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Lunch Power Panel | How Open Source Is Speeding Cloud Innovation

At Cloud Expo, panelists discussed how customer adoption will be influenced by open clouds

Open source software is powering the most successful public cloud offerings including Amazon and Google. At the same time, other initiatives like OpenStack and CloudFoundry are growing in popularity with a number of vendors actively contributing code.

In this Lunchtime Power Panel at 14th Cloud Expo, Greg O'Connor, President & CEO of AppZero, Cory Isaacson, CEO of CodeFutures Corporation, and John Derrick, CEO of Jelastic, discussed the future of open source in cloud computing and how customer adoption will be influenced by open clouds.

Panelist Bios:
Greg O'Connor is President & CEO of AppZero. Pioneering the Virtual Application Appliance approach to simplifying application-lifecycle management, he is responsible for translating Appzero's vision into strategic business objectives and financial results. O'Connor has over 25 years of management and technical experience in the computer industry. He was founder and president of Sonic Software, acquired in 2005 by Progress Software (PRGS). There he grew the company from concept to over $40 million in revenue. At Sonic, he evangelized and created the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) product category, which is generally accepted today as the foundation for Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). Follow him on Twitter @gregoryjoconnor.

Cory Isaacson is CEO/CTO of CodeFutures Corporation, maker of dbShards, a leading database scalability suite providing a true "shared nothing" architecture for relational databases. He has authored numerous articles in a variety of publications including SOA Magazine, Database Trends and Applications, and recently authored the book Software Pipelines and SOA (Addison Wesley). Cory has more than twenty years' experience with advanced software architectures, and has worked with many of the world's brightest innovators in the field of high-performance computing. In his prior position as president of Rogue Wave Software, he actively led the company back to a position of profitable growth, culminating in a successful acquisition by a leading private equity firm. Cory can be reached at: [email protected]

John Derrick is currently CEO of turnkey cloud provider Jelastic. He has extensive business leadership experience in the private and public cloud, big data, database, and enterprise markets. John focuses on the intersection of these markets, technology and teams to deliver solutions that really work for people. He has delivered product and profit at IBM, Chicory Systems, Conformative Systems, Intel, MIPS, and now Jelastic. Between these companies he has led and advised about 50 different startups and public companies.

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