Co-Founder and CTO, Cloudscaling
Randy is the expert cloud providers like VMware, EngineYard, Internap, and GoGrid consult when they need help. His cloud strategy consulting firm, Cloudscaling, advises Fortune 500 companies like Kaiser Permanente with their internal cloud initiatives. He has driven innovations in infrastructure, IT, Operations, and 24×7 service delivery since 1990. He was the technical visionary on the executive team of GoGrid & ServePath, a major cloud computing provider. Prior to GoGrid, he built the world's first multi-cloud, multi-platform cloud management framework at CloudScale Networks, Inc. Randy is recognized as one of the top cloud bloggers and twitterers. The Cloudscaling blog has tens of thousands of page views every month. In addition to his contributions as a top cloud blogger, Randy's open licensing of the GoGrid API inspired many others to open license their cloud APIs including Sun Microsystems, Rackspace Cloud, and VMware's vCloud.
It’s not all roses and sunshine in the cloud. There’s cloudwashing. Vendors don’t always deliver what the customer thought they were promised. Deployment fail. People get fired.
But hearing enterprise IT leaders share their unvarnished experiences with cloud deployments is rare. This session offers insights from this track’s two enterprise IT executive keynote speakers, who will share with the audience their experiences with moving their organizations toward transformation through cloud technologies, including questions every IT leader should ask his or her vendors before signing the contract. Moderated by Randy Bias, cloud iconoclast and Co-Founder & CTO of Cloudscaling, this roundtable session will dig below the surface for keys into how to guide your organization to the transformational benefits of cloud, including project design, what to look for in a vendor team, and what terms to insist on – or walk.
The disruption of cloud computing is gaining momentum as enterprises iterate with new and ever-more-capable technologies and tools. This session will take a closer look at which tools enterprises are embracing to accelerate their time to value in cloud deployments while improving the ability of user communities to drive new streams of competitive differentiation by developing, testing, deploying and iterating applications faster than ever before. A panel of experts from technology providers, open source projects and enterprises will give participants a tour of new cloud technologies and tools that are available, proven in production environments and ready to deploy. Participants will leave the session armed with an understanding of which tools are the best choices for their enterprise cloud deployments.
What would you dare to dream if you knew your cloud could not fail? That sentiment has driven some enterprises to push the envelope and embrace business models that require cloud and demand organizational transformation to succeed. In this session, track chair Scott Bils will lead a discussion with two enterprise executives who have done just that. Participants will hear how these leaders helped their organizations first understand and then embrace the agility, flexibility and dramatic time-to-market compression that cloud enables. Building sustainable competitive advantage through a transformation in business model assumptions is the goal of cloud, and this session will give participants new insights on how to help their organizations get there.
Many vendors and IT organizations have been busy building private and hybrid clouds using enterprise virtualization as the foundation. Some have been very successful while others found them lacking and want something built with an architecture more like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Compute Engine. Certain workloads and applications (such as databases and other resource-intensive applications) require advanced levels of performance, privacy and control that may be better suited to bare metal physical servers. The options have exploded and there are good reasons and strong feelings on all sides of this issue. Come and learn how to think about your requirements and application portfolio and your infrastructure options in a way that will help you understand the pros and cons of each and how to assess which is/are right for the job. Hear about different successful enterprise scenarios for different types of clouds, as well as application profiling, workload sizing, performance comparisons, implementation issues and more.