Software-Defined Infrastructure
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“Software is a great combination of artistry and engineering.”Bill Gates

Gone are the days when moving simple business logic and data entry to software would give IT enterprises a competitive advantage. Now, enterprises must incorporate advanced intelligence (e.g.- AI/ML) into their business processes and extract valuable insights from an ever-increasing deluge of data. On top of that, the cost pressure on IT to do more with less remains constant. As a result, traditional approaches to infrastructure are unable to support these demands.

Software-Defined Infrastructure (SDI) is an emerging approach to meet these demands with implications going beyond technology into the organization. Earlier approaches to infrastructure had strict boundaries between IT infrastructure (typically hardware) and applications. Applications didn’t change their underlying infrastructure. And at the same time, there were organizational silos of application developers and IT operators. Starting with the rise of virtualization and Infrastructure-as-a-Service, this barrier began to break down for compute workloads. Now nearly all aspects of a data-center – storage, networking, etc. – can be defined via software (independent of any underlying hardware). This has paved way for entirely new ways of architecting applications: micro-services or cloud-native applications. DevOps, a new hybrid role, has also emerged and further blurs the line between application developers and IT operators.

There are challenges standing in the way of SDI adoption and the modern applications they enable. For instance, as applications become more distributed across a greater number of components, orchestration and system automation become more difficult. Management also becomes increasingly complex as IT operators are challenged with managing multiple SDI environments, spanning on-premises and, increasingly, multiple public cloud providers.

Nevertheless, the adoption of SDI and microservices have enabled enterprises to receive not only greater IT and developer agility, but also business agility and a real competitive advantage. It’s no coincidence that many of today’s leading enterprises have adopted this approach: from Netflix, Google, Amazon, eBay and Uber in technology to Comcast Cable and Capital One beyond.

Join us for a session in the cloud where we will explore all of this and more.

SPEAKERS


Elon Musk
CEO
Tesla

Satya Nadella
CEO
Microsoft

Jack Welch
Former CEO
GE

Meg Whitman
CEO
HP

Jeff Weiner
CEO
LinkedIn

Marc Benioff
CEO
Salesforce

Marissa Mayer
Ex-CEO
Yahoo

Larry Ellison
Executive Chairman of...
Oracle

Sundar Pichai
CEO
Google

Reid Hoffman
Co-Founder
LinkedIn

Larry Page
CEO
Alphabet

Shantanu Narayen
CEO
Adobe

Sanjay Mehrotra
President & CEO
Micron Technology

Peter Thiel
Co-Founder
Paypal

Steve Mollenkopf
CEO
Qualcomm

Paul J. Walsh
Senior Vice President,...
Visa Inc.

Vinod Khosla
Partner
Khosla Ventures

Ravi Mhatre
Partner
Lightspeed Venture...

John Chambers
Former CEO
Cisco

Drew Houston
Co-founder/CEO
Dropbox

Steve Case
Former CEO
AOL

Diane Greene
CEO
Google Cloud

Deep Nishar
Senior Managing Partner
SoftBank Vision Fund

Tim Draper
Managing Director
Draper Fisher Jurvetson

Tom Reilly
CEO
Cloudera

Ram Shriram
Managing Partner
Sherpalo Ventures

Rashmy Chatterjee
CMO
IBM

Sanjay Poonen
COO
Vmware

Steve Lucas
CEO
Marketo

Steven W. Berglund
President, CEO
Trimble

John Doerr
Venture Capitalist
KPCB

Doug Leone
Venture Capitalist
Sequoia

Sir Martin Sorrell
CEO
WPP

Amitabh Kant
CEO
NITI Aayog

Aaron Levie
CEO
Box

Vishal Sikka
Previously Executive...
Infosys

Bonny Simi
President
JetBlue Technology...

MG Siegler
General Partner
Google Ventures

Jay Parikh
Head of Engineering & IT
Facebook

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong
Chairman and CEO
NantWorks