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Cloud Expo New York Sessions Include..

Day 2 Keynote | The Internet of Everything: Seizing the Opportunities
By Manjula Talreja

Converging digital disruptions is creating a major sea change - Cisco calls this the Internet of Everything (IoE). IoE is the network connection of People, Process, Data and Things, fueled by Cloud, Mobile, Social, Analytics and Security, and it represents a $19Trillion value-at-stake over the next 10 years. In this session, Manjula Talreja, VP of Cisco Consulting Services, will discuss IoE and the enormous opportunities it provides to public and private firms alike. She will share what businesses must do to thrive in the IoE economy, citing examples from several industry sectors. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Manjula Talreja is currently a Vice President in Cisco's Consulting Services group - the company's business and IT technology consulting arm - where she manages the Global Service Provider business worldwide and drive the Cloud practice. In these roles, she engages with Service Provider executives and enterprise CIOs to help them transform their business as a result of the digital disruption fueled by the Internet of Everything (IoE), Analytics, Cloud and Network virtualization. [continued]

General Session | Moving From Connected Things to Connected Marketplaces
By Esmeralda Swartz

Connected things, systems and people can provide information to other things, systems and people and initiate actions for each other that result in new service possibilities. By taking a look at the impact of Internet of Things when it transitions to a highly connected services marketplace we can understand how connecting the right "things" and leveraging the right partners can provide enormous impact to your business' growth and success. This exciting emergence of layers of service offerings across a growing partner ecosystem can be monetized for the benefit of smart digital citizens, enterprises and society. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Esmeralda Swartz is VP, Marketing Enterprise and Cloud, BUSS. She has spent 15 years as a marketing, product management, and business development technology executive bringing disruptive technologies and companies to market. Esmeralda was CMO of MetraTech, now part of Ericsson. At MetraTech, Esmeralda was responsible for go-to-market strategy and execution for enterprise and SaaS products, product management, business development and partner programs. Prior to MetraTech, Esmeralda was co-founder, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Lightwolf Technologies, a big data management startup. She was previously co-founder and Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development of Soapstone Networks, a developer of resource and service control software, now part of Extreme Networks. [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]

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]

Data to Decisions
By Andrew Clyne

Organizations today are confounded by an avalanche of data that needs to be processed and managed on a daily basis. Through relevant use cases and a thought provoking dialogue on an organization's 'Data to Decisions' journey, this presentation will reveal how your organization can monetize data as a strategic asset. State-of-the-art Big Data and Advanced Analytics capabilities provided as a managed service can enable Data Scientists, IT professionals and Developers to deliver innovative and monetize-able insights thereby allowing data to become the source of truth and competitive advantage. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Andrew Clyne has over 25+ years' experience delivering large scale transaction systems and Big Data platforms for leading organizations including Visa, Expedia Inc, MasterCard, and Regions Bank. He was the former Global Head of Visa's Enterprise Data Platform which drives 150+ application services for millions of cardholders, merchants, corporations and banks. [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

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 Bio: 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. [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]


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Microsoft Opening Keynote | NoOps != No Operations
By David Tesar

Shipping daily, injecting faults, and keeping an extremely high availability "without Ops"? Understand why NoOps does not mean no operations. Agile development methodologies require evolved operations to be successful. [continued]

Speaker Bio: David's mission is to "put more Ops into DevOps". He currently shares "the good news" of software and has helped customers since 2007 as a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft. David creates technical content including hundreds of videos, speaks at various Microsoft and industry-sponsored events, leads the weekly Edge Show with monthly episodes on DevOps, and works directly with customers and internal development teams. DevOps is currently David's focus which includes expertise in relevant products such as Microsoft Azure, Visual Studio Online, Application Insights, Team Foundation Server, Release Management, and System Center. [continued]

Day 3 Keynote | The Perfect Storm Intensifies - Convergence of Big Data, Cloud & the Internet of Things Is Now at Full Strength
By Mac Devine

Almost everyone sees the potential of Internet of Things but how can businesses truly unlock that potential. The key will be in the ability to discover business insight in the midst of an ocean of Big Data generated from billions of embedded devices via Systems of Discover. Businesses will also need to ensure that they can sustain that insight by leveraging the cloud for global reach, scale and elasticity. Without bringing these three elements together via Systems of Discover you either end up with an Internet of somethings and/or a big mess of data. [continued]

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

General Session | How to Architect and Optimize Your Cloud for Consistent Performance
By Phil Jackson & Harold Hannon

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

Speaker Bios: Mr. Jackson helps customers and partners integrate with the SoftLayer's API. He also architects the company's Drupal websites, writes API documentation, and maintains the developer blog. Formerly, Phil was a sales engineer that built internal tools and provided technical consultation for potential and existing customers. Phil started his career in webhosting at Ev1Servers where he led the training department. With a passion for technology that started at a young age, Phil has developed skills in a variety of scripting and programming languages and enjoys sharing his knowledge with the tech community.

Mr. Hannon has worked in the field of software development as both an architect and developer for more than 15 years, with a focus on workflow, integration and distributed systems. He is currently a senior software architect at SoftLayer on the product innovation team. He has a passion for leveraging open source solutions to bring real value to the Enterprise space, and has implemented open source solutions with many companies across the globe. Mr. Hannon is also active in mobile application development, with multiple published applications. [continued]

General Session | From Data to Dollars – A Results-Driven Approach to IoT
By Dave Wagstaff

Technology is enabling a new approach to collecting and using data. This approach, commonly referred to as the "Internet of Things" (IoT), enables businesses to use real-time data from all sorts of things including machines, devices and sensors to make better decisions, improve customer service, and lower the risk in the creation of new revenue opportunities. In this session from Bsquare learn more about the real benefits to focus on, understand the requirements of a successful solution, the flow of data, and how to best approach deploying an IoT solution that will drive results. [continued]

Speaker Bio:Vice President and Chief Architect, BSQUARE Corporation Dave Wagstaff has been Bsquare's Vice President and Chief Architect since November 2013. In this role Mr. Wagstaff drives a comprehensive and integrated strategy for all Bsquare products including the company's Internet of Things offerings. Mr. Wagstaff has held a number of senior and strategic technology positions including Chief Architect, Advanced Solutions at Lantronix from June 2011 to November 2013, Director of Engineering at Lantronix from July 2008 to June 2011, Director, Software Development at Open Text, Inc. from September 1999 to July 2008 and Software Development Manager at both Gauss Interprise, Inc. and Diebold from May 1980 to September 1999. [continued]

General Session | Verizon Pay-As-You-Go Model for Oracle Database Licenses Means Costs Savings and Business Benefits
By Anne Plese

This session will focus on finding the right mix of renting vs. buying Oracle capacity to scale to meet business demands, and offer validated Oracle database TCO models for Oracle development and testing environments. [continued]

Speaker Bio:Anne Plese is a marketing and technology enthusiast/realist with over 19+ years in high tech. At Verizon Enterprise, Anne focuses on driving growth for the Verizon Cloud platform globally. Previous to Verizon, Anne spent over 10 years with Cisco. There she was focused on growing Cisco's global data center and cloud revenue, and boosting market awareness and affinity for Cisco data center solutions within the Enterprise and Commercial market segments. [continued]

General Session | The Role of Hybrid Cloud in Driving the Future State of Business
By Gee Rittenhouse

The Internet of Things (IoT) is going to require a new way of thinking and of developing software for speed, security and innovation. This requires IT leaders to balance business as usual while anticipating for the next market and technology trends. Cloud provides the right IT asset portfolio to help today's IT leaders manage the old and prepare for the new. Today the cloud conversation is evolving from private and public to hybrid. This session will provide use cases and insights to reinforce the value of the network in helping organizations to maximize their company's cloud experience. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Gee Rittenhouse is Vice President and General Manager of Cisco's Cloud and Virtualization Group (CVG), a market-driven organization leading industry transformation in cloud infrastructure software and services. [continued]

General Session | Innovation with Cloud and Big Data Solutions That Will Revolutionize Your Business – Join SAP and Partners
By Thorsten Leiduck

SAP is delivering break-through innovation combined with fantastic user experience powered by the market-leading in-memory technology, SAP HANA. Discover how SAP and partners provide cloud and hybrid cloud solutions as well as real time big data offerings that helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. SAP launched an application challenge to award the most innovative SAP HANA and SAP HANA Cloud platforms applications. Out of many contenders, the best applications have been selected by members of the SAP Community Network via crowd-voting. Join this exciting session as SAP recognizes the winners and finalists for their great accomplishment and see the winning applications live on stage! [continued]

Speaker Bio:As Global Vice President ISVs & Digital Commerce, Thorsten leads the development of a large, vibrant, open ecosystem around SAP's core platforms. With SAP PartnerEdge for Application Development, the newest and fastest growing partner program from SAP, Thorsten has established an industry-leading partner apps business which enables partners effectively to build innovative customer solutions leveraging SAP's platform technologies as well as to market those solutions via SAP Store and other routes to market. [continued]

Getting the Most out of Your SDN
By Steve Riley

Fundamentally, SDN is still mostly about network plumbing. While plumbing may be useful to tinker with, what you can do with your plumbing is far more intriguing. A rigid interpretation of SDN confines it to Layers 2 and 3, and that's reasonable. But SDN opens opportunities for novel constructions in Layers 4 to 7 that solve real operational problems in data centers. "Data center," in fact, might become anachronistic— data is everywhere, constantly on the move, seemingly always overflowing. Networks move data, but not all networks are suitable for all data. Finding (or building) the right network, with the right applications, is still a labor-intensive task. Must it always be this way? No: for networks themselves will soon be expressed as code. Finally, the data, the applications that process it, the networks that move it, and the objects that store it can all be described by software constructs—let's call this collection a super-blob—in the hands of skilled developers. Freed from their dependence on any given location, super-blobs can move around as necessary, resting on any physical fabric that can satisfy their requirements. As requirements change, locations may change—while preserving all application states. Location-independent computing is within our grasp. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Steve Riley is Technical Leader in the Office of the CTO at Riverbed Technology. His role is to research cutting-edge developments that help customers maximize their infrastructure investments. This includes working with customers to develop and improve technical architectures, incorporating feedback into the product planning and development processes. His specialties include information security, compliance, reliability, privacy, and policy. [continued]

Network Security: Is It Time to Think Like a Thief?
By Dr Rishi Bhargava

What do a firewall and a fortress have in common? They are no longer strong enough to protect the valuables housed inside. Like the walls of an old fortress, the cracks in the firewall are allowing the bad guys to slip in – unannounced and unnoticed. By the time these thieves get in, the damage is already done and the network is already compromised. Intellectual property is easily slipped out the backdoor leaving no trace of forced entry. If we want to reign in on these cybercriminals, it's high time we start thinking the way these thieves think. If we don't, malware, rootkits, AETs and other nefarious threats will continue to undermine our sense of security. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Rishi Bhargava is Vice President and General Manager of Software Defined Datacenter Group, Intel Security Solutions Division at Intel Security, Inc. A visionary and technology enthusiast, he is responsible for delivering Intel integrated Security Solutions for datacenters. Prior to his current role, Rishi was Vice President of Product Management for Datacenter and Server security products at McAfee, Part of Intel Security. During his tenure at McAfee, he led product management teams and launched multiple products to establish McAfee leadership in Risk & Compliance, Virtualization and Cloud security. [continued]

Public and Private Cloud: Not Two Competing Worlds but Two Dimensions in the Same World
By Mårten Mickos

The industry is heated with debates on whether adopting private or public cloud is the smartest, best, cheapest, you name it choice. But this debate is missing the mark. Businesses shouldn't be discussing public vs. private, but rather how can they make the two work together to their greatest advantage. The ideal is to merge on-premise and off-premise into a seamless environment that can be managed as a single entity. A forward-looking stance that will eventually see major adoption. But as of late 2013, hybrid cloud was still "rare," noted Gartner analyst Tom Bittman. In this discussion, Marten will talk about how public clouds need on-premise satellites to win and conversely, how on-premise environments cannot be really powerful unless they are connected to the public cloud. It's not two competing worlds. It's two dimensions of the same world. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Marten Mickos builds global disruptive businesses. As CEO of MySQL AB for seven years, Mickos grew that company from a garage start-up to the second largest open source company in the world. After the acquisition by Sun Microsystems of MySQL AB for $1bn, he served as Senior Vice President of Sun's Database Group. [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 CEO/CTO of CodeFutures Corporation, maker of AgilData, a Big Data platform designed to remove the complexity and limitations of current data management approaches. [continued]

Reading Your Customers: How the Data Science of Email is Solving Today's Business Problems
By Aaron Beach

There are 182 billion emails sent every day, generating a lot of data about how recipients and ISPs respond. Many marketers take a more-is-better approach to stats, preferring to have the ability to slice and dice their email lists based numerous arbitrary stats. However, fundamentally what really matters is whether or not sending an email to a particular recipient will generate value. Data Scientists can design high level insights such as engagement prediction models and content clusters that allow marketers to cut through the noise and design their campaigns around strong, predictive signals, rather than arbitrary statistics. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Aaron Beach is a data scientist with experience in email services, energy systems, privacy, social networks, mobile apps, natural language processing, recommendation systems and Big Data. He has a PhD in Computer Science and has published over 25 research papers. [continued]

Thinking Outside The Boxes: The Year of DaaS and the Workspace Revolution
By Seth Bostock

After a couple of false starts, cloud-based desktop solutions are picking up steam, driven by trends such as BYOD and pervasive high-speed connectivity. In this session, Seth Bostock, CEO of Workspace-as-a-Service pioneer IndependenceIT, cuts through the hype and the acronyms, and discusses the emergence of full-featured cloud workspaces that do for the desktop what cloud infrastructure did for the server. We'll discuss VDI vs. DaaS, implementation strategies and evaluation criteria. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Seth is responsible for guiding IndependenceIT's vision and strategy. Under his leadership iIT completed the successful acquisition of Veddio and formally introduced its flagship Cloud Workspace Suite to the market. Seth is a results-driven executive with more than a decade of experience in delivering business value through a pragmatic process and an extensive background designing and implementing business improvement strategies to enhance corporate performance. [continued]

In a Cloud Economy, It's Interoperability, That Matters
By Mark Baker

Every healthy ecosystem is diverse. This is especially true in cloud ecosystems, where portability and interoperability are more important than old enterprise models of proprietary ownership. Single vendors used to take the lead in creating and delivering technology, but in a cloud economy, where users want tools of their preference, when and where they need them, it makes no sense. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Mark Baker is currently working at Canonical in Product Strategy for Ubuntu Server and Cloud. He has more than 20 years of experience managing business development and marketing at leading software companies including MySQL, Red Hat and Oracle. [continued]

Crash Course in Open Source Cloud Computing
By Mark R. Hinkle

This will be an overview of the open source software that can be used to deploy and manage a cloud computing environment. The session will include information on storage, networking(e.g., OpenDaylight) and compute virtualization (Xen, KVM, LXC) and the orchestration(Apache CloudStack, OpenStack) of the three to build their own cloud services. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Mark Hinkle is the Senior Director, Open Source Solutions at Citrix Systems Inc. He joined Citrix as a result of their July 2011 acquisition of Cloud.com where he was their Vice President of Community. [continued]

Building and Scaling a Profitable #SaaS Business
By Jason Cumberland

The cloud is everywhere and growing, and with it SaaS has become an accepted means for software delivery. SaaS is more than just a technology, it is a thriving business model estimated to be worth around $53 billion dollars by 2015, according to IDC. The question is - how do you build and scale a profitable SaaS business model? [continued]

Speaker Bio: Jason Cumberland leads Dimension Data's SaaS Solutions practice, a group dedicated to servicing ISVs and SaaS companies moving their applications to a Cloud delivery model. [continued]

New Possibilities with Cloud-based Healthcare Records
By Shrikant Pattathil

Over last few years healthcare ecosystem has revolved around innovations in Electronic Health Record [EHR] based systems. This evolution has helped in achieving much desired interoperability. Now, focus is shifting to another equally important aspect i.e. scalability and performance. While applying cloud computing environments to the EHR systems, a special consideration needs to be given to the cloud enablement of VistA [Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture] i.e. the largest single medical system in the United States. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Shrikant Pattathil is Executive Vice President at Harbinger Systems. Shrikant is an influential thought leader in mobility and cloud strategies for customers and partners across the globe. Over a career spanning more than a decade, he is instrumental in designing technology solutions for a variety of customers. [continued]

From Software Defined to Policy Driven – Evolution of Agile Application Deployment
By David Klebanov

Agility is top of mind for Cloud/Service providers and Enterprises alike. Policy Driven Data Center provides a policy model for application deployment by decoupling application needs from the underlying infrastructure primitives. It differentiates from the software defined top-down control, by offering declarative approach to allow faster and simpler application deployment. [continued]

Speaker Bio: David Klebanov is a Technical Solutions Architect with Cisco Systems. In his work David influences strategic development of the industry leading Data Center switching platforms, which lay foundation for the next generation cloud fabrics. David also takes great pride in speaking at industry events, releasing publications and working on patents. [continued]

Cloud Foundry and OpenStack - How They Fit
By Animesh Singh

Bring the world's best IaaS to the world's best PaaS, In this talk IBM and Rackspace are going to share their experiences of running CloudFoundry on OpenStack. The talk will focus on how CloudFoundry and OpenStack complement each other, how they technically integrate using Cloud provider interface (CPI), how could we automate OpenStack setup for CloudFoundry deployments, and what are some of the best practices for configuring a scalable environment. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Animesh Singh is a Senior Cloud Architect and Strategist for IBM Cloud Labs, a division of IBM Software Group. He has been with IBM for nine years and currently works with customers in designing cloud computing solutions on OpenStack and Cloud Foundry. [continued]

Why Are Enterprises Flocking to SaaS Mapping and Location Analytics?
By Dave Peters

Until recently, many organizations required specialized departments to perform mapping and geospatial analysis, and they used Esri on-premise solutions for that work. Today, Esri has successfully included the cloud as a fully integrated SaaS expansion of the ArcGIS mapping platform. Organizations that have incorporated Esri cloud-based applications and content within their business models are reaping huge benefits by directly leveraging cloud-based mapping and analysis capabilities within their existing enterprise investments. The ArcGIS mapping platform includes cloud-based content management and information resources to more widely, efficiently, and affordably deliver real-time actionable information and analysis capabilities to your organization. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Dave Peters is author of the Esri Press book Building a GIS, System Architecture Design Strategies for Managers initially published in August 2008 (second edition published January 2012). He is also content author and principal instructor for Esri System Architecture Design Strategies educational services, developing materials and training Esri Distributors and Business Partners worldwide, promoting services for design and implementation of customer GIS operations. [continued]

Safeguarding Data in the Cloud
By Charles Goldberg

As enterprises look to take advantage of the cloud, they need to understand the importance of safeguarding their confidential and sensitive data in cloud environments. Enterprises must protect their data from (i) system administrators who don't need to see the data in the clear and (ii) adversaries who become system administrators from stolen credentials. In short, enterprises must take control of their data: The best way to do this is by using advanced encryption, centralized key management and cutting edge access controls and policies.[continued]

Speaker Bio:Charles Goldberg is the Sr. Dir of Product Marketing at Vormetric. For the past 20 years, he has held a variety of roles across Research, Sales Engineering, Product Management and Marketing in the networking and security industry. His current interests include securing data at rest because it has become easy prey for hackers and an area ripe for innovation. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from NYU-Polytechnic and his MS in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. [continued]

Cloud Shifts the Burden of Security to Development
By Arthur Hicken

The move to the cloud brings a number of new security challenges, but the application remains your last line of defense. Developers are extremely well-poised to perform tasks critical for securing the application—provided that certain key obstacles are overcome. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Arthur Hicken has been involved in automating various practices at Parasoft for almost 20 years. He has worked on projects including database development, the software development lifecycle, web publishing and monitoring, and integration with legacy systems. [continued]

Sharing Experiences In Enterprise Cloud Adoption
By Seth Proctor

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

Speaker Bio:Seth has 15+ years of experience in the research, design and implementation of scalable systems. That experience includes work on distributed computing, networks, security, languages, operating systems and databases. His particular focus is on how to make technology scale and how to make users scale effectively with their systems. [continued]

The Enterprise and the Hybrid Future
By Simone Brunozzi

Enterprises require the performance, agility and on-demand access of the public cloud, and the management, security and compatibility of the private cloud. The solution? In this session, we'll explore how to unlock the power of the hybrid cloud and the steps to get there. We'll discuss the challenges that conventional approaches to both public and private cloud computing; and outline the tough decisions that must be made to accelerate the journey to the hybrid cloud. As part of the transition, an infrastructure-as-a-service model will enable enterprise IT to build services beyond their data center while owning what gets moved, when to move it, and for how long. IT can then move forward on what matters most to the organization that it supports - availability, agility and efficiency. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Simone Brunozzi serves as a VP and CTO (global role) for VMware, focusing on cloud technology (vCloud Hybrid Services). His role includes relationships with key clients, strategy and roadmap, driving innovation inside the company, and managing a team of solutions engineers to drive adoption of VMware's Cloud products. [continued]

Tiered Archive Appliance – The Gateway to Heaven
By Henrik Rosendahl

More and more file-based and machine generated data is being created every day causing exponential data and content growth, and creating a management nightmare for IT managers. What data centers really need to cope with this growth is a purpose built tiered archive appliance that enables users to establish a single storage target for all of their applications – an appliance that will intelligently place and move data to and between storage tiers based on user-defined policies. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Henrik was the CEO of Pancetera prior to its acquisition by Quantum. Previously, Henrik was VMware's Director of Application Virtualization, resulting from VMware's acquisition of Thinstall where he served as CEO. Henrik is a successful serial entrepreneur with extensive business development and sales experience. [continued]

Using Big Data to Make Key Business Decisions
By Ian Khan, Zel Bianco, and Ermanno Bonifazi

Working with Big Data is challenging, especially when decision makers depend on market insights and intelligence from your data but do not have quick access to it or find it unusable. Learn how a revolutionary Cloud based BI along with Mobile Analytics is already changing the way organizations rely on data for decisions that affect operations as well as strategy. Also learn how combined Predictive Analytics, Data Modelling, Mobile, and Cloud BI are fast changing the key decision making mechanisms in the Enterprise. [continued]

Speaker Bio: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.

As the president, founder and CEO of Interactive Edge, Zel is responsible for setting the company's strategic vision and developing business alliances.

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. [continued]

Encryption and Access Control for Cloud and Big Data Environments
By Charles Goldberg

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

Speaker Bio: Charles Goldberg is the Sr. Dir of Product Marketing at Vormetric. For the past 20 years, he has held a variety of roles across Research, Sales Engineering, Product Management and Marketing in the networking and security industry. His current interests include securing data at rest because it has become easy prey for hackers and an area ripe for innovation. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from NYU-Polytechnic and his MS in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. [continued]

Implications of Moore's Law on Hadoop Deployments: The Cost of Slow Time to Production
By Mason Katz

Hardware will never be more valuable than on the day it hits your loading dock. Each day new servers are not deployed to production the business is losing money. While Moore's Law is typically cited to explain the exponential density growth of chips, a critical consequence of this is rapid depreciation of servers. The hardware for clustered systems (e.g. Hadoop, OpenStack) tend to be significant capital expenses. Infrastructure teams should be aware of the capitalization and depreciation model of these expenses to fully understand when and where automation is critical. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Mason Katz is the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of StackIQ. Prior to joining StackIQ, he co-founded the open source Rocks Clusters Group at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) located on the campus of the University of California at San Diego (UCSD). Mason has 20 years of experience in distributed and networked systems. [continued]

Inspire Your Users With Every Application Transaction
By Anand Akela

In today's application economy, enterprise organizations realize that it's their applications that are the heart and soul of their business. If their application users have a bad experience, their revenue and reputation are at stake. In this session, Anand Akela, Senior Director, discusses how an user-centric Application Performance Management Solution APM solution can help inspire your users with every application transactions. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Anand Akela is Senior Director of Product Marketing for Application Performance Management at CA Technologies. Prior to his current role at CA, Anand was a Senior Director, Product Marketing at Oracle, focusing on Oracle's enterprise cloud, virtualization, and infrastructure management offerings. Earlier he worked at HP in various product marketing, product management, and engineering roles in the systems management, servers, data center energy efficiency, and enterprise software areas. [continued]

The Pain Curve – Lack of Automation Leads to Failure
By Greg Bruno

Due of the rise of Hadoop, many enterprises are now deploying their first small clusters of 10 to 20 servers. At this small scale, the complexity of operating the cluster looks and feels like general data center servers. It is not until the clusters scale, as they inevitably do, when the pain caused by the exponential complexity becomes apparent. I've seen this problem occur time and time again. This talk describes why clusters are so different from farms of single-purpose servers that reside in traditional data centers, and why without an automated solution that can address the cluster requirements, real pain is coming and failure is certain. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Greg Bruno is the Vice President of Engineering and co-founder of StackIQ. Prior to joining StackIQ, he co-founded the open-source Rocks Cluster Group at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC). He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCSD where he researched parallel file systems. Prior to the Rocks Cluster Group, he worked for 10 years at Teradata Systems where he developed cluster management software for the systems that supported the world's largest databases. [continued]

IaaS Thinking for Cloud Apps
By Phil Jackson

Planning scalable environments isn't terribly difficult, but it does require a change of perspective. During this session we'll broaden our views to think on an Internet Scale by dissecting a video publishing application built with The SoftLayer Platform, Message Queuing, Object Storage, and Drupal. By examining a scalable modular application build that can handle unpredictable traffic, you'll be able to grow your development arsenal and pick up a few strategies to apply to your own projects. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Phil Jackson is Development Community Advocate for SoftLayer. He helps customers and partners integrate with the SoftLayer's API. He also architects the company's Drupal websites, writes API documentation, and maintains the developer blog. Formerly, he was a Sales Engineer building internal tools and providing technical consultation for potential and existing customers. [continued]

High Performance, Scalable Big Data Solutions in a Bare Metal Cloud
By Harold Hannon

The cloud provides an easy onramp to building and deploying Big Data solutions. Transitioning from initial deployment to large-scale, highly performant operations may not be as easy. Understanding the benefits, weaknesses, and performance characteristics of public and bare metal cloud deployments can help you make the right decisions. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Mr. Hannon has worked in the field of software development as both an architect and developer for more than 15 years, with a focus on workflow, integration and distributed systems. He is currently a senior software architect at SoftLayer on the product innovation team. He has a passion for leveraging open source solutions to bring real value to the Enterprise space, and has implemented open source solutions with many companies across the globe. Mr. Hannon is also active in mobile application development, with multiple published applications. [continued]

Enabling the Consumption Cloud
By Ian Khan & Ermanno Bonifazi

A Key Step in the Third Industrial Revolution Presented by Ian Khan/Ermanno Bonifazi The consumption economy is here and so are Cloud applications and solution that offer more than Subscription & Flat free models, and at the same time are available on a pure consumption model. [continued]

Speaker Bio: 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. [continued]

Are you ready to put your data in the cloud?
By Skyla Loomis

Come learn about what you need to consider when moving your data to the cloud. We'll discuss the security, performance, and operational implications of keeping your data on premise, moving it to the cloud, or taking a hybrid approach. We'll use real customer examples to illustrate the tradeoffs, key decision points, and how to be successful with a cloud or hybrid cloud solution. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Skyla Loomis is Program Director of Cloudant Development. She has been with IBM 12 years and recently joined the Cloudant team full time after working closely with them since the acquisition in February. [continued]

Charting the Cloud Orchestration Success
By Mahesh Singh

The emergence of cloud computing and big data warrants a greater role for the PMO to successfully manage enterprise transformation driven by these powerful trends. As the adoption of cloud-based services continues to grow, a governance model is needed to orchestrate enterprise cloud implementations and harness the power of big data analytics. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Mahesh Singh has over 20 years of professional experience delivering information technology and business solutions to global organizations encompassing diverse technology platforms, cloud computing, web applications, and E-commerce / ERP implementations. [continued]

Ground Control to Major Tom: Mission-Critical Apps (MCA) Head for the Cloud
By Michael Hoch

If cloud computing benefits are so clear, why have so few enterprises migrated their mission-critical apps? The answer is often inertia and FUD. No one ever got fired for not moving to the cloud – not yet. Learn the 6 key steps to justify & execute your MCA cloud migration. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Michael is the SVP of Cloud Advisory Service for Virtustream, with a focus on SAP in the cloud, SAP HANA as a Managed Service, and the new initiatives for Big Data in the cloud. Michael has responsibility for the go-to-market partnership with SAP, and he provides strategic account management for large enterprises and regulated industries, to help them optimize their cloud architectures, introduce SAP HANA into existing landscapes, and implement scalable, cost-effective Big Data solutions. [continued]

Creating a Cloud Storage Strategy to Handle Your Massive Volumes of Data
By Amar Kapadia

Is your organization struggling to deal with skyrocketing volumes of digital assets? The amount of data is growing exponentially and organizations are having a hard time managing this growth. Join industry expert, Amar Kapadia, as he walks through the essential considerations when developing a cloud storage strategy. In this discussion, you will understand the challenges IT is facing, why companies need to move to cloud, and how the right cloud model can help your business economically overcome the data struggle. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Speaker Bio: Amar Kapadia is the Senior Director of Open Cloud Strategy responsible for product management and marketing of Seagate Cloud Services. He has over 20 years of experience in storage, server, and I/O technologies through marketing and engineering leadership positions at Emulex, Philips, and HP. Amar holds a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. [continued]

Challenges for Managing Recurring Revenue
By Brendan O'Brien

Recurring revenue models are great for driving new business in every market sector, but they are complex and need to be effectively managed to maximize profits. How you handle the range of options for pricing, co-terming and proration will ultimately determine the fate of your bottom-line. This session will examine: - How time impacts recurring revenue - How to effectively handle customer plan changes - The range of pricing and packaging options to consider. [continued]

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

Building High IOPS Flash Array with Innodisk FlexiRemap™ Technology
By Dr. Charles Tsai

With the rapid advancement of processor technologies, disk access has been identified as the next performance bottleneck in many cloud computing applications. In recent years, storage appliances based on flash memory technologies have been deemed as practical solutions to resolving such performance bottleneck. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Charles Tsai is Senior Director of Cloud Storage Technology Center in Innodisk Corporation, in charge of Innodisk FlexiArray™ storage appliance product line. Dr. Tsai is a veteran in the information technology industry for over 15 years and has played multiple roles in corporations including Microsoft, Getac, and AscenVision. [continued]

Is it really all going into the cloud?
By Geoff Barrall

Storage administrators find themselves walking a line between meeting employees demands to use public cloud storage services, and their organizations need to store information on-premises for security, performance, cost and compliance reasons. However, as file sharing protocols like CIFS and NFS continue to loose their relevance, simply relying only a NAS-based environment creates inefficiencies that hurt productivity and the bottom line. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Geoff Barrall, Chief Executive Officer of Connected Data, has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, investor, and executive, and has a dozen storage-related patents to his credit. He has founded five companies and currently serves on the boards of a number of startups in the storage space. Prior to Connected Data, Geoff founded Data Robotics – the makers of Drobo. [continued]

The Industrial Internet and the Cloud: Challenges in the Road Ahead
By Dave Duggal

The Industrial Internet revolution is now underway, enabled by connected machines and billions of devices that communicate and collaborate. The massive amounts of Big Data requiring real-time analysis is flooding legacy IT systems and giving way to Cloud environments that can handle the unpredictable workloads. Yet many barriers remain until we can fully realize the opportunities and benefits from the convergence of machines & devices with Big Data and the Cloud, including interoperability, data security and privacy. This session will focus on public-private work being done today to identify the IoT standards, architecture, frameworks and security needed to enable and accelerate the $32 trillion opportunity ahead. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Dave founded EnterpriseWeb LLC (www.enterpriseweb.com) in 2009. EnterpriseWeb® is an application platform for dynamic, data-driven applications and processes. Dave is a proven business leader who has made a career of building, growing and turning around companies and is a proponent of next generation 'smart' business processes. [continued]

The Spatial Component of your Big Data
By John Meza

This session will show how the spatial component of your BigData can be harnessed and visualized adding another dimension of power and analytics to your data. We will discuss the spatial queries that can be used within the Hadoop ecosystem and their integration with GeoSpatial applications. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Performance Engineering Team Lead at Esri. Team is responsible for performance, scalability testing, optimization, exploration and advocacy across all technologies. I'm personally involved in testing, optimization, and developing reference workflows for virtualization and BigData platforms. [continued]

Creating a Faster, More Secure Cloud
By James Segil

Websites are evolving faster than ever, and with them, the demand for instant site performance on any and every device is rising. With security threats in the spotlight, websites must provide their visitors with lightening fast results and industry-leading protection. Working in the cloud should make meeting these demands easier, not more complicated. Learn how to increase site reliability, revenue, scale and reach, without adding additional costs. [continued]

Speaker Bio: James is a proven web entrepreneur, having led and sold three successful startups. Most recently, James was the co-founder of EdgeCast Networks, one of the world's leading content delivery networks. EdgeCast was acquired by Verizon Digital Media Services in Dec. 2013. [continued]

Designing and Managing Multiple Private Clouds in Minutes
By Kedar Poduri & Jeff Tegethoff

In their session at Cloud Expo, Jeff Tegethoff, CEO of Appcore, and Kedar Poduri, Director of Product Management, Cloud Platform Group, Citrix will take a closer look at the architectural design factors needed to support diverse workloads and how to run these workloads efficiently as a service provider. During this session they will discuss the benefits of using an enterprise-grade orchestration platform and how to deploy a private cloud environments in 15 minutes or less. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Kedar Poduri is senior director of product management in Networking, Cloud and Service Provider division at Citrix, where he manages Citrix XenServer, Citrix CloudPlatform and Citrix CloudPortal products, as well as Citrix contributions to Xen Project, Apache CloudStack and OpenStack.

Jeff Tegethoff is the CEO of Appcore and a member of the company's Board of Directors. Jeff leads Appcore in maintaining a singular focus of becoming the software based cloud automation management platform of choice for service providers. [continued]

What APM and NMP Miss in Managing Cloud Performance
By Jim Cowie

To manage complex web services with lots of calls to the cloud, many businesses have invested in Application Performance Management (APM) and Network Performance Management (NPM) tools. Together APM and NPM tools are essential aids in improving a businesses infrastructure required to support an effective web experience… but they are missing a critical component - Internet visibility. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Jim Cowie is the Chief Scientist at Dyn. Previously, Jim was the founder and CTO of Renesys, the Internet Intelligence Authority, which Dyn acquired in 2014. [continued]

IoT Connectivity, Standards & Architecture
By John Fallows

We certainly live in interesting technological times. And no more interesting than the current competing IoT standards for connectivity. Various standards bodies, approaches, and ecosystems are vying for mindshare and positioning for a competitive edge. It is clear that when the dust settles, we will have new protocols, evolved protocols, that will change the way we interact with devices and infrastructure. We will also have evolved web protocols, like HTTP/2, that will be changing the very core of our infrastructures. At the same time, we have old approaches made new again like micro-services and reactive programming. In this session, we will try to make some sense of this changing landscape and explore the various tradeoffs designers face today. [continued]

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

Cloud Computing Playbook for a Business Driven Approach
By Joe Thykattil

A Scenarios approach will present examples that will allow business savvy professionals to make informed decisions based on a sound business model. This model will cover the technology options in detail as well a financial analysis. A TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) as well as an ROI (Return on Investment) will show how to start, develop and formulate a business case that will allow for both small and large scale projects achieve the goal of deciding to proceed with Cloud Computing options. A risk based analysis will also be covered with examples showing how one an ascertain risk metrics balanced with technology options driven to a sound financial backing. Examples will include leveraging virtualization, Cloud IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service). [continued]

Speaker Bio: Joe Thykattil drives cloud technology adoption, architecture and sales at TimeWarnerCable/Navisite. Formerly an Infrastructure Manager at Exelon, a Chicago based energy provider. In addition, Joe has held various architecture & engineering roles at Citadel, DRW Trading, and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME). Joe also teaches Economics at the ITT School of Business. Joe has earned his BS Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois and his MBA from the University of Chicago. [continued]

The Future of Security in the Cloud
By James Lynn

Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) are increasing at an unprecedented rate. The threat landscape of today is drastically different than just a few years ago. Attacks are much more organized and sophisticated. They are harder to detect and even harder to anticipate. In the foreseeable future it's going to get a whole lot harder. [continued]

Speaker Bio: James Lynn is a Managing Principal for HP Fortify on Demand. Over the past twenty years he has managed software development initiatives for the world's top companies. He has created courses, delivered presentations, and written papers on leading edge topics ranging from web services algorithms to consciousness in machines. [continued]

Moving Enterprise Storage Infrastructures to the Cloud
By Dan Pollack

Experiences and considerations for bridging the gap between traditional enterprise storage infrastructures and the private, hybrid, and public cloud. An examination of workload differences and required changes to reuse existing knowledge and components when building and using cloud infrastructure. A look into the operational considerations, tool requirements, and behavioral changes required for private cloud storage systems to work well with public cloud storage. Experiences dealing with performance and availability issues in cloud storage versus traditional storage systems. The presentation of an implementation checklist for building cloud storage systems for both block IO and file IO. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Dan Pollack was introduced to UNIX in 1988 and has been a System Administrator since 1990. He has worked in the financial, government and online service industries. For the past twelve years he has designed and implemented numerous storage systems for large scale database applications. Most of these systems have been based on SANs. In 2001 he authored a book based on the knowledge gathered from this work called "Practical Storage Area Networking." Recently his focus has been on scalable storage systems for applications and leading edge storage technologies related to storage class memories. He currently resides at AOL Inc. in Northern Virginia where he is a Chief Architect for the Storage Operations group. [continued]

Encryption and Access Control for Cloud and Big Data Environments
By Ashvin Kamaraju

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

Speaker Bio: Ashvin Kamaraju joined Vormetric in 2010 to lead the product development organization as well as the partner management, strategic alliances and business development functions for technology strategy and product development. [continued]

Software-Defined Security: Automating Policy in the Cloud
By Holland Berry

Compute virtualization has been transformational, yet security policy implementation and enforcement has lagged behind in agility and automation. There are a number of key considerations when implementing policy in private and hybrid clouds; the goal of this session is to discuss the impact of this new paradigm and what organizations can do today to safely move to software-defined network and compute architectures, including: [continued]

Speaker Bio: Holland Barry is the Vice President of Technology at Catbird. Holland is an expert in networking, security, virtualization and cloud architecture with 20 years of experience in solution architecture and IT roles. He came to Catbird from Dell, where he was a converged infrastructure technologist within their Enterprise Solutions Organization. Holland now leads Catbird's team of solution architects and works closely with engineering to implement customer-centric product enhancements. [continued]

Making Interactive Video Streams Truly Instant
By Tom Paquin

When one expects instantaneous response from video generated on the internet, lots of invisible problems have to be overcome. [continued]

Speaker Bio: A Silicon Valley veteran, Tom Paquin provides vision, expertise and leadership to the technology research and development effort at OnLive as EVP and Chief Technology Officer. With more than 20 years of management experience at leading technology companies, Tom has a successful track record of turning new ideas into technology products that become household names. [continued]

Software Defined Data Center
By Jason Mendenhall

Product or Project Simply defined the SDDC promises that you'll be able to treat "all" of your IT infrastructure as if it's completely malleable. That there are no restrictions to how you can use and assign everything from border controls to VM size as long as you stay within the technical capabilities of the devices. The promise is great, but the reality is still a dream for the majority of enterprises. This talk will cover where and how a business might benefit from SDDC and also why they should or shouldn't attempt to adopt today. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Jason Mendenhall holds a BS in Chemical and Fuels Engineering from the University of Utah. As the Executive Vice President of Cloud, Jason is the master of big data technologies and all things cloud. He oversees Switch SUPERNAP C.U.B.E (Cloud Ubiquitous Business Exchange) and serves as the introducer and chief evangelist of new products and services in the Switch ecosystem. [continued]

Thinking in Big Data
By Tony Shan

This talk presents an effective way of thinking in Big Data, composed of a methodical framework to deal with the predicted shortage of 50-60% of qualified Big Data resources in US. This holistic model comprises the scientific and engineering steps in accelerating Big Data solutioning: Problem, Diagnosis, Facts, Analysis, Hypothesis, Solution, Prototype, and Implementation. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Tony Shan is a renowned thought leader and technology visionary with decades of project experience and guru-level expertise on big data and SMAC, leading large-scale innovations and transformation of complex systems in Fortune 500 companies. He authored many publications and books, and is a regular speaker and organizer in conferences. [continued]

Data Privacy Perspectives: United States versus Europe and Reality versus Illusion
By Evelyn de Souza

It's time to face reality: "Americans are from Mars, Europeans are from Venus," and in today's increasingly connected world understanding "inter-planetary" alignments and deviations is mission-critical for Cloud, My discussion will center on cultural expectations of privacy based on new research across these elements: [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]

Growth Spurts & the Cloud: Key Considerations for Rapidly Growing Companies
By Tristan Barnum

Most companies hope for rapid growth so it's important to invest in scalable core technologies that won't demand a complete overhaul when a business goes through a growth spurt. Cloud technology enables previously difficult to scale solutions like phone, network infrastructure or billing systems to automatically scale based on demand. For example, with a virtual PBX service, a single-user cloud phone service can easily transition into an advanced VoIP system that supports hundreds of phones and numerous office locations. This session will discuss how companies can avoid IT growing pains with specific examples, cost-saving considerations, and common misconceptions. [continued]

Speaker Bio: As a female CMO in her mid-30s, Tristan is a unique role model for any woman in business, and her experience in technology is a source of inspiration, particularly for those considering technology or marketing for their career. [continued]

The Convergence of Software Defined Storage and Physical Appliances for Hybrid Cloud
By Paul Turner

Software Defined Storage provides many benefits for customers including agility, flexibility, faster adoption of new technology and cost effectiveness. However, for IT organizations it can be challenging and complex to build your Enterprise Grade Storage from software. This session will look at the new Original Design Manufacturer (ODM) market and how it is changing the storage world. Now Software Defined Storage companies can build Enterprise grade rack-ready appliances using commodity servers and still provide all the benefits of Software Defined Storage. You too can have Enterprise Grade at 1C per GB per month. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Paul Turner is chief marketing officer 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. [continued]

Private, Public or Hybrid Cloud Computing Solutions - 8 Factors to Consider Before Choosing
By Mike Calderon

Which cloud computing solution is right for you and your company? Mike will walk through a variety of factors, including: [continued]

Speaker Bio: As a systems architect with over thirty years of experience, Mike regularly helps clients build out their private clouds, implement unified computing solutions, and execute sophisticated orchestration strategies. His extensive knowledge spans several areas of IT and includes cloud computing, server platforms, networking infrastructure, storage, security, orchestration, and virtualization technologies. [continued]

Why It's Time for a Connector-Less Approach to Cloud Integration
By Sachin Agarwal

The basic integration architecture, as defined by ESB's hasn't changed for more than a decade. Most cloud integration providers still rely on an ESB architecture and proprietary connectors, making your enterprise integration projects restrained by the availability and reliability of proprietary connectors that are not re-usable across other integration vendors. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Sachin Agarwal is Vice President of Product Marketing and Strategy at SOA Software. He possesses more than 17 years of enterprise and startup experience focussing on using disruptive technologies to drive business growth. His expertise spans from infrastructure technologies like security and middleware to business centric applications like social, digital marketing, and analytics. At SOA Software he drives product marketing, strategy and customer adoption for API Management solutions. Prior to SOA Software, he held senior management roles in Product Management and Development at Oracle, Oblix and Infosys. [continued]

Tiered Archive Appliance – The Gateway to Heaven
By Janae Lee

More and more file-based and machine generated data is being created every day causing exponential data and content growth, and creating a management nightmare for IT managers. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Janae Lee is the Senior Vice President of Strategy at Quantum. Janae has over 30 years in the data storage industry, including 17 years at IBM, where she led a variety of enterprise sales, marketing and product organizations. [continued]

Future-Proof your Big Data Investments
By Supreet Oberoi

As enterprises engage with Big Data technologies to develop applications needed to meet operational demands, new computation fabrics are continually being introduced. To leverage these new innovations, organizations are sacrificing market opportunities to gain expertise in learning new systems. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Supreet Oberoi is a hands-on, entrepreneurial, technology leader with over two decades of experience in successfully developing transformative information technologies, and working in leadership roles at Concurrent Inc., American Express, Oracle, Microsoft and many privately-held Silicon Valley companies. [continued]

Enterprise Cloud Migration – Moving to the cloud
By John Hatem

Once the decision has been made to move part or all of a workload to the cloud, a methodology for selecting that workload needs to be established. How do you move to the cloud? What does the discovery, assessment and planning look like? What workloads make sense? Which cloud model makes sense for each workload? What is the considerations for how to select the right cloud model? And how does that fit in with the overall IT Tranformation? [continued]

Speaker Bio: Dr. Hatem is currently head of Verizon's Cloud Strategy Professional Services group, developing cloud policies and approach for mid to high end clients. [continued]

Can Desktop & Cloud Ever Be Friends?
By Lance Galey

Autodesk is going through one of the most dramatic transitions in its 30+ year history. After decades in desktop software, the company is adopting a cloud-based business strategy --- and this transition isn't painless. However, with the rising adoption of various operating systems, devices and applications both by Autodesk customers and employees, the change must happen now, growing pains and all. This talk will share insights on possible paths forward for an enterprise moving from desktop to cloud, including how to discuss the technical imperative of a cloud architecture with senior leadership teams. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Technical leader focused on designing, building, and operating large scale infrastructure. Broad background from operations to software development, architecture and product design. [continued]

How Software-Defined Data Center Technology is Changing Cloud Computing
By David Cauthron

Amazon and Google have built software-defined data centers (SDDCs) that deliver massively scalable services with great efficiency. Yet, building SDDCs has proven to be a near impossibility for companies without hyper-scale resources. In this case study, we will highlight how a mid-sized manufacturer of global industrial equipment bridged the gap from virtualization to software-defined services, streamlining operations and costs while connecting the infrastructure between its corporate data center and remote partner sites. We'll also discuss performance expectations and detail implementation scenarios. [continued]

Speaker Bio: David Cauthron is responsible for product direction and delivery at NIMBOXX. He is a seasoned technologist with recognized expertise in information technology, telecommunications and datacenter integration. Prior to founding NIMBOXX, he was CTO at Galactic Computing Corporation where he was responsible for the technical and architectural vision of the supercomputer manufacturer. [continued]

The Story Behind Big Decisions
By Jean-Francois Barsoum & Penelope Everall Gordon

Are your Big Data initiatives resulting in Big Impact or Big Mess? We'll share our successes in improving Big Decision outcomes by building stories compelling to the target audience – and our failures when we lost sight of the plotline, distracted by the glitter of technology and the lure of buried insights. Our cast of characters includes the agency head [city official? elected official??] perpetually waiting for the report from the latest exploratory committee and the division executive relying on gut instinct; and our epilogue offers guidelines that you can use to more effectively influence decisions and improve strategic decision outcomes. [continued]

Speaker Bios: Jean-Francois Barsoum has provided strategy advice to diverse clients, from telecoms to municipalities. He helped develop IBM's Smarter Cities concept and has been a keynote speaker on that topic on four continents. He is on the board of directors of several organizations, including Al Gore's Climate Reality Project.

Penelope; Most recently: Led the expansion of the channel and service packaging strategies for Verizon's cloud network products. Previously: IBM Strategist and Product Manager bringing emerging technologies such as predictive analytics to market; helped to develop one of the world's first public clouds. [continued]

Get Your Clouds off the Ground
By Brian Lewis

Cloud services are the newest tool in the arsenal of IT products in the market today. These cloud services integrate process and tools. In order to use these products effectively, organizations must have a good understanding of themselves and their business requirements. This presentation will outline key areas of organizational focus, and how to formalize an actionable plan when migrating applications and internal services to the cloud. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Brian Lewis has been in the managed hosting and IT services industry for over 13 years, and has been with Verizon Terremark for over five. He has supported hundreds of clients with IT service migrations and transformations to new service delivery platforms. In the past he has worked for Inflow, AT&T, and SunGuard Availability Services. He has assisted clients in releasing new highly available production infrastructures for mission critical applications, assisted with cloud deployments for large enterprise organizations. Assisting clients in determining DR strategies and implemented solutions from hot site recovery to fully replicated solutions. Brian has a BBA from the University of New Mexico, and is ITIL certified. [continued]

Wholesale Superstructure: Evolving Cloud via Tech Innovation
By Shend Yeo

Information Technology (IT) service providers have historically struggled between the huge capital expenditure and long development cycles of building their own cloud versus the thin margins and limited flexibility of using public retailers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS). [continued]

Speaker Bio: Sheng Yeo, OrionVM Co-Founder and CEO -- Sheng Yeo, OrionVM CEO, co-founded OrionVM while attending the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. From their dorm room his team hatched an idea to build an IaaS company using a completely new technology blueprint. [continued]

Wholesale Superstructure: Evolving Cloud via Tech Innovation
By Ikuo Nakagawa & Shinichi "Shin" Shibata

Nowadays, a large number of sensors and devices are connected to the network. Leading-edge IoT technologies integrate various types of sensor data to create a new value for several business decision scenarios. The transparent cloud is a model of a new IoT emergence service platform. Many service providers store and access various types of sensor data in order to create and find out new business values by integrating such data. [continued]

Speaker Bios: Ikuo is a co-founder and a board member of Transparent Cloud Computing Consortium. He is also the Executive Chief Engineer and the chief architect of the cloud computing platform software at Intec Inc. He has launched and been contributing to some open projects for IoT business.

Shinichi is a board member of Transparent Cloud Computing Consortium and also a project leader of "Smart Home" project in the Consortium. He is belonging to Ubiquitous Corporation as Executive Manager and Chief Cloud System Architect in Research & Development Division. At Ubiquitous Corp., He focuses on Cloud-based IoT (Internet of Things) project. [continued]

Industrial Internet as a Service
By Shyam Varan Nath & Ibrahim Gokcen

This session will focus on Internet of Things / Industrial Internet and how to make it operational for business end-users. Learn about the challenges posed by machine and sensor data and how to marry it with enterprise data. The session will showcase the tips and tricks to provide Industrial Internet as end-user consumable service using Big Data Analytics and Industrial Cloud. [continued]

Speaker Bios: Shyam is Principal Architect with GE. He has worked in similar role in IBM, Deloitte, Oracle and Haliburton, prior to GE. Shyam's focus is on Internet of Things and Industrial Internet and operationalizing it for business end-users via Cloud Computing.

Ibrahim Gokcen leads product management for GE's Internet of Things analytics. Prior to this role, he served as the company's Chief Information Officer for Middle East, North Africa & Turkey, where he was responsible of the information technology strategy, operations and talent across more than 20 countries. [continued]

Rapid Cloud & Mobile App Development. No Code, Process Centric, Easy IoT Integration
By Jesse Shiah

Today's enterprise is being driven by disruptive competitive and human capital requirements to provide enterprise application access through not only desktops, but also mobile devices. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Jesse Shiah has over 20 years of combined technical and business experience in the software industry with emphasis in delivering innovative, business enablement solutions to leading enterprises. [continued]

Real-Time Big Data: An Agile Approach
By Cory Isaacson

You use an agile process; your goal is to make your organization more agile. But, what about your data infrastructure? [continued]

Speaker Bio: Cory Isaacson is CEO/CTO of CodeFutures Corporation, maker of AgilData, a Big Data platform designed to remove the complexity and limitations of current data management approaches. [continued]

Making Decisions on Streaming Data
By Ion Stoica

Amazon, Google and Facebook are household names in part because of their mastery of big data. But what about organizations without billions of dollars to spend on big data tools — how can they extract value from their data? Join Databricks CEO and co-founder Ion Stoica for a discussion surrounding how the zero management cost and scalability of the cloud is addressing the challenges and pain points that data engineers face when working with big data. Ion will share how the growing demand for cloud-based big data workloads and frameworks is shaping the future of big data analysis. [continued]

Speaker Bio:Ion Stoica is co-founder and CEO of Databricks, a company working to revolutionize big data analysis through the Apache Spark platform. He also serves as a professor of computer science at the University of California, Berkeley. Ion previously co-founded Conviva to commercialize technologies for large-scale video distribution. [continued]

From Idea to Production in a Day - The Cloud Foundry Story
By Dekel Tankel

Cloud Foundry open Platform as a Service makes it easy to operate, scale and deploy application for your dedicated cloud environments. It enables developers and operators to be significantly more agile, writing great applications and deliver them in days instead of months. Cloud Foundry takes care of the all the infrastructure and network plumbing that you need to build, run and operate your applications and can do this while patching and updating systems and services without any downtime. This session will provide an overview of Cloud Foundry concepts and vast partner ecosystem. We will introduce Pivotal CF - the leading commercial distribution of Cloud Foundry for enterprise private clouds, including a live demo and customer adoption stories. [continued]

Speaker Bio:Dekel Tankel is a product executive at Pivotal Software Inc. Dekel is a proud member of the Cloud Foundry founding team. Currently, Dekel leads Customer Engagements at Pivotal Cloud Foundry Product group, focusing on enterprise customer adoption of Pivotal CF including working with Pivotal's ecosystem partners. Dekel has led the product marketing launch of Cloud Foundry and has more than a decade of experience in the Cloud Computing, PaaS, SaaS, Application Server and middleware markets. Previously Dekel led products for Cloud and Hadoop platforms at Yahoo! and served in leading technical roles at several Cloud Computing and middleware companies. Dekel holds an MBA & Computer Science degrees [continued]


SDDC Breaking News
For years, we’ve relied too heavily on individual network functions or simplistic cloud controllers. However, they are no longer enough for today’s modern cloud data center. Businesses need a comprehensive platform architecture in order to deliver a complete networking suite for IoT environment based on OpenStack. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Dhiraj Sehgal from PLUMgrid will discuss what a holistic networking solution should really entail, and how to build a complete platform that is scalable, secure, agile and automated.
For better or worse, DevOps has gone mainstream. All doubt was removed when IBM and HP threw up their respective DevOps microsites. Where are we on the hype cycle? It's hard to say for sure but there's a feeling we're heading for the "Peak of Inflated Expectations." What does this mean for the enterprise? Should they avoid DevOps? Definitely not. Should they be cautious though? Absolutely. The truth is that DevOps and the enterprise are at best strange bedfellows. The movement has its roots in the tech community's elite. Open source projects and methodologies driven by the alumni of companies like Netflix, Google and Amazon. This is a great thing for the evolution of DevOps. It can be alienating for Enterprise IT though. Learning about Netflix and their simian armies, or Facebook and their mind-melting scale is fascinating. Can you take it back to the office on Monday morning though?
Software Defined Storage provides many benefits for customers including agility, flexibility, faster adoption of new technology and cost effectiveness. However, for IT organizations it can be challenging and complex to build your Enterprise Grade Storage from software. In his session at Cloud Expo, Paul Turner, CMO at Cloudian, looked at the new Original Design Manufacturer (ODM) market and how it is changing the storage world. Now Software Defined Storage companies can build Enterprise grade rack-ready appliances using commodity servers and still provide all the benefits of Software Defined Storage. You too can have Enterprise Grade at 1C per GB per month.
Fundamentally, SDN is still mostly about network plumbing. While plumbing may be useful to tinker with, what you can do with your plumbing is far more intriguing. A rigid interpretation of SDN confines it to Layers 2 and 3, and that's reasonable. But SDN opens opportunities for novel constructions in Layers 4 to 7 that solve real operational problems in data centers. "Data center," in fact, might become anachronistic - data is everywhere, constantly on the move, seemingly always overflowing. Networks move data, but not all networks are suitable for all data.
There's Big Data, then there's really Big Data from the Internet of Things. IoT is evolving to include many data possibilities like new types of event, log and network data. The volumes are enormous, generating tens of billions of logs per day, which raise data challenges. Early IoT deployments are relying heavily on both the cloud and managed service providers to navigate these challenges. In her session at Big Data Expo®, Hannah Smalltree, Director at Treasure Data, discussed how IoT, Big Data and deployments are processing massive data volumes from wearables, utilities and other machines.
Information Technology (IT) service providers have historically struggled between the huge capital expenditure and long development cycles of building their own cloud versus the thin margins and limited flexibility of using public retailers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS). The emergence of wholesale cloud, and the technologies that make it possible, is revolutionizing how and by whom enterprise IT is delivered. Wholesale cloud is the game-changing third option between building your own (BYO) cloud and public Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), providing the advantages of each minus any of the drawbacks. We are entering a new realm of cloud computing as the next wave of technical innovations from emerging startups brings the dawn of Cloud 2.0, and with it, a new era of IT transformation and agility. The global market for cloud services is expected to grow from $131 billion in 2013 to $244 billion by 2017 (source: PwC), and wholesale cloud presents tremendous opportunities for a growin...
Software-driven innovation is becoming a primary approach to how businesses create and deliver new value to customers. A survey of 400 business and IT executives by the IBM Institute for Business Value showed businesses that are more effective at software delivery are also more profitable than their peers nearly 70 percent of the time (1). DevOps provides a way for businesses to remain competitive, applying lean and agile principles to software development to speed the delivery of software that meets new market requirements. IBM's new DevOps Innovation Services help address the challenge of scaling DevOps, enabling enterprises to transform their software delivery lifecycle. The hybrid cloud services combine IBM's industry expertise from hundreds of organizational change and application development projects with the industry's leading application development portfolio, including Bluemix, IBM's open cloud platform-as-a-service. They also apply the flexibility of IBM's enterprise-grade, ...
DevOps tends to focus on the relationship between Dev and Ops, putting an emphasis on the ops and application infrastructure. But that’s changing with microservices architectures. In her session at DevOps Summit, Lori MacVittie, Evangelist for F5 Networks, will focus on how microservices are changing the underlying architectures needed to scale, secure and deliver applications based on highly distributed (micro) services and why that means an expansion into “the network” for DevOps.
DevOps Summit 2015 New York, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that it is now accepting Keynote Proposals. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long development cycles that produce software that is obsolete at launch. DevOps may be disruptive, but it is essential.
In the consumer IoT, everything is new, and the IT world of bits and bytes holds sway. But industrial and commercial realms encompass operational technology (OT) that has been around for 25 or 50 years. This grittier, pre-IP, more hands-on world has much to gain from Industrial IoT (IIoT) applications and principles. But adding sensors and wireless connectivity won’t work in environments that demand unwavering reliability and performance. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ron Sege, CEO of Echelon, will discuss how as enterprise IT embraces other IoT-related technology trends, enterprises with industrial or commercial facets must also find ways for the disparate worlds of OT and IT to work together harmoniously.
DevOps is all about agility. However, you don't want to be on a high-speed bus to nowhere. The right DevOps approach controls velocity with a tight feedback loop that not only consists of operational data but also incorporates business context. With a business context in the decision making, the right business priorities are incorporated, which results in a higher value creation. In his session at DevOps Summit, Todd Rader, Solutions Architect at AppDynamics, discussed key monitoring techniques that facilitate higher value creation for your enterprise.
Can the spatial component of your Big Data be harnessed and visualized, adding another dimension of power and analytics to your data? In his session at Big Data Expo®, John Meza, Product Engineer and Performance Engineering Team Lead at Esri, discussed the spatial queries that can be used within the Hadoop ecosystem and their integration with GeoSpatial applications. The GIS Tools for Hadoop project was also discussed and its implementation to discover location-based patterns and relationships in Big Data to enable better decision support. This was followed by a demonstration of GIS Big Data on a live cluster with expressive web mapping visualization.
Agility is top of mind for Cloud/Service providers and Enterprises alike. Policy Driven Data Center provides a policy model for application deployment by decoupling application needs from the underlying infrastructure primitives. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, David Klebanov, a Technical Solutions Architect with Cisco Systems, discussed how it differentiates from the software-defined top-down control by offering a declarative approach to allow faster and simpler application deployment. David Klebanov is a Technical Solutions Architect with Cisco Systems. In his work David influences strategic development of the industry leading Data Center switching platforms, which lay foundation for the next generation cloud fabrics. David also takes great pride in speaking at industry events, releasing publications and working on patents.
How do APIs and IoT relate? The answer is not as simple as merely adding an API on top of a dumb device, but rather about understanding the architectural patterns for implementing an IoT fabric. There are typically two or three trends: Exposing the device to a management framework Exposing that management framework to a business centric logic Exposing that business layer and data to end users. This last trend is the IoT stack, which involves a new shift in the separation of what stuff happens, where data lives and where the interface lies. For instance, it's a mix of architectural styles between cloud, APIs and native hardware/software configurations.
Amazon and Google have built software-defined data centers (SDDCs) that deliver massively scalable services with great efficiency. Yet, building SDDCs has proven to be a near impossibility for companies without hyper-scale resources. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, David Cauthron, CTO and Founder of NIMBOXX, highlighted how a mid-sized manufacturer of global industrial equipment bridged the gap from virtualization to software-defined services, streamlining operations and costs while connecting the infrastructure between its corporate data center and remote partner sites. He also discussed performance expectations and detail implementation scenarios.
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