Conference Day 1
Tuesday, December 3, 2002
Expo Hours: 11:00am - 6:00pm
|7:30 am - 6:00 pm||Registration Open|
|8:45 am - 9:00 am|
|9:00 am - 9:50 am||Keynote:|
The Inevitable Linux Momentum
As the CEO of the world's most recognizable Linux company, Matthew Szulik has become one of the most prominent representatives of open source technology, both in leading Linux into the enterprise and challenging public policy and copyright issues relating to open source. Get his unique perspective as he discusses the inevitable shift happening right now in the technology industry—that Linux has helped push the balance of power in favor of the customer, delivering choice and value. And how enterprises are taking advantage of it to build their infrastructures around commodity hardware and scalable, cost-effective Linux technology.
Matthew J. Szulik
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Red Hat
|10:00 am - 10:50 am||The Changing Face of Linux (Track 1)|
Once a student project, then an experiment in Internet-based collaboration, and later a popular low-end UNIX clone, Linux is now progressing towards leading the industry in scalability, security, and cost-effectiveness. The speaker, an experienced Linux developer and network engineer, follows recent developments in Linux which will expand its reach, and looks at the challenges it will face as it reaches further into the data center and the desktop.
Director of Systems Engineering, Adeptech Systems Inc.
|10:00 am - 10:50 am||Linux High Availability Cluster Selection (Track 2)|
This presentation will help you identify the true requirements of your high availability deployments. Armed with the appropriate criteria, an array of applicable cluster offerings will be categorized to match problem spaces. Key feature differentiators of the various products will be contrasted. After attending this presentation you will be armed with the right set of criteria to enable you to make an informed decision of which cluster alternatives are best for your specific deployment.
Advanced Server Technical Project Leader, Red Hat
|10:00 am - 10:50 am||Linux as an Embedded Operating System (Track 4)|
Linux is an attractive operating system alternative for use to drive applications embedded in smart devices from handheld computers and personal digital assistants, to home automation and home theater applications. Hear from an experienced Linux embedded systems developer the advantages and drawbacks of Linux in the context of real world embedded applications. The speaker will compare Linux to other embedded operating system alternatives from technical and economic standpoints.
Technical Director, Metro Link Inc
|10:00 am - 10:50 am||VPN Enterprise Implementation at Rochester Midland (Track 3)|
When deciding on a solution to replace its aging enterprise frame relay connection to branch offices across the U.S., specialty chemical manufacturer Rochester Midland Corp. explored many options. Eventually, the firm settled on a virtual private network (VPN) using Linux-based routers. The decision was primarily driven by cost savings, since most VPN software is expensive. The solution Rochester Midland implemented allowed the company to place a router in each branch for a total cost of under $1,300/each. This implementation has been up and running for two years and has been extremely reliable. In this session, attendees will hear the lessons learned, by an IT professional, who committed to Linux for a strategic application.
Network Manager, Rochester Midland Corporation
Expo Hall Opens
|12:00 pm - 1:00 pm|
|1:00 pm - 1:50 pm||Keynote:|
Linux in Prime Time: Open Source Meets Enterprise Requirements
Linux has emerged as a strategic server operating system. It is now endorsed by essentially all of the top-tier systems vendors. Even more important, it has been widely adopted by IT customers and users. Along the way, Linux has undergone an impressive maturation: from interesting, inexpensive, open operating system to solid enterprise IT platform. Beyond just Linux the OS, the broader operating environment and supporting ecosystem are just as critical and they have similarly evolved.
This keynote discusses the evolution of Linux and associated open source tools, evaluates where they stand today relative to Windows and "Big Unix" alternatives, and projects where they're going. We'll look at key jobs for which Linux and open source tools are well suited and at some mainstream IT shops that have adopted them; we'll also discuss roles for which they're not appropriate. Finally, we'll put these evaluations in the context of how it affects enterprises' key concerns: Budget, Employees, Time and Risk.
President and Principal Analyst, Illuminata
|2:00 pm - 2:50 pm||Copyright, Copyleft And Other Legal Issues That Really Matter|
Intellectual property lawyers William Zucker and Scott Nathan will discuss the status of the copyleft movement within the traditional intellectual property community and developments in copyright and other areas of intellectual property law that may affect the use and pursuit of the open source model. (Copyleft is a general method for making a program free software and requiring all modified and extended versions of the program to be free software as well.) In the spirit of open source, they will also hold an open forum to discuss legal issues raised by and affecting the Linux community generally. The issues will include the impact of the recent passage of UCITA in Virginia, the impact of copyleft on copyright and strategic suggestions regarding the use of copyleft provisions in IP agreements
Scott Nathan, Attorney at Law
William Zucker, Attorney at Law
|2:00 pm - 2:50 pm||How Sitel Worldwide Runs Call Centers Utilizing Linux|
As one of the largest teleservices companies in the Americas, Sitel Worldwide requires a stable platform for its 24/7/365 operations in remote offices and corporate data center. When Sitel required increased performance and stability to improve customer offerings, they turned to Linux. Come to this discussion to learn how Sitel has migrated their call recording and Oracle 9i database environments to Red Hat Linux Advanced Server and discovered how Linux compares to other UNIX platforms in performance, uptime and portability.
Director of Systems Engineering, Sitel Corporation
|2:00 pm - 2:50 pm||PANEL: Server Consolidation Strategies Using Linux|
Server consolidation, a subset of generalized IT architectural consolidation, typically involves the replacement of two or more servers with an fewer number of servers to cut costs, simplify operations, and reduce points of failure. But there are other server consolidation approaches, and other benefits, as well. What role can Linux play in server consolidation? In this panel session, the various Linux server consolidation strategies will be discussed, including the advantages and disadvantages of each type.
Managing Editor, LinuxToday.com
Software Engineering Consultant
Daniel Lopez Riduejo
Representative from Red Hat
|2:00 pm - 2:50 pm||The Enterprise Linux Desktop: Addressing Corporate Needs|
The enterprise desktop is not an island: it's a tool that provides workers with access to data in many different formats from many different sources -- including messaging systems, corporate databases and documents in a variety of standard formats. Does Linux have a place on the enterprise desktop? It does if it can meet the needs of the corporation. This session covers technologies that allow Linux desktops to integrate smoothly with existing corporate messaging infrastructures and will introduce new technologies that will integrate Linux desktops into the enterprise of tomorrow.
Co-founder and Vice President of Product Development, Ximian
|3:00 pm - 3:50 pm||Keynote:|
IBM Enterprise Solutions for Linux
Linux is a common thread that runs through IBM's solutions, whether you are considering servers, software, or services offerings. IBM has helped more than 4500 customers in every industry around the world to gain the performance, reliability, and cost effectiveness of Linux with IBM solutions and support. IBM's Steve Solazzo (General Manager, Linux) will discuss IBM's solutions for Linux and how they are being used in companies around the world for key business applications, from financial services to airlines to retailers to manufacturers to animation studios.
General Manager, Linux, IBM
|4:00 pm - 4:50 pm||Using Linux Netfilter For Local Protection on Servers|
Linux kernel version 2.4 introduced an important and powerful feature: Netfilter, it's "stateful" packet-filtering code. With its ability to track packets not only by IP addresses and ports but also by their relationships to actual transactions, Netfilter brings Linux's firewall functionality to the level of many commercial firewall products. But this talk isn't about building Linux firewalls. Instead, it's about using Netfilter on your enterprise Linux servers for *local* self-defense, in order to provide an extra layer of security (i.e., *in addition to* the protection provided by your enterprise firewalls). We'll take particular note of techniques that enhance system security without endangering system availability or usability. And of course, I'll provide copious examples of Iptables (Netfilter's front-end) commands that illustrate each tip and technique.
Michael D. (Mick) Bauer
Technology Counselor, Upstream Solutions Inc.
|4:00 pm - 4:50 pm||Managing Linux on Data Center Mainframe Systems|
The theory behind the server consolidation concept is compelling: reduce dozens or hundreds of distributed boxes with a single “big box” running Linux on z/VM, IBM’s virtualization software, as virtual servers. However, in practice, server consolidation can transfer many of the systems administration headaches of the distributed world to an overwhelmed mainframe staff. What challenges should you be prepared for? How can you automate key tasks? Or build robust management processes? What tools are available? This session will focus on the potential challenges of running Linux on z/VM including network configuration, integration with existing process frameworks, managing user accounts across instances, change management, attempting to minimize DASD usage, and scheduling issues - as well as potential solutions to these challenges.
Principal Solutions Architect, Linuxcare
|4:00 pm - 4:50 pm||The Future of Open Source Software in the Enterprise|
The day is coming when many companies will commit to managing the open source distributions within their own infrastructure. These organizations will incorporate releases into their own development and deployment processes, concentrating on the required integration skills, and being less reliant on commercially available products. This has implications for the growth of the commercial Linux software business, which the speaker will explore. In this session, attendees will learn about the future of open source software in the enterprise.
Managing Partner, Tribal Knowledge Group
|4:00 pm - 4:50 pm||The Future of Datacenter Computing: How the Combination of Storage Area Networks and Processing Area Networks Solves Multiple Pain Points for Enterprise Datacenters (Track 4) |
The SAN architecture was developed to address a set of complex problems that arose as storage moved from a central point to a distributed model. Processing resources have the same inherent problems when many discrete servers are deployed. Resolving these issues requires a new computing architecture referred to as a Processing Area Network or PAN. A PAN pools together stateless, anonymous, virtual servers via an integrated, high-speed network, and maps these resources to external storage and IP networks entirely through software. During this session, Credit Suisse First Boston will describe its experience in deploying a PAN system developed by Egenera, Inc. including improvements in datacenter management, processor utilization and total cost of ownership.
Vice President Software Engineering, Egenera
CTO, Credit Suisse First Boston
|5:00 pm - 6:00 pm||Networking Reception|
|6:00 pm||Expo Hall Closes|
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