Guest Authors

Guest Authors

Over the years, CloudTimes has published a wide range of articles from guest authors – mainly executive level management from leading cloud computing firms all over the world. Here is a list of the most prominent ones.

Marc Gaffan, Co-Founder and VP Marketing & Business Development, Incapsula Marc Gaffan is the Co-Founder and VP Marketing & Business Development at Incapsula, a spin-off of the data security company Imperva. Incapsula a cloud-based service that makes websites safer, faster and more reliable.
Incapsula provides websites of all sizes with capabilities that were previously only available to very large websites.

Before founding Incapsula, Gaffan was the Director of Product Marketing at RSA, EMC’s security division, responsible for strategy and go to market activities of a $500M IT Security product portfolio.

Gaffan has a BA in Computer Science and Economics and an MBA from Tel Aviv University.

Protecting your Website with Cloud-based Security Services

Chris Grandi, CEO, Abacus Group Chris is a founding member and the CEO of Abacus Group, a cloud infrastructure provider for hedge funds. Prior to launching Abacus, Chris served as president of Eze Castle Integration, where he helped grow the company from 30 employees to over 300 employees servicing more than 450 hedge fund clients. Chris previously co-founded and later sold Dynamic Transactions, Inc., which developed internet payment software for commercial banks, and before that, Chris worked in the fixed income, currency and commodities division at Goldman Sachs in New York. Chris holds a bachelor of arts from UCLA, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Large Hedge Funds Find a New Home in the Cloud
Ken Stephens, Senior Vice President, Cloud Services, Xerox Business Services, LLC Ken Stephens is senior vice president of Business Cloud Services for Xerox. As the company’s senior executive responsible for cloud computing, he leads the company’s focus on increasing our footprint in this market. Stephens’ team is close to the market demands of cloud computing since they touch sales, product management, and development. The company’s cloud unit is responsible for focused cloud sales, which involves our value-added reseller (VAR) relationships and the company’s expanded sales network.

Humanizing the Cloud
Paula Skokowski, CMO, Accellion, Inc. Paula Skokowski is the Chief Marketing Officer at Accellion, Inc. She has more than 20 years of experience in product marketing, corporate marketing and new product introduction. Prior to joining Accellion, Paula was the vice president of marketing at General Magic and the director of marketing at Echelon Corporation. Earlier in her career, Paula worked as a product manager and application programmer of high-speed vision-guided robots for Adept Technology.

The Case for Private-Cloud File Storage and Sharing
Razi Sharir, CEO, Xeround Razi, CEO of Xeround, has more than 20 years of management experience in product/solution development from concept to release in various disciplines. Razi has expertise in visionary and strategic marketing as well as in driving products to market from positioning through go-to-market and delivery. Prior to joining Xeround, Razi has led the strategic transition from traditional data centers to cloud computing at BMC Software, the Incubator/Innovation Lab business unit, and has held senior positions as VP of R&D at Commtouch Technology, Starhome, and various roles at Microsoft.

What’s Next for Cloud Databases? Top Factors that Will Determine Success
Nelson Nahum, co-founder & CTO, Zadara Storage Nelson has over 20 years of experience in the storage industry in multiple storage software development positions. He is known for creating innovative products and successfully bringing them to the market. Prior to co-founding Zadara Storage, he was a Fellow and Vice President of Software Engineering at LSI Corporation, where he was responsible for an engineering team of over 250 people. Previously he was CTO and co-founder of StoreAge Networking Technologies, which was acquired by LSI in 2006. At StoreAge, he invented the out of band storage virtualization system, building and leading the engineering to a successful product that was adopted by HP and lead to the acquisition of StoreAge by LSI. Nelson holds multiple patents related to storage systems. Nelson has a B.Sc EE from the Technion, the Israeli Institute of Technology.Why Cloud Storage Needs to Be Reinvented?
Claudio Erba, CEO, Docebo Claudio Erba is founder and CEO of Docebo, the company behind Docebo Learning Management System, the Cloud E-Learning platform delivered As a Service. Defined as “A Revolutionary Entrepreneur beyond today’s boundaries” by Mondadori, Claudio Erba is a serial entrepreneur and a First Generation Network (1gn) member (a group of first generation entrepreneurs). Passionate about start-ups world, he’s mentor for Innovation Lab and SeedStart-up initiatives. He is also part of the CloudSeed selection Commettee.Cloud, SaaS and New 2012 Trends: How Corporates Choose an E-Learning Solution
Dave Meizlik, VP of Marketing and Bus Dev, Dome9 Security Meizlik is a security veteran with more than a decade of experience advising some of the world’s largest enterprises, including more than half the Fortune 50. Formerly the head of product marketing and communications at Websense (NASDAQ: WBSN), he is a recognized expert in IT security, with specialization in cloud and information security. Meizlik holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Southern California.Five Busted Myths of Cloud Security
Chris Uttenweiler, System Architect, DLT Solutions Chris Uttenweiler is a System Architect with DLT Solutions. He is specializes in application, architecture, and migration/operational concerns for the DLT Cloud Advisory Group. Chris has a diverse background in IT Operations; Infrastructure Design and has supported a broad range of IT consumers ranging from the Federal Government to Digital Media companies.Test Driving the Cloud
Jason Currill, Founder and CEO, Ospero Jason Currill is founder and CEO of Ospero, a global Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) company. The company, through a federated cloud strategy, has one of the largest ubiquitous, single vendor cloud platforms in the world. Before founding Ospero, Jason, a seasoned technology Executive with over 15 years international sales experience, worked with Cisco Systems, Business Objects (a SAP company) and NetSuite, in charge of both EMEA and NA territories. Prior to his career in IT, Jason worked on the London International Financial Futures Exchange (LIFFE) for almost 10 years as a Futures Trader.10 Years on, SaaS Products Account for Only 5% of Global Software, Why?
Ajit Sancheti, Co-Founder, Mu Dynamics Ajit Sancheti co-founded Mu Dynamics and currently runs its business development strategy and activities. Before Mu Dynamics, Ajit was a Senior Manager in Juniper’s Corporate Development Group; he was an instrumental member of the team that developed the industry’s first Intrusion Detection and Prevention system for OneSecure before it was acquired by NetScreen. Prior to OneSecure, Ajit spent more than seven years at Western Digital, holding various senior-level engineering and management positions. Ajit has authored several papers, focusing on mechanical engineering, and holds U.S. patents on acoustics and vibration technologies. He has a Masters in engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an MBA from INSEAD, France.Application Performance Management and PaaS: Testing Applications as Part of the Development Process
Larry Warnock, CEO, Gazzang Larry Warnock is CEO of Gazzang, a provider of cloud-based encryption and key management solutions. Gazzang’s Encryption Platform for Big Data features advanced key management and access controls that help ensure your big data projects meet the most stringent security and compliance requirements.It’s Big Data to You, It’s Personal Information to Your Customers
Chris Brenton, Cloud Security Architect, CloudPassage Chris Brenton is a cloud security architect for CloudPassage, the leading cloud server security provider.Brenton, who’s also a Fellow Instructor at the SANS Institute and a published author, is an IT and security expertwith substantial experience directing the demands of complex projects and developing innovative systems.An Up-Close Examination of the Microsoft RDP Vulnerability
John Kendrick, Principal, Enterprise Business Services, Fujitsu America John Kendrick is a principal and thought leader with Fujitsu in Sunnyvale, CA. He is leading the Lean Optimization Practice for Fujitsu in the United States and has more than 15 years of lean experience in manufacturing, finance, telecommunications, and healthcare. John holds a master of engineering degree in simulation and modeling from Arizona State University; master of applied statistics from Penn State, and a master of business administration in finance from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt, a senior member of the American Society of Quality (ASQ), is ASQ-certified as: CSSBB, CRE, CSQE, CQM/OE and also holds two lean certifications.Deciphering the Iceberg Model for Cloud Costing
Jesus Rodriguez, CEO, Tellago Studios and Tellago Jesus is a co-founder and CEO of both Tellago Studios and Tellago, two fast growing start-ups with a unique vision around software technology. Jesus spends his days working on the technology and strategic vision of both companies. Under his leadership, Tellago and Tellago Studios have been recognized as an innovator in the areas of enterprise software and solutions achieving important awards like the Stevie Awards’ American and International Business Awards.The Success of Enterprise Mobility Goes Through the CloudTaking IT System Management to the Cloud
Joseph Palumbo, Founding Member, Rackspace’s Managed Cloud Support Team Joseph Palumbo is a founding member of Rackspace’s Managed Cloud support team. Joseph spends half of his time teaching customers about the Cloud and the other half learning about the Cloud from them.Best Practices for Adopting the Cloud
Barry Murphy, Co-Founder, eDJ Group, Inc. Barry Murphy is a Co-Founder of eDJ Group, Inc. and a thought leader in information governance, eDiscovery, records management, and content archiving.  Previously, Barry was Director of Product Marketing at Mimosa Systems, a leading content archiving and eDiscovery software.  He joined Mimosa after a highly successful stint as Principal Analyst for eDiscovery, records management, and content archiving at Forrester Research.A Slow Evolution to Cloud-Based Information Management
Robert Greene, VP of Technology, Versant Corp. Versant Corporation’s VP of Technology, Robert Greene, has over 15 years experience working on high-performance, mission-critical software systems. He provides the technical direction for Versant’s database technology, used by Fortune 1000 companies such as Dow Jones, Ericsson, and China Telecom.Traditional Databases Aren’t Ready for Big Data in the Cloud
Marc-Thomas Schmidt, CTO, IBM SOA Integration Middleware Marc-Thomas Schmidt is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO for IBM’s SOA Integration Middleware. Throughout his career at IBM, he has worked in Software Architecture positions in IBM’s labs in Germany, UK and the US on a range of topics including BPM, SOA and Cloud Computing. In his current role as CTO for IBM’s SOA Integration Middleware, he is responsible for technical strategy of the IBM WebSphere Connectivity product portfolio.Hybrid Cloud Tips and Best Practices
Jelle Frank van der Zwet, Cloud Marketing Manager, Interxion Jelle Frank van der Zwet is the cloud marketing manager at Interxion where he is responsible for managing the Cloud Hubs, Interxion’s sizeable and fast-growing cloud communities.Keeping the Cloud in the AirSeeing the Data Center through the Clouds
David Beyer, co-founder and CEO, David Beyer is the co-founder and CEO of, a Y Combinator company backed by Avalon Ventures. He’s been fascinated with data for years and is now working hard to help businesses quickly and easily understand their critical data.Business Intelligence: One of the Last Bastions of the On-Premise World
Lloyd Bloom, Senior Product Manager, Compuware Lloyd Bloom, a senior product manager at Compuware, has worked in hardware and software development for the past 26 years.  Recognizing the difficulty in delivering well-performing applications, he joined Compuware in 1995 to work directly on APM challenges. Lloyd started as an APM field consultant, then joined the APM product management team, where he has focused on end-user and network performance for the past 11 years.  Most recently, Lloyd assumed leadership of CloudSleuth, Compuware’s partner-driven community that educates users about performance in the cloud.Do Your End Users Suffer from Poor Cloud Backbone Performance
Jesse Rothstein, CEO and co-founder, ExtraHop Networks Jesse Rothstein is the CEO and co-founder ofExtraHop Networks, where his technical vision and expertise in enterprise networking provide ExtraHop with a competitive edge in the industry. With a world-class team behind him, Jesse is responsible for the technical architecture of the ExtraHop Application Delivery Assurance system as well as the vision for growing the business.What Will It Take to Migrate Business-Critical Apps to the Cloud
Jonathon Linnell, Internet Marketing Consultant, Ltd Jonathon Linnell is an Internet Marketing Consultant for Ltd, a leading provider of managed cloud and dedicated hosting solutions. He has worked in both independent web agencies as well as industry leading internet service providers, supporting a vast amount of businesses and working in many different industries has given him a great insight in to how technology is affecting online behaviour and commerce.Cloud Hosting – Platform, Infrastructure and Software as a Service
Dave Zabrowski, Founder and CEO, Cloud Cruiser Dave Zabrowski  is the Founder and CEO of Cloud Cruiser. He has over 25 years of leadership success spanning both public company executive roles as VP/General Manager at HP and private companies as President and CEO. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from UCLA.Realizing the Promised Savings of the Cloud
Mohammad Firoj, Sr. Architect, Wipro Cloud Services Mohammad Firoj is associated with Wipro Cloud Services as Sr. Architect. He has two patent pending analytics in cloud computing field in business workload analysis and workload movement. He has published several research papers in the field of cloud computing in several international conferences including IEEE. He is PMP, CPSA, MCTS, VCP, ITIL, CCSK certified. He provides end to end cloud consulting and solution for global organizations. He leads the cloud advisory services at Wipro, which assists organizations to take fact based decisions about moving their business applications to cloud managed environment.Cloud is Oversold
Arjan de Jong, Marketing Manager, Jitscale Arjan de Jong is Marketing Manager at Jitscale. He has more than 10 years’ experience in all aspects of marketing for technology companies with a passion for out-of-the-box thinking and leaving the obvious paths. Jitscale provides fully managed, secure, on-demand, global, auto-scaling and virtualized IT infrastructures as a service. Based in the Netherlands, Jitscale is currently expanding into the U.S.Benefits of Cloud Computing Realized by Increasing Number of Companies
Sundar Kannan, Founder and CEO, ComputeNext Inc. Sundar Kannan, Founder and CEO of ComputeNext Inc. ComputeNext, based out of Bellevue WA, is developing technologies towards a market place for compute resources including the ability to search and federate workloads across heterogeneous cloud platforms.Enabling Efficiency Cloud Utilization in Federated Cloud Ecosystems
George Gallegos, CEO, Jitterbit George Gallegos brings more than 20 years of software leadership experience and was most recently a founding member of C3, a Tom Siebel venture focused on energy and carbon management. Previously, Gallegos was vice president of worldwide sales at Cast Iron Systems. Prior to Cast Iron, Gallegos was a regional vice president at Oracle Corp., focusing on CRM applications for Oracle’s top 250 accounts, and where he received the coveted Vice President of The Year Award.Realize the True Value of Salesforce With Integration
Jack Wilson, Commensus PLC Jack Wilson from Commensus PLC specializes in Cloud Computing solutions for companies throughout the UK.Has your small business taken to Cloud Computing
Alex Bewley, CTO, uptime software Alex is passionate about bridging the gap between business value and cutting edge technology. A technologist (B.Sc.H in Computer Science, Queen’s University) by trade, Alex’s 17-year long tour of duty included time with Sun Microsystems in their heyday.  However, Alex craved a more entrepreneurial muse, and founded uptime software (with co-founder Phil Didaskalou) in 2001. When not behind his desk, Alex is either knee deep with the Toronto tech startup community or is on his iPad dreaming of new ways to simplify systems management. Outside the office walls, Alex morphs into a Cessna pilot, a budding world traveler, a dedicated tri-athlete, a wanna-be yoga guru, or a Costa Rican surfer, just to name a few. His mantra for product design is simple: to strive for the most efficient and elegant solution that seamlessly combines effectiveness, value, and beauty.The Cost of the Cloud – How to Budget for Public Cloud
Martin Frid-Nielsen, Founder, Soonr Martin is a Silicon Valley innovator and in 2005 founded Soonr, long before the term cloud-computing was coined. Soonr offers a cloud-service targeted to small and medium-sized businesses to enable them to easily store, sync and access files across devices and teams so they can do business faster. Soonr has earned the trust of over 50,000 companies worldwide, and has learned first-hand what’s needed to deliver and earn the trust of companies to store their data.Five Considerations for Small Businesses Considering Cloud Services
Teyo Tyree, VP of Business Development and Co-Founder, Puppet Labs Delivering on the Promise of Cloud Infrastructure
Ramon Chen, VP of Product Management, RainStor Ramon Chen, VP of Product Management of RainStor, an infrastructure software company that provides a specialized repository for the most cost-effective retention and access of historical structured data. Previously, Ramon was with Siperian, where he led both the product management and product marketing teams. Prior to Siperian, he was responsible for product management and product marketing at GoldenGate. Ramon’s background consists of 20+ years experience in product management and marketing, and has great experience with data modeling, data integration, data management, data replication, archiving and integration, with working practical knowledge of Web 2.0, SaaS, cloud computing, security, business service management and more. He is a frequent presenter at technology events and has been published in a variety of magazines on a wide-range of topics. Ramon is extremely passionate about cloud computing.Hadoop Compression – The Elephant That’s Not In The Room

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