Randy Bias

Randy L. Bias - CEO, Founder, and Cloud Strategist, Cloudscaling

Randy is the expert on cloud vendors, and providers like VMware, EngineYard, Internap, and GoGrid consult him when they need help. His boutique cloud strategy consulting firm, Cloudscaling, advises Fortune 500 companies, like Kaiser Permanente, on their internal cloud initiatives. He has driven innovations in infrastructure, IT, Operations, and 24×7 service delivery since 1990, and was the technical visionary on the executive team of GoGrid and ServePath, a major cloud computing provider. Prior to GoGrid, he built the world's first multi-cloud, multi-platform cloud management framework at CloudScale Networks, Inc.

Randy is recognized as one of the top cloud bloggers and twitterers. The Cloudscaling blog has tens of thousands of page views every month.

In addition to his contributions as a blogger, Randy's open licensing of the GoGrid API inspired many others to open license their IaaS cloud APIs including Sun Microsystems, Rackspace Cloud, and VMware.

About Cloudscaling
We serve enterprise organizations in need of expert help designing and executing their Cloud Computing strategies. We are a full-service consultancy providing a suite of Cloud Computing services from strategy to execution and support. Find us at: http://cloudscaling.com/

Does OpenStack Change the Cloud Game?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

This week Rackspace Cloud, in conjunction with the NASA Nebula project, open sourced some of their Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud software. This initiative, dubbed ‘OpenStack’, should have a dramatic impact on the current dynamics for building cloud computing infrastructure. Previously there have been two major camps: Amazon API and architecture compatible and VMware’s vCloud.

Rumor Mill: Google EC2 Competitor Coming in 2010?

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I’ve heard from a somewhat reliable source that Google is working on their Amazon EC2 competitor. Yes, some kind of on-demand virtual servers. I would have been the last person to guess that Google would take this direction[1], but you have to admit it makes a certain sense from their perspective. Consider:

More Economies of Scale: Efficiency, Headcount and TCO

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

James Hamilton’s presentation at Mix 10 illuminated cloud computing economics that few others have direct experience with, but I also believe that this presentation raises interesting questions that didn’t get addressed. (If you haven’t seen James Hamilton’s Mix10 presentation, go watch it now.

Understanding Cloud Data Center Economies of Scale

Monday, May 24, 2010

James Hamilton’s recent MIX’10 presentation on economies of scale for large cloud providers was quite impressive. James “gets it” like few others in the industry. If you haven’t watched his hour-long presentation, I suggest you do.

Is Amazon Winning the Cloud Race?

Monday, April 19, 2010

From our perspective, it looks like Amazon is winning the cloud race. Amazon and Google pioneered the notion of ‘devops‘, where agile practices are applied to merging the disciplines of development and operations.

New Article: Why is Amazon's SAS70 Audit Bogus

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

At first glance it seems like Amazon’s recent announcement of a successful SAS70 audit is grounds for celebration. Certainly it has met with fanfare on Twitter and blogs.

Unfortunately, a SAS70 audit isn’t what most people think it is. Worse yet, Amazon’s reluctance to provide details of the audit provides a false sense of security with no tangible benefits.

Let me explain.

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