Randy Bias

CEO and Co-founder

His provocative views on the profound disruption caused by cloud computing have made Randy Bias one of the most influential voices in the industry. Randy uses this influence to advocate an open and honest debate about which technologies will win in driving clouds to large-scale adoption. He has inspired organizations and individuals to embrace the disruption of cloud computing to transform business processes and position themselves to succeed in a new world where computing resources are ubiquitous, inexpensive, instantly scalable, and highly available.

Randy has been a vocal advocate for open systems for more than two decades. He was the technical visionary at GoGrid and at CloudScale Networks. He led the open-licensing of GoGrid's APIs, which inspired Sun Microsystems, Rackspace Cloud, VMware and others to follow. In 2006, he founded Cloudscaling with Adam Waters and since then has led teams that designed, architected, built and deployed cloud infrastructure for more than two dozen clients globally.

In 2010, Randy became an early and vocal supporter of the OpenStack project, and led the teams that deployed the first public OpenStack storage cloud (Swift) outside of Rackspace, and the first public OpenStack compute cloud (Nova). He is a founding Board Member of the OpenStack Foundation. He also popularized the cloud server "pets vs. cattle" meme.

Randy's voice can be heard through two Cloudscaling blogs and contributed pieces at GigaOm, CloudAve, O’Reilly Radar and others. Randy is consistently recognized by Informationweek, CRN, The Next Web and other publications as one of the top 10 influential voices in cloud computing. He is frequently interviewed in the trade and business media on cloud computing, and he speaks at dozens of industry events annually.


Posts by Randy

State of the Stack v4 – OpenStack In All It’s Glory

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Yesterday I gave the seminal State of the Stack presentation at the OpenStack Summit.  This is the 4th major iteration of the deck.  This particular version took a very different direction for several reasons: Most of the audience is well … Continue reading

OpenStack Self-Improvement Mini-Survey

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Want to help make OpenStack great?  I’ve put together a very quick survey to get some deeper feedback than is provided by the User Survey.  The intention is to provide some additional information around the State of the Stack v4 … Continue reading

Introducing CoprHD (“copperhead”), the Cornerstone of a Software-Defined Future

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You’ve probably been wondering what I’ve been working on post-acquisition and yesterday you saw some of the fruits of my (and many others) labor in the CoprHD announcement.  CoprHD, pronounced “copperhead” like the snake, is EMC’s first ever open source … Continue reading

What AWS Revenues Mean for Public Cloud and OpenStack More Generally

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At the risk of sounding like “I told you so”, I wanted to comment on the recent Amazon 10-Q report.  If you were paying attention you likely saw it as it was the first time that AWS revenues were reported … Continue reading

DevOps Event @ EMC World 2015

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I am super excited to announce that EMC is sponsoring a DevOps event at EMC World 2015.  As many of you guessed, with the acquisition of Cloudscaling, and the recent creation of the EMC{code} initiative, we are trying to become … Continue reading

Hyper-Converged Confusion

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I have had my doubts about converged and hyper-converged infrastructure since the Vblock launched, but I eventually came around to understanding why enterprises love the VCE Vblock. I am now starting to think of converged infrastructure (CI) as really “enterprise … Continue reading

Vancouver OpenStack Summit – EMC Federation Presentations

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Voting for presentations at the Vancouver OpenStack Summit is now open.  Please help us by voting on the sessions submitted by EMC Federation speakers along with any other sessions that cover topics that might interest you.  Please vote at your … Continue reading

The Future of OpenStack’s EC2 APIs

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Recently, some more talk was had around the future of the EC2 APIs, beginning with some comments on the openstack-operators mailing list, followed by threads on the dev and foundation mailing list.  This ultimately resulted in a suggested commit to … Continue reading

“Vanilla OpenStack” Doesn’t Exist and Never Will

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One of the biggest failures of OpenStack to date is expectation setting.  New potential OpenStack users and customers come into OpenStack and expect to find:A uniform, monolithic cloud operating system (like Linux)Set of well-integrated and interoperable componentsInteroperability with their own … Continue reading

My Endorsements for the 2015 OpenStack Individual Director Elections

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If you are voting this year in the individual director elections, and I sincerely hope you are, I would appreciate it if you would give special consideration to the following candidates and a super brief “why” Kavit Munshi – international … Continue reading