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

DevOps Event @ EMC World 2015

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I am super excited to announce that EMC is sponsoring a DevOps event at EMC World 2015.  As many of you guessed, with the acquisition of Cloudscaling, and the recent creation of the EMC{code} initiative, we are trying to become … Continue reading

Hyper-Converged Confusion

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I have had my doubts about converged and hyper-converged infrastructure since the Vblock launched, but I eventually came around to understanding why enterprises love the VCE Vblock. I am now starting to think of converged infrastructure (CI) as really “enterprise … Continue reading

Vancouver OpenStack Summit – EMC Federation Presentations

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Voting for presentations at the Vancouver OpenStack Summit is now open.  Please help us by voting on the sessions submitted by EMC Federation speakers along with any other sessions that cover topics that might interest you.  Please vote at your … Continue reading

The Future of OpenStack’s EC2 APIs

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Recently, some more talk was had around the future of the EC2 APIs, beginning with some comments on the openstack-operators mailing list, followed by threads on the dev and foundation mailing list.  This ultimately resulted in a suggested commit to … Continue reading

“Vanilla OpenStack” Doesn’t Exist and Never Will

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One of the biggest failures of OpenStack to date is expectation setting.  New potential OpenStack users and customers come into OpenStack and expect to find:A uniform, monolithic cloud operating system (like Linux)Set of well-integrated and interoperable componentsInteroperability with their own … Continue reading

My Endorsements for the 2015 OpenStack Individual Director Elections

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If you are voting this year in the individual director elections, and I sincerely hope you are, I would appreciate it if you would give special consideration to the following candidates and a super brief “why” Kavit Munshi – international … Continue reading

The Future of OpenStack is Now, 2015

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This year will be a crucial year in OpenStack history.  This is the year we fix much of how OpenStack is structured or die trying.  By structure, I mean the vision, the project structure, the integrated release cycle, and the … Continue reading

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