Cybera Event Explores What’s Next in Data Integration, Green IT, Cloud Computing and Other Areas of Cyberinfrastructure

Summit 09: Partnerships in CI Development

(October 14, 2009 '€“ Banff, Alberta) '€“ Cybera-hosted sessions at Summit 09: Partnerships in CI Development begin today and will explore leading-edge initiatives around data management, the advantages of going green in IT, business opportunities through cloud computing, and up-and-coming areas of cyberinfrastructure.

Summit 09, which runs October 12 '€“ 16, launched on Monday with more than 375 delegates attending to date. Another 220 delegates are expected to attend throughout the rest of the week. The summit is showcasing leading edge cyberinfrastructure technologies, such as cloud computing, service-oriented networks,and web-enabled collboartion tools, that are changing the ways we do business and perform research. This event is co-hosted by the Open Grid Forum, IEEE Grid 2009, CANARIE and Cybera.

The sessions hosted or co-hosted by Cybera run throughout Wednesday and Thursday and are a component of the Cybera/CANARIE National Summit, which is being held as part of Summit 09. These sessions are:

New Frontiers in Data Integration | Wednesday, October 14, 10:30 a.m.
This session will showcase a selection of leading-edge initiatives around data management. Featured projects include an international collaboration to build the world'€™s largest radio telescope; an Alberta-based investigation into health record digital rights management security; and an innovative local research group that is developing middleware to support the Alberta WaterPortal and an international earth observation research portal.

Green IT: Does it Work? | Wednesday, October 14, 1:00 p.m.
Join leaders from academia, industry and government as they debate the value proposition of green IT and its potential to contribute to research, business and policy objectives. Panelists will share ideas, success stories and lessons learned as they explore the advantages and challenges of translating green IT strategy into practice.

Launching, Managing and Doing Business in the Cloud | Wednesday, October 14, 2:45 p.m. 
This panel will discuss business challenges of launching, managing and doing business in the cloud. Speakers will discuss diverse topics from their personal experiences in identifying '€œcloud ready'€ opportunities, how cloud computing infrastructure looks in the real world, and how to manage and grow your customer base in a Web 2.0 world.

From iPods to Data Centres: How the Cloud Impacts You | Thursday, October 15, 10:30 a.m.
This session will showcase a selection of Cybera pilot projects that leverage and demonstrate cloud computing concepts, such as using virtualization technologies to provide seamless integration between multiple data centres and simplifying the loading process of digital media files and anabling those files to work seamlessly on any media player device.

Green IT in Higher Education | Thursday, October 15, 10:30 a.m.
Discover what some of Western Canada'€™s universities'€™ action plans are to improve and impact the green IT landscape. How are these institutions setting an example and inspiring their students, their communities and other large organizations? Join a panel of IT experts from a selection of key higher education institutions for an engaging discussion on the societal and economic benefits and challenges of sustainable IT in an academic environment.

Where Does the Cloud Sit Today? | Thursday, October 15, 1:00 p.m.
In this session panelists will share their comments and perspectives on the state of cloud computing today. Discussion topics will include the strengths and weaknesses of the technology, what is still to come, and how it has changed the way we do business and perform research on the web.

What'€™s Next? Key Areas of Cyberinfrastructure | Thursday, October 15, 2:45 p.m.
This session will explore some of the up-and-coming areas of cyberinfrastructure and why they are increasingly being considered as essential elements to innovative research and development. Example areas include Mobility, Smartgrid, Storage Fusion Architecture, and more.

For more information on the Summit 09 program, please visit

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