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From Collaboration to Interoperability to the Private Cloud: Future Proofing Your Heterogeneous Data Center with Microsoft and Novell

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Location: Room 204 A

The evolution of cloud computing promises significant efficiency gains and cost savings over today’s distributed architecture model. Many IT leaders, however, face tough choices about what to deploy to evolve their data center while, at the same time, leveraging existing assets and managing to a flat or often declining budget. Never before has it been more important for vendors to work more closely together with their customers to address such challenges.

In this session, you will learn about Microsoft and Novell’s ground-breaking partnership to drive customer-centric interoperability, and how the companies’ solutions are enabling a private cloud architecture for heterogeneous environments.

Topics to be covered:

  • An overview of how the companies came together to solve critical customer challenges around virtualization, systems management, and federated identity
  • A background on cloud computing and what IT leaders should think about and look for
  • Market insight and perceptions about cloud computing
  • How the Microsoft-Novell solutions pave the way to private cloud deployment

Brent Phillips


Brent Phillips is a senior product manager with Microsoft’s intellectual property and licensing division and responsible for marketing and business development programs for the Novell Interoperability Alliance. Brent joined Microsoft in 2006 and helped the company establish and drive its framework for interoperability that included the development of the Interoperability Vendor Alliance and the Interoperability Executive Customer Council. Both programs, among others, foster open collaboration and innovation among IT organizations to improve the way heterogeneous systems work together. In particular Brent spends a significant amount of time understanding how open source and commercial business models can align to drive greater value for customers.

Aaron Holzer


Aaron Holzer is a Senior Product Manager in Microsoft’s Virtualization Marketing organization responsible for virtualization performance marketing and the Microsoft relationship with Novell. He also developed and launched the Server Virtualization Validation Program. Prior to joining Microsoft, Aaron spent seven years at Intel where he was a Senior Product Marketing Engineer in Intel’s Server Platform Group responsible for server virtualization marketing strategies as well as a Strategic Relationship Manager responsible for Intel’s technical and business activities with key ISVs. Before Joining Intel, Aaron spent nearly 21 years at Digital Equipment and Compaq in various technical and marketing roles. Aaron has a BS and MS in Computer Sciences from the City College of NY as well as an MBA from Boston College.

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Frank Rego


Frank Rego is a Senior Product Manager in Novell’s Open Platform Solutions business unit and is responsible for managing the technical collaboration with Microsoft. Frank joined Novell from Immunix, a startup company that developed the AppArmor security technology for Linux which is now an integrated piece of the SUSE Linux Enterprise platform. Frank has an engineering degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MBA from Portland State University.

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