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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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Reuven Cohen, senior VP at Virtustream, is the co-founder of Enomaly, an open-source consulting company founded in 2004 in Toronto. Enomaly came up with one of the first self-provisioning systems, Elastic Computing Platform, for infrastructure as a service in 2005. In 2011, Enomaly developed one of the first commodity-style cloud-computing markets, SpotCloud, where owners could sell their unused cloud capacity. It was a concept that would eventually find its way into Amazon's EC2 Reserved Instances Marketplace.

Cohen was an early, tireless advocate for the cloud, appearing on panels and as a speaker at industry events. He also performed a peer review of the drafts of the NIST definition of cloud computing. He was the founder of CloudCamp, a cloud computing conference that's taken place in 300 cities and is based on an informal set of procedures that holds elections to set the agenda and elect discussion leaders from among the participants -- after the conference has started. CloudCamp became a great way for people interested in the cloud to get to know one another in the space of a few minutes. Reuven writes the Digital Provocateur column for Forbes Magazine, has co-hosted DigitalNibbles, an Intel-sponsored podcast, and has served as a strategic advisor to Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs & International Trade. He was a North American representative on the Sino-European/America Cooperation Roundtable forum held in Beijing in May 2011.

He describes himself as "an instigator, part-time provocateur, bootstrapper, amateur cloud lexicographer, and purveyor of random thoughts, 140 characters at a time."

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Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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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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parkercloud,
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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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Leo Regulus,
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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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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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3/21/2013 | 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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