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Prestigious Speaker Line-up Announced for First Annual OpenStack Silicon Valley Event; Free Passes Available for Attendees of VMworld, Oracle Open World

Martin Fink, HP EVP and CTO, to Deliver Keynote Address, Kicking Off Broad-Based Panel of Technology and Industry Opinion-Leaders

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/11/14 -- Mirantis, the world's leading pure-play OpenStack company, today announced the speaker lineup for OpenStack Silicon Valley 2014, a community event to be held September 16, 2014 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. The speaker line up includes top cloud executives from Cisco, Citrix, Dell, eBay, Ericsson, Eucalyptus, HP, Intel, Red Hat, VMware and more. OpenStack customers will share practical tips on deploying private and hybrid cloud solutions and experts will debate controversial topics that range from whether OpenStack needs a benevolent dictator to a call to sign an industry peace treaty in the cloud platform wars.

"We're honored to have Martin Fink, Marten Mickos and all our other industry expert speakers participate in our first OpenStack Silicon Valley conference," said Adrian Ionel, CEO of Mirantis. "This gathering of customers and industry competitors is a testament to our shared purpose: the advancement of OpenStack adoption and the benefits it brings to its users, and demonstrating its capabilities across the cloud and enterprise marketplace."

"HP has been dedicated to the OpenStack community since 2011 and we're a proud founding Platinum Member of the OpenStack Foundation," said Martin Fink, executive vice president and chief technology officer, HP. "HP is all-in on open source and we look forward to OpenStack Silicon Valley bringing the community together to address our shared opportunities and challenges."

"I want OpenStack to succeed. When that happens, Eucalyptus can also succeed," said Marten Mickos, CEO of Eucalyptus Systems. "OpenStack is a phenomenon of enormous proportions; Eucalyptus is the name of a tightly focused piece of software. There is clear opportunity for mutual collaboration and benefit. This conference drives that objective: to allow open source to completely beat closed source in the space of cloud infrastructure software."

In support of Mirantis' sponsorship of VMware's VMworld 2014, Oracle Open World 2014 and the OpenStack Paris Summit, the company is offering those buying a pass to any of those conferences the chance to apply for a free pass to OpenStack Silicon Valley. Interested attendees can send their confirmation of their paid registrations from one of those events to vmworld[at]openstacksv.com, oow[at]openstacksv.com, or paris-summit[at]openstacksv.com (respectively). More info on this offer here.

Industry luminaries speaking at OpenStack Silicon Valley include:

  • Ankur Singla, CEO and Co-Founder of Juniper Contrail Systems
  • Brian C. Gentile, CEO and President of JasperSoft
  • Chris C. Kemp, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Nebula
  • Jonathan Bryce, Executive Director of the OpenStack Foundation
  • Jonathan Donaldson, General Manager for Software Defined Infrastructure at Intel
  • Martìn Casado, CTO of networking at VMware
  • Mårten Mickos, CEO of Eucalyptus
  • Nati Shalom, Founder and CTO of GigaSpaces
  • Randy Bias, Co-Founder and CEO of Cloudscaling
  • Sameer Dholakia, group vice president and general manager of the Cloud Platforms group at Citrix

Representatives from organizations including AT&T, Big Switch Networks, the Blue Box Group, Canonical, Cisco, Citrix, Cloudscaling, Dell, Docker, DreamHost, eBay, Ericsson, Eucalyptus, Forrester, GigaSpaces, Google, HP, IDC, Intel, JasperSoft, Juniper Networks, Metacloud, MetaSwitch Networks, Midokura, Mirantis, Nebula, the OpenStack Foundation, Pivotal, PLUMgrid, Rackspace, Red Hat, SaltStack, SolidFire, StackVelocity, Symantec, Tesora and VMware will be speaking at the event. The full roster of speakers is here. In addition to workshops, panels, and keynotes, OpenStack Silicon Valley 2014 will offer a relaxed social event in the evening in order to give attendees a chance get to know each other and network. The full agenda is available here.

About Mirantis
Mirantis is the world's leading OpenStack company. Mirantis delivers all the software, services, training and support needed for running OpenStack. More customers rely on Mirantis than any other company to get to production deployment of OpenStack at scale. Among the top five companies worldwide in contributing open source software to OpenStack, Mirantis has helped build and deploy some of the largest OpenStack clouds at companies such as AT&T, Cisco WebEx, Comcast, Symantec, Ericsson, Expedia, Samsung, NASA, NTT Docomo, Workday, PayPal and Red Hat. Mirantis is venture-backed by Intel, Red Hat, SAP Ventures, Ericsson and WestSummit Capital. For more information, visit www.mirantis.com or follow us on Twitter at @mirantisit.

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