Conversations with the Leaders: OStatic's Latest Cloud & Big Data Q&As

by Ostatic Staff - Jun. 19, 2015

If you survey the tech scene today, it's clear that cloud computing and Big Data analytics are huge themes, and open source technologies are helping to drive these trends. There is also a shortage of skilled workers in these areas, and a shortage of understanding of the relevant technologies. At OStatic, we've been conducting an ongoing series of interviews with influencers focused on these key technology areas, and we're particularly focused on how open source is involved.

In this post, you'll find our latest updated collection of interviews with some really interesting and influential people, including pointers to some previously done interviews that you may find interesting. 

Our ongoing series of interviews with project leaders working on the cloud, Big Data, and the Internet of Things has included talks with Rich Wolski who founded the Eucalyptus cloud project, Ben Hindman from Mesosphere, Tomer Shiran of the Apache Drill project, Philip DesAutels who oversees the AllSeen Alliance, CEO of StackStorm Evan Powell, Tomer Shiran on MapR and Hadoop, the University of Washington team behind Grappa for data analytics, and co-founder of Mirantis Boris Renski. Here are the details.

The Grappa Team. One of the most interesting new tools in data analytics is the open source Grappa project, which scales data-intensive applications on commodity clusters and offers a new type of abstraction that can beat classic distributed shared memory (DSM) systems. In fact, Rich Wolski, founder of the Eucalyptus cloud project, enthusiastically pointed to Grappa as a very interesting project in our recent interview with him. We caught up with some of the leaders behind Grappa, who are based at the University of Washington, for an interview found here

StackStorm and DevOps. "There are countless projects [focused on] specific functions, such as event management or aspects of monitoring or remote change management and configuration management," notes StackStorm CEO Evan Powell (shown in the photo atop this post). "Tying these together is done by hand, with scripts, and the more you have tied together the more fragile your environment becomes." In an interview with OStatic, Powell discusses StackStorm's approach to easing DevOps woes and more. He also notes the company's ongoing work on the OpenStack Mistral workflow as a service project.

Philip DesAutels.  At the recent CES show, a number of Internet of Things products were shown. The AllSeen Alliance is focused on an open source software framework to advance IoT, and Philip DesAutels oversees the Alliance.

Get his thoughts on the dramatic future of IoT here.

Rich Wolski. All the way back in 2008, OStatic broke the story of an open source cloud software project at UC Santa Barbara called Eucalytpus. Rich Wolski was the man behind it, and it, of course, drove Eucalyptus Systems forward.  We caught up with Rich for a follow-up talk now that he is back teaching at UCSB. You can find his thoughts here.

Ben Hindman. Mesosphere is a company doing some highly interesting work focused on a "datacenter operating system."  The work is focused on the Apache Mesos software project, and Ben Hindman from Mesosphere spent some time with us to discuss what Mesosphere is working on.

Find the interview with Hindman here.

 Boris Renski.  In the cloud computing game, Mirantis has built a fantastic reputation focusing on OpenStack. Boris Renski is one of the co-founders of Mirantis and has a lot of great perspective on the rise of the open cloud. Find our interview with him here.

Tomer Shiran.  OStatic also caught up with Tomer Shiran, a member of the Apache Drill Project Management Committee, to get his thoughts on how Drill is making a mark as the world's first distributed, schema-free SQL engine.

Find the interview here, and we did another interview with Tomer about his work with MapR and Hadoop in the Big Data space, here. Finally, in a separate interview, Tomer provided some insight for us into how MapR has now wrapped Drill into its own Hadoop distribution.

 In addition to these interviews, you may find our "What's In Your Stack?" interview series, conducted previously, of interest. It includes talks with many notable cloud influencers. The interviews are found here:

CloudSwitch's Founder on What's in His Cloud Stack

CloudBees' Founder Discusses What's in His Stack

myClin Founder Discusses What's in His Stack

The Man Behind Swiss Federal Mapping Discusses His Stack

Lucas Carlson, Founder of PHP Fog, Discusses What's in His Stack

Standing Cloud's CEO: What in His Stack?