Keynote and General Session Speakers

Hear from top minds at leading companies discuss the future of cloud computing.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
9:00-11:00 AM

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Vice President and CTO, Amazon.com
Dr. Vogels is Vice President & Chief Technology Officer at Amazon.com where he is responsible for driving the company's technology vision, which is to continuously enhance the innovation on behalf of Amazon's customers at a global scale.

Prior to joining Amazon, he worked as a researcher at Cornell University where he was a principal investigator in several research projects that target the scalability and robustness of mission-critical enterprise computing systems. He has held positions of VP of Technology and CTO in companies that handled the transition of academic technology into industry.

Vogels holds a Ph.D. from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and has authored many articles for journals and conferences, most of them on distributed systems technologies for enterprise computing. He was named the 2008 CTO of the Year by Information Week for his contributions to making Cloud Computing a reality. For his unique style in engaging customers, media and the general public, Dr Vogels received the 2009 Media Momentum Personality of Award.
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CTO of Cloud Computing, Cisco Systems
Lew Tucker is the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Cloud Computing at Cisco, where he is responsible for helping to shape the future of cloud and enterprise software strategies.

Tucker has more than 20 years of experience in the high-tech industry, ranging from distributed systems and artificial intelligence to software development and systems architecture. Prior to joining Cisco, he was the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Cloud Computing at Sun Microsystems, where he led the development of its infrastructure-as-a-service offering and the development of Sun Cloud. Other accomplishments in his career include Salesforce.com's AppExchange, the java.com developer community, and the massively parallel Connection Machine.

Tucker's interest in distributed systems stems from his tenure at Thinking Machines, an early leader in supercomputing technology, where large-scale problems could only be addressed by using thousands of individual processors. Today, as the Internet evolves, companies are following a similar trajectory and building out large-scale cloud computing platforms. Transformation of systems into scalable platforms remains a long-term interest.

Tucker holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Cornell University, a master's degree in computer science with a specialization in artificial intelligence from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, and a doctorate in computer science from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University.
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CEO, Founder & Cloud Strategist, Cloudscaling
Randy is the expert cloud providers like VMware, EngineYard, Internap, and GoGrid consult when they need help. His independent cloud consultancy, Cloudscaling, advises Fortune 500 companies like Kaiser Permanente on cloud strategy. Randy has driven innovations in infrastructure, IT, Operations, and 247 service delivery since 1990. He was the technical visionary on the executive team of GoGrid & ServePath, a major cloud computing provider. Prior to GoGrid, he built the world's first multi-cloud, multi-platform cloud management framework at CloudScale Networks, Inc.

Randy is recognized as one of the top cloud bloggers and twitterers and recently won a 2009 'Cloudie' award for Most Influential Cloud Blogger. The Cloudscaling blog has tens of thousands of page views every month.

Randy's innovative open licensing of the GoGrid API inspired many others to open license their cloud APIs including SunMicrosystems, Rackspace Cloud, and VMware. Randy is a cloud computing thought leader who is frequently asked to present and participate on panels at technology conferences.

Session: Enterprise Cloud Myth(s)
What makes an enterprise cloud? Why do we need them and what promise do they hold? Will the Amazon model win or is an alternative cloud model truly required for a different buyer? We will explore the myths and realities of commodity vs enterprise clouds, describing what is at stake if we fail to incorporate the obvious truths in front of us.
Panel: No Private Cloud Should Be An Island

Moderator
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Vice President, Senior Analyst, Forrester Research
James serves Infrastructure & Operations professionals providing insights and best-practice use of emerging infrastructure technology and services trends including cloud computing (IaaS and public and private clouds), strategic rightsourcing, infrastructure consolidation, and application-specific infrastructure optimizations. Staten is the author of best-practice analysis on maturing your virtualization practices, building a cloud computing consumption strategy, and optimizing Web site infrastructures for blazing fast performance. He also advises clients on IT's role in business empowerment and HERO enablement.

James has more than 20 years' experience in the industry, having served as a reseller, vendor strategist, CMO, journalist, and analyst for companies including Autodesk, Azul Systems, Gartner, Rockwell International, and Sun Microsystems.

He is a frequent speaker at industry, corporate, educational, and Wall Street events and has guest lectured at leading business schools.

Working out of Forrester's Foster City, Calif. office, James holds a master's degree from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California and a bachelor's degree from the University of North Texas.
Speaker
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Senior Director, Cloud Serivces, VMware
Mathew Lodge is Senior Director in VMware's Cloud Services group. Mathew has more than 18 years' experience in the technology industry. Previously, Mathew was Senior Director at Symantec, where he led the go to market for its $1Bn+ information management group. Prior to Symantec, Mathew held a series of senior product management and marketing roles at Proficient Networks, CPlane, Cisco Systems and Schlumberger. Mathew has a masters' in Software Engineering from the University of York, and is an alumni of London Business School.
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Matt Thompson
General Manager, Developer and Platform Evangelism, Microsoft
As General Manager of Microsoft’s developer & platform evangelism efforts Matt Thompson has the first hand opportunity to both observe and work with a number of Silicon Valley’s most unique technology start ups. His time is split between working with this influential community of technologists as they adopt Microsoft technologies (including Microsoft's cloud offering, Windows Azure, and new phone platform, Windows Phone 7); advising a number of early stage start ups; and working with Microsoft customers & partners as they implement solutions on top of the breadth of the Microsoft platform offerings. Previously, As Sr. Director of Sun's Cloud engineering organization Matt was responsible for the development of Sun's platform as a service offering and related cloud developer tools. In a previous role, Matt was responsible for Sun's developer program and technology outreach worldwide. When not working you’ll likely find Matt off an island somewhere following his passion, underwater photography.

Blog: http://www.microsoftstartupzone.com/Blogs/matt_thompson
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/DeveloperFish

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Vice President of Systems Engineering, Netflix
Kevin McEntee is Vice President of Systems Engineering at Netflix, where he currently focuses on systems infrastructure, scaling, ecommerce, video transcoding and whatever else Netflix may need. Kevin has been at Netflix for 11 years and has held a variety of roles there, including many aspects of R&D related to Netflix's Video Streaming services. Prior to Netflix, Kevin worked as a software developer for startups, Netscape Communications, and Apple Computer. Kevin received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.
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Vice President, IBM Cloud Labs
Dr. Willy Chiu is Vice President of IBM Cloud Labs & High Performance On-Demand Solutions, Software Group. For the past several years, Dr. Chiu has been leading the worldwide Cloud Labs, driving IBM's Cloud initiative. He has been working with companies such as Google on major academic initiatives and technology collaboration, as well as implementing cloud for enterprise customers. In addition, his team launched cloud labs around the world to help high profile customers innovate, design and implement cloud computing.

Dr. Chiu has also led the IBM worldwide Performance Lab team on working with leading customers on platform and workload optimization, as well as performance and scalability improvement. Previously, Dr. Chiu held numerous executive positions within IBM Software Group, from leading a team of experts in high volume web performance technologies and scalability, to creating IBM's first "digital library" content management project in the emerging area, digitizing the world's most treasured collections, including those at the Vatican Library. Dr. Chiu joined IBM as a research staff member at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY.

Session: Accelerating business transformation through Smarter Computing
As organizations expand and businesses must become increasingly agile to compete, demand for computing capacity has become more dynamic, at the same time IT budgets are under tremendous pressures to control costs. Businesses must shift from traditional IT models to more efficient and innovative IT delivery models, such as cloud computing, that can be adapted rapidly to solve global business challenges, continue to accelerate innovative business models, and to drive new opportunities for monetization. In this keynote, Dr. Chiu will discuss how enterprise cloud adoption has evolved and what foreseeable outcomes it may create for businesses in the future.
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Vice President of Cloud Architecture, Yahoo! Inc.
Dr Todd Papaioannou is vice president, cloud architecture for Yahoo!'s global cloud computing group. Prior to joining Yahoo!, Dr Papaioannou served as vice president for architecture and emerging technologies at Teradata. He focused on product and architectural strategy across the entire Teradata product portfolio. His recent focus included defining and driving Teradata's initiatives in the cloud computing and virtualization spaces and launching the Teradata Developer Exchange. Previously he was the CTO of Teradata's clientsoftware group and served as the chief architect for the Teradata Viewpointprogram from inception through the first two product releases. Prior to joining Teradata, Dr Papaioannou was chief architect at Greenplum/Metapa. Dr Papaioannou holds a PhD in artificial intelligence and distributed systems.

Session: Elasticity: the What and the Why
Elasticity is one the most important benefits of Cloud computing. But what exactly do we mean by Elasticity? And how can you best explain it to the nay sayers? Find out from Todd Papaioannou, VP Cloud Architecture at Yahoo!.
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Head of Digital Operations, DreamWorks Animation
As Head of Digital Operations for DreamWorks Animation SKG, Derek Chan is responsible for the operations, strategic vision and planning for the Company's computing infrastructure.

With additional experience in Software Development, Derek has served in various management roles on multiple animated films, including the Shrek franchise, "How to Train Your Dragon" and DreamWorks Animation's upcoming release, "Kung Fu Panda 2."

Derek holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Masters Degree in Computer Science from Stanford University. In 2008, Derek was named one of Computer World's Premiere 100 IT Leaders and is an advisor on various industry boards, including Red Hat and HP Technical Advisory Councils.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

9:00-11:00 AM

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Vice President, Senior Analyst, Forrester Research
James serves Infrastructure & Operations professionals providing insights and best-practice use of emerging infrastructure technology and services trends including cloud computing (IaaS and public and private clouds), strategic rightsourcing, infrastructure consolidation, and application-specific infrastructure optimizations. Staten is the author of best-practice analysis on maturing your virtualization practices, building a cloud computing consumption strategy, and optimizing Web site infrastructures for blazing fast performance. He also advises clients on IT's role in business empowerment and HERO enablement.

James has more than 20 years' experience in the industry, having served as a reseller, vendor strategist, CMO, journalist, and analyst for companies including Autodesk, Azul Systems, Gartner, Rockwell International, and Sun Microsystems.

He is a frequent speaker at industry, corporate, educational, and Wall Street events and has guest lectured at leading business schools.

Working out of Forrester's Foster City, Calif. office, James holds a master's degree from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California and a bachelor's degree from the University of North Texas.

Session: Are You Activating Cloud Economics?
We all know clouds can save you money through their pay-per-use pricing model and deliver productivity benefits by being highly automated but do you really understand the new economic model they present? Are you coding, configuring, capacity planning and monitoring and orchestrating your applications to turn these economics in your favor? In my session I’ll discuss how others are doing this and how you can too.
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Director of Systems Engineering and Operations, Eventbrite
Scott Baker is the Director of Systems Engineering and Operations at Eventbrite. He is responsible for managing Evenbrite's technology infrastructure. Prior to joining Evenbrite, Mr. Baker worked as Vice President of Operations at Digg, the popular social news site which once boasted 40 Million Unique Visitors per month. He also held the position of Manager of Global Internet Services for Apple's Global Network Services group. He managed Apple's customer-facing networks, including Apple.com, Mac.com and the iTunes Music Store. He also held various networking and IT positions at The Boston Consulting Group, Intraspect and ION, as well as Director of Network Services for Playboy Enterprises/playboy.com. He lives in San Francisco and is the Artistic Director of Performers Under Stress, a theatre company dedicated to performing original works and the works of Samuel Beckett.
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Oriol Vinyals, PhD student, UC Berkeley, Microsoft Research Fellow
Oriol received his double degree from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Barcelona, Spain) in Mathematics and Telecommunication Engineering, and a Master in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego in 2009. He is currently a PhD student at the University of California, Berkeley, and is one of the 2011 Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship recipients. Oriol interests include artificial intelligence, with particular emphasis on machine learning, speech, and vision. He was a visitor scholar at the Computer Science department of the Carnegie Mellon University in 2006, where he worked in computer vision and robotics.

Session: Building the Overmind: AI and Autonomic Clouds
Researchers in artificial intelligence are starting to look for new challenges after having worked on problems such as chess, checkers or backgammon. One recent example is the question/answer system from IBM, Watson, that played in Jeopardy!. Starcraft is one of the most successful real time strategy (RTS) games ever made, and RTS games present many of the challenges and open problems that one finds in artificial intelligence. In my talk, I will link the concepts that the Berkeley Overmind used to win the first Starcraft AI competition with some of the cloud computing challenges.
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Chief Strategy Officer, Terremark
Chairman and Secretary, Open Data Center Alliance
Marvin Wheeler's duties focus on directing corporate initiatives and developing strategic alliances with key corporate partners in order to help Terremark maintain its position as a leading provider of cutting-edge IT solutions for enterprises and Federal government agencies. Working closely with Terremark's Product Development, Operations and Sales teams, he directly aligns overall corporate strategies with the continued development of innovative products and services that effectively meet the evolving needs in the complex IT infrastructure market. Prior to being named CSO, Wheeler served as Chief Operations Officer and President of Terremark's U.S. Commercial Business Unit. In that role, he was responsible for planning, deploying and maintaining the industry-leading multi-vendor technology used within Terremark's global facilities around the world.

Before joining Terremark, Mr. Wheeler spent 24 years at BellSouth managing data center and WAN/LAN Operations, in addition to directing some of the largest and most critical 24/7 operations centers in the Southeastern United States. He has vast experience with key operational processes such as provisioning, maintenance, change management and network reliability.

Mr. Wheeler graduated from the University of Florida, where he earned a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing.

Session: Using the Voice of IT to Develop Data Center Requirements
With a collective buying power of over $50 billion the members of the Open Data Center Alliance have come together to provide a unified vision for long-term data center requirements. This session will give an overview of the Alliance including an outline of the Technical Workgroups, targeted usage models, and progress toward the Usage Model Roadmap.
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President and Co-Founder, Cedexis
Marty Kagan has been leading the development of products and services in the web caching, content delivery, and application acceleration space since 1996. Prior to co-founding Cedexis, Marty was Vice President of Engineering at Jive Software and Akamai Technologies, Director of Technology for Akamai International, and part of the original Cache Engine skunk-works team at Cisco Systems. He has co-authored 9 patents.
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Vice President of Enterprise Strategy, Rackspace Hosting
As VP of Strategy at Rackspace, Andy Schroepfer's goal is to quicken the pace that businesses see, and act on, the reality that the future of computing is not about servers, but about service. He calls this the Road to ACE (All Cloud Enterprise), where ACE is a business that operates powerfully without servers, by leveraging the most efficient hosting platform (dedicated or cloud) for their custom apps and SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) applications for the rest.

Schroepfer has been the go-to analyst in the hosting industry since its inception in the late 1990s. From his beginnings at Piper Jaffray where he developed and managed the VoIP (Voice-over-Internet-Protocol) industry's primary market statistics, Schroepfer published a 270-page report on the dis-aggregation of communications which sparked his coverage of the Web hosting industry. He then joined Goldman Sachs as VP and Senior Equity Analyst on the Internet Infrastructure Services industry during the time when Equinix, Loudcloud (now HP), and Webex (now Cisco) were executing their IPOs (Initial Public Offerings). In late 2000, Schroepfer founded, led, and later sold Tier 1 Research, the leading specialist research firm on the hosting and data center industry whose insights and data remain best-of-breed. Schroepfer has been a technology investor and founded CagedTweets.com, an archiving firm for social media applications like Facebook and Twitter.
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Co-Founder and Vice President of Products, Nimbula
Willem is a senior technology executive and entrepreneur who started his career building a unix-based operating system for mini-computers and the first retail debit card payment system for one of the largest retailers in South Africa. Building on that expertise, he co-founded Mosaic Software to build the first high-end payment transaction switch for commodity hardware and operating systems. Mosaic became one of the world's leading EFT companies with operations in more than 30 countries and was successfully sold to S1 Corp. in 2004. Willem then joined Amazon to develop the Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service business plan and to drive product management and marketing for the service. Willem is a graduate of the University of Cape Town.

Session: The Cloud Ecosystem
As enterprises start to adopt the cloud paradigm and build out cloud based data centers, it is becoming apparent that a mature, well-managed and scalable cloud requires the alignment of a broad ecosystem of components and partners. We will unpack the constituents of this ecosystem, and discuss what to consider in each so as to get closer to a Perfect Cloud deployment."
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Vice President of Architecture, eBay
As eBay's vice president of architecture, technology product management and the developer program, Neal Sample brings nearly 20 years of passion for platform operations and data challenges to the world's largest online marketplace. Neal oversees strategy for the company's platform architecture, managing the design and delivery of eBay's platform efforts and further integrating eBay's range of components — including eBay mobile, Open eBay developer program, cloud computing and social commerce — into the eBay.com platform infrastructure. He also leads the teams that deliver new and exciting technology product functionality to eBay's tens of millions of customers, and who build opportunities for the developer community to monetize their applications through Open eBay. Neal joined eBay from Yahoo!, where he most recently was vice president of Yahoo's open, social and participation (YOS) platforms. Sample holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in computer science from the University of Wyoming, and a doctorate in computer science from Stanford University.