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

The EMC Federation Joins the OpenStack Foundation

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Last week a major set of milestones was reached for the EMC Federation’s involvement with OpenStack. First, EMC and it’s affiliated companies and brands (VMware, VCE, Pivotal, RSA, Cloudscaling) determined a cohesive strategy for engagement with the OpenStack Foundation Board. … Continue reading

An OpenStack Dream Team: EMC + Cloudscaling

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If you’re following the buzz surrounding the EMC acquisition of Cloudscaling, you might wonder:Is this a mismatch, or am I missing something?Yes. You’re missing something. Let me explain.First, you’ll want to take a closer look at the announcements by EMC … Continue reading

Public Cloud Economies of (Web-)Scale Aren’t About Buying Power

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As you no doubt heard this week, Rackspace has announced the intention to focus on managed cloud.  Inevitably this brought observations from many about RAX, and others, ability to compete effectively against the web scale public cloud giants: Amazon, Microsoft, … Continue reading

Voting for the Fall OpenStack Summit in Paris, France is now open!

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The Cloudscaling team has, once again, submitted an outstanding array of talks and we would all appreciate if you took the time to vote for our presentation submissions. We’ve taken the time to summarize our presentations for you below, as … Continue reading

Tarkan Maner Joins Cloudscaling Board of Directors

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Today I am extremely pleased to welcome Tarkan Maner, CEO of Nexenta and previously CEO of Wyse technologies, to Cloudscaling’s board of directors. The full press release can be found here. I met Tarkan during our search for a new … Continue reading

The 6 Requirements of Enterprise-grade OpenStack, Part 3

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In part 1 and part 2 of this series I introduced the core ideas around defining the requirements and then discussed the first four.  Today we’ll discuss the final two requirements and tie it all together. Onwards and upwards! Requirement … Continue reading

The 6 Requirements of Enterprise-grade OpenStack, Part 2

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In part 1 of this series earlier this week, I introduced The 6 Requirements of Enterprise-grade OpenStack.  Today, I’m going to dig into the next two major requirements: Open Architectures and Hybrid Cloud Interoperability. Let’s get started. Requirement #3 – … Continue reading

The 6 Requirements of Enterprise-grade OpenStack, Part 1

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Introduction OpenStack is an amazing foundation for building an enterprise-grade private cloud. The great OpenStack promise is to be the cloud operating system kernel of a new generation. Unfortunately, OpenStack is not a complete cloud operating system, and while it … Continue reading

Cloud Just Got Real – The Race Begins

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This week, Google hosted its Cloud Platform Live event. Some people were a little surprised at my enthusiastic live twitter coverage for a number of Google’s announcements. I have been waiting for them to “go big or go home” for … Continue reading

Pets vs. Cattle: The Elastic Cloud Story

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Last night I presented at the Chicago DevOps Meetup along with @mattokeefe and @mfdii.  The presentation went very well and was warmly received.  It’s a bit of a revisit of some topics I have covered before, such as Pets vs. … Continue reading