Welcome!

Related Topics: @CloudExpo

@CloudExpo: Article

Cloud Computing: 3 Questions for Rackspace APAC VP Jim Fagan

OpenStack, Cloud Expo, and New York Restaurants Under Discussion

Rackspace is the world's leading specialist for IT hosting and Cloud Computing, according to Jim Fagan, the company's Hong Kong-based VP and Managing Director for Asia Pacific. The company is also a Platinum Sponsor of Cloud Expo, to be held June 6-9 at the Javits Center in New York.

I recently asked him three questions about the company's business:

1. Rackspace has been a leader in web hosting, and now Cloud hosting, for some time. How quickly is the Cloud Computing business growing in APAC, and where are some of the brightest spots?

We have nine data centers and thousands of support experts at the ready. In APAC, thousands of clients are already using our Cloud services in the US and Europe, but we're expecting even more satisfied customers later this year when we bring our Rackspace Cloud to Asia.

There is already a high demand for our Cloud product in the region, and SMEs, in particular, are quite excited about it. Cloud makes everything it touches easier and cheaper - and with our great, fanatical support services - even better.

2. Rackspace's OpenStack solution aims to prevent vendor lock-in. How does it do so, how important is this to your customers, and what other benefits does OpenStack offer?

Rackspace couldn't be more excited about OpenStack, which is one of the fastest open-source projects in history. We co-founded OpenStack with NASA, the US space agency, less than a year ago. Since then OpenStack has received the support of dozens of companies including Cisco, Dell, Citrix, AMD and Microsoft.

Building your own private Cloud or signing a restrictive contract goes against the whole idea of Cloud -- which is supposed to make IT accessible and affordable to all.

Enter OpenStack - a game-changer and the emerging standards-based platform for Cloud Computing. The future of OpenStack is that you will have the ability to run a federated Cloud that works perfectly no matter where you deploy it - whether its with Rackspace, another hosting company or a colocation provider.

Additionally, OpenStack creates flexibility, so you can deploy the Cloud with as many or as few features as you want. Openstack creates a standard for APIs, a standard for services you'll be able to find in lots of different places, and lots of opportunities within the IT industry.

Linux and Android were open standards that created huge opportunities and innovations in operating systems and smart phones. OpenStack as an open standard will do the same for Cloud.

(For more information on this topic, you can visit OpenStack.org.)

3. Rackspace is a Platinum Sponsor of the upcoming Cloud Expo. What will the company be featuring to attendees at the conference?

I don't want to spoil any surprises. All I can say is that Rackspace is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of the Cloud Expo and we're looking forward to meeting old and new friends. From what I've read online, it promises to be a fantastic event and I wish I could be there. You know, I was raised on the East Coast, love New York, and the line-up looks great.

On a side note, I have a terrific list of New York City restaurant recommendations for anyone attending the Cloud Expo. Anyone who would like a copy, or would like to know more about Rackspace's achievements in Asia, or both, is more than welcome to contact me at [email protected].

More Stories By Roger Strukhoff

Roger Strukhoff (@IoT2040) is Executive Director of the Tau Institute for Global ICT Research, with offices in Illinois and Manila. He is Conference Chair of @CloudExpo & @ThingsExpo, and Editor of SYS-CON Media's CloudComputing BigData & IoT Journals. He holds a BA from Knox College & conducted MBA studies at CSU-East Bay.

Latest Stories
@DevOpsSummit at Cloud taking place June 6-8, 2017, at Javits Center, New York City, is co-located with the 20th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long developm...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo 2016 in New York. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, is co-located with 20th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry p...
Translating agile methodology into real-world best practices within the modern software factory has driven widespread DevOps adoption, yet much work remains to expand workflows and tooling across the enterprise. As models evolve from pockets of experimentation into wholescale organizational reinvention, practitioners find themselves challenged to incorporate the culture and architecture necessary to support DevOps at scale. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Anand Akela, Senior...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Juniper Networks challenges the status quo with products, solutions and services that transform the economics of networking. The company co-innovates with customers and partners to deliver automated, scalable and secure network...
Five years ago development was seen as a dead-end career, now it’s anything but – with an explosion in mobile and IoT initiatives increasing the demand for skilled engineers. But apart from having a ready supply of great coders, what constitutes true ‘DevOps Royalty’? It’ll be the ability to craft resilient architectures, supportability, security everywhere across the software lifecycle. In his keynote at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Jeffrey Scheaffer, GM and SVP, Continuous Delivery Busine...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Progress, a global leader in application development, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Enterprises today are rapidly adopting the cloud, while continuing to retain business-critical/sensitive data inside the firewall. This is creating two separate data silos – one inside the firewall and the other outside the firewall. Cloud ISVs oft...
As pervasive as cloud technology is -- and as persuasive as the arguments are for using it -- the cloud has its limits. Some companies will always have security concerns about storing data in the cloud and certain high-transaction applications will always be better suited for on-premises storage. Those statements were among the bottom-line takeaways delivered at Cloud Expo this week, a three day, bi-annual event focused on cloud technologies, adoption and associated challenges.
Bert Loomis was a visionary. This general session will highlight how Bert Loomis and people like him inspire us to build great things with small inventions. In their general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Harold Hannon, Architect at IBM Bluemix, and Michael O'Neill, Strategic Business Development at Nvidia, discussed the accelerating pace of AI development and how IBM Cloud and NVIDIA are partnering to bring AI capabilities to "every day," on-demand. They also reviewed two "free infrastructure" pr...
SYS-CON Events announced today that T-Mobile will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. As America's Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc., is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through leading product and service innovation. The Company's advanced nationwide 4G LTE network delivers outstanding wireless experiences to 67.4 million customers who are unwilling to compromise on ...
Everyone wants to use containers, but monitoring containers is hard. New ephemeral architecture introduces new challenges in how monitoring tools need to monitor and visualize containers, so your team can make sense of everything. In his session at @DevOpsSummit, David Gildeh, co-founder and CEO of Outlyer, will go through the challenges and show there is light at the end of the tunnel if you use the right tools and understand what you need to be monitoring to successfully use containers in your...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Super Micro Computer, Inc., a global leader in compute, storage and networking technologies, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Supermicro (NASDAQ: SMCI), the leading innovator in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology, is a premier provider of advanced server Building Block Solutions® for Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Hadoop/...
DevOps is often described as a combination of technology and culture. Without both, DevOps isn't complete. However, applying the culture to outdated technology is a recipe for disaster; as response times grow and connections between teams are delayed by technology, the culture will die. A Nutanix Enterprise Cloud has many benefits that provide the needed base for a true DevOps paradigm. In his Day 3 Keynote at 20th Cloud Expo, Chris Brown, a Solutions Marketing Manager at Nutanix, will explore t...
NHK, Japan Broadcasting, will feature the upcoming @ThingsExpo Silicon Valley in a special 'Internet of Things' and smart technology documentary that will be filmed on the expo floor between November 3 to 5, 2015, in Santa Clara. NHK is the sole public TV network in Japan equivalent to the BBC in the UK and the largest in Asia with many award-winning science and technology programs. Japanese TV is producing a documentary about IoT and Smart technology and will be covering @ThingsExpo Silicon Val...
In his general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Manish Dixit, VP of Product and Engineering at Dice, discussed how Dice leverages data insights and tools to help both tech professionals and recruiters better understand how skills relate to each other and which skills are in high demand using interactive visualizations and salary indicator tools to maximize earning potential. Manish Dixit is VP of Product and Engineering at Dice. As the leader of the Product, Engineering and Data Sciences team at D...
Keeping pace with advancements in software delivery processes and tooling is taxing even for the most proficient organizations. Point tools, platforms, open source and the increasing adoption of private and public cloud services requires strong engineering rigor – all in the face of developer demands to use the tools of choice. As Agile has settled in as a mainstream practice, now DevOps has emerged as the next wave to improve software delivery speed and output. To make DevOps work, organization...