7:30-8:00AM Registration and Breakfast – Breakfast Sponsor: Zenoss
8:00-8:05AM WSTA Introductions – Michael Maffattone, Chief Technology Officer,
Harvard Management Company and WSTA Vice President
Today’s presentations will be available online on the agenda page at http://www.wsta.org/events/event_archive_photos
8:05-8:30AM "Open Discussion"
Alok Kapoor, Executive VP, Enterprise Infrastructure, Fidelity Investments, WSTA Board Director
Cloud “Infrastructure as a Service” (IaaS) providers are a plenty and are seemingly congregating around commercial products/services, or open source alternatives. Many traditional commercial infrastructure vendors have emerging IaaS offerings that provide some degree of automation, abstraction, provisioning, and management capabilities. At the same time, open source efforts such as Eucalyptus and OpenStack are gaining support, with OpenStack now sporting over 60 member firms including Cisco, Citrix, Dell, Intel, and Microsoft. Which path are you taking? Engage in a spirited discussion around the merits of the various options and their differences.
8:30- 9:15AM Keynote -- “Cloud Computing Comes To Financial Services”
Charles Babcock, Editor at Large, InformationWeek, and author of Management Strategies for The Cloud Revolution.
Cloud computing is changing retail, software development, how we congregate and collaborate with fellow workers. It will also change financial services, extending trading systems to more participants and giving those with an interest direct access to markets. New hazards along with many new opportunities will accompany this invasion of financial services by the cloud.
This session will help those who want to learn about the cloud’s impact:
1. How a cloud data center is different from most enterprise data centers and why that’s important; what happens when self-service is the modus operendi.
2. How the cloud portion of the new NYSE Euronext data center in Mahwah, N.J., will be a leveling force in financial services; bringing new types of trading and traders into exchanges.
3. What some of the uncharted hazards of this brave new world of cloud computing will be. Amazon’s Easter weekend outage is one indicator; another is the successful attack on Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
4. In addition to hazards and fresh competition, there will be many new opportunities to innovate and extend in trading services.
9:15-9:40AM “Ensuring Speed and Security in Public, Private, and Hybrid Clouds”
Joe Ghory, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Riverbed Technology
The advent of cloud computing offers Financial Services firm new choices in how to architect their IT infrastructure for the best possible blend of performance, availability, cost, and control. A critical requirement is the ability to integrate public and private services with optimized connectivity to build a flexible hybrid cloud environment. As the volume of transactions, the underlying, research, strategy, and communication that underpin them explodes Wall Street firms are demanding that their technology not only keep pace but lead them to greater returns. Join Riverbed Technology Sr. Marketing Manager Joe Ghory to learn how your network can give you a competitive edge with your current and future infrastructure by:
· Mitigate the impact of latency, application, and protocol inefficiency to ensure application performance
· Unlocking the challenges and opportunities in private, public, and hybrid cloud infrastructures
· How to ensure high availability and compliance while minimizing overhead
9:40-10:05AM “An On-premise Cloud Infrastructure as a Service Platform for Financial Services”
David P. Butler, VP, Marketing, Eucalyptus Systems
On-premise Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) brings the power of cloud computing to your IT systems and data center automation initiatives. It offers the additional software infrastructure and cloud platform to transform virtual and physical servers, storage and networks into shared, elastic, standardized cloud resources. Cloud infrastructure resources for compute, network, storage and security provide virtual machines for high performance financial models, dev/test processes, Big Data deployments and hybrid deployments using Amazon AWS.
· Learn how on-premise IaaS extends and enhances the automation, speed and flexibility of virtualized infrastructure
· Analyze the IaaS use cases for on-premise clouds
· Gain an understanding of the Eucalyptus IaaS platform
10:05-10:30AM "Break and Demo Area Visit" Break Sponsorship Available
10:30-10:55AM “Financial Services Have Reached the Cloud Tipping Point”
Mary Stanhope is responsible for marketing, product management and new market development at Sidera Networks
The benefits of cloud are ripe for today’s markets. Sidera Networks commissioned a survey of IT decision makers focused on understanding the growth, drivers and adoption of IT and cloud services. Financial Service businesses top the list of industries that see cloud computing impacting their IT requirements over the next 2 years. This session will explore how financial companies are looking to use and connect to the cloud.
• How Financial companies are adopting the use of cloud computing
• What are the drivers and concerns behind the move to the cloud for Financial companies
• What are the different facets of network connectivity to consider when deploying a cloud solution
Provided to attendees - A white paper ‘Financial Services Have Reached the Cloud Tipping Point’ provides, in more detail, the drivers, concerns and viability of cloud networking solutions according to financial companies responses to the 2011 IT Decision Makers Survey.
10:55-11:20AM “Moving Beyond Infrastructure Provisioning - Real World Cloud Use Cases”
Herb VanHook, Vice President, Office of the CTO, BMC Software
While commercial "infrastructure as a service" (IaaS) providers have been in the market for a number of years, we are starting to see the early adopters of on-premise cloud models, resulting in first generation Private Cloud build-outs. Companies pursuing this path also want to embrace a hybrid Cloud strategy, but are confronting the complexity of compliance, governance, operational processes, sophisticated software stacks, unique application requirements coupled with legacy infrastructure and skill set transformation needs. This session examines the promise and reality of progressing beyond spinning up virtual servers and basic images and moving to a world where pragmatic business needs can be matched with and enabled through Cloud technology. While initial provisioning is important - can it handle the complex software stacks and architectures demanded in the financial industry? Also, the ongoing demand of cloud operations is often not addressed by the majority of technology options in the market today - how will those issues be handled in your Cloud strategy?
· Macro and micro Cloud use case requirements, and metrics for cloud success · Making cloud a reality for sophisticated workloads and application configurations in a secure, multi-tenant manner - with the full lifecycle addressed, from provisioning, through operations to retirement.
· Preparing for the multi-sourced Cloud world with an introduction to Service Brokering
11:20-11:45AM “Getting More From Your Cloud Investment”
Anders Wallgren is Chief Technical Officer of Electric Cloud
No doubt your company has already invested heavily in the cloud. The hype of cloud computing is real and dividends are already flowing. What's more, cloud computing enables you to tackle some of the most confounding challenges of your technology-intensive business. The developers in your company rely not only on compute resources, but on their personal collection of tools, operating systems, configurations and workflows.
• A blueprint for creating a private development cloud
• How workflow automation and resource management allow development teams to effectively use a private cloud infrastructure
• How build-test-deploy tasks can be run in a shared environment
A case study on how one large wall street firm was able to reduce costs while increasing productivity will also be provided.
11:45-12:10PM “Doing more with less: An OpenStack Story”
Andrew Schroepfer, VP, Enterprise Strategy, Rackspace
The ultimate goal of cloud computing is to use less resources--decrease management and decrease costs--while also utilizing and enhancing their infrastructure. OpenStack is a large-scale open source cloud project and community established to drive industry standards, end cloud lock-in and speed the adoption of cloud technologies. This session will discuss how the OpenStack project is enabling enterprises and service providers to do more with their infrastructure while using less resources.
12:10-1:10PM Luncheon Sponsor: “Building a Next-Generation Trading Community”
Robert Hegarty, Global Head of Market Structure-Enterprise, Thomson Reuters
The global trading landscape is being transformed; with increasing levels of automation, technological progress and new regulatory obligations all contributing to ongoing changes in market structure. In this dynamic and competitive environment, vendors that service the trading community need to foster open communities to maximize the value they provide to their customers. Whereas closed systems work well to create vendor lock-in; open communities provide customers with choice and drive innovation, both through partnership and competition.
This presentation will outline:
· The impact of rising high frequency and algorithmic trading activity across regions and asset classes
· Key market and regulatory initiatives that are driving changes in global market structure
· How a next-generation of trading community can help firms to stay ahead of these trends
1:10-1:35PM “Beyond exposing APIs: Exposing your data and services through a Vertical PaaS”
Jonathan Marsh, VP, Business Development, WSO2
Adopters of cloud platforms expect scalability, high utilization rates, better analytics for their internal applications, and conversion of capex expenses to opex. In addition to these we are seeing a demand where adopters are seeking more – cloud offerings not just providing an API to their services but a complete “Vertical PaaS” including third-party application hosting with direct access to the core data and services of the organization. Offering a development and hosting platform deeply integrated with their data and services rather than a simple Web API increases the potential for monetization and wider application of their service assets. This talk introduces the concepts and motivations behind this idea and provides a few customer data points that may be early indicators of an emerging trend.
1:35-2:00PM “Securing Cloud Hosted Servers”
Carson Sweet, CEO, CloudPassage
Cloud computing is one of the most disruptive new technologies since the Internet. One of the fastest-growing sectors of cloud computing is Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). Cloud-based IaaS offers tremendous scalability, flexibility and speed in deploying information processing compute resources. Security and compliance remain major challenges to adoption of public cloud infrastructure hosting. Technical differences in public cloud environments render many established security models and controls inoperable. In this session, Carson Sweet will discuss why security and compliance is different in the cloud, outline a model for securing cloud-based hosting environments and explain best practices for implementing this model.
2:00-2:25PM “The Financial Cloud: Attributes and Common Challenges”
Denis Nothern, VP, Product Research & Development, Savvis
The applicability of cloud computing remains center stage for most IT organizations. The promise of delivering increased business value with improved IT responsiveness, improved reliability, and reduced costs has been accomplished by cloud providers for less-complex applications. However, organizations continue to be challenged by applications requiring multi-tier architectures with more complex security and compliance requirements – costly obstacles in achieving a sound cloud strategy. This presentation reviews several service and deployment models and will highlight security challenges and attributes to look for when selecting a cloud provider who can reduce the risk of cloud implementations.
2:25-2:50PM “In the Cloud or in the Money?” Scott Swartz, Founder and CEO, MetraTech Corp.
WSTA attendees will be familiar with the reality of multiple applications generating too much data. The cloud promises answers; faster, better service for internal and external customers alike. But is the promise of transforming IT into a complete and profit-generating service realistic? Scott Swartz, CEO of MetraTech and a leading monetization expert argues it is, and outlines the 10 Best Practices you can follow to ensure your organization maximize ROI in the cloud. In today's agreements-based commercial world, reveals Swartz, monetization is more demanding than many firms realize, the result of which is the risk of missed opportunities.
2:50-3:15PM “So You Want to Build a Cloud, Now What?”
Scott Burgess, Director Office of the CTO, EMC Consulting
Cloud offers great potential for improving business agility and reducing IT costs. For many financial services firms, the question is not whether to adopt cloud, but how to develop a roadmap for implementing cloud that matches their specific business requirements. In this session, we’ll discuss some best practices for developing an enterprise cloud roadmap:
· Targeting the right set of applications for your cloud
· Evaluating which cloud model best fits your requirements
· Transforming IT organizations, processes and technologies for cloud
3:15PM Seminar Concludes
Agenda and Times Subject to Change