April 4, 2017

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This is your exclusive chance to engage with experts and your peers on the future of IT. Get ready to challenge your thinking with innovative approaches to tackle your toughest IT challenges. In this executive discussion, IT thought leaders and tech experts share their insights and advice on using cloud to solve real-world business problems. Discussion topics span multi-cloud management, IT transformation and security across public and private clouds.

Rackspace Solve::Connections is your unique opportunity to meet the experts and pose your questions in an open and interactive forum. Walk in with your toughest IT challenges and walk out with proactive steps you can take to begin innovating your organization today to meet the IT challenges of tomorrow.

These events are FREE, but slots fill up quickly! View our event details below and register today.


David Torres – Suse


At Rackspace::Solve Connections, attendees will:

Meet Rackspace leaders and industry experts
Network with executive peers from the Dallas metro area
Learn about what’s new and next for the cloud
Participate in a friendly cook-off challenge


02:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Arrival and Registration
03:00 PM - 03:15 PM
03:15 PM - 03:35 PM
Your Key to Innovation: Accelerating Your Journey to the Cloud
The Internet of Things. Artificial Intelligence. Big Data. These headline-grabbing technology trends have one thing in common: they rely on the cloud. Rackspace CTO John Engates will briefly examine these trends and discuss what you can learn from how they work with the cloud. Even if you're not thinking about these trends specifically, finding the the best fit for your apps and workloads using multiple clouds can accelerate your business, helping you to go faster and guard against disruption. Learn how working with a trusted partner can help you speed up this transition and increase your momentum.
Rackspace - John Engates, CTO
03:35 PM - 04:05 PM
Circumventing The Bumps on the Road to Hybrid Cloud
This presentation will focus on opportunities and challenges as we fully embrace the Hybrid cloud era. The term “hybrid” in this context is often used as just a throw-away line to describe an environment consisting of multiple coexisting cloud models. But this view masks the underlying dynamism and volatility as principal cloud models and their proponents struggle for primacy in a rapidly evolving landscape. This presentation, featuring guest speaker, Principal Analyst Bill Martorelli of Forrester Research, will focus on the following trends: • State of the cloud 2017: Where are we? Where are we going? • Facing today’s implementation and operational challenges • What is the long-term role of the hosted private cloud? • How managed services are shifting to the public cloud • Managed cloud: What is the scope of the opportunity and challenges for suppliers and buyers? In addition, Rackspace will discuss the following: • Rackspace and the era of mass migration to the cloud • Mastering the management and governance challenges • The outlook for Rackspace in the hybrid cloud future
Forrester - Bill Martorelli, Principal Analyst
04:05 PM - 04:40 PM
The CIO Mandate: Transform the Business to Drive Efficiencies & Support Growth
Markets are constantly moving - new competitors, new pressures, new opportunities. These challenges come in many forms: mergers and acquisitions, drive efficiencies, increase innovation, lower TCO, new product, new geographies, and maximizing business insights with Big Data. Join Jaret Chiles, Senior Director of Rackspace Professional Services , as he discusses 6 major compelling events that drive companies to the cloud as a solution. Additionally, he will discuss the 10 questions every CIO should be asking to minimize risk in the minefield of IT Transformation and assist in planning their journey to the cloud. Additionally, we will discuss 10 questions that every CIO should be asking to minimize risk in the minefield of IT Transformation and assist in planning in the Journey to the Cloud.
Rackspace - Jaret Chiles, Senior Director - Professional Services
04:40 PM - 05:10 PM
When Should I Hitch My Wagon to Public Cloud?
Our experts help some of the best known companies in the world maximize their investments in AWS and Azure by optimizing their workloads for public cloud. That experience gives our experts a unique, insider’s perspective on the pros and cons of each platform. And you’re invited to take a look under the hood with us. Come hear our experts share their insights on migration, security, workload selection tips and general considerations for making the right choice the first time.
Rackspace - Jeff DeVerter, Chief Technologist - Microsoft Technology
05:10 PM - 05:25 PM
05:25 PM - 05:55 PM
The Real Cloud MVP: How Private Cloud Solves Your Public Problems
Regardless of where you stand in private cloud adoption, you’re probably curious about how other businesses are making it work and what best practices they’re using to find success. But you don’t have time to poll your colleagues. So, we put IT leaders on the spot about their private cloud experiences – decision factors, workload prioritization strategies, budget impact and security concerns. Join us to review these survey results and discuss your barriers with our panel of experts.
Rackspace - Sean Wedige, Enterprise CTO
05:55 PM - 06:35 PM
Cyber Security in a Multi-Cloud World
As the cloud matures and organizations become more comfortable in using it, many companies are finding themselves in the business of using a variety of platforms to achieve business objectives. From dedicated environments through virtualization platforms like VMWare and Hyper-V, to public cloud platforms like AWS and Azure, security organizations are being asked to manage these platforms in a unified way. As a managed service provider for the world’s leading cloud technologies, Rackspace helps customers remain protected in this multi-cloud world. In this panel discussion, we’ll investigate the type of security operation that can be successful in this mission.
Rackspace - Jarret Raim, Director - Rackspace Managed Security
06:35 PM - 06:45 PM
07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Cook-off Challenge and Dinner


8100 Dallas Pkwy #115
Plano, TX 75024


Parking is complimentary and self-serve.