The Hidden Lessons of Cloud Computing

Christopher Brown (Opscode)
Focus on Cloud Computing
Location: 2010 Level:
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While everyone has been loudly arguing the hype and kicking the tires,
cloud computing has been quietly teaching us some valuable lessons.
Which vendors or APIs succeed in the marketplace will be less
interesting than the improved infrastructure, application architecture
and even corporate IT deployments made possible by what we’ve learned.

In this talk I’ll cover what I learned from my work on the Amazon EC2
design team and how to broadly apply lessons including:

  • Powerful services composed of primitives
  • Mindset of “throw away” resources and “pay-as-you-go”
  • Automation of everything: provisioning, deployment, application
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Christopher Brown


Christopher Brown is VP of Engineering at Opscode and previously of
Microsoft, where he was a director of engineering for the Edge Computing
Network within Global Foundation Services. Prior to Microsoft,
Christopher was a founding member, architect, and lead developer for’s Elastic Compute Cloud (“EC2”). He holds several patents in
the areas of internet routing, VM/runtime hosting, content delivery and
cloud computing.

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