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

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

The Case for Tiered Storage in Private Clouds

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Fall of last year I wrote a controversial whitepaper detailing my concerns about how distributed storage was being marketed.  The blog introduction and the whitepaper were both entitled Converged Storage, Wishful Thinking, and Reality.  There was a certain amount of … Continue reading

Vote Now: Awesome Proposals for the Spring OpenStack Summit

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Voting is now open for the Spring 2014 OpenStack Summit in Atlanta! Cloudscaling (and our friends at Mirantis) have submitted a variety of great session abstracts, from Randy Bias’ walkthrough of hybrid cloud landmines to avoid when architecting applications to … Continue reading

Google is Amazon’s Only Real Competition

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Recently, Barb Darrow wrote a note to Google Compute Platform, suggesting “8 Things it Could do to Freak Amazon out.” As long term readers know, I called out Google’s entry into the public Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) a while ago. My extensive experience at … Continue reading

2013 Was YEAR ONE for OpenStack

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It’s useful for all in the OpenStack community to remember that many believe OpenStack was not ready for prime time until Essex or possibly Folsom. Some might even claim Grizzly was the first true production release. My money is on … Continue reading