August 29, 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 the Rackspace::Solve Connections Denver, attendees will:

Meet Rackspace leaders and industry experts.
Network with executive peers from the Denver area.
Learn about what’s new and next for the cloud.
Enjoy a VIP dining experience at Matsuhisa Denver.


02:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Arrival and Check-in
03:00 PM - 03:45 PM
03:45 PM - 04:15 PM
Mapping your Journey to the Cloud
The road to the cloud can be long and daunting, with plenty of pitfalls along the way. From planning and architecture design to migration and ongoing optimization, each phase brings its own unique challenges. In this session, cloud implementation veteran Jaret Chiles will break down each distinct phase of the cloud transition. We’ll explore real-world examples and lessons learned here at Rackspace from our experience guiding customers ranging from startups to Fortune 100s along their cloud journeys.
Rackspace - Jaret Chiles, Senior Director, Professional Services
04:15 PM - 05:00 PM
Cloud Smackdown: AWS vs. Azure
The selection of a public cloud vendor can often be a grueling battle inside your organization bordering on a Smackdown “Cage Fight to the death.” It's no longer a race to the bottom for the two 500lb gorillas in the public cloud space - it's now about climbing to the top and identifying the right workloads for the right one. In this session, our AWS and Azure experts Eric Johnson and Jeff DeVerter square off to:

  • Compare and contrast the distinguishing features of each cloud ecosystem
  • Explain why there will be times you will find both are needed to stay ahead in today’s business world
  • Why multi-cloud approach is the model of choice in today’s ever changing world
  • Rackspace - Jeff DeVerter, Chief Technologist - Microsoft TechnologyRackspace - Eric Johnson, Cloud EvangelistRackspace - Derek Remund, Customer Reliability Engineer - Google Technologies
    05:00 PM - 05:15 PM
    05:15 PM - 05:45 PM
    The Role of Private Cloud in a Public Cloud World
    With an increasing emphasis on moving workloads to public clouds, the strengths of private clouds are often overlooked. The reality is that private clouds still occupy an important space in your customers’ data center evolution and strategy. Join us for a review of the decision factors, workload prioritizations strategies, budget impact and security concerns that drive enterprises to private cloud, and the best practices Rackspace customers are using to find success.
    Rackspace - Sean Wedige, Enterprise CTO
    05:45 PM - 06:15 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. At the same time, the rise of advanced persistent threats (APTs) utilizing new tools and strategies has rendered traditional approaches to security obsolete. As a managed service provider for the world’s leading cloud technologies, and a proven leader in cyber security, 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 -Daniel Clayton, Director of Operations, Rackspace Managed Security
    06:15 PM - 06:25 PM
    06:25 PM - 06:45 PM
    06:45 PM - 07:00 PM
    Networking Reception
    07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
    Dinner and Sake Pairing at the World Renowned Matsuhisa


    98 North Steele St
    Denver, CO 80206


    Parking services are complimentary.