Agile Clouds for Big Data: Empowering the Data Scientist

Location: Sutton South Level: Intermediate

This talk will address the question of how to enable a much more agile data provisioning model for business units and data scientists. We’re in a mode shift where data unlocks new growth, and almost every Fortune 1000 company is scrambling to architect a new platform to enable data to be stored, shared and analyzed for competitive advantage. Many companies are finding that this shift requires major rethinking of how systems should be architected (and scaled) to enable agile, self-service access to critical data.

In this session we’ll discuss strategies for building agile big-data clouds that make it much faster and easier for data scientists to discover, provision and analyze data. We’ll discuss where and how new technologies (both vendor and OSS) fit into this model.

We will also discuss changes in application architectures as big-data begins to play a role in online applications, incorporating many big-data techniques to deliver consumer-targeted content. This new “real-time” analytics category is growing fast and several new data systems are enabling this shift. We’ll review which players and technologies in the NoSQL community are helping drive this architecture.

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Richard McDougall


Richard McDougall is the Application Infrastructure CTO and Principal Engineer in the Office of the CTO at VMware. He is responsible for driving advanced development and strategy for VMware’s application platform architecture – including the performance and integration of applications, runtimes, middleware, and application encapsulation technologies.

Richard’s is known as an expert in the areas of performance measurement and optimization, and in application deployment architectures.

Before the CTO office, as the Chief Performance architect Richard drove the performance strategy and initiatives to enable virtualization of high-end mission critical applications on VMware products.

Prior to joining VMware, Richard was a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems. During his 14 years at Sun, he was responsible for driving high performance and scalability initiatives for Solaris and key applications on the Sun platform. He served on the central software platform architecture review committee, and also drove the early resource management initiatives for Solaris. Recognized as an operating system and performance expert, he developed several technologies for the Solaris operating system and co-authored several books — including “Solaris Resource Management”, “Solaris Internals” and “Solaris Performance and Tools”.

Richard holds several patents in the area of performance instrumentation, algorithms and distributed file system technologies.


  • Aster Data
  • EMC Greenplum
  • GE
  • Lexis Nexis
  • MarkLogic
  • Tableau Software
  • Cloudera
  • DataStax
  • Informatica
  • DataSift
  • Splunk
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Datameer
  • Impetus
  • Karmasphere
  • MapR Technologies
  • Pervasive
  • Platform Computing
  • Revolution Analytics
  • Sybase
  • Xeround
  • Media-Science
  • Platfora

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