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A Fond Farewell to Cloudscaling

Earlier this month I walked into Cloudscaling’s offices for the last time as an employee, almost two and a half years after I started. I loved my job. I think Cloudscaling’s future is super bright. While there, I learned a ton, I got to work with fantastic people, and I got to work on cool stuff that I believe will really make a difference in the future of how we do computing. Those of you who have talked to me about Cloudscaling probably already know how much I believe in the company and in its mission. Cloudscaling is democratizing agile infrastructure – taking the patterns and concepts that have fueled the hypersuccess of companies like amazon, google, and facebook and building open systems that will allow everyone in the industry to benefit from them. So why did I leave?


When I got there, Cloudscaling was a professional services company that was building large-scale clouds for their clients. During my time there, we transitioned to a product company, secured a series A investment round that we used to invest in building, selling, and supporting that product, and secured a series B investment round (announced last week). As VP of Engineering, my goal for the Series B timeframe was to build a sustainable and scalable technology team that could develop, maintain, and support the product and have that team be stable enough to continue doing so without my help. We got there – so now it’s time to pass the reins and let someone else take it from here.

As for myself, I started at Walmart Global eCommerce last week where I’m looking forward to taking the new ideas, concepts, and technologies that I’ve been working on and proving them out in the real world at one of the world’s largest ecommerce players.

To all my friends at Cloudscaling – I miss you all and wish you the best of success. Cloudscaling is the gold standard for Openstack-based products and thanks to all your hard work the future of computing will be here sooner than anyone thought. I will be forever grateful for the experience you gave me and I will be forever proud to be a Cloudscaling alumnus. Thank you for everything.

Openstack LA meetup

Last week I took a little trip down to LA to attend the #OSLAX meetup. I’m a little ashamed to admit that I was pleasantly surprised to find a big group of knowledgeable, friendly, and fun Openstack enthusiasts. (Us NorCal types are kinda snobby that way). I had the opportunity to present my talk on “Openstack IRL,” which seemed to be very well received. The video of my talk is up on vimeo if you’re interested in hearing the actual presentation, or you can see the slides on Slideshare. The message was the same as when I presented to #lspe earlier this year – you can build a production cloud using Openstack (we’ve done it!). This time around I was able to provide a little more detail about some of the specifics of what Cloudscaling is doing in our Open Cloud System, especially around resiliency for internal Openstack components, networking, and AWS compatibility.

At about 9:44 in the presentation, I’m talking about how excited network engineers get when they can build a CLOS network that provides loads of bisectional bandwidth. I have been assured multiple times that what everyone is actually hearing is “bisexual bandwidth” – I’m not sure exactly what that is but it’s probably more interesting than a network diagram. Check it out for yourself and see what you think I’m saying….

OpenStack LA Meetup Jul 26 – Paul Guth from DreamHost on Vimeo.