CloudU Sponsors Open BigCloud And Open Compute Project Workshop

Is more better? Not always, but when it comes to more industry leaders contributing to the CloudU Big Data Massive Open Online Course (MOOC); more is definitely better. As CloudU continues to extend its reach beyond its online presence, the program will sponsor the first ever Open BigCloud and Open Compute Project (OCP) Workshop at The University of Texas in San Antonio (UTSA). The event will take place Wednesday, May 7 and Thursday, May 8 on the UTSA campus.

This event will bring together the brightest minds in academia and industry to discuss the future of cloud computing and big data. It’s truly the best of both worlds. The list of speakers includes Rackspace, Facebook, MIT, AMD, Dell and Notre Dame. The two-day event is by invitation only, but CloudU has a front-row seat. If you’re a registered CloudU user, you’ll have a seat too because these sessions will be recorded and available with the launch of the CloudU Big Data MOOC in June 2014.

It’s no coincidence that CloudU chose to sponsor this event. UTSA and Rackspace, CloudU’s sponsor, are both located in San Antonio. UTSA is also the home to the first Open Compute Certification and Solution Laboratory in North America. UTSA and the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) in Taiwan are the first designees in the world with an Open Compute Certification and Solution Laboratory.

One of the highlights of the symposium for UTSA is the official grand opening of the laboratory. While we’re on campus, we’ll take a tour of this amazing facility and take a look at some of the exciting research taking place there. If you’re wondering if this tour will be available on CloudU, the answer is yes. The Big Data MOOC will have more videos, more industry insights and more contributors. In this case, more is better.

See you on campus!

Steven Villarreal is a Senior Learning & Development Strategist for Rackspace. He spends his time collaborating with content contributors inside and outside of Rackspace developing vendor neutral content for the CloudU program. When he’s not in meetings, he can be found researching the latest adult learning trends and technology to integrate into the CloudU social learning platform.


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