MySQLConf 09: The Great Open Cloud Shootout

Posted in Conferences, Databases on April 28, 2009

This lively panel discussion keynote will address the nature of the Cloud, with cloud technologists at Sun Microsystems, with industry analysts, experts and customers in the cloud area. This panel is moderated by Kaj Arnö, and attendees are encouraged to participate online via Twitter.

Kaj Arnö
Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Kaj Arnö is VP MySQL Community at Sun Microsystems. He promotes the 3 Ps of the MySQL Community: Popularity, Participation and Pioneering—connecting the external and internal MySQL developers with each other. Kaj believes there are internal connections between his favourite topics which include arranging meetings in a virtual organisation, coping with timezones, managing cross-cultural teams and singing drinking songs (a practice of his native Finland that he is promoting with varied success in Munich, Germany where he’s currently living).

Lew Tucker
Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Lew Tucker is Vice President and CTO of Cloud Computing at Sun Microsystems, Inc. His focus today is on the evolution of computing as it moves into the cloud, but his contributions span several waves of technology innovation over the last twenty years. Prior to re-joining Sun Microsystems, he was a Vice President at where he created the AppExchange, advancing the company’s strategy to become the leading SaaS platform for business applications. He went on to be CTO at Radar Networks, an innovative semantic-web based Internet service for tracking interests. During his previous tenure at Sun Microsystems, Tucker was an early member of the JavaSoft executive team at Sun driving developer adoption of the Java platform, and later became Vice President, Internet Services, with overall responsibility for Sun’s Internet sites and services. Tucker’s interest in distributed computing started in the mid 80’s as a research scientist and Director of advanced development at Thinking Machines, working on machine vision and system architecture to create the massively parallel Connection Machine. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and has a background in Artificial Intelligence, Neurobiology, and large-scale parallel algorithms.

Monty Taylor
Sun Microsystems - Drizzle

Monty Taylor is an Engineer for Sun. He’s currently hacking on Drizzle full time, and was the crazy guy who wrote the NDB/Bindings in the first place (why write for one language when you can have six?) Before that, he was a Senior Consultant for MySQL which took him all over the word focusing on Cluster and High Availability.

He’s a Python programmer by first choice(and yet hears the obvious joke surprisingly infrequently) but seems to be spending all of his time recently in C, C++ and Java.

Jeremy Zawodny

Jeremy joined craigslist after over eight years in a variety of roles at Yahoo! He hacks on MySQL, search, and various back-end bits of the craigslist infrastructure.

Jeremy blogs at and flies both small airplanes and gliders in his spare time.

Chander Kant

Chander is the CEO and founder of Zmanda. Chander provides a unique combination of leadership in open source and data protection software. He has been involved on both the technology and business sides of open source software and was named one of the “Top 20 Linux Luminaries” by Linux World Magazine in 2004. Prior to Zmanda, Chander founded and ran LinuxCertified, Inc., an open source product and services company. Earlier in his career, Chander was a business development executive at VERITAS software and served as a product line manager for storage software at SGI. Chander holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (where he did research work in Database Management Systems) and a BS in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

Thorsten von Eicken
RightScale, Inc

Before joining RightScale Inc., Thorsten was Chief Architect at and Citrix Online, makers of GoToMyPC, GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, and GoToAssist. He was responsible for the overall architecture of these online services and also managed the 24/7 datacenter operations which allowed him to acquire deep knowledge in deploying and running secure scalable online services. Thorsten received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and was a professor of computer science at Cornell University.

Prashant Malik

Prashant is an Engineer at Facebook, where he helped architect and build Cassandra and a number of search solutions. Cassandra is a distributed storage system and helps run Facebook’s Inbox search and other applications supporting more than 200M users and over 40TB of data. It is also an open source project now. Prior to Facebook he was at Microsoft for over 9 years where he helped ship over 8 enterprise products and filed 6 patents. He holds a B. Tech in Computer Science from IITDelhi.

Mike Culver

Mike Culver joined the Developer Relations Group of Amazon Web Services in 2006. He brings with him fifteen years of technology leadership experience, including at companies such as Microsoft. In addition Mike has a strong background running an IT organization, with over a decade of experience in the Electrical Wholesale Distribution industry. As a Web Services Evangelist at Amazon, he helps developers take advantage of disruptive technologies that are going to change the way we think about computer applications, and the way that businesses compete.

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