Vendor-Neutral Conference Program

Explore Cloud

Cloud has become the new normal, and is an established component of today's IT operations. But while IT organizations may have reached a certain comfort level with the basic concepts behind cloud adoption, most businesses are using a haphazard mix of services and architectures. And a barrage of new technologies is further changing the way applications are created, deployed, delivered, and run.

The Cloud Track at Interop ITX, led by cloud evangelist and guru Ben Kepes, explores the fundamentals of making cloud work to your technical and business advantage, including cloud cost models, migration and integration, and cloud security. Attendees will also learn about newer developments, like containers and serverless, that should be factored into technology decisions today to ensure viable cloud deployments for the future.

Cloud Track Chair: Ben Kepes

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. View Ben Kepes' articles on InformationWeek here.

 Cloud Review Board 

James Bowling, Senior Technical Solutions Architect, Global Services Engineering Team, VMware
Joe Emison, CIO/CTO, dmg information
Swarna Podila, Senior Director of Community, Cloud Foundry Foundation

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Cloud Price War: Metrics for Comparing Public and Private Cloud

Date:  Thursday, May 3
Time:  2:00pm - 2:50pm
Pass Type: All Access, Conference
Format: Conference Session
There are many debates on the merits and costs of public cloud versus private cloud deployments. In both public and private cloud, customers are charged for the ability to run workloads within the cloud. However, the way the resources are allocated and consumed are different. With public cloud, users pay for the reservation or right to use virtual machines, while with a private cloud, they pay for the capacity of the cloud and the performance it provides.

In this session, we will discuss the reasons why partners must always compare the costs of public and private cloud, and we will provide an analysis of traditional vendor-supplied solutions (wherein the support and personnel cost comes in the form of software licenses) versus that of an open source model (wherein that cost lies on the consumer). We'll then integrate that with the costs involved in a monthly IaaS environment (both CapEx and OpEx models) to provide the industry's first comprehensive private cloud TCO.

Attendees will leave these session with a clear, comprehensive picture of the various options. They'll also be provided with a template financial model tool that can be used to evaluate private cloud options for their own company.


Grant Kirkwood
Co-Founder and CTO, Unitas Global

How Linden Lab Built a Virtual World in AWS

Date:  Wednesday, May 2
Time:  4:00pm - 4:50pm
Pass Type: All Access, Conference
Format: Conference Session

Linden Lab has spent over a decade optimizing the art of production operations for Second Life, an online 3D virtual world created by its users. With our new social VR platform, Sansar, we wanted to take our vision of virtual experiences to a whole new level of innovation in which AWS played a vital role. We’ll dive into Sansar's AWS tech stack, an infrastructure built not only for technical robustness but also extreme scalability. We will discuss what the different use cases were between EC2 and Containers and how Lambda worked as a positive enabler for customization. Lastly, we’ll cover IAM, Security Groups and VPC, which we refer collectively as the "Great Wall of Preventing Unfortunate Design Decisions.”

Tara Hernandez
Senior Director, Linden Lab

Container Concepts Explained in Plain Language

Date:  Wednesday, May 2
Time:  9:00am - 9:45am
Pass Type: All Access, Conference
Format: Conference Session

You've heard the buzzwords (there are plenty of them!), but what do they mean? And why are the concepts behind these buzzwords important (or not)? In this session, we'll explore some of the common "container buzzwords" and take a plain language look at what they are, where they fit into the bigger picture, why they're important, and what they mean to you.

Scott Lowe
Engineering Architect, VMware, Inc.