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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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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.

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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.
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3/20/2013 | 5:46:01 PM
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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
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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
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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?

Laurianne McLaughlin
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