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Is Your Cloud Ready for Big Data?

Enterprise Data Grand Ballroom West
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Big data is transforming the cloud as it moves from web giants into the enterprise. As IT deals with the pressure to juggle multiple workload types, and do it with increasing operational and capital efficiency, all eyes turn to the platform. Today’s infrastructure must be architected as a common software-defined platform that supports the key workload components for todays and tomorrow’s big data systems. Specifically, we must plan now to accommodate explosive growth and the need for robust storage, networking and security.

Richard McDougall, CTO of Application Infrastructure, will discuss this platform, including public and private cloud implications, the need and leverage points for cloud provisioning and management, and the implications and choices available for scale-out networking and storage solutions.

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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.


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