Speakers

SPEAKERS
Lydia Leong
Research Vice President
Gartner
twitter @cloudpundit

Lydia’s focused on cloud computing, particularly infrastructure as a service (IaaS), along with data centers, hosting, content delivery networks (CDNs) and Internet infrastructure services. Because cloud computing is reshaping the IT landscape, her research covers a broad range of topics related to the transformation of IT organizations, data centers and technology providers. She works primarily with IT organizations, but also produces strategic and quantitative research targeted at service providers, vendors and investors. She was Gartner’s Analyst of the Year in 2010.

Prior to joining Gartner, Ms. Leong held various technical and management positions in the Internet industry, including director of server engineering at Excite@Home and director of product engineering and operations at Digex/Intermedia Communications. Her prior roles have included product management, systems architecture, large-scale data center operations (including DevOps-style operations), and product development. Lydia has won numerous awards throughout the years including, Gartner Analyst of the Year, 2010, Gartner Thought Leadership award, 2008 and 2010, Gartner Quantitative Research Excellence award, 2009, and “Cool Site of the Day,” 29 October 1994.

Jonathan Bryce
Executive Director
OpenStack
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Jonathan Bryce, who has spent his career building the cloud, is Executive Director of the OpenStack Foundation. Previously he was a founder of The Rackspace Cloud. He started his career working as a web developer for Rackspace, and during his tenure, he and co-worker Todd Morey had a vision to build a sophisticated web hosting environment where users and businesses alike could turn to design, develop and deploy their ideal web site – all without being responsible for procuring the technology, installing it or making sure it is built to be always available. This vision became The Rackspace Cloud. Since then he has been a major driver of OpenStack, the open source cloud software initiative.

Ken Pepple
Chief Technology Officer
Solinea
twitter@ken_pepple

Ken is the co-founder and CTO of Solinea, a leading consulting and software provider enabling enterprises and service providers to accelerate the adoption of cloud computing. Prior to Solinea, Ken was Cloud Technology Partners’ (CloudTP) Vice President for their OpenStack Practice, where he led the company’s cloud infrastructure consulting efforts. Before that, Ken was Director of Cloud Development at Internap Network Services. Under his leadership, Internap developed and introduced a portfolio of public cloud services, including the world’s first public compute service based on OpenStack. Pepple joined Internap from Oracle, where he worked on defining its cloud enterprise technology strategy. Prior to Oracle, he spent fourteen years at Sun Microsystems. While at Sun, he served as Principal Engineer for its Asia Pacific Professional Services organization and Technical Director for its Global Servers and Storage line of business.

Raj Dutt
Senior Vice President of Technology
Internap
twitter @nopzor

Raj Dutt is responsible for setting Internap’s technology strategy and vision. In this capacity, he identifies and architects the next-generation suite of technologies in support of the company’s suite of cloud, hosting and colocation services, which are delivered from a geographically distributed platform of high-density, redundant data centers, as well as its patented, performance-optimized IP connectivity and content delivery services. Raj has extensive experience in applying open standards, modular components and automation to overcome the limitations of physical environments and build highly agile application ecosystems.

Raj joined Internap through the company’s acquisition of Voxel in 2011, where he was Founder and Chief Technology Officer. He founded Voxel in 1999 with the vision of providing application infrastructure in the same way that great software developers write applications – through comprehensive systems design and execution. Raj led the company as Chief Executive Officer from its inception until January 2011, when he successfully raised growth capital to support the business’s rapid market expansion and focused his efforts full-time on architecting the technology platforms that drive Voxel’s services. During his tenure as CEO, Raj built Voxel from the ground up to 40 employees and approximately $10 million in revenue. His technology vision resulted in the launch of Voxel’s Managed Hosting, VoxCAST CDN and VoxCLOUD products.

Raj studied Computer Science and Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is active on the speaking circuit and has spoken at many leading industry events, including Cloud Connect Chicago 2012, 451 Group’s Hosting & Cloud Transformation Summit 2012, CloudCon Conference & Expo 2012 and 2013, and others.

JC Martin
Cloud Architect
eBay Inc.
twitter @jchmartin

Since joining eBay in 2008, JC Martin has been driving eBay’s cloud architecture, focusing on improving agility and efficiency through virtualizing and automating infrastructure and application life cycle.

Prior to eBay, he held architecture positions at BMC software and Sun Microsystems, where he developed the architecture of large scale distributed system management solutions.

Chris C. Kemp
Founder and Chief Strategy Officer
Nebula
twitter @Kemp

Chris C. Kemp is an entrepreneurial executive with a passion for igniting innovation in high-tech organizations. He is the Chief Strategy Officer of Nebula, Inc., a company Chris founded after serving for five years in various roles at NASA. Chris also co-founded the OpenStack project.

As the Chief Technology Officer for IT at NASA, Chris was responsible for pioneering work in cloud computing, open source, and open government. Chris served on the Cloud Computing Executive Steering Committee, and chaired the Cloud Standards Working Group. Previously, he served as the CIO of NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley where he forged partnerships with Google and Microsoft and helped create Google Moon, Google Mars, and Microsoft World Wide Telescope. He was responsible for NASA’s Nebula Cloud Computing Project and co-founded the OpenStack project. Prior to joining NASA, Chris helped create the third largest online community Classmates.com, was the founding CEO of the leading webbased vacation rental platform Escapia (AWAY), and, as the founding CEO of Netran, developed the first online grocery shopping platform for Kroger, the world’s largest grocery store chain.

Dave Wright
CEO/Founder
SolidFire
twitter@jungledave

Dave Wright, SolidFire CEO and founder, left Stanford in 1998 to help start GameSpy Industries, a leader in online videogame media, technology, and software. While at GameSpy, Dave led the team that created a backend infrastructure powering thousands of games and millions of gamers. GameSpy merged with IGN Entertainment in 2004 to create one of the largest Internet gaming & entertainment media companies. Dave served as Chief Architect for IGN and lead technology integration with FIM / MySpace after IGN was acquired by NewsCorp in 2005.

In 2007 Dave founded Jungle Disk, a pioneer and early leader in cloud-based storage and backup solutions for consumers and businesses. Jungle Disk was acquired by leading cloud provider Rackspace in 2008 and Dave worked closely with the Rackspace Cloud division to build a cloud platform supporting tens of thousands of customers. In December 2009 Dave left Rackspace to start SolidFire. Dave leads the team at SolidFire in the creation of the only storage architecture built specifically to guarantee true Quality of Service (QoS) in a multi-tenant cloud infrastructure.

William L. Franklin
Vice President, OpenStack & Technology Enablement, Cloud
Hewlett-Packard Company

William L. Franklin’s experience spans more than 25 years, leading successful teams of software development technologists in a variety of cross-functional environments. These teams delivered enterprise products that include operating systems, database engines, migration tools, and e-commerce. Bill joined HP in 2012, focusing on the use of OpenStack across HP’s Cloud portfolio.

His experience serving as an executive advisor to several startups gives Bill a valuable perspective on the business implications of engineering decisions. This experience has been refined during a career that included Vice President of Engineering roles at Sun Microsystems, Cloudscaling, Clustra Systems, Unikala Software, and Alibris. He also served in product development, product management, and marketing roles prior to focusing his career on engineering leadership.

Bill earned Bachelor’s Degrees in Computer Science and Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a M.Sc. by Research in Electronic Systems Engineering from the University of Essex, Colchester, England.

Rodney Peck
OpenStack Storage Architect
PayPal

Rodney is new to PayPal and eBay, where he joined the OpenStack team this past March to focus on scaling and capacity issues with OpenStack storage in a real production environment.

His background is in large distributed storage systems goes as far back as Excite@Home in the 1990s developing a cable modem network for home users. He worked many years with Yahoo! Groups providing operations devops support, and two years with Yahoo! Mail as the operations architect coordinating many large production projects. He has taken this large systems storage background to the cloud next working with Barnes and Noble to implement the object storage system for the Nook Media ebook reader. His projects currently include devops integration of OpenStack in the PayPal/eBay cloud as well as coding and software developer work on the OpenStack code itself to support the work at PayPal.

Surendra Reddy
CTO, Cloud & Big Data Futures
PARC, a Xerox Company
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Surendra Reddy is a passionate and entrepreneurial executive. Surendra has led number of cloud initiatives and technology companies for the past 6 years. Surendra is currently the Chief Technology Officer, Cloud & Big Data Futures, leading the Cloud & High Performance Analytics research and innovation at Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), a Xerox company in addition to providing advisory and business development to Xerox Cloud and Big Data initiatives. Surendra most recently was the Chief Technology Officer and General Manager for $70M Cloud Technology Company based in Tokyo managing their technology strategy and business development reporting to the CEO and the board of the directors. Surendra was responsible for defining the SIOS Global Cloud strategy and guiding the team of 200+ engineers/researchers.

Surendra also led Yahoo wide cloud strategy and R&D.; Surendra founded and ran a high performance computing company from 2003 to 2007. Surendra also managed the research and development teams at Oracle and AT&T; Bell Labs. Surendra is a strong advocate of Openstack adoption in enterprises and successfully launched PARC/Xerox wide initiative to create the research cloud for all Xerox research labs.

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