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

You Can’t Collapse Tiered Storage in Private Clouds Built on OpenStack: Whitepaper

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Fantastical thinking by private cloud builders has led to a deep misunderstanding of cloud storage technologies. If you are building a private cloud, you MUST understand the realities of cloud storage and not just think in terms of buying a … Continue reading

Open Source Heroes: Brian Behlendorf

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I can’t think of anyone who has had a more epic impact on the history of open source software than Brian Behlendorf. He’s the co-founder and/or board member of a raft of open source communities, including:Apache Group, which became the … Continue reading

Looking in the Mirror: A Response to My Open Letter

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Last week I published an open letter to the OpenStack community calling for more focus on Amazon Web Services (AWS) compatibility. I feel strongly about this, as do others. However, in retrospect, I could have gone about elevating this issue … Continue reading


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OpenStack is taking off at a pace that has defied almost everyone’s initial assumptions, and buying patterns are beginning to emerge. That’s a good thing, and it inevitably means change.Smart companies iterate fast and respond to market changes. Startups are … Continue reading

OpenStack’s Future Depends on Embracing Amazon. Now.

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An Open Letter to the OpenStack Community:Our Future Depends on Embracing Amazon <UPDATE: Please see the follow up response to this letter .>Dear Stackers, For three years, elements of the OpenStack community have arbitrarily and unfairly positioned OpenStack against incumbents, especially Amazon … Continue reading

OpenStack at 3: This is What Winning Looks Like

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If winning derives from rapid iteration of a minimum viable product, then all indications are that the momentum driving OpenStack will only continue.Consider three facts that demonstrate the rapid iterations driving OpenStack skyward:1. Technology is Keeping Up With HypeThere’s no … Continue reading

Missing the Point on Private, Public, and Hybrid Cloud APIs

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At the recent Structure event in San Francisco, I watched Werner Vogels’ presentation, along with about 500 others in a packed auditorium. Werner is the CTO of Amazon Web Services and one of the industry’s more prophetic voices. (I was honored … Continue reading

Another Data Point on Ascendancy of OpenStack Cloud

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Earlier this week, I gave the keynote address at the Storage Plumbing and Data Engineering Conference in Santa Clara (it’s abbreviated SPDEcon and pronounced, “Speedy-con,” by the way).Sponsored by the SNIA, the event is targeted for hardcore storage development and … Continue reading

Cloud 2020 Summit: Perturbing the Punditocracy

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 Two independent analysts who have contributed an unvarnished voice of pragmatism to the cloud conversation are Ben Kepes of Diversity Limited and Krishnan Subramanian of Rishidot. They’ve made a name for themselves in providing points of view that everyone might … Continue reading

Simplicity Scales: The Cloudscaling Engineering Blog

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Historically, we’ve kept quiet about the details of our approach to building software and architecting elastic cloud infrastructure, but that changes now. Our new blog‘s mission is to engage the OpenStack development community and non-OpenStack cloud architects everywhere in a … Continue reading