We at thrilled whenever James Walker, president of OpenCloud Connect, tells the story of, well, the open cloud. OCC is the sponsor of the Clouded Leopards Den competition for cloud innovation — and driving innovation is what that organization does best.

James is speaking at DataCloud Congress, coming to Monaco on June 3-4, 2015.


Well, James isn’t only speaking; he’s also the afternoon session chair on Wednesday, June 3. He and his team of expert speakers are in charge of two exciting presentations:

2:00pm: Surviving the seismic changes in IT & the future of Information Security

The session will explore:

  • why traditional, monolithic application architectures don’t serve essential business requirements in today’s digital economy
  • new models that have emerged to address everything digital
  • how to start a journey of achieving loosely coupled, adaptable, agile services
  • why security has been lagging behind the Internet-scale IT and consumerisation trends

The presenter is Dragan Pendic, Chief Security Architect, Diageo

2:45pm: Cloud Service Brokerage

Cloud hosting can offer on-demand self-service, rapid elasticity, and resource pooling to ensure customers do not face limitations or disruptions. Cloud Service Brokers (CSB) aggregate, integrate and customise multiple cloud services as well as provide secure data storage and connectivity. This will enable them to deliver infrastructure and application clouds from third-party providers as well as from their own datacentres.

The CSB model provides an architectural, business and IT operations model to manage different cloud services within a federated security, administration and support framework. Service providers such as network providers, IT distributors, financial services companies and others, are ideally positioned to act as gateways between enterprises’ private and public cloud networks and datacentres.

  • Will CSB lead to greater integration of diverse cloud services?
  • How will CSB add value to the IT services acquisition process?
  • What are the risks?

The panel will be chaired by James; the panelists are James Mitchell, CEO, Strategic Blue; Michael Wicander, CEO & Founder, CloudMore; and Francisco Ramos Salado, Director of Business Development Europe, Jamcracker

We look forward to an exciting afternoon as OCC continues to drive forward cloud openness, and cloud innovation, throughout the industry.