OpenStack as the Platform for Innovation

Jonathan Bryce, the Executive Director of the OpenStack Foundation is joined by Amit Tank, Principal Architect of Cloud Architecture and OpenStack at DirecTV, at OpenStack Silicon Valley:

Hundreds of companies are running millions of cores in production with OpenStack. The work continues, but the platform is mature. Now, the community is evolving OpenStack into a platform for innovation—a reliable environment in which to test, try and adopt new technologies as they prove themselves.

Amit Tank of DIRECTV will join Jonathan Bryce to discuss his organization’s plans for using OpenStack as the one platform for integration of VMs, containers and emergent technologies down the road.


Containers: Ending the IaaS/PaaS Distinction

Google’s Senior Product Manager, Craig McLuckie speaks about Containers at OpenStack Silicon Valley:

Craig will show how Google’s work with Kubernetes and the OpenStack community has delivered this powerful container management technology to OpenStack users. More broadly, Craig will show how Kubernetes and other container management technologies are taking the best attributes of PaaS platforms and making them available at every level of the stack.


It’s Not the Technology It’s You

James Staten, Chief Strategist of the Cloud and Enterprise Division at Microsoft, speaks at OpenStack Silicon Valley:

Clinton campaign manager James Carville reminded his team often that driving change came through winning the hearts and minds of the people and where government affects them the most: “It’s the economy, stupid.” In helping enterprises make the shift to cloud, the biggest issue isn’t the technology but the process change organizations have to go through that determine success. In this session, James Staten, chief strategist for the Microsoft Cloud+Enterprise division, and former lead cloud analyst at Forrester Research will share his findings and recommendations for helping enterprise organizations, particularly IT Orgs, successfully navigate a change to the cloud.


Deep Dive #1

Joe Weinman, Author of Cloudonomics and Digital Disciplines hosts our Deep Dive at OpenStack Silicon Valley, featuring:

• Jonathan Bryce, Executive Director, OpenStack Foundation
• Craig McLuckie, Senior Product Manager, Google
• James Staten, Chief Strategist of the Cloud and Enterprise division, Microsoft
• Amit Tank, Principal Architect – Cloud Architecture and OpenStack, DirecTV

In this deep-dive session, Joe will press Jonathan, Amit, James and Craig on specific points, amplifying key ideas and giving the audience a chance to participate.


Protecting Yourself from the Container Shakeout

Boris Renski, CMO & Co-Founder of Mirantis and Lachlan Evenson, Team Lead, Cloud Platform Engineering, Lithium Technologies, speak at OpenStack Silicon Valley:

The Docker-fueled container craze is much less of a threat to VMs or OpenStack than it is to PaaS vendors. The story of “do it the way Google does it” is proving just as tough to monetize with enterprises as commodity cloud was. Boris will talk about OpenStack as a “safe harbor” from the coming container shakeout, leveraging the project’s maturity as a place to try various container strategies until the winner emerges.

Lachlan Evenson of Lithium will join Boris to share how Lithium deployed Kubernetes on OpenStack.


Containers for Enterprise: It’s Not That Simple

Alex Polvi, CEO of CoreOS, speaks about Containers at OpenStack Silicon Valley:

Containers are rapidly finding their way into enterprise data centers. But enterprises like to consume complete products. How do technologies like containers make their way from hyperscale ubiquity to enterprise nirvana? Alex offers some clues.


Deep Dive #2

Shira Ovide, Technology Reporter at The Wall Street Journal, hosts our Deep Dive at OpenStack Silicon Valley, featuring:

• Lachlan Evenson,Team Lead, Cloud Platform Engineering, Lithium Technologies
• Alex Polvi, CEO, CoreOS
• Boris Renski, Co-Founder and CMO, Mirantis

In our second deep-dive session of the day, Wall Street Journal technology reporter Shira Ovide is joined by Boris, Lachlan and Alex to talk about practical choices facing enterprises moving to an IT resource equipped to support software developers in their work to help their companies compete.


Three Things OpenStack Needs to Do Now

Randy Bias, VP Technology of the Emerging Technologies Division, EMC speaks at OpenStack Silicon Valley:

Five years is a long time in cloud. Has OpenStack become ossified and over-committed to a technological theology, or is the very nature of its open community a lever we can use to prepare it for current technologies like containers and future ones we’ve not yet seen? Randy, OpenStack pioneer, entrepreneur, luminary and rabble rouser will lay it on the line.


Cloud for All: Creating 10,000’s of New Clouds

Diane Bryant, Intel’s Senior VP and General Manager of the Data Center Group, speaks at OpenStack Silicon Valley:

Cloud computing provides tremendous agility and efficiency to organizations are the driver of the digital service economy. In her keynote, Diane Bryant will discuss how Intel was an early leader in adoption of cloud computing under her tenure as CIO and how this experience has shaped broader strategy to deliver tens of thousands of new clouds across the enterprise with Intel’s new Cloud for All Initiative. Attendees can expect to learn about OpenStack’s critical role in shaping the future of the enterprise data center and learn more about key industry efforts to drive enterprise readiness to the OpenStack platform.


OpenStack: Changing the Face of Service Delivery

Cisco’s VP and CTO of Cloud Computing, Lew Tucker, speaks about Service Delivery at OpenStack Silicon Valley:

As more companies move to software-driven infrastructures, OpenStack opens up new possibilities for traditional network service providers, media production, and content providers. Micro-services, and carrier-grade service delivery become the new watchwords for those companies looking to disrupt traditional players with virtualized services running on OpenStack.


Deep Dive #3

Ben Kepes hosts:
• Randy Bias, VP Technology of the Emerging Technologies Division, EMC
• Bas Kamhout, Principal Engineer, Director of Solutions Engineering, Intel
• Lew Tucker, VP and CTO of Cloud Computing, Cisco

In this deep-dive session, cloud columnist and analyst Ben Kepes will engage Randy, Diane and Lew in an exploration of how open source communities can ever get anything done in an environment where every argument is on public display. The audience will add their questions to the fray.


Containers: A Rapid-Fire Reality Check

Frederic Lardinois of TechCrunch hosts a Containers based panel at OpenStack Silicon Valley, featuring:
• Derek Collison: CEO, Apcera
• Sheng Liang: CEO, Rancher Labs
• Adrian Otto: Distinguished Architect, Rackspace
• James Watters: VP of Product, Marketing, and Ecosystem for Cloud Foundry, Pivotal

The number of enterprises using containers in production is a small fraction of those exploring the technology. What’s holding back widespread adoption?

Three cloud all-stars will offer some thoughts. First, Derek Collison of Apcera will ask: “Is the VM dead?” Reclaiming the hypervisor’s roughly 15% overhead is compelling, but is that enough to kill the VM? As with many things in IT, the answer is, “it depends.”

Next up, CloudStack pioneer and Rancher founder Sheng Liang will explore the potential advantages of leveraging OpenStack’s massive ecosystem with Docker’s alluring potential and a growing community. If there is room to work together, what might that Docker+OpenStack super-ecosystem look like?

James Watters of Pivotal will then ask, “Do enterprises really care about the underlying container technology?” Docker, Rocker, LXC, Warden—most line-of-business buyers see contains as a building block for PaaS. They want features further up the stack that let them build software faster. James will talk about why this matters for container business models, as well as some potential exceptions (think: finserv).

Magnum Project Technical Lead Adrian Otto will offer an update on the status of OpenStack’s main containers initiative.

Frederic Lardinois will then moderate a Q&A session with these four to explore their ideas in greater depth.


Operational OpenStack

Mark Shuttleworth, Founder of Canonical speaks at OpenStack Silicon Valley:

Ubuntu OpenStack is now in production at multiple national telco’s. Mark will share experience gained in scale, reliability and architecture in those environments, as well as the evolution of the platform for the enterprise market. Expect a live demo of the latest OpenStack magic from Canonical!


Web Services and Microservices: The Effect on Vendor Lock In

Adrian Cockcroft of Battery Ventures speaks at OpenStack Silicon Valley:

Modern applications depend on web services and open source components to operate. Some of those are provided by public and private clouds, some are platform solutions or SaaS vendors, and some are provided by other parts of a microservices based application. In the old world, vendors were deeply embedded in application architecture or by direct local interfaces but with web services and open source there is far more flexibility and less lock-in. I’ll discuss how to choose the best features needed to build applications, while managing the real risk of lock-in.


Is Modern Tooling Helping or Hurting OpenStack Adoption

Jesse Proudman, Founder and CTO, Blue Box Group, an IBM Company hosts a panel during OpenStack Silicon Valley, featuring:

• Luke Kanies: Founder & CEO, Puppet Labs
• Nati Shalom: CTO, GigaSpaces
• Sumeet Singh: Founder & CEO, AppFormix

When it comes to the tooling needed to run OpenStack in production, there are lots of opinions and preferences. But the big question is, does modern tooling helping or hurting the adoption of OpenStack in production?

This panel will dig into the emerging trends and best practices, looking at how the theory vs the reality of OpenStack cloud in production. We’ll also talk about whether or not (and how) OpenStack needs to respond to the world of microservices and containers.


Cloudfunding Fireside Chat

Jesse Proudman, Founder and CTO, Blue Box Group, an IBM Company hosts this Fireside at OpenStack Silicon Valley, featuring:
• Elise Huang, Partner, Westsummit Capital
• Vivek Mehra, General Partner, August Capital
• Dharmesh Thakker, General Partner, Battery Ventures

Is OpenStack still an attractive investment opportunity for VCs in Series A, B and C deals? Are large vendors still looking for hot startups to build out their technology portfolios? What do VCs look for in infrastructure deals? Two VCs who’ve done multiple deals in the space will share their thoughts, moderated by an OpenStack entrepreneur who recently engineered a successful exit.


Decomposing Lithium’s Monolith with Kubernetes and OpenStack

Lachlan Evenson of Lithium Technologies, speaks at OpenStack Silicon Valley:

Application developers are rapidly moving to container-based models for dynamic service delivery and efficient cluster management. In this session, we will discuss a OpenStack production environment that is rapidly evolving to leverage a hybrid cloud platform to deliver containerized micro services in a SaaS Development/Continuous Integration environment. Kubernetes is being used to simplify and automate the service delivery model across the public/private (OpenStack, AWS, GCE) environments and is being introduced in a way that eliminates extra overhead and engineering effort. Lithium is actively contributing to key open source upstream projects and working closely with its engineering/development teams to optimize software efficiency with an elastic cloud architecture that delivers on the benefits of cloud automation.


NFV Fireside Chat: Big Questions About NFV

Sutapa Bansal, Director of Product Management at Mirantis, hosts a NFV Fireside at OpenStack Silicon Valley, featuring:

• Chris Price: Open Source Manager for SDN, Cloud and NFV, Ericsson
• Valentina Alaria: Senior Director Product and Solutions Marketing, PLUMgrid
• Andrew Mitry: Lead Architect, Comcast
• Ronen Kofman: VP of Product Management, Mirantis

If you’re following NFV, then you know that the biggest questions revolve around NFV use cases, feature completeness, and production readiness.

In this session, we’ll talk to NFV early adopters carrier/service providers, and learn more about NFV use cases,the benefits they are seeing, and their POC and production plans for different use cases.

We’ll talk about the network service agility vs the allure of cost advantages. Find out how what the OPNFV project is doing to define an open source reference architecture.

Learn more about what’s missing that is needed to drive NFV to wider adoption, and what differentiates POC use cases (like virtual firewall) from the more sophisticated production applications (like vEPC).

Finally, we’ll talk what’s happening in OpenStack that is accelerating NFV adoption, including changes in Nova and Neutron to accelerate performance of VNFs, including a word or two about containers and VNFs.


OpenStack Then and Now

HP’s Vice President of Engineer, William Franklin, and Senior Vice President Mark Interrante speak at OpenStack Silicon Valley:

Mark will be interviewed by Bill, discussing his take on how OpenStack has changed from the early days when the community was focused on compute and object storage to a broad, diverse project that has matured into a standard enterprise offering. Mark will also discuss the vision for deeper maturation as OpenStack expands from bare metal and virtualization into containers and other service-oriented technologies.


Digital Disciplines: Attaining Market Leadership through the Cloud

Joe Weinman, Author of Cloudonomics and Digital Disciplines speaks at OpenStack Silicon Valley:

Joe wraps the event by delineating four generic strategies used by leading tech companies and traditional blue chips to leverage a variety of information technologies: information excellence, i.e., better processes; solution leadership, i.e., cloud-connected smart, digital products and services; collective intimacy, i.e., big-data-based algorithms to enhance customer relationships; and accelerated innovation through open source, challenges, and innovation networks.