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

VMware vs. Amazon … ROUND TWO … FIGHT! — VMW Conceding Impotence?

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Two and a half years ago I wrote about the inevitable throwdown between VMware and Amazon Web Services (AWS), but recently VMware’s senior leadership appeared to outright admit defeat.  The message to VMware’s partners was simple:“We want to own corporate … Continue reading

Vote on OpenStack Summit Speaking Submissions

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(Note: Deadline is Monday, February 25.)On April 15, a record crowd of as many as 2,500 people will descend on the Oregon Convention Center in Portland for what will be the largest gathering of OpenStack developers, users, media and analysts … Continue reading

Cloud-native, cloud-centric, or cloud-ready?

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I want to try an experiment.  Hopefully it won’t bite me…I am trying to understand if we are close to a consensus on the new apps driving all of the cloud growth.  Cloud-native is a term positioned by the folks … Continue reading

A response to Geoffrey Moore: Manifest Disruption

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Sometimes, when you see something sufficiently off-track, you need to respond, even when the person in question may be a personal hero of yours.  Geoffrey Moore (yes *that* one), recently wrote an article about Cloud Computing that made me very … Continue reading

GCE APIs for OpenStack are Now Available!

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Come and get it!  Love to see your feedback and/or contributions. Cloudscaling Github GCE APIs repo: nova-gce Come visit our booth at the OpenStack Design Summit to ask questions if you have them.

Open Cloud System. Version 2.

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In February, we announced Open Cloud System (OCS). That moment marked our transition to  a product company. Since then, a lot has happened. We have talked and engaged with a lot of customers, and they’ve told us in direct and … Continue reading

Why Google Compute Engine for OpenStack

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We announced on Thursday the availability of a new compute API set for OpenStack that is compatible with Google Compute Engine (GCE).  GCE is Google’s Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) compute service that competes with Amazon Web Services EC2.  The announcement was picked … Continue reading

VOTE! – OpenStack Design Summit – Making #OpenStack Production-Grade

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As many of you know the OpenStack Design Summit for Grizzly, the next release in spring 2013 is only a handful of weeks away.  Cloudscaling and some of our friends have submitted a number of fresh talks mostly centered around … Continue reading

The Right Storage, the Right Cloud

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We spend a lot of time in this blog talking about the architecture of elastic infrastructure clouds (EIC) like AWS and our own Open Cloud System. We contrast this against the architecture of enterprise virtualization clouds (EVC) like VCE’s Vblock. … Continue reading

Looking back, looking ahead: 200th Linthicum podcast

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Bloggers who consistently provide clarity, useful information and opinions backed by knowledge can be hard to find in the cloud space. One who consistently delivers is Dave Linthicum. When he’s not writing for InfoWorld or blogging, he’s CTO of Blue … Continue reading