2019 can't miss cloud conferences
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2019 Can’t Miss Cloud Conferences

Ryan Kroonenburg
Ryan Kroonenburg

Cloud computing is continually shifting, growing into new markets, and driving innovation. By 2018 almost 60% of North American businesses depended on public cloud platforms, and that number’s only going to grow in 2019 as more companies adopt cloud solutions to help transform their business. It’s no wonder keeping up with cloud trends has become mission critical for many organizations.

Cloud conferences are a great way to stay on top of emerging cloud technologies, collaborate and build community with fellow professionals, and really dig into cloud platforms and new services. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 2019’s top cloud conferences below.

1. Google Cloud Next

Date: April 9 – 11, 2019

Location: San Francisco, California

Cost: $999 – $2,000

Google Cloud Next is a 3-day conference that includes keynotes, bootcamps, hands-on workshops, and more. The 2019 conference promises attendees hundreds of opportunities to meet with Google developers, and will cover 17 different tracks, including app development, serverless, and more. Last year’s conference boasted around 20,000 attendees!

According to Google, this conference is for developers and anyone interested in Google Cloud products. Everyone’s invited, and it shows — their sessions feature 11 different industries, from heavy industrials to retail.

2. DockerCon

Date: April 29 – May 2, 2019

Location: San Francisco, California

Cost: $1,080 – $1,600

A 3-day Docker conference that features keynotes, workshops, informative breakout sessions, and more. Workshops and trainings are offered as paid add-ons to your conference pass, and offer hands-on, instructor led courses about Docker software. Learn about the latest innovations in containerization, and how certain industries are using container technology to drive growth.

This conference is designed for sysadmins, developers, architects, and other IT professionals at various skill levels that use Docker open-source software. DockerCon is particularly useful for those looking to apply containerization strategies.

3. Red Hat Summit

Date: May 7 – 9, 2019

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Cost: $1,695 – $1,895

This year’s collaborative Red Hat Summit promises instructor-led labs, engaging breakout sessions, keynotes, panels, and more. Sessions will shed light on new IT processes, tech advances, and emerging culture trends. The theme of this year’s conference is “AND,” which organizers claim is about scaling your tech how you need, without a bunch of bulky add-ons.

Red Hat envisions a future built on open source, and their programming reflects that vision. This conference is great for developers, cloud architects, and IT professionals interested in working with open source software. Last year saw 7,500+ attendees, so you know there’ll be no shortage of networking and learning opportunities!

4. Interop19

Date: May 20 – 23, 2019

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Cost: $1,899 – $2,699

Looking for a conference that covers a broad range of IT subjects relevant to several professionals on your team? Then head to Interop19! This 3-day conference is designed to provide an unbiased, vendor-neutral look into the IT world. Their programming focuses on 8 topics that include DevOps, security, and cloud computing.

Interop’s 2019 cloud sessions include topics like moving to AWS, and figuring out which cloud provider is right for your business. This conference is tailored for IT professionals at all skill levels, providing education and training as well as insight into emerging technologies. This means both your novice and most experienced IT employees can benefit from attending.

5. Cloud Expo

Date: June 24 – 26, 2019

Location: Santa Clara, California

Cost: $100 – $800

This year’s Cloud Expo features 200 keynotes, hands-on tutorials, sessions, and power panels over its 3-day run. Some of the conference tracks included cover enterprise cloud, enterprise blockchain, and enterprise DevOps. This is a great space for technology buyers and vendors to meet.  Learn more about the future of cloud computing with some of the industries biggest players.

Need a more thorough introduction to what blockchain really is and what is important to know in order to grasp it? Get a blockchain certification and learn the ins and outs of this revolutionary technology.

IT directors and managers, corporate management, and enterprise architects are some of the most common attendees. You can expect to see big-name cloud companies as vendors and sponsors, and get the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of moving your enterprise to cloud-based systems.

6. AWS Summit New York

Date: July 11, 2019

Location: New York, New York

Cost: Free

AWS Summits are free events that take place in various cities across the globe and bring together professionals from various industries to learn about Amazon’s cloud platforms. This year’s U.S. summits will take place in Anaheim, Atlanta, Santa Clara, Chicago, D.C., and New York. The Santa Clara AWS Summit in March kicked off the North American program, and featured keynote speaker Dr. Werner Vogels, CTO at Amazon.com.

These summits are great for anyone looking to network with AWS and their partners, and those wanting more hands-on AWS technical learning opportunities. With subjects like machine learning, security, and hybrid cloud, attending is sure to bring you the latest in AWS innovations. Check out our takeaways from last year’s Summit, and find our booth in New York!

7. Serverlessconf 2019

Date: October 7 – 9, 2019

Location: New York, New York

Cost: $595 – $1,095 (Registration opens April 2019)

A Cloud Guru’s Serverlessconf is an annual conference all about building applications using serverless architectures. Going serverless helps devs focus on user needs in new, creative ways without having to manage complicated infrastructure and servers. This year’s conference will include world-class speakers, panels, networking events, and more!

This conference is for anyone interested in cloud computing — from developers, to IT professionals. It’s also great for anyone considering a move to cloud-based infrastructures. With ample opportunity to learn and network, it’s a conference you won’t want to miss.

8. Microsoft Ignite

Date: November 4 – 8, 2019

Location: Orlando, Florida

Cost: Pricing details will be released this Spring

Microsoft’s 5-day conference features over 700 deep-dive sessions, and over 100 workshops. Ignite offers an array of networking opportunities, as well as a chance to try out the latest cloud technology. Meet the experts that build the Microsoft tools you use, and gain new skills through hands-on demos and expert keynotes. At last year’s Ignite conference, Microsoft declared the end of the password era, so you can bet this year’s conference will deliver more exciting innovations.

This conference is great for IT and data professionals, as well as enterprise developers. Learning labs and sessions will offer insight on the future of cloud computing, business intelligence, and more.

9. KubeCon + CloudNativeCon

Date: November 18 – 21, 2019

Location: San Diego, California

Cost: Registration will open in early 2019 (Last year’s price range: $150 – $1,250)

This 4-day Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) conference is dedicated to Kubernetes and other cloud native technologies. Beyond the keynotes and breakout sessions, a sponsor showcase allows you to learn more about a wide range of technologies that support the cloud ecosystem. Get the latest updates from leading cloud providers.

This conference is great for IT professionals, app developers, end-users, service providers, and anyone interested in learning more about cloud native.

10. re:Invent

Date: December 2 – 6, 2019

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Cost: Registration opens May 21, 2019

re:Invent is a 5-day Amazon Web Services cloud computing conference that features training and certification opportunities, thousands of technical sessions, keynote announcements, opportunities to network with other cloud professionals, and more. Read about what we learned at last year’s re:Invent.

This conference is designed for system admins, systems architects, developers and engineers, and IT decision makers. If you use AWS, you won’t want to miss first word of their latest products and services.

Now that you’ve read our 2019 conference guide, you’re ready to tackle the world of cloud computing conferences. Get ready to network and learn — You might even run into fellow Cloud Gurus!

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