Jacek has been teaching developers and business decision makers about the cloud since 2006. He's been advising startups in the UK and Poland on how to use the Rackspace Hosting, Inc.'s cloud services since 2010. He's been involved in the OpenStack documentation efforts since 2011.
Jacek has a long history of technical writing and consulting in the IT industry. He published his first article in 1991 and his first book in 2000. He blogs regularly in Polish and English.
David Baden has been the CTO of Radio Free Asia since its inception in 1996. With over 35 years in audio electronics and 30 years in the broadcast field he has witnessed the evolution of broadcast content creation and management from the analog to digital domains including content delivery methods from terrestrial broadcast to web based distribution methods. David Baden will discuss Radio Free Asia’s use of Piston Cloud to distribute content into internet restrictive environments and the challenges of implementing the technology in technically limited remote locations.
Caitlin Bestler is Sr. Director of Architecture at Nexenta Systems. Caitlin first dealt with extremely large distributed systems in the form of cable TV control systems that required keeping the data retained by each set-top box coherent with the headend databases. The number of set-tops to be managed was typically more than 100,000 but the data per set-top was quite small – literally under 64 bytes. Now she works on distributed systems that involve mere thousands of servers, but with considerably more data.
The transition was a startup called Ikadega where she worked on the architecture of a…Read more
Randy's 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.
Since 1990, Randy has driven innovatio…
Jonathan Bryce, who has spent his career building the cloud, is Executive Director of the OpenStack Foundation. Previously he was a founder of The Rackspace Cloud.
Jason is a Principal Architect with 10 years of experience in the IT industry that includes a diverse background in system and network administration, high performance computing, and software engineering. In four years at Rackspace he has had many different roles, most recently as the Engineering Lead for theRack Connect product launch. Jason is primarily focused on Rackspace Cloud Private Edition and large scale OpenStack deployments for enterprise customers.
One of Nebula's three co-founders and VP of Engineering, Devin Carlen is a significant contributor to the company's open source foundation and to its depth of technical expertise in private cloud computing. He was one of the original engineers of OpenStack while working on the NASA Nebula project, and is the lead for the Dashboard Project, the front end of OpenStack. Following NASA, he joined Anso Labs as CTO and influenced mainstream adoption of OpenStack. When Rackspace acquired Anso Labs, he became a key member of the company's Cloud Builders team.
Erik Carlin joined Rackspace in 2008. As Chief Architect, he helped launch and grow Cloud Servers as well as innovate, integrate, and optimize multiple services across the Rackspace Cloud portfolio. Erik has been involved in OpenStack since its inception and helped launch the quantum and mélange projects. Erik currently serves as Director of Product for the Cloud Compute Product line which includes Cloud Servers and Cloud Networks. Prior to joining Rackspace, Erik was Chief Infrastructure Architect for SRA International, where he helped architect solutions for large, complex enterprise and…Read more
Mark A. Carlson, Principal Cloud Strategist at Oracle, has more than 30 years of experience with Networking and Storage development and more than fifteen year's experience with Java technology. Mark was one of the authors of the CDMI Cloud Storage standard. He has spoken at numerous industry forums and events. He is the chair of the SNIA Cloud Storage, NDMP and XAM SDK technical working groups, chairs the DMTF Policy working group, serves on the SNIA Technical Council, and represents Oracle on the DMTF Technical Committee and serves as DMTF VP of Alliances.
Gary Chen is Research Manager for IDC's Cloud and Virtualization System Software. In this role, Mr. Chen focuses on server virtualization software and its transformational effect on the larger datacenter ecosystem of systems management, networking, storage, and security. His research also focuses on cloud system software, an extension of virtualization that provides the fundamental infrastructure for clouds.
Prior to joining IDC, Mr. Chen was a Senior Analyst at Yankee Group, focusing on small and medium enterprise infrastructure, including virtualization, cloud computing, security, Li…Read more
Hui Cheng is in charge of the OpenStack based private and public IaaS cloud service in Sina.com, and the team leader of Sina Web Service Dev Team(https://launchpad.net/~sws).
Prior to this project, Cheng was a core system developer at Sina App Engine(SAE), the biggest PaaS platform in China.
Cheng has much experiences in architecture design of PaaS and IaaS platform, and has deep understanding of compute visualization and virtual networking. He is also a frequent speaker at cloud-computing events.
Since joining Intel in 2007, Billy has been leading the Cloud strategy efforts for the Intel Software and Services Group. In addition to his strategy responsibilities, he is also responsible for the Cloud Builders program. In leading the cloud sw activities at Intel, Billy helped found and co-chair the DMTF Cloud Incubator (now the CMWG), works actively with the visible and emerging cloud sw ecosystem, and occasionally emits pearls of wisdom in his blog.
Prior to joining Intel, Billy was Director of Systems Engineering at HP. During his 14 years at HP, he was responsible for the development o…Read more
Dr. Steve Crago is an Assistant Director of the Computational Systems and Technology division at the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute. He leads the Adaptive Parallel Execution (APEX) research group, which does research on multi-core and many-core software, cloud computing, FPGA-based computing, trusted electronics, and wireless system. He currently leads a project that is developing private cloud infrastructure for heterogeneous high performance computing systems. He has been at USC/ISI’s Arlington facility since 1997. He has a BSCEE and MSEE from Purdue Unive…Read more
Gretchen Curtis is a Co-Founder andChief Strategy Officer at Piston Cloud Computing, Inc. Prior to Piston Cloud,she was Director of PR & Communications for NASA’s CTO for IT Chris C. Kempand the NASA Nebula cloud computing project (now known as OpenStack compute). Whileat NASA, she was part of the writing team that created NASA’s open governmentplan as well as a core contributor to the Federal Cloud Computing Strategycreated under federal CIO Vivek Kundra.
Gretchen started her career over adecade years ago in technical recruiting, and helped build engineering teams atseveral Silicon Valley co…Read more
Dr. Angel Luis Diaz is Vice President of Software Standards and Cloud for IBM Software Group. In this role, he has global responsibility for driving strategy and management of IBM's industry-leading standards initiative. He manages a global standards community working across international organizations and consortia to foster development of the next generation of interoperability standards,
policies and practices critical to IBM Middleware and foster a new model of standards development supporting IBM growth initiatives including IBM SmarterCloud, Social Business and Business Analytics.
Dr. D…Read more
Greg Elkinbard has over 2 decades of experience in platform and cloud engineering, working on creating breakthrough technology for cloud and high performance computing arena. As Senior Director of Program Management for Mirantis, he is responsible for building on demand IaaS and PaaS layers for public and private clouds at marquis Fortune 1000 and late stage venture-funded customers. Greg has led and served on teams that brought to market a number of successful cloud, Web, security, networking and embedded OS development projects, up to leading a 50-engineer unit developing software in a glob…Read more
John Engates joined Rackspace in August 2000, just a year after the company was founded, as Vice President of Operations, managing the datacenter operations and customer-service teams. Two years later, when Rackspace decided to add new services for larger enterprise customers, John created and helped develop the Intensive Hosting business unit
Most recently, John has played an active role in the evolution and evangelism of Rackspace’s cloud-computing strategy and cloud products. John meets frequently with customers to hear about their needs and concerns, and to discuss Rackspace’s …
In parallel to his university studies in physics, Kurt Garloff started working with and in Linux in the mid 90s. After receiving his degree from Universtiy of Dortmund and doing plasma physics research at Eindhoven University of Technology, he started dedicating his energy full time to Linux and joind SUSE Linux AG working on the Linux kernel and on security related projects. Kurt became director of the renowned SUSE Labs department in 2003 and served as acting VP Engineering for SUSE in 2006. He subsequently received Leadership Training at Harvard Business School and took on VP roles in Produ…Read more
Anne Gentle has been a community documentation coordinator at Rackspace for OpenStack since September 2010. She serves on the OpenStack Technical Committee and consistently advocates for OpenStack users and contributors. Anne also coordinates efforts to connect OpenStack to the GNOME Outreach Program for Women.
With 25 years experience in the IT industry Tristan has built a solid reputation as an innovative architect in systems infrastructure and enterprise solutions for corporate and Internet. Forward-thinking with strong attention to detail, Tristan has been responsible for designing, implementing and maintaining solutions for the likes of NEC, UUNet, Intel, and Primus Telecom. As CEO of Aptira, he's postitioned the company as an innovative managed hosting company in Australia and SE Asia, and is leading the way with OpenStack "downunder" by founding and sponsoring the Australian OpenStack Users Gr…Read more
Florian is the CEO and co-founder at hastexo, an independent professional services organization specializing in Linux high availability, storage replication, and the open source cloud. Florian has been active in the HA community for half a decade, and is widely regarded as an expert in the field. He has spoken on high availability and cloud topics at linux.conf.au, LinuxCon North America and Europe, the MySQL Conference & Expo, and many other events.
With a background in Mechanical and Systems Engineering, Rob Hirschfeld, principal cloud solution architect at Dell, specializes in large scale, integrated, and innovative cloud systems. Lately, he's been leading Dell's OpenStack and Crowbar projects.
As a principal cloud architect, Rob helps Dell to set strategy for cloud computing, drives innovative cloud solutions to market, and works with customers on their cloud implementations.
Rob is a graduate of Duke and Louisiana State University. In addition to cloud technologies, Rob is also known for his passion and expertise on the Agile/Lean pr…
Kirill Ishanov, Director of Engineering, Cloud Competence Center, Mirantis
Kirill runs a highly skilled group of engineers which creates cloud solutions based on open-source technologies at Mirantis. During the last 5 years he has led implementations of PaaS and IaaS systems for companies like PayPal, eBay, Seagate and Macys.
Kirill is a passionate advocate for the OpenStack movement and open cloud standards. He is also a proponent of effective software development process, employing a complete build, test and deployment automation to achieve continuous delivery nirvana across all his projects.
Vish Ishaya was Anso Labs Senior Systems Engineer (now an Engineer with Rackspace Cloud Builders) and is NASA Nebula Technical Lead. He is a highly prolific developer who is one of the top contributors of the OpenStack project. During the November 2010 OpenStack conference, he won an OpenStack award for his development and community efforts, and was also elected to the OpenStack Board, which along with other prominent community members helps guide the vision of the OpenStack project. In addition to his excellent programming and systems skills, Vish has spent over a decade leading teac…Read more
Kate Keahey is a Scientist in the Distributed Systems Lab at Argonne National Laboratory and a Fellow at the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago. Kate pioneered the use of cloud computing for scientific applications and created and leads the open source Nimbus project which provides an Infrastructure-as-a-Service implementation for scientific projects as well as Nimbus Platform allowing users to build elastic application by combining on-demand commercial and scientific cloud resources.
Nebula CEO and Co-Founder of OpenStack
Chris C. Kemp is the co-founder and CEO of Nebula, developers of a turnkey enterprise private cloud computing system. Prior to Nebula, Kemp was the Chief Technology Officer for IT at NASA, where he co-founded OpenStack, and was responsible for pioneering work in cloud computing, open source and open government. Kemp has also served on the White House Cloud Computing Executive Steering Committee, and was the chair of the Cloud Standards Working Group. Previously, Kemp served as the CIO of NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley where he forged partne…Read more
Gregor von Laszewski has worked with parallel computers since 1982. He is the Assistant Director for Cloud Computing at the Community Grids Lab at Indiana University and the Software Architect of FutureGrid. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Syracuse University. He worked in the past for GMD (Germany), NASA, and Argonne National Laboratory. His current interest are in Cloud Computing.
Lars is a Managing Director at Hummer Winblad and has played a key role in the firm’s investments in SaaS, virtualization, cloud and mobile technologies.
Prior to joining Hummer Winblad Venture Partners in 2006, Lars was involved in founding and operational roles at start-up companies. He was a co-founder of AutoFarm (now Novariant), a company focused on GPS and robotics. Lars was in charge of strategy, product marketing, business development and building the sales team across three continents. While Lars spends less time programming now, he started his technical career coding and hacking com…Read more
Kevin Lee is a Research Scientist in the Software Systems Group at the National ICT Australia. His research interest is primarily in cloud computing and semantic technologies, including cloud performance evaluation and engineering, formal ontologies, description logics, automated reasoning and belief change. He has been a main investigator in a number of collaborative projects with industry partners as well as government and research institutions. He has also published in prestigious international conferences in Artificial Intelligence and Cloud Computing. He is experienced in software deve…Read more
Dr Anna Liu is a R&D leader at National ICT Australia (NICTA), high tech incubation lab sponsored by the Australian Government. She leads a team of researchers and engineers developing cutting edge solutions in the cloud computing space. Prior to joining NICTA, she was an architect at MIcrosoft, working with enterprise organisations in engineering integration solutions. Dr Liu holds a PhD in Computer Science, with specialisation in distributed systems and performance engineering. Her team's latest R&D work has resulted in the creation of yuruware.com, with the goal of simpifying cloud adoption…Read more
Jim joined Dell in late 2011 to set up and run a corporate venture capital group for Dell. The role of the group is to make investments in emerging technology companies to help Dell achieve its strategic objectives, increase the dialog with the emerging technology ecosystem of VCs and entrepreneurs on how Dell can add value, and drive a point of view within Dell on emerging technology opportunities. Key technology areas strategic to Dell include: cloud computing and virtualization, converged infrastructure, virtual appliances, big data, security, and mobility.
Prior to joining…
Prior to co-founding Piston Cloud Computing, Christopher was an early employee of Slicehost before its acquisition by Rackspace in 2008. From there he became a team lead in the development of Cloud Servers Windows. Christopher is an originating member of OpenStack's Nova-core development team. Recent projects include serving as senior engineer on the Global Earthquake Model project, driving the development of a highly scalable earthquake modeling engine.
Steven Manos was appointed the head of Research Computing at the University of Melbourne in January 2010, previously doing post-doctoral research at University College London. There he used an automated robot and genetic computing to automatically design and fabricate ceramics. He also helped develop tools that neurosurgeons could use to visualize the flow of blood through patient’s brains while they were in the operating theatre. Now, within Information Technology Services at Melbourne, he is responsible for developing research computing which relates to all disciplines, from the humanities a…Read more
Since joining eBay in 2008, JC Martin has been driving eBay's cloud architecture, focusing on improving agility and efficiency through automating infrastructure and application life cycle. Prior to Ebay, he held architecture positions at BMC software and Sun Microsystems, where he developed the architecture of large scale distributed system management solutions.
Steve Meier is a systems administrator and manager of the Storage Group at the San Diego Supercomputer Systems. Steve has 10+ years experience in large systems and storage deployments. In 2011, his team deployed the largest known academic cloud storage environment utilizing OpenStack's object storage (swift).
David is the Chief Security Architect at enStratus Networks and has a keen interest in the OpenStack APIs. David Mortman has been doing Information Security for well over 15 years. Most recently, he was the Director of Security and Operations at C3. Previously, David was the CISO at Siebel Systems and the Manager of Global Security at Network Associates. David speaks regularly at Blackhat, Defcon, RSA and other conferences. Additionally, he blogs at emergentchaos.com, newschoolsecurity.com and securosis.com. David sits on a variety of advisory boards, including Qualys and Virtuosi. David hold…Read more
Ray O’Brien was assigned to the role of CTO for IT at NASA’s Ames Research Center in February 2011. Prior to this assignment, he was the project manager for NASA’s Nebula Cloud Computing Initiative. During his term as project manager, Nebula’s Nova compute controller technology was chosen as one of the two foundational components of OpenStack – the Open Source Cloud Computing Initiative. Since its formation in July of 2010, OpenStack has become one of the world’s fastest growing community software development projects.
O’Brien joined NASA Ames Research Center in 1982 working as a contract pr…Read more
Jorke is a Principal Research Engineer with NICTA, specialising in cloud and delivering solutions from world class research results.
Jorke has previously worked at Microsoft and a large service provider specialising in evangelism, deployment and management of many different weird and wonderful technologies in multi-tenant situations.
He loves talking about datacentres, infrastructure and the fat pipes the make the Internet, cloud or. Jorke also feels quite strange talking about himself in the third person...
Theodore Omtzigt is the founder and CEO of Stillwater Supercomputing and the inventor of the Knowledge Processing Unit, or KPU, a high-performance distributed data flow machine for real-time analytics. He is acting VP of HPC On-Demand services at Information Super Grid Technology, a Chinese cloud vendor that is building and operating a global grid of supercomputing centers. He received his Ph.D. in 1992 from Yale University with original research on silicon compilation of multi-chip parallel machines.
Kamesh Pemmaraju is a Senior Product Manager for Cloud Solutions at Dell with specific focus on the Dell OpenStack-Powered Cloud Solution. He owns product management responsibilities for the Dell OpenStack solution and is a subject matter expert on the cloud market and related technologies.
Kamesh has a strong history of bringing cloud technology products to market. Most recently, he consulted for enterprises, service providers, ISV's, and start-ups on cloud computing, including OpenStack. Having held both engineering and business roles with a number of key companies
throughout his career, Ka…
Karen Petraska is presently serving as the Service Executive for Computing Services in the NASA Office of the Chief Information Officer, leading NASA’s response to the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative and exploring larger overall agency computing issues including cloud computing. Karen has a Masters Degree in Computer Science and 25 years of experience between academia, industry and government. She has worked in several areas of enterprise IT infrastructure services including messaging, directories, authentication/authorization, networks, data centers and IT security and has a sign…Read more
John Purrier is Vice President of Open Source Cloud Computing within the HP Cloud Services business unit. He leads the technical teams that drive HP’s roles as both contributors to, and consumers of, open source projects in the cloud computing areas. His initial role was driving the adoption of OpenStack by the HP Public Cloud and other cloud initiatives across HP.
Additionally, John is a long time member of the governance board (Project Policy Board) for OpenStack, the open source cloud computing project.
Prior to joining HP, John was the Director of the OpenStack@Rackspace team with respon…Read more
Scott Raney is a Partner with Redpoint Ventures focusing on information and consumer technology with a particular emphasis on cloud software and services, data center infrastructure and mobile applications. Scott has led or been involved with Redpoint's investments in Heroku, Cloud.com, adap.tv, Jumptap, Simplegeo and Branchout. Prior to Redpoint, Scott worked at NorthPoint Communications and Bain & Company. Scott holds a BSEE, with high distinction, from Duke University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Co-Founder & Chief Community Officer at Opscode
Jesse Robbins is Co-founder and Chief Community Officer of Opscode, the leader in Cloud Infrastructure Automation. Jesse is a widely recognized expert in Infrastructure, Web Operations, and Emergency Management.
Jesse was a founding chair of the Velocity Web Performance & Operations Conference, editor of the Web Operations book, and is a contributor to the O’Reilly Radar blog. Prior to founding Opscode as CEO in 2008, he worked at Amazon.com with the title of “Master of Disaster” where he was responsible for Website Availability for every prope…Read more
In 30 years of IT work Phil Rogers has seen it all. His methodical and measured approach to design, implementation, management and problem solving provide a stabilising keel for those priviledged enough to work with him. He has managed the IT needs of large companies such as Shell, and has worked for various mining companies through times of exponential growth. He also brings years of experience to the team in running his own sucessful consultancy business, but most notably, since 1998 he has driven Primus Telecom's ISP "iPrimus" from startup to the secure and profitable position it holds in t…Read more
Dan is a General Partner at Trinity Ventures, a top tier VC dedicated to investing in early stage entrepreneurs. Dan founded Flurry, the leading user analytics platform for mobile applications. Prior to Flurry, Dan began his career as employee number two at Wily Technology (acquired by CA) where he built the first version of the company’s application performance management product and then helped sell it to many of Wily’s Fortune 500 clients. Dan also worked at SVB Capital where he made venture investments in software and Internet services companies. He was recently dubbed “Cloud Father” at …Read more
Mark is founder of Ubuntu, a popular free operating system for desktops and servers.
Mark leads product strategy and design at Canonical, which sells commercial support for Ubuntu, mainly to large enterprises and governments who deploy it professionally. Canonical also builds many of the unique elements of Ubuntu for desktop, cloud and server deployments. Mark champions design-driven development and has a focus on quality and cadence in the engineering work done at Canonical.
After graduating from the University of Cape Town with a degree in finance and information technology, Mark founded Tha…
Zorawar Biri Singh is senior vice president and general manager for Cloud Services at HP. He has global responsibility for HP’s public cloud infrastructure, platform services, cloud solutions and cloud ecosystem for developers, independent software vendors, service providers and enterprises.
Singh has more than 20 years of global leadership experience as an executive and serial entrepreneur in enterprise IT, online advertising, e-commerce and telecommunications. He has an extensive products background in infrastructure software, cloud computing services, data center and internet scale-out inf…Read more
David Slik is the technical director for object storage at NetApp, and is a co-chair of the SNIA Cloud Storage Technical Working Group. He participated in the creation of the XAM and CDMI standards, and has architected and developed large-scale distributed object storage systems deployed world-wide as a key component of mission-critical enterprise applications.
Brian Stevens joined Red Hat's senior management team in 2001 and has been critical to the company's enterprise operating system, storage, and virtualization strategies. As CTO and vice president, Worldwide Engineering, Stevens has responsibility for Red Hat® engineering globally, encompassing Linux®, virtualization, middleware, and cloud computing.
Stevens began his career at Digital Equipment Corporation where he was a developer on the first commercial release of the X Window System. During his 14 years at Digital, he became a senior member of technical staff and was responsible for the archi…
Dharmesh Thakker manages cloud infrastructure and big data software investments at Intel Capital. He is actively involved on the boards of DynamicOps, Guavus Analytics, and enLighted. He joined Intel Capital from Advanced Technology Ventures where he supported enterprise software and cleantech investments. Earlier, at Keynote Systems (KEYN), Thakker helped grow recurring SaaS revenue from $0 to $20mm in two years. He was also an early team member at InterNetwork (acquired by FinePoint) and Peakstone (acquired by Entrust). Thakker received his MBA from Wharton and a BS in Electrical Engineering…Read more
Lew Tucker is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Cloud Computing at Cisco, where he is responsible for shaping the future cloud strategy and products. Within Cisco's CTO organization, he leads a team contributing to the OpenStack community.
Tucker has more than 20 years of experience in the high-tech industry, ranging from distributed systems and artificial intelligence to software development andsystems architecture. Prior to Cisco, he was VP and CTO for Cloud Computing at Sun Microsystems and led the development of the Sun Cloud. Other achievements include development of Salesf…Read more
Co-Founder of Puppet Labs, I am passionate about Opensource software communities, automation, and cloud computing. Despite better judgement, I enjoy snowboarding, mountain bike and generally putting myself at risk of bodily harm.
Tommi Virtanen (Tv) is a software developer who's interested in file systems, networks, distributed and decentralized software, finding neat solutions to difficult problems, and shiny bits. He works for DreamHost and is currently participating in the Ceph project, an open-source, distributed, unified storage system. You can read his personal writings at: http://eagain.net/
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Dan Wendlandt from Nicira is the project technical lead (PTL) for the OpenStack Quantum project. He has been in product management and software development roles at Nicira, helping customers deploy the company's Network Virtualization Platform (NVP) in both public and private clouds. He graduated from Stanford with a degree in Computer Science and worked on networking and security in Carnegie Mellon's Computer Science PhD program before dropping out to help start Nicira.
James F. Williams is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for NASA Ames Research Center and is also a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) ranks. James has been serving in the CIO community since February 2008, including Deputy CIO and Acting CIO. Prior to this he held positions at NASA Ames including, Deputy Director for Strategic Business, Project Manager in the Strategic Business Development Office, and Project Manager for the Office of the Chief Engineer. Earlier in his career he performed award-winning expansion projects at the Westinghouse Science and Technology Center, in Pennsyl…Read more