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OpenNebula 3.0 Cloud Management Toolkit Is Out
First beta release with the most advanced features for cloud computing management

OpenNebula, the open-source cloud project  managed by C12G Labs, has announced the availability of the first beta release of OpenNebula 3.0. OpenNebula is the Industry standard for on-premise IaaS cloud computing, offering a comprehensive solution for the management of virtualized data centers to enable private, public and hybrid (cloudbursting) clouds. OpenNebula interoperability makes cloud an evolution by leveraging existing IT infrastructure, protecting your investments, and avoiding vendor lock-in.

This beta release is targeted at testers and users that would like to check the exciting new features that have been developed to meet the needs of our most demanding users. The third major release of OpenNebula brings the following unique key features in cloud computing management:

  • Multi-tenancy. New advanced group and user account management tools to create isolated compartments within the same cloud and a new powerful Access Control List authorization system to implement multiple sharing scenarios with role management and fine grain permission control.
  • Networking. A new easily adaptable and customizable networking system that supports Open vSwitch and VLAN tagging (IEEE 802.1Q) and enables the configuration of firewalls for VMs.
  • VM Management. A new component for the management of VM Templates that can now be stored, shared and instantiated multiple times without the need for storing the VM template files.
  • Accounting and Monitoring. A new component to generate accounting reports and to simplify the integration with billing tools.
  • VM Image Management. The VM Image Repository is now handled with its own manager component and a scriptable set of drivers to easily tune its operations.
  • SunStone Web Portal. An enhanced SunStone portal that now provides usage graphics and statistics with cloudwatch-like functionality, VNC support, and different system views for different roles. Moreover a new plugin support to easily extend SunStone with additional tabs to better integrate Cloud and VM management with each site's own operations and tools.
  • Massively Scalable Multi-tier Architectures. The new OpenNebula Zones component (oZones) allows for the centralized management of multiple instances of OpenNebula (zones) that could be hosted in different geographical locations. Several of our users are running tens of thousands of VMs per zone.
  • Virtual Datacenters. Each OpenNebula Zone can be effectively shared through the Virtual Data Center (VDC) abstraction. A VDC is a set of virtual resources (images, VM templates, virtual networks and virtual machines) and users that use and control those virtual resources.

OpenNebula 3.0 also uses a new database schema with a new tool to upgrade from previous OpenNebula versions. The new internal database schema greatly improves the flexibility of the code with no performance cost. There are lots of other minor features, like improvements in the libvirt driver to include additional parameters, or the ability to edit resource templates (hosts, images or VM templates). The final version of OpenNebula 3.0 will also bring new external authentication drivers (SSH, LDAP, and X509), an accounting CLI, and quota management.

The new features have been incorporated based upon the great feedback they received from their ever-growing community. With this new release, OpenNebula continues to fulfill the promise of building a state-of-the-art open source toolkit that also addresses the scalability, flexibility and security requirements of large-scale production deployments. The OpenNebula project would like to thank the community for their effort and valuable contributions that made possible this release. OpenNebula is fully open-source technology  released under the Apache 2.0 license.

About Ignacio M. Llorente
Dr. Llorente is Director of the OpenNebula Project and CEO & co-founder at C12G Labs. He is an entrepreneur and researcher in the field of cloud and distributed computing, having managed several international projects and initiatives on Cloud Computing, and authored many articles in the leading journals and proceedings books. Dr. Llorente is one of the pioneers and world's leading authorities on Cloud Computing. He has held several appointments as independent expert and consultant for the European Commission and several companies and national governments. He has given many keynotes and invited talks in the main international events in cloud computing, has served on several Groups of Experts on Cloud Computing convened by international organizations, such as the European Commission and the World Economic Forum, and has contributed to several Cloud Computing panels and roadmaps. He founded and co-chaired the Open Grid Forum Working Group on Open Cloud Computing Interface, and has participated in the main European projects in Cloud Computing. Llorente holds a Ph.D in Computer Science (UCM) and an Executive MBA (IE Business School), and is a Full Professor (Catedratico) and the Head of the Distributed Systems Architecture Group at UCM.

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Five Things Developers Need to Know About PaaS
By Karen Tegan Padir

In this presentation Karen Tegan Padir will give a comprehensive overview of PaaS and explain the top five things that developers need to know about this new way to support and deliver applications by leveraging cloud technology.

Although PaaS is new, it's rapidly gaining momentum, with growth projected at 48 percent annually by Technavio, the research firm, and topping $6 billion in value by 2016. If PaaS is treated as a strategic opportunity to align agendas across IT and across the business, it may well prove to be a ʺonce in a generationʺ opportunity to clarify, improve, and strengthen everything developers do. [continued]

Speaker Bio:As Chief Technology Officer, Karen Tegan Padir, a Progress senior vice president and 20-year software industry veteran, is responsible for defining and delivering the company's technology strategy, innovation and vision, reporting to President and Chief Executive Officer Phil Pead. Padir joined Progress Software in September 2012 as senior vice president and business line executive for application development, the company's largest product line. Under her leadership, the Progress® OpenEdge® development platform was revitalized and major new versions incorporating advanced mobile and business rules capabilities introduced.

Padir joined Progress from EnterpriseDB, where she was most recently executive vice president, products & engineering, and was responsible for all product functions. During her tenure there, Padir tripled the product portfolio, which yielded 146 percent growth in new customers and 100 percent revenue growth. Prior to EnterpriseDB, she was senior vice president of software infrastructure & MySQL at Sun Microsystems. As one of the founding members of the J2EE team, she was critical in the growth of the entire middleware business, comprising MySQL, Glassfish Application Server, Identity, Access and Roles Management, Directory Server and the SOA Portfolio. Under her leadership, Glassfish became the industry's most used Java EE compatible application server.

She holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Padir serves on WPI's board of trustees. [continued]

A Tale of Two Enterprise Public Cloud Applications: Mid-Market Insurance Application
By Brian McCallion

This first person "in the trenches" enterprise Public Cloud story told by the Solution Architect candidly examines the project from inception to delivery. Attendees will hear first-hand the real world challenges, opportunities, lessons-learned, and what it takes to architect and implement a real-world application in the public cloud.

• Attendees will learn how the Solution Architect, CIO, and Development team navigate the technical and organizational challenges to delivering complex applications in a 119 year old company.
• Attendees will learn of pitfalls, opportunities, and tactics that may help to frame and focus Public Cloud initiatives in their own complex organization and serve to foster optimistic yet realistic expectations for their own initiatives.
• This session focuses on the organizational, cultural, and technical hurdles to designing and implementing a strategic application in the Public Cloud in a regulated industry.

Attendees will gain insight into how to approach governing, initiating, and designing applications in a complex organization and learn tactics and strategies to successfully deliver such applications in their own complex organization. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Brian McCallion, founder of New York City-based consultancy Bronze Drum focuses on the unique challenges of Public Cloud adoption in the Fortune 500. Forged along the fault line of Corporate IT and line of business meet, Brian successfully delivers successful enterprise public cloud solutions that matter to the business.

In 2011, while the Cloud was just a gleam in the eye of most Fortune 500 firms Brian designed and proved the often referenced hybrid cloud architecture that enabled McGraw-Hill Education to scale the web and application layer of its $160M revenue, 2M user higher education platform in Amazon Web Services. Brian recently designed and delivered the JD Power and Associates strategic customer facing Next Generation Content Platform, an Alfresco Content Management solution supported by a substantial data warehouse and data mart running in AWS and a batch job that processes over 500M records daily in RDS Oracle. [continued]

Alice In Wonderland - Is the Network the Next Frontier for DevOps?
By John Willis

Around 6 years ago I started working with some tools that focused on software engineering collaboration and automation for operations.

At the time products like CFEngine and Puppet were the two main tools promoting this new way of sharing within operations and software development.

A year later Chef was born and I was fortunate enough to join Opscode as the 9th employee as an evangelist preaching this disruptive form of collaboration and automation. At the time a majority of IT infrastructure was managed by what I called the "Bob's" of the world. Bob's scripts, Bob's directories and Bob to death do us part. Trying to explain to Bob the benefits of collaboration and software engineering principles was a hard fought battle over the years. [continued]

Speaker Bio: John Willis is the VP of Customer Enablement for Stateless Networks. Willis, a 30-year systems management veteran, joined Stateless Networks from Dell where he was Chief DevOps evangelist.

Willis, a noted expert on agile philosophies in systems management, came to Dell as part of their Enstratius acquisition. At Enstratius, Willis was the VP of Customer Enablement responsible for product support and services for the multi-cloud management platform. During his career, he has held positions at Opscode and also founded Gulf Breeze Software, an award-winning IBM business partner specializing in deploying Tivoli technology for the enterprise. [continued]

Are We Doing DevOps Right?
By Jeff Sussna

How do we know if we're doing DevOps right? Is there a checklist of tools we should deploy, meetings we should schedule, org charts we should implement? DevOps first and foremost involves cultural transformation. But what does that really mean? How do we know if we have a healthy DevOps culture? How does cultural transformation relate to and guide tools and practices? [continued]

Speaker Bio: Jeff Sussna is Founder and Principal of Ingineering.IT, a boutique consulting firm that facilitates Adaptive IT through teaching, coaching, and strategic design. Jeff has more than 20 years of IT experience, and has led high-performance teams across the Dev/QA/Ops spectrum.He has a track record of driving project quality improvements through practical innovation. Jeff has done work for diverse organizations. [continued]

Linux Containers – NextGen Virtualization for Cloud (Intro & Overview)
By Boden Russell

Want VM agility with near bare metal performance? How about [milli]second provision/stop/start/restart times? Looking to achieve greater VM density on your hardware assets, or provision applications without worry of dependency hell? Look no further than nextgen virtualization with Linux Containers.

In this session we'll provide a Linux Container technology overview including; underpinnings, throttling, monitoring, tooling/commoditization, images, security, use cases, pros/cons and why containers are poised as "the next VM" in our modern Cloud era. By the end of this session you will have a firm understanding of the Linux Container landscape in today's industry and an appreciation for their realization. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Boden Russell develops innovative cutting edge services and solutions for IBM's Global Technology Services - Advanced Cloud Solutions team. His current focus areas include nextgen Proof of Concepts and SoftLayer integration engagements. With over 10 years of industry experience and 5 years of Cloud based solutions, he is seasoned in all aspects of software solution delivery including traditional and Cloud "as a Service" based models. [continued]

Open Source Innovations for Mobile Application Development
By Shubhra Kar

Enterprises need an API tier to meet the demands imposed by mobile technology. The impact of next generation of API servers on mobile and middleware development can be equated to the impact J2EE application servers like WebLogic, JBoss or WebSphere had on web development. It enables enterprises to surface business critical data residing in traditional backends, databases and service tiers on-premises or on the cloud to multi-channel mobile apps.

An API tier is technology "super glue" that ties together endpoints of disparate enterprise systems, then exposing a uniform API to all clients. The clients include web browsers, mobile smartphones, tablets, and wearables. Each has its own set of capabilities and limitations and therefore unique user experiences. An API tier works on top of existing data and services to leverage existing systems in the context of mobile and next-generation clients. It acts as a natural bridge between front end and back end, providing for increased efficiency as well as rapid iteration to meet changing requirements.

At StrongLoop we believe that full-stack JavaScript is the ideal solution for an API tier. Along with the maturation of HTML5 and CSS3, JavaScript on the front end provides a practical and attainable means to develop cross-platform hybrid mobile applications for multiple devices. Node.js on the back end provides a monoglot way to share components between back end and front end within the MVC paradigm. Ultimately, business logic and application functionality can also be leveraged between back end and front end. This session aims at highlighting open-source innovations, DevOps best practices and mature tool-chains / processes for successful enterprise multi-channel implementations. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Shubhra Kar, Director, Products and Systems Engineering at StrongLoop Inc. is an accomplished technologist with extensive global expertise as an architect, management consultant, product manager, and thought leader. Focussed on emerging tech, for over 15 years and across three continents, he has built and delivered successful solutions with Fortune 500 corporations, helping them bridge the gap between business and IT. [continued]

Building Trust & Transparency with Personal User Data in the Cloud
By Olivier Amar

In his session at 14th Cloud Expo, Olivier Amar, CEO and Co-Founder of MyPermissions, will share his vision for a better, safer future for app users on the Web, where we can openly share and connect without fear of losing our privacy, and an ecosystem where developers can prove their trustworthiness to new and existing users. Mr. Amar is making a call for a new set of standards in application development and user privacy, and will share best practices for building an app ecosystem that is transparent, secure and safe without losing the functionality or experience that comes with revealing personal data to these developers. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Olivier Amar is CEO and Co-Founder of MyPermissions. A long time Internet marketing professional, he previously served as Vice President of Online Marketing and Digital at Get Taxi, and prior to that, as Chief Marketing Officer for UFXbank and UFXmarkets, where he grew revenue by over 300%. Amar has also led marketing and SEO initiatives for Harrah's Hotels and Casinos and the World Series of Poker, as well as companies such as EL AL airlines, AIG insurance, Microsoft (Redmond) and many others. [continued]

Cloud Platform for Geospatial Content Delivery and Collaboration
By Ty Fabling

Cloud computing is changing our world, sharing common platforms for global information exchange. Self-service computing makes the Internet come alive, helping users visualize and analyze location aware information. Configurable applications deliver a solution framework for integration, collaboration, and efficiency. Cloud based applications integrate and synthesize information from many sources, facilitating communication and collaboration, and breaking down barriers between institutions, disciplines, and cultures. Online platforms enable real-time access from everyone. Web connectivity provides a common information source, elaborating, collaborating, and sharing holistic approaches for content awareness. This presentation shares how exploding Cloud-based technology has changed the geographic landscape and transformed our world. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Ty Fabling is a Sr. Enterprise GIS Systems Architect at Esri working with customers to design and plan for scalable GIS systems in the Cloud. He is also one of the primary contacts at Esri for implementing Esri’s ArcGIS for Desktop applications in a virtual desktop environment (VDI) from leading software vendors such as VMware and Citrix. Fabling has worked for Esri for 10 years and is located in their Washington DC regional office located in Vienna, VA.

Breaking Down Enterprise Silos in the Cloud
By Jason Bloomberg

Are you recreating existing technology silos in the Cloud? If so, your entire enterprise investment in the Cloud is at risk.

From the perspective of IT, organizational silos seem to be the root of all problems. Every line of business, every department, every functional area has its own requirements, its own technology preferences, and its own way of doing things. They have historically invested in specialized components for narrow purposes, which IT must then conventionally integrate via application middleware --- increasing the cost, complexity, and brittleness of the overall architecture. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Jason Bloomberg is Chief Evangelist at EnterpriseWeb, where he drives the message and the community for EnterpriseWeb's next generation enterprise platform. He is a global thought leader in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution: How Cloud Computing, REST-based SOA, and Mobile Computing are Changing Enterprise IT (John Wiley & Sons), was published in March 2013. Prior to EnterpriseWeb he was President of ZapThink, where he created the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential. [continued]

Federated Clouds for Emergency Response
By Kevin Jackson

Recent high-profile events (2010 Haitian Earthquake, 2011 Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami, 2013 Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda) have highlighted the growing importance played by the international community in successful humanitarian assistance and disaster response. These events also showcased the critical importance of quickly providing robust information technology resources to response effort participants. In June 2010, in support its continuing effort to foster international collaboration, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) initiated a dialog with the Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC) to discuss this and other aspects of geospatial data information-sharing across the international community. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Kevin Jackson is currently an Engineering Fellow with NJVC, one of the largest information technology solutions providers supporting the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). Prior to this position, he served in various senior management positions including VP, Dataline LLC, Director Federal for Sirius Computer Solutions and Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM. His formal education includes MSEE (Computer Engineering), MA National Security & Strategic Studies and a BS Aerospace Engineering. [continued]

Platform-as-a-Service: Lessons from Manufacturing
By Gordon Haff

Software development, like engineering, is a craft that requires the application of creative approaches to solve problems given a wide range of constraints. However, while engineering design may be craftwork, the production of most designed objects relies on a standardized and automated manufacturing process. By contrast, much of what's typically involved when moving an application from prototype to production and, indeed, maintaining the application through its lifecycle remains craftwork. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Gordon Haff is Cloud Evangelist at Red Hat. [continued]

Remediate WS2003 and move to the Cloud in One Step
By Greg O'Connor

With Windows Server 2003 end of extended support approaching, enterprises must begin their migration planning for all affected production applications. There are a variety of approaches and many people will take a "mix and match" approach. Whatever the approach, it's important to have a migration plan now – 200 business days goes by quickly when some applications take weeks to migrate. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Greg O'Connor is CEO of appzero (formerly Trigence) which develops software tools to help organizations move applications to Cloud computing environments. With more than 25 years of management and technical experience in the computer industry, he was founder and president of Sonic Software, acquired in 2005 by Progress. [continued]

Velocity and Volume (or Speed Wins)
By Adrian Cockcroft

As organizations and projects scale up, the patterns that seemed helpful at small scale start to get in the way and velocity suffers. To deliver at high velocity requires four things: first, a culture of innovation that can see and respond to opportunities; second, the data and analytics to evaluate alternatives; third, a culture that can make decisions and assign resources quickly; and fourth, agile development and self-service deployment. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Adrian Cockcroft has had a long career working at the leading edge of technology. He's always been fascinated by what comes next, and he writes and speaks extensively on a range of subjects. At Battery, he advises the firm and its portfolio companies about technology issues and also assists with deal sourcing and due diligence. [continued]

Netflix: The New World of IT Ops
By Mike Kail

Netflix culture highlights the transformation we see within forward thinking IT organizations today. Netflix's use of public cloud and 'No Ops' is renown in the industry and a poster child for the next generation IT. Kail, VP of IT Operations, aims to develop the same culture within Netflix's own IT organization. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Mike Kail is the VP of IT Operations at Netflix, leading a team of 100+ employees in his organization. Mike is an experienced professional with over 20 years of IT-Operations executive leadership experience who focuses on highly scalable architecture. [continued]

Science, Engineering, and Synthetic Thinking How to Use Three Different Viewpoints to Make Devops Work for Your Mission!
By Kevin Behr

In this session, Kevin will show how three different types of thinking can deliver value when used together as part of your DevOps approach. This session is based on extensive empirical research about how high reliability organizations out-accelerate the rest of the pack. How can this work for you? [continued]

Speaker Bio: Kevin Behr is the founder of the Information Technology Process Institute (ITPI) and the Chief Strategist for the CIO and Board Advisory Practice at Assemblage Pointe, where Kevin has built a unique consulting practice that mentors and coaches IT organizations to increase their business effectiveness and competitive advantage now and over the long term through the application of improvement sciences. [continued]

One Line of Code That Changed the Web Forever: Accelerating the Web for the Internet of Things
By John Fallows & Jonas Jacobi

The definition of IoT is not new, in fact its been around for over a decade. What has changed is the public's awareness that the technology we use on a daily basis has caught up on the vision of an always on, always connected World. If you look into the details of what comprise the IoT then you'll see that it includes everything from Cloud computing, Big Data Analytics, "Things", Web communication, Applications, Network, Storage, …. It is essentially including everything connected online from hardware to software, or as we like to say, its an Internet of many different things. The difference is that what has in the past been disparate and disconnected systems are now rapidly becoming uniform, connected, and always-on systems. [continued]

Speaker Bios: John Fallows brings to Kaazing his 17 years' experience in technology development and software design, and is considered a pioneer in the field of rich and highly interactive user interfaces. As CTO he formulates Kaazing Corporation's vision of enabling mobile users, marketplaces and machines to connect and communicate in real-time, more reliably and at unprecedented scale.

Jonas Jacobi has 21 years of experience leading the development of innovative technology products and services. Together with Kaazing's Co-Founder & CTO John Fallows, he pioneered and championed the groundbreaking HTML5 WebSocket standard. [continued]

Securing the Cloud: A Pragmatic Approach
By Majed Saadi

Fueled by the global economic situation, the government's focus on datacenter consolidation and the "Cloud First" initiative, Cloud Computing continues to be the buzzword of the year. As government agencies start to adopt cloud computing, additional challenges including security in the cloud have become prominent barriers to adoption. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Majed Saadi is the Director of the Cloud Computing Practice at SRA International. His practice encompasses service areas from Cloud Strategy Development to Cloud Management and all areas in between Cloud Readiness, Cloud Engineering, and Cloud Modernization. [continued]

CRAM the Cloud: Creating Resilient Application Migration
By John Roese

As businesses aspire to move more and more application workloads outside of the boundaries of their private cloud data centers, public cloud service providers are increasingly implementing a private cloud staple: resiliency. This session will summarize the key architectural tenets of resilient private cloud architectures. [continued]

Speaker Bio: John Roese is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at EMC Corporation. With revenues of $21.7 billion in 2012 and 60,000 people worldwide, EMC is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing. [continued]

Frederick's of Hollywood: Making a Holistic Move to the Cloud
By Malorie Lanthier

A trendsetter in intimate women's apparel, Frederick's of Hollywood, needed a cloud strategy that merged stability, security and PCI compliance needs with the ability to scale up during retail busy season. Malorie Lanthier, vice president of Information Technology, will discuss how migrating to the cloud enhanced the scalability, resiliency and flexibility of Frederick's of Hollywood's IT infrastructure while elevating the ability to address company-wide business objectives. She'll also share her cloud evaluation process, successful practices used to make the wholesale move to the cloud and advice for organizations looking to develop and execute a holistic cloud plan quickly and effectively. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Malorie Lanthier specializes in business transformation for both start-ups and established organizations. She has experience in business process reengineering, infrastructure, cloud computing, software development, business analytics, security and compliance. She employs business transformation processes, developed through hands-on experience, which moves an organization forward, exceeding technology and business objectives. [continued]

How to Secure Corporate Content in the Cloud within a Connected Mobile Ecosystem
By Eric Owings

The evolutionary nature of mobile presents a security-centric challenge for businesses with corporate content on these devices. Enterprises put themselves at risk when users access sensitive information through email and applications across smartphones and tablets, while mobile. Organizations can choose to ignore this security threat or enhance employee productivity through secure corporate containers. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Eric Owings is an enterprise account executive at AirWatch®, the world's leading Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) provider. Owings provides clients with a consultative approach to implementing an enterprise mobility management strategy, supplying them with AirWatch solutions to meet their mobile management needs. He covers New York and the New England states. [continued]

Big Data. The Tools That Work.
By Avi Freedman

In the past 10 years, numerous solutions have been developed to deal with limitations in the leading relational databases. But knowing which offering works best per use case can be difficult to decipher. Learn tips from Avi Freedman, ServerCentral CTO, as he covers: [continued]

Speaker Bio: Avi leads the definition, sales, and engineering of ServerCentral's cloud and VMware platforms. He specializes in helping organizations around the world translate business requirements into technology infrastructures that equally benefit the business and IT. Prior to joining ServerCentral, Avi founded the first ISP in Philadelphia. He was previously recognized as Distinguished Engineer and Chief Network Scientist for Akamai, and was featured in Forbes Magazine in 1995 [continued]

Managing Consumer Identities in the Cloud
By Ajit Sagar

Cloud environments have created situations which allow users, customers, consumers, and employees to access Public, Intranet, and Extranet applications from different locations, devices, and as different personas. The focus of all the Internet and enterprise front end applications today is to enhance the user experience. In addition, with advances in mobility and BYOD, the line between public and private becomes a deep shade of gray. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Ajit Sagar is Associate VP, Digital Transformation Practice at Infosys Limited. A seasoned IT executive with 20+ years experience across various facts of the industry including consulting, business development, architecture and design he is architecture consulting and delivery lead for Infosys's Digital Transformation practice. He was also the Founding Editor of XML Journal and Chief Editor of Java Developer's Journal. [continued]

Moving to a Zero IT Infrastructure Footprint
By Tim Crawford

A myriad of new methodologies and technologies from Cloud Computing to BYOD have changed the IT landscape demonstrably. In parallel, higher-value functions around data, customer engagement and revenue growth are pushing CIOs to consider alternative approaches. The nexus is moving IT to a zero footprint infrastructure model. Organizations including Healthcare, Financial Services, Insurance and Airlines are moving in this direction. Unfortunately, traditional IT paradigms present a challenge to adopting these new methodologies. From the CIO perspective, this session outlines the issues, opportunities and steps required for the move. Not moving is no longer an option, but Moving to a Zero IT Infrastructure Footprint is not a panacea without challenges. This session discusses the challenges and how to address them. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Tim Crawford is an internationally renowned thought leader in the areas of IT transformation, innovation and cloud computing. Tim has served as CIO and other senior IT leadership roles with global organizations such as Konica Minolta/ All Covered, Stanford University, Knight-Ridder, Philips Electronics, and National Semiconductor. Tim regularly speaks at industry conferences, is well published and often quoted by business and technology publications. [continued]

Netflix: The transition to a secure and scalable anywhere enterprise
By Mike Kail

Netflix has long been known for being a leader and innovator in delivering its Netflix service by leveraging public cloud service provider, Amazon Web Services (AWS). However, Netflix's IT team wasn't quite there, and still had many legacy applications and infrastructure in place. One thing is to start a platform from the ground up solely leveraging cloud. It's an entirely different process to do so from a legacy environment to more SaaS based and infrastructure as a service. The goal for Netflix is to achieve 100% of this by beginning of 2015. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Mike Kail is the VP of IT Operations at Netflix, leading a team of 100+ employees in his organization. Mike is an experienced professional with over 20 years of IT-Operations executive leadership experience who focuses on highly scalable architecture. Before Netflix, he was the VP of IT Operations at Attensity where he was responsible for various big data components as well as the integration of Americas and the EMEA IT teams. He specializes in Unix System/Network Architecture, SaaS/Cloud deployments, Hadoop/HBase clusters,Monitoring/Alerting, SQL/NoSQL, Virtualization, & Performance Tuning/Scalability. Mike has a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Iowa State University. [continued]

Meeting the Challenges of Effectively Managing a Recurring Revenue Model – Key Existing Systems and Services Integration
By Brendan O'Brien

Today the ability to increase revenue by utilizing recurring revenue models is driving new business for companies in all market sectors. However, delivering the features, benefits, and capabilities necessary to enable companies to offer products or services on a recurring basis can be a challenge. At the same time, companies prefer to augment their existing systems and services rather than replace them. This webinar will examine the key issues for executives and their IT staff who are mandated to leverage their legacy systems and services in order to drive new recurring revenue. Issues include: [continued]

Speaker Bio: Brendan O'Brien is a Co-founder at Aria Systems and the inventor of cloud billing. It is fair to say he introduced the world to cloud billing, and innovated database-driven, enterprise-grade web applications - before the concept of "cloud" was even on the horizon. O'Brien is at the forefront of the recurring revenue revolution that is empowering enterprises -- and specifically enabling information systems and new business models to secure predictive revenue streams while improving business processes. [continued]

Big Data's Potential in Securing the Internet of Things
By James G. Kobielus

Security is critical to Internet of Things (IoT) adoption because we want to make sure we can trust the sensors, actuators, rules engines and other connected componentry we embed in every element of our existence. Bringing this down to earth is as easy as pointing out that people's smartphones, tablets, wearable devices, appliances, entertainment centers and home security systems are all becoming IoT-connected endpoints. How vulnerable will you be to security vulnerabilities and privacy violations from any and all of these? In this session, Kobielus will discuss how IT professionals should approach addressing the security challenges of IoT. He will describe IoT vulnerabilities at the device, application, and network level. He will present a multi-layered IoT-security vision that includes incorporation of robust security protections into IoT products plus more global approaches that rely on consolidated big-data-powered security incident and event monitoring. [continued]

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Speaker Bios: James Kobielus is an industry veteran and serves as IBM's big data evangelist, as program director for big data analytics product marketing, and as editor-in-chief of IBM Data Magazine. He spearheads IBM's thought leadership activities in Big Data, Hadoop, enterprise data warehousing, advanced analytics, and cognitive computing. He advises IBM's product management and marketing teams on big data analytics. He has spoken at such leading industry events as Hadoop Summit, Strata, and Forrester Business Process Forum. He has published several business technology books and is a very popular provider of original commentary on blogs and many social media. [continued]

Internet of Everything
By Vasyl Mylko

Today, the technological progress that is accelerating business and life is observed as many things from a breakthrough in broadband connectivity globally to client-cloud architectures. The session reveals how business models are being transformed, why all companies become software companies, how IT infrastructure is being redesigned and rebuilt to support business changes. It will review how design and programming paradigms have evolved since SaaS golden times, why advanced analytics is a modern magic wand for decision makers, and how advanced analytics is emerging from [and together with] the Internet of Everything. [continued]

Speaker Bios: Mr. Mylko has been the Director of Research & Development at SoftServe, Inc. since 2008. He is responsible for research and thought leadership including Internet of Everything, Advanced Analytics, User Experience, and Mobility & Wearables. Mr. Mylko holds a Master's Degree in Cybernetics from Ivan Franko National University in Lviv, Ukraine. His core competencies include technology and feasibility, user experience, usability, mobility, cloud and security, virtualization, and enterprise architecture within many vertical markets, especially healthcare. Prior to leading the Research & Development department, he ran a prominent strategic business unit of 80 software engineers principally responsible for multimedia projects. [continued]

The Importance of Implementing a Service Aware Cloud Management/Cloud Brokerage Solution
By Shashi "Sash" Purohit & Troy Halford

You are moving workloads to the public or private cloud to save money, but you realize that the change from traditional IT to cloud means fundamental changes in the way you think about and operate the business. IT needs to be even more "service oriented," because cloud is about providing infrastructure, platforms, or software as a service. This focus on services drives fundamental changes to processes, policies, governance, security, chargeback/showback, provisioning/orchestration, monitoring, configuration, licenses, procurement, resource/capacity management, etc. [continued]

Speaker Bios: Shashi Purohit has 20 years of experience in the IT & Telecommunications (OSS/BSS) industries in a variety of leadership/management positions, Shashi is a proven software veteran. Shashi leads Ambernet globally, and also drives product strategy/roadmap and software engineering for CloudTruOps, our Next Generation Operational Automation Software Portfolio for Cloud Service providers, Data Centers, Enterprises and Agencies.

Troy Halford has over 20 years of executive level sales management experience focused on High Tech Software, including Start-Ups, Small Caps, and Global Companies in the Computing, IT, and Communications industries, Troy is a proven Sales executive. [continued]

Shape and Meaning: An Introduction to Topological Data Analysis
By Anthony Bak

Anthony Bak will discuss how Ayasdi uses Topological Data Analysis to solve complex problems for companies, foundations and academics. He will start with an overview of the core algorithm used in TDA and describe how it forms a unifying framework for many machine learning and data analysis tasks. He will demonstrate how Ayasdi turns this idea into a product with uses cases and a live demonstration of the software. [continued]

Speaker Bios: Anthony Bak is a Senior Data Scientist and Mathematician at Ayasdi, a data analytics startup based in Palo Alto CA. Prior to Ayasdi, Anthony was a postdoc at Stanford University where worked Ayasdi co-founder Gunnar Carlsson on new methods and applications of Topological Data Analysis. [continued]

Off-Site Analytics: A study of Attribution with Big Data.
By Joel Horwitz

Google Analytics, Adobe Omniture, IBM Coremetrics, and most of today's state of the art Web Analytics products can only tell you the last or first touch of your customers. In this talk, we'll use advanced analytics attribution analysis and clickstream data collected from toolbars and web browsers to discover more touchpoints in the customer journey. We'll show example use cases with Hive, Hadoop, and Alpine to illustrate how this analysis was completed in less than 2 weeks time. [continued]

Speaker Bios: Joel Horwitz is a passionate data guru educated in engineering, chemistry, and data science. At Alpine, he is leading the way to make Data Science with Big Data and Hadoop accessible for humankind. Joel Horwitz has a Masters in Engineering in Nanotechnology and an MBA from the University of Washington and University of Pittsburgh Katz School of Business. [continued]

Using Cascading to Build Enterprise Data Applications that Drive Innovation and Advantage
By Alexis Roos

Cascading is the popular Java-based application development framework for building Big Data applications on Apache Hadoop. This open source framework allows you to leverage existing skillsets such as Java, SQL, R, and more to create enterprise-grade applications without having to think in MapReduce. Concurrent, Inc.'s Alexis Roos will give an introduction to Cascading, how it works, and then dive into how enterprises can start building applications with Cascading. Come and see how companies like Twitter, eBay, Etsy, and other data-driven companies are taking advantage of Cascading and how Cascading is changing the business of Big Data in the enterprise! [continued]

Speaker Bios: Alexis Roos is a Senior Solutions Architect focusing on Big Data solutions at Concurrent, Inc. He has over 18 years of experience in software and sales engineering, helping both Fortune 500 firms and start-ups build new products that leverage Big Data, application infrastructure, security, databases and mobile technologies. Prior, Alexis worked for Sun Microsystems and Oracle for over 13 years, and has also spent time at Couchbase and several large systems integrators over in Europe. Alexis has spoken at dozens of conferences as well as university courses and holds a Master's Degree in Computer Science with a Cognitive Science emphasis. [continued]

Monetizing the 'Internet of Things'- What You Need to Know Now
By Brendan O'Brien

There's no doubt that the "Internet of Things" is driving the next wave of innovation. Google has spent billions over the past few months vacuuming up companies that specialize in smart appliances and machine learning. Already, Philips light bulbs, Audi automobiles, and Samsung washers and dryers can communicate with and be controlled from mobile devices. To take advantage of the opportunities the "Internet of Things" brings to your business, you'll want to start preparing now. [continued]

Speaker Bios: Brendan O'Brien is a Co-founder at Aria Systems and the inventor of cloud billing. It is fair to say he introduced the world to cloud billing, and innovated database-driven, enterprise-grade web applications - before the concept of "cloud" was even on the horizon. O'Brien is at the forefront of the recurring revenue revolution that is empowering enterprises -- and specifically enabling information systems and new business models to secure predictive revenue streams while improving business processes. [continued]

Customer Data Paves Way for Purchase-to-use Attitude
By Matthew Shanahan

In the Subscription Economy, purchase-to-use is winning, and purchase-to-own is on its way out. The key to success is that customers are actually using a product or service and in the Subscription Economy, the future is clear: delivering value drives revenue. [continued]

Speaker Bios: Matthew Shanahan has nearly 25 years of experience in the technology industry, recently serving as Chief Marketing Officer of Teranode Corporation, where he helped to establish the company as the thought leader for informatics infrastructure in the life sciences industry. [continued]

OpenStack and the Future of Computing
By Chris C. Kemp

Chris C. Kemp, former NASA CTO and co-founder of OpenStack will explore the origins of OpenStack, diving into how this technology advanced NASA's mission and helped the White House ignite a cloud computing revolution across the federal government. We'll take a close look at how the fastest growing open source project in history evolved - and where it's going - before turning our attention to the forces that have catalyzed this revolution and are reshaping enterprise computing. [continued]

Speaker Bios: Chris C. Kemp is an entrepreneurial executive with a passion for igniting innovation in high-tech organizations. He is the Chief Strategy Officer of Nebula, Inc., a company Chris founded after serving for five years in various roles at NASA. Chris also co-founded the OpenStack project. [continued]

Supporting Decision Making: The BI Sweet Spot
By Michael Gendron

Technology is integrated into the DNA of business and of society itself. Some of the most recent entrants are Cloud Computing, Big Data, and Mobile. By putting these technologies together, we arrive at an intersection that creates a "sweet spot" where innovation can be enhanced within your organization. This session will put those pieces together and give you tools to move your organization toward that sweet spot. [continued]

Speaker Bios: Dr. Gendron is an internationally known thought leader on the intersection of business intelligence, mobile, cloud, and Big Data. He has an active LinkedIn and Twitter presence and is a regular contributor to the blog at www.AllAnalytics.com. His experience includes decades of IT management as he rose through the ranks from programmer to systems analyst to CIO. [continued]

Devops and Sigma Shifts : Business transformation goes Greek (not a typo, the "r" is struck through on purpose ;-))
By Lori MacVittie

It's time to play a game of connect the dots by diving into devops and how the big picture is really about people and processes and transformation through technology. While it's awesome fun treating infrastructure as code, there's a method to our madness that has the potential for greater IT and business transformation if we're able to look at the big picture: process improvement. We'll dive into how you quantify improvements wrought by your all night infrastructure hackathons and turn them into measurable proof of the awesome power of Devops. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Lori MacVittie is responsible for education and evangelism of application services available across F5's entire product suite. Her role includes authorship of technical materials and participation in a number of community-based forums and industry standards organizations, among other efforts. She currently focuses on cloud computing, infrastructure, devops, data center architecture, and security-related topics. MacVittie has extensive development and technical architecture experience in both high-tech and enterprise organizations, in addition to network and systems administration expertise. Prior to joining F5, MacVittie was an award-winning technology editor at Network Computing Magazine. [continued]

Managing Drift and Cross-Silo Collaboration - The Keys to DevOps Success
By Rob Reiner & Cass Bishop

Automation tools are central to DevOps transformation, but what is the intelligence driving your automations and how do you ensure the right people are informed when automations are added, changed, or removed? Collaboration is also essential to DevOps, so how do you effectively communicate changing requirements, engage the right team members on release and deployment plans, and keep environments in sync? In this session, we will demonstrate a breakthrough approach that significantly improves cross-team engagement and configuration visibility across the DevOps lifecycle -- so you can improve business agility while ensuring release quality and operational stability. [continued]

Speaker Bios: Rob Reiner is co-founder and CTO of ITinvolve. Cass Bishop is Director of Consulting Services for ITinvolve. [continued]

Seamless Innovation: A New Cloud Reality for App Development
By Ravi Srivastav

A major reason for innovation sluggishness is friction and misalignment in the dev/ops process. What we'll speak to today is a whole new world of simplified, modular application development. ElasticBox is pioneering service-based application development, whereby fully configured components of an application architecture are encapsulated as "Boxes" and made available to developers as a service. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Ravi brings over fifteen years of experience in software development, product and program management, and startup incubation. He has held senior engineering and product management positions at large enterprises like Microsoft and IBM, as well as in several successful software startups. Ravi's experience spans software infrastructure, developer platforms, and applications for enterprise and social networking segments. [continued]

The Internet of Things - Application centricity is the only way forward
By Wesley Pullen

There has been a revolution in application release scheduling in recent years as the nature of applications has evolved and development methodologies shift.
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Speaker Bio: Wesley is the Vice President of the Emerging Solutions Group within Automic Software. This department is responsible for the Application Release and Deployment portfolio of solutions along with Automic's Cloud solution portfolio as well. [continued]

DevOps Pay Raise: Quantifying the value of DevOps
By Dustin Whittle

DevOps, when done right, usually goes unnoticed. It's only when something breaks that all eyes turn to IT. If your boss only sees you when the app is down, however, that's not really doing your career any favors. In this session we'll talk about how to prove your value to the organization by looking at the positive side – that is, how much money you've saved your company. We'll take a look at how you can use tools like Chef, Puppet, Sensu and Logstash to quantify your value to your company. After this session, you'll be able to walk into a meeting with your boss ready to talk about your value to the company (and to ask for a raise). [continued]

Speaker Bio: Dustin Whittle is a Developer Evangelist at AppDynamics where he focuses on helping organizations manage application performance. Before joining AppDynamics, Dustin was CTO at Kwarter, a consultant at SensioLabs, and developer evangelist at Yahoo!. He has experience building and leading engineering teams and working with developers and partners to scale to meet demand. When Dustin isn't working he enjoys flying, sailing, diving, golfing, and travelling around the world. [continued]

The Great Debate: DevOps from the C-Suite to the Weeds
By Rajat Bhargava

With its heavy focus on automation and increased production speeds, the emerging DevOps paradigm draws very real parallels to the industrial revolution, only in the new modern era of tech production. In this presentation I will aim to first define the transformative DevOps movement from the unique, dual vantage points that I've grown to know very well over the course of my career – as a tech CEO and an investor of tech companies. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Rajat Bhargava currently serves as co-founder and CEO of JumpCloud Inc., a provider of server management and security tools for DevOps and IT professionals. An MIT graduate with two decades of experience in industries including cloud, security, networking and IT, Mr. Bhargava is an eight-time entrepreneur with five exits including two IPOs, three trade sales and three companies still private. [continued]

DevOp w/Me – Changing Culture to Continuously Deliver
By Nathen Harvey

What the heck is DevOps and why should you care? At its core, DevOps is a cultural and professional movement that aims to get Development and Operations working together toward a common goal, namely, to create delightful customer experiences. Although it sounds simple, it can actually be incredibly difficult to do right and involves significant cultural, tooling, and operational change within IT organizations. 'DevOp with Me' will define exactly what DevOps is, share strategies of organizations that have successfully implemented DevOps, DevOps' role in continuous delivery, and how DevOps creates the environment necessary for a more agile, healthy, and innovative business that's awesome to work for. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Nathen Harvey is the Director of Community and #learnchef at Chef. Before joining Chef, Nathen spent several years managing operations and infrastructure for a number of web applications. Nathen is a co-host of the Food Fight Show, a podcast about Chef and DevOps. Working with and as a part of the Chef Community, Nathen has been spreading the word about DevOps for quite a while. In 2013, Nathen was awarded Engine Yard's DevOps Innovator award. [continued]

Stop Hiring Devops Experts (And Start Growing Them)
By Jez Humble

Everyone is putting "devops" on their LinkedIn profile, and everyone is trying to hire them. In this talk, Jez will argue this is not a recruitment problem but an organizations failure. This talk discusses how to grow great people and great organizations, and how the two problems are connected. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Jez Humble is a principal at ThoughtWorks, a lecturer at UC Berkeley, and co-author of the Jolt Award winning Continuous Delivery, published in Martin Fowler's Signature Series (Addison Wesley, 2010), and the forthcoming Lean Enterprise, in Eric Ries' Lean series. [continued]

IT-as-a-Service and DevOps: Competitive or Cooperative Concepts?
By JP Morgenthal

It's the age old battle of top-down or bottom-up. IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) is clearly being driven from the top down in organizations. Large vendors and consultants are working with their executive counterparts to change expectations for how IT provides services to the enterprise. DevOps, on the other hand, is the traditional bottom-up grassroots movement that like Linux and virtualization has disrupted the status quo and changed forever how IT services can be delivered. [continued]

Speaker Bio: JP Morgenthal is best described as "the voice of Enterprise IT" bringing insight to the application of technology and the real world complexity of delivering for large and mid-sized enterprises. He is a recognized thought-leader on cloud, enterprise architecture, SOA & XML. [continued]

DevOps Gold: What the Olympics teaches us about agile development and release
By Dave Roberts

At the recent winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, we saw athletes from all over the world striving for excellence. Some turned in the best performance of their lives and came home with a gold medal. Others, some favorites, struggled and saw their dreams slip away. In this session, we'll see how DevOps done right is a lot like the Olympics. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Dave Roberts brings 25 years of technology experience to his role of Sr. Director for Marketing for DevOps and Cloud Computing at BMC Software. [continued]

Is Orchestration the Next Big Thing in DevOps?
By Nati Shalom

DevOps processes (such as continuous deployment and delivery) often involve writing many custom scripts that are triggered by the build system. With that approach, it is relatively hard to trace the deployment process and troubleshoot when something goes wrong. Additionally, custom scripts are often not written in an easily understood manner. In this session we will walk through specific DevOps workflows (such as install, update, etc) using Riemann as the framework in subject and see the steps required to automate those processes. [continued]

Speaker Bio:Nati Shalom, Founder and CTO at GigaSpaces, is a thought leader in Cloud-Computing and Big-Data Technologies. Shalom was recently recognized as a Top Cloud Computing Blogger for CIO's by The CIO Magazine and his blog listed as an excellent blog by *technical founders* by YCombinator. Shalom is also the founder of the IGTCloud, and is a frequent presenter at industry conferences. [continued]

The Dawning of Continuous Support
By Todd Vernon

Development teams have a tendency to think that once they push the deploy button, the release is done. But with DevOps, it's quite the opposite now. More software changes, and more deploys, make every production release a new piece of code with new idiosyncrasies. This has made what has historically been a more static production environment now highly dynamic. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Todd H. Vernon Founded VictorOps Inc. in 2012 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Vernon has been Executive Vice President of Technology at Federated Media Publishing, Inc. since October 2011. [continued]

Getting Control Over Application Demand in Enterprise Cloud: Lessons Learned from Early Adopters
By Andrew Hillier

A myriad of new methodologies and technologies from Cloud Computing to BYOD have changed the IT landscape demonstrably. In parallel, higher-value functions around data, customer engagement and revenue growth are pushing CIOs to consider alternative approaches. The nexus is moving IT to a zero footprint infrastructure model. Organizations including Healthcare, Financial Services, Insurance and Airlines are moving in this direction. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Andrew Hillier is Co-Founder & CTO of CiRBA. He has twenty years of experience in the creation and implementation of mission-critical software for the world's largest financial institutions and utilities. A co-founder of CiRBA, he leads product strategy and defines the overall technology roadmap for the company. [continued]

Pets vs. Cattle: How to Think About HW in a Web-scale IT world
By Randy Bias

If you want to bring the new kind of elastic cloud infrastructure revolutionised by leading public clouds or web-scale companies like FB, Google and Twitter, you have to change your thinking about a few key things: hardware, failure and scalability. In this presentation Randy Bias, Founder & CEO of Cloudscaling outlines the key design principles and challenges involved with building these new kinds of clouds. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Randy Bias is Co-Founder and CTO of Cloudscaling. His provocative views on the cloud computing disruption have made Randy Bias one of the industry's most influential voices. He has inspired organizations to embrace cloud to transform business processes and position for success in a new world where computing resources are ubiquitous, inexpensive, instantly scalable, and highly available. [continued]

Systems of Discovery - The Perfect Storm of BigData, Cloud and Internet-of-Things
By Mac Devine

Almost everyone sees the potential of Internet-of-Things but how can businesses truly unlock that potential. The key will be in the ability to discover business insight in the midst of an ocean of BigData generated from billions of embedded devices via Systems of Discover. Businesses will also need to ensure that they can sustain that insight by leveraging the cloud for global reach, scale and elasticity. [continued]

Speaker Bios: Mac has 24 years of experience with networking and virtualization. The first 7 of those years were spent in mainframe software development where he served as chief programmer for several VTAM releases. Mac then moved to mainframe software design where he served as chief designer for several Communications Server releases and lead the design work for Sysplex and SNA over IP networking (aka Enterprise Extender).[continued]

Making the Internet of Things Real for Business
By Chad Jones

The physical world holds the key to unlocking unseen business opportunities that expand revenue, optimize operations and delight customers and users. What if you could turn normally hidden bits of information in your business' physical assets into valuable insights that fuel growth and drive intelligent, automated action? [continued]

Speaker Bios: Chad Jones is an expert in cloud, virtualization and infrastructure technologies. Mr. Jones has over eighteen years' experience driving strategic initiatives for start-ups and Fortune 50 companies alike and has traveled the world discussing a vision for a better world through technology. [continued]

Open Source IoT at Eclipse: Standards, Frameworks and Tools for IoT Developers
By Ian Skerrett

The Eclipse IoT community is growing community of open source projects focused on providing the building blocks for the IoT industry. The goal of the community is to provide open source implementations of important IoT standards, frameworks that implement key services for IoT applications and tools to make it easier for developers to create IoT applications. If IoT is going to achieve success and interoperability then the industry will need these basic building blocks. [continued]

Speaker Bios: Ian Skerrett is Director of Marketing at the Eclipse Foundation. Although the community is the Eclipse marketing machine, he supports the projects and member companies to increase the awareness of all the cool stuff happening at Eclipse. [continued]

XMPP - Unified Communication for IoT
By Rikard Strid

The more things we have connected to the Internet the greater the opportunities are to create innovations. Even more innovation is enabled when devices are connected to Internet in an Open way that enables to leverage the potential of countless innovative companies that leads to more jobs and a stronger economy. [continued]

Speaker Bios: Rikard Strid is the founder of Clayster and an Internet activist about to change the structure of how we understand and live with information. He is involved to make XMPP the core standard and an Open Unified Real-Time Infrastructure for IoT. IoT must be built on future ideas not legacy ideas. [continued]

Interoperable WebRTC and Why It Is Important
By Peter Dunkley

There are many potential applications for WebRTC and for many interoperability is not a requirement. However, this does not mean that there is not a need for interoperability, particularly at the signaling level, for other applications. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Peter Dunkley is Technical Director at Crocodile RCS. He graduated from The University of Edinburgh in 2000 with a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science. After graduation Peter worked on a PSTN switch developing signalling stacks for SS7, ISDN and similar protocols and creating advanced routing and service applications. [continued]

Is WebRTC a Second Stage Engine in the Telehealth Rocket?
By Ivelin Ivanov

Telehealth legislation opened the floodgates for investment in modern communications services and APIs since 2010. WebRTC promises a second revolution. Ivelin Ivanov will discuss a real-world example where telephony APIs make a difference in improving patient care and reducing healthcare costs. He will then look into a brighter telehealth future with secure, high quality, ubiquitous WebRTC video interactions.[continued]

Speaker Bio: Ivelin Ivanov is a technology entrepreneur who founded Mobicents, an Open Source VoIP Platform, to help create, deploy, and manage applications integrating voice, video and data. [continued]

WebRTC and the Customer Experience
By Keith McFarlane

In this session, Keith McFarlane, Chief Technology Officer, Cloud Platforms & Telephony at LiveOps, will share how WebRTC technology is truly the next stage in the globalization of the contact center, especially in the areas of monetization and creating a superior, personalized customer experience. [continued]

Speaker Bio: At LiveOps, Keith McFarlane holds the role of Chief Technology Officer, Cloud Platform & Telephony. He has more than 20 years of experience designing and developing large-scale customer service solutions and CRM systems. He is an expert on the benefits of cloud computing technology for both enterprise and SMBs and was named to ExecRank's "Top CTO Rankings" list for 2012. [continued]

How the Norwegian Red Cross built a video tutoring solution with WebRTC
By Svein Willassen

This is the story about how the Norwegian Red Cross used WebRTC to build a service that allow high school student to meet volunteer tutors and get help with their school assignments just by visiting a web page in their browser. The solution has greatly increased the reach of the tutoring service run by the Red Cross, allowing students to get the help they need without leaving their homes. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Svein Willassen is the founder and CTO of the leading WebRTC based video conferencing service appear.in. he is currently leading the on-going development of that service. Svein has a PhD in forensic computing and has worked extensively with forensic analysis of communication systems as well as development of communication services. [continued]

Visualizing WebRTC: A Social Experiment with Meta-Networking
By Sara Robertson

On her social media platform Melodramatic.com, with global reach and over 1,000 uniques daily, Sara Robertson released a WebRTC network that created a peer-to-peer connection between every visitor on every page load. Geographical location data and round-trip data transfer rates of each connection is collected, and augmented with known demographics about the visitors. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Sara is a technology generalist with experience in large platform implementations, high-scale/low-latency serving, cloud infrastructures, and big data strategies. She is VP of Technology for an online advertising company serving billions of impressions daily, and runs a social media website (melodramatic.com) that she uses as a playground for technical experimentation. [continued]

Wiring the Internet of Things with Node-RED
By Nick O'Leary

The Internet of Things is not a single choice of technology, approach or philosophy. Its very existence is the bringing together of multiple platforms, products and protocols, where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. One of the challenges of IoT is to make it as easy as possible to allow developers to make things, for play or profit, serious or whimsical, professional or hobbyist. Node-RED is an open-source visual tool for wiring the Internet of Things. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Nick O'Leary is an Emerging Technology Specialist at IBM where he gets to do interesting things with interesting technologies and also play with toys. [continued]

DevOps: The Last Best Hope for Security?
By Alan Shimel

While at the RSA Conference this past year I was amazed at the mindshare and enthusiasm that the security industry was giving to DevOps. It seemed that security pros were eager to flock and embrace DevOps. This got me to thinking. I asked my friend Gene Kim about it. Gene said DevOps represented something of an "escape hatch" to security pros. [continued]

Speaker Bio: As Editor-in-chief of DevOps.com, Alan Shimel is attuned to the world of technology. Alan has founded and helped several technology ventures, including StillSecure, where he guided the company in bringing innovative and effective networking and security solutions to the marketplace. [continued]

Case Study. IoT In The Field Force Automation
By Yakov Fain

From software development perspective IoT is about programming "things", about connecting them with each other or integrating them with existing applications. This case study will show you how small IoT-enabled devices from multiple manufacturers can be integrated into workflow of an enterprise application. This is a practical demo of building a framework and components in HTML/Java/Mobile technologies to serve as a platform that can integrate new devices as they become available on the market. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Yakov Fain is a co-founder of two software companies: Farata Systems and SuranceBay. He authored several technical books and lots of articles on software development. Yakov is Java Champion (https://java-champions.java.net). He leads leads Princeton Java Users Group. Two of Yakov's books will go in print this year: "Enterprise Web Development" (O'Reilly) and "Java For Kids" (No Starch Press). [continued]

What Being Cloud-Native Really Means
By David Linthicum

You hear this everywhere these days: Build applications that are cloud-native -- that is, developed specifically for cloud platforms. The trouble is, everyone has his or her own definition of "cloud-native." As a result, cloud-hosted applications are all over the place in their use of native features. Many are not designed properly, and they're worse off in the cloud than when they ran in the data center. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Leading technology publications frequently name David S. Linthicum among the top 10 enterprise technologists in the world. He is a true thought leader in the industry, and an expert in complex distributed systems, including cloud computing, data integration, service oriented architecture (SOA), and big data systems. As the author of over 13 books on computing with over 3,000 published articles, as well as radio and TV appearances as a computing expert, he is often quoted in major business and technology publications. [continued]

The Rise of Wearables: Opportunities and Impacts
By Tom Wesselman

Big data, cloud, analytics, wearable tech, sensors: together these technology advances have created a perfect storm of opportunity that is poised to set business processes and communications on a trajectory of massive change. In this session, Joe Burton, CTO of wearable device pioneer, Plantronics, will deliver an overview of the technology advances already here, still required, or complementary to the space, and outline opportunities and impacts as the rise of wearables continues [continued]

Speaker Bio: Tom Wesselman is the Director of Communications Architecture at Plantronics. His focus is connecting the capabilities of Plantronics products to the world around them. [continued]

Simplifying Identity Management in the Cloud era
By Keith Mayer

Identities are everywhere today! Much more than just providing access and auditing for on-premises applications and corporate desktops, organizations are now tasked with provisioning, managing and securing identities for applications running on-premises, in the Cloud and on mobile devices. And, this can be challenging – seemingly forcing many organizations down the path of managing identities individually on an app-by-app basis or implementing complex federated security scenarios that are difficult to maintain. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Keith Mayer is a Senior Technical Evangelist at Microsoft focused on Datacenter Infrastructure, Virtualization, Identity Management and Cloud platforms. Keith has over 20 years of experience as a technical leader of complex IT projects, in diverse roles, such as Network Engineer, IT Manager, Technical Instructor and Consultant.[continued]

General Session | Big Data Management System: Smart SQL Processing across Hadoop and your Data Warehouse
By Marty Gubar

Understanding the future of big data is crucial in the early stages of decision making around big data architectures. In the enterprise, what stands out is the need to integrate Hadoop smoothly into your existing data warehouse architecture, while taking advantage of existing skills and investments.In this session we'll present a strategy for enabling integrated data management using both Hadoop and relational technologies. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Marty Gubar is part of the product management team at Oracle, focusing on Oracle's Big Data Platform and related products. He has been responsible for delivering enabling tools to help people become successful with Oracle's big data technology.[continued]

Encryption and Access Control for Cloud and Big Data Environments
By Sol Cates

Cloud and big data present unique dilemmas: Embracing the benefits of these new technologies while maintaining the security of your organization's assets. When an outside party owns, controls and manages your infrastructure and computational resources, how can you be assured that sensitive data remains private and secure? How do you best protect data in mixed use cloud and big data infrastructure sets? Can you still satisfy the full range of reporting, compliance and regulatory requirements? Join this discussion on how to address data security in cloud and big data environments so that your organization isn't next week's data breach headline. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Sol Cates (@solcates) was promoted to the role of CSO at Vormetric in February 2013. As CSO, he is responsible for ensuring Vormetric's internal security profile remains robust while also understanding how security is perceived and used by IT/IS and how it drives technical decision making and buying behavior at the boardroom level. Cates partners with teams through the company to engage both customers and partners, and he speaks publicly to elevate industry understanding of data security best practices in today's complex cyber threat landscape. [continued]

Sharing Experiences In Enterprise Cloud Adoption
By Seth Proctor

As more applications and services move "to the cloud" (public or on-premise) cloud environments are increasingly adopting and building out traditional enterprise features. This in turn is enabling and encouraging cloud adoption from enterprise users. In many ways the definition is blurring as features like continuous operation, geo-distribution or on-demand capacity become the norm. At NuoDB we're involved in both building enterprise software and using enterprise cloud capabilities. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Seth has 15+ years of experience in the research, design and implementation of scalable systems. That experience includes work on networks, languages, operating systems, security, databases, and distributed environments; all of which are integral to the NuoDB product. [continued]

IoT, Code Halos, Meaning-making and Digital Transformation
By Kevin Benedict

Digital transformation is impacting most every industry and revolutionizing many. It is forcing enterprises to rethink their strategies for customer interactions and engagements, and to consider how IT infrastructures and business models must evolve to support them. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Kevin Benedict is the Senior Analyst for Digital Transformation at Cognizant, a writer, speaker and SAP Mentor Alumnus. Follow him on Twitter @krbenedict. He is a popular speaker around the world on the topic of digital transformation and enterprise mobility. [continued]

Reduce Complexity and Accelerate Innovation with IaaS and PaaS
By Gene Eun

Are you interested in accelerating innovation, simplifying deployments, reducing complexity, and lowering development costs? The cloud is changing the face of application development and deployment, with enterprise-grade infrastructure and platform services making it possible for you to build and rapidly scale enterprise applications. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Gene Eun is Sr. Director, Oracle Cloud at Oracle. [continued]

Hybrid Cloud – Best practices and Use Cases/Proof Points
By Rob Carter

Hybrid cloud refers to the federation of a Public and Private Cloud environment for the purpose of extending the elastic and flexibility of compute, storage and network capabilities, in an on-demand, pay as you go basis. The hybrid approach allows a business to take advantage of the scalability and cost-effectiveness that a public cloud computing environment offers without exposing mission-critical applications and data to third-party vulnerabilities. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Rob Carter serves as Director of Data Center Marketing for Windstream Communications. In this role, he is responsible for product development and marketing for Windstream data center services such as cloud computing, data center managed services, and colocation. [continued]

General Session | How to Architect and Optimize Your Cloud for Consistent Performance
By Marc Jones

Performance is the intersection of power, agility, control, and choice. If you value performance, and more specifically consistent performance, you need to look beyond simple virtualized compute. Many factors need to be considered to create a truly performant environment. Learn how to take advantage of a multitude of compute options and platform features to make cloud the cornerstone of your online presence. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Marc Jones serves as Vice President of Product Innovation for SoftLayer. In this role, he is responsible for identifying, facilitating and evangelizing new product and service development – including R&D, software development and system development. [continued]

Enterprise Mobile App High-wire Act
By David Holmes

Come join us for a live demonstration of the immense power that lives at the intersection of mobile apps and cloud application platforms. You will participate in a live demonstration – an enterprise mobile app will be built and changed before your eyes – on your own device! [continued]

Speaker Bio: David brings over 20 years of high-tech marketing leadership to OutSystems. Prior to joining OutSystems, David was VP of Global Marketing for Damballa, a leading provider of network security solutions. Previously, David was SVP of Global Marketing for Jacada where his branding and positioning expertise helped drive the company from start-up days to a $55 million initial public offering on Nasdaq. [continued]

Bridging the Gap Between Cloud, Data Center and Networking to Deliver End-End Customer Centric Automation & Efficiencies
By Raul Martynek

From data center to cloud to network: During this session Raul Martynek identifies the challenges facing both data center providers and Enterprise IT as it relates to cross platform automation then provides an in-site into designing, building, securing and managing the technology as an integrated service offering. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Mr. Raul K. Martynek has accumulated extensive experience over the past 20+ years managing and growing international cloud, hosting, data center and telecommunications companies. Currently, Mr. Martynek is the Chief Executive Officer of Net Access, a datacenter and managed services business located in Northern New Jersey, USA. [continued]

DDOS Mitigation Service & Layered Security
By Rob Scheible

Chief Security Officers (CSO), CIOs and IT Directors are all concerned with providing a secure environment from which their business can innovate and customers can safely consume without the fear of Distributed Denial of Service attacks. To be successful in today's hyperconnected world, the enterprise needs to leverage the capabilities of the Web and be ready to innovate without fear of DDoS attacks, concerns about application security and other threats. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Rob Scheible leads Product Development for Windstream Hosted Solutions. In his position Mr. Scheible owns the development of the cloud and managed hosting portfolio. Responsibilities include primary storage, cloud platform and on-boarding technology, professional services, customer portal and security services. [continued]

How to Choose the Right Cloud Database
By Janakiram MSV

Database as a service (DBaaS) is cloud database that is hosted and managed by the cloud service providers that can be accessed through public cloud or the hybrid cloud. The cloud provider takes care of provisioning, configuring, setup, maintenance, backups and patching the database. Customers are expected to export the database and start consuming the service through the pay-as-you-go model. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Janakiram MSV is Head – Cloud Infrastructure Services at Aditi Technologies. He was the founder and CTO of Get Cloud Ready Consulting, a niche Cloud Migration and Cloud Operations firm that recently got acquired by Aditi Technologies. [continued]

Leveraging a Cloud Architecture for Fun, Ease, and Profit!
By Phil Jackson & Harold Hannon

The world of cloud and application development is not just for the hardened developer these days. In this discussion we will pull back the curtain of the architecture of a fun demo application purpose built for the cloud. We will focus on demonstrating how we leveraged compute, storage, messaging, and other cloud elements hosted at SoftLayer to lower the effort and difficulty of putting together a useful application. This will be an active demonstration and review of simple command line tools and resources, so don't be afraid if you may not be a seasoned developer. [continued]

Speaker Bios: Phil Jackson is Development Community Advocate for SoftLayer. Harold Hannon has been working in the field of software development as both an Architect and Developer for over 15 years, with a focus on workflow, integration and distributed systems. [continued]

New Security Models for the IoT
By Davi Ottenheimer

An entirely new security model is needed for the internet of things, or is it? Can we save some old and tested controls for this new and different environment? This presentation reviews hands-on lessons with IoT devices and reveals a new risk balance you might not expect. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Davi Ottenheimer, EMC Senior Director of Trust, has more than nineteen years' experience managing global security operations and assessments, including a decade of leading incident response and digital forensics. [continued]

Infrastructure at Scale: Best Practices in Scaling Cloud Architectures
By Phil Jackson

Cloud scalability and performance should be at the heart of every successful internet venture. The infrastructure needs to be resilient, flexible, and fast—it's best not to get caught thinking about architecture until the middle of an emergency, when it's too late. In this interactive, no-holds-barred session, Phil Jackson, Development Community Advocate at Softlayer—dives into how to design and build-out the right cloud infrastructure. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Phil Jackson is Development Community Advocate for SoftLayer. He helps customers and partners integrate with the SoftLayer's API. [continued]

The Secret Sauce of Cloud Backup & Recovery Services
By Daniel Jacobson

Cloud backup and recovery services are critical to safeguarding an organization's data and ensuring business continuity when technical failures and outages occur. With so many choices, how do you find the right provider for your specific needs? [continued]

Speaker Bio: Daniel Jacobson is the Technology Manager at BUMI, a premium managed service provider specializing in cloud data backup and recovery. At BUMI, Daniel is responsible for running the data centers, developing and improving the BUMI service offerings as well as directly supporting customers. [continued]

General Session | Real-time Big Data: An Agile approach
By Cory Isaacson

You use an agile process, your goal is to make your organization more agile. What about your data infrastructure? The truth is, today's databases are anything but agile — they are effectively static repositories that are cumbersome to work with, difficult to change, and cannot keep pace with application demands. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Cory Isaacson is CEO/CTO of CodeFutures Corporation, maker of dbShards, a leading database scalability suite providing a true "shared nothing" architecture for relational databases. [continued]

Making Big Data Cost Effective in a Bare Metal Cloud
By Harold Hannon

The cloud provides an easy onramp to building and deploying Big Data solutions, particularly the latest technologies that favor scale-out architectures. Transitioning from initial deployment to a large-scale, highly performant operation without breaking the bank may not be easy. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Harold Hannon has been working in the field of software development as both an Architect and Developer for over 15 years, with a focus on workflow, integration and distributed systems. [continued]


Cloud Expo Breaking News
More and more enterprises today are doing business by opening up their data and applications through APIs. Though forward-thinking and strategic, exposing APIs also increases the surface area for potential attack by hackers. To benefit from APIs while staying secure, enterprises and security architects need to continue to develop a deep understanding about API security and how it differs from traditional web application security or mobile application security. In his session at 14th Cloud Expo, Sachin Agarwal, VP of Product Marketing and Strategy at SOA Software, will walk you through the various aspects of how an API could be potentially exploited. He will discuss the necessary best practices to secure your data and enterprise applications while continue continuing to support your business’s digital initiatives.
Web conferencing in a public cloud has the same risks as any other cloud service. If you have ever had concerns over the types of data being shared in your employees’ web conferences, such as IP, financials or customer data, then it’s time to look at web conferencing in a private cloud. In her session at 14th Cloud Expo, Courtney Behrens, Senior Marketing Manager at Brother International, will discuss how issues that had previously been out of your control, like performance, advanced administration and compliance, can now be put back behind your firewall.
Next-Gen Cloud. Whatever you call it, there’s a higher calling for cloud computing that requires providers to change their spots and move from a commodity mindset to a premium one. Businesses can no longer maintain the status quo that today’s service providers offer. Yes, the continuity, speed, mobility, data access and connectivity are staples of the cloud and always will be. But cloud providers that plan to not only exist tomorrow – but to lead – know that security must be the top priority for the cloud and are delivering it now. In his session at 14th Cloud Expo, Kurt Hagerman, Chief Information Security Officer at FireHost, will detail why and how you can have both infrastructure performance and enterprise-grade security – and what tomorrow's cloud provider will look like.
The social media expansion has shown just how people are eager to share their experiences with the rest of the world. Cloud technology is the perfect platform to satisfy this need given its great flexibility and readiness. At Cynny, we aim to revolutionize how people share and organize their digital life through a brand new cloud service, starting from infrastructure to the users’ interface. A revolution that began from inventing and designing our very own infrastructure: we have created the first server network powered solely by ARM CPU. The microservers have “organism-like” features, differentiating them from any of the current technologies. Benefits include low consumption of energy, making Cynny the ecologically friendly alternative for storage as well as cheaper infrastructure, lower running costs, etc.
The revolution that happened in the server universe over the past 15 years has resulted in an eco-system that is more open, more democratically innovative and produced better results in technically challenging dimensions like scale. The underpinnings of the revolution were common hardware, standards based APIs (ex. POSIX) and a strict adherence to layering and isolation between applications, daemons and kernel drivers/modules which allowed multiple types of development happen in parallel without hindering others. Put simply, today's server model is built on a consistent x86 platform with few surprises in its core components. A kernel abstracts away the platform, so that applications and daemons are decoupled from the hardware. In contrast, networking equipment is still stuck in the mainframe era. Today, networking equipment is a single appliance, including hardware, OS, applications and user interface come as a monolithic entity from a single vendor. Switching between different vendor'...
Cloud backup and recovery services are critical to safeguarding an organization’s data and ensuring business continuity when technical failures and outages occur. With so many choices, how do you find the right provider for your specific needs? In his session at 14th Cloud Expo, Daniel Jacobson, Technology Manager at BUMI, will outline the key factors including backup configurations, proactive monitoring, data restoration, disaster recovery drills, security, compliance and data center resources. Aside from the technical considerations, the secret sauce in identifying the best vendor is the level of focus, expertise and specialization of their engineering team and support group, and how they monitor your day-to-day backups, provide recommendations, and guide you through restores when necessary.
Cloud scalability and performance should be at the heart of every successful Internet venture. The infrastructure needs to be resilient, flexible, and fast – it’s best not to get caught thinking about architecture until the middle of an emergency, when it's too late. In his interactive, no-holds-barred session at 14th Cloud Expo, Phil Jackson, Development Community Advocate for SoftLayer, will dive into how to design and build-out the right cloud infrastructure.
You use an agile process; your goal is to make your organization more agile. What about your data infrastructure? The truth is, today’s databases are anything but agile – they are effectively static repositories that are cumbersome to work with, difficult to change, and cannot keep pace with application demands. Performance suffers as a result, and it takes far longer than it should to deliver on new features and capabilities needed to make your organization competitive. As your application and business needs change, data repositories and structures get outmoded rapidly, resulting in increased work for application developers and slow performance for end users. Further, as data sizes grow into the Big Data realm, this problem is exacerbated and becomes even more difficult to address. A seemingly simple schema change can take hours (or more) to perform, and as requirements evolve the disconnect between existing data structures and actual needs diverge.
SYS-CON Events announced today that SherWeb, a long-time leading provider of cloud services and Microsoft's 2013 World Hosting Partner of the Year, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 14th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 10–12, 2014, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York. A worldwide hosted services leader ranking in the prestigious North American Deloitte Technology Fast 500TM, and Microsoft's 2013 World Hosting Partner of the Year, SherWeb provides competitive cloud solutions to businesses and partners around the world. Founded in 1998, SherWeb is a privately owned company headquartered in Quebec, Canada. Its service portfolio includes Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Dynamics CRM and more.
The world of cloud and application development is not just for the hardened developer these days. In their session at 14th Cloud Expo, Phil Jackson, Development Community Advocate for SoftLayer, and Harold Hannon, Sr. Software Architect at SoftLayer, will pull back the curtain of the architecture of a fun demo application purpose-built for the cloud. They will focus on demonstrating how they leveraged compute, storage, messaging, and other cloud elements hosted at SoftLayer to lower the effort and difficulty of putting together a useful application. This will be an active demonstration and review of simple command-line tools and resources, so don’t be afraid if you are not a seasoned developer.
SYS-CON Events announced today that BUMI, a premium managed service provider specializing in data backup and recovery, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 14th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 10–12, 2014, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York. Manhattan-based BUMI (Backup My Info!) is a premium managed service provider specializing in data backup and recovery. Founded in 2002, the company’s Here, There and Everywhere data backup and recovery solutions are utilized by more than 500 businesses. BUMI clients include professional service organizations such as banking, financial, insurance, accounting, hedge funds and law firms. The company is known for its relentless passion for customer service and support, and has won numerous awards, including Customer Service Provider of the Year and 10 Best Companies to Work For.
Chief Security Officers (CSO), CIOs and IT Directors are all concerned with providing a secure environment from which their business can innovate and customers can safely consume without the fear of Distributed Denial of Service attacks. To be successful in today's hyper-connected world, the enterprise needs to leverage the capabilities of the web and be ready to innovate without fear of DDoS attacks, concerns about application security and other threats. Organizations face great risk from increasingly frequent and sophisticated attempts to render web properties unavailable, and steal intellectual property or personally identifiable information. Layered security best practices extend security beyond the data center, delivering DDoS protection and maintaining site performance in the face of fast-changing threats.
From data center to cloud to the network. In his session at 3rd SDDC Expo, Raul Martynek, CEO of Net Access, will identify the challenges facing both data center providers and enterprise IT as they relate to cross-platform automation. He will then provide insight into designing, building, securing and managing the technology as an integrated service offering. Topics covered include: High-density data center design Network (and SDN) integration and automation Cloud (and hosting) infrastructure considerations Monitoring and security Management approaches Self-service and automation
In his session at 14th Cloud Expo, David Holmes, Vice President at OutSystems, will demonstrate the immense power that lives at the intersection of mobile apps and cloud application platforms. Attendees will participate in a live demonstration – an enterprise mobile app will be built and changed before their eyes – on their own devices. David Holmes brings over 20 years of high-tech marketing leadership to OutSystems. Prior to joining OutSystems, he was VP of Global Marketing for Damballa, a leading provider of network security solutions. Previously, he was SVP of Global Marketing for Jacada where his branding and positioning expertise helped drive the company from start-up days to a $55 million initial public offering on Nasdaq.
Performance is the intersection of power, agility, control, and choice. If you value performance, and more specifically consistent performance, you need to look beyond simple virtualized compute. Many factors need to be considered to create a truly performant environment. In his General Session at 14th Cloud Expo, Marc Jones, Vice President of Product Innovation for SoftLayer, will explain how to take advantage of a multitude of compute options and platform features to make cloud the cornerstone of your online presence.
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