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Wednesday, October 28 • 2:50pm - 3:30pm
The Stack and Beyond: Analysis Paralysis

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As the OpenStack ecosystem experiences consolidation of OpenStack providers, the landscape of tools, platforms, and vendor-provided hardware/software solutions above and below the stack continues to grow. While the variety of OpenStack-compatible technologies means that users and consumers have a tremendous amount of choice, it also presents an ever-expanding set of decisions that must be made by both users and providers of commercial OpenStack Solutions. In this session, panelists will discuss:

  • The balance between flexibility/choice and vendor lock-in

  • Building loosely coupled/independent services versus fully supported/validated full-stack solutions

  • The impact of PaaS, containers, APIs, and application deployment/management methods   

  • Barriers to exit and switching costs 

  • Emerging technologies and what the community can do to ease adoption and impact for users, operators, and providers 

This is a must-attend session for those building OpenStack clouds, whether you’re building your own or building commercial solutions.

 Niki Acosta, Cisco Cloud Evangelist. 

Panelists include:

  • Shamail Tahir, Cloud Architect, EMC Office of the CTO

  • André Bearfield, Senior Director of Product, Blue Box

  • Aaron Delp, Technical Solutions Director, SolidFire


Niki Acosta

Director of Growth, Bitmob
Niki Acosta is an OpenStack Evangelist who came to Cisco by way of the Metacloud Acquistion in late 2014. Her OpenStack journey began when she joined Rackspace in 2008, eventually becoming an OpenStack Evangelist for the Rackspace Cloud, and later, the Private Cloud business.  As... Read More →
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Jeramiah Dooley

Principal Architect, SolidFire
Jeramiah Dooley is a Principal Architect at SolidFire, focusing on virtualization and orchestration platforms, service provider consumption models, outbound evangelism and general tech-based shenanigans. Prior to SolidFire, Jeramiah was part of the Office of the CTO at VCE after having... Read More →
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Shamail Tahir

Offering Manager, IBM Private Cloud and OpenStack Initiatives, IBM
I am an Offering Manager for OpenStack Initiatives at IBM Cloud and enthusiastic about technology.  In my current role, I am focused on open-source and product strategy.  I have been in the OpenStack community since 2013 and I am currently participating in the Product, Enterprise... Read More →

Wednesday October 28, 2015 2:50pm - 3:30pm JST

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