Pulse 2014 is nearly here, bringing together cloud experts from around the world to discuss the latest technologies, best practices, and new concepts.
One theme that runs throughout Pulse is Open Computing. From the Open Cloud Summit on Sunday to breakouts on key open technologies such as OpenStack, open computing is vital to organizations getting the most out of hybrid clouds. And nowhere is open computing more important than in building an agile and high performance Infrastructure-as-a-Service platform with Software-Defined Environments.
On Tuesday, I’ll be hosting a panel discussion about “Why Software-Defined Environments need to be built on Open Components”, with an eminent panel including the analyst Judith Hurwitz, Patrick Fitzgerald who leads the cloud service provider i-Layer, the IBM CTO of software-defined environments Matt Hogstrom, and Andrew Hateley who is an IBM distinguished engineer focusing on cloud performance.
What the panel says will of course be up to them and the questions asked by the audience. However, as a taster for the discussion, I’d like to share why I think open components are so important for effective and efficient clouds.
Software-Defined Environments are, we believe, the way that IaaS clouds will be built in the future, in order to meet the unprecedented demands of the new systems of interaction which integrate traditional systems of record with the mobile and social world of systems of engagement. These demands change too quickly for static manual allocation of workloads – instead IT systems need to dynamically automate allocation of compute, storage and networking resources, based on the business and technical requirements of applications and workloads.
Open Computing has shown itself to be especially good in three areas – speed of innovation, integration of heterogeneous systems, and offering choice to clients leading to lower costs and improved efficiency. All three of these are essential to building the agile and flexible Software-Defined Environments of tomorrow.
We’ve seen the impact of Open Computing with Linux, Apache and Eclipse – now we are seeing OpenStack, KVM, OpenDaylight and many other open components play the same role in cloud computing. Come and join the panel audience, and share in the discussion of why Open Computing is so important. Here are the complete details of the session:
Tuesday, February 25th 2014, 10:00am-11:00am
Why Software Defined Environments need to be built on Open components
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Program Director - Linux and Open Virtualization Strategy
IBM Systems & Technology Group