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Search-Enable Your Application with Lucene
Search-Enable Your Application with Lucene

The e-commerce Web site that I work on has seen several incarnations of its search feature. We started with plain vanilla SQL using "like" clauses, but this didn't perform well and left a lot to be desired in language features such as stemming (e.g., "paint" = "painter" = "painting") and synonym matching (e.g., "cat" = "feline"). Next we tried an off-the-shelf solution. This addressed our efficiency and language demands, but it was ridden with strange quirks and we were limited in how much we could customize its behavior.

Then we discovered Lucene. Lucene is an open-source search framework from Apache's Jakarta project. As a framework, Lucene provides you with the building blocks you need to build a search engine that meets your specific searching requirements. Lucene is flexible, fully customizable, and amazingly fast.

In this article I show you how to use Lucene to build a search solution for your application. Although my examples will be geared toward an e-commerce application, Lucene is flexible enough to be used on any application whether it's Web, desktop, or CD-ROM based.

I used version 1.2 of Lucene to develop the examples in this article. It can be downloaded from http://jakarta.apache.org/lucene. Lucene is self-contained, so you'll need only a JVM (v1.1.8 or higher) to use it. Place lucene-1.2.jar into your classpath and you're ready to start.

Indexing Documents
To build a Lucene index, first you'll need an instance of IndexWriter. The following lines of code create an IndexWriter for an index located at c:\myindex.

Analyzer analyzer = new StopAnalyzer();
writer = new IndexWriter("c:/myindex", analyzer, true);

The first argument to the constructor is the path where the index will be written. If the path doesn't already exist, Lucene will create it for you. The second argument is the Analyzer you want IndexWriter to use when tokenizing text. Here I used StopAnalyzer to remove stop words ("and," "or," "the," etc.) from the token stream. The last argument tells IndexWriter whether to create a new index or to add documents to an existing one. Passing true to the constructor will create the index from scratch; passing false will append to an existing index.

Now that you have an IndexWriter, you're ready to start adding documents to the index. The following code creates a simple document that represents a Web page and uses IndexWriter to add it to the index.

String url = "http://jakarta.apache.org/lucene";
String content = indexer.retrieveWebPageContent(url);
String keywords = indexer.extractKeywords(content);

Document doc = new Document();
doc.add(Field.UnIndexed("url", url));
doc.add(Field.UnStored("keywords", keywords));
doc.add(Field.Text("content", content));
writer.addDocument(doc);

In this example, the document contains the URL metadata for Lucene's homepage, a keywords field that contains search terms to match against in a search, and a "content" field that contains the full content of the Web page.

Once all documents have been added, all that remains is to close the index.

writer.close();

Although this example adds only a single (hard-coded) document to an index, it serves well as a "Hello World" example of how to create indexes using Lucene. The complete source code for this example is in Listing 1. (Listings 1-10 can be downloaded from www.sys-con.com/java/sourcec.cfm.)

For a more interesting example, suppose you're indexing a product catalog to be searched on an e-commerce Web site. A product is made up of a SKU, a name, a price, and some keywords to be searched on (see Listing 2). ProductIndexer (see Listing 3) is a convenience class used to add products to a Lucene index.

The constructor for ProductIndexer takes a string that's the path where the Lucene index will be built and a Boolean parameter that specifies whether a new index will be created or an existing index appended. ProductIndexer uses StopAnalyzer for tokenizing text.

The addProduct() method creates an instance of Document and translates the attributes of the Product into document fields. As in the simple example earlier, the "keywords" field is created as unstored so it can be searched upon but is unavailable for retrieval. The other fields are created as unindexed because these fields will be retrieved only after a successful search, not searched upon themselves.

The close() method closes the IndexWriter, making it available for searching. Before closing, however, a call is made to the IndexWriter's optimize() method to have Lucene optimize the index. Although it's entirely optional, it's generally a good idea to call optimize() if the indexing is finished for the time being and no further documents will be added to the index for a while.

ProductDBIndexer (see Listing 4) reads products from a "catalog" table in a relational database (see Table 1 for the products that I used) and uses ProductIndexer to add the products to Lucene's index. ProductDBIndexer takes two command-line arguments: the path in which to build the index and an optional "create" flag to indicate that the index should be built from scratch.

Lucene Index Structure
Lucene indexes are file based. If you look in the directory where you created the index, you'll find several files that define the Lucene index. Depending on how large your index is, you'll see several groups of files where each file in a group has the same name but a different extension. Each of these groups is known as a "segment." Although this article won't delve into the details of how Lucene segments work, it may be interesting to note that IndexWriter's optimize() method optimizes Lucene's index by consolidating all segments into a single segment for more efficient searching.

While IndexWriter is writing indexes, a file called "write.lock" is created. This file prevents other instances of IndexWriter from writing to the index concurrently. Calling IndexWriter's close() method removes this file and makes the index available for writing by another IndexWriter.

Lucene keeps track of each segment in the index using a file called "segments". During indexing, it occasionally becomes necessary for Lucene to update the segments file to keep it synchronized with the segments in the index. While this synchronization is going on, Lucene creates a "commit.lock" file to prevent concurrent updates of the segments file. Once the segments file is in sync, the commit.lock file is removed.

What would happen if you were to write to an index while it's being searched on? You may write to the index (either by adding new documents or re-creating the index from scratch) while it's being searched, but doing so may have undesirable effects on the search results. The worst side effect that I've seen is a document appearing out of order in the Hits collection. Depending on how important the ordering is to you, it may be best to create your indexes off-line (i.e., in another directory) and then rename the directory to become the current index.

Searching
Now that you've built an index, it's time to perform search queries against it. ProductSearcher (see Listing 5) shows how to do this.

To search a Lucene index you need an instance of org.apache.lucene.search.Searcher. Two subclasses of Searcher come with Lucene. IndexSearcher is for searching a single Lucene index while MultiSearcher is used to search multiple indexes at once. Only the product catalog index will be searched, so IndexSearcher is the best choice for this example. It's constructed given the path to the index.

Searcher searcher = new IndexSearcher(indexPath);

Next you must construct a Query object. The best way to do this is to use the parse() method of org.apache.lucene.queryParser.QueryParser. Create an instance of QueryParser, passing the name of the default field (the field that's searched upon by default) and an analyzer to the constructor. Then call parse() on the QueryParser instance passing the query string. An instance of org.apache .lucene.search.Query will be returned.

QueryParser queryParser = new QueryParser("keywords", new StopAnalyzer());
Query query = queryParser.parse("cat food");

Note: QueryParser is not thread-safe. A new instance of QueryParser should be created for each thread.

For this example the choice of query string is hard coded as "cat food". This query will result in all documents containing either "cat" or "food", but not necessarily both. It's possible to require that a document's keyword field contain "cat" and "food" when searching. Simply place a plus (+) sign in front of each word so that the search string will be "+cat +food" to require resulting documents to contain both "cat" and "food" in their keyword field. More advanced search options will be discussed later.

Next make a call to the Searcher's search() method, passing in the Query object.

Hits hits = searcher.search(query);

The search() method returns an instance of org.apache.lucene.search.Hits. The Hits class represents a collection of documents matching the search criteria, along with each document's relevancy score. These scores range from 0.0 to 1.0 where 1.0 is considered highly relevant and 0.0 is considered completely irrelevant (and not included in the Hits collection).

Finally, cycle through each Document returned in the Hits object displaying the SKU and name of the product along with its relevancy score.

for (int i = 0; i < hits.length(); i++) {
Document document = hits.doc(i);
float score = hits.score(i);
System.out.println(document.get("sku") + " :: " +
document.get("name") + " :: " + score);
}

Advanced Queries
Up until now, the queries have been relatively simple ones such as "cat food" and "+cat +food". QueryParser has a powerful selection of query operators to facilitate more complex searches. Table 2 lists all of QueryParser's operators.

Wildcard queries are fairly straightforward. The "*" operator can be replaced by zero or more characters to match a word. The "?" operator is replaced by exactly one character when matching. For example, "ca*" will match "cat", "car", "cap", or "candle", while "ca?" will match "cat", "car", and "cap", but not "candle". This is consistent with the behavior of "*" and "?" on a DOS or Unix command line.

The tilde (~) character, when used alone, performs a fuzzy search, matching words that are spelled similarly. For example, "cat~" will match "cat", but it will also match "car" and "rat" because these words are similarly spelled.

Surrounding two or more words with quotes (" ") produces a phrase. When two or more words are part of a phrase, those words must appear together in order to be considered a match. For example, ""dog food"" will match documents where "dog" is immediately followed by "food".

If a tilde and a number follow a phrase, then a proximity search is performed. For example, ""dog food"~10" will produce results where "dog" and "food" are found within 10 words of each other, but not necessarily adjacent to each other.

The carat (^) is a term booster. What this means is that any word followed by a carat is considered to have higher relevance than words not followed by a carat. For example, "dog^ kennel" will match where the document contains "dog" or "kennel", but will give a higher relevance to documents containing "dog".

The Boolean operators, AND, OR, and NOT behave as you would expect them to. For example, "(cat AND food) OR bird" returns all documents containing "cat" and "food" along with all documents that contain "bird". "cat NOT food" returns all documents containing "cat", but not containing "food". As you have seen before in the simple "cat food" example, OR is the default conjunction operator.

As shown in the previous example, parentheses can be used to group terms into subqueries.

As discussed, the plus sign (+) requires that a word or phrase exist in a field. Conversely, the minus sign (-) prohibits a word from appearing in the results and is roughly equivalent to NOT. For example, "dog -food" returns all documents containing "dog" but not containing "food".

Finally, there are times when you may want to search multiple fields. When constructing a QueryParser, you must specify a default field to be searched upon. Unless you specify otherwise, any words in your query will be looked for in the default field. In the examples, "keywords" is the default field. You can search on nondefault fields (assuming that they're indexed) by using a colon (:). For example, had the name field been tokenized and indexed, the query string "+cat +name:nummies" would return all documents in which the keywords field contains "cat" and the name field contains "nummies".

Customizing Lucene
While Lucene comes with an impressive set of functionality, you may still find that you want it to do something more or different than is available out of the box. As a search framework, Lucene provides several hooks for you to extend and/or modify its behavior.

In the previous examples, the analyzer chosen was StopAnalyzer. Underneath the covers, Stop-Analyzer uses LetterTokenizer to tokenize text into individual words. LetterTokenizer treats any nonalphabetic character as a delimiter. This is fine in most cases, but what if you want to tokenize text that contains numeric characters ("0" - "9") as well as alphabetic characters? This would be desirable if the keyword text contains part numbers or model numbers. LetterTokenizer wouldn't help in this case.

Listing 6 defines AlphanumericTokenizer, a tokenizer that works like LetterTokenizer except for one small difference: it treats numeric characters as token characters along with alphabetic characters. It does this by subclassing LetterTokenizer and overriding the isTokenChar() method to return the results of LetterTokenizer's isTokenChar() implementation OR'd with a call to Character.isDigit().

AlphanumStopAnalyzer (see Listing 7) is an analyzer that uses AlphanumericTokenizer. The stop-word behavior of StopAnalyzer is still desired, so AlphanumericTokenizer is wrapped with a StopFilter. To normalize the text to lowercase, StopFilter is then wrapped with LowercaseFilter. AlphanumStopAnalyzer is functionally equivalent to StopAnalyzer, except, since it uses AlphanumericTokenizer, it does not treat numeric characters as delimiters. To try out AlphanumStopAnalyzer, use it in place of StopAnalyzer in both ProductIndexer and ProductSearcher. Be sure to reindex with ProductIndexer before searching the index with the new analyzer.

Suppose that synonym-matching capability is required so that "cat" will match "kitten", "kitty", or "feline". AliasFilter (see Listing 8) is a subclass of TokenFilter that does this. AliasFilter retrieves its synonym list from entries in AliasFilter.properties. For example:

cat=feline kitten kitty
dog=canine puppy mutt
food=feed chow
parrot=bird

With each invocation of next(), AliasFilter first checks to see if there are any synonyms in the alias stack. If there are, it pops the next alias off the stack and returns it. Otherwise, AliasFilter retrieves the next token from the input TokenStream, adds any aliases that may exist to the alias stack, and then returns the next token.

AliasAnalyzer (see Listing 9) constructs a TokenStream that does everything the TokenStream from Alphanum-StopAnalyzer does, but it also uses AliasFilter to add synonyms to the TokenStream. To try AliasAnalyzer, use it as your analyzer instead of StopAnalyzer in both ProductIndexer and ProductSearch. Again, be sure to reindex before searching.

When trying AliasFilter you may discover some strange, albeit desirable, behavior. Search for "feline". Even though there are no aliases for feline, all cat-related products appear in the search results. Why? When you use AliasAnalyzer to search for "feline", the token stream does not expand beyond "feline". So why do "cat" products appear? The reason is, you also used AliasAnalyzer to index the products. When you indexed a product containing "cat", AliasAnalyzer expanded the token stream to include "kitten", "kitty", and "feline" in the index. When searching for "feline" it will be found in products whose token stream was expanded to include "feline". In effect, you get an automatic two-way aliasing between "cat" and "feline", even though it appears to be only one way in AliasFilter.properties.

Another common problem in searching is paging the results. A search query could return anywhere from zero results to a seemingly infinite number of result documents. Good usability practices suggest that you page the results, showing the user only a handful at a time. This can be accomplished in Lucene using result filters.

To create a result filter, you must subclass org.apache.lucene.search.Filter. The only required method is the bits() method. It will return a java.util.BitSet where each bit represents a document in the result set. If the bit is true, the document will be returned in Hits, otherwise it won't be returned.

PageFilter (see Listing 10) is an example of a Filter that's used to paginate search results. Given a page number and a page size, PageFilter will pare down Lucene's result set to a specific page's subset of documents. It does this by creating a BitSet big enough to hold the maximum number of result bits and then looping through the bits that need to be turned on. To use PageFilter, change ProductSearcher's call to search() to look like this:

Hits hits = searcher.search(query,new PageFilter(1,20));

This new call to search() will result in showing only the second set of 20 results.

Conclusion
Building a full-featured search engine can be a daunting task. But, thanks to Lucene, much of the complicated details are abstracted behind an easy-to-use API. We've seen how easy it can be to create an index for searching practically any type of information. We've also seen how Lucene is flexible and can be extended to satisfy custom indexing and searching requirements.

Resources

  • Jakarta Lucene: http://jakarta.apache.org/lucene
  • NLucene, the .NET implementation of Lucene at SourceForge: http://sourceforge.net/projects/nlucene
  • JGuru FAQ on Lucene: www.jguru.com/faq/Lucene
  • About Lucene's creator, Doug Cutting: http://lucene.sourceforge.net/background.html

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    A Lucene index is a collection of documents organized in a way that allows quick retrieval of information when arbitrarily queried upon.

    Each document (implemented by org.apache.lucene.document.Document) in a Lucene index is made up of one or more fields that are name-value pairs, much like entries in a HashMap. A document can contain as much or as little information as is required to be searched upon. For example, a Lucene document could contain the complete contents of a Web page, text file, e-mail, etc. On the other hand, a Lucene document may contain only a minimal set of metadata, such as keywords, along with a URL, a product SKU, or some other identifying information used to reference a full information source stored outside of Lucene (such as in a file system or a relational database).

    Each field in a document can be defined as being any combination of stored, indexed, and tokenized. If a field is stored, its contents are fully retrievable upon a successful search. If a field is indexed, its content may be referenced in a query and searched upon. If a field is tokenized, its content is broken into one or more tokens (or words) prior to being indexed.

    Fields can be created using org.apache.lucene.document.Field. The Field class has several static factory methods that make short work of creating field entries. Table 3 illustrates these static methods and the types of Fields that they create.

    Why would you want to index a field, but not store it? Consider a field that contains keywords for your document: chances are you'll never display or perform any processing of this field, but you still want to be able to search upon it. By indexing it you're making the field searchable, but by not storing it, you're saving space because the text is not written verbatim to the index. On the other hand, you may want to store some data so that it can be retrieved later but not actually be able to search upon it. In that case, you'd choose a field that's stored but not indexed. When defining your fields, be mindful of what those fields will be used for, and for efficiency's sake choose an appropriate field definition.

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    A Searcher (org.apache.lucene.search.Searcher) is used to access a Lucene index and query its contents. There are two subclasses of Searcher: IndexSearcher that searches a single index and MultiSearcher that searches one or more indexes and collects all the results in a single result set.

    Searches are performed by calling one of Searcher's search() methods and passing it a query (org.apache.lucene.search.Query). The search method returns an instance of org.apache.lucene.search.Hits. The Hits class is an array-like collection of documents that matches your query. The documents are ordered in Hits by a relevancy score.

    A Query object can be constructed using org.apache.lucene.query-Parser.QueryParser. QueryParser's parse() method parses a query string that's written in its query language and builds an appropriate Query object for that query string. QueryParser also uses an Analyzer in performing the parsing of the query string. It's not required, but it is strongly recommended that you use the same Analyzer for parsing queries that you used when indexing your documents.

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    Text Analysis Components
    When a field is tokenized, its content is broken into one or more tokens or words. Facilitating this tokenization process is the notion of an analyzer (see Figure 1). An analyzer is any subclass of org.apache.lucene.analysis.Analyzer that defines the rules for tokenization.

    A token stream is an iterator that returns the next token with each call to its next() method or returns a null when there are no more tokens in the stream. Two important subclasses of TokenStream are Tokenizer and TokenFilter. Both of these classes are abstract and must be subclassed to define the specific rules on how to tokenize content.

    At the core of the tokenization process is a Tokenizer. A Tokenizer wraps an instance of java.io.Reader and performs the actual work of breaking a stream into individual tokens (not unlike the notion of a StringTokenizer).

    TokenFilters act as decorators of other TokenStreams. Token filters can be used to add, replace, or remove tokens from a TokenStream. For example, org.apache.lucene.analysis.PorterStemFilter is a TokenFilter that replaces each word in a TokenStream with its word stem (e.g., "painting" becomes "paint").

    Analyzers rely on token streams (subclasses of org.apache.lucene.analysis.TokenStream) in defining the tokenization rules. In fact, an analyzer is nothing more than a factory for creating instances of TokenStream.

    To see how the text analysis components are used together, consider some of the TokenStream and Analyzer implementations packaged with Lucene. StopAnalyzer is an analyzer whose job is to remove stop words (e.g., "and", "or", "the", etc.) from a tokenized stream. At the core of StopAnalyzer is an instance of LowerCaseTokenizer. It tokenizes the stream into individual words, normalizing them to lowercase as it goes, where any nonalphabetic character is considered a delimiter. An instance of StopFilter decorates LowerCaseTokenizer, removing stop words from the stream as they're found. StopAnalyzer's tokenStream() method is merely a factory method that returns the decorator chain made up of LowerCaseTokenizer and StopFilter.

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    Craig Walls is the manager of Internet development for a Dallas, Texas-based retailer. He has eight years of experience in software development, six in Java. Craig is a Sun Certified Java programmer and a Sun Certified architect for the Java platform. He holds a BS in computer science from New Mexico State University.

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    Haseeb Budhani is co-founder and CEO of Soha, which provides ground-breaking security service that enables companies to securely run applications in any cloud environment. Previously, Haseeb served as the Chief Product Officer for Infineta Systems, where he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company's product marketing, marketing communications and partner management activities.

    Dalibor Siroky is Director and co-founder at Plutora, makers of the leading enterprise release management and test environment management SaaS solution. Dalibor runs Plutora's global operations. [continued]

    General Session | Next Generation Cloud Services: EMC-Windstream Partnering to Drive Cloud Solutions
    By Michael Piccininni & Mike Dietze

    Review of Next Generation Cloud services, including Windstream-EMC Tier Storage solutions, to increase efficiencies, improve service delivery and enhance corporate cloud solution development. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Engaged in the Technology industry for more than 15 years in business development and management roles, Michael supports several of EMC's most strategic Cloud Service Provider relationships, including Windstream. His organization focuses on identification, solution development and joint go-to-market execution.

    Mike Dietze is the Regional Director for Windstream Hosted Solutions where he manages a that team focuses on building cloud based solutions for Windstream's customers. He has over 15 years of experience in data center based solutions as a sales professional and leader. [continued]

    General Session | Be the Disruptor - The Digital API Value Chain
    By Laura Heritage

    There will be 150 billion connected devices by 2020. New digital businesses have already disrupted value chains across every industries. APIs are at the center of the digital Business. You need to understand what assets you have that can be exposed digitally, what their digital value chain is, and how to create an effective business model around that value chain to compete in this economy. No enterprise can be complacent and not engage in the digital economy. Learn how to be the disruptor and not the disruptee. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Laura is a Director of API Strategy at SOA Software. In this role, she works with customer to establish API Business strategies and implement API and SOA Platforms. Previously Ms. Heritage served as a Product Line Manager at IBM and was responsible for establishing IBM¹s API Management business. [continued]

    General Session | AgilData Sneak Peek: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Evolve with On-Demand Schemas
    By Dan Lynn

    The web app is Agile. The REST API is Agile. The testing and planning are Agile. But alas, Data infrastructures certainly are not. Once an application matures, changing the shape or indexing scheme of data often forces at best a top down planning exercise and at worst includes schema changes which force downtime. The time has come for a new approach that fundamentally advances the agility of distributed data infrastructures. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Dan Lynn, CEO of CodeFutures Corporation, is an entrepreneur, technologist, teacher and technical leader with 14 years of experience in the software industry. He joins CodeFutures to advance the agile Big Data strategies in development around AgilData, CodeFutures' new agile Big Data platform designed to remove the complexity and limitations of current data management approaches. [continued]

    Turning the Corner on Cloud Data Governance
    By Evelyn de Souza

    Cloud data governance was previously an avoided function when cloud deployments were relatively small. With the rapid adoption in public cloud - both rogue and sanctioned, it's not uncommon to find regulated data dumped into public cloud and unprotected. This is why enterprises and cloud providers alike need to embrace a cloud data governance function and map policies, processes and technology controls accordingly. This session will focus on how to set up a cloud data governance program and spans setting up an executive board to ensuring the availability, integrity, security and privacy of cloud data through its lifecycle. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Evelyn is a cloud compliance and data privacy strategy leader at Cisco responsible for championing solutions to address emerging industry trends. She is a strong proponent of building repeatable processes that enable organizations to sustain compliance while optimizing data security posture. Evelyn co-chairs the Cloud Security Alliance Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM), which harmonizes regulations and industry standards to a common framework [continued]

    Is Your Data Encryption Kosher?
    By Ray Potter

    Cryptography has become one of the most underappreciated, misunderstood components of technology. It's too easy for salespeople to dismiss concerns with three letters that nobody wants to question. 'Yes, of course, we use AES.' But what exactly are you trusting to be the ultimate guardian of your data? Let's face it – you probably don't know. An organic, grassfed Kobe steak is a far cry from a Big Mac, but they're both beef, right? Not exactly. Crypto is the same way. The US government requires all federally deployed technology to meet minimum standards. For encryption, if it hasn't been certified to meet the FIPS 140-2 benchmark, it is considered the equivalent of exposing your data in plain text. That's how crucial it is. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Ray Potter is the CEO and co-founder of SafeLogic. Previously, Ray founded Apex Assurance Group and led the Security Assurance program at Cisco Systems. Ray currently lives in Palo Alto and enjoys cycling and good bourbon, although not at the same time. [continued]

    Big Data and IoT: For Enterprise Use Only?
    By Seth Robinson

    The true value of the Internet of Things (IoT) lies not just in the data, but through the services that protect the data, perform the analysis and present findings in a usable way. With many IoT elements rooted in traditional IT components, big data and IoT isn't just a play for enterprise. In fact, the IoT presents SMBs with the prospect of launching entirely new activities and exploring innovative areas. CompTIA research identifies several areas where IoT is expected to have the greatest impact. Learn how your business can plug into the trends to deliver value in the long term. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Seth Robinson is the director of technology analysis for CompTIA, the leading trade association for the IT industry. In this role, he analyzes technology trends in the IT industry and provides insight into trend drivers and future direction. Seth has led research studies on cloud computing, mobility, Big Data, and IT security, among other areas. Previously, he spent 10 years in processor development at IBM, building the chips for the Xbox360, PS3, and Wii U. He has been cited in various media outlets, including Wall Street Journal and USA Today, for his thoughts on how businesses are using technology and how the role of IT is changing. [continued]

    Deploy in Scale With Docker, CoreOS, Kubernetes and Apache Stratos
    By Lakmal Warusawithana

    Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a technology designed to make devops easier and allow developers to focus on application development. The PaaS takes care of provisioning, scaling, HA, and other cloud management aspects. Apache Stratos is a PaaS codebase developed in Apache and designed to create a highly productive developer environment while also supporting powerful deployment options. [continued]

    Speaker Bio:Lakmal is Director - Cloud Architecture at WSO2 Inc who focuses cloud solution of WSO2 Products. Also Lakmal is vise president of Apache Stratos. Lakmal has more than 12 years of industry experience. In 2005, Lakmal co-founded the thinkCube, the pioneers in developing the next generation of Collaborative Cloud Computing products that are tailored towards Telecom operators. He oversaw the overall engineering process and focused special attention to scalability and service delivery of thinkCube solutions. [continued]

    Moving Applications from On-Premise to Cloud
    By Michael Meiner

    There are many considerations when moving applications from on-premise to cloud. It is critical to understand the benefits and also challenges of this migration. A successful migration will result in lower Total Cost of Ownership, yet offer the same or higher level of robustness. The range of cloud offerings(IaaS, PaaS, SaaS) will be analyzed, along with the benefits/challenges of migrating to each offering. Enterprise deployment considerations, including High Availability and Security, will be discussed. A demonstration will show migration to Amazon Elastic Cloud (EC2) and Weblogic Java Cloud Service, using applications build using Tomcat and other J2EE vendors. [continued]

    Speaker Bio:Michael Meiner is an Engineering Director at Oracle Corporation. His organization is responsible for lifecycle Quality Assurance of the Fusion Middleware Suite of products, including: installation, configuration, upgrade, test-to-production and interoperability on a range of computing platforms and Operating Systems. The Fusion Middleware product suite supports both On-Premise as well as Cloud offerings. [continued]

    What, Why, and How of IaaS and PaaS
    By Yung Chou

    The essence of cloud computing is that all consumable IT resources are delivered as services. This session demonstrates the concepts and implementations two important cloud computing deliveries: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS). We will detail from business and technical viewpoints on what exactly they are, why we care, how they are different and in what ways, and the strategies for IT to transition into and take advantages of these emerging service models. [continued]

    Speaker Bio:Yung Chou is a Technology Evangelist at Microsoft. Within the company, he has had opportunities serving customers in the areas of support account management, technical support, technical sales, and evangelism. Prior to Microsoft, he had established capacities in system programming, application development, consulting services, and IT management. His technical focuses have been on virtualization and cloud computing with strong interests in hybrid cloud and emerging enterprise computing architecture. He has been a frequent speaker in Microsoft conferences, roadshow and TechNet events. [continued]

    Securing the Software Defined Data Center
    By Reuven Harrison

    The Software Defined Data Center (SDDC), which enables organizations to seamlessly run in a hybrid cloud model (public + private cloud) is here to stay. IDC estimates that the software-defined networking market will be valued at $3.7 billion by 2016. [continued]

    Speaker Bio:Reuven Harrison is CTO and Co-Founder of Tufin. Reuven brings more than 20 years of software development experience, holding key senior developer positions at Check Point Software, as well other key positions at Capsule Technologies and ECS. He received a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from Tel Aviv University. [continued]

    Operational Hadoop and the Lambda Architecture for Streaming Data
    By Dale Kim

    Apache Hadoop is emerging as a distributed platform for handling large and fast incoming streams of data. Predictive maintenance, supply chain optimization, and internet-of-things analysis are examples where Hadoop provides the scalable storage, processing, and analytics platform to gain meaningful insights from granular data that is typically only valuable from a large-scale, aggregate view. One architecture useful for capturing and analyzing streaming data is the Lambda Architecture, representing a model of how to analyze real-time and historical data together. This presentation will cover the practice of capturing canonical data "as it lands" as a baseline for accommodating future analytics requirements. [continued]

    Speaker Bio:Dale is Director of Industry Solutions at MapR. His technical and managerial experience includes work with relational databases, as well as non-relational data in the areas of search, content management, and NoSQL. Dale holds an MBA from Santa Clara University, and a BA in Computer Science from the UC Berkeley. [continued]

    Lunch Power Panel | Microservices & IoT
    Moderated by Jason Bloomberg

    Buzzword alert: Microservices and IoT at a DevOps conference? What could possibly go wrong? Join this panel of experts as they peel away the buzz and discuss the important architectural principles behind implementing IoT solutions for the enterprise. As remote IoT devices and sensors become increasingly intelligent, they become part of our distributed cloud environment, and we must architect and code accordingly. At the very least, you'll have no problem filling in your buzzword bingo cards [continued]

    Speaker Bios: Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his expertise in Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele. During his twelve years at ZapThink, he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential. He now runs the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course around the world. His latest book is The Agile Architecture Revolution (Wiley, 2013). [continued]

    General Session | Insights for IT Transforming into the Cloud Enabler
    Paul Maravei

    Business as usual for IT is evolving into a "Make or Buy" decision on a service-by-service conversation with input from the LOBs. How does your organization move forward with cloud? Cisco and our partners offer a market leading portfolio and ecosystem of cloud infrastructure and application services that allow you to uniquely and securely combine cloud business applications and services across multiple cloud delivery models [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Paul leads Sales and Services strategy for Cisco's Hybrid Cloud and Managed Services business for US East Coast. Paul has over fifteen (15) years of Sales management and leadership experience. In his most recent role, Paul led the product marketing efforts for Cloud and SDN solutions. Prior to this, he held multiple sales leadership roles at Cisco European operation. Paul has managed the sales of hundreds of millions of Cisco hardware, software and services, and has managed top European service provider customer relationships including subsidiaries of Vodafone, Orange and Deutsche Telekom. [continued]

    General Session | Infrastructure as a Toolbox
    Phil Jackson

    Countless business models have spawned from the IaaS industry. Resell Web hosting, blogs, public cloud, and on and on. With the overwhelming amount of tools available to us, it's sometimes easy to overlook that many of them are just new skins of resources we've had for a long time. Let's break down what we've got to work with and discuss benefits and pitfalls to discover how we can best used them to design hosted applications. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: As Lead Technology Evangelist, Phil Jackson helps SoftLayer customers and partners integrate with the company's platform. For the past 10 years, he has worked in various roles within the IaaS industry, from sales to development. Jackson started his career in Web hosting at Ev1Servers, where he led the training department. With a passion for technology that started at a young age, Jackson has developed skills in a variety of scripting and programming languages and enjoys sharing his knowledge with the technology community. [continued]

    Scaling Global Databases - Beyond Consistency and Availability
    By Alexander Sicular

    Companies today struggle to manage the types and volume of data their customers and employees generate and use every day. With billions of requests daily, operational consistency can be elusive. This session will explore how a distributed systems solution, such as NoSQL, can give organizations the consistency and availability necessary to succeed with on-demand data, offering high availability at massive scale. [continued]

    Speaker Bio:Alexander Sicular has practiced medical informatics for more than 16 years, most recently as director of medical informatics at Columbia University's Departments of Neurology and Obstetrics and Gynecology. Working together with clinicians, researchers and hospital administrators, Alexander has worked to implement systems that integrate clinical data from disparate databases and data models to improve operational efficiency, reduce the burden of regulatory compliance, enhance data quality and increase research opportunities. Currently, as lead solutions architect at Basho Technologies, Alexander works to educate customers on how to employ non-relational distributed systems in greenfield applications or augment legacy relational systems to best take advantage of non-relational capabilities. [continued]

    The Era of Smart Data is Upon Us – How Hybrid Clouds Provide Scalable Storage for the Internet of Things
    By Paul Turner

    Paul Turner, Cloudian technology evangelist and CMO, will discuss the revolutionary notion that the storage world is transitioning from mere big data to smart data. Analytics is the foundation of smart data and now, with the ability to run Hadoop directly on smart storage systems like Cloudian HyperStore, enterprises will gain huge business advantages in terms of scalability, efficiency and cost savings as they move closer to realizing the potential of the Internet of Things. Mr. Turner will argue that today's hybrid cloud storage solutions, with commodity hardware and in-place analytics capabilities, will help quickly yield high value insights without the high price tag. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Paul Turner is technology evangelist and CMO at Cloudian, Inc. where he is responsible for product strategy, planning and development, branding, and leading the charge for widespread market and end-user adoption of hybrid cloud storage architectures. Mr. Turner came to Cloudian with nearly 25 years of product development and marketing management leadership, including ten years at NetApp where he led the Product Strategy Office, guiding corporate investment into FlashRay, Iongrid and CacheIQ. Prior to that role, he was the General Manager of NetApp's OnCommand Insight business (which included Onaro and Akorri). Under his leadership that enterprise software business was recognized by Gartner as a leader in the storage resource management market and grew to more than $60M in revenue. Prior to NetApp, he led Oracle's Technology Alliances Division, and prior to that, the Oracle Support Engineering team. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. [continued]

    Put Your Data in the Driver's Seat with a Data-Centric IT Approach
    By Madhukar Kumar

    Are your applications getting in the way of your business strategy? It's time to rethink your IT approach. Join this session to discover a new data-centric approach to IT that allows your data, not applications, to inform business strategy. By moving away from an application-centric IT model where data integration and analysis are subservient to the constraints of applications, your organization will be better poised to: [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Madhukar brings over 18 years of experience developing and managing web and SaaS solutions at large and small companies. Most recently, Madhukar was VP of Product Management at HP Software where he was responsible for product portfolio strategy, roadmap and held P&L responsibility for their portfolio of offerings including the web experience management suite and cloud managed services. His prior engagements have included executive roles at Autonomy, Interwoven, Zuora, and Sumtotal. Madhukar holds an MS in Software Engineering and an MS In Mass Communications from Kansas State University and a BA from Delhi University. [continued]

    Enabling Actionable Insight: Solving the Data Veracity Problem from the Cloud
    By Pat Adamiak

    The excitement around the possibilities enabled by Big Data is being tempered by the daunting task of feeding the analytics engines with high quality data on a continuous basis. As the once distinct fields of data integration and data management increasingly converge, cloud based data solutions providers have emerged who can buffer your organization from the complexities of this continuous data cleansing and management so that you're free to focus on the end goal: actionable insight. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Pat brings over 20 years of marketing experience establishing portfolio positioning and building brands at large companies. Most recently, Pat was Senior Director at Cisco leading global solutions product marketing for its cloud portfolio. Prior to that he held several executive marketing positions at HP including VP of Portfolio, Alliances, and Marketing for their Managed Services business and Head of Cloud Services Marketing. Pat holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and BSEE from Penn State. [continued]

    Driving IoT Adoption with Innovative IoT Cloud Management
    By Ian Khan & Ermanno Bonifazi

    Internet of Things is moving from being a hype to a reality. Experts estimate that internet connected cars will grow to 152 million, while over 100 million internet connected wireless light bulbs and lamps will be operational by 2020. These and many other intriguing statistics highlight the importance of Internet powered devices and how market penetration is going to multiply many times over in the next few years. [continued]

    Speaker Bios: Ian Khan leads Marketing initiatives at Solgenia, a global Cloud services provider with more than 3500 enterprise customers globally that includes Top Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies. An advocate of cloud computing and a thought leader driving change within Solgenia, Ian is a catalyst for collaboration and cloud solutions. He has written for multiple industry publications, presented at various industry events worldwide, and brings more than 15 years of in depth technology experience across various industries. Ian is a PMP Certified project manager, MCSE, and an Instrumentation Technology engineer.

    Ermanno is a visionary entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in creating value for shareholders and growing his organizations. As the Founder and CEO of Solgenia, he brings forward new technologies through innovative and key enterprise solutions that address key business needs through the Cloud. He currently leads Solgenia globally through 350 employees worldwide and a strategy to be one of the leading Enterprise Cloud solution providers worldwide. His ongoing role is to establish the strategic and business goals of the company, coordinate the implementation of those business goals and provide direct input in the development of new, innovative products. [continued]

    Powering a Cloud Economy with Cloud Monetization
    By Ian Khan & Ermanno Bonifazi

    The Cloud industry has moved from being more than just being able to provide infrastructure and management services on the Cloud. Enter a new era of Cloud computing where monetization's services through the Cloud are an essential piece of strategy to feed your organizations bottom-line, your revenue and Profitability. [continued]

    Speaker Bios: Ian Khan leads Marketing initiatives at Solgenia, a global Cloud services provider with more than 3500 enterprise customers globally that includes Top Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies. An advocate of cloud computing and a thought leader driving change within Solgenia, Ian is a catalyst for collaboration and cloud solutions. He has written for multiple industry publications, presented at various industry events worldwide, and brings more than 15 years of in depth technology experience across various industries. Ian is a PMP Certified project manager, MCSE, and an Instrumentation Technology engineer.

    Ermanno is a visionary entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in creating value for shareholders and growing his organizations. As the Founder and CEO of Solgenia, he brings forward new technologies through innovative and key enterprise solutions that address key business needs through the Cloud. He currently leads Solgenia globally through 350 employees worldwide and a strategy to be one of the leading Enterprise Cloud solution providers worldwide. His ongoing role is to establish the strategic and business goals of the company, coordinate the implementation of those business goals and provide direct input in the development of new, innovative products. [continued]

    Understanding FedRAMP and Overcoming Obstacles
    By Abel Sussman

    FedRAMP is mandatory for government cloud deployments and businesses need to comply in order to provide services for federal engagements. This presentation will review the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) process and provide advice on overcoming common compliance obstacles. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Abel Sussman is the Director for Coalfire Public Sector practice. For more than 18 years, Abel has been helping organizations implement new systems and transform stagnant programs. He is a nationally recognized industry expert and has presented on information security and cloud computing for the FBI, DHS, and DoD. [continued]

    Building an Agile Big Data Infrastructure: A different View
    By Cory Isaacson

    There is no doubt that Big Data is here and getting bigger every day. Building a Big Data infrastructure today is no easy task. There are an enormous number of choices for database engines and technologies. To make things even more challenging, requirements are getting more sophisticated, and the standard paradigm of supporting historical analytics queries is often just one facet of what is needed. As Big Data growth continues, organizations are demanding real-time access to data, allowing immediate and actionable interpretation of events as they happen. Another aspect concerns how to deliver data in a meaningful way, one that really delivers on what end-users need to maintain a competitive position in fast-changing markets. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Cory Isaacson is CTO of Risk Management Solutions. As CTO, he drives the delivery of the advanced, cloud-based RMS(one)® platform, leading the industry with innovative approaches to software management and advanced technology for the complex and unique challenges of risk modeling. Prior to joining RMS, Cory was CEO/CTO of CodeFutures Corporation, maker of AgilData and dbShards. Cory has founded or held executive positions in several software-related businesses, and authored the books Software Pipelines and SOA and Understanding Big Data Scalability. [continued]

    Real-Time Big Data: An Agile Approach
    By Dan Lynn

    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 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. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Dan Lynn, CEO of CodeFutures Corporation, is an entrepreneur, technologist, teacher and technical leader with 14 years of experience in the software industry. He joins CodeFutures to advance the agile Big Data strategies in development around AgilData, CodeFutures' new agile Big Data platform designed to remove the complexity and limitations of current data management approaches. [continued]

    The Secure Path to Value in the Cloud
    By Denny Heaberlin

    Even as cloud and managed services grow increasingly central to business strategy and performance, challenges remain. The biggest sticking point for companies seeking to capitalize on the cloud is data security. Keeping data safe is an issue in any computing environment, and it has been a focus since the earliest days of the cloud revolution. Understandably so: a lot can go wrong when you allow valuable information to live outside the firewall. Recent revelations about government snooping, along with a steady stream of well-publicized data breaches, only add to the uncertainty. Managing these concerns, along with related questions around choosing the right cloud vendor, is an essential part of any cloud strategy. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Denny Heaberlin is a Security Product Manager with Windstream's Cloud and Data Center Marketing team, the provider of choice for four out of five Fortune 500 companies for data, voice, network and cloud solutions. Denny is responsible for cloud and data center marketing, identifying and creating hosted solutions that dramatically improve the efficiency and availability of IT resources, applications and data for enterprise organizations, and that leverage the flexibility, scalability, elasticity and cost-savings of the cloud. [continued]

    Hadoop as a Service
    By Kumar Ramamurthy

    Hadoop as a Service ( as offered by handful of niche vendors now ) is a cloud computing solution that makes medium and large-scale data processing accessible, easy, fast and inexpensive. This is achieved by eliminating the operational challenges of running Hadoop, so one can focus on business growth. The fragmented Hadoop distribution world and various PaaS solutions that provide a Hadoop flavor either make choices for customers very flexible in the name of options or restrictive in the name of abstraction provided. Hopefully these HaaS providers will sign up for services to be provided from wider Hadoop market soon and become the market leaders in driving business adoption of Hadoop without the pains of today [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Kumar is the Vice President and Chief Technologist for DW, BI-analytics, Enterprise Information Management (EIM) and Big Data practices at Virtusa. He manages consulting engagements, transformational assessments and revenue and delivery assurance for Virtusa's existing and new clients in this space. He has over fifteen years of experience in enterprise data architecture, database related technologies, software platforms and architecture assessments with proven ability in consulting, selling, driving and delivering large scale EIM development/ maintenance projects, both in the enterprise and the ISV areas. An expert in Kimball and Inmon related DW architectures, he is also adept in data integration, BI, data governance, database performance tuning, data modeling and MDM areas. [continued]

    Build a Better Workspace
    By Seth Bostock

    The Workspace-as-a-Service (WaaS) market will grow to $6.4B by 2018.This session will begin by walking the audience through the evolution of workspace as-a-service, where it is now vs. where it going. To look beyond the desktop we must understand exactly what WaaS is, who the users are, and where it is going in the future. IT departments, ISV's and service providers must look to workflow and automation capabilities to adopt to growing demand and the rapidly changing workspace model. The latest industry market research combined with real case studies will be demonstrated as supporting factors to give the audience a full scope of the WaaS market. This session will wrap up with key takeaways on how to build a better workspace to fully leverage the future of WaaS. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Seth Bostock is the Chief Executive Officer at IndependenceIT. Mr. Bostock is responsible for guiding IndependenceIT's overall business operations and strategy. Under his leadership, IndependenceIT completed the successful acquisition of Veddio and the development and launch of the Cloud Workspace Suite. He is a results-driven executive with more than a decade of experience in delivering business value through a pragmatic process. Additionally, he has an extensive background designing and implementing business improvement strategies that enhance corporate performance. Mr. Bostock's work has led to top industry publication CRN recognizing IndependenceIT as paving the way for the future of the managed services space while also recognizing him as one of the "100 industry people you should know". He was also named as one of the top IT executives to watch in 2014 by MSPMentor. [continued]

    Cloud Data Management and Beyond with Commvault Simpana
    By Randy De Meno

    As organizations shift towards IT-as-a-service models, the need for managing & protecting data residing across physical, virtual, and now cloud environments grows with it. CommVault can ensure protection &E-Discovery of your data -- whether in a private cloud, a Service Provider delivered public cloud, or a hybrid cloud environment – across the heterogeneous enterprise. Learn how to cut costs, scale easily, and unleash insight with CommVault Simpana software, the only singular data and information management solution for cloud data protection and beyond. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Randy De Meno joined CommVault in 1994 and initiated CommVault's direction into the heterogeneous Data Management segment of the industry. Randy holds dozens patents on a number of CommVault's technologies including the Granular Application Integration and E-Discovery capabilities. Randy led CommVault's direction towards what is today's CommVault's Windows Centric Simpana solution and spearheaded the partnership with Microsoft in 1999. Randy continues to manage the overall strategic relationship with Microsoft. Randy leads CommVault's application efforts for their Exchange, Active Directory, SQL, SharePoint, Lync, SQL, Azure as well as other Windows based solutions. On a personal note, Randy is married with three children and leads the CommVault Ice Hockey team which has enabled CommVault and partners to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for various children's charities over the years. [continued]

    Today's Mobile Workforce & the Cloud
    By Mark Grilli

    Businesses are looking to empower employees and departments to do more, go faster, and streamline their processes. For all workers – but mobile workers especially – utilizing the cloud to re-connect documents and improve processes without destructing existing workflows can have a dramatic impact on productivity. Hear from Mark Grilli, VP of Acrobat Solutions at Adobe, as he outlines new ways that the cloud is changing the way people work – from wherever they are. Attendees will hear how: [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Mark Grilli is vice president of Acrobat Solutions marketing at Adobe Systems Incorporated. He is responsible for worldwide marketing strategy and implementation of the company's document solutions and services, including Acrobat, Acrobat.com and EchoSign. Prior to joining Adobe, Grilli held marketing and client services positions at WebEx (now a Cisco Company) and was co-founder in a elearning start up. He holds a bachelors degree in political science from UCSB and a MBA from Pepperdine University. [continued]

    Using RancherOS to Run Microservices on Docker at Scale
    By Shannon Williams

    Docker is an excellent platform for organizations interested in running microservices. It offers portability and consistency between development and production environments, quick provisioning times, and a simple way to isolate services. This presentation will walk through these and other benefits of using Docker to run microservices, and provide an overview of RancherOS, a minimalist distribution of Linux designed expressly to run Docker. We will also discuss Rancher, an orchestration and service discovery platform designed for running Docker at scale in production on any cloud and computing infrastructure. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Shannon Williams is a co-founder at Rancher Labs, a company focused on building open source software for operating Docker and microservices in production. Shannon has spent his career at technology start-ups, working with visionary customers to embrace next generation technologies like cloud computing, identity management, and security. [continued]

    Stay Ahead of the Attackers with Proactive Cloud Security
    By Justin Criswell & Stephen Coty

    Organizations from small-business to the enterprise are increasingly adopting cloud solutions to deliver essential business services. According to cyber security experts, the frequency and severity of cyber attacks is on the rise, causing alarm to businesses and customers across a variety of industries. To defend against exploits like these, a comprehensive security defense strategy is key. In 2014, organizations such as J.P Morgan Chase, Kmart, and the U.S. Postal Service experienced data breaches through malware and other targeted attacks. How will your business adapt to this shift in technology while keeping its security posture? Join Alert Logic's Chief Evangelist, Stephen Coty as he takes you into the evolving world of cybercrime and gives you an insider's look into the tactics utilized by fast, well-funded and organized attackers. He will review real examples and case studies of recent breaches, and you will learn expert strategies for protecting your information in the cloud. [continued]

    Speaker Bios: Justin Criswell is a Senior Sales Engineer at Alert Logic and has over 11 years' experience in Enterprise IT solutions. Additionally, he is also a subject matter expert for complex deployments of network, system and application security. As a Solutions Engineer, Justin oversees Architecture Integration for customer deployments that focus on improving overall information security. His experience includes directing clients on the proper implementation of integrated security audits, assessments of internal controls, as well as providing the tools and services to keep client information compliant with PCI, HIPAA, SOX and other regulatory measures.

    Stephen Coty is the Chief Security Evangelist at Alert Logic in Houston TX. He formally ran the Threat Research team building threat content and delivering threat intelligence to our partners and customers. Before coming to Alert Logic he was the Manager of Cyber Security for Rackspace Hosting. Prior to Rackspace He has worked at several companies including Wells Fargo Bank, Applied Materials, Stanford Medical Center and The Netigy Corporation. He has been in the Information Technology field since 1993 with a Focus on Security as of 1999 where he started as a penetration tester and auditor. Research has been his primary focus since 2007. [continued]

    Why Public Clouds Are A Step Backwards in Efficiency
    By Jordan Jacobs

    Years ago companies saw a major improvement in efficiency in the heyday of virtualization. As the world looked to the cloud to solve business challenges these savings were forgotten. Today we live in a post cloud world with pre-virtualization efficiencies. Jordan will discuss these common mistakes that as many as 90% of companies are making utilizing public clouds that are causing these problems and how to avoid them. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: SingleHop's VP of Products Jordan Jacobs has more than a decade of business strategy and product development experience in the cloud, hosting, and managed services market. Jordan combines deep technical knowledge with practical business aptitude derived from professional experiences spanning from cloud architecture and design, to datacenter engineering. [continued]

    Painless Polyglot Persistence
    By Raj Singh

    When it comes to building applications, one database definitely does not fit all. Traditional SQL databases are great for storing highly structured, normalized data and performing analytics and reporting. NoSQL has attracted developers with its awesome flexibility, and JSON-centric document stores like Cloudant make web developers incredibly productive by offering a Javascript environment from end-to-end. Recent big data challenges have driven the need for a distributed approach to analytics employing MapReduce techniques embodied in software like Hadoop and Spark. So it's natural that a well-integrated hybrid environment comprised of multiple types of databases and information access paradigms is critical to meeting the business challenges of tomorrow. We'll walk through a mobile app powered by a Cloudant NoSQL database that relies on dashDB for analytics and reporting of Twitter data from IBM's Social Analytics service. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Raj is a developer advocate for IBM Cloud Data Services -- the most complete, integrated portfolio of data, content and analysis services ever delivered via the cloud. He pioneered Web mapping-as-a-service in the late 1990s with Syncline, a startup he co-founded. After that he finished his PhD at MIT, which explored the potential of web services to power urban information systems. Prior to joining Cloudant in 2014, Raj work on geospatial data interoperability challenges for the Open Geospatial Consortium, an international standards body. He's a frequent speaker on interoperability and geo-location services, and contributed to O'Reilly's 2005 book, "Mapping Hacks." [continued]

    [Who Cares?] as a Service
    By Kevin Hazard

    In the midst of the widespread popularity and adoption of cloud computing, it seems like everything is being offered "as a Service" these day: Infrastructure? Check. Platform? You bet. Software? Absolutely. Toaster? It's only a matter of time. With service providers positioning vastly differing offerings under a generic "cloud" umbrella, it's all-too-easy to get confused about what's actually being offered. In this session, we'll break down the most commonly used industry buzzwords and discuss what each "aaS" is good for. No BS(aas). [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Kevin is responsible for developing, influencing, and managing public-facing and internal content that SoftLayer delivers through digital channels, such as corporate web sites, third party sites, and social media. He has more than 10 years of hosting industry experience, having previously managed social media and customer community engagement for The Planet and directing customer service for Site5 Internet Solutions. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Commerce with a major in finance from Santa Clara University, and on a good day, he can still dunk a basketball. [continued]

    Everything You Wanted to Know About Infrastructure as Code
    By Christopher Gallo

    Getting started is often the hardest part of any project, and converting your data center into a Git Repository is no different. Learn about some of the more popular configuration management suites, with some practical examples showing off the power of SaltStack. Hopefully, by the end of this presentation, you'll be ready to stop deploying changes manually and enter the magical world of software-defined data centers. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Christopher Gallo is a developer and systems administrator with a passion for optimization and performance. Gallo started his career on the front lines of support and has worked as a full-time systems administrator for a large-scale shared hosting environment, a professional services systems administrator, and a senior developer responsible for keeping a fleet of appliances online. Now Gallo works as a developer advocate, helping other developers plug into SoftLayer's API, along with contributing to SoftLayer's open source projects and preaching the glories of automation. [continued]

    One Size Does Not Fit All
    By Dr. Natasha Tamaskar

    While not quite mainstream yet, WebRTC is starting to gain ground with Carriers, Enterprises and Independent Software Vendors (ISV's) alike. WebRTC makes it easy for developers to add audio and video communications into their applications by using Web browsers as their platform. But like any market, every customer engagement has unique requirements, as well as constraints. And of course, one size does not fit all. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Dr. Natasha Tamaskar brings over 20 years of telecom industry experience with particular expertise in cloud, mobile, WebRTC and . security solutions. In Dr. Tamaskar's current role at GENBAND as Vice President and Head of Cloud and Mobile Strategy and Ecosystem, she is responsible for the strategic direction of GENBAND's Cloud and Mobile solutions and ecosystem partnerships. [continued]

    The Data Chef: A Complementary Skill Set for the Future of Data Analysis
    By Radhika Subramanian

    With the arrival of the Big Data revolution, a data professional is expected to master a broad spectrum of complex domains including data processing, mathematics, programming languages, machine learning techniques, and business knowledge. While this mastery is undoubtedly important, this narrow focus on tool usage has divorced many from the imagination required to solve realworld problems. As the demand for analysis increases, the data science community must transform from tool experts to "data chefs," capable of crafting creative solutions with tangible benefits. During this presentation, Radhika will explore this challenge and provide a new perspective on the skills needed for the contemporary data scientist. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Emcien CEO Radhika Subramanian is a seasoned entrepreneur with decades of experience helping large organizations utilize the insight buried within their data. A sought-after presenter and speaker, she is a regular contributor to trade and national publications, including Forbes, SmartData Collective and IndustryWeek. [continued]

    Replication, Backup, and Recovery, the Trends and Realities
    By Dale Levesque

    One of the hottest areas in cloud right now is DRaaS and related offerings. While the benefits of the cloud model far outweigh the traditional approach, enterprises need to ensure that their needs are properly being met. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Dale Levesque is a Disaster Recovery Product Manager with Windstream's Cloud and Data Center Marketing team. In this role he is responsible for the product development and marketing for various Windstream data center cloud services such as cloud computing, DRaaS, and data survivability offerings. He was previously responsible for Windstream's small business SaaS offerings. [continued]

    Embracing Software Defined: From Theory to Practice
    By Boyan Ivanov

    As Marc Andreessen says software is eating the world. Everything is rapidly moving towards being software-defined - from our phones and cars through our washing machines to the datacenter. However, there are larger challenges when implementing software defined on a larger scale - when building software defined infrastructure. This session will provide some practical insights on what, how and why when implementing "software-defined" in the datacenter. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Boyan is CEO and co-founder at StorPool. He started programming at the age of 10. At the same age, he started his first venture and the latter stuck. Boyan has versatile experience in the enterprise and SMB worlds and has also been part of several startups in the IT space, prior to StorPool. [continued]

    5 Security Practices That Can Hinder Your Business
    By Haseeb Budhani

    How do you securely enable access to your applications in AWS without exposing any attack surfaces? The answer is usually very complicated because application environments morph over time in response to growing requirements from your employee base, your partners and your customers. In this session, we will share five common approaches that DevOps teams follow to secure access to applications deployed in AWS, Azure, etc., and the friction and risks they impose on the business. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Haseeb Budhani is co-founder and CEO of Soha, which provides ground-breaking security service that enables companies to securely run applications in any cloud environment. Previously, Haseeb served as the Chief Product Officer for Infineta Systems, where he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company's product marketing, marketing communications and partner management activities. [continued]

    IBM Watson, Big Data, and the Cloud
    By Ashley Hathaway

    What exactly is a cognitive application? In this talk take a look at the services being offered by the IBM Watson Developer Cloud and what that means for developers and big data. We'll explore how IBM Watson and its partnerships will continue to grow and help define what it means to be a cognitive service, as well as take a look at the offerings on Bluemix. We'll also check out how Watson and the Alchemy API team up to offer disruptive API's to developers. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Ashley Hathaway is a product manager who believes in empowering others to do their best work. She excels in telling stories that distill large ideas into executable visions. Her previous role as a UX designer and front-end developer help her develop products that delight users and stakeholders. Her process is rooted in scalability and collaboration while always maintaining a sense of humor. Ashley is currently working for IBM Watson as part of the IBM Design Studio in Austin, Texas [continued]

    Why 85% of Workloads Are Not On The Public Cloud and Why They All Will Be In The Cloud By 2020.
    By William Toll

    Public Cloud IaaS started it's life in the developer and startup communities and has grown rapidly to a $20B+ industry, but it still pales in comparison to how much is spent worldwide on IT: $3.6 trillion. In fact, there are 8.6 million data centers worldwide, the reality is many small and medium sized business have server closets and colocation footprints filled with servers and storage gear. While on-premise environment virtualization may have peaked at 75%, the Public Cloud has lagged in adoption as teams delay their cloud migrations or seek alternatives like the public cloud or await SaaS alternatives for their essential apps. Today's mass market for cloud computing IaaS is made up of non-cloud natives and the industry needs to respond to grow. In his talk, William Toll will break down the reasons for the delays and how existing IT teams can accelerate their plans to migrate to the public cloud – without expensive consultants or big cloud migration projects. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Named one of the top people to follow on Twitter for cloud computing by numerous publications, his 15 years experience in the Internet infrastructure business provides him with a unique insight on IT trends. He's a frequent speaker on Cloud Computing and has given keynotes at Cloud Expo and other events. He has held Marketing and Product Management positions in the Web hosting and Internet infrastructure industry since the late 1990s. [continued]

    Cloud-Enabling the Next Generation of Mobile Apps
    By Nick Landry

    The best mobile applications are augmented by dedicated servers, the Internet and Cloud services. Mobile developers should focus on one thing: writing the next socially disruptive viral app. Thanks to the cloud, they can focus on the overall solution, not the underlying plumbing. From iOS to Android and Windows, developers can leverage cloud services to create a common cross-platform backend to persist user settings, app data, broadcast notifications, run jobs, etc. This session provides a high level technical overview of many cloud services available to mobile app developers, including authentication, storage, caching, notifications, streaming, predictive analytics, logging and more. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Nick Landry (@ActiveNick) is a Senior Technical Evangelist at Microsoft. With 22+ years of professional experience with the world's top brands, Nick is a regular conference speaker, published author, was 10-year Microsoft MVP on Windows Phone Development, and specializes in Cross-Platform Mobility, GIS, Cloud, IoT and Mobile Game Development. [continued]

    Consuming Your Private Cloud as a Service, Not as a Headache
    By Andre Bearfield

    Deploying and operating cloud technology is difficult and falls outside the core competencies of most organizations. As a result, many on-premises private cloud installations falter, casting doubt on private cloud as a solution in general. Yet private clouds come with a unique set of benefits that continue to drive widespread interest. There must be a better way. This session will give participants a clear roadmap of private cloud implementation challenges and offer actionable ideas for how to overcome them. They also will learn how private cloud as a service might work in their organization and for their application workloads. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: André has spent his career working with technology companies that run the gamut. From data center providers all the way up the stack to SaaS firms, André has worked with a broad set of companies to develop and deliver strategies intended to push applications and infrastructure into the future. [continued]

    Cloud Integration: Why It's Time for a Connector-Less Approach
    By Laura Heritage

    The basic integration architecture, as defined by ESBs, hasn't changed for more than a decade. Most cloud integration providers still rely on an ESB architecture and their proprietary connectors. As a result, enterprise integration projects suffer from constraints of availability and reliability of these connectors that are not re-usable across other integration vendors. However, the rapid adoption of APIs and almost ubiquitous availability of APIs amongst most SaaS and Cloud applications are rapidly redefining traditional integration approaches and their reliance on proprietary connectors. In this webinar, we will discuss how enterprises can adopt an API-based integration and connector-less architecture to achieve lightweight, quick, and configurable drag-and-drop integration that is fit for the new digital enterprise. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Laura is a Director of API Strategy at SOA Software. In this role, she works with customer to establish API Business strategies and implement API and SOA Platforms. Previously Ms. Heritage served as a Product Line Manager at IBM and was responsible for establishing IBM¹s API Management business. [continued]

    The Benefits of IBM Power in the Cloud
    By Chuck Piluso

    A study of cloud adoption trends and the power and flexibility of IBM Power and Pureflex cloud solutions. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Prior to Secure Infrastructure and Services, Mr. Piluso founded North American Telecommunication Corporation, a facilities-based Competitive Local Exchange Carrier licensed by the Public Service Commission in 10 states, serving as the company's chairman and president from 1997 to 2000. [continued]

    Taking Cloud Databases to the Edge
    By Bradley Holt

    Database apps on mobile devices shouldn't stop working when there's limited or no network connectivity. Learn how to bring data stored in a cloud database to the edge of the network (and back again), whenever an Internet connection is available. This talk will demonstrate techniques for replicating cloud databases with mobile devices in order to build offline-enabled mobile apps that can provide a better, faster user experience, both offline and online. The focus of this talk will be on Apache CouchDB and related open source tools and open standards. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Bradley Holt is a Developer Advocate for IBM Cloudant, a globally-distributed data layer for web and mobile applications. He is the author of several publications on CouchDB and other technologies and has spoken at numerous conferences including ZendCon, OSCON and the jQuery Conference. [continued]

    Big Data Redefined
    By Tony Shan

    This presentation introduces a new definition of Big Data, along with the practical applications of the defined components and associated technical architecture models. We start with looking into the concept of Big Data and tracing back the first definition by Doug Laney. We dive deep to the description of 3V and their implication. We then pinpoint the limitations of this V-model, echoed by expert views and another industry survey report. Consequently we provide a redefined concept of Big Data: Real-time, Relevance, Revelation and Refinery. We go over the meaning, drivers, characteristics, and feasibility of these 4 elements. Further we walk through some application examples with the new definition, followed by the illustration of implementation architecture for each case. Best practices and lessons learned are discussed during the session. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Tony Shan is a renowned thought leader and innovative visionary with decades of field experience and guru-level expertise on cutting-edge enterprise computing technologies. He has directed and advised the pragmatic lifecycle design and development of large-scale award-winning distributed systems on diverse platforms for Fortune 500 companies and public sector organizations like IBM, HP, Apple, Cisco, Dell and Bank of America. He is a regular speaker and organizer in conferences, a book author, an editor/editorial advisory board member of IT research journals, and a founder of several user groups and forums. [continued]

    Love the Cloud, Hate the Cloud: What Hybrid Can Do For Us
    By Simone Brunozzi

    In this presentation, Simone Brunozzi, VP and Chief Technologist of Cloud Services at VMware, will review the changes that the cloud computing industry has gone through over the last five years and share insights into what the next five will bring. He will chronicle the challenges enterprise companies are facing as they move to the public cloud. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Simone Brunozzi serves as a Vice President and Chief Technologist (global role) for VMware Inc., focusing on Cloud technology (vCloud Hybrid Services). His role includes public speaking, relationships with key clients, strategy and roadmap, driving innovation inside the company, managing a team of Solutions Engineers to drive adoption of VMware's Cloud products. [continued]

    Why Developer Experience Matters
    By Bradley Holt

    This talk will explore why developer experience matters, what makes for a great developer experience and the relationship between developer experience and the broader field of user experience. Software developers are gaining more influence over the purchase decisions of technologies with which they must build on and with which they must integrate. For example, the success of Amazon Web Services, Heroku and MongoDB has been driven primarily by individual software developers choosing to use these tools, rather than the by the decisions of managers or business executives. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Bradley Holt is a Developer Advocate for IBM Cloudant, a globally-distributed data layer for web and mobile applications. He is the author of several publications on CouchDB and other technologies and has spoken at numerous conferences including ZendCon, OSCON and the jQuery Conference. [continued]

    Exploring storage options for Docker containers
    By Aaron Brongersma

    Follow me on a journey to solve the problem of keeping files in sync between multiple Docker containers. I'll discuss using rsync, GlusterFS, Ceph, BitTorrent Sync, and ClusterHQ. I'll break down the tools that are needed to help create a seamless user experience for Docker administrators. In the end can we have an environment that we can easily move Docker containers, servers, and volumes without impacting our applications? I'll share my results and you can decide for yourself. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: With over 6 years experience building highly available scalable infrastructure platforms. Aaron has experience building both public and private cloud solutions using a collection of open source and enterprise software. As a Senior Infrastructure Engineer at Modulus.io he works with Linux containers and Docker to help build the scaleable infrastructure that powers Modulus's Paas. [continued]

    Docker Management for Humans
    By Gary Paige

    Container frameworks, such as Docker, provide a variety of benefits, including density of deployment across infrastructure, convenience for application developers to push updates with low operational hand-holding, and a fairly well defined deployment workflow that can be orchestrated. Container frameworks also enable a DevOps approach to application development by cleanly separating concerns between operations and development teams. But running multi-container, multi-server apps with containers is very hard. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Gary Paige is an engineer with a passion for programming languages. He brings more than 15 years of software development experience previously holding lead developer positions at Baker Oil Tools and Hewlett Packard. He is currently a Principal Technology Consultant at CenturyLink Innovations Labs. CenturyLink Innovations Lab is the Research and Development arm of CenturyLink, the third largest telecommunications company in the United States, recognized as a leader in the network services space. When he is not in front of a computer, Gary teaches web design, tries to stay healthy, and hangs out with his wife and daughter. [continued]

    What's Next for Big Data: Cognitive Computing
    By Akshay Sabhikhi

    Every day we read jaw-dropping stats on the explosion of data. We allocate significant resources to harness and better understand it. We build businesses around it. But we've only just begun. For big payoffs in big data, CIOs are turning to cognitive computing. Cognitive computing's ability to securely extract insights, understand natural language, and get smarter each time it's used is the next, logical step for big data. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Akshay Sabhikhi is CEO of Cognitive Scale where he is responsible for driving innovative cognitive solutions. Previously, he was the global leader for IBM Smarter Care. Earlier, he was responsible for leading the multi-billion dollar IBM Smarter Commerce initiative. Prior to IBM, Shay led product management as Trilogy and Webify. [continued]

    Taking Back Cloud Control – Reign In Shadow IT by Providing Solutions
    By Shawn Mills

    With SaaS use rampant across organizations, how can IT departments track company data and maintain security? More and more departments are commissioning their own solutions and bypassing IT. A cloud environment is amorphous and powerful, allowing you to set up solutions for all of your user needs: document sharing & collaboration, mobile access, e-mail, even industry-specific applications [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Shawn Mills is the President and a founder of Green House Data, a data center service provider. He has 15 years of experience in technology and IT, previously leading a VoIP company to acquisition and founding the Wyoming Technology Association. [continued]

    Hybrid IT – What/Where/Why/How ? and finally Who?
    By Jeff Katzen & Gary Sloper

    Hybrid IT is an approach to delivering IT services that matches business requirements and application needs with different IT deployment modalities. In this talk we'll go into more depth around those different modalities and how our customers have made decisions to choose between them. We will talk to some of the challenges that organizations might face in leveraging a Hybrid IT environment, specifically with regard to cloud services and discuss and different ways to solve those challenges. All the concepts introduced will be backed by real world customer implementation examples. [continued]

    Speaker Bios: Jeff Katzen is the Director of the Cloud Practice at CenturyLink. He has nearly 20 years of business and technology experience in the global IT marketplace. Originally from South Africa, Jeff has worked with international companies to help solve business problems with technology infrastructure.

    Gary joined CenturyLink 8 years ago and is the theater lead for Solutions Design and Operational Strategy for 26 states in the US. His responsibilities include leading the architectural teams to solve client needs with the Cloud EcoSystem, Network, Managed Services and Big Data solutions. Gary's sales operations teams equally support managing over 1 Billion in revenue including deep sales Data Analytics in a variety of tools to help provide Business Intelligence internally for the company. [continued]

    Architecting for the Cloud with Cloud Foundry
    By Raghavan Srinivas

    As the world moves from DevOps to NoOps, application deployment to the cloud ought to become a lot simpler. However, Applications have been architected with a much tighter coupling than it needs to be which makes deployment in different environments and migration between them harder. The Microservices architecture which is the basis of many new age distributed systems such as OpenStack, NetFlix and so on is at the heart of CloudFoundry - a complete developer-oriented Platform as a Service (PaaS) that is IaaS agnostic and supports vCloud, OpenStack and AWS. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Raghavan "Rags" Srinivas (@ragss) works as an Architect/Developer Evangelist for EMC CODE(emcode.github.io) goaled with helping developers build highly scalable and available systems. As an OpenStack advocate and solutions architect at Rackspace he was constantly challenged from low level infrastructure to high level application issues [continued]

    Future of Information Storage with ISS SuperCore and Ceph
    By Alex Gorbachev

    The time is ripe for high speed resilient software defined storage solutions with unlimited scalability. ISS has been working with the leading open source projects and developed a commercial high performance solution that is able to grow forever without performance limitations. In the session we will share foundation principles of Ceph architecture, as well as our design to deliver this storage to traditional SAN storage consumers. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Alex Gorbachev is President of Intelligent Systems Services Inc., the company which he formed in 1994. Alex has designed scalable mission critical systems for the federal, enterprise, manufacturing and healthcare industries, and has a specific interest in disaster prevention and preparedness. He leads the innovative, dedicated and resourceful team of professionals at ISS and collaborates with development and deployment teams worldwide. [continued]

    The Role of Policy in the Hybrid Cloud
    By Derek Collison

    Enterprises are turning to the hybrid cloud to drive greater scalability and cost-effectiveness. But enterprises should beware, as the definition of "policy" varies wildly. Some say it's the ability to control the resources apps' use or where the apps run. Others view policy as governing the permissions and delivering security. Policy is all of that and more. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Derek Collison is founder and CEO of Apcera. An industry veteran and pioneer in large-scale distributed systems and enterprise computing, Derek has held executive positions at VMware, Google and TIBCO Software. [continued]

    A platform to build Search-Enabled Applications
    By Sushil Prabhu

    Search-Enabled Applications are a new breed of applications that utilize a search index as their backbone for data retrieval. These applications can easily adapt to new data sets and provide access to both structured and unstructured data. They also provide faster data retrieval, are context aware and enable access to all different types of data which result in an extremely productive end-user experience. A wide variety of use cases ranging from database offloading to enterprise search, to business applications like compliance and 360-degree view customer dashboards can be implemented using this new architecture. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Sushil is the CEO of OpenCrowd, a product and services firm with over 20 years of experience in building data intensive systems. As CEO, Sushil spends a significant part of his time consulting with clients on leveraging cloud, mobile and search based technologies to build user centric, data and context aware solutions. Most recently he was involved in the launch of DragonGlass, a multi-tenant cloud based platform to enable interactive search based applications. Prior to joining OpenCrowd, Sushil was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Scient Inc, the fastest growing Internet Services Company of the 90's. In this role at Scient, Sushil delivered enterprise e-Business solutions for many leading companies around the world. Prior to Scient, Sushil was Director of Technology for Cambridge Technology Partners (CTP). [continued]

    Containers: New Ways to Deploy and Manage Applications at Scale
    By Jake Moshenko

    The last decade was about virtual machines, but the next one is about containers. Containers enable a service to run on any host at any time. Traditional tools are starting to show cracks because they were not designed for this level of application portability. Now is the time to look at new ways to deploy and manage applications at scale. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Jake Moshenko is the product manager for the Quay.io container registry at CoreOS, a Linux distribution with containers as a first-class citizen and software distribution channel. Formerly of Google, Amazon, and Boeing, he has been building robust distributed systems for over 10 years. [continued]

    Barriers to Cloud Adoption - The Role of Internet Performance in Cloud Services
    By Michael Kane

    With worldwide spending on cloud services and infrastructure growing by 23% in 2015 to $118B, it is clear that cloud services are here to stay. Yet, the rate of cloud adoption varies by companies and markets around the world. With thousands of outages and hijacks across the Internet everyday, one reason for hesitation is the faith in quality Internet performance. In this session, we explore how Internet performance affects your end-user's experience and how you can make variations in the Internet work to your competitive advantage. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Mike Kane manages product marketing for Dyn across all Internet Performance solutions. Using over 20 years of technology and business experience with roles from product management, sales engineering, business development and solution marketing, Mr. Kane is working with sales teams, customers and industry experts to define offers that leverage Dyn's strengths and assets in the newly expanding realm of Internet Performance Management. Mike has been both a customer and a supplier of Internet and network services and throughout his career has been the author of numerous articles and papers. He holds engineering and management degrees from the University of New Hampshire and Dartmouth College. [continued]

    Protecting Business Critical Applications in Cloud Environments
    By David Bermingham

    Gartner predicts that the bulk of new IT spending by 2016 will be for cloud platforms and applications and that nearly half of large enterprises will have cloud deployments by the end of 2017. The benefits of the cloud may be clear for applications that can tolerate brief periods of downtime, but for critical applications like SQL Server, Oracle and SAP, companies need a strategy for HA and DR protection. While traditional SAN-based clusters are not possible in these environments, SANless clusters can provide an easy, cost-efficient alternative. Understanding the truths and myths of HA and DR in cloud deployments can dramatically reduce data center costs and risks. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: David Bermingham is recognized as a high availability expert and has been honored by his peers by being elected to be a Microsoft MVP in Clustering since 2010. David's work as director, Technical Evangelist at SIOS Technology Corp., has him focused on evangelizing Microsoft high availability and disaster recovery solutions. [continued]

    Devops and Immutable Infrastructure
    By John Willis

    You often hear the two titles of "Devops" and "Immutable Infrastructure" used independently. In this presentation we are going to cover the union between the two topics and why this is important. We will cover an overview of Immutable Infrastructure then show how an Immutable Continuous Delivery pipelines can be applied as a best practice for "Devops". We will end the session with some interesting case study examples. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: John Willis is Technical Evangelist for Docker, which he joined after the company he co-founded (SocketPlane, which focused on SDN for containers) was acquired by Docker in March 2015. Previous to founding SocketPlane in Fall 2014, John was VP of Customer Enablement at Stateless Networks, and prior to that John was Chief DevOps Evangelist at Dell, which he joined following the Enstratius acquisition in May 2013. He has also held past executive roles at Opscode/Chef and Gulf Breeze Software. [continued]

    From Zero to Hero with Private Cloud-in-a-Box
    By Kelly Murphy

    Kelly Murphy, Founder and CTO of Gridstore, will discuss the design and deployment of a Private Cloud-in-a-Box, with HyperConverged All-Flash Infrastructure including the following key points: [continued]

    Speaker Bio: As a serial entrepreneur with a track record of bringing disruptive technologies to market, Kelly Murphy brings 15 years CEO experience with disruptive venture backed software companies. In 1998, almost a decade before the cloud became popular, Murphy founded Marrakech, the first software company that offered on-demand procurement and supply chain systems to over 30,000 trading partners including some of the world's largest retailers, consumer food producers, packaging companies and utilities. [continued]

    Cloud Management – Best Practices for Managing Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure.
    By Manoj Khabe

    Move from reactive to proactive cloud management in a heterogeneous cloud infrastructure - Replace a help desk-centric approach with an ITIL-based service model and service-centric CMDB tightly integrated with event and incident management platform. Expand the scope of Operations Management to Service Management. Help people work better and smarter and allows work to flow seamlessly across all domains within IT. Integrated ITOM with ITSM help problem identification, isolation, resolve them quicker by automating helps lower opex, achieved team efficiency with increased Infra/admin ratio [continued]

    Speaker Bio: 16+ years track record of exceeding goal, building top-performing teams and solutions throughout career Pioneering IT/Business Leader who leverages technology to transform business culture, build value, drive growth and create an environment for continuous Improvement. [continued]

    The Battle for Cloud Hosting: Containers vs. Virtual Machines
    By Tenko Nikolov

    There is no question that the cloud is where business want to host data. Until recently Hypervisor virtualization was the most widely-used method in cloud computing. Recently virtual containers have been gaining in popularity, and for good reason. In the debate between virtual machines and containers, the latter have been seen as the new kid on the block – and like other emerging technology have had some initial shortcomings. However, the container space has evolved drastically since coming onto the cloud hosting scene over 10 years ago. So, what has changed? In this presentation Tenko will discuss the security, speed, scalability, cost and outlook for the future, of container cloud hosting. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Tenko Nikolov is the founder and CEO of Kyup and the main driving force behind the company's product development and market growth. With a firm background in the field of web hosting as a managing partner at SiteGround - a leading tech innovator on the web hosting market for more than 10 years now - he has both the vision and the experience to foster the company's business strategy and cater to the high-standards of delivering a truly advanced, next-generation cloud hosting products. [continued]

    OpenStack Trove and DBaaS API: Impedance Match?
    By Fred Dalrymple & Amrith Kumar

    The OpenStack cloud operating system includes Trove, a database abstraction layer. Rather than applications connecting directly to a specific type of database, they connect to Trove, which in turn connects to one or more specific databases. One target database is Postgres Plus Cloud Database, which includes its own RESTful API. Trove was originally developed around MySQL, whose interfaces are significantly less complicated than those of the Postgres cloud database. [continued]

    Speaker Bios: Fred Dalrymple is the product manager for EnterpriseDB's Postgres Plus Cloud Database. A technologist with over 25 years of experience with Enterprise computing infrastructure, storage technology, business process analysis, eCommerce, and electronic publishing experience, Fred started as a software developer and architect.

    Amrith Kumar brings more than two decades of experience delivering industry-leading products for companies specializing in enterprise storage applications, fault tolerant high performance systems and massively parallel databases to Tesora, which he co-founded. [continued]

    Cloud Security Myths
    By Paul Mazzucco

    Malicious agents are moving faster than the speed of business. Even more worrisome, most companies are relying on legacy approaches to security that are no longer capable of meeting current threats. In the modern cloud, threat diversity is rapidly expanding, necessitating more sophisticated security protocols than those used in the past or in desktop environments. Yet companies are falling for cloud security myths that were truths at one time but have evolved out of existence. This session will explore the four most insidious myths, once rooted in truth but now putting your cloud at risk, and determine the best course of action to address each. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Paul Mazzucco is Chief Security Officer at TierPoint. He is responsible for all TierPoint corporate standards regarding physical, information and network security; and he leads the charge in acquiring and maintaining all industry-specific compliance certifications, including PCI DSS, FISMA and the FedRAMP/NIST Cloud Security standards. An expert in data center security, he works closely with TirPoint's Operations and Engineering teams to ensure a unified security platform for our customers. [continued]

    Delivering Agility and Innovation in a Secure Cloud
    By Mike Rivera

    While there are hundreds of public and private cloud hosting providers to choose from, not all clouds are created equal. If you're seeking to host enterprise-level mission-critical applications, where Cloud Security is a primary concern, WHOA.com is setting new standards for cloud hosting, and has established itself as a major contender in the marketplace. We are constantly seeking ways to innovate and leverage state-of-the-art technologies. Discover how a flexible cloud environment enables you to have full visibility into your core infrastructure, enabling you to be proactive and address potential problems before they arise, while providing you with the data for proper capacity planning to support business demand. [continued]

    Speaker Bio: Mike Rivera, Senior Solutions Consultant at WHOA.com, is a dynamic and top-producing sales engineer with more than 14 years experience in Hosted Infrastructure and Cloud Computing Technologies. He combines his experience with his expertise in strategic planning, tactical sales, and client relationship management. Rivera has an outstanding record of achievement in solution selling with cloud technologies, across a range of different applications and complex scenarios. Over his long career in the industry he has developed expertise in virtualization, Disaster Recovery Planning, Security Best Practices, & Managed Services that continuously helps businesses of all sizes achieve all their goals with a successful Cloud Solution. [continued]

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