Hear from IT leaders, industry experts and developers at the defining event that brings together the entire cloud computing community.
Sr. Manager, Corporate Development & Strategy, Rackspace
Bret Piatt leads the Technical Alliances team for Rackspace Hosting. In this role he is responsible for helping cloud companies build solutions that integrate the Rackspace Cloud. He is also actively involved in the cloud computing community helping open source projects such as OpenStack gain awareness and adoption.
A variety of options are available for building a private cloud that include both commercial and open source options. While many of the arguments for and against both style of solutions remain fairly standard (flexibility versus lock-in, price versus support) cloud computing brings new arguments to the table that may or may not tip the balance toward one approach rather than another for organizations. This session will bring those arguments to the table in a panel debate with proponents of open source squaring off against commercial vendors. Panelists will present the strengths and weaknesses of each approach, pushing each other to defend their positions and offering counter points that challenge the audience to reconsider their own biases and assumptions.