Philadelphia

JUNE 5, 2017

This event is over. Please email solve@rackspace.com if you have any questions.

Put your cloud acumen to the test during a half-day Rackspace::Solve Workshop in Philadelphia on June 5, 2017. 

Join Rackspace and industry certified experts at one of five technical deep-dives on AWS, Microsoft Azure, OpenStack, VMware, and Cloud Security. Regardless of your infrastructure preference, our experts will help you learn the latest tricks, tips, and best practices to conquer the evolving multi-cloud world securely. 

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to elevate your skills, transform your business objectives, and put the cloud to work for you! This event is free, but slots fill up quickly. View our event details below and register for your primary workshop session today. If there’s another session you’re interested in, we’ll let you move in-between them on-site.

“IT WAS VERY OPEN ENDED AND VERY INTERACTIVE. EACH PRESENTER ENCOURAGES US TO ASK QUESTIONS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SESSIONS, NOT JUST TOWARDS THE END. SO IT GAVE US A CHANCE TO REALLY HAVE A … ALMOST LIKE A ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION (SORT OF) SCENARIO. WHERE WE CAN JUST ASK QUESTIONS AS WE SEE FIT. AND THEY’VE ALWAYS ANSWERED OUR QUESTIONS FULLY AND EXPLAINED EVERYTHING VERY THOROUGHLY.”

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WHY ATTEND?

 

At the Rackspace::Solve Philadelphia Workshop, attendees will:

Meet Rackspace and industry experts who understand the ins-and-outs of your preferred cloud technology
Network with technical peers from the Philadelphia area who may be experiencing similar IT issues as your business
Dig into technology use-cases, reference architectures, and best practices that will elevate your cloud understanding
Enjoy a joint networking reception after the simultaneous technology tracks conclude

AGENDA

12:30 PM - 01:00 PM
Check-in
Receive your name badge and locate your workshop room.
01:00 PM - 01:15 PM
Welcome and Introductions
Spend some time getting to know your workshop speakers and IT peers.
01:15 PM - 05:00 PM
Track Specific Content - See Below
Each track will have a break from 2:45-3:00 PM along with a roundtable discussion from 4:00-5:00 PM.
05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Networking Reception
Workshop attendees will come together for a joint networking reception with all of the speakers and industry experts.
01:15 PM - 02:00 PM
OpenStack Essentials: What You Need to Start Your Private Cloud Journey
OpenStack is the de facto standard for private Clouds today. But what if you are new to the OpenStack community and want to understand better what projects like Nova and Neutron mean? We will provide an overview and help explain how the various OpenStack projects come together to create a production cloud platform.

Attendees will learn:
  • The essential components of OpenStack.
  • What is new in the latest OpenStack release?
  • How the project moves from conception to product.
  • The pros and cons of various OpenStack consumption models.
Rackspace — Kenneth Hui, Sr. Technical Marketing Engineer & OpenStack Evangelist
02:00 PM - 02:45 PM
Day 1: You've Deployed Your OpenStack Cloud, But What About Day 2?
The biggest barriers to OpenStack and private cloud deployments are complexity and the lack of day 2 operations skills in this space. As one of the founders of OpenStack and operator of the world’s largest OpenStack cloud, we’ve applied that experience and expertise to partner with Red Hat to build our managed Red Hat OpenStack Platform offering. Join us as we share the lessons we have learned creating this joint offering and operating Red Hat OpenStack Platform on behalf of customers.

Attendees will learn:
  • How we integrated Rackspace’s managed services tooling with Red Hat’s OpenStack distribution to give customers a public cloud experience in a private cloud setting.
  • What we’ve done make to make Red Hat OpenStack Platform even more scalable then what it may be out of the box.
  • What Rackspace and Red Hat has done to create a non-disruptive upgrade process around Red Hat OpenStack Platform.
Rackspace — Kenneth Hui, Sr. Technical Marketing Engineer & OpenStack Evangelist
03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
The Real World: OpenStack in Production
See what problems OpenStack customers are solving as we walk users through real life scenarios that we are seeing in the field. Scenarios will range from basic IT transformation to complex networking functions and data analytics. The combined perspective of Red Hat and Rackspace should give users a feel for how they can incorporate OpenStack into their own hybrid cloud solutions.

Use cases covered include:
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Agile Software Development
  • E-Commerce & Retail
  • Private & Hybrid Cloud
  • Network Functions Virtualization
  • Test & Dev Environments
Red Hat — Jeff Ekstrom, Technical Cloud Evangelist
03:30 PM - 04:00 PM
Red Hat & Rackspace: Uniting Around Open Source
Explore how Red Hat and Rackspace are partnering to productize Open Source technologies, such as OpenStack, Ceph and CloudForms in order to build the best possible managed private cloud solution. We will discuss the initial engineering efforts to build the platform, technology enablement that is ongoing, and methodology used for testing and upgrading the platform. Given the operational challenges of an OpenStack cloud, this talk will illustrate the value that the Red Hat and Rackspace partnership brings to a managed cloud.

In this talk, we will discuss:
  • Upstream and architectural changes to enable the platform.
  • Availability of the platform.
  • Full stack Red Hat technologies enabled on the platform.
  • Build, test, and upgrade procedures.
Red Hat — Jeff Ekstrom, Technical Cloud Evangelist
04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Roundtable Discussions
01:15 PM - 02:00 PM
Software Defined Storage with VMware vSAN
Learn how VMware vSAN is changing the way enterprises deploy and manage the storage that powers their private clouds. Rackspace VMware experts discuss the economics and management of VMware vSAN and how it compares with traditional enterprise storage solutions.
Rackspace — Luke Huckaba, Principal ArchitectRackspace — Ken Lamoreaux, Principal Architect
02:00 PM - 02:45 PM
Software Defined Networking with VMware NSX
Rackspace VMware experts walk you through the capabilities of VMware’s software-defined networking solution, and highlight how NSX is radically changing how enterprises deploy and manage networks within their private clouds.
Rackspace — Luke Huckaba, Principal ArchitectRackspace — Ken Lamoreaux, Principal Architect
03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
DR with VMware Site Recovery Manager
Rackspace VMware experts walk you through a disaster recovery scenario solved using VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) and vSphere replication, which includes a detailed discussion about configuring vSphere replication and SRM recovery plan to achieve your goals and a demonstration of SRM at work.
Rackspace — Luke Huckaba, Principal ArchitectRackspace — Ken Lamoreaux, Principal Architect
03:30 PM - 04:00 PM
What's New in VMware vSphere 6.5
VMware vSphere® 6.5 is the next-generation infrastructure for next-generation applications. With vSphere 6.5, customers can now run, manage, connect, and secure their applications in a common operating environment, across clouds and devices. This talk will discuss the new and enhanced features in vSphere 6.5 across various areas of technology.
Rackspace — Luke Huckaba, Principal ArchitectRackspace — Ken Lamoreaux, Principal Architect
04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Roundtable Discussions
01:15 PM - 02:00 PM
Azure Stack: Just Another Azure Region
Since we started hearing about Azure Stack over 2 years ago, it has been billed as many things. But the cake that is finally about to come out of the oven looks and smells a lot like it’s just another Azure Region. In this session, we will use Powershell to show that Azure Stack really is AZURE – but in your DC and on your terms.
Rackspace — Kent Kingery, Senior Manager, Software Development — Microsoft Private Cloud
02:00 PM - 02:45 PM
Demystifying Containers on Azure
Join us for a tour of Containers on Azure where we will explore the options for hosting and scaling your workloads, and where these fit in Azure's portfolio of IaaS and PaaS services. We will also discuss and demonstrate Azure Container Service and its support for the three main orchestrators, Docker Swarm, DC/OS and, most recently, Kubernetes.
Rackspace — Kent Kingery, Senior Manager, Software Development — Microsoft Private Cloud
03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Azure Automation to Streamline Operations
Learn the fundamentals of Azure Automation and PowerShell DSC to get yourself started on the journey of freeing yourself from the mundane tasks and allowing you to spend more time innovating and growing your business. Start working towards the utopian goal of zero-touch configuration for deploying your workloads.
Rackspace — Gary Porter, Azure Cloud Solution Architect
03:30 PM - 04:00 PM
Defense in Depth, Securing Your Azure Workloads
Understand the security features enabled by the Azure cloud platform and how to leverage them to protect your cloud enabled workloads from the perimeter to your core infrastructure. Understand the different constructs of Azure security and network services vs. traditional point solutions and learn how to deploy them to meet your security needs.
Rackspace — Ed Ray, Azure Cloud Solution ArchitectRackspace — Gerry Le Canu, Azure Cloud Solution Architect
04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Roundtable Discussions

01:15 PM - 02:00 PM
Migrations to AWS
Join us to learn about migrating applications to AWS, and how to overcome some of the common challenges of migrating to the cloud. Learn about the methodologies and processes involved in migrating applications to AWS, and how you can leverage the AWS tools and services available to you to facilitate a successful migration.
Rackspace — Jerry Hargrove, Sr. Solution Architect
02:00 PM - 02:45 PM
Architect on AWS
Learn about some of the key best practices for architecting and designing your applications on the AWS Cloud. This session will cover topics like how to design your AWS environment to ensure high availability, scalability and fault tolerance. We will also discuss how to choose the right EC2 instance, building AMIs and how to protect your application's secrets.
Rackspace — Jerry Hargrove, Sr. Solution Architect
03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Security on AWS
Learn about how moving to the cloud requires you to think about security differently than in traditional IT environments. We will discuss how to use AWS network constructs to improve your security posture, and how Rackspace can help you address some of the common issues found in cloud security and security management.
Rackspace — Eric Johnson, AWS Evangelist
03:30 PM - 04:00 PM
Operations on AWS
Join us to gain a better understanding of how to implement best practices for DevOps on AWS. During this session we will discuss what DevOps is, and how to implement it into your AWS workflows. We will discuss the native AWS tools available to you to implement DevOps workflows, and walk through several examples of DevOps workflows.
Rackspace — Eric Johnson, AWS Evangelist
04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Roundtable Discussions
01:15 PM - 02:00 PM
Trends and Predictions: Cyber Threats in the Cloud
As more businesses move to multi-cloud infrastructures, so too do the adversaries. Some predictions speculate 2017 could see major cloud provider attacks in an effort to take out multiple organizations with a single blow. Understanding these trends and threats can help an organization better prepare for what lies ahead.
Rackspace — Justin Ibarra, Security Analyst
02:00 PM - 02:45 PM
Cyber Hunting Through the Attacker Lifecycle
Cyber Hunting is the move away from reactive detection and response, through the operationalization of threat intelligence and the understanding of how attackers move through targeted environments and progress through the Attack Lifecycle. In this session learn from a real-life Cyber Hunter, who will explain hunting methodologies, the necessary skills and expertise, and what makes this approach effective.
Rackspace — Travis Mercier, Manager — Cyber Security
03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Behavioral Analysis and Implications on Threat Focus
The real power in threat detection and hunting is moving beyond the reliance on Indicators of Compromise (IOCs) and focusing on behavior analysis or Indicators of Attack (IOA). Understanding attacker motivations, methodologies, and tendencies gives the responder a significant advantage in staying ahead of the adversary. Learn from a cyber security expert on how behavioral analysis of attackers is moving threat detection to a new level.
Rackspace — Travis Mercier, Manager — Cyber Security
03:30 PM - 04:00 PM
Incident Investigation Methodology
There are many incident response methodologies in use which have been tested and vetted over time. While there are arguments around which is the best methodology, one thing is clear – none of them should be executed with a cookie cutter approach. Regardless of the particular chosen methodology for the circumstance, they should be tailored to be most effective and efficient based on many factors. This is no different for a Security Operations Center (SOC) within an MSSP handling multiple disparate cloud environments.
Rackspace — Justin Ibarra, Security Analyst

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