November 6-8, 2017

Event Details

Please note: All times listed below are in Central Time Zone

Building the Middle East’s largest OpenStack based Public Cloud

STC, a $36B USD telecommunications giant based in Saudi Arabia decided to build upon its dominant market position and offer public cloud services to the Government, Enterprise and SMB sectors across the Kingdom and the wider Middle East Region.

STC selected OpenStack technologies for the basis of their cloud and partnered with Mirantis and NetApp to help build out a reliable and cost-effective solution. STC wanted to offer a range of other services including backup, DR, archiving, video surveillance, collaboration and also allow ISV’s to offer their own software and services via STC’s marketplace portal.

This presentation will discuss the project goals, technology selections, strengths and challenges, and economic decisions made from both a top down and bottom up perspective.

What can I expect to learn?
  • How to choose your technology for building a cloud – both software and hardware
  • What makes sense when looking at mainstream vendors versus white box/commodity infrastructure
  • What challenges you can expect to face in offer services including things we know now that we wish we’d known at the start
  • What services we found we could run for high demand offerings such as Backup, DR, File Sync and Share (and quite a few issues that prevented STC offering other solutions)
  • How to build a Market Place/Portal to offer services to the market
  • Assumptions that you can or should make when looking at the economics of your cloud 
Wednesday, November 8, 11:50am-12:30pm (12:50am - 1:30am UTC)
Difficulty Level: Beginner
NetApp, Business Development Manager Telco and Service Provider
Chris Burnet is the Cloud Services and Software Solutions Manager for the MEA region at NetApp. Since joining the company in 2010, Chris has worked closely with Service Providers, System Integrators and Telecommunication Companies to help them design, build, deploy and sell high demand public, private and hybrid cloud solutions based on NetApp’s unique software technology.   FULL PROFILE
Vice President - Cloud Services - STCS
Always striving to exceed expectations in everything I approach. As Vice President for Cloud Services for STC I am committed to working to help customers build a vision and execute their current and future Business requirements by utilizing previous practical experience related to customer's pain points, addressing common obstacles and coordinating a full fledged solution roadmap that takes... FULL PROFILE