Open Cloud track at the Open World Forum

The third Open World Forum – which will happen in Paris on 30 September and 1 October 2010 – will bring together open technology decision-makers from around the world, under the banner of Open Innovation and Free / Open Source. Some 1,500 participants from 40 countries are expected to attend, to cross-fertilize initiatives and map out the digital future (the 2010 version of the site was put online yesterday, if you are interested in the other tracks).

This year the committee asked me to join them in helping David Sapiro put together the Open Cloud track, and I am very happy to announce that this is now complete.  We may have a couple additional late comers that will be added, but I think we now have what looks likes an excellent speaker list that will allow us to go quite far in our panels and think-tank. 

Bringing together the key players in Cloud computing, this two-day track is not a traditional conference about Cloud technologies. Instead it is intended to question and put forward solutions around interoperability, compatibility and interference between them at the level of infrastructures, platforms and software. In order to do so, this track will spread over two days: setting the scene on day one with a series of presentations that lead the way towards a think-tank on the second day, the Open Cloud track is meant to provide the audience and speakers with a clear view of the key options and questions when it comes to operating in and with the current set of Cloud offerings and discussing the current state of their interoperability and compatibility, as concerning the Open Source world.

  • On 30 September, we will start by questioning a panel of speakers on their opinions about what 'freedom' means to Cloud computing. This will be followed by a second panel discussion, where we will ask speakers to tell us about their strategy for the Cloud.

  • On 1 October, we will bring speakers into a think-tank environment, where each will have to physically draw up a diagram of their Cloud offerings while describing it, detailing which parts are Open Sourced and which are not, and describing what are their interoperability points. This will open up to a discussion with the public on how to benefit from the various offerings and improve the current state of interoperability.

Are APIs, images and storage formats, languages, export tools and messaging formats the key to the Open Cloud? We should certainly have a better idea of this at the end of these two days.

Here is the list of people that have kindly accepted to speak at this event:

  • Matt Asay, COO, Canonical
  • Joe Baguley, CTO, Quest Software
  • Patrick Chanezon, Cloud Technical Lead, Google
  • Rick Clark, Senior Manager, Software Product developments, Rackspace
  • James Duncan, Vice-President, Product development, Joyent
  • Kate Craig-Wood, CEO, Memset
  • Kyle MacDonald, Chief Evangelist,
  • Jean-Pierre Laisne, CEO, OW2
  • Alexis Richardson, CEO, Rabbit Technologies
  • Ghislain Seguy, Hosting Manager, AlterWay
  • Jean-Paul Smets, CEO, TIOLive / Nexedi
  • Teyo Tyree, Co-Founder, Puppet labs
  • James Weir, CTO, UShareSoft
  • Jan Wildboer, EMEA Evangelist, Red Hat
  • Matt Wood, Technology Evangelist, Amazon Web Services, Europe

Book these two days your agendas right now, as I think it will be an interesting event to follow :)


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