People today ask, “Can the cloud help my business?” The answer is yes, and soon your company will be entirely online. The thought of building and managing a datacenter will seem as odd as buying DVDs or having a phone with a landline. Most companies will be 100% digital and 100% virtual, and the world will be hyper-connected through cloud-based ecosystems. And this isn’t just for IT companies delivering software from the cloud. Your business won’t just sit on top of the cloud, your business will integrate applications fully into it, which is actually at the heart of what makes the cloud so revolutionary and powerful.

If you host even one app or your whole stack on the internet, you are a savvy cloud company. It’s not a buzzword anymore. It’s the reality. So, who do you want to control your business? The technology vendor ecosystem will have the opportunity to grow and accelerate innovation around an open cloud standard, which will benefit your business, because, in the not so distant future, you will not have to architect your products for each proprietary cloud vendor.

Can the cloud help your business? Find out how, as the future of the cloud is open!

John Engates, CTO of Rackspace Hosting, will be here to share with you the ins and outs on cloud computing for 2013.

About the Mentor
John Engates John Engates joined Rackspace in August 2000, just a year after the company was founded, as VP of Operations, managing the datacenter operations and customer-service teams. Two years later, when Rackspace decided to add new services for larger enterprise customers, he created and helped develop the Intensive Hosting business unit. Most recently, he has played an active role in the evolution and evangelism of Rackspace’s cloud computing strategy and cloud products. He has been a highly popular speaker at successive Cloud Expos.  @jengates

About Rackspacelogo_RackSpace
Rackspace deliver enterprise-level hosting services to businesses of all sizes and kinds around the world. Rackspace got started in 1998 and since have grown to serve more than 197,000 customers. Rackspace integrates the industry’s best technologies for each customer’s specific need and delivers it as a service via the company’s commitment to Fanatical Support. Its core products include Managed Hosting, Cloud Hosting and Email & Apps. There are currently over 4,500 Rackers around the world serving our customers.

About the Host

Tony Karrer

Tony Karrer has worked with more than 30 early-stage companies as a part-time CTO including as the part-time CTO of eHarmony for its first four years. Tony is also the Founder and CTO of TechEmpower, a web/mobile/software development firm based in Los Angeles. In addition to working with startups, Tony has consulted on technology implementations for large companies including Credit Suisse, Citibank, Lexus, Universal Music, IBM and HP.

Dr. Karrer was valedictorian at Loyola Marymount University, attended the University of Southern California as a Tau Beta Pi fellow, one of the top 30 engineers in the nation, and received a M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science. Tony taught Computer Science for 11 years. He is a frequent speaker at industry and academic events. He is well-known for his SoCal CTO blog and his StartupRoar topic hub.