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Wednesday, October 28 • 2:00pm - 2:40pm
The OpenStack Orchestra: The Next Wave of OpenStack Specialist Startups

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OpenStack is like an Orchestra, made up of many different instruments each playing different parts that come together to form an open source masterpiece.  The next wave of OpenStack companies are a set of specialists who are becoming masters at their own instrument.  In this panel, we will have one of the virtuosos of the first wave of OpenStack startups, Boris Renski, Co-founder and CMO of Mirantis, acting as conductor.  He will be directing an all-star ensemble of instrumentalists from companies specializing in projects that harmonize to form the OpenStack symphony.

The first wave of OpenStack startups were generalists delivering a complete OpenStack solutions.  Many of these have now been acquired by larger companies, for example Cisco's acquisition of Metacloud.  Other recent acquisitions include Blue Box, Piston Cloud, and Cloudscaling.  Now there are a number of companies emerging that are focused on specific OpenStack projects.

In this session, Boris will lead a panel discussion with CxOs of a group of companies from this next wave of OpenStack specialists. The panel will consist of Ken Rugg, CEO of Tesora, Joe Arnold, CPO of SwiftStack, Evan Powell, CEO of StackStorm, Pere Monclus, CTO of PLUMgrid, and John Griffith, Software Engineer at SolidFire and former PTL of Cinder.  They will discuss evolving roles of specialists and generalists in the OpenStack community, how companies should define themselves in a rapidly changing landscape, dissect interactions between specialists and generalists as the market matures, and explore predictions on the future of the OpenStack ecosystem.


  • Boris Renski, Co-founder and CMO at Mirantis


  • Ken Rugg, Founder and CEO of Tesora (Trove)

  • Joe Arnold, Founder and CPO of SwiftStack (Swift)

  • Evan Powell, Co-founder and CEO of StackStorm (Mistral)

  • Pere Monclus, Founder and CTO of PLUMgrid (Neutron)

  • John Griffith, Software Engineer at SolidFire (Cinder)

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Joe Arnold

Founder / CPO SwiftStack, SwiftStack
Joe founded SwiftStack to deploy high-scale, cloud storage systems using OpenStack. | | Joe managed the first public OpenStack launch of Swift independent of Rackspace deploying multiple large-scale cloud storage systems. He went on to co-found SwiftStack and serves as CEO. SwiftStack powers enterprises with a software defined storage platform, built on the OpenStack Swift object storage engine, to build a massively scalable private cloud... Read More →
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Amrith Kumar

CTO Tesora, Project Team Lead OpenStack Trove, Tesora
Amrith Kumar brings more than two decades of experience delivering industry-leading products for companies specializing in enterprise storage applications, fault tolerant high-performance systems and massively parallel databases to Tesora, which he co-founded. Earlier, he served as vice president of technology and product management at Dataupia, maker of the Satori Data Warehousing platform , and Sepaton’s director and general manager where... Read More →
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Pere Monclus

Before co-founding PLUMgrid, Pere was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco Systems in the Research and Advanced Development team, where he led innovation in the areas of cloud, security and converged infrastructure. Prior to that, he was responsible for the architecture and technology of network services and their integration with switches and routers for datacenters. Pere also led Cisco’s Service Enabled Network initiative, which... Read More →
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Evan Powell

Co-founder, CEO at StackStorm
Evan Powell is the CEO and Co-Founder of StackStorm a leader of event driven automation and one of the drivers of the OpenStack Mistral project.  Common use cases for StackStorm include orchestration and complex deployments of heteregeneous environments as well as auto remediation. | With 15+ years experience in infrastructure software, Evan was previously the founding CEO of Nexenta Systems, where he helped create the software defined... Read More →
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Boris Renski

Co-Founder and CMO at Mirantis, Mirantis
Boris is responsible for helping define Mirantis’ strategic vision and executing on it in the marketplace across the OpenStack ecosystem and beyond. Boris’s influence was instrumental in Mirantis’ current focus on OpenStack. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the OpenStack Foundation. | During the last 15 years, Boris held several executive positions with the companies he helped establish. He was a founder and CEO of... Read More →

Wednesday October 28, 2015 2:00pm - 2:40pm

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