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Tuesday, November 4 • 16:40 - 17:20
The OpenStack Thunderdome

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Ladies and gentlemen boys and girls dyin time s here.  

No, not really. But in this session, five highly opinionated Stackers will lock horns over the best way to bring about global dominance of OpenStack as the default cloud-building platform. 

Jesse Proudman of Blue Box, Randy Bias of Cloudscaling, Alex Freedland of Mirantis, Chris Kemp of Nebula, and Christopher MacGown of Piston will each argue their cases for the roles that distros, appliances, managed services, PCaaS, public cloud, consulting/training/DIY and the Foundation have to play in leveraging OpenStack s meteoric rise to prominence into the dominant cloud-building platform it seems destined to become.

Keeping all these opinions in check and guiding the table-pounding and voice-raising to something constructive will be Caroline McCrory of GigaOm Research. Bring your opinions but check your assumptions at the door, and enter the room with an open mind. This crew is ready to inform, challenge and surprise the audience with tweet-worthy observations and actionable ideas that we can use to propel OpenStack to world domination.

Five champions enter

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Randy Bias

VP Technology, Emerging Technology Division, EMC
His prescient views on the profound disruption caused by cloud computing have made Randy Bias one of the industry’s most influential voices. He is an evangelist who was among the first to articulate the generational transition of IT from the “first platform” (mainframe computing) to the “second platform” (enterprise computing) and then to the “third platform” (cloud computing). He also popularized the... Read More →

Alex Freedland

Chairman and Co-Founder, Mirantis, Mirantis
| Alex is the co-founder of Mirantis, the guy who came up with the company name Mirantis and now serves as the company s Chairman and Chief Community Officer. He is also a member of the Board of the OpenStack Foundation Alex is passionate about OpenStack s quest to become the platform of choice for building the cloud infrastructures of the future. Since OpenStack is as much a social project as it is an engineering phenomenon, Alex is leading... 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. Chris also served as the Chairman of the White House Federal Cloud Computing Standards Working Group and was a member of the Cloud Computing Executive Steering... Read More →
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Christopher MacGown

Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Piston
Christopher MacGown is the Chief Technology Officer at Piston. Prior to co-founding Piston Cloud Computing, Christopher was an early employee of Slicehost before its acquisition by Rackspace in 2008. Christopher is an originating member of OpenStack's Nova-core development team. Recent projects include serving as senior engineer on the Global Earthquake Model project, driving the development of a highly scalable earthquake modeling engine.
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Caroline McCrory

VP of Business Development, Cloudsoft
Caroline is a tech industry veteran with over 20 years experience leading projects focused on strategy and business transformation for Fortune 500 companies using technologies such as cloud computing, converged infrastructures and modern software development methods. She has also driven global data center consolidation projects for enterprise customers. | | Caroline has a background in network and security engineering, enterprise operations... Read More →
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Jesse Proudman

CTO, Blue Box, an IBM Company, Blue Box
In 2003, technology entrepreneur Jesse Proudman parlayed his passion for the “plumbing” of the Internet into the creation of Blue Box Group, a Seattle-based private cloud hosting company. As Founder and CTO, Proudman has guided the company’s rapid growth and multiple successful funding rounds. He received GeekWire’s 2014 Young Entrepreneur of the Year honor,  and is a member of the 2013 class of Puget Sound Business... Read More →

Tuesday November 4, 2014 16:40 - 17:20
Salle Passy

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