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Monday, May 12
 

11:15am

Are Enterprises Ready for the OpenStack Transformation?

OpenStack is not product, it’s a process. Building an OpenStack cloud should never be the beginning nor the end of a cloud project. This is so because:

  1. OpenStack is not a product that tries to solve any one business problem in particular, but a technology that aims to be usable by as many as possible
  2. Since the beginning of computing, projects which include a culture shift require the for the enterprise processes to evolve too, and this is often the hardest part of a cloud project
  3. OpenStack is a growing technology, as are the requirements of users, and if you do not plan to make your cloud continuously evolve, you are as good not doing an enterprise cloud project

Based on our experience delivering cloud project to enterprises, this presentation will give some key learnings on what are the required steps to make sure that your enterprise is ready for the OpenStack transformation.



Speakers
avatar for Nick (Nicolas) Barcet

Nick (Nicolas) Barcet

Director of Product Management - OpenStack, Red Hat
Nick is the Director of Product Management for OpenStack at Red Hat.  Nick joined Red Hat in June 2014, as part of the acquisition of eNovance, where he was VP of Products. Prior to that role, Nick was Ubuntu Server and Cloud Product manager at Canonical, where he participated... Read More →


Monday May 12, 2014 11:15am - 11:55am
Room B314
 
Wednesday, May 14
 

9:50am

Lessons Learned Migrating Fortune 500 Products to OpenStack
Over the last 5 years, of my 30-year career, I have worked extensively with US Fortune 500 companies on their journey to cloud. This talk introduces a Cloud Maturity Model based on my combined experiences with those companies and product teams.
Across all of these initiatives, there was a certain pattern emerging that could be defined as a “Cloud Maturity Model” and applied to real world products it would provide roadmap guidance in three dimensions: Cloud Friendly / Cloud Ready / Cloud Mature applications. Each dimension, or maturity level, describes common business activities, technology activities and operational activities to be considered on the way to a fully cloud mature product. Applying the model allows the product team to quickly move to using OpenStack based clouds, without having all the benefits of a modern, agile, multi-tenant elastic application on day one.
Audience: The content in this session is based on working with customers, sales, marketing, product managers, developers and operations teams in moving existing and new products to OpenStack based platforms such as HP’s public cloud.
Agenda:
- The Business Challenge – Moving products from legacy to cloud
- The Cloud Maturity model – Cloud friendly/ready/mature
- The Compliance model – Unified Control Framework and SSAE-16’s
- The DevOps model – The tale of two cows and one kitten
The presentation is user focused and intended to provide examples and practical guidance in addressing common challenges and solutions for those throughout the session

Speakers
avatar for Schalk Theron

Schalk Theron

Distinguished Technologist, Hewlett Packard
Leader | Entrepreneur | Technologist | Yes !


Wednesday May 14, 2014 9:50am - 10:30am
Room B206

11:00am

Panel Discussion: Building a Business Case for OpenStack

Ryan Floyd with Storm Ventures will moderate a Customer panel to discuss building a use case for OpenStack. Listen to their perspective on various different cloud deployments, understand the criteria used in defining what their cloud stack required and the TCO measurements employed. They will also discuss the roadblocks within their organizations they came across and how they moved beyond them.



Moderators
avatar for Ryan Floyd

Ryan Floyd

Managing Director, Storm Ventures
Ryan is a founding general partner of Storm Ventures. At Storm Ventures, Ryan focuses on enterprise IT and web opportunities. He has primarily invested in SaaS (Crowd Factory / Acquired by Marketo, BlackStratus), mobile (Appcelerator) and cloud/internet related investments (Hubpages... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Matt Haines

Matt Haines

VP, Cloud Engineering and Operations, Time Warner Cable
Matt leads the Cloud Engineering and Operations team at Time Warner Cable. Using several cloud orchestration and virtualization technologies including Openstack, Matt’s team is transforming traditional data centers into flexible and cost-effective Infrastructure-as-a-Service platforms... Read More →
avatar for Andy Salo

Andy Salo

VP Product, RGB Networks
Charged with driving cloud and software product strategy for RGB Networks’ IP Video Delivery products, Andy brings over 20 years experience with successful high-tech companies in product management, sales, and engineering. Andy has had an extensive career in high-tech, holding... Read More →
avatar for Douglas Soltesz

Douglas Soltesz

Vice President CIO, Budd Van Lines


Wednesday May 14, 2014 11:00am - 11:40am
Room B206

11:50am

Scaling Out OpenStack Clouds in the Enterprise
This Panel discussion will focus specifically on scale-out deployment of OpenStack in the enterprises. The Panel members will discuss their experience deploying and managing scale-out OpenStack data center environments. The panel will also discuss current operational challenges and where there are opportunities for OpenStack to improve.
Topics that will be discussed include:
- Discussion about software and hardware architectures
- Which applications are best suited for Cloud environments?
- Why scale out? What are the business and technology advantages?
- Challenges encountered on the SW and HW side and lessons learned and best practices for future deployments
- Specific opportunities for OpenStack to improve



Speakers
avatar for Jan Mark Holzer

Jan Mark Holzer

CTO Office, Red Hat
Before joining Red Hat I worked at DEC/Compaq/HP in their Tru64 UNIX engineering group,later moved into their architecture strategy group Joined Red Hat in 2004 to become a member of the CTO Office Focusing on customer engagments and engineering relationships Interested in large scale... Read More →
avatar for Kenneth Hui

Kenneth Hui

Technology Evangelist, Rackspace
Kenneth Hui is a Technology Evangelist with Rackspace. His passion is to help IT deliver value to their customers through collaboration, automation, and cloud computing. Ken blogs about cloud computing, OpenStack, and VMware at http://cloudarchitectmusings.com and at http://www.rackspace.com./blog/author/kenneth-hui... Read More →
avatar for Caroline McCrory

Caroline McCrory

VP of Business Development, Cloudsoft
Caroline is a tech industry veteran with over 20 years experience leading projects focused on strategy and business transformation for Fortune 500 companies using technologies such as cloud computing, converged infrastructures and modern software development methods. She has also... Read More →
avatar for Jesse Proudman

Jesse Proudman

CTO, Blue Box, an IBM Company, Blue Box
In 2003, technology entrepreneur Jesse Proudman parlayed his passion for the “plumbing” of the Internet into the creation of Blue Box Group, a Seattle-based private cloud hosting company. As Founder and CTO, Proudman has guided the company’s rapid growth and multiple successful... Read More →
avatar for Manju Ramanathpura

Manju Ramanathpura

CTO - Intelligent Platforms, Hitachi Data Systems
I am a member of Hitachi Data Systems’ Office of Technology & Planning team, working as a CTO for Intelligent Platforms. In my role, I work closely with strategic clients, research communities, open source communities and various Hitachi’s internal organizations to drive continuous... Read More →
avatar for Boris Renski

Boris Renski

Co-Founder and CMO at Mirantis, Mirantis


Wednesday May 14, 2014 11:50am - 12:30pm
Room B206

1:50pm

Best Organizational Practices for Cloud Adoption
As an organization adopts cloud, the traditional relationship between IT and developers is disrupted: IT loosens its control of infrastructure delivery, and developers are now in charge of provisioning, managing, and decommissioning resources.
But how does the organization evolve to make it acceptable for IT to relinquish one of its key responsibilities? IT and developers must rethink how they work together. In fact, they must transition from a relationship that’s built on control and oversight, to one that’s built on trust and accountability.

On this panel, experts who have driven cloud adoption at their companies or helped their customers do so will seek to answer the following questions:
  • Why is DevOps, the sometimes uncomfortable union of IT and Devs, critical to success with cloud?
  • What are the social challenges an organization should expect to face when adopting a DevOps culture? When adopting cloud?
  • What about IT’s other responsibilities, such as security and cost control? Does IT carry on with its mission, or does it alter it? How?

Speakers
avatar for Mariano Cunietti

Mariano Cunietti

CTO, Enter.it, Enter
Mariano is CTO at Enter.it, where he's busy deploying one of Europe’s first OpenStack-based public clouds: Enter Cloud Suite. Mariano has vast experience in systems and network administration, but he is also a skilled project manager who has been driving the creation of Enter’s... Read More →
avatar for Ian Rae

Ian Rae

CEO, CloudOps
Cloud computing, automation, multi-cloud orchestration, DevOps, telecommunications, shared services providers, genomics, predictive analytics, data privacy, security by design.
avatar for Sebastian Stadil

Sebastian Stadil

Founder, Scalr, Scalr
Sebastian Stadil has been a Cloud developer since 2004, starting with web services for e-commerce and then for computational resources. He founded the Silicon Valley Cloud Computing Group, a user group of over 8000 members that meets monthly to present the latest developments in the... Read More →
avatar for Ariel Tseitlin

Ariel Tseitlin

Venture Partner, ScaleVP
Ariel Tseitlin is a Venture Partner at Scale Venture Partners where he focuses on enterprise software investments in cloud, big data, security, and mobile. Ariel joined ScaleVP from Netflix, where he was Director of Cloud Solutions and responsible for creating and operating one of... Read More →
avatar for Mark Williams

Mark Williams

CTO, Redapt
Possessing a deep technical knowledge in the public and private cloud space, Mark is responsible for optimizing Redapt's private and hybrid cloud solutions as Chief Technology Officer. Mark continually balances the ecosystem of technology, products, services, and automation with customer... Read More →


Wednesday May 14, 2014 1:50pm - 2:30pm
Room B206

2:40pm

EvolutionStack at USDA - Building a Bazaar in the Cathedral
In the beginning…
The USDA National Information Technology Center traces its lineage back to 1957 with the mission of reducing IT costs by pooling resources of multiple USDA agencies.
Our existing virtual hosting environment wasn’t designed to be a Cloud. It was built in continuance of our traditional mission – share stuff to keep computing (hosting) costs down. On top of that, we built in everything that govt customers are required to do; layers of security, compliance, backups, DR, etc.
Then our customers started asking about this Cloud thing. They were seeing their private industry peers using fast, agile, and cheap hosting services to change their IT processes; they failed-fast, iterated quickly, and spent less to do it than they could even in their own relatively new virtualized hosting environments. Our customers wanted to use the same methodologies to accomplish their public sector missions.
Enter OpenStack!
HopeStack
  • Hallway convos around this new OpenStack thing, realization that this could be just what NITC needs to offer real cloud services. Zach believes!
  • Zach wagers his parking space for 5 minutes with NITC’s top guy to talk OpenStack.
  • A team is selected evaluate Zach’s ideas. Leadership’s vision is aligned, as evidenced by the unlimited access to personnel for the team.
  • Excitement over the idea of OpenStack and what it means for hosting centers like NITC.
AngryStack
  • We started looking into what all could be done w/ OpenStack, and what our wants/needs were for our prospective cloud customers.
  • Feature Greed sets it! We over-ran the docs pretty badly.
  • But we kept at it. Late nights, re-installs, 500 ways not to build a cloud discovered.
  • Stayed about 2 days behind Nicira NVP (now VMware NSX) guys during our Quantum build.
    The Cathedral is completely freaked out.
AwesomeStack
  • Main feature collection working – VMs being deployed form Horizon. Much rejoicing.
  • Demo delivered to exec leadership – overwhelmingly positive reception.
  • Direction from leaders to build the real deal.
  • Beers
SolutionStack
  • We needed stability and sustainability, and we couldn’t hire like RackSpace. So we looked around for some vendors that seemed to understand our vision.
  • In our search we arrived at VMware NSX for our network
  • We were bowled-over by Piston's approach to provisioning and operational philosophy,
  • And Silicon Mechanics’ approach to hardware lifecycle was a perfect fit with Piston.
  • Now we had to figure out how to get them all together.
  • So we brought them out to Kansas City for some BBQ from a gas station


Speakers
avatar for Zachariah Bullard

Zachariah Bullard

Security Architect-USDA/NITC
Zachariah Bullard - Former BBS Sysop, wISP builder, and eDirectory lover. Former self hated Windows administrator and appreciative of most automation. Currently a Security Architect and aspiring cloud builder.
avatar for Rick Kundiger

Rick Kundiger

Branch Chief-Enterprise Architecture-USDA/NITC
Rick Kundiger was born in Milwaukee Wisconsin and moved to Kansas at age 7. He was in the US Navy from 1993 - 1998 and has traveled and worked and lived all over the world since then. Rick has been working in government IT since 2000. He has worked on complex projects for the Department... Read More →
avatar for Mike Meskill

Mike Meskill

CTO & Founder, Awnix
Mike Meskill is Founder and CTO of Awnix and spearheading the technology direction of Awnix with OpenStack and SDN. Previously, he was Network Architect at the USDA's National Information Technology Center (NITC). During his eight years at the NITC, Mike held various positions, including... Read More →
avatar for Justin Palmer

Justin Palmer

Open Systems Lead-USDA/NITC
Justin is a Linux team lead working for the USDA. Having been there for 5 years, Justin enjoys automating all the everything and steering the tools stack to things that rhyme with Python.
avatar for Matt Reiss

Matt Reiss

Cloud Architect, USDA-NITC
Matt Reiss is an Enterprise (Cloud) Architect at the National Information Technology Center (NITC). Over the past eight years he has been a leading force behind data center consolidation & migrations, virtualization, and open source everything for the USDA. At the ripe old age of... Read More →


Wednesday May 14, 2014 2:40pm - 3:20pm
Room B206

3:30pm

Preparing to Deploy a Private Cloud
We have a lot of conversations with customers who are preparing to deploy private clouds. All too frequently, the point at which these potential customers start to engage vendors comes after they've set their own expectations around functionality, integration, and compliance. In this talk, we will dive into three common pitfalls that I wish we could have discussed with every single one of our customers before that first meeting.

Speakers
avatar for Jacob Walcik

Jacob Walcik

Principal Solutions Architect, Rackspace
Jacob is a Principal Solutions Architect for the Rackspace Private Cloud. Having been at Rackspace well over seven years, Jacob enjoys the technical challenges, working with brilliant people and helping customers.


Wednesday May 14, 2014 3:30pm - 4:10pm
Room B206

4:30pm

When is this DevOps Unicorn Going to Sprout Wings and Fly Me Away to Cloud Nirvana?

We have been following DevOps for many years and it always seems awesome. Who wouldn't want to deliver more software more often? Also, that 2009 presentation at Velocity with Spock and Kirk was awesome. Sadly, based on how little we, as analysts, see it in practice, it still seems like something of a unicorn. Interestingly, this has been changing rapidly. This presentation will present 451's freshest analysis of where the DevOps market is in maturity, including M&A, early market-sizing, a landscape overview and quantitative market studies - along with plenty of silly, but nonetheless helpful qualitative hand-waving. Our gut instinct is that DevOps is following a pattern very similar to Agile Development and open source, which are two cycles we can use to think about DevOps. There are some early best practices and cases to go over, but very few - part of what we hope to suss out with this talk are more stories fromt he field. The unicorn seems close to sprouting wings.
For the OpenStack community, tracking DevOps is important as one of our major theories is that developers are driving a massive amount of cloud demand and build-out.
Speaker bio: Michael Coté is the Research Director for Infrastructure Software at 451 Research (https://451research.com/biography?eid=735). He and his team cover cloud management, cloud platforms, software development, and good old fashioned systems management. Previously, he worked at Dell in corporate strategy doing M&A and helping creating new lines of business like the software group and managing the company-wide cloud strategy. He worked at RedMonk as an analyst and used to do real work writing software. See him @cote and http://cote.io.
We have been following DevOps for many years and it always seems awesome. Who wouldn't want to deliver more software more often? Also, that 2009 presentation at Velocity with Spock and Kirk was awesome. Sadly, based on how little we, as analysts, see it in practice, it still seems like something of a unicorn. Interestingly, this has been changing rapidly. This presentation will present 451's freshest analysis of where the DevOps market is in maturity, including M&A, early market-sizing, a landscape overview and quantitative market studies - along with plenty of silly, but nonetheless helpful qualitative hand-waving. Our gut instinct is that DevOps is following a pattern very similar to Agile Development and open source, which are two cycles we can use to think about DevOps. There are some early best practices and cases to go over, but very few - part of what we hope to suss out with this talk are more stories fromt he field. The unicorn seems close to sprouting wings.
For the OpenStack community, tracking DevOps is important as one of our major theories is that developers are driving a massive amount of cloud demand and build-out.
Speaker bio: Michael Coté is the Research Director for Infrastructure Software at 451 Research (https://451research.com/biography?eid=735). He and his team cover cloud management, cloud platforms, software development, and good old fashioned systems management. Previously, he worked at Dell in corporate strategy doing M&A and helping creating new lines of business like the software group and managing the company-wide cloud strategy. He worked at RedMonk as an analyst and used to do real work writing software. See him @cote and http://cote.io.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Cote

Michael Cote

Research Director
Michael Coté is the Research Director for Infrastructure Software at 451 Research (https://451research.com/biography?eid=735). He and his team cover cloud management, cloud platforms, software development, and good old fashioned systems management. Previously, he worked at Dell in... Read More →


Wednesday May 14, 2014 4:30pm - 5:10pm
Room B206

5:20pm

Enabling Disaster Recovery As Service (DraaS) on OpenStack
Disaster Recovery is an indispensable part of cloud deployments in future. OpenStack has a capability and flexibility that is required to behave as a DR for small, medium and large enterprises.
In this talk, we want to show strategies to provide Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) to business sensitive infrastructure through OpenStack based private, hybrid and public clouds. The outline for the talk as follows
  1. Disaster Recovery to Cloud – Challenges involved
  2. Data DR strategies on OpenStack
  3. Infrastructure DR strategies
  4. Application DR strategies
The Presentation format will allow for interactive discussion with the audience and will welcome other ideas on this topic.

Speakers

Wednesday May 14, 2014 5:20pm - 6:00pm
Room B206
 
Thursday, May 15
 

9:00am

Beyond Ceilometer Metering and Billing, Collecting Today the Data of the Future
Ceilometer is an underutilized component of OpenStack. It can be argued that it is a new component which has not matured enough, that its features are not very well known. We have another theory. We think that people are not using it because they made a conscious analysis and decided that they just don’t need it today. They can run their cloud without billing and metering, without alarms, without the newest events and audit records available. That may be right from a point of view of normal daily operations but what if we change the perception that ceilometer is just a tool for today to the fact that ceilometer is also a collection tool for the future. What if the same folks that decide they don’t need ceilometer today start seeing it as another input to their enterprise data warehouse. What if in 2, 5 and 10 years from now you can run the latest BI tools on this warehouse with the latest cognitive algorithms and you start seeing your cloud users behavior, underutilized resources as well as bottlenecks in your cloud, workload lifecycle, and policy compliance.

This presentation will show you how by just turning on ceilometer in your cloud and with a solid archiving strategy you open the door for all sorts of Big Data wonders. We will present a few patterns that could be discovered with today’s Big Data tools assuming data ceilometer can collect today. Then we will extrapolate to make some fun predictions of the patterns we could discover in the future using projected evolutions of these tools.

The Presentation format will allow for interactive discussion with the audience and will welcome other ideas on this topic.

Speakers
avatar for Shriram Natarajan

Shriram Natarajan

VP, Technology Consulting, Persistent Systems
Shriram is a senior technology and software engineering executive with a terrific record of success in software architecture, technical and operational management, product development, and delivery. He has been instrumental enabling Persistent customers to move their product infrastructure... Read More →
avatar for David Peraza

David Peraza

Cloud Architect, Persistent Systems Inc.
David has been working on enterprise systems for over 12 years. He started at Oceanwide USA (now Descartes Systems Group) developing the messaging system used by importers to report their merchandise to US Costumes and Borders Patrol. He then worked at IBM for 9 years taking on multiple... Read More →


Thursday May 15, 2014 9:00am - 9:40am
Room B206

9:50am

Core via Crowd Sourcing: DefCore’s Tempest in a Docker Container (“tcup”)
There is no “Core Star Chamber!” We are counting on everyone in the community to help us determine which tests should be considered “must-pass” for cloud implementations to use the OpenStack brand. To collect this information, the DefCore committee has been building a portable version of the Tempest suite that runs in a Docker container. This containerized suite can test (we say “probe”) your private or public clouds and then upload the results to the shared RefStack site for inclusion in the DefCore process. That’s why we call it TCUP: Tempest in a Container to Upload from Probe.
In this session, we’ll show how to talk about how to use TCUP, examine its workings and review the broader DefCore process.

Speakers
RH

Rob Hirschfeld

Sr. Distinguished Engineer
Rob sits on the OpenStack Board and is co-chair of the Core Definition Committed (DefCore) I have been involved in Cloud for over 15 years and launched some of the earliest Cloud companies. My educational background (Duke and LSU) is in computer science and systems engineering with... Read More →
avatar for Josh McKenty

Josh McKenty

VP Global Ecosystem Engineering, Pivotal
Entrepreneur and technologist Joshua McKenty works with Fortune 100 customers who seek to transition to a cloud native architecture, and with Pivotal’s Cloud Foundry team to bring new features and functionality to Cloud Foundry-based products, the industry-standard enterprise platform... Read More →


Thursday May 15, 2014 9:50am - 10:30am
Room B206