The explosion of data generated by location-based and real-time applications has created new problems for application developers. Data has been fragmented in silos, stored and duplicated across multiple locations, which is difficult to access, ineffective and expensive. There is a large opportunity to harness this distributed data by building a common storage platform with shared access and costs. In this session, Bret Piatt will lay out a vision of common storage platform, including how the cloud, specifically an open cloud framework, is the best place to bring this data together. He will also discuss the value and risk to application developers, real-world use cases and even societal implications on how we are able to gather, process and access data across multiple locations in real-time.
Bret Piatt leads the Technical Alliances team for Rackspace Hosting. In this role he is responsible for helping cloud companies build solutions that integrate the Rackspace Cloud. He is also actively involved in the cloud computing community helping open source projects such as OpenStack gain awareness and adoption. Prior to his current role, Bret was part of the Product Management teams for both Rackspace and AT&T where he was responsible for launching offerings such as the Rackspace PCI Toolbox and the AT&T Premises–Based Cisco ASA Firewall Service. A self-described “lifelong geek”, Bret’s professional technical experience comes from his time at SBC where he designed monitoring and management systems, optimized networks for enterprise customers, and performed lab testing on new products from potential suppliers and partners.