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Principal Engineer René Schmidt, VMWare

Principal Engineer René  Schmidt

Rene W. Schmidt is a Principal Engineer at VMware, Inc., and is the technical lead for the advanced development center located in Aarhus, Denmark.

Rene is a key contributor to the VirtualCenter product line and spends most of his time fiddling with ideas on how to simplify application development and datacenter operation using virtual machine technology.

Before joining VMware in 2002, Rene worked at Sun Microsystems. Rene was the technical lead of the Java Web Start product, and also part of the development team that shipped Java(TM) Hotspot(TM) Virtual Machine 1.0. Rene holds an MS in Computer Science from University of Washington, Seattle, and from the University of Aarhus, Denmark.

Presentation: "Virtualization will be the Operating System of the Cloud"

Track: Cloud

Time: Monday 14:40 - 15:30

Location: Lille Sal


Cloud computing is expected to be the next big deployment platform for software solutions. In this presentation, we will first discuss the main properties of cloud computing, such as pay for use, scalability and elasticity, and give an overview of three main kinds of cloud personalities: application, development, and infrastructure clouds. We will then go into details on the infrastructure cloud personality, which is characterized by providing a set of virtual machine instances. This is the most flexible form of cloud computing allowing all types of software to be run, from elastic Web 2.0 applications to legacy Windows applications to remote desktops.

The cloud paradigm provides a new set of challenges and opportunities for software architects. Moving to cloud computing means much more than your software is running in a virtual machine in a remote location. As a software architect, you will literally have an unlimited supply of hardware that can be acquired and discarded at near-zero cost and in near instant time. This enables an entire new set of software development practices. We will introduce the notion of smart VM packaging, location-independent computing, and dynamic runtime integration, where the software is packaged with policies that governs aspects such as performance, availability, security, backup, and much more. Finally, we will discuss the Open Virtualization Format industry standard initiative, providing a common way of packaging software for the cloud.

Presentation: "Cloud Panel Discussion"

Track: Cloud

Time: Monday 15:40 - 16:30

Location: Lille Sal

Abstract: The premise is simple. In the future, we won't have or even need all our data or software programs on our own computers -- they'll be floating around somewhere on somebody else's servers, accessible via the internet. A vast, interconnected "nebula" of other people's data and servers, aka the "Cloud". Is this Web 3.0, SOA 2.0, something entirely different, or the same old stuff once again repackaged by the marketing department? Listen to our industry experts' views and opinions (they are sure to have many!) as they debate what it means to live in the cloud. Conferences are all about interaction, so please come and interact with us by posing questions to the panel.