New York City

FEBRUARY 11, 2016

Join us at Rackspace::Solve New York City, a FREE event where you’ll hear directly from tech and business visionaries about how to solve today’s toughest IT challenges. They’ll give you an inside look into their IT strategy and the real-world solutions that are helping them scale their business, reduce the cost of innovation, and stay secure in the cloud.

Discover how the Rackspace Managed Cloud works for them, and how it can work for you, too. Through our deep-dive workshops on cloud security, private cloud, and the future of cloud, you’ll discover proven ways to solve your current and future IT challenges.





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

Public, Private & Hybrid Cloud
Fanatical Support for Amazon Web Services
Fanatical Support for Microsoft Azure
Data Services
Cloud Office

…As well as advice from our partner sponsors.


09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Registration / Solutions Pavilion Opens
Grab your badge and speak to our specialists and partners before sessions begin.
10:00 AM - 10:20 AM
Who Are Your Experts?
Keynote on the evolution of the cloud industry, and how it poses a choice when it comes to how you leverage a cloud business model: do you manage it yourself or consume it as a service through a managed cloud service provider staffed with experts?
RACKSPACE – John Engates, CTO
10:20 AM - 10:40 AM
Red Hat and Rackspace – Delivering Private Cloud-as-a-Service
Rackspace and Red Hat have a long and successful history of partnering to deliver leading technology and services to customers. As the 2015 Red Hat Cloud Partner of the Year with over 170 Red Hat certifications, Rackspace offers the leading managed support solution for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform and is continuing this work with OpenStack – the leading open source platform for enterprise private clouds. Join us to understand how Red Hat, a leading contributor to the OpenStack community project, and Rackspace, the co-founder and leading operator of OpenStack clouds, are deepening their partnership to deliver private cloud as it should be – as a service.
RED HAT – Radhesh Balakrishnan, VP/GM of Red Hat OpenStackRACKSPACE – Darrin Hanson, VP & GM, OpenStack Private Cloud
10:40 AM - 10:55 AM
N-Modal IT Strategies within Financial Services Industry
Discussion on coping with the challenges of multiple technology paradigms within a large organization, deploying Mainframe, Distributed, and Private Cloud while anticipating Public Cloud environments across the enterprise.
TD BANK – Graeme Peacock, Vice President, Engineering
10:55 AM - 11:05 AM
Rackspace and Intel Drive Innovation into OpenStack
INTEL – Charles Milo, Enterprise Technical Specialist
11:05 AM - 11:20 AM
Future-Proofing Software Deployments with the Cloud, Docker, and Rackspace Carina
For over 30 years, O’Reilly Media – the makers of the iconic animal books that sit on practically every developer’s bookshelf – has produced the go-to resources for innovators building the Internet, Open Source, and the Internet of Things. Although the demand for knowledge remains as strong as ever, books are giving way to new kinds of learning experiences that mix video, text, and executable code examples in a seamless online experience. This presentation will discuss how an exceptional but traditional publisher is working with Rackspace to offer a new generation of digital products to improve technical education.
O’REILLY MEDIA – Andrew Odewahn, CTO
11:20 AM - 11:40 AM
11:40 AM - 12:00 PM
Delivering Value with Microsoft Cloud
In this session hear how customers are taking advantage of the latest Microsoft cloud technologies and Rackspace Fanatical Support to transform to the cloud and drive further productivity. You will also hear from Legendary Pictures on the benefits of their transition to the cloud using Microsoft Office 365.
MICROSOFT – Talal Alqinawy, Senior Director – Microsoft Cloud and Hosting Service Providers

LEGENDARY PICTURES – Ryan Stevens, System Security Administrator

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM
Cloud Acceleration Through Rackspace Fanatical Support for AWS
Learn how our customers are accelerating their business and taking full advantage of the cloud with the combination of Amazon Web Services, the world’s leading infrastructure provider, and a brand new offering from Rackspace – Fanatical Support® for AWS.
RACKSPACE – Jerry Hargrove, Senior Solution Architect
12:15 PM - 01:15 PM
01:15 PM - 01:30 PM
Solving for High Availability
Six Flags is the world’s largest amusement park corporation, with 19 properties throughout North America – from theme parks and water parks to family entertainment centers. Online ticket sales are hugely important to their business, and can peak significantly during holiday weekends. Working with Rackspace, Six Flags has solved for high availability with dedicated hardware that scales up and down through major traffic spikes. Hear why this works for them and how their proven solution can work for your business.
SIX FLAGS ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION – Sean Andersen, Director of Interactive
01:30 PM - 02:05 PM
Trust in the Cloud (Panel)
Each day, there seems to be news about a security threat or data breach that is larger or more sensational than the day before. The task of meeting these security challenges is often complex and daunting. Is your business more at risk in the cloud or is it possible that the cloud is more secure than the traditional enterprise? What are the Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) implications of a cloud-based environment? How can you optimize cloud adoption while protecting the enterprise, ensuring a secure experience worthy of your customers’ trust? Join Rackspace Security leader David Neuman and a panel of accomplished industry innovators as they discuss the challenges, benefits and future direction of cloud security.
Have questions you’d like our panel to answer? Email
ALERT LOGIC – Misha Govshteyn, Chief Strategy Officer & Co-FounderCLOUDPASSAGE – Sami Laine, Chief TechnologistRACKSPACE – David Neuman, Senior Director, Information Security Operations
02:05 PM - 02:25 PM
02:25 PM - 03:05 PM
3 Steps to Achieve Business Agility with OpenStack Clouds
Join our expert panel led by Lauren Nelson, senior IaaS cloud analyst at Forrester, for the 3 key steps to achieve business agility with OpenStack. As one of the fastest growing open source initiatives, OpenStack adoption is rapidly increasing in enterprises across the globe. OpenStack clouds deliver cost savings and increased agility, and are powering production workloads for some of the largest companies in the world. Join this session to discover the lessons learned by OpenStack adopters and how PLUMgrid and its partners deliver the components necessary to ensure success with the leading open source cloud technology.
RACKSPACE – Darrin Hanson, VP/GM of Rackspace Private CloudPLUMGRID – Larry Lang, CEORED HAT – Radhesh Balakrishnan, VP/GM of Red Hat OpenStackFORRESTER RESEARCH – Lauren Nelson, Senior Analyst
The Role of Dedicated Solutions in a Cloud World
Cloud computing has dominated the IT conversation in the last few years, crowding out discussions about the benefits of dedicated server solutions within an organization’s infrastructure mix. But the reality is, dedicated infrastructure still provides certain benefits over cloud in several use case scenarios. To dig into those scenarios, join Doug Denny, the Rackspace host of the Deep Dive Series, “Exploring Dedicated in a Cloudy World.” He’ll go deep on the value of dedicated for security, compliance, performance and cost control.
RACKSPACE – Doug Denny, Director, Technical Marketing
Best Practices for Protecting Your Data in a Multi- and Hybrid-Cloud World
Your business has capitalized on managed cloud services to host many of your IT workloads. Now, you need to expand your cloud IT deployments further with public cloud services using Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure to scale cloud computing and storage resources to meet growing IT demands. Suddenly, you have multiple cloud environments to manage to ensure your sensitive data remains protected and secure across your cloud providers. How do you get the most out of each of your cloud environments while maintaining control and protection of your sensitive data?

Learn how a comprehensive cloud data protection solution will allow you to meet your data protection and compliance requirements across your private, public and hybrid cloud environments. You’ll find ways to centralize your security controls to efficiently and effectively implement the data security solution to fit your business operational needs consistently in a multi-cloud environment.

Join this Vormetric breakout discussion to learn about about:

  • Data-centric security architectures for the cloud
  • Data-at-rest encryption to protect all copies of your data wherever they reside
  • Key management and access control administration in multi-cloud environments
  • Security intelligence to monitor and detect advanced security threats and attacks
VORMETRIC – Scott Manning, VP Cloud, North America
03:10 PM - 03:50 PM
The Evolution of Information Security Threats
The landscape of information security has changed significantly over the last few years. Increasing amounts of economic value are directly linked to computer infrastructure, making that infrastructure increasingly interesting as a target for malicious actors, both state and private. While perennial “hit-and-run”-style attacks are still around, we’re seeing the rise of technologically sophisticated threat actors capable of advanced persistent style attacks (APT). Unfortunately, for most companies, the defensive options haven’t evolved nearly as much. Successful active threat defense still requires resources (including capital, expertise, and headcount) that aren’t available to many companies. The proliferation of technology platforms in an enterprise is stretching traditional security models to the breaking point. Join Rackspace information security engineers lvh and Paul Kehrer to explore this evolving problem space, and how Rackspace is helping customers combat information security threats.
RACKSPACE – lvh, Principal EngineerRACKSPACE – Paul Kehrer, Principal Engineer
MongoDB, Elastic, and Hadoop: The What, When, How, and Where
This breakout will discuss three current database technologies that are hot in the NoSQL and Big Data world today – MongoDB, Elastic, and Hadoop. Kimberly will provide a brief overview, best use cases, basic architecture, and dive into the high availability (HA) characteristics and implementations for each technology. The desired takeaways are a good sense of what each technology is, when to use which, and how to best optimize each for performance.
RACKSPACE – Kimberly Wilkins, Principal Engineer/Database Denizen
Top Considerations When Moving to Office 365
With the pressures to lower cost and deliver increased value to end users, organizations all too often are forced to leap before they look. Microsoft is moving their model toward cloud-based, subscription services, delivering rolling updates to both their Office clients, and services that are driving companies to purchase Office 365 licensing before they are ready to migrate any services to the cloud. This is putting pressure on Central IT to deploy or migrate before they are truly ready. We have found that there are some universal truths that every organization should consider BEFORE beginning their jump to Office 365. This session will review Rackspace’s recommendations for how to make the right moves to get you from the ground to the cloud including: With the pressures to lower cost and deliver increased value to end users, organizations all too often are forced to leap before they look.

Microsoft is moving their model toward cloud-based, subscription services, delivering rolling updates to both their Office clients, and services that are driving companies to purchase Office 365 licensing before they are ready to migrate any services to the cloud. This is putting pressure on Central IT to deploy or migrate before they are truly ready. We have found that there are some universal truths that every organization should consider BEFORE beginning their jump to Office 365.

This session will review Rackspace’s recommendations for how to make the right moves to get you from the ground to the cloud including:

  • Identity considerations
  • Roadmap planning
  • How to drive adoption
  • Deployment timelines
  • Migration pitfalls
RACKSPACE – Jason Himmelstein, SharePoint MVP & Office 365 Advisory Services Manager
03:55 PM - 04:35 PM
AWS Architecture Design – Not a One-Time Event
AWS products and best practices are constantly evolving, creating real opportunities to optimize your cost and increase your scalability. From when your workload goes into deployment to scaling up to serve 1M users, your needs are also changing. Come learn how the Rackspace team of AWS architecture experts can help you navigate your changing architecture needs – and continue to derive benefit from the ever changing set of AWS IaaS products.
RACKSPACE – Jerry Hargrove, Senior Solution Architect
Wish You Could Get to Hybrid Cloud – Fast? You're Closer Than You Think
Did you know that according to an IDC survey, 70% of participants believe hybrid cloud is very important or critical to the success of their business? That’s an impressive number, and there’s a reason for it: the cloud is packed with benefits. And if you’re a VMware customer, you’re already halfway there. Rackspace Private Cloud powered by VMware vCloud® is built on the trusted VMware vSphere® platform, so it’s simply an extension of your current data center. Join us as we take a look at the top 10 reasons to get started with Rackspace Private Cloud powered by VMware vCloud® – including fast implementation, scalability, security, support, and more.

VMWARE – Derek Mitchell, Sr. Technical Advisor

Game Changer: Your Private Cloud with Rackspace Private Cloud Powered by Red Hat
You’ll hear us unveil our new solution on stage…now come learn the particulars in this breakout. In this session you will learn how Red Hat and Rackspace are collaborating to offer Rackspace Private Cloud Powered by Red Hat. Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform is an important component within a cloud infrastructure that helps deliver cloud services that today’s end users demand. Organizations that need a fully featured, next generation cloud infrastructure require a trusted technology partner like Rackspace to help with additional elements, such as operations management and scalable and dynamic storage. Combining the collective OpenStack efforts of Red Hat, a leading contributor to the OpenStack open source community project, and Rackspace, one of the initial founders of the OpenStack project, customers get an unbeatable solution: a Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform private cloud managed by the #1 managed cloud company, Rackspace.

RED HAT – Colin Devine, Partner Development Manager

04:55 PM - 05:00 PM
Wrap Up
05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Mingle with your fellow attendees and today’s presenters over cocktails and apps.


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