Product Leader, Rackspace
Toby Owen is the Product Leader for Hybrid Cloud and Cloud Networking at Rackspace Hosting. Currently, Toby is responsible for RackConnect and the Hybrid Cloud Solutions portfolio, overseeing development, operations, marketing, and product management. Toby has been in the IT industry for over 15 years. He has held technical, product, and leadership roles in operations, support, and development. Prior to joining Rackspace he led the Web Services team for Wells Fargo, with responsibility for internet banking infrastructure, security and support. He holds a bachelors of science in Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and an MBA from the University of Texas.
There are strong pros and cons to both Public and Private Clouds. Many enterprises like the idea of either one or both, but the realities have not lived up to the ideal. Building a scalable, private cloud allows customization and control, but is a major undertaking with up-front costs and ongoing commitments for hardware and management software. Public clouds offer a pay as you go, low touch option, but there are many concerns around security and compliance. Integrating the two and operating a true hybrid cloud requires a new way of thinking and a new type of management. How can IT decipher which cloud (public, hybrid or private) makes the most financial sense for their specific business needs? What are the necessary metrics to build an intelligent business case for moving applications and infrastructure components to a public vs. private cloud? This session will explore the pros and cons of private and public clouds, including the best use cases and scenarios for private, public and hybrid cloud initiatives, the financial implications, and whether/how hybrid clouds might give the best of both clouds.
Until recently, traditional networks were trapped in hardware implementations, bounded by the capabilities of physical switches and routers. Enter software-defined networking. SDNs allow you to break free from hardware constraints, using software to define and build networks on-demand, completing the trio of virtualization â€“ compute, storage and networking. Come learn more about how this revolution in networking and cloud computing will shatter yet another barrier to entry for the cloud, and paves the way for enterprise cloud architectures such as multi-tiered applications and multi-site hybrid clouds. Attendees will look at solutions from a holistic perspective without being bound to weather it is hardware or software. They will understand the benefits of a hybrid environment and how they can adapt that to a future capacity planning.