San Francisco

March 4, 2015

Rackspace::Solve San Francisco took place on March 4, 2015. Browse this site for an upcoming Solve event near you!

Rackspace::Solve is a series of FREE conferences where you hear directly from today’s tech and business visionaries about how to solve tough IT challenges. You get an inside look into their IT strategy and the real-world solutions that are helping them scale their business, manage big data, and navigate digital trends.

Deep-dive breakouts cover cloud security, app deployment, data analytics and more, enabling you to walk away with proven ways to solve your biggest IT challenges.

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View recorded session videos below.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

ALEX POLVI

ALEX POLVI

CEO, CoreOS

AMANDEEP JUNEJA

AMANDEEP JUNEJA

Senior Director, Cloud Operations & Engineering, Walmart Labs

DAVID LIEBERMAN

DAVID LIEBERMAN

VP, Engineering / Technical Architect, Omaze

GUILLAUME AUBUCHON

GUILLAUME AUBUCHON

CTO, DigitalFilm Tree

JAMES DOWNS

JAMES DOWNS

Cloud Strategy and Architecture Leader, Walmart Labs

LILA TRETIKOV

LILA TRETIKOV

Executive Director, Wikimedia Foundation

MICHAEL JOHNSTONE

MICHAEL JOHNSTONE

Director, Web Technologies, Mark Cuban Companies

RYAN OGLE

RYAN OGLE

CTO, Tinder

AGENDA

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Registration / Solutions Pavilion Open
10:00 am – 10:20 am
Welcome to the Managed Cloud
10:20 am – 10:40 am
Tinder on Big Data
11:00 am – 11:30 am
Break
11:30 am – 11:50 am
All Cloud Platforms Are Not Equal
11:50 am – 12:10 pm
12:10 pm – 12:30 pm
Using the Managed Cloud to Save Hollywood
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Lunch
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Container Technology: Applications and Implications

ALEX POLVI – CEO, CoreOS
KYLE KELLEY – Software Developer, Rackspace

2:25 pm – 3:05 pm
BREAKOUT SESSION 1
Data Platform Modernization for Next Generation Applications: A Primer on Scaling NoSQL Technologies

NoSQL technologies are one of the areas that have seen explosive growth over the last few years and show no signs of slowing down. In this breakout session we will cover information on scaling with NoSQL technologies with a primary emphasis on the fastest growing NoSQL variant MongoDB, then a take a look at Elasticsearch before stepping beyond NoSQL by talking about transitioning from the relational world to NoSQL and into Hadoop.

We will:

  • Give you tips specific to scaling effectively with MongoDB
  • Hit up upgrades and benchmarking tools for MongoDB
  • Discuss different ways to scale
  • Look at some of the inherit things that can help or hinder scaling
  • Talk about sharding
  • Help you learn about some of the gotchas to avoid along the way

We will also discuss examples of companies moving from relational databases such as Oracle over to NoSQL and to Hadoop and provide a few migration tips. Basic architectures for MongoDB, Elasticsearch, and Hadoop will be covered as well as examples of best use cases for each technology.

Deploying a Cloud Scale App with Rackspace DevOps Automation

In this workshop, Rackspace DevOps experts will:

  • Discuss the major pitfalls/barriers to DevOps and how to overcome these challenges
  • Demonstrate various real-world scenarios, including how to deploy the Magento ecommerce platform, use the Rackspace DevOps UI, view New Relic data via the Control Panel, make changes using a Chef workflow, and push code to Magento
  • Demonstrate app scaling on demand

ERIC BRINKMAN – Product Manager, DevOps, Rackspace
CALEB GROOM – Director, DevOps, Rackspace

Protecting Your Cloud-Based IT Infrastructure

Hear the latest industry research findings, trends and best practices and gain valuable insight on protecting your organization’s IT infrastructure. Learn key discoveries from the latest Cloud Security Report including:

  • Why brute force attacks and vulnerability scans are increasing more than other attack types in every IT environment
  • What types of attacks to expect if you are migrating applications to the public cloud
  • Where attacks are geographically coming from in public cloud environments

STEPHEN COTY – Chief Security Evangelist, Alert Logic

Lessons Learned from Managing the Digital Holiday Rush

This session from Rackspace Digital is presented by Forrester analyst Peter Sheldon and presents an “after action review” for brands to take lessons learned from the past holiday season and make plans for managing their online experience this year.

  • Learn the results of the Rackspace / Internet Retailer 2014 Holiday Shopping Rush Survey
  • Hear first hand lessons learned from Mark Cuban Companies
  • Engage in a conversation with your peers and Rackspace Digital experts on how to plan for this year’s Digital campaigns and shopping season

PETER SHELDON – VP & Principal Analyst for eBusiness & Channel Strategy, Forrester

3:05 pm – 3:25 pm
Break
3:30 pm – 4:10 pm
BREAKOUT SESSION 2
Relational Database Workload Optimization: How to Consolidate With Help from Rackspace DBA Services

While the buzz keeps growing around exiting database technologies like NoSQL and Big Data, relational databases continue to consume the majority of the database estate at most companies. Relational database sprawl also presents real challenges for IT departments, from time constraints to inflexible, expensive, up-front licensing. In this breakout session, we’ll show you how Rackspace can help you to re-architect and optimize your relational database estate so that you can:

  • Focus your in-house DBA’s on activities that add value while Rackspace takes care of routine maintenance
  • Save on licensing costs by increasing database consolidation density and leveraging utility licensing
  • Get new projects to market faster with an ideal environment building and hosting relational databases for test/dev

We will also discuss how we can make it easy for your organization to rapidly utilize new advancements in relational databases like Microsoft SQL Server 2014 In-Memory OLTP and Always On. Join us to learn how Rackspace can help your organization to architect a relational database as a service model that can be utilized in private or public clouds that will increase agility and save money.

JIM STEINER – Team Lead, DBA, Rackspace

Taking the DIY Out of Mobile Apps

Every modern company today—big and small—is trying to figure out what mobile means to them. Each company has its own business goals to achieve and ideas on how to successfully execute a mobile strategy. Should it be internally or externally facing — or both? Can we use existing data to enrich the experience the app provides its end users? How do we address data and infrastructure security concerns? Who should design and implement the app? How do we reduce costs and achieve positive ROI?

Come find out the answers to these questions and more as Rackspace, CloudMine, and ClearBlade discuss a better, safer approach to mobilizing the enterprise with robust data, messaging, identity, and other repeatable services that cut up-front and year-over-year app development and maintenance costs, accelerate speed to market, and achieve your internal security goals.

MARC WEIL – CTO, CloudMine
AARON ALLSBROOK
– CTO, ClearBlade
RAY WILLIAMSON – Director – Mobile Technologies, Office of the CTO, Rackspace

Securing Applications from the Data Center to the Cloud

Security continues to be a major concern for enterprises moving their applications from their existing data centers to cloud environments. From the network engineer to the CISO: data security, stability, availability and access management all become topics to address when considering possible risks to those applications. Learn how F5 will address those security risks from your existing data centers to the cloud, including guidance on DNS Security, DDoS Mitigation, Identity Access Management and Context-Aware Web Security.

GREG MAUDSLEY – Director, Product Marketing, F5

Your IT Transformation Journey with a Managed Cloud Service Provider

Whether your organization is just starting or you’re already deep into the IT Transformation process…it’s a journey. And the best people to have on an IT Transformation journey are the trusted advisors that have helped multiple customers across multiple industries. This Rackspace::Solve workshop is designed to walk participants through the Rackspace service methodology, best practices and key learnings to jumpstart your own journey. Take full advantage of what a Managed Cloud service provider can do for your organization and experience similar results as those you see on stage at Solve.

DUNCAN RUTLAND – Advisory Services Manager, Rackspace
SANDY THORSEN – Enterprise Solutions Architect, Rackspace

4:15 pm – 4:55 pm
BREAKOUT SESSION 3
Docker Machine, Swarm, and Compose: The Future of Distributed Apps

For those interested in how to deploy multi-container, multi-host applications, Docker will present all three projects and give simple examples and demos for each of them. After this presentation, attendees will know how a multi-tier application is created and deployed – moving from the developer’s workstation to the production cluster using the Docker Machine, Swarm and Compose toolset.

VICTOR VIEUX – Software Engineer, Docker
EVAN HAZLETT – Software Engineer, Docker

Intelligent Data-at-Rest Encryption: Keys to Cloud Security and Compliance with Rackspace

In order to successfully leverage the benefits of cloud resources while meeting cloud security and compliance requirements, IT and business leaders should ask themselves the following questions:

  • How is it possible to meet cloud security and compliance requirements?
  • Can your organizations maintain control of sensitive data within the Rackspace offering?
  • Will the use of this cloud service increase an organization’s exposure to data security breaches?
  • How will this cloud service reduce your risk profile as it relates to customer information and intellectual property?
  • Is it possible for Rackspace employees see or access your business data or provide access under subpoena to government agencies?

Join Vormetric’s VP of Cloud, CJ Radford, as he discusses:

  • Data encryption and key management fit into a broader security framework.
  • Dispel common myths of data encryption (the realities may surprise you).
  • How we restrict access only to those who have appropriate user credentials and privilege.
  • Flexible deployment models with Rackspace as well broader enterprise public, private or hybrid clouds environments.
NetApp Storage for OpenStack

Cloud services based on OpenStack® software—particularly those for enterprise applications—require a robust storage infrastructure. Join Rob Esker to learn how you can combine NetApp’s rich set of storage efficiency, data protection, and security features with the power of OpenStack. Discover how to consistently meet stringent SLAs for classic application infrastructures delivered as a service and deploy native cloud applications in a manner that is scalable, efficient, and cost effective.

Whether you require block storage, object storage, or OpenStack’s upcoming file share service, Rob will demonstrate the value of NetApp over a “do-it-yourself” storage experiment that uses the lowest common denominator of components.

Rackspace is the #1 managed cloud company. OpenStack is the open-source cloud platform. NetApp offers Data ONTAP®, the world’s #1 storage operating system. Discover how together they are greater than the sum of their parts.

BOB CALLAWAY, PhD – Principal Architect & Sr. Manager, Technical Marketing, Cloud Solutions Group, NetApp​
ROBERT ESKER – Sr. Product Manager, OpenStack

5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
5:15 pm – 5:30 pm
Wrap Up
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Reception
SOLUTIONS PAVILION

Before sessions start and during breaks, attendees can get one-on-one advice from Rackspace specialists and our partners in the following technology areas:

  • Managed Cloud
  • Public Cloud
  • Private Cloud
  • Digital/Ecommerce
  • Data Services
  • OnMetal™ Cloud Servers
  • Start Ups
  • IT Transformation
  • DevOps
  • Cloud Office
  • Applications—Hybrid, SaaS, Mobile

…As well as advice from our partner sponsors.

THE EVENT GAVE ME GREAT CLARITY AS TO WHERE TECHNOLOGY IS GOING AND HOW I CAN USE THAT INFORMATION IN MY CONSULTING WORK WITH CLIENTS TO PUSH THEM FURTHER IN THEIR THINKING.

JOANNA BROUSSARD – THE BIZMARK GROUP, INC

EVENT SESSION VIDEOS

THE VENUE

THE INNOVATION HANGAR

3601 Lyon Street
San Francisco, CA

DRIVING:

Uber and Lyft are available. Both companies are running $5 flat fee promotions in this part of the city.

PARKING:

Complimentary self-parking is available at a nearby lot for the first 100 cars. Attendants will direct you where to go when you arrive.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:

We suggest taking BART to the Civic Center Station, about 3.5 miles from Innovation Hangar. Lyft or Uber from there is $5. For detailed directions, visit 511.org.

AIRPORTS:

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) ~ 35 minutes by car

Oakland International Airport (OAK) ~ 45 minutes by car

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