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9 More Cloud Computing Pioneers

These industry leaders helped propel cloud computing to the forefront of technology innovation.
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Lydia Leong came into the cloud era with her own hands-on background in technology operation and evolution. She was director of server engineering at Excite@Home and director of product engineering and operations at Digex. She joined Gartner in 2000 and gravitated into becoming its first and still primary analyst focused on IaaS. In 2010, in the midst of a blossoming of enterprise interest in the cloud, her prominence as a spokeswoman on the cloud prompted Gartner to name her analyst of the year.

The authority of her voice and writing, along with the pivotal position she occupied in a top-drawer, enterprise analyst group, made her instrumental in establishing the viability of cloud computing for the enterprise. She is still engaged in calling it like it is in cloud software and services. In a Dec. 5, 2012, Gartner blog post, "Cloud SLAs Can Be Meaningless," Leong said: "Unfortunately, infrastructure as a service SLAs can readily be structured to make it unlikely that you'll ever see a penny of money back -- greatly reducing the provider's financial risks in the event of an outage." Amazon Web Services, she noted, has voluntarily paid customers for lost computing time, because its SLA didn't cover the nature of the outage. For example, Amazon's Easter outage in 2011 froze up its Elastic Block Storage service, but EBS was not covered by the SLA. The customers' virtual servers continued running, thus meeting the terms of the SLA, but they couldn't do anything without access to their frequently used data. In the case of both AWS and HP clouds, the downtime clock doesn't start ticking until the service has been out five or six minutes, respectively, she pointed out.

Leong is currently a VP of research at Gartner. Jason Hoffman, CTO of Joyent, says: "Every time I have the chance to talk with Lydia, I either learn something new or I gain a deeper understanding of my own thoughts." Hoffman is not known for suffering analysts kindly; with most, he does most of the talking, he says.

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Nick
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Nick,
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3/21/2013 | 3:08:36 PM
re: 9 More Cloud Computing Pioneers
The development of the OpenStack software by the various companies who have contributed modules to the project is a testament to a unique bond in cloud computing market. Open source systems have created camaraderie amongst organizations that are otherwise competitive. At the end of the day, interoperability benefits everyone.

Cary Landis is another person worth mentioning on this list. Like Reuven Cohen, Landis worked with NIST where he helped define the reference architecture for cloud computing. In the past, he founded KeyLogic, which services a multitude of business sectors from DoD, DoE and more. He coauthored the GǣCloud Computing Made EasyGǥ which details the benefits of cloud computing for a variety of demographics. Currently, he is the President of Virtual Global, a cloud computing company that provides a handful of PaaS services for the development of custom SaaS applications. He also serves NJVC where he is the practice lead for Cloudcuity.
cbabcock
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3/20/2013 | 5:46:01 PM
re: 9 More Cloud Computing Pioneers
Good suggestions from parkercloud, thanks. Pat O'Day was already a candidate for the next list, and this piece didn't get done without a mention of Bluelock. I tend to disagree that only those present at the beginning qualify as cloud pioneers. I was actually looking for more of a mix, those who came along after and made contributions that were needed and hadn't been made yet. Hence, there's references to valuable work done with Google Compute Engine, not announced until June 2012, by Sebastian Stadil and Chandra Krintz. (There's a tip of the hat to Cloud Camp, too but additional credit is probably in order.) Many thanks for those ideas.Charlie Babcock, senior writer, InformationWeek
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3/20/2013 | 2:41:28 PM
re: 9 More Cloud Computing Pioneers
Information Week only had one important New Year's Resolution this year. '"No Slide Show Articles with out a prominent 'View-as-one-page' link." How's that working out for you so far?
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3/20/2013 | 1:51:04 AM
re: 9 More Cloud Computing Pioneers
Real Cloud pioneers need to have been involved with Cloud beginning 2006 or so, credit should
be given where credit is due.

Greg Olsen, founder of Coghead maybe the very first PaaS, wrote the influential
Cloud article Going Bedouin.
John Qualls and Pat O' Day of Bluelock
Dave Nielsen of Cloud Camp
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3/19/2013 | 3:50:54 PM
re: 9 More Cloud Computing Pioneers
James Urquhart became one of the first people I followed for cloud commentary and remains an honest voice in the cloud community on Twitter. Charlie, thanks for this look at a diverse group of cloud thinkers. Any feedback on who else you'd include, readers?

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