Public Cloud – Its Impact on IT

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017
Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm
Location: VMware World Headquarters
3425 Hillview Avenue
Hilltop A Building
Elastic Sky Theater
Palo Alto, CA 94304



There is no doubt that the use of public cloud in today’s IT world is accelerating at a rapid pace. CIOs are demanding teams to incorporate or shift to this IT model and organizations are quickly leveraging the public cloud more so than ever before. According to IDC, worldwide spending on public cloud services will grow at 19.4% CAGR – almost six times the rate of overall IT spending growth – from nearly $70 billion in 2015 to more than $141 billion in 2019. The attraction and value proposition is clear – consume services on-demand via a web portal and eliminate infrastructure maintenance in order to deliver resources to the business faster and easier than ever before. But is it the right choice for all applications? Traditional applications usually need to be refactored in order run in the public cloud while cloud-native applications are a different story and thrive in this space. Is public cloud the end-game or is something larger like hybrid cloud, combining on-prem assets and the public cloud service the true destination?

Join us as our expert panelists, the top providers of public cloud services, will discuss the state of the public cloud and how they see the space evolving over time. What is next? When does the public cloud use hit the 50% workload adoption rate? Will each provider offer something different?


Our Distinguished Panel


Terry Wise

Vice President, Global Alliances, Ecosystem and Channels
Amazon Web Services

Terry has been with AWS since 2008 and leads the global partner organization which is responsible for driving the business engagement, technical enablement and go-to-market programs across AWS’ ecosystem of consulting, systems integrator, ISV, technology alliance and service provider partners. Prior to AWS, Terry was an early employee and/or founder of 7 start-up companies focused on bringing new technologies and services to the enterprise market including middleware, security appliances, consulting services and new chip designs. Terry started his career at Cambridge Technology Group and holds a BA in History from Middlebury College.


Mike Neil

Corporate Vice President, Azure Infrastructure & Management
Microsoft Corporation

Mike is the Corporate Vice President of the Azure Infrastructure & Management group. A senior leader in engineering for Microsoft, Mike has responsibility for the Azure management tools, infrastructure, including hardware and Azure marketplaces, and for developing and executing the Azure Stack hybrid scenarios for enterprise customers enabling them to run Azure services within their own datacenters.

Mike has had an active leadership role in Azure Operational Insights, Azure Automation and Microsoft’s Cloud Platform System and helped double Azure revenue and capacity year over year. In his 14+ years with Microsoft Mike has overseen the engineering of Windows Server, System Center, and been responsible for Microsoft’s server and PC virtualization.

Mike joined Microsoft as part of Microsoft’s 2003 acquisition of Connectix Corp. While at Connectix, Mike was the vice president of engineering and worked on the original team that developed Virtual PC Mac, allowing Apple Macintosh computers to run Windows. Mike also was one of the founding members of Pixo, a Silicon Valley start-up company that developed operating systems and applications for handheld devices, the most notable of which is the Apple iPod.

After attending the University of Michigan, Mike joined Apple culminating as the integration lead and technical lead for Apple’s Macintosh OS.


Rajiv Ramaswami

Chief Operating Officer, Products & Cloud Services

Rajiv Ramaswami joined VMware in April 2016 and has joint responsibility with Raghu Raghuram for all VMware’s product and service offerings and centralized services, support and operational functions. In this role, Ramaswami’s primary focus is on VMware’s product offerings. Prior to this role, Ramaswami led VMware’s Networking and Security business as executive vice president and general manager.

Before joining VMware, Ramaswami was executive vice president and general manager for the Infrastructure and Networking group at Broadcom Corporation for six years. During his tenure, Broadcom became a leader in delivering merchant silicon switching solutions which have now been widely adopted in carrier, data center and enterprise networks, transforming how these networks have been built.

Ramaswami received his Bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, of which he is a Distinguished Alumnus, and Masters and Doctorate degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. He is an IEEE Fellow and holds 36 patents, primarily in optical networking.


Dr. George Ugras

Managing Director
IBM Ventures

Dr. Ugras leads IBM Ventures, whose mission is to engage with innovators globally to enable entrepreneurial activity that is relevant to IBM. His focus is on strategic relationships that drive innovation and maximize growth tied to IBM’s strategic imperatives, including: cloud, analytics/cognitive computing, mobile, social and cybersecurity.

Dr. Ugras joined IBM in 2016 from ACM, an early stage venture fund, where he was General Partner managing investments across big data infrastructure, cloud computing and analytics. He has founded and run start-ups during his career and served as advisor and director to a number of venture-backed companies. He is the founder of a life science company – CyteGen.

Dr. Ugras has lectured on Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon, UCLA and Stanford, as well as advising faculty on technology spin-offs at various other universities. He also provided oversight on the Space Electronics Group at CalTech and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Dr. Ugras holds a B.S. in Engineering Physics from Fairleigh Dickinson and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Yale. He was a research fellow at CalTech in Physics.


Our Distinguished Moderator


Chris Wolf

VP & Chief Technology Officer, Global Field & Industry

Chris serves as CTO, Global Field and Industry at VMware. In that role, Chris is responsible for driving the execution and communication of the Office of the CTO’s vision, internally and externally, supporting VMware’s global field teams on all CTO evangelism and representing VMware’s technical vision to customers, partners and analysts. He also owns and manages the field CTO activities and helps drive the CTO Ambassador (CTOA) programs and industry-vertical CTO activities.

Prior to joining VMware, Chris was a Research Vice President for Gartner’s Technical Professionals service, where he managed the data center and private cloud research agenda, and was responsible for the strategic direction and technical accuracy of the team’s collective research. There he had the privilege of engaging with more than 200 end-user organizations annually, advising CIOs, architects and directors on private and hybrid cloud computing, server virtualization, and desktop transformation strategies.

Before that, Chris was a founding member of the Data Center Strategies team at Burton Group, was a nationally recognized independent virtualization consultant and instructor at multiple colleges, worked for several years at CommVault Systems, and started his IT and technology career in the
US Marines. He also authored “Virtualization: From the Desktop to the Enterprise,” the first book that was exclusively devoted to defining all aspects of x86 virtualization as we know it today.