This week we take a break from the certification track and instead take a tangent into other areas surrounding virtualization. This week we will be talking with Jim Curry of the OpenStack project. As always, bring along your questions.
When: Tuesday, August 17th, 2010 @ 2PM CST
What is OpenStack?
The goal of OpenStack is to allow any organization to create and offer cloud computing capabilities using open source software running on standard hardware. OpenStack Compute is software for automatically creating and managing large groups of virtual private servers. OpenStack Storage is software for creating redundant, scalable object storage using clusters of commodity servers to store terabytes or even petabytes of data.\
Jim Curry is General Manager and Chief Stacker of OpenStack, the recently launched open source cloud computing project. OpenStack was launched based on code contributions from Rackspace and NASA, and currently has nearly 30 companies supporting the project. Jim is responsible for driving all aspects of the OpenStack initiative, including major partnerships, community-driven development and adoption.
In addition to his current role with OpenStack, Jim is the VP of corporate development at Rackspace and maintains responsibility for the company’s M&A and venture investing activities, including the acquisitions of Webmail.us, Slicehost and Jungle Disk. Jim also manages strategic product partner alliances for Rackspace, particularly in the areas of cloud computing and applications, and incubating new businesses at the company including the Managed Colocation offering and Hong Kong businesses.
Prior to Rackspace, Jim spent 15 years in the IT and financial services sector in various new product incubation, corporate development and investing roles. Most recently, Jim was a senior leader on Dell’s corporate development team. Jim has also held leadership positions with several other technology startups including Bowstreet and Tivoli, both acquired by IBM. He also was an investment banker with Goldman Sachs and spent several years as a private equity investor.
Jim holds an MBA from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin.
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