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Thursday, August 27 • 9:10am - 9:40am
Containers: A Rapid-Fire Reality Check

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The number of enterprises using containers in production is a small fraction of those exploring the technology. What’s holding back widespread adoption?

Three cloud all-stars will offer some thoughts. First, Derek Collison of Apcera will ask: “Is the VM dead?" Reclaiming the hypervisor’s roughly 15% overhead is compelling, but is that enough to kill the VM? As with many things in IT, the answer is, “it depends.”

Next up, CloudStack pioneer and Rancher founder Sheng Liang will explore the potential advantages of leveraging OpenStack’s massive ecosystem with Docker’s alluring potential and a growing community. If there is room to work together, what might that Docker+OpenStack super-ecosystem look like?

James Watters of Pivotal will then ask, “Do enterprises really care about the underlying container technology?”  Docker, Rocker, LXC, Warden—most line-of-business buyers see contains as a building block for PaaS. They want features further up the stack that let them build software faster. James will talk about why this matters for container business models, as well as some potential exceptions (think: finserv).

Magnum Project Technical Lead Adrian Otto will offer an update on the status of OpenStack’s main containers initiative.

Frederic Lardinois will then moderate a Q&A session with these four to explore their ideas in greater depth.



Moderators
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Frederic Lardinois

Writer, TechCrunch
Frederic has spent more than five years covering news and providing analysis about technology, the industry and consumer tech related to the Internet with potential to influence industry direction. At TechCrunch, his focus spans from emerging technologies and niche startups to major product advances by industry titans – all innovation focused. Before he joined TechCrunch in 2012, he founded Silicon Filter and wrote for ReadWriteWeb (now... Read More →

Speakers
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Derek Collison

CEO, Apcera
Derek Collison is founder and CEO of Apcera. An industry veteran and pioneer in large-scale distributed systems and enterprise computing, Derek has held executive positions at TIBCO Software, Google, and VMware. At TIBCO, he designed and implemented a wide range of messaging products, including Rendezvous and EMS. As TIBCO’s Senior Vice President and Chief Architect, Derek led technical and strategic product direction and delivery. He... Read More →
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Sheng Liang

CEO, Rancher Labs
Dr. Sheng Liang is co-founder and CEO of Rancher Labs. Prior to starting Rancher, Sheng was CTO of the Cloud Platforms group at Citrix Systems after their acquisition of Cloud.com, where he was co-founder and CEO. Sheng has more than 15 years of experience building innovative technology. He was a co-founder at Teros, which was acquired by Citrix in 2005 and led large engineering teams at SEVEN Networks, and Openwave Systems. Sheng started his... Read More →
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Adrian Otto

Distinguished Architect, Rackspace
Adrian Otto serves as a Distinguished Architect at Rackspace. He is an active technical contributor to OpenStack, the chair of the OpenStack Containers Team, and PTL of both the Solum and Magnum projects in the OpenStack ecosystem. Adrian frequently appears at speaking engagements and is active within the standards community developing capabilities to collaborate with other industry leaders and forging common standards for cloud platforms... Read More →
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James Watters

VP of Product, Marketing, and Ecosystem for Cloud Foundry, Pivotal
James Watters is Vice President of Product, Marketing, and Ecosystem for Cloud Foundry at Pivotal. | He currently leads a 20 person product management, product marketing, business development, and solution engineering organization responsible for Pivotal’s Cloud Foundry based enterprise software and SaaS products. An expert in open cloud technologies, James is the go-to-source for many of the industry’s thought leaders and has been... Read More →


Thursday August 27, 2015 9:10am - 9:40am
Hahn Auditorium