Our 2015 Collected Cloud and Big Data Interviews

by Ostatic Staff - Dec. 29, 2015

Cloud computing and Big Data analytics are not just huge themes in tech, they are changing the face of the open source community as well. At OStatic, we spent much time in 2015 conducting an ongoing series of interviews with leaders focused on these areas.

In this post, you'll find our latest updated collection of interviews with some really interesting and influential people. Our series of interviews 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 Hadoop, the University of Washington team behind Grappa for data analytics, and co-founder of Mirantis Boris Renski. Here are the details.

Apcera's View. Among the companies differentiating themselves in the cloud computing space, Apcera is an interesting case study. Its secret sauce lies in a cloud policy-centric approach that helps enterprise cloud architects, developers, system administrators and the C-suite manage containerized workloads of all sizes, including Docker, for hybrid and multi-cloud environments. We interviewed the company's Neeraj Gupta (shown in the photo above) recently, and the Q&A is found here.

The View from H20. H2O, formerly known as Oxdata, has steadily been carving out a niche with its open source software for big data analysis and machine learning. There is a community aligned behind the company's tools, and machine learning is a rapidly expanding field.

OStatic caught up with Oleg Rogynskyy, VP of Marketing & Growth at H2O (he is shown at left), for an interview. Get his interview here.

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 at left). "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.

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.

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.

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 in a previous role here.

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?