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Wednesday, May 20 • 2:40pm - 3:20pm
Do Appliances Violate OpenStack’s Prime Directive?

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Does the appliance model and OpenStack mix like oil and water, or is there really some secret sauce to this approach? While OpenStack emphasizes support of heterogeneous infrastructure, alternative solutions have demonstrated wild success in the marketplace with proprietary hardware platforms and converged solutions with fewer options. Nebula gained traction with this model, but it could not be sustained. Will any OpenStack appliances or hyper-converged solutions succeed or does the appliance approach violate OpenStack’s Prime Directive?

Join the panel of experts as they debate the viability of an OpenStack based appliance model. They will

● Weigh OpenStack’s core values against the promises of converged solutions

● Review appliance success stories and failures in the OpenStack and overall cloud ecosystem

● Reflect on factors such as time to market, upgradability, scalability, performance, reliability, and supportability

Moderated by: Jeff Dickey – Chief Innovation Officer, Redapt


- Jeff O’Neal – Sr. Director, Cloud Computing, NetApp

- Jim Sangster – Sr. Director, Solutions Marketing, Mirantis

- Ken Won – Director, Cloud Solutions Marketing, HP

- Chris C. Kemp – Founder of Nebula & OpenStack, former CTO NASA


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Jeff Dickey

Chief Innovation Officer, Redapt, Redapt
As Chief Innovation Officer, Jeff oversees Cloud Strategy & Architecture at Redapt, he works with IT executives across the country as they solve current and future business problems with solutions that will stand the test of time. Jeff has worked in IT and Operations management consulting for over 15 years, helping companies across all verticals save millions by investing in technology and IT practices that that will meet the needs of both... 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 →

Jeff O'Neal

Senior Director of Cloud Computing
Jeff O'Neal, Senior Director of Cloud Computing at NetApp | Jeff O’Neal, Sr. Director in NetApp’s Cloud Solutions Group leads Cloud strategy, development and Go-to-Market. Jeff drove NetApp’s entry into the OpenStack ecosystem, defining the product offering, as well as entry into OpenStack Foundation as a charter member, nurturing OpenStack, both through funding and code contributions related to storage and data management... Read More →

Wednesday May 20, 2015 2:40pm - 3:20pm
Room 121/122

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