March #cloudchat: OpenStack and beyond, where the open cloud is going

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In the world of cloud computing, the open cloud has become a lightening rod — a disruptor to the industry and deliverer of a promised future.

At the red hot tip is OpenStack — growing rapidly with 1,000 companies — what some say is now the second largest open source movement after Linux. Last week, IBM announced it will make its hybrid cloud software OpenStack-based.

Venture capitalist Ann Winblad was quoted saying, “I think the trend here is that OpenStack has won the race to become the standard, and it has done it rapidly.” On April 14, OpenStack will host its OpenStack Summit in Portland where there will be future advances discussed. Is the jury still out or is it the winner of the open cloud world? What other elements are in play?

Join us for #cloudchat this Thursday, March 14, from 4 to 5 p.m. ET to discuss the aspects and implications of a potentially open, yet still cloudy world. Here are the expert panelists we’ll have on hand:

Eric Knorr, Editor in Chief, InfoWorld
Eric Knorr is editor in chief at InfoWorld and has been with the publication since 2003. A technology journalist since the start of the PC era, he has developed content to serve the needs of IT professionals for the past decade. He is the former editor of PC World magazine, the creator of the best-selling The PC Bible, a founding editor of CNET, and a veteran of several dot-com follies. Eric has received the Neal and Computer Press Awards for journalistic excellence.

George Reese, Co-Founder and CTO, Enstratius
George has been delivering software as a service since 2003 when he founded Valtira, a suite of web-based marketing tools. Prior to Valtira, George held a variety of technology leadership roles with J. Walter Thompson, Carlson Marketing Group as well as startups like Ancept and Imaginet. George is the author of several O’Reilly books on Internet and enterprise technologies, including Java Database Best Practices and Managing and Using MySQL and the recently released Cloud Application Architectures. George has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.A. in Philosophy from Bates College in Lewiston, ME.

Enstratius is a leading enterprise cloud management system that manages multi-cloud operations across public clouds like Amazon Web Services, AT&T Synaptic Cloud, Bluelock, GoGrid, IBM SmartCloud, Rackspace Cloud, SignTel, Terremark, and Microsoft Azure as well as private clouds based on (Citrix), Eucalyptus, Nimbula, OpenStack, and vCloud Director (VMware).

Christopher Ferris, IBM Distinguished Engineer, CTO Cloud Standards
Chris is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO Cloud Standards in the Software Group Standards Strategy organization. He has been involved in the architecture, design, and engineering of distributed systems for most of his 30+ year career in IT and has been actively engaged in open standards development since 1999.

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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, March 14, 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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