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Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations and Cloud Strategies Conference 2018


Next week, the SUSE team will be at the Intercontinental London Hotel at the O2 for the Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations and Cloud Strategies Conference. This will be a great opportunity to hear from many well-respected names within the IT community – analysts, experts and even the quite legendary Frank Abagnale, of “Catch Me If You Can” fame. While one of the most memorable scenes in the film version of Frank Abagnale’s adventures depicts him pretending to be a Pan Am pilot, strolling through an airport arm-in-arm with a bevy of beautiful female cabin crew, the SUSE team will be leaving their flight crew uniforms, which were last seen in action at the OpenStack Summit in Berlin, at home. However, my Movember moustache will still be very much in evidence for all to admire as it continues its European tour to celebrate my 13th year of supporting the Movember Foundation in their aim to stop men dying too young (having been to Berlin last week, and then heading to Madrid for the HPE Discover conference next week once the Gartner conference is finished).

The death of the data centre?

We’re looking forward to helping lots of people understand how data centres have evolved, and how software-defined infrastructure is the future and should be part of every business’s cloud strategy. Whether you already have a fully-fledged cloud strategy, are using public cloud for test and development, or are just starting to think about how to best leverage cloud resources, the conference will give you plenty to think about. Giuseppe Paterno and I will be talking on Tuesday 27th November at 12:45pm about the death of the data centre, so please do come along to hear if the data centre is indeed dead, or if it’s just having a little lie down to catch its breath. In addition to discussing the merits of public cloud, private cloud, OpenStack and containers, we’ll also be talking about how our customer ApiOmat used SUSE CaaS Platform and SUSE Cloud Application Platform to enable them to better serve their enterprise customers.

Chameleons, chameleons everywhere – catch them if you can

Of course, the SUSE team will be giving away some of our ever-popular Geeko stuffed chameleons in the exhibitors hall, so come along to talk to us, hear about how software-defined infrastructure should be a part of your cloud strategy, and pick up a cuddly chameleon to keep you company on your journey home!


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Matthew Johns I have over 20 years' experience in the IT, cloud and hosting industry gained in a variety of roles spanning project management to product release and product marketing. I’m responsible for product marketing for SUSE OpenStack Cloud, and have been working with OpenStack since it was released in 2010. Outside of work, I enjoy running, cycling, great beer (craft, cask, keg - call it what you like as long as it tastes good), spending time with my family, playing the piano and charity fundraising – I’ve been supporting the Movember Foundation since 2006, and have run multiple races, climbed mountains and cycled around the UK for many charities over the years.