Heroes Of The Cloud – Part 2
As Cloud Computing becomes more prominent and influential, a few voices rise to the top to define what it means to operate in a Cloud environment.
One of the most respected and influential of these voices is Cloudscaling co-founder and CTO, Randy Bias. Bias is a recognized expert in IT Infrastructure and one of the leading innovators in the implementation of GoGrid’s Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) model. GoGrid had launched the beta version public cloud in 2008 and is currently a leading host of Windows/Linux virtual machines.
Bias built one of the first multi-platform, multi-cloud management systems at Cloudscale Networks. He led the way to open licensing of GoGrid’s Application Programming Interface (API), which in turn inspired Sun Microsystems, Rackspace Cloud, Vmware, and others to embrace open licensing.
Along with Adam Waters, whose background is in IP networking, routing and datacenter operations, Bias founded Cloudscaling. The company serves enterprises, service providers, and web application providers with elastic cloud infrastructure. Elastic Cloud refers to services that have the agility and performance of Amazon Web Services, yet are deployable in the customer’s own datacenter, remaining under the IT teams control.
Cloudscaling has embraced OpenStack project as a core technology. Randy Bias is one of Open Stack’s eight gold-sponsor board members.
OpenStack is an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) project based on free open source software. The software based on code contributed from NASA/Nebula platform and RackSpace’s Cloud Files platform.
The project is committed to an open design and development process and is scheduled for updates every six months. More than 150 companies have joined the project, including AMD, Intel, Dell, IBM, Vmware, and some significant players in the Linux scene, Canonical (Ubuntu), SUSE Linux, and Red Hat.
Part of OpenStack’s appeal as open source software is that the team has worked hard to make the APIs compatible with the other players in the Cloud Market, especially Amazon Web Services. Applications written for Amazon can usually be used on OpenStack with minimal porting effort.
Currently, The OpenStack Foundation is directed by Jonathon Bryce. Bryce’s older brother was one of the first 12 employees at RackSpace, and he was happy to bring his computer-savvy little brother along. In 2005, the younger Bryce left RackSpace to form his own Cloud Hosting Service, Mosso Cloud. Mosso continued run its servers from RackSpace data centers, and soon the company and its Cloud applications grew at such a rate that Bryce had been invited back to lead RackSpace.
It was Bryce’s vision that led to contacting NASA to share the development of what would become OpenStack, and Bryce was appointed to head the OpenStack Foundation.
By Peter Knight