The OpenStack community and IBM each are holding cloud computing conferences the week of April 16 in San Francisco. It's safe to expect cloud computing updates from such companies as Cisco Systems (CSCO), Dell, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), IBM and Rackspace (RAX). For cloud consultants and aspiring cloud services providers, here's what to expect.

First, the official details:

The OpenStack Design Summit arrives at an intriguing time. More than 100 technology companies and service providers have lined up to support OpenStack, an open source cloud computing platform that can be used for public and private cloud initiatives.