Everything open source
May 16–17, 2016: Training & Tutorials
May 18–19, 2016: Conference
Austin, TX

Open source and microservices: Your badass, next-gen application architecture

Ken Owens (Cisco Systems), Lauren Cooney (Cisco)
2:40pm–3:20pm Wednesday, 05/18/2016
Location: Meeting Room 17B
Average rating: **...
(2.50, 4 ratings)

Developers are driving the market for cloud consumption and leading the industry to a new era of software-defined disruption. It’s no longer a question that elastic and flexible development is the way to innovate and reduce time to market. However, current cloud solutions are not open and do not enable application development platforms natively or provide the ability to create applications that are cloud native with elastic services. In addition, businesses are moving to application development architectures that use microservices, which are becoming more central to their business strategy.

Ken Owens and Lauren Cooney dig into open source architectures, explaining why these solutions need to be open, and deep dive into the CloudFoundry contributions that address current DevOps challenges, outlining the data platform required to support business analytics and the build, deploy, and run—including application monitoring and advanced user plane network enhancements.

This session is sponsored by Cisco.

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Ken Owens

Cisco Systems

Ken Owens is chief technology officer of Cloud Infrastructure Services at Cisco Systems, where he is responsible for creating and communicating technical and scientific vision and strategy for Cloud Infrastructure Services (CIS) business. Ken brings a compelling view of technology trends in enterprise IT (e.g., infrastructure, computing, SaaS, virtualization, and the cloud) and evangelizes the technology roadmap for the business. Before joining Cisco in 2014, he spent over seven years at Savvis as the chief scientist, CTO, and VP of security and virtualization technologies. Prior assignments include five years as a network security architect at the A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. and Edward Jones brokerage firms in St. Louis, Mo, and 10 years in the design and architecture of communications systems and components for Erlang Technologies, Tellabs, and Wiltel. Ken holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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Lauren Cooney


Lauren Cooney has over 15 years’ experience creating, building, and leading high-growth businesses, platforms, and developer communities for multiple Fortune 500 companies, including BEA Systems (now Oracle), IBM, Microsoft, and Cisco Systems, where she has led product management, open source, product marketing, developer strategy, and new business model creation. Lauren has recently taken on an executive leadership role at Cisco, where she drives open source strategy and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math, inclusive of women in technology) for the CTO office. She is passionate about continuous education, new open technologies and solutions, and driving amazing end-user experiences for customers, partners, and developers, as well as further enabling technical education across multiple boundaries and making it freely accessible to all. The Huffington Post and Business Insider have recognized Cooney as a top leader in enterprise software and cloud industries. She frequently speaks at conferences and events and works closely with customers, partners, developers, investors, press, and analysts on multiple topics.