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Jul 30 2015

All-Conference Keynote Roundtable: Mapping the New Open Data Center Innovation Genome

Alan Clark, Chairman of the Board, OpenStack Foundation Amber Graner, Community Manager, Open Compute Project Foundation Calista Redmond, Director, OpenPOWER Global Alliances, IBM Dan Pitt, Executive Director, Open Networking Foundation Jim Zemlin, Executive Director, Linux Foundation Neela Jacques, Executive Director, OpenDaylight Roger Strukhoff, Principal, Tau Institute

Opening remarks by Cole Crawford, Chair, StackingIT
The Transformation from Vendor-led to Open-based, Disaggregated, Data Center and Cloud Infrastructure
Senior-most executives from leading open-source organizations reveal the profound implications of the changing game (and business). These experts GPS-locate us on the roadmap from vendor-driven, closed, proprietary, monolithic technology to open-sourced, knowledge-community-designed, distributed technology. Why is this important? Cost, transparency, efficiency, agility, speed, performance, and resilience. These expert crowd-sourced innovation engines are rewriting the rulebooks and the economics for the provision of data center and cloud technology services.

Session takes place on the Main Stage in the Stacking IT Hall

Challenging Public Cloud Economics

Anthony Johnson, Senior Consultant, Flipside Partners Chris Yetman, COO, Vantage Data Centers Conor Malone, VP Engineering, Hyve Solutions

The cost-per-mW in the delivery of hybrid cloud capacity, by applying open-source  principles in the design, build and delivery of data centers, can reach a point to challenge the per-mW costs that public cloud providers are achieving. This panel discusses how that’s possible.

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SDN/NFV: Stitching Together the Network Fabric

Jon Hudson, Principal Engineer, Office of the CTO, Brocade Neela Jacques, Executive Director, OpenDaylight Nicholas Ilyadis, VP & CTO, Infrastructure & Networking Group, Broadcom Steve Hebert, CEO, Nimbix

Rapidly accelerating data growth requires software-driven automation. Software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) offer drive speed, agility, real-time intelligence, content and service delivery in the hyperscale age. Not, however, without challenges. This session examines how control-plane programmability enables network professionals to autonomically optimize network infrastructure to meet Webscale business demands. Significantly improved network performance, lower costs, and power efficiency are all direct benefits.

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Managing BYOD Security

Adam Ely, CSO, Bluebox Security Matt De Vincentis, Wireless Security Strategist, Fortinet Mike Kegerreis , IT Security, SMTS, Texas Instruments Vishal Gupta, Chief Products & IoT Officer, Silent Circle

BYOD is here to stay. Fighting it is a losing battle. Employees no longer use only company-owned and -issued devices to access data. Security begins with effective data policies. It is followed through at the application and network level. Enterprises have platforms and tools at their disposal that limit their exposure to risk. It is time to embrace this technology.

Security + Risk

Open HPC Platform Debuts in Navajo-owned Data Center

Bob Bolz, HPC & Business Development, AQUILA Jon Hudson, Principal Engineer, Office of the CTO, Brocade Phil Hughes, CEO, Clustered Systems Steve McKenzie, Operations Executive, Innava

Innava Data Center in Albuquerque, NM is first home to new HPC cluster platform developed from Aquila. AQuarius, based on the Intel Knight's Landing KNL, is deployed in Clustered Systems’ cbinets, with its "cold-plate" liquid cooling architecture. Brocade provides SDN fabric gear. While Innava aims at a large regional customer base for such needs as disaster recovery, Aquila focus on requirements of oil/gas exploration and university, government lab R&D.

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Keeping Video Content Streaming

Colin Kincaid, VP, Web Portfolio, Cisco John McIlwain, Director, CDNetworks Michael Todd, CTO, Victorious Phill Lawson-Shanks, Chief Architect, EdgeConneX

Streaming video and interactive content is growing exponentially - Netflix and YouTube are just a visible tip of the demand. More processing power, storage, bandwidth, and an entire infrastructure right at the “edge” of the network are the key to last-mile content delivery.

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Reducing TCO with “Free-Cooling”

Kris Holla, VP, Data Center Solutions, Nortek Philip Le Poudre, Principal Engineer & Technology Lead, Nortek Air Solutions

Expanded ASHRAE operating ranges for temperature and humidity, coupled with cooling technology advances allow for so-called “free cooling” to be used more extensively for energy- efficient critical environment operations. New developments in direct and indirect evaporative technology can optimize cooling efficiency and better manage water usage as water costs increases and availability decreases.  

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“Hyperizing” Sourcing for the Web-scale Era

Charles Hoop, IT Sourcing & Procurement Lead, Accenture Mark Thiele, EVP, Data Center Technology, Switch SUPERNAP Richard Donaldson, Director Infrastructure Mgmt & Operations, eBay Tony Greenberg, Founder & CEO, RampRate

Hyperscale computing, driven by “third platform” demands, are transforming the world of IT infrastructure capacity and services sourcing. Time-to-market and agility demands are changing the competitive economics of the hosting, colocation and cloud services business. Executives grapple with what being app- and data-centric really requires. It’s a DevOps world, and it’s about speed, elasticity, cost, performance, resilience, quality and risk. Can the high-stakes business of sourcing be sufficiently “hyperized” to meet the hyperscale demands?

IT + Networks


So, You Want Webscale? Cloud? You Need DCI

Eve Griliches, Director, BTI Systems Jon Hudson, Principal Engineer, Office of the CTO, Brocade Kevin Wade, Director, Cyan

Explosive growth in new data centers to handle the “3d-platform” realities give optical fiber data center interconnect (DCI) a bright future. CNOs of multi-site, web-scale networks know DCI plays a critical part in meeting demand for always-on content, but also in business continuity/DR. What does state-of-the art DCI look like in today’s CDN environment? Can DCI scale out globally? Find out why this is now must-have requirement in the new virtual critical environment ecosystem.

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Designing the Whole Eco-System, Data-Driven Data Center

Doug Taylor, General Manager, StackVelocity Evan Powell, CEO, StackStorm Zahl Limbuwala, CEO/Co-Founder, Romonet

In order to build truly data-driven data centers the whole stack must be connected.  To orchestrate your workload in real-time, the “North-bound” IT stack and “South-bound” facilities stack, traffic must be able to integrate, communicate and automate. Getting there, however, is a journey. This panel shares their own “open” journey of discovery and opines on where they think the industry is headed. 

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Is Your IT Organization Competent to Make Smart Cloud Choices?

David Nalley, VP Infrastructure, Apache Software Foundation John Hall, CTO, Tradesy Shane Garoutte, VP Technology Operations, OpenX

Cloud’s benefits are pretty clear. The competence to choose, plan and make the transition without fear of losing control is not as clear.  Is cloud infrastructure an all or nothing game or a hybrid model? How do you ensure that that your IT infrastructure is reliable, resilient  and able to deliver on command? How do you ensure that you stay in control.

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Ready for Open Infrastructure? What We’ve Learned So Far…

Grant Richard, Global Engineering, Operations & Provisioning, Goldman Sachs John Gromala, Senior Director, Hyperscale Product Management, HP Roger Strukhoff, Principal, Tau Institute

IT pros representing different industries reveal learning's from implementing open-infrastructure solutions and provide insights for shops evaluating it. To be discussed: a) defining open infrastructure, b) when/why to consider; c) implications of open infrastructure and likely impacts on existing IT processes, resources; d) new skills requirements; e) impact of open on the current I&O management model; f) serviceability; g) financial considerations, planning  and understanding.

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