Solve Connections: Tackling IT Challenges City by City

In 2014, Rackspace launched our Solve series, one-day summits showcasing how companies can tackle their toughest technology challenges.

The idea was to have cutting edge companies focused on innovative technologies like big data, ecommerce and containers help attendees solve the challenges they face in their own businesses.

We started small, with three events that year; the first was held in San Francisco, and focused on speed, flexibility and scale in ecommerce, apps and DevOps.

 Those three events were so successful we expanded dramatically last year, adding events in cities around the country and the world, including London and Hong Kong.

[Check out coverage of previous Solve events]

For 2016, we wanted to go deeper, get more focused and more exclusive. In addition to our Solve conferences (you can sign up now for Rackspace::Solve New York City on Feb. 11), we’re launching Solve Connections: invitation-only, half-day events that will hone in on an industry sector and the technology challenges it faces.

With a smaller group, our hope is to facilitate executive-level discussions, help forge peer-to-peer relationships, and enable Rackspace leaders and cloud experts to interact with our customers in a more intimate setting.

Tomorrow we’ll be in Houston, the beating heart of the oil and gas industry. We’ve invited representatives from energy and banking, as well as other select companies in the area. The event will take place at the Toyota Arena, and as a thank you for attending, we’ll wrap up with dinner in the penthouse suite to watch the Houston Rockets take on the Detroit Pistons!

The conference begins at 2 p.m. with a welcome from Rackspace Chief Technologist John Engates (who recently published his annually anticipated cloud predictions for this year). Attendees will then get an industry overview from Lauren Nelson, a senior analyst with Forrester Research.

With security and data needs top of mind for many companies, this Connections event will focus on those areas, specifically for the enterprise.

After an overview of AWS managed cloud by Rackspace, and a drill down on enterprise security on AWS, attendees will hear from Tom White of NetApp about how DataFabric is tracking trends in the oil and gas industry.

We’ll wrap up the day with a security panel featuring Chief Security Officer Brian Kelly and Jim Reavis, executive director of the Cloud Security Alliance, which promotes best practices for security assurance within cloud computing.

Kelly, with his more than three decades of military and civilian cybersecurity experience, recently penned a primer on how businesses should respond in the immediate aftermath of a cyberattack — because as he points out, “attacks happen to the best of organizations,” ie, it’s likely a matter of when, not if.

We’ll host more Connections events this year, and if you’d like us to come to your city, send us an email to solve@rackspace.com.

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