Hear from IT leaders, industry experts and developers at the defining event that brings together the entire cloud computing community.
VP of Corporate Development, Rackspace Hosting & OpenStack
Jim Curry is the overall lead for the OpenStack.org initiative with responsibility for building the community and driving adoption of the plaftorm. He is also the Vice President of Corporate Development with responsible for identifying and pursuing new growth opportunities for Rackspace’s core business as well as in emerging markets, including through mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships and new venture incubation worldwide. Prior to joining Rackspace, Jim held a management position in Corporate Development at Dell Inc. where he was responsible for merger and acquisition activity for the company. Jim has more than 12 years of corporate development and business development experience, including positions at Goldman Sachs and SCF Partners, a large private equity firm. Jim holds two undergraduate degrees with honors from the University of Texas in Economics and Liberal Arts as well as an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Where would the web be without Linux, Apache, MySQL and the pervasive PHP, Python and Perl? The Berkley Internet Domain Name (BIND) gave us the ability to easily transcribe IP addresses to human-readable names. Sendmail allowed us to send email from system to system instantaneously. These technologies helped define the Internet but their model of transparent free and open source development allowed them to become pervasive. Just as with the web, open source is one of the core foundations of cloud computing—achieving an unprecedented level of scale at a bare-bones cost that had never been seen in the history of computing. The first movers in cloud computing services found the open source software model most appealing, but to businesses today the attraction of open source is about the ability to develop a more flexible infrastructure and avoid vendor lock-in that often results from proprietary systems. This panel of leading cloud computing and open source practitioners will share their experiences on how they are helping their customers accelerate their entry into the cloud computing market as well as offer insight into how and where open source will continue to shape the cloud over the next few years.