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.
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
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
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
(This post originally appeared at O’Reilly Radar.) The default approach to most complex problems is to engineer a complex solution. We see this in IT, generally, and in cloud computing specifically. Experience has taught us, however, that large-scale systems belie … Continue reading
Earlier this week, Eric Windisch (@ewindisch) of Cloudscaling presented an alternative mechanism for OpenStack Compute (Nova) RPC. For those who are new to OpenStack or simply haven’t had time to delve into it’s innards, Nova uses a core asynchronous RPC/messaging … Continue reading
When we first began supporting the OpenStack project, we saw in it something that other open source cloud software projects did not have. OpenStack offered a path forward for companies that wanted to launch open cloud infrastructures in the model … Continue reading
On Saturday morning, an article I wrote went out on GigaOm entitled “True or false: Citrix is more compatible with AWS.” Reactions were generally very positive, with only a a small minority reaction, mostly from Citrix or Citrix fans. Some … Continue reading
UPDATED: link added to actual Citrix announcement; clarification re: story sources added at end; clarification of “contributor community” in 8th paragraph. As I write this, Citrix is preparing a big announcement tomorrow. The details are sketchy, but apparently they are … Continue reading
UPDATED: to provide clarity on key sections and fix poor wording choices I applaud Joshua McKenty’s recent Open Letter. Cloudscaling has had similar concerns about the OpenStack Foundation governance model. We participated in a variety of discussions including the recent governance … Continue reading