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How will Kubernetes and containers impact strategy and plans for 2018?

6th March 2018, London

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Venue The National Gallery – Trafalgar Room

Welcome Note

Containers and server-less technologies became very popular in 2017, and embedded themselves directly into many software development processes thanks to their ability to speed up the time it takes to deliver products to market.

Orchestration – the next iteration of containers – has already begun, with several container orchestration platforms, including Kubernetes, Docker Swarm and Mesos, now starting to see significant traction. These orchestration platforms automate deployment, scaling and management of containerised applications, grouping containers that make up an application into logical units for easy management and discovery.

Kubernetes is leading the way in this space, and is expected to gather significant pace in 2018. One of Kubernetes’ key advantages is its ability to run an application on any cloud – including private clouds, AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform – making it easier to migrate from one cloud vendor to another.

However, as with any open source platform, consistency and standardisation will be critical as many tools and capabilities fight to be part of the orchestration band. Monitoring will also be important, and making decisions upfront on tools such as Prometheus will be key for a harmonious outcome.

So how do you get started on your container orchestration journey? What do you need to know about the platforms emerging in this space? And what are the implementation pitfalls to avoid? Join Meet the Boss, Rackspace and a select group of your industry peers for this breakfast briefing, where you can explore this key technology trend and get answers to all those questions you were previously afraid to ask.


8:00 – 8:30am – Welcome & Registration
8:30 – 8:45am – National Gallery Experience
8:45 – 8:50am – Introduction from Meet the Boss
8:50 – 9:15am – Keynote presentation from Lee James
9:15 – 10:15am – Hot Breakfast and table discussions
10:15 – 10:45am – Summary, wrap up & closing remarks from Rackspace

Discussion Topics

  • What is Kubernetes and container technology, and why is it an important part of any cloud strategy? How will it help IT departments better serve the business?
  • Why is a container-centric approach important? What are the key components required to employ this technology, and how should CIOs get started?
  • What are the benefits of Kubernetes and containers as they relate to better business outcomes and greater IT agility?

Keynote Speaker


Lee James, Chief Technology Officer – Rackspace

Lee James is the Chief Technology Officer at Rackspace EMEA, responsible for business growth, as well as initiating and driving relationships with our key customers.

He comes with over 20 years of experience across large-scale multinationals and agile-based environments, delivering industry leading cloud, analytics, digital strategy and transformation. His extensive background includes senior roles across FTSE 10 and 250 organisations like BP, Betfair and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

Charged with moving the Rackspace proposition forward, Lee owns the go-to-market propositions for our products and services, making sure they’re directly aligned with customer requirements and future market trends

His previous role was Cloud and Analytics Service Enablement Director at Computacenter, where he was responsible for transforming the brand, building professional and managed service offerings, and growing the £1bn+ services business.

About Rackspace

The cloud was supposed to make our lives easier. But it turns out, the cloud is complicated to build, run, maintain and manage — especially across multiple platforms and locations, with technology that’s always changing.

If it feels like the cloud has been managing you, it’s time to turn the tables.

With Rackspace by your side, you can thrive in today’s multi-cloud world. We will help you tap the power of cloud computing — across OpenStack®, AWS®, Microsoft® and VMware® technologies — without the pain, complexity and cost of doing it all yourself.

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