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January #cloudchat: 2013: The year of interoperability in the cloud?

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As we begin 2013, we look forward to a banner year for OpenStack and cloud standards. As the movement towards “open” cloud comes of age, we’re seeing the beginning of the next generation of standards and interoperability in the cloud – and strong momentum for OpenStack in an area traditionally dominated by proprietary players.

Our January #cloudchat, this Thursday, Jan. 10 from 4 to 5 p.m. ET, will focus on the progress OpenStack (and cloud open standards in general) made in 2012, what to expect in 2013, how interdependency will be key to deliver true workload interoperability in the cloud, and why that’s so important.

We’ve brought together a few OpenStack and open standards thought leaders to drive the discussion:

Krishnan Subramanian, Principal Analyst, Rishidot Research LLC

Krishnan Subramanian (a.k.a Krish) evangelizes open source and cloud computing on various media outlets, public speaking and blogs. His main focus areas include cloud infrastructure and platforms while he also looks at on the big picture where the seemingly disparate technologies of cloud computing, mobile, social and big data converge to change IT in ways we can’t even imagine today. More information on Rishidot can be found here. Krish’s personal website can be found here.

Mark Collier, COO, OpenStack Foundation

Mark co-founded the OpenStack open source cloud platform in 2010 and led the marketing and business development efforts to make OpenStack the ubiquitous cloud platform. He was previously VP of business and corporate development for Rackspace before accepting the position of COO for the OpenStack Foundation, which he also helped establish in 2012.

Lew Tucker, Vice President and CTO, Cloud Computing, Cisco; Vice Chairman, OpenStack Foundation

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. He also leads Cisco’s OpenStack initiative and is a frequent speaker on OpenStack at conferences and customer events. Lew 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.

Angel Diaz, Vice President, Software and Standards, IBM

Dr. Angel Luis Diaz has a diverse background in research & development, product management, and marketing. Currently Angel delivers interoperability and innovation across multi-vendor environments in the form of open standards and open source initiatives around the world.

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As always, here’s the full rundown of how the #cloudchat works:

  • What: A Twitter chat is an online conversation held at a pre-arranged time following a specific hashtag, in this case #cloudchat. You will need a Twitter ID to take part.
  • When: Thursday, January 10, at 4 p.m. ET, repeating the 2nd Thursday of every month at 4 p.m. ET.
  • Where: The chat can be followed on Twitter using the hashtag #cloudchat. Alternatively, log on and access the chat on twebevent. A recap will be posted on this blog the following Friday.
  • Why: To facilitate additional industry dialogue and provide a forum for questions, idea sharing, and problem solving. We want your input on what you’d like to discuss during future chats, so please leave a comment on this post or tweet @ibmcloud with topic ideas.
  • Who: Anyone and everyone is welcome to join!
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