Amazon, Ning, Facebook, And Rackspace Join Our Cloud Roundtable

Our roundtable on cloud computing is coming up next week. (Get tickets here via Eventbrite: $75 each based on availability). In addition to the previously announced speakers, I am happy to announce a few more very special participants: Amazon’s chief technology officer Werner Vogels, Ning CEO Gina Bianchini, Facebook VP of Engineering Mike Schroepfer, and Jon Engates, CTO of Rackspace.

An event on cloud computing wouldn’t be the same without Amazon, which is becoming the computing infrastructure of more and more startups through its various Amazon Web Services (winner of this year’s Crunchies Award in the enterprise category). And Rackspace, through its Mosso subsidiary, is diving headfirst into the business as well. But we also wanted to hear from consumer-facing companies such as Facebook and Ning that are creating their own cloud platforms. What happens when all of these various cloud platforms meet in sky? And how does the similarity in their back-ends result in similar applications for users, whether they be consumers or enterprise users? Do enterprise apps need to become more social, or is that simply a frivolous pursuit?

These questions and more will be put to everyone on the roundtable, which will be preceded by five cloud computing enterprise product demos which will be evaluated by a panel of judges TechCrunch50-style. We got so many good candidates we decided to expand the demo session and move the event up a half hour earlier.

There will also be a networking party afterward where more companies will be giving product demos. We couldn’t do this without our sponsors Microsoft and Ribbit. To find out about how to become a sponsor or get a demo table please email Jeanne Logozzo or Heather Harde.

Below is the complete list of Roundtable Participants

Roundtable Discussion
Werner Vogels, CTO, Amazon
Mike Schroepfer, VP of Engineering, Facebook
Gina Bianchini, CEO, Ning
John Engates, CTO, Rackspace
Marc Benioff, CEO,
Vic Gundotra, VP Engineering, Google
Amitabh Srivastava, Corporate VP, Windows Azure
Lew Tucker, CTO, Cloud Computing, Sun Microsystems
Scott Dietzen, SVP Communications Products, Yahoo
Paul Buchheit, Co-founder, FriendFeed; creator of Gmail

Roundtable Moderators:
Erick Schonfeld, co-editor TechCrunch
Steve Gillmor, editor TechCrunchIT

Date: Friday, February 27, 2:30 – 6:30 pm

Location: Microsoft Mountain View Conference Center
1065 La Avenida St
Building 1
Galileo Auditorium
Mountain View, CA 94043

(more info here).