Technical Leader, Riverbed Technology
Steve Riley is Technical Leader in the Office of the CTO at Riverbed Technology, an innovator in wide-area networking and storage optimization. Steve actively works to raise awareness of the technical and business benefits Riverbed's solutions, particularly as they relate to accelerating the enterprise adoption of cloud computing. His specialties include information security, compliance, privacy, and policy. Steve has spoken at hundreds of events around the world, including RSA, SANS, Black Hat Windows, InfoSec US, (ISC)2, SIIA, IANS, TechEd, Connections, Cloud Expo, and Interop. He co-authored a book about Windows network security, contributed a chapter to a book on auditing cloud computing, has published numerous articles, and conducted technical reviews of several data networking and telecommunications books. Born with an Ethernet cable attached to his belly button, Steve grew up in networking and telecommunications. Besides lurking in the Internet's dark alleys and secret passages, he enjoys freely sharing his opinions about the intersection of technology and culture. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Skype as stvrly, and join the conversation at http://stvrly.tumblr.com.
Virtualization rules the cloud. No longer do we discuss servers, CPUs, and disks, but instead instances, v-cores, and ephemeral volumes. Software abstractions have already replaced hardware appliances everywhere except the network, so now it’s time to get serious about virtualizing that final frontier. The cloud transforms large and dynamically-extensible collections of relatively homogenous compute engines into sophisticated on-demand data processing systems. It’s natural to extend this thinking, and replace traditional network hardware devices with sophisticated traffic-processing software. In addition, it becomes easier to create a meta-control plane that allows for easier dynamic provisioning and coordination of those software entities. Crucially, it’s important to deliver traffic-processing capabilities that can be integrated into the DevOps paradigm, since that’s an increasingly important style of delivering applications.
Microsoft researcher Jim Gray once observed that, compared to the cost of moving bytes around, everything else is free. And no wonder: speed is precious, and latency can be catastrophic, If you're trying to make cloud applications faster, chances are you're dealing with the network. In this session, Steve Riley looks at the fundamentals of WAN and application-front-end technology. Steve's experience position as a member of the Office of the CTO at Riverbed and a former member of the Amazon Web Services team uniquely positions him to explain in plain terms the many elements that can come between good user experience and clouds.