• As Technology Strategist in the Integrated Solutions Business Unit at Red Hat, James Labocki defines the vision for Red Hat's Cloud Suite - Red Hat's fully open source and complete line of cloud solutions. With over 15 years of experience ranging from systems administration and architecture to sales engineering and product marketing and management he has technology experience that ranges from start-ups to fortune 500 organizations. James is a Red Hat Certified Data-center Specialist (RHCDS) and Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida.

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  • Vice President of Business Development Talligent, the Openstack Billing and Customer Lifecycle Solution

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  • Ken Rugg, CEO of Tesora The entrepreneurial bug bit Ken early when he left MIT’s computer-science program early to join an artificial intelligence startup. Ken has 20 years in strategic planning, business development, mergers and acquisitions, product definition and development. He has shown expertise in innovative go-to-market strategies, growing technical solutions into profitable businesses, building high-performance teams and pushing sales. Before founding Tesora, Ken was the senior vice president and business unit general manager at Progress Software. He led a combination of sales, services, marketing, product strategy and development for many of the company’s enterprise software products. Ken joined Progress when his previous company, eXcelon, the maker of ObjectStore, was acquired. There he was the chief technology officer and vice president of product development. Under his technical leadership, eXcelon became the leader in XML database and XML integration technologies while maintaining its dominant position in the object database market. Between leading a startup and raising four children ages 13 to 24, there is little time left for other pursuits, but he does enjoy relaxing by his koi pond when the water isn’t frozen over.

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  • Open-source specialist. Believe in open-source software and its development way. Strong and deep knowledge about OpenStack, Ceph, and NFVi. Architect, designer, and integrator of high available, scale-out solutions. GNU/Linux and Apple user since a long time. Also hardware lover.

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