Last year we held the first Pulse Open Cloud Summit on the Sunday before Pulse with a standing room only crowd of over 350 people. In 2014, cloud standards and open source are getting stronger and more prevalent so we are hosting the event again this year. This time, we promise to be even more impactful with succinct lightning talks focusing on key standards and open source technologies. Following the Summit, feel free to join us in the Pulse Solution Center for more discussion with experts, demos, hors d’oeuvres and drinks (it is Vegas after all).
What exactly is this Summit and why is IBM hosting it?
As organizations extend fully into the “cloud era,” low cost interoperability will be a critical factor in achieving cloud benefits. Whether integrating with in-house applications, business partners or even other clouds, interoperability is simply not cost effective nor is it secure when done in a proprietary or ad hoc manner. Standards are needed.
There are several cloud standards that are emerging, some in the form of open source software, that are worth considering for your environment. At the networking layer is OpenDaylight which aims to create programmable networks that can significantly improve flexibility, security and functionality of datacenter architectures. At the cloud infrastructure layer is OpenStack which provides a platform for controlling and managing compute, storage and network resources within a cloud. And at the platform or middleware layer is Cloud Foundry which provides platform level services for rapid development and hosting of new applications and services.
I know that many of you are probably skeptical of standards. As the old joke goes, “the best thing about standards is that there are so many of them.” But we believe that the market is rapidly building momentum around these three open initiatives (OpenDaylight, OpenStack and Cloud Foundry). We will spend the majority of our time on these initiatives, and supporting case studies showing tangible business benefits.
IBM has long been a supporter of open standards and a driver of key initiatives such as Linux, Apache and Eclipse. This continues with the cloud where open standards and open source software are a big part of IBM’s cloud strategy and direction. But this Summit isn’t about IBM, it’s about you. That’s why we are bringing in experts from the different open organizations to give you the straight scoop.
Structure of the Summit
Following a short introduction, we will have several 15-minute lightning talks covering multiple topics but with a heavy focus on OpenStack, Cloud Foundry and OpenDaylights. We are bringing in leaders from these organizations to explain the technology, provide user stories and to directly answer your questions. And, to further facilitate an ongoing dialogue, we invite you to engage with the experts directly following the two-hour summit in our networking session.
Who is this for?
This Summit is appropriate for IT architects, IT management and business users interested in cloud interoperability.
Where and when is it?
The Summit will be from 4:15 p.m. until 6:15 p.m. on Sunday, February 23rd in the MGM Grand conference center.
Oh, and it’s free for people attending Pulse!
What do you need to do?
- Register for the event (please). If you are already registered for Pulse, simply go into the Agenda Builder tool and add session TFS-2533: Pulse Open Cloud Summit – Room 119 to your agenda.
- Book your travel to show up in time to attend the event. Hey, many of you are already planning on coming to Las Vegas anyway, so why not extend your value by showing up a little early and attending this event?