Cloud Connect @ Interop

Monday, April 27 – Friday, May 1, 2015

Attend Cloud Connect @ Interop to see first-hand how enterprises can leverage the cloud's abundance of resources and applications to outmaneuver, out-innovate, and outpace the competition.

Cloud is a critical enterprise tool that should be at the heart of every IT strategy. IT buyers across all industries are increasing cloud-related spending, but still face challenges deciding which cloud architecture and platform is best suited for their business. Through analysis and comparison of the leading cloud stacks and how they're progressing, Cloud Connect's programming at Interop Las Vegas will help attendees weigh their options. Cloud Connect will also power in-depth cloud workshops and feature a Cloud Connect Zone on the Interop Expo floor.

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Cloud Connect Conference Sessions

Wednesday, April 29 – Friday, May 1

Cloud Connect will explore how the Cloud fundamentally changes enterprise computing and the roles of CIOs and IT leaders.

Featured Cloud Connect Sessions
Keynote - Beyond the Cloud: Technology and Business in a Composable Future
During the 1st Era of computing, applications were anchored in time and place with software written for specific platforms and scheduled to perform work when needed. We’re now in the midst of the 2nd Era, where cloud application software is increasingly decoupled from underlying physical infrastructures, is run globally, and responds to events as needed. Jonathan Murray (@Adamathus) calls the 3rd Era of Computing ‘The Metaform - The platform of Everything'.( In this era beyond the cloud, code will once and for all be liberated from the constraints of time and place, opening the door to a real-time, insight-driven, composable future. Murray will outline the broad implications of this composable future, where businesses unlock fully the value of their core capabilities and new businesses are increasingly constructed from parts available from a global service marketplace. Murray will discuss the technological, operational, and strategic challenges enterprises will need to overcome to survive and profit from this coming transformation.
Speaker: Jonathan Murray, Founding Partner - Innovia Strategies and Founder n.flex.n Software  
Keynote - Composable, Componentized, Control...Is Your Cloud Strategy Keeping Up?
The explosion of microservices, agile CI/CD and RESTful APIs is creating a new model for building highly distributed applications and launching them quickly. At the same time, systems of record and governance models will not disappear overnight. How is your organization balancing these competing demands? Is your hybrid strategy supported by management capabilities that span a wide spectrum of host modalities? Jared examines 5 must-solve questions as you consider the future of your most critical application workloads.
Speaker: Jared Wray, CTO, CenturyLink Cloud
Keynote: "Get Out of My Way”: What Developers Really Want
Your developers are asking for real cloud because they want easy, fast and predictable access to resources so they can deliver applications and features at scale faster. How do you enable those developers to move at the speed that the business is asking? Striking the balance of control, security, and visibility for IT teams is the challenge most organizations face today. In this talk, you’ll hear what thousands of developers have told Scott and Niki. You'll leave with ideas to help change your mindset and break the glass required to give your developers what they need to help your business move faster.
Rafi Khardalian, Director, Metacloud Engineering & Operations, Cisco 
Keynote - Why You Can't Have a Cloud Solution Without a Secure, High-Performance Network Solution
Successful businesses have realized that to compete, the cloud is no longer an option it's a necessity. More and more businesses are moving internal, mission-critical applications, workloads and data out of on-premises data centers and into the cloud. This presents many new challenges that come with expanding and exposing corporate networks and IT environments to public networks and distributed computing resources. This session will uncover some recent trends in the types of applications moving to the cloud, top business concerns and risk factors, as well as show how a secure, high-performance network solution can help navigate the increasingly complex networked world.
Speaker: Paul Savill, Senior Vice President, Global Core Product Management, Level 3 

Achieving Financial Hyperscale for the Cloud Market
The next, and perhaps decisive battle in the paradigm shift from legacy IT operations to public cloud computing is going to be waged in the office of the CIO and CFO. The biggest threat to the future of the cloud economy is not whether we can make the technology work. That ship has sailed. Rather, the biggest threat is whether we can overcome the business obstacles; our collective ability to deliver on the economic promise and the vision of consuming compute, network, and storage as a true utility. This presentation explores how embracing IT financial transparency and an openly interchangeable market creates the path to financial hyperscale for the cloud computing ecosystem and forms the foundation for the next generation of IT supply chain opportunities. Whether you are a Cloud Service Buyer, Provider, or Broker this session is a must attend for your IT financial playbook.
Rob Bissett, Chief Product Officer, 6fusion 
Cloud Composite Applications and Portable Topologies 
As enterprises move to a DevOps approach, independent teams and interdependent services become the norm. Independence can be achieved by untying applications from the underlying infrastructures and platforms. However, interdependent services within composite cloud applications can pose portability challenges. While containers help in application portability, modelling an application topology enables cross-cloud portability. In this session, we will talk about the difficulties, methods, and benefits of application portability across cloud platforms. 
Speaker: Vinothini Raju, Founder & CEO, Bluemeric   
Cloud Economics and Strategy
Learn key economic and strategic lessons from an experienced hyperscale practitioner of public and private cloud. Mark Williams led the Infrastructure Operations team at Zynga through its unprecedented growth from traditional data center infrastructure in 2008 to becoming one of Amazon's largest cloud customers through 2011 before sharply pivoting to migrate completely into private cloud in 2012. This session will look at the various business imperatives that evolved as the business matured and the strategies that proved successful along the way. In addition, the session will cover the latest pricing trends across public cloud providers, private and hybrid cloud technologies, and leveraging data and charge/show back to influence change in how your customers consume IT. It will also look at the pros and cons of public, private, and hybrid cloud adoption.
Speaker: Mark Williams, CTO, Redapt  
Hybrid Ops: Managing Your Applications Across Infrastructure Platforms
If you are like most cloud users, you maintain systems on different infrastructure platforms. Perhaps you run your systems across multiple public cloud providers. Or perhaps you choose the best platform for each component of your architecture, where your front-end is on one public cloud, your processing nodes are on another, and your back-end is on your own physical infrastructure. Or maybe you are embarking on a long-term migration from dedicated infrastructure to the cloud. This session highlights the hybrid scenarios that we run into most frequently at Google, the operational challenges in each, and best practices you can employ to operate your hybrid applications most effectively.
Speakers: Dan Belcher, Lead Product Manager - Logging and Monitoring, Google
-Connor McCoy, Software Engineer - Google Cloud Performance Team, Google

Identity-Defined Security for the Internet of Things 
Just as identity has proven to be central to securing the Internet we have, identity will be critical for securing the coming Internet of Things (ioT). But no longer will it be only users & applications that have identities - in the IoT every conceivable physical object, from thermostats to locomotives to glucose monitors will have an identity - one that needs to be issued, managed, authenticated, authorized, and eventually revoked. And critically, these devices will operate on behalf of particular user(s) - it will be the *relationship* between devices and people that our identity management systems will often need to track. This talk will explore how a set of identity standards developed over the last few years for the current Internet may help secure the Internet of Things headed our way (like the above mentioned locomotive). 
Paul Madsen, Senior Technical Architect, Ping Identity    
Modern DevOps with Docker in 2015
2014 was the year of Docker. The container-based world exploded on the scene with the promise to reinvent how you think about distributed applications. But is it just hype or are there immediate benefits to be realized? Join us to explore Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery leveraging containers, one of the early use cases proving successful with Docker, resulting in reduced Dev/Test cycle times and lower infrastructure costs. We'll walk through the end-to-end CI/CD workflow, highlighting the big wins containers have introduced, as well as discuss common challenges to avoid. Lastly, we'll look ahead, identifying the next set of use cases to likely achieve real-world benefits from containers.
Speaker: Avi Cavale, Co-Founder & CEO, Shippable

Moving Beyond Hybrid Cloud Hype: 5 Steps to Achieve Application Portability
While the vision of hybrid cloud — deploying applications to any cloud environment based on business needs or regulatory requirements — is seductive, most IT organizations find significant challenges in achieving that vision: differing hypervisor technologies, inconsistent APIs, and multiple application management toolsets. This presentation will discuss the real goal of hybrid cloud computing — application portability — and five practical steps IT organizations can take to ensure they achieve their hybrid cloud vision.
Speaker: Bernard Golden, Author, Amazon Web Services for Dummies, Vice President Strategy, ActiveState Software  

Planning for Failure
There are a few guarantees in life: death, taxes, and infrastructure failures. Weston Jossey, Head of Operations at Tapjoy, can't grant you immortality or file your taxes, but he can help you plan for failure. Learn about how Tapjoy has transformed itself from a company that frequently suffered 20+ hours of downtime a quarter, to one that averages 99.95% availability, all while reducing costs, decreasing complexity, and improving cloud and DevOps joy. Weston will walk you through Tapjoy’s experiences inside of AWS, as well as its private OpenStack deployment, and how lessons learned in one can be carried over to the other.
Speaker: Weston Jossey, Head of Operations, Tapjoy  
Rethinking Workload Migration
When it comes to cloud there are typically three approaches to workload migration: kill, lift-n-drop, or redevelop. Many businesses today use the cloud for its infrastructure-on-demand services and perform lift-n-drop of their existing workloads into a cloud environment. While this allows businesses to take advantage of cloud economics and performance, it does little to improve their ability to operate the application stack. By contrast, deploying that application stack in a manner that leverages existing cloud services can significantly improve scalability while reducing operational overhead. This session will look at real-world examples from deployments on AWS and Google to show how even modest modifications to current deployment architectures when migrated to the cloud can have a big impact on non-functional requirements.
Speaker: JP Morgenthal, Director Cloud & DevOps Practices, Perficient, Inc.  
The Cloud Data Lake: Maximizing Business Competitiveness
The incredible growth rate of unstructured data presents challenges for enterprises - how to make that data available, scalable, and able to deliver maximum business value while containing its storage cost, locations, and formats. A cloud data lake provides a large object storage repository that holds data in its native format until it is needed, effectively enabling an enterprise to ‘pool’ its storage, while making the data accessible, agile, and cost-effective. This presentation covers what a multi-cloud, multi-region, public/private cloud data lake for your unstructured data looks like. It explores the benefits of an open, homogenized, API-driven pool of unstructured data, including all of your data being natively accessible by any cloud service. It covers on-cloud deduplication as the enabler for the cloud data lake, and describes how to overcome the migration barrier of moving data from on-premise silos to your cloud data lake.
Speaker: Vanessa Wilson, CEO, StorReduce   
The Cloud Whisperer: Overcoming Your IT Staff’s Fear of Cloud
Cloud services have been around long enough, and their value sufficiently proven, that most executives and business units are ready and willing to buy in. It’s the IT organization that may be dragging its collective feet. Their objections may revolve around security, maturity, lock-in, etc., or stem from the worry the cloud makes them redundant (and thus unemployed). In this session, we’ll discuss ‘cloud whisperer’ techniques to soothe IT’s fears and help bring them on board. We’ll share real-world stories about staff fears, and how IT leadership worked around these fears to create significant benefit for the organization.
Speaker: Jonathan Feldman, CIO of the City of Asheville, NC  

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of OpenStack Operations
Historically, some have considered OpenStack difficult to deploy and operate. There are dozens of resources— from consultants and training to distributions and tools—available to help, but is the problem really solved? The fact is, operating an OpenStack cloud is not a trivial endeavor. This talk will detail what it takes to actually operate an OpenStack cloud in production, from the perspective of a cloud operator who has more than three years of first-hand experience operating OpenStack clouds across dozens of deployments.
Speaker: Jesse Keating, OpenStack Engineer, Blue Box
The Post-Cloud: Where Google, DevOps and Docker Converge
The cloud technology landscape is shifting. We have a mixture of dead ends and new roads. New concepts like containers, DevOps, PaaS, and more are altering the way we look at cloud computing. Nicholas Weaver will strip away the magic and talk about how these concepts expose the next evolution of private cloud. One that is built on lessons learned by hyperscale companies like Google but attainable by the private cloud 99%.
: Nick Weaver, Principal Platform Architect, Intel 

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Cloud Connect Reception

Wednesday, April 29; 5:00 - 6:00 PM

After aa full day of cloud-focused sessions, join the other Cloud Connect attendees for a reception before the Official Interop Party.

NOTE: This is open to Total Access and Conference Pass holders only.

Workshops Powered by Cloud Connect

Monday, April 27 – Tuesday, April 28

Cloud Connect brings in-depth cloud workshops to Interop. Choose a Total Access Pass to attend to BOTH the Cloud Connect Summit and the workshops.

Featured Workshops Powered by Cloud Connect
Cloud Applications: The Next Generation
Cloud computing solves the problem of infrastructure -- computing resources are now cheap, scalable, and easy to access. However, it's still challenging to design and operate applications for cloud environments; in addition, the ongoing shift of IT from back office to the public-facing front of the corporation means the number and type of applications is changing dramatically. The Cloud Applications workshop delivers knowledge and insight about how IT organizations can prepare for the new world of cloud applications.
Instructor: Bernard Golden, Author, Amazon Web Services for Dummies, Vice President Strategy, ActiveState Software

Container Crash Course
Containers are hot. If you’re wondering what the buzz is about and whether it’s justified, this workshop is for you. We’ll delve into the technology of containers, including their similarities and differences with virtual machines. We will discuss use cases and appropriate workloads, and describe how containers can be integrated into a cloud strategy. We’ll also look at the container ecosystem for operations and management, and point you in the right direction for testing and experimentation.
Andrew Clay Shafer, Senior Director of Technology, Pivotal

Designing Infrastructure for Private Clouds
Private cloud deployments are often just a glorified facade for server virtualization, missing the flexibility, elasticity and self-service aspects of cloud services. The missteps leading to this sad state usually start in the design phase, making it even more important to focus on the design of your private cloud infrastructure.
Instructor: Ivan Pepelnjak, Network Architect, AG

Making Cloud Storage Work For Your Organization
The ready availability and relatively low price of cloud storage means IT departments can improve the services they provide while also keeping costs in line. Because cloud storage is equally accessible from anywhere, it's a compelling option for providing access to data from multiple locations. Cloud storage is also attractive for backup data. Even better, in a disaster IT can recover that data from a provider for rapid recovery. Add in how object storage services like Amazon's Glacier offer low-cost, long-term archiving and the cloud starts to look like a nice place to keep some of your data. The rub, of course, is that cloud storage is on the other side of the Internet from your applications, which adds significant latency and stresses your bandwidth. These latency and bandwidth challenges will require organizations to make process and organizational changes, and storage pros aren't big fans of change. This workshop will explore how you can bring the advantages of cloud storage to your organization without losing your mind.
Howard Marks, Contributing Editor, Network Computing

OpenStack Boot Camp
Cloud computing with OpenStack is a powerful way of providing and consuming IaaS to achieve the scale and agility required by IT departments today. In the most recent release, Icehouse, approximately 350 enterprise-driven features were included. Organizations such as Fidelity, Bloomberg, Comcast, Best Buy, and Wells Fargo are now deploying OpenStack-powered IaaS in production in order to increase operational efficiency and create real business value. The OpenStack Boot Camp provides an opportunity for cloud architects, IT management and business leaders to gain a working understanding of OpenStack and how to achieve business agility, performance and scale, and cost-savings within an existing enterprise environment. This introduction will cover topics like enterprise readiness for OpenStack, how to choose the best cloud for your applications and show real world examples on how companies are taking advantage of OpenStack today. In addition, the Boot Camp will provide an overview of the OpenStack ecosystem and how you can leverage this growing group of companies to make sure your deployments are successful.
-Eric Wright, Principal Solutions Engineer/Technology Evangelist, vExpert, Cisco Champion
-Melissa Palmer, Creative Director, Virtual Design Master
Practical Cloud Management
Many cloud deployments start with wonderful hopes and dreams, but quickly devolve to decentralized chaos, ever-increasing bills, or abandonment. This workshop will cover the most important aspects of cloud management so that your organization can realize the full benefits of the cloud instead of becoming a cautionary tale. We will cover how to establish a robust (but fixed) set of tools and resources; how to monitor access, performance, security, and cost; how to handle privileged-user access so that your developers and sysadmins have access to only the things they need; why you should (usually) bootstrap your servers instead of baking them; and how to take full advantage of automation and orchestration.
Instructor: Joe Emison, CTO, BuildFax

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Cloud Connect Exhibit Zone

The Interop Expo will feature the Cloud Connect Zone, showcasing startup and established cloud companies. Visit the Expo on Tuesday, April 28 – Thursday, April 30.
Cloud Connect Zone ExhibitorsBooth Number
21Vianet Group 807
Accelink Technologies Co., Ltd 910
ActiveState Software 909
Avni Networks 811
ChinaCache 1005
Data Specialties, Inc 1117
Deltek 1108
Dr. Peng 1004
DreamHost 814
GDS Services 905
iland Internet Solutions 810
iwNetworks 809
Level 3 Communications 1021
Luxoft 1105
Narra Systems 920
PEER 1 Hosting 815
Puppet Labs, Inc. 908
Qian Xin High Technology Co., Ltd 915
Redapt 911
ServerLIFT 1121
Solgenia 1109
Spirent Communications 820
Stellar Library 1011
Telstra 1008
UBM China 907
Virtual Design Masters 1007
WinMagic Data Security 816
XGIGA Communication Technology Co., Ltd. 808
Yunshan Networks 1006
Zippy Technology Corp 1113

More Companies Announced Soon!

How to Register

The following passes will get you access to the Interop program:

Track Chairs

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Ben Kepes

Director/Principal, Diversity Limited

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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Charlie Babcock

Editor-at-Large, InformationWeek

Charles Babcock is an editor-at-large for InformationWeek, having joined the publication in 2003. He is the former editor-in-chief of Digital News, former software editor of Computerworld and former technology editor of Interactive Week. He is a graduate of Syracuse University where he obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism.

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Sam Charrington

Founder, CloudPulse Strategies

Sam Charrington is an analyst, advisor and consultant focusing on cloud computing and big data. As the principal of CloudPulse Strategies, Sam works to drive understanding and adoption of these technologies through speaking, writing, research and consulting engagements. Before founding CloudPulse, Sam spent nearly twenty years in various field, consulting and executive roles in the enterprise software and telecommunications industries, most recently as VP of product management and marketing for Appistry, where he was responsible for the software company's overall product and go-to-market strategies. Sam has been an active speaker and author on cloud and big data topics since "the beginning," as an industry advocate, commentator and participant. In 2008, he co-founded CloudCamp, a global network of unconferences where early adopters of Cloud Computing technologies exchanged ideas. Sam can be found on Twitter at @samcharrington, on the web at, and writes about cloud and big data related topics for The New Stack at Sam is an avid traveler and language learner, and has traveled extensively in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas, butchering Chinese, Thai, Arabic and several Romance languages along the way.


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