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Wednesday, May 20 • 2:40pm - 3:20pm
Do Appliances Violate OpenStack’s Prime Directive?

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Does the appliance model and OpenStack mix like oil and water, or is there really some secret sauce to this approach? While OpenStack emphasizes support of heterogeneous infrastructure, alternative solutions have demonstrated wild success in the marketplace with proprietary hardware platforms and converged solutions with fewer options. Nebula gained traction with this model, but it could not be sustained. Will any OpenStack appliances or hyper-converged solutions succeed or does the appliance approach violate OpenStack’s Prime Directive?

Join the panel of experts as they debate the viability of an OpenStack based appliance model. They will

● Weigh OpenStack’s core values against the promises of converged solutions

● Review appliance success stories and failures in the OpenStack and overall cloud ecosystem

● Reflect on factors such as time to market, upgradability, scalability, performance, reliability, and supportability

Moderated by: Jeff Dickey – Chief Innovation Officer, Redapt


- Jeff O’Neal – Sr. Director, Cloud Computing, NetApp

- Jim Sangster – Sr. Director, Solutions Marketing, Mirantis

- Ken Won – Director, Cloud Solutions Marketing, HP

- Chris C. Kemp – Founder of Nebula & OpenStack, former CTO NASA


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Jeff Dickey

Chief Innovation Officer, Redapt, Redapt
As Chief Innovation Officer, Jeff oversees Cloud Strategy & Architecture at Redapt, he works with IT executives across the country as they solve current and future business problems with solutions that will stand the test of time. Jeff has worked in IT and Operations management consulting... Read More →

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Chris C Kemp

Founder of Nebula & OpenStack, Nebula
Chris founded and launched Nebula in July of 2011 to disrupt enterprise computing and ignite a new era of global innovation after serving as NASA's Chief Technology Officer. At NASA, Chris co-founded the OpenStack project and led the Nebula project, NASA's cloud computing initiative... Read More →
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Jim Sangster

Sr. Director of Solutions Marketing, Mirantis
Jim has been involved in IT for over 25 years and was responsible for multiple product lines, marketing initiatives and alliances around datacenter management, virtualization, converged infrastructure and cloud computing throughout his past roles. At Mirantis, Jim is responsible... Read More →

Jeff Whitaker

Senior Product Manager, NetApp
Jeff O'Neal, Senior Director of Cloud Computing at NetApp Jeff O’Neal, Sr. Director in NetApp’s Cloud Solutions Group leads Cloud strategy, development and Go-to-Market. Jeff drove NetApp’s entry into the OpenStack ecosystem, defining the product offering, as well as entry into... Read More →

Ken Won

Cloud Marketing, Hewlett-Packard

Wednesday May 20, 2015 2:40pm - 3:20pm PDT
Room 121/122

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