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Inaugural OpenStack Silicon Valley Conference Draws 590 Attendees from Open Cloud Community

September 19, 2014

By Sarah Bennett

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – Sept. 19, 2014 – Mirantis, the pure-play OpenStack company, hosted the inauguralOpenStack Silicon Valleyat the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA on September 16, 2014. More than 590 attendees gathered at the sold-out event, including more than a dozen analysts and journalists from Gartner, IDC, 451 Research, SiliconANGLE, eWeek, TechTarget, Web Host Industry Review, The New Stack, and GigaOm.

An A-list roster of speakers shared insights with the OpenStack community, including:

  • Eucalyptus CEO (soon to be senior vice president and general manager of HP’s cloud business) Marten Mickos, who spoke about his goal of “total victory for open source.”

  • HP EVP and CTO Martin Fink, who reiterated Hewlett-Packard’s commitment to OpenStack, and discussed why HP bought Eucalyptus.

  • OpenStack Foundation Executive Director Jonathan Bryce, who stated that “nothing kills innovation like having to submit a ticket,” meaning that innovation needs to happen faster if vendors want to maintain their customer base.

  • VMware CTO of Networking Martin Casado, who analyzed what was meant by “policy” and what engineers need to do in order to leverage technology to implement the agendas of non-technical professionals.

  • Cloudscaling CEO and Founder Randy Bias, who attacked the notion that OpenStack needs a “benevolent dictator” like Linux and emphasised the need for an OpenStack product strategy.

  • Mirantis CEO Adrian Ionel, who explored what developers really care about: a focus on APIs, interoperability and central planning that is advisory, not compulsory.

OpenStack Silicon Valley was sponsored by companies across the OpenStack ecosystem: A10 Networks, Blue Box Cloud, Blue Chip Tek, Inc., Brocade Communications Systems, Cisco Systems, Inc., Cloudscaling Group, Inc., DreamHost, GigaSpaces Technologies, Inc., Hewlett-Packard, Juniper Networks, Nebula, Inc., Oracle Corporation, Piston Cloud Computing, PLUMgrid, Tesora, Scality, SolidFire, StackVelocity, SwiftStack, Ubuntu and VMware, Inc.

“A whole series of organizations, many of whom are ordinarily competitors, came together to sponsor, discuss, and promote OpenStack,” said Mirantis CMO and co-founder, Boris Renski. “The event’s success is thanks to everyone who attended, from our superb speakers who took time out to share their insights, to our sponsors, to first-time attendees learning the ropes of the OpenStack ecosystem.”

About Mirantis
Mirantisis the world’s leading OpenStack company. Mirantis delivers all the software, services, training and support needed for running OpenStack. More customers rely on Mirantis than any other company to get to production deployment of OpenStack at scale. Among the top five companies worldwide in contributing open source software to OpenStack, Mirantis has helped build and deploy some of the largest OpenStack clouds at companies such as Cisco, WebEx, Comcast, Symantec, Ericsson, Expedia, Samsung, NASA, NTT Docomo, Workday, and PayPal. Mirantis is venture-backed by Ericsson, Intel, SAP Ventures and WestSummit Capital. For more information, visitwww.mirantis.comor follow us on Twitter at @mirantisit.

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Mirantis helps organizations ship code faster on public and private clouds, increasing developer productivity by removing the stress of managing infrastructure. The company combines automation and cloud native expertise to provide a ZeroOps approach to managing and operating Kubernetes and cloud environments. Mirantis delivers a public cloud experience on any infrastructure, from the data center to the edge, with one cohesive cloud experience for complete app and DevOps portability, a single pane of glass, and automated full-stack lifecycle management, all based on open source.

Mirantis serves many of the world’s leading enterprises, including Adobe, DocuSign, Inmarsat, PayPal, Reliance Jio, Societe Generale, Splunk, and S&P Global.