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AWS APIs: What's the Big Deal?

  • Sep 12, 2013 · 6:00 PM

From the blogosphere to news stories to Meetups to OpenStack Summits, the topic of embracing the Amazon Web Services API and architecture as a part of the OpenStack project is a hot topic.

In this meetup, we'll hear from Randy Bias of Cloudscaling, Nati Shalom of Gigaspaces, and Alex Freedland of Mirantis. who will talk about their perspectives on the topic and take questions from the audience in an effort to unearth where the disagreement -- if any -- really lies.

Moderating the discussion will be Dave McCrory, SVP of Platform Engineering at Warner Music Group.

Bring your questions and opinions, and be ready to challenge and be challenged.

About Randy Bias

Randy has been a vocal advocate for open systems for more than two decades. He was the technical visionary at GoGrid and at CloudScale Networks. He led the open-licensing of GoGrid's APIs, which inspired Sun Microsystems, Rackspace Cloud, VMware and others to follow. In 2006, he founded Cloudscaling with Adam Waters and since then has led teams that designed, architected, built and deployed cloud infrastructure for more than two dozen clients globally.

In 2010, Randy became an early and vocal supporter of the OpenStack project, and led the teams that deployed the first public OpenStack storage cloud (Swift) outside of Rackspace, and the first public OpenStack compute cloud (Nova). He is a founding Board Member of the OpenStack Foundation.

Randy's full bio can be found here -

About Nati Shalom

Nati Shalom, Founder and CTO at GigaSpaces, is a thought leader in Cloud-Computing and Big-Data Technologies. Shalom was recently recognized as a Top Cloud Computing Blogger for CIO’s by The CIO Magazine and his blog listed as an excellent blog by *technical founders* by YCombinator. Shalom is the founder and also one of leaders of OpenStack-Israel group, and is a frequent presenter at industry conferences.

About Alex Freedland

Alex has over 20 years experience in the high tech industry. Previously, Alex co-founded RSI Group, Inc., one of the world’s principal providers of Receivables Management Software where he assumed the responsibility of EVP and CTO in charge of Product Development and Technical Services.

In 1999, RSI Group was acquired by LondonBridge Software, a leading UK Technology firm, now a part of Fair Isaac and Co. Alex’s previous experience includes a wide range of technical and management positions with Tektronix, IBM, ADP, Netscape, and KLA-Tencor.

He holds a Masters degree in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University in California.

About Dave McCory 

Dave McCrory is the Senior Vice President of Engineering for Warner Music Group, where he is building a next generation enterprise PaaS. Dave has coined the term "Data Gravity", which he recognized through extensive research over the past several years. He has presented at many conferences, including Cloud Connect, Gluecon, Interop Big Data, VMworld US/Europe, RubyConf, and RailsConf. Dave is also co-author of the book titled "Advanced Server Virtualization", and holds 9 granted Patents. He also co-founded 2 startups, Surgient Inc. and Hyper9, where he was Chief Scientist/CTO.

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  • Mark Mitchell S.

    The third round of the AWS API debate did not disappoint. The conversation did stay on a visionary level and strayed from the original AWS API but I think when you have three industry leaders and a enterprise heavyweight on stage you want to hear where they see Open Stack going. We all know portability of cloud builds is greatly affected by how much you rely on each of the public cloud APIs. It was good to hear that so far the AWS APIs are not being deprecated and therefore you can reliably make calls from an Open Stack Private cloud to an AWS API and be reasonably assured your multi-cloud solution will function for the forseeable future. Randy, Nati and Alex provided a healthy divergence of how they see Open Stack evolving and what is needed to strengthen the industry. This information will help my clients greatly and I would like to see more Meetups like this.

    Mark Mitchell Szynaka
    ... the Cloud Broker

    2 · September 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    More technical topics, and demonstrations would be good.

    1 · September 12, 2013

  • Vietnhi P.

    The discussion spiraled into higher and higher levels of abstraction and eventually, I got knocked me senseless. I got a couple of good things from a side discussion with a fellow attendee, though: I decided that I wasn't going to get caught dead managing 1700 instances through a GUI. This management is going to get done through an API - It's a lot simpler for me to write seven lines of code than to spend days and days trying to figure out the Amazon GUI. And if I'll write the freaking seven lines of code even if I have to manage only two instances. The other insight I got from our side discussion is that the reason we cloudify apps is not to run them in the cloud - They can run perfectly as-is, if you don't mind paying for permanent instances. We cloudify them so that they can be MANAGED in the cloud. For example, we want to be able to configure apps programmatically and not through a GUI. The last requirement for manageability in the cloud is, of course, that the apps be stateless.

    September 12, 2013

  • Nati S.

    Not 100% related to the discussion today but i thought that it will help to broaden the discussion ..

    September 12, 2013

  • Judd M.

    Pizza toppings? Dell's buying!

    1 · September 12, 2013

  • Matt J.

    This'll be my first east coast event. Excited to see what's going on in the old barrio.

    September 12, 2013

  • Karan K.

    Interesting topic

    September 1, 2013

  • Lez

    Lesly Dorval

    August 28, 2013

Our Sponsors

  • HP

    Food, Drinks, Speakers

  • Rackspace

    New provider of resources and refreshments for our meetup.

  • MongoDB

    MongoDB is one of our many wonderful event hosts.

  • JNK Securities

    Venue Space

  • EMC

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  • IBM

    Meeting venue, technical content, food, and drinks.

  • Red Hat

    Red Hat provides us food and drinks, as well as great speakers!

  • Cisco

    Cisco is one of our many wonderful event hosts.

  • Mirantis

    Mirantis sponsored that one-of-a-kind OpenStack birthday cake!

  • Gigaspaces

    Gigaspaces provides food and refreshments for our Meetup.

  • Dell, Inc.

    We're sponsoring food and refreshments.

  • Ubersmith

    Ubersmith generously provides refreshments to all attendees.

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