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

2013 Was YEAR ONE for OpenStack

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It’s useful for all in the OpenStack community to remember that many believe OpenStack was not ready for prime time until Essex or possibly Folsom. Some might even claim Grizzly was the first true production release. My money is on … Continue reading

Neutron in Production: Work in Progress or Ready for Prime Time?

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(UPDATED: Video embedded below) Earlier this week, we hosted an OpenStack Meetup at the offices of our customer, EVault, here in San Francisco. Titled “Neutron Networking and SDN in Production,” the Meetup featured panelists from major contributors to Neutron and … Continue reading

Live From Hong Kong: State of the (Open)Stack, v2

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If you want to know what’s new with OpenStack – new projects, code maturity, community growth, user stats and more – you’ll want to tune in for my live presentation of State of the (Open)Stack. I’ll will be broadcasting live … Continue reading

Havana: OpenStack Continues Its March Toward Dominance

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The OpenStack train keeps rolling, picking up steam. Today’s Havana release is a remarkable achievement for the Foundation which only recently had its first birthday.Some stats from the Havana release, launching today:More Developers: Havana has code contributions from 910 developers, … Continue reading

Juniper’s OpenContrail Is a Sign of the Times

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Today’s launch of OpenContrail by Juniper Networks is a sign of the times. As we have seen with the OpenStack project, some of the largest enterprise vendors have been embracing open source with a vengeance. Most notable in the open … Continue reading

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