Do standards matter in the cloud, are they important or a pointless waste of time which is more likely to inhibit innovation rather than benefit it?
For the argument: Sam Johnston
Against the argument: Benjamin Black
Jury: Subra Kumaraswamy, Mark Masterson, Russ Miles, Stephen O’Grady
Sam Johnston is a technical program manager in the Site Reliability Engineering team at Google Switzerland. Before joining Google in 2010, Sam worked at Citrix Systems and served as founder and CTO for a number of successful high-tech start-ups in Australia, France and Ireland. A computer scientist at heart, he was recently listed as one of the leaders of cloud computing, having been an active contributor to the cloud computing community since its inception (particularly in the areas of security, standards and interoperability).
Sam has advised and architected pilots for various European enterprises (including one of the earliest and largest commercial cloud deployments to date, started in 2006 with 35,000 users) and presented at a number of international conferences on the subject.
Sam earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.
Mr. Black most recently cofounded and was CEO of Boundary. He a recognized expert in large-scale technology infrastructure design, implementation,and operation. Previously, he was an engineering director in the ECN group at Microsoft Windows Live, where he helped build one of the largest content delivery networks in the world. As the manager of website engineering at Amazon, he lead the design and implementation of a new, layer 3 network for Amazon’s production network. As principal engineer for Amazon infrastructure, he co-authored the first documents on what later became EC2. As senior manager for information security, he owned and successfully delivered Sarbanes-Oxley and PCI DSS compliance for Amazon infrastructure, including the critical payments processing systems. His work in the Internap R&D team resulted in his being awarded 3 patents in Internet routing and traffic optimization. Mr. Black is also co-author on several IETF RFCs on MPLS control protocols and IPv6 network operations.
Subra is cloud security and identity strategist and architect at eBay. Prior to that he was a security architect for Oracle’s On Demand platform service. Previously, he led various security initiatives including identity and access management and consulted for Sun’s public infrastructure service cloud. He is co-author of the O’Reilly publication “Cloud Security and Privacy – An Enterprise perspective on risks and compliance”, which addresses issues related to preparing for cloud computing. Subra is a founding member of the Cloud Security Alliance and co-chair of the Identity & Access Management and Encryption & Key Management workgroups. Subra’s has held leadership roles at Accenture, Netscape, Lycos and Sun. Subra has a Masters degree in Computer Engineering from Clemson University. Subra is CISSP and CISM certfied.
So-called ‘enterprise architect’ and self-appointed resident troublemaker, Mark is CSC’s Innovation Lead for the Financial Services vertical in EMEA.
He splits his time between working with clients, working for the CTO’s office on product and services strategy and contributing to the Leading Edge Forum’s Executive Programme. He has worked as a parasite of the financial services industry in Frankfurt and London for the last 20 years and has spent the last several years researching, and working with clients of all sizes on cloud computing, SaaS and Enterprise 2.0.
He is co-author of the recently released LEF report, Doing Business In The Cloud, a founding member of the 2.0 Adoption Council, on the advisory board of the Enterprise 2.0 Summit, instigator of CloudCamp Frankfurt, and is a frequent public speaker and published author on the topics of cloud computing and Enterprise 2.0. He also writes a blog, popular in certain circles, where he tries to broker peace between geek and enterprisey worlds. Other research interests and development experience are focused on BPM and distributed systems in enterprisey organisations, as well as systems management and performance engineering. In a previous life, Mark was a UNIX sys admin, and has the scars to prove it. He also jumped out of helicopters, and drove trucks full of missiles around in the dark whilst going entirely too fast in the first Gulf War. Known for a lack of respect for the status quo, Mark is one of those people who spent their formative years being told that they have a ‘problem with authority figures’, and he loathes bios.
Patrick Kerpan is the President and chief technology officer (CTO) for CohesiveFT, the provider of Secure Cloud Container Solutions including Elastic Server for virtual image management and VPN-Cubed for cloud networking. In these roles, Kerpan is responsible for directing product, technology and sales strategy.
Kerpan brings more than 20 years of software experience to the role of CTO and was one of CohesiveFT’s founders in 2006. Previously he was the CTO of Borland Software Corp which he joined in 2000 through the acquisition of Bedouin, Inc., a company that he founded. Kerpan was also the vice president and general manager of the Developer Services Platform group at Borland, where he was instrumental in leading the Borland acquisition of StarBase in 2003.
Before founding Bedouin, Inc., Kerpan was a managing director responsible for derivatives technology at multiple global investment banks.
Stephen is a Principal Analyst and co-founder of RedMonk, and addresses the full spectrum of infrastructure software from development to deployment, including operating systems, application languages and platforms, and database technologies, with a special focus on open source.
Before setting up RedMonk, Stephen assisted in building out the Enterprise Content Management and Enterprise Portal knowledge set at Illuminata by drawing on his real world expertise in implementing such products for leading systems integrators. Prior to joining Illuminata, Stephen served in various senior capacities with large systems integration firms like Keane and boutique consultancies like Blue Hammock.
Regularly cited in publications such as the New York Times, BusinessWeek, the Boston Globe, and the Wall Street Journal, and a popular speaker and moderator on the conference circuit, Stephen’s advice and opinion is well respected throughout the industry.
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