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CIO Cloud Summit
June 25-26, 2015

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View detailsKeynote Presentation

Visionary speaker presents to entire audience on key issues, challenges and business opportunities

View detailsExecutive Visions

Panel moderated by Master of Ceremonies and headed by four executives discussing critical business topics

View detailsThought Leadership

Solution provider-led session giving high-level overview of opportunities

View detailsThink Tank

End user-led session in boardroom style, focusing on best practices

View detailsRoundtable

Interactive session led by a moderator, focused on industry issue

View detailsExecutive Exchange

Pre-determined, one-on-one interaction revolving around solutions of interest

View detailsFocus Group

Discussion of business drivers within a particular industry area

View detailsAnalyst Q&A Session

Moderator-led coverage of the latest industry research

View detailsVendor Showcase

Several brief, pointed overviews of the newest solutions and services

View detailsCase Study

Overview of recent project successes and failures

View detailsOpen Forum Luncheon

Informal discussions on pre-determined topics

View detailsNetworking Session

Unique activities at once relaxing, enjoyable and productive

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - CIO Cloud Summit

7:00 am
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8:00 am

Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:00 am
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8:10 am

Welcome Address and Opening Remarks

8:10 am
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8:50 am

Opening Keynote Presentation

Innovation in a MultiCloud Future

The promise of the cloud is almost beyond compare; infinite computing resources, unmatched reliability and uptime, instantaneous service availability, simplistic self-service and provisioning, and the low-low prices of a “buy by the drink” model. The cloud will be critical to remain competitive, as enterprises push to innovate new products that address customer needs and process petabytes and petabytes of data that will require workloads too great for traditional infrastructure. Multi-clouds environments allow IT to focus on the product and the customer, with greater speed and flexibility than ever before.

Takeaways:

  • As enterprises move to the cloud, MultiCloud environments will increasingly become the norm, not the exception
  • IT leaders do not need to be alarmed, they’ve been down the complex environment path before, but they do need to be strategic
  • The flexibility, speed, and constant innovation available with cloud environments will be critical to stay competitive in changing industry paradigms

8:55 am
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9:40 am

Keynote Presentation

Accelerating Innovation with Hybrid Cloud
Cloud is enabling enterprises to fuel innovation and digital transformation. Hybrid Clouds provide the freedom to choose and change environments, data and services as business needs fluctuate. Building out a hybrid cloud infrastructure poses new opportunities and challenges. Business processes and transactions may cross multiple environments, creating new risk for security, visibility, and control at each checkpoint. Companies need to maximize flexibility to use their own apps, services, and data as well as take advantage of data, apps, and services anywhere, anytime across the internet. In this session, you will hear how IBM is helping clients to respond to the digital era through the new hybrid cloud, built open by design with security everywhere. 

Sponsored by:

View detailsIBMIBM

9:50 am
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10:20 am

Executive Exchange

Thought Leadership

Take the Cloud Challenge: More Value, Less Risk

More now than ever before, companies are looking to cloud to move faster and redirect savings to innovative projects. The next big step for companies of all sizes is moving production applications to cloud. What do these applications require? Which cloud model is the right cloud for production applications? How can your organization benefit from this next step to cloud? Join Dimension Data to see how companies are taking the next step to extracting value from the cloud. Get a simple to use checklist for selecting production applications and moving them to the cloud.

Sponsored by:

View detailsDimension DataDimension Data

10:20 am
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10:35 am

Networking Break

10:40 am
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11:10 am

Executive Exchange

Think Tank

Overcoming Cloud Data Integration Challenges

As enterprise applications becoming increasingly distributed as a result of broader cloud adoption, so too will enterprise data stores become increasingly distributed. While this presents general data management issues, of particular importance is the challenge of data integration in the cloud, including cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-premises integrations. The nature of cloud application deployments radically increases the number of transactions required to consistently aggregate and integrate enterprise data. Diversity of integration patterns and tools (on promises software, appliance based, cloud based) adds to the complexity of the problem. As transaction volume increases exponentially, so does bandwidth usage and bandwidth cost and so CIO’s need to work hard to control this spiral while facilitated clean integration.

Takeaways:

  • While latency is a big problem for cloud application integration, it is far less of an issue for cloud data integration
  • Existing data integration tools and processes will continue to work in the short term in a cloud focused world, but transaction volume ultimately will erode savings
  • As platform diversity increases data integration can become increasingly complex and so alternate tools and techniques will be required to tie everything together



Presented by:

View detailsDmitri Ilkaev, Chief Enterprise Architect, Sun Trust BankSun Trust Bank

Think Tank

From the Trenches to the Clouds

The cloud is becoming an increasingly important tool in the toolkit of both IT and the business, whether it be plain-Jane Infrastructure as a Service or highly specialized Software as a Service and as a result is being broadly adopted. However, while provisioning a Cloud service might be a simple as a call and a credit card, successful implementation is a different matter all together and a variety of factors need to be taken into account. To be successful you need to start early, building an adoption plan, selecting the most appropriate solution, managing the implementation with an eye to all the moving parts, and managing the ongoing relationship forcefully but fairly. Place a single step wrong and the benefit and value can be severely compromised.

Takeaways:

  • Without a solid up-front plan, any cloud implementation is going to be, if not doomed to failure, at least doomed to limited success
  • Successful cloud migration means paying attention to technical (how do you integrate apps? Data?) and non-technical (what happens to staff when roles change?) issues alike
  • Hurdles don’t disappear at go-live and ongoing effort is required to ensure early success are sustained throughout the life of the deployment


Presented by:

View detailsMarc Rix, VP Enterprise Architecture, LPL FinancialLPL Financial

11:15 am
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11:45 am

Executive Exchange

Thought Leadership

Disaster Recovery in the Cloud: The Case for Cloud DR for Missional Critical Applications

Traditional solutions for disaster recovery like data center duplication or racks of servers that run round the clock to support fluctuating demand are insufficient for the needs of the modern enterprise.  Cloud-based disaster recovery is reaching a maturation point in the market, as solutions are allowing costs to drop while providing increased flexibility and protection. 

Join us to discuss the benefits of moving disaster recovery to the cloud.

Takeaways:

  • Cloud DR systems can replace inefficient data center usage and improve flexibility
  • Cost reduction can be significant for high-variance usage applications


11:50 am
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12:20 pm

Executive Exchange

Think Tank

Cloud Success through Vendor Management

As enterprises increasingly move compute loads to the cloud, whether as Software as a Service or Infrastructure as a Service, the prevailing belief is that the requirement for IT staff is reduced – less work to do means fewer people needed. This is rarely the case because cloud vendors tend to be the source of point solution instead of being “one stop shops” and so one of the key areas in which IT staff requirements balloon is in the area of vendor management – more vendors to work with means more management required. Vendor management tends to be an area of weakness for many organizations, but as they push to the cloud, IT leaders will need to make it a strength or risk suffering the consequences.

Takeaways:

  • Vendor management starts during contract negotiation; the tone you set at the beginning will impact the relationship for the duration of the term
  • Everything comes down to SLA so they need to be established correctly, monitored consistently and failures pursued vigorously
  • People skills are needed to complement technical skills so make sure your IT staff have them in spades, or be prepared to find new staff that do

Presented by:

Edison Barreto, Executive Director, Business Technology Solutions, MGM Resorts International

Think Tank

IT Integration in a Distributed IT World

It’s no secret – the integration of disparate systems, disparate applications, and disparate data stores has long been one of the biggest challenges faced by the IT department. Simply put, getting everything to talk to everything is no easy task. The rapid adoption of cloud delivered services has compounded this problem almost exponentially – if it was hard to integrate when you controlled the whole stack it has become nearly impossible when you control very little of it. To be efficient and effective IT departments need to adopt a new model of system, application, and data integration. Endless webs of one-off point-to-point integrations simply won’t cut it anymore and a purposeful, structured approach is required.

Takeaways:

  • Learn how to build a holistic strategy to integrate systems, applications, and data
  • Understand how to leverage SOA and ESB to streamline app to app communications
  • Discover the power and impact of holistic Master Data Management and other data integration processes.

12:25 pm
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12:55 pm

Executive Exchange

Roundtable

The Evolution of the Private Cloud

Once upon a time applications ran directly on physical hardware. Then the boxes got bigger and more capable and multiple applications were run on the same hardware. There were some resource constraints, but things in general became more efficient. Time passed, things evolved and virtualization was introduced, allowing enterprises to run even more applications even more efficiently on the same hardware. And then the cloud came on the scene, extending the virtualization model to the point that it looked like something completely different, to the point that it became true utility computing. Cloud computing is not just “virtualization on a bigger scale” and as CIOs prepare their organizations to dive into private clouds at an increasing rate, it is very important to understand what they are and are not, and how they differ from their forbear computer models with which we are all familiar.

Takeaways:

  • Private clouds are big and becoming bigger, but calling something a private cloud and having it actually be one are different things
  • While virtualization may be a core enabling technology of a private cloud, virtualizing an environment doesn’t make it a cloud
  • True private clouds have both pros and cons in relation to other compute models; they are not the be-all and end-all and careful consideration needs to be given before pushing ahead with private cloud deployment

Roundtable

Using Cost Transparency to Balance IT Supply and Demand

With increasing access, stricter mandates and a greater focus on outcomes, the demand for IT is dramatically outpacing supply in many organizations. At the same time, budgets remain under continued scrutiny. These forces mean IT leaders must not only root out inefficiencies, they must also encourage fact-based conversations about the true cost of technologies and services and the value they provide. Cost transparency makes both of these goals possible.

Join Apptio in a roundtable discussion focused on:

·         What is IT cost transparency and what decisions does it empower?

·         Using cost transparency to help grow your business and innovate

·         The data needed for effective cost transparency

·         Changing the conversations between IT leaders and business partners

·         Governing IT spending to align with business priorities

Sponsored by:

View detailsApptioApptio

1:00 pm
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2:00 pm

Networking Luncheon

2:05 pm
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2:35 pm

Executive Exchange

Thought Leadership

Strategies for the Digital Enterprise

Enterprises face a new digital paradigm where data growth is off the charts, and cloud and mobility are paramount to sustaining competitive advantage.

Seizing growth opportunities, scaling infrastructure, global service expansion - all of it requires choosing the right data centers. You need to be close to target markets and end users to deliver services faster. You need to connect to a variety of providers and partners quickly and efficiently. That's why you should be inside Equinix.

  • The largest selection of cloud and network service providers
  • Partners including Amazon, Microsoft and NetApp
  • Validated IT design and performance benchmarking
  • A team of global solution architects who bring it all together

Equinix data centers are some of the best-connected, most densely populated places in the digital world-home to 975+ networks, 1,200+ cloud and IT service providers and the worlds top sources for mobile applications and content. Our 100 data centers on five continents can extend the geographic reach of your IT services and help scale your operations. Join us and learn how we can help you accelerate your business by connecting you to the partners and markets that matter most.

Sponsored by:

View detailsEquinixEquinix

2:40 pm
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3:10 pm

Executive Exchange

Roundtable

Private Cloud Done Two Ways

“Cloud” in and of itself is a nebulous term, applying to a variety of different compute models and nowhere is this more obvious that when it comes to private clouds specifically. On the one hand we have private clouds that are complete cloud stacks that are wholly owned by an organization, are managed by the IT department of the organization, and exist within facilities owned or managed by the organization. On the other we have a privatized segment of a public cloud offering that implements fixed boundaries around the limits of the assigned cloud space and ensures that no sharing of data load occurs, that unique SLAs exist, and that distinct management is in place. While both in some way break the core tenets of what “cloud” is (multi-tenancy and dynamic provisioning among them), private clouds are popular and becoming more so. It is essential therefore that CIOs understand the difference between the two private clouds to make the right choice for their organization.

Takeaways:

  • Private clouds offer a distinct advantage over their public counterparts – a greater sense of security and a greater ease of achieving compliance
  • Private clouds offer a distinct disadvantage over their public counterparts – greater costs and greater management complexity
  • Picking the right private cloud will maximize benefit while minimizing detriment so it is essential that it be done right

Roundtable

Embrace the Cloud: Adopting a Brokerage Model

The allure of the Cloud is three-fold: the widely seen benefits are reduced cost, increased flexibility, and enhanced time to market. As a result business are rushing to the Cloud in ever increasing droves. In many cases, however, the rush is omitting the IT department until it is too late, and the specter of incompatible data and communications standards, of an inability to integrate with existing on-premise systems hangs over these deployments. To combat these issues, IT leaders need to recognize the value provided by the Cloud and develop a brokerage model whereby IT can direct business peers to the right Cloud delivered service. 

Takeaways:

  • Learn what the benefits of the cloud are, and why estimates are being missed. 
  • Understand the drivers of these misses and why they are a problem 
  • Determine the best approach for IT to take to head those problems off while offering an even higher level of service and value

3:15 pm
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3:45 pm

Executive Exchange

Thought Leadership


Sponsored by:

View detailsVerizonVerizon

3:45 pm
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4:00 pm

Networking Break

4:05 pm
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4:35 pm

Executive Exchange

Thought Leadership

Disrupting Markets with Disruptive Technologies

While the combination of Social, Mobile, Analytics, and Cloud have been present and disrupting IT departments and enterprises as a whole for over two years now, in many ways organizations have still not fully embraced them, have still not fully leveraged them. These new platforms allow organizations radically new ways to go to market, allowing for broad scale deployment of “systems of engagement” that create dynamic relationships with clients and prospects. Finding the resources, wherewithal, and ability to fully commit to these technologies and the capabilities they create has proven to be a struggle for many, but a struggle that can be overcome by leveraging the right partners that bring the right skills and experiences to bear.

Takeaways:

  • Social, Mobile, Analytics, and Cloud are all here to stay; each one adds value to enterprises but collectively that value increases exponentially
  • The manner in which these technologies are implemented, operated, and utilized is different than the foregoing systems of record we are used to
  • Unique skills and capabilities are required to leverage the power and value of these platforms, skills and capabilities that can be in short supply

4:40 pm
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5:10 pm

Executive Exchange

Think Tank

Using Cloud Delivered Services to Enable Business Transformation

As IT leaders begin to make the Cloud an inherent component of their long-term plans, they face the risk of falling into old habits and simply approaching the Cloud from a purely tech-centric perspective. While addressing the technology questions presented by increased Cloud adoption is important, more important is understanding the business enablement opportunities offered by broader Cloud adoption strategies. Innovative CIOs will need to see the Cloud for what it is; a way to change the conversation and focus away from the bits and bytes to an evaluation of what capability enables optimized business initiatives.

Takeaways:

  • Learn why viewing the Cloud as an alternate technology delivery channel only is career suicide
  • Understand the real value of the Cloud, and that it goes beyond surface metrics like cost savings
  • Develop, instead of a Cloud adoption strategy, a Cloud/Business enablement strategy

Presented by:

View detailsAlex Fuss, Director of Enterprise Architecture, AXA USAXA US

Think Tank

Ensuring Cloud Portability

As human beings we all know that sooner or later, most relationships end, and the same of course is true for IT department – cloud service provider agreements. When human relationships (whether personal or business in nature) end, we can easily move into new ones because the “interfaces” with the new “service provider” remain consistent with those of the old, but when it comes to cloud-based systems, the same cannot necessarily be said. Portability can be hampered by many factors at the data (differing data models), application (differing programming languages), platform (differing operating systems), or even infrastructure (differing stacks) layer and all of these inconsistencies must be taken into account when establishing a cloud relationship. While IT departments may not be able to jump cloud to cloud to cloud, they can ensure at least a base level of portability by ensuring interoperability between cloud platforms and internal systems so that at the very least capabilities can be repatriated.

Takeaways:

  • Like a marriage with a pre-nup, cloud service relationships must be entered into with an eye on a potential future exit
  • All aspects of the cloud stack must be considered from an interoperability and portability perspective; any one could undermine future movement
  • Planning for repatriation is the easiest way to ensure portability because only one interoperability pairing is required for each cloud relationship – that between the provider and you

5:15 pm
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6:15 pm

Executive Visions Panel

Is Security Obscuring the Benefit of the Cloud?

Cloud delivered computing services, whether Software, Platform, or Infrastructure as a Service offer the potential of significant business advantages such as reduced cost and increased flexibility. These advantages however come with very real risks, chief among them security concerns and the risk of data and compliance breaches " how do you secure what you cant see, touch, and control? Join our panel as we explore both the security and compliance issues inherent in Cloud deployments, look at the hidden issues that first time Cloud adopters may simply not be aware of, and discuss through solutions that can be used to address these challenges and allow enterprises to fully and firmly embrace the Cloud.

Takeaways:

·         Be exposed to the true security and compliance cloud threat landscape

·         Learn how successful cloud adopters have mitigated these risks

·         Discover how to build cloud protection capabilities keyed to you needs

Presented by:

Kenneth Foster, Managing Director, Data Center and Operations & Chief Information Security Officer, Rollins, Inc.

6:15 pm
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7:00 pm

Cocktail Reception

7:00 pm
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8:30 pm

Networking Dinner

8:30 pm
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10:00 pm

After Dinner Networking

Friday, June 26, 2015 - CIO Cloud Summit

7:00 am
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8:00 am

Networking Breakfast

8:10 am
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8:55 am

Opening Keynote Presentation

Drones Gone Wild

Discussed too quickly at too high a level and IoT technologies can summon images of Big Brother-like monitoring and awareness, or Skynet-like sentience and control. With Google previewing fully autonomous cars that have no driver controls, and Amazon demonstrating delivery drones that will deliver orders in 30 minutes or less, a future of self-controlled whizzing and whirring devices seems a certainty, but what will humanities role be in this future " controller or controlled? And at a more mundane level, if self-acting robots takes over the vast majority of tasks (and do them with more precision and efficiency that their human forbears), what role is left for human workers in this Brave New World future? Join us for the engaging, lively, and admittedly whimsical, look into our autonomous future.

Takeaways:

  • Increased automation transfers many jobs out of the hands of humans " we can’t all be robot technicians so what does the future hold for employment?
  • At some point robot and drone operations switch from human designed to AI created " how far off is that point and what impact does it hold for society?
  • What role do businesses that create these technological advances have in these decisions and how does that balance against the role of governments?

9:05 am
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9:35 am

Executive Exchange

Thought Leadership

Horizontal or Vertical? Finding the Right Cloud Fit

The vast majority of cloud services available on the market today are best described as horizontal offerings – the same feature set and functionalities offered to each enterprise regardless of the different market pressures those enterprises face. But “one-size-fits-all” horizontal offerings are not the only way in which cloud can be consumed because businesses aren’t one-size-fits-all in their individuals needs and approaches to their market spaces. As a result, vertical cloud offerings are increasingly coming to market. These solutions differ from private clouds in that they don’t offer that truly individual level of customization, instead providing a “one-size-fits-some” approach. The advantages of such an approach (semi-custom offering without the semi-custom pricing primarily) can make these solutions seem appealing, but IT leaders must determine whether the inherent risk of a smaller and more niche focused solution offsets the benefit of a more tailored and less generic offering.

Takeaways:

  • Vertical cloud offerings have existed since the beginning of the cloud but simply have not been as popular as the larger horizontal solutions on the market
  • Vertical offerings can be tremendously thin (focused) allowing them to be incredibly deep (tailored) but offerings generally come from smaller providers
  • The big boys are starting to take notice of vertical specialization and push into this market making partner selection confusing

9:40 am
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10:10 am

Executive Exchange

Think Tank

Cloud Cost Containment

Perhaps the single biggest value purported from the cloud is that of cost reduction, the opportunity to drive down sky-high IT costs to either meet mandated spending reductions or to channel freed up funds into innovation and growth initiatives. With monthly per-user pricing, businesses avoid huge capital outlays, but the pricing models are so divergent from what IT departments are used to that it isn’t always easy to determine whether they advertised savings actually measure up, and in surveys respondents rarely indicate their savings were everything they expected them to be. To be able to determine just how cost effective cloud solutions are, CIOs need first to calculate the true per-user cost of alternate solutions, including those already in place.

Takeaways:

  • Cloud solutions generally do deliver savings, as up to 80% of survey respondents indicate, but rarely at the levels advertised and promised
  • For an apples to apples comparison, it is essential to know the cost of service of solutions already in place, as well as cloud alternatives
  • Cost containment also means limiting cloud sprawl as well; over-provisioning through uncontrolled growth can rapidly erode any potential savings

Think Tank

Cloud SLAs: Making, Measuring, and Managing

The lifeblood of any cloud relationship is the Service Level Agreement (SLA) upon which it is based – the SLA sets the expectations of both parties and acts as the roadmap for change, whether planned or unplanned. Each SLA has a complex lifecycle that includes three distinct phases – negotiation where the original terms of the agreement are established, measurement where service is actively monitored to ensure agreed upon levels are achieved, and management where deficiencies from and adjustments to initial agreements are acted upon. IT Leaders must take an active role in all phases of the SLA lifecycle to ensure optimal protection for their enterprise.

Takeaways:

  • Without strong SLAs, cloud service level agreements aren’t worth the paper they are written on
  • While many cloud vendors offer only a standard SLA, effort should always be invested in attempting to negotiate an appropriate set of terms
  • SLA work does not end with the negotiation of acceptable terms, in fact that is when the real work begins of ensuring SLA compliance

10:15 am
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10:30 am

Networking Break

10:35 am
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11:05 am

Executive Exchange

Roundtable

Enable Business Growth with Enterprise-Grade Cloud

Moving applications and workloads to the cloud requires infrastructure that can provide global Internet scale, performance, security, and availability. It doesn’t mean abandoning existing investments in legacy IT, but rather realigning to a cloud hybrid approach that delivers the best of both worlds. Leading organizations recognize the business value they can achieve through cloud, analytics, and engagement. What's more, they know that the best way to garner that value is by securely connecting applications, data and services across an open and flexible infrastructure of private and public clouds and devices; in other words, through a hybrid cloud.  Choosing where your data resides, where your transactions run, and where the analytics are performed are all important strategic choices. Join this informative session to learn how investing in the right hybrid cloud infrastructure is integral to achieving business outcomes that will help you lead in your industry.

Sponsored by:

View detailsIBMIBM

Roundtable

Does OpenStack have the Legs for the Long Haul?

In many ways, OpenStack seems to be on a roll with revenues approaching a billion dollars and projected to double that within the next handful of years. Packed user conferences are occurring on both sides of the Atlantic and buzz generally seems high. Why is then that virtually every analyst firm is at best cautious and at worst pessimistic about OpenStack and it’s long term viability? The crux of the matter seems to be the interoperability between the OpenStack stack and the proprietary stacks that big name public cloud solution providers make use of. If the world truly is going hybrid, this integrations issue becomes critical for enterprise cloud success, and OpenStack long-term viability.

Takeaways:

  • OpenStack has shown tremendous growth and adoption and is supported by a healthy community
  • All may not be rosy however as adoption as the basis for commercial solutions is all but absent for a variety of reasons
  • In a hybrid cloud world, public and private clouds must integrate cleanly and efficiently, but will that option exist for OpenStack deployments?

11:10 am
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11:40 pm

Executive Exchange

Think Tank

Application Integration and the Impact of the Cloud

While applications exist, in general, to perform a specific pre-defined function or purpose, rarely do they operate independently and indeed significant IT resources have been expended over the years integrating applications to allow them to work together. With an ever-greater push to the cloud comes a change to how application integration is handled. Firstly, cloud delivered applications tend to be far more siloed than fuller on-prem application suites, meaning significantly more of them, and therefore significantly more integrations between them exist. Secondly, the distributed nature of cloud-based applications introduces more system latency requiring a switch from synchronous to asynchronous communications that requires a radically different integration approach.

Takeaways:

  • Moving to the cloud does not eliminate IT’s need to focus on application integration and likely actually increases it
  • There is significant risk that IT will be required to integrate after the fact, after the business has already provisioned cloud systems
  • Integrating application in the cloud requires a different approach to integration and IT departments may need to familiarize themselves with new skills

Think Tank

Business Relationship Management Key to Cloud Success

The allure of the cloud, from the perspective of the business, isn’t necessarily price or performance, its accessibility. With a phone call and a credit card, service can be provisioned almost instantly and key initiatives can begin to execute. And while initial response might be exactly what the business wants, sooner or later that easily provisioned cloud service will need integrating with existing upstream or downstream systems and of course after the fact integration is significantly more complex than before the fact integration. To address this deficiency, CIOs need to get out in front of the cloud wave, need to begin understanding exactly what cloud capabilities their organization requires, and need to provision those capabilities before the business does it without them. The key to being able to do so is a Business Relationship Management capability that collects and understands those needs.

Takeaways:

  • Cloud services allow for tremendous business flexibility and rapid time to market, but adopted poorly can lead to integration nightmares
  • IT must become stewards of the cloud, brokering the connections between business and the available services
  • An intimate understanding of both cloud offerings and business needs is essential for this to work effectively

11:45 am
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12:45 pm

Executive Visions

Public, Private, Hybrid: Understanding the Pros and Cons

When it comes to a move to the cloud, enterprises have three very distinct options available to them (or two distinct options and a third that is the blend of the first two). Public clouds offer the potential of tremendous flexibility and unparalleled efficiency but come with question marks about security and resiliency. Private clouds directly address those concerns but bring far bigger price tags, both in terms of dollar cost and management requirements. On the surface hybrid clouds seem to offer the best of both worlds by marrying the best of public and private, and minimizing their worst. But this isn’t necessarily the case and in many ways hybrid can be seen as nothing more than a compromise solution that compromises all the benefits of the cloud. The key for enterprises when selecting a cloud model is to look at the big picture and build a strategy that leverages strengths, minimizes weaknesses, and is built for the long term.

Takeaways:

  • The promise of the public cloud lies in its flexibility, cost-effectiveness and ease of use but it brings with it a loss of control
  • Private clouds all but guarantee data privacy and protection but carry significantly bigger price tags and negative impacts of accessibility
  • Hybrid clouds allow enterprises to mix and match to get the right cost vs. security balance but ratchet management complexity up to all new levels

12:45 pm
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12:50 pm

Thank You Address and Closing Remarks

12:55 pm
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1:55 pm

Grab and Go Luncheon