Sebastian Stadil, founder and CEO of Scalr, maker of cloud management software, is also the founder of the technology forum perhaps most conversant in cloud computing, the 8,000-member Silicon Valley Cloud Computing Group. As such, Stadil has been a leading organizer and presence in the group, creating a gathering place for cloud computing enthusiasts of many stripes and organizing a series of presentations on where cloud computing is headed. Participants say it's a place where you can air your opinions and sometimes gain greater assurance in them in the feedback from your peers.
An example of what might be a future Cloud Computing Group discussion is contained in Stadil's post on his team's benchmarking of the Google Compute Engine, as it came out in June 2012, compared to Scalr's regular platform, Amazon EC2. The March 15 post illustrated that it took Google Compute Engine about 30 seconds to get a virtual server booted; AWS EC2 took 150 to 300 seconds. "We don't know what sort of sorcery Google does here, but they clearly demonstrate engineering prowess," wrote Stadil. The post drew 26 well-informed comments in the first few hours of its existence.
Stadil started as a cloud developer in 2004, developing Web services for e-commerce and then for cloud server resources. He founded Scalr to produce management products for IaaS, whether private or public.