London Calling: An Unlocked Update

Last week we wrapped the second stop of Unlocked: The Hybrid Cloud in beautiful London, and I want to give you quick recap on the event.

In our best turnout so far, we had over 100 developers, engineers and business executives join us who were eager to learn about all things cloud. The London event was a little different than the first in NYC. Based on feedback from NYC attendees, we split the London Unlocked event into dual tracks: business and technical. We wanted to test the waters and see if there was an appetite for more focused tracks, so we decided to offer it up and see what the feedback was like.

It was a super successful event in all regards – minus the fire alarm that caused us to evacuate for approximately 30 minutes. I’m absolutely looking forward to returning to London for the next Unlocked event (date TBD).

If you couldn’t make it or were not in attendance, we have made all our slides publically available on Here, you’ll find the general sessions slides, included the keynote delivered by Nigel Beighton, vice president of technology and product for Rackspace UK; the Business Track presented by Rackspace Open Cloud Architect Leo Packham and Rackspace Cloud Evangelist and DevOps Engineer Jason Smith; and the Technical Track presented Rackspace University Technical Trainer Alex Brandt and myself.

For a quick video recap of the day, check out the video here.

What’s next? Unlocked in PDX!

The Rackspace Unlocked team is now en route to Portland for OSCON for an event this Tuesday.

Our session, “Butter Up Your Application,” will cover the Five Pillars of Cloudiness and how they apply to your cloud application design. We also plan to share an open source project we wrote using the principles will cover in this tutorial. This will be a developer-focused session with lots of combing through code and discussing the ups and downs we faced when designing this application: code irregularities, race conditions, continuous integration and continuous delivery, performance tradeoffs and infrastructure automation. We want to help you plan for success the next time you sit down to design a cloud application.  As an added bonus, we’ll also open-source Margarine to the world. Margarine can be used as a template to deploy your next cloud application on any cloud provider of your choice!

If you’d like more information, the full abstract can be found here.

Join us at OSCON for “Butter Up Your Application” Tuesday, July 23 at 9:00 a.m. in room E142 at the Oregon Convention Center.

Unlocked is coming to Austin

After the Rackspace Unlocked team returns from OSCON, we’ll gear up for the next installment of Unlocked: The Hybrid Cloud. This time we’re heading to Austin. This event will take place at the W Hotel Austin and will be another run of our Business and Technical tracks. If you have not registered yet, there is still time! Go over to and secure your spot today! We have some special guest from the ATX start-up community coming to present, and we have a few other tricks up our sleeves that we can’t wait to share with the vibrant tech ecosystem in one of the world’s hotbeds of entrepreneurial and engineering talent.

For more information or inquiries

If you have any questions, comments or feedback for the Unlocked team, please reach out to any of us – we’d love to talk to you. If you have ideas on content you’d like to see more of or less of, or want to suggest a totally new topic, we’d love to hear from you!

The Unlocked team can be reached on Twitter at the following locations:

  • Jennifer Boles, Unlocked Global Program Manager, @jennbolestweets
  • Wayne Walls, Unlocked Global Program Evangelist, @waynewalls
  • Hart Hoover, Unlocked Technical Evangelist, @hhoover
  • Alex Brandt, Unlocked Technical Evangelist, @alunduil
  • Leo Packham, Unlocked Business Strategist, @LeoPackam
  • Jason Smith, Unlocked Content Strategist, @aslean

We all look forward to seeing you at an upcoming Unlocked: The Hybrid Cloud event.

Wayne Walls is a Cloud Architect at Rackspace, where he evangelizes global cloud strategy. A tenured technology leader, Wayne has engineered complex technical solutions, delivered IT transformation plans, and implemented multiple training initiatives around cloud computing. Co-maintainer of the Rackspace Developer blog, Wayne is helping developers, engineers, and executives understand cloud technologies and how to turn that knowledge into tangible returns. He holds a B.S. of Information Systems and a B.A. of Economics from the University of Oklahoma. Follow him on Twitter at @waynewalls.


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