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.