Management, Uri Cohen, and Deputy CTO, Shay Hassidim, will be kicking the day off with a keynote covering Cloudify.  One thing that Cloudify can do is make it easy to package and deploy Java solutions to Windows Azure.  Shay will also be talking about this Wednesday 5/16/2012 at the NYC Windows Azure user group!

1290 Ave of the Americas NY, NY 10104
1290 Ave of the Americas NY, NY 10104

Event Details


Thursday, May 17, 2012
9:30am – 4:00pm


Microsoft NYC Offices
1290 Ave of the Americas
New York, NY 10104


Here are the details from the event’s registration page on

Cloud computing may be the most disruptive, transformative technology shift since the Internet, and migrating business to the cloud isn’t just a trend anymore but rather a fundamental business requirement.

Leveraging the Cloudify open PaaS stack, public cloud platforms like Windows Azure or unified technology building blocks such as the Cisco Unified Computing System provides users strategic benefits such as reduced cost, flexibility, high-availability and easy automation.

We invite you to join us and our panel of CTOs and technical evangelists for a high-energy event where we will explore the opportunities created by emerging cloud technologies. You’ll hear real world use cases from Microsoft, Aditi, Cisco, GigaSpaces, C24, a Fortune 100 Financial Institution, and learn how cloud computing is opening a whole new world of possibilities for enterprises and ISVs.

We’ll delve into the players and the layers that make up the Cloud ecosystem, including IaaS, PaaS, security, and orchestration. Learn what works, what doesn’t, and what’s next. You’ll find out about the strengths and weaknesses of this promising but hard to define technology paradigm, and how it can allow you to focus on your core business competency.

Discover how Cloudify and Azure work together to:
• Easily deploy even the most complex Java apps onto Azure with zero code changes
• Provide an enterprise-grade production environment for your Java app on Azure through continuous availability, elastic scalability, production ready management and monitoring, and fully automated deployment
• Maximize the already powerful Azure platform capabilities with extremely tight integration


09:30 am - 09:55 am: Registration

10:00 am – 10:50 am: Keynote ~ Uri Cohen, VP Product Management, Shay Hassidim, Deputy CTO GigaSpaces ~ Cloudify, the PaaS Jailbreaker - Theory and Practice

The promise of many current PaaS platforms is that they will make application deployment and management on the cloud simple. To achieve this, most PaaS platforms take the "my way or the highway" approach (a.k.a opinionated architecture), and force you to fit into their own stack, language of choice, cloud data center, security, high availability, and scalability models. The result is that they are irrelevant to most existing apps, and once you are in – you’re locked in forever. Cloudify aims to change all that by giving you the freedom to use any application stack, on any cloud, and handle your application without code changes. In this session we'll hear about Cloudify design principles and hear about real life use cases Cloudify implementation.

10:55 am - 11:20 am: Cloudify demonstration

11:25 am – 12:00 pm: Francesco Rietti, BDM - US Azure Partnerships Microsoft

12:00 pm – 01:25 pm: Networking lunch

01:30 pm – 02:00 pm: Siddhartha Bagga, Manager - BD Aditi

02:05 pm – 02:35 pm: Gary Berger, Architect, Office of the CTO Cisco Systems ~ Showcasing the Unified Multi-Service Data Center and service virtualization

02:40 pm – 03:10 pm: John Davies, CTO & Founder C24 ~ On banking and finance-related cloud solutions

03:15 pm – 04:00 pm: Speaker panel open discussion ~ Industry experts answer your questions and provide guidance on cloud computing adoption

About the Participating Companies:

GigaSpaces is an application virtualization platform provider serving 300+ renowned tier 1 companies around the globe. Working with Microsoft, they created an enterprise Java application platform called Cloudify for Azure, for onboarding JEE/Spring/big-data applications to Azure without any architectural or code changes.

Windows Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. You can build applications using any language, tool or framework. And you can integrate your public cloud applications with your existing IT environment.

Aditi helps product companies, web businesses and enterprises leverage the power of cloud, e-social and mobile, to drive competitive advantage. We are one of the top 3 Platform-as-a-Service solution providers globally and one of the top 5 Microsoft technology partners in the US.

The Cisco Unified Computing System represents radical simplification of traditional architecture, dramatically reducing the number of devices that must be purchased, cabled, configured, powered, cooled, secured, and managed. The solution delivers end-to-end optimization for virtualized environments while retaining the ability to support also creating new agility for traditional OS and application stacks in physical environments.

C24 is a software house specializing in standards-based messaging and integration solutions aimed at the wholesale financial services markets. The C24 Integration Objects Studio product and the financial services specific message Standards Libraries are used by many of the world’s largest firms in Europe and the Americas supporting business critical applications for asset management, clearing and settlement and payment processing.

This should be a great event.  I’ll be there for the first part of the day before heading over to VS Live! in Brooklyn where I will be doing a talk on Windows Azure + Node.js.