Making Open Work
May 8–9, 2017: Training & Tutorials
May 10–11, 2017: Conference
Austin, TX

How to be an infrastructure startup in a postcloud world

5:05pm5:45pm Thursday, May 11, 2017
Level: Beginner

Who is this presentation for?

  • Anyone interested in the market dependent on the cloud

Prerequisite knowledge

  • A basic understanding of the cloud
  • Familiarity with available services for running applications on the cloud

What you'll learn

  • Explore opportunities for innovation and growth in the cloud market


The cloud infrastructure market is booming; as enterprise companies move to the cloud and explore the possibilities it allows, they need to find reliable infrastructure to run their applications. Cloud providers like the seemingly unstoppable juggernaut AWS fulfill part of this need. AWS has continuously expanded its toolset in the infrastructure space, creating tools for monitoring and logging, databases and storage, security, and many others that bolster their cloud offerings.

How can infrastructure startups compete with the consolidator that dominates every cloud-related emerging market? What does it take to not only survive, but thrive in this frontier? As the market expands, so do the opportunities to provide support. And container startups are starting to meet those needs.

Mackenzie Burnett explores the challenges and opportunities of starting an infrastructure-based startup in a postcloud world dominated by AWS and explains what’s possible in the still-emerging markets centered around the growing cloud.

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Mackenzie Burnett


Mackenzie Burnett is helping drive the distributed systems movement forward as the product manager for CoreOS Tectonic, the enterprise distribution of Kubernetes. Before joining CoreOS, Mackenzie was the CEO and cofounder of Redspread, a startup building collaborative deployment tools based around Kubernetes. Mackenzie also helped found University of Maryland’s hackathon, Bitcamp, and continues to advise Technica, an all-female hackathon.