This lively panel discussion keynote will address the nature of the Cloud, with cloud technologists at Sun Microsystems, with industry analysts, experts and customers in the cloud area. This panel is moderated by Kaj Arnö, and attendees are encouraged to participate online via Twitter.
Kaj Arnö is EVP Products at SkySQL Ab in Munich, Germany. He leads the Marketing and Engineering efforts of SkySQL, the independent provider of MySQL® related offerings. Kaj devotes his free time to adventures powered by his own muscles (running, kayaking, MTB etc.) and photography, mostly in social media running on MySQL.
Lew Tucker is Vice President and CTO of Cloud Computing at Sun Microsystems, Inc. His focus today is on the evolution of computing as it moves into the cloud, but his contributions span several waves of technology innovation over the last twenty years. Prior to re-joining Sun Microsystems, he was a Vice President at Salesforce.com where he created the AppExchange, advancing the company’s strategy to become the leading SaaS platform for business applications. He went on to be CTO at Radar Networks, an innovative semantic-web based Internet service for tracking interests. During his previous tenure at Sun Microsystems, Tucker was an early member of the JavaSoft executive team at Sun driving developer adoption of the Java platform, and later became Vice President, Internet Services, with overall responsibility for Sun’s Internet sites and services. Tucker’s interest in distributed computing started in the mid 80’s as a research scientist and Director of advanced development at Thinking Machines, working on machine vision and system architecture to create the massively parallel Connection Machine. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and has a background in Artificial Intelligence, Neurobiology, and large-scale parallel algorithms.
Monty Taylor runs developer automation for the OpenStack project, including the developer tooling, continuous integration and automation systems. Monty is also a core developer on the Drizzle project and was a Senior Consultant for MySQL, Inc. before they got gobbled up. He’s an expert in distributed systems and will bend your ear with stories of Burning Man if you let him.
Jeremy joined craigslist after over eight years in a variety of roles at Yahoo! He hacks on MySQL, search, and various back-end bits of the craigslist infrastructure.
Jeremy blogs at http://jeremy.zawodny.com/blog/ and flies both small airplanes and gliders in his spare time.
Chander is the CEO and founder of Zmanda. Chander provides a unique combination of leadership in open source and data protection software. He has been involved on both the technology and business sides of open source software and was named one of the “Top 20 Linux Luminaries” by Linux World Magazine in 2004. Prior to Zmanda, Chander founded and ran LinuxCertified, Inc., an open source product and services company. Earlier in his career, Chander was a business development executive at VERITAS software and served as a product line manager for storage software at SGI. Chander holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (where he did research work in Database Management Systems) and a BS in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.
Before joining RightScale Inc., Thorsten was Chief Architect at Expertcity.com and Citrix Online, makers of GoToMyPC, GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, and GoToAssist. He was responsible for the overall architecture of these online services and also managed the 24/7 datacenter operations which allowed him to acquire deep knowledge in deploying and running secure scalable online services. Thorsten received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and was a professor of computer science at Cornell University.
Prashant is an Engineer at Facebook, where he helped architect and build Cassandra and a number of search solutions. Cassandra is a distributed storage system and helps run Facebook’s Inbox search and other applications supporting more than 200M users and over 40TB of data. It is also an open source project now. Prior to Facebook he was at Microsoft for over 9 years where he helped ship over 8 enterprise products and filed 6 patents. He holds a B. Tech in Computer Science from IIT Delhi.
Mike Culver joined the Developer Relations Group of Amazon Web Services in 2006. He brings with him fifteen years of technology leadership experience, including at companies such as Microsoft. In addition Mike has a strong background running an IT organization, with over a decade of experience in the Electrical Wholesale Distribution industry. As a Web Services Evangelist at Amazon, he helps developers take advantage of disruptive technologies that are going to change the way we think about computer applications, and the way that businesses compete.
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