Barcelona, Spain
October 25-28, 2016

Event Details

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OpenStack in the Wild! How to Make OpenStack a Reality in Your Company

The advantages of OpenStack in the enterprise are well-documented: agility, flexibility, lack of vendor lock-in, focus on enterprise applications vs. infrastructure, etc. But the reality is that despite great advancements, OpenStack remains challenging for most organizations to implement. Stories of the Fortune 100 adopting OpenStack are inspirational, but many organizations lack the resources to successfully deploy OpenStack. This is compounded by a complex ecosystem--finding your way and getting started is tough enough! This session is designed for the enterprise IT leader evaluating the merits of OpenStack and considering implementing this transformational technology within their organization. We will examine the principal methods of consumption (appliance, distribution, hosted service, etc) and the pros and cons associated with each. Attendees will leave the session with tangible action items they can take back and get started with.


What can I expect to learn?

Attendees will leave the session having learned:

  1. The 3 major ways to use OpenStack
  2. How to navigate the ecosystem of options
  3. How to evaluate in-house technical engineering capabilities
  4. How to integrate OpenStack with legacy IT systems
  5. How to create a definitive enterprise cloud strategy

This will be an interactive session designed to enable attendees to go back and implement real change within their organizations. 

Wednesday, October 26, 3:05pm-3:45pm (1:05pm - 1:45pm UTC)
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Unitas Global
Grant Kirkwood is the founder and CTO of Unitas Global, a provider of custom Enterprise Cloud solutions for organizations around the world. The company offers its solutions to mid- and large-size enterprise, operating from 40 datacenter deployments worldwide.  A serial entrepreneur and technologist at heart, Grant has always been at the forefront of open source... FULL PROFILE