www.peterindia.net (An Information Technology Portal) Read Me First A Workshop on the Emerging Trends on and Applications of Cloud Computing is being planned as a value-addition to the 2nd International Conference on Ambient Systems, Networks and Technologies (ANT-2011) Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, September 19-21, 2011. A Brief about the Cloud Idea The much-hyped and hoped cloud paradigm is seeing an unprecedented adoption and adaption across the globe. The path-breaking cloud idea is actually a smart and sensible combination of several proven and promising technologies such as consolidation, virtualization, optimization, service orientation (SO), and an array of computing paradigms such as cluster, grid, on-demand, and utility computing. The complete and compact automation of several complicated IT infrastructure management and maintenance tasks such as job scheduling, resource provisioning, expansion and contraction of cloud resources, workload management, virtual machine creation and control, self-servicing, etc. remains the key for the upswing of the pioneering cloud technology. The noteworthy aspect is that cloud infrastructures fulfill myriad quality attributes (Non-functional requirements such as scalability / elasticity, availability, affordability, adaptability, amenability, alacrity, high performance etc.). The cloud paradigm has come as a boon and blessing for enterprise IT as it could introduce and incorporate a series of innovations and improvisations there in order to realize the target of business-IT alignment. Cloud is undoubtedly the foremost technology that has the wherewithal to effectively accomplish the long-standing needs such as IT agility, autonomy and affordability. Due to the inherent harmonization with service oriented architecture (SOA), an offshoot of the popular and pervasive service orientation (SO), the goal of establishing adaptive, lean, and instant-on enterprises is to see the reality soon. Several IT concerns, constraints and challenges are being easily tackled by the cloud paradigm in sync up with other enterprise-scale technologies. Next-Generation Cloud Computing Any promising technology or paradigm is to evolve continuously. Issues and limitations are being identified, potential solutions are being conceived and constructed, and newer techniques are being explored, experimented and expounded. There are different directions and dimensions in the holistic journey of cloud. The extraordinary success of cloud computing in the enterprise space is being spectacularly leveraged and replicated in the vast and varied embedded space. All kinds of physical and embedded devices are being connected and linked up with clouds inducing a kind of deeper and deft connectivity among disparate, distributed, and decentralized devices enabling elegant and exotic applications. Newer cloud types, models, applications and services are being formulated to keep up the cloud momentum. Sensor, device, knowledge, science, service clouds etc are being given newer thrusts these days. Cloud brokerage services comprising cloud integration, composition and intermediation aspects are fast- emerging due to the huge movement across the cloud spectrum. Cloud, being a generic technology, is bound to raise a storm of advancements and accomplishments across a variety of domains in the days to unfold. .In other words, the cloud space is all set to join as the third major force along with the enterprise and web spaces in accurately understanding peoples' needs, conceiving, conceptualizing and concretizing the identified requirements in the form of services and applications that can be delivered unobtrusively to the right people at the right time at the right place. Thus there is a close linkup between cloud and people IT. Cloud is bringing the much-needed transition from the expensive IT to elastic, elegant and finally exotic IT. The cloud space is seeing much more value and verve as entrepreneurs, employees and executives are on the knowhow of the interruptive, disruptive and transformative nature of cloud technology. The workshop is to act as a knowledge sharing platform for researchers from academic institutions and professionals from the industry to share their ideas, algorithms, prototypes and solutions related to the cloud computing and its evolution. The topics include but not limited to 1. The emerging Application Domains 2. Cloud Brokerage Services and Cloud Middleware 3. Policy-based Cloud Management and Governance 4. Cloud Reliability, Security, Availability and Performance Modeling 5. Newer Cloud Development, Deployment and Delivery Models, 6. Device-to-Cloud Integration 7. Sensor-to-Cloud Integration 8. Cloud Security Issues and Solutions 9. Science, Business and Service Clouds 10. High-Performance and Green Clouds 11. Social and Mobile Clouds 12. Cloud Standards, Best Practices, Patterns, and Metrics 13. Cloud Service Development  Trends, Techniques and Tips 14. Inter-Cloud, Open and Delta Clouds 15. Cloud Storage Publication: Only original papers will be considered that have neither been published nor submitted for publication elsewhere, including web publication. All submissions will be handled electronically. The length of the paper is limited to 6 pages. All papers will be reviewed by at least two independent reviewers. Accepted papers will be printed in the conference proceedings published by Elsevier Science in the open-access Procedia Computer Science series (on-line and CD). Procedia Computer Sciences is hosted on www.Elsevier.com and on Elsevier content platform ScienceDirect (www.sciencedirect.com), and will be freely available worldwide. All papers in Procedia will also be indexed by Scopus (www.scopus.com) and Engineering Village (Ei) (www.engineeringvillage.com). This includes EI Compendex ( www.ei.org/compendex). The papers will contain linked references, XML versions and citable DOI numbers. You will be able to provide a hyperlink to all delegates and direct your conference website visitors to your proceedings. Important Dates: March 31,2011 Submission Deadline May 15, 2011 Author Notification May 30, 2011 Author Registration Due June 20, 2011 Final Manuscript Due Workshop Organizer     Pethuru Raj PhD     Lead Architect,     Robert Bosch Engineering & Business Solutions Ltd.     Bangalore, 560068, India     Email: Pethuru.raj@in.bosch.com     Home Page: www.peterindia.net