Must Haves for your Cloud Toolbox: Driving to DevOps with Crowbar and Dasein

Joseph George (Dell, Inc.), James Urquhart (Dell), Tim Cook (Hightail Inc. (formerly
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Location: E143
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When it comes to implementing cloud in your environment, are you building a spacecraft with rocks and rope?

In IT environments driven by DevOps culture and processes, the choice of infrastructure components and software tools have a direct impact on your ability to take advantage of cloud application benefits, while flexibly adapting to and accelerating the pace of change.

In this session, discover how the community-driven open source projects, Crowbar and Dasein, can enhance the agility of your cloud and big data initiatives. Learn first-hand how users and community members are applying these tools to specific use cases, including OpenStack and Hadoop environments. And benefit from our discussion of best practices and lessons learned from real-world deployments.

And to accelerate one lucky individual’s DevOps journey, we will have a drawing to give away a new Dell Sputnik developer laptop at the end of this breakout session.

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This session is sponsored by Dell

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Joseph George

Dell, Inc.

Joseph B George is the director of product strategy and marketing for Cloud and Big Data Solutions at Dell, the team responsible for developing strong open source solutions such as the Dell OpenStack-Powered Cloud Solution, the Dell Apache Hadoop Solution, and the Dell Crowbar software framework. Joseph also represents Dell on the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors.

Prior to coming to Dell, Joseph held key strategy, product management, and technical roles at companies like HP, BMC Software, and Halliburton. Covering areas such as enterprise management software, virtual desktops infrastructure (VDI), scale out computing, and transaction management, Joseph has spent over 13 years in the areas of enterprise software, virtualization, and cloud technology.

Joseph holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering, as well as a master’s in business administration (MBA), both from the University of Houston. He’s a tried and true Texan, and currently resides in Austin with his wife and two children.

You can catch Joseph’s thoughts and opinions regularly at the JBGeorge Tech Blog ( and he can often be found talking tech on Twitter (@jbgeorge).

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James Urquhart


Mr. Urquhart was the Vice President of Product Strategy for Enstratius, the enterprise cloud management solution, which was acquired by Dell in May, 2013.

James is a seasoned field technologist with 20+ years of experience in distributed systems development and deployment, focusing on service-oriented architectures, cloud computing, and virtualization. He has been noted as one of the ten most influential people in cloud computing by both the MIT Technology Review and The Next Web, and is a popular contributing author to GigaOm’s cloud coverage (

Prior to joining Enstratius, James held leadership roles at Cisco Systems, Forte Software, Sun Microsystems, and utility computing infrastructure vendor Cassatt Corporation.

James graduated from Macalester College with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Physics.

Tim Cook

Hightail Inc. (formerly

Tim Cook is a senior virtualization engineer at Hightail Inc. (formerly, a leading provider of online file storage, sharing and management services. At Hightail, Tim is responsible for the deployment and management of their OpenStack environment, with a specific emphasis on tools and technologies to further automate IT operations. Tim has a rich history and expertise in Linux, virtualization, Python programming, and the design of clustered, scale-out, and cloud system architectures based on open source technologies, cultivated from over 16 years of DevOps experience within VA/Linux, Google, and NASA Ames.


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