Contributors


 
Description Or is responsible for the architecture, design, and core technology of ionir’s platform. Prior to ionir, Or was Chief System Architect for Reduxio’s storage platform, and principal engineer with IBM XIV, where he founded the NAS development team. Other highlights include: developing the OS infrastructure for Texas Instruments’ next-generation cable modems, developing PCI device pass-through virtualization for Qumranet (acquired by Red Hat), implementing Infiniband based message passing systems at Voltaire, and introducing high availability into the Exanet distributed file system. Or began his career in his teens, when he designed and built a web-based global book circulation system for the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). He later led the transition from DAS to NAS at Tel Aviv University School of Mathematical Sciences. Or holds several patents and patents-pending in the areas of storage architecture, encryption and data consistency in distributed systems.
Description Khash founded Cloud 66 at the beginning of 2012 when he found himself frustrated by the manual way infrastructure was provisioned and configured. Finding PaaS very expensive and restricted, and scripting languages like Chef overly complex and not suitable for the cloud workloads, he set out to change the way applications are deployed to the cloud. Before starting Cloud 66, Khash worked as a senior architect at Chicago Mercantile Exchange, VP of Fixed Income Division at Lehman Brothers and SunGard Trading and Risk Systems and founded Sentimnt, as social search engine, and worked in various startups in London and San Francisco. As well as his role as the CEO, Khash is responsible for all Cloud 66 products and has deployed and operated 1000+ node Kubernetes clusters.
Description Deven Samant is Head of the Enterprise Data and Cloud Practice at Infostretch, a Silicon Valley digital engineering professional services consultancy.
Description Manish Sampat is Vice President of Engineering at Tigera, where he is responsible for all engineering operations, including Calico Cloud (commercial product) and Project Calico (open-source Kubernetes networking project). Manish has over a decade of experience building security products, with deep experience in networking, network security and observability.
Angela Sanderson
Description Angela Sanderson is a big data researcher and content creator for HKM. She is an alumni of UGA now living in Austin, TX with her husband and two cats. In her free time, Angela enjoys running, yoga, and community gardening.
 
Description Leonid Sandler is CTO and co-founder of ARMO. ARMO empowers DevOps, DevSecOps, and security teams with the confidence that their Kubernetes deployments are protected and that every workload, container, and microservice is born and remains secure.
Description Sathya is the founder and General Manager of the CloudCasa business within Catalogic Software, where he provides operational and strategic oversight across R&D, marketing, sales and partner alliances. Sathya was an early enthusiast of the potential for containers and cloud technologies to transform how we innovate and deliver solutions to businesses. He is responsible for Catalogic’s strategic pivot to focus on addressing Day 2 challenges in Kubernetes and cloud native ecosystems, including data protection, cyber-resilience and cloud mobility. As the COO of Catalogic Software, Sathya leads engineering, sales and alliance teams at Catalogic and was instrumental in the strategic sale of Catalogic’s copy data management portfolio to IBM Storage in 2021. Apart from work and a young family, Sathya is passionate about Cricket, F1, electric cars and world politics. Sathya holds a BE from the University of Madras, MS from Columbia University, N.Y., and an MBA in Strategy and Finance from New York University Stern School of Business.
Description Prakash Sarma is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Newstar Corporation, focused on All Things Ecommerce. Prakash has spent the past decade building high traffic and scalable ecommerce platforms for numerous omnichannel retailers and B2C companies. A technologist at heart, with a product and revenue driven mindset, Prakash is passionate about Ecommerce, Distributed Systems, Cloud Platforms, Big Data, DevOps, and CI/CD. He frequently advises startups and presents and writes on these topics as well as innovation and culture transformations in enterprises.
Kumar Saurabh
 
Description Shemer Schwarz is senior director of product management at VMware. He previously was CEO and co-founder at Octarine.
Description Jeff Scott is director of development services at KMS Technology. He is a passionate, engaged leader who is focused on meeting customers’ needs and on achieving results through others. Scott began his career with State Farm in October of 1994 as a COBOL developer and has had a variety of assignments which have provided exposure to both host and web development, evolving and maturing development practices, testing and implementing new products, and championing major organizational change initiatives. His current role at KMS Technology includes leading its development practice in the US and Vietnam, providing delivery oversight for multiple clients across the country, and supporting our customer acquisition and onboarding efforts.
 
Description James A. Scott (prefers to go by Jim) is Director of Enterprise Architecture at MapR Technologies. Jim helped build the Apache Hadoop community in Chicago as cofounder of the Chicago Hadoop Users Group. He has implemented big data and real-time streaming solutions at a number of different companies, supporting a variety of enterprise use cases from Industrial Manufacturing, Geographical Information Systems, Digital Advertising, as well as full data center monitoring and general data processing. Jim was formerly the SVP of Information Technology and Operations at SPINS, the leading provider of retail consumer insights, analytics reporting and consulting services for the natural and organic products industry. Additionally, Jim served as Lead Engineer/Architect for Conversant (formerly Dotomi), one of the world's largest and most diversified digital marketing companies, and also held software architecture positions at several companies including Aircell, NAVTEQ, and Dow Chemical. Jim speaks at many industry events around the world on big data technologies and enterprise architecture. When he's not solving business problems with technology, Jim enjoys cooking, watching-and-quoting movies and spending time with his wife and kids.
Jonathan Seelig
Description Jonathan Seelig is co-founder and executive chairman of Ridge, the world’s most distributed cloud. He works with early-stage technology companies as an investor, advisor and board member. He was previously co-founder of Akamai, which was the world’s first CDN. Mr. Seelig is a frequent speaker at cloud industry events.
  
Description Thomas has worked as both an analyst and a software engineer consultant for various large French companies. His passion for tech and open source led him to join GitGuardian as a technical content writer. He now focuses on clarifying the transformative changes that cybersecurity and software are undergoing.
Andy Sen
Description Andy Sen joined as the technical co-founder of AppDirect in 2009 and currently leads the Engineering team as CTO. Previously, Andy headed product management for Salesforce.com's AppExchange marketplace. He was also responsible for implementing the world's first and largest digital photo print-to-store service at Walmart.com. Andy started his career as a consultant for the eBusiness group at IBM Global Services.
Description Hardik Shah works as a tech consultant at Simform, a leading custom software development company. He leads large scale mobility programs covering platforms, solutions, governance, standardization and best practices.
Description Jonathan Shanks is the CEO and co-Founder of Kubernetes delivery platform Appvia. He is a DevOps expert and entrepreneur with nearly two decades of experience in leading developers and engineers in scaling and delivering new solutions. At Appvia he leads a highly talented team of engineers and developers to deliver his vision of building a ground-breaking platform of tools that enables large organisations to quickly and securely create innovative new products and services. This is done by harnessing the power of Kubernetes to simplify their infrastructure, speed up delivery and reduce costs. Prior to joining Appvia, Jonathan was Head and Technical Lead at the Home Office. His role involved working with a team of engineers to deliver solutions across multiple digital projects. Jonathan spearheaded initiatives that revitalised aspects of the Home Office’s technical infrastructure – saving significant time and money. He created a team of talented engineers, delivered a hosting platform, ran workshops and managed stakeholders to make this happen. Jonathan gained his experience from his work as a Linux Architect at the NYSE Euronext and a Senior Linux Engineer at Betfair.
  
Description Karthikeyan Shanmugam (Karthik) is an experienced Solutions professional with around 20+ years of professional experience across various industries. He is also contributing author at various technology platforms.
Description Amir Sharif is the VP of product at Opsani. Prior to Opsani, Amir co-founded Aporeto in November 2015. Aporeto was a cloud-native security startup that was acquired by Palo Alto Networks in November of 2019. Amir started his career at Sun Microsystems. In 2003, he joined Topspin Communications as a product manager. After the acquisition of Topspin by Cisco Systems, Amir joined VMware as the product manager for VMware ESXi. When not working on inventing the future in a startup, Amir enjoys time with his six children and, when the kids let him, he curls up with a history book.
Description Atulpriya Sharma is a Developer Advocate @infracloudio, a Software Developer, Blogger and Storyteller. Sharma Tweets on Technology, Blogging & SEO @atulmaharaj.
Description Kris Sharma is financial sector leader at Canonical – the publishers of Ubuntu.
  
Description My name is Saransh Sharma and I am excited to be a cybersecurity content writer for the Security Boulevard team! I am going into my sophomore year as a BIT-Cybersecurity Major at Virginia Tech's Pamplin School of Business. I am also a sports blogger, and have been writing this blog since September 2012, and I brought a team of peers and writers alongside me in March of 2020.
Description Ahsan Siddiqui is the Director of Product Management at Arcserve. He's been in the industry for 17 years, working with partners and customers.
  
Description As an Enterprise Architect at XenonStack, Gursimran helps enterprises build next-generation platforms, drive digital transformation and implement DevOps at scale. He has deep experience in DevOps Engineering, Observability, Continuous Delivery (CD), and building Cloud-Native Applications.
 
Description Rahul Singh is a contributor to the Apache Cassandra project and works at Anant Corporation as a business platform architect for data and analytics. His work is focused on real-time business platforms that connect data and analytics with customer experience and information systems that use Cassandra, Spark, Kafka, Akka.
  
Description Ankur is the founder and CEO of Volterra. Previously, he was the founder and CEO of Contrail Systems, which pioneered telco NFV and SDN technologies and was acquired by Juniper Networks in 2012. Contrail is the most widely deployed networking platform in Tier 1 telco mobile networks (AT&T, DT, Orange, NTT and Reliance JIO), and is used in many SaaS providers’ cloud deployments (Workday, Volkswagen, DirecTV). Prior to Contrail, Ankur was the CTO and VP Engineering at Aruba Networks, a global leader in wireless solutions.
Description James Smith is a writer and member of the Pure Storage team hailing from Austin, Texas. When he is not writing about the ins and outs of security, cloud storage, and data infrastructure, James is exploring the city and practicing photography with his wife Linda and his dogs.
  
Description Zachary is co-founder and CEO of Packet, the leading fully automated bare-metal cloud platform. Prior to Packet, Zachary was an early member of the management team at Voxel, a NY-based cloud hosting company with a focus on infrastructure automation that sold to Internap (NASDAQ: INAP) in 2011 for 35MM. As an investor, Zachary has advised or invested in nearly a dozen technology startups and currently serves on the board of Fireblade, a cloud-based WAF service based in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Description Natan is a journalism student at the University of Florida and is expected to graduate in 2024. He plans on attending law school after graduation and wants to eventually become a best-selling author. When he’s not writing, he loves to watch hockey and listen to rock music.
Description Jef Spaleta is the Principal Developer Advocate at Sensu, where he works with the Sensu Community to create compelling solutions and stories. His work with Sensu as a user and developer enables him to gain valuable insight that helps inform Sensu product messaging and engineering priorities. Residing in Fairbanks, Alaska, Jef's interests range from technology to coffee, curling, and singing.
Description Rick is the VP of product at InfluxData. Rick's 25 years of experience includes pioneering work on developer usability, leading popular open source projects and packaging, delivering and maintaining cloud software. In his previous role as the VP of InfluxData's platform team, Rick focused on excellence in cloud-native delivery including CI/CD, high availability, multi-cloud and multi-region deployments and scale. Currently, Rick resides outside of Washington, DC where he continues to pursue his interest in developer usability as well as playing with embedded microcontrollers, music, gardening and video games.
Description Robert Stark is a Senior Software Engineer at StackRox, working on both the back end and front end to deliver DevOps and security functionality on the StackRox Kubernetes Security Platform. Robert has previously held software engineering roles across several domains including LIDAR sensing, high-performance computing, artificial intelligence, and cloud content. Robert holds a B.S. in Digital Arts and Sciences from the University of Florida.
 
Description Gary Stevens is a technical copywriter and a front-end developer focused on the open-source/software community.
Description Andrew Stevenson is the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Lenses.io. He leads the company’s world-class engineering team and technical strategy. With more than 20 years of experience with real time data, Andrew started as a C++ developer before leading and architecting big data projects in the banking, retail and energy sectors including Clearstream, Eneco, Barclays, ING and IMC. He is an experienced Fast Data Solution architect and highly-respected Open Source contributor with extensive data warehousing knowledge. His areas of expertise include DataOps, Apache Kafka, GitOps and Kubernetes and the delivery of data driven applications and big data stacks. Andrew has a BEng with Honors in Civil Engineering with Construction Management from University of Leeds, England and an Masters of Science in Computer Based Information Systems from University of Sunderland, England.
Description Dimitri Stiliadis is the co-founder and CTO of Aporeto. He brings a multidisciplinary background in distributed systems, security and networking and has been the inventor of several ground-breaking technologies in these areas. Before Aporeto, he was the co-founder and CTO of Nuage Networks, the CTO and Co-Founder of the NonStop Laptop Guardian, and has also held several leading roles in Bell Labs Research. Dimitri received a Ph.D. and an MSc in computer engineering from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the author of more than 50 papers at international conferences and journals, holds more than 25 patents and was the co-recipient of the 1998 IEEE Fred W. Ellersick Prize Paper Award.
Description Jesse Stockall is a proven leader with over 20 years of industry experience. He has spent the past 12 years leading the development of Embotics' award-winning cloud management platform, vCommander. Jesse’s passion for modern software development includes active participation in local Agile and DevOps communities. Prior to joining Embotics, Jesse designed autonomic computing capabilities and management tooling for embedded applications at Symbium.
Description Lavanya Subbarayalu is Senior Architect working with Technology Office in HCL Technologies. She has expertise in IOT, Azure, DevOps consulting & Microsoft technologies. She is associated with DevOps COE, working on design and Development of DevOps solutions and consulting tools.
Description Ivan Šumak is a software engineer with fifteen years of experience in different fields of the IT ecosystem. Linux, DevOps practices, Kubernetes, cloud-native - really, automating any cumbersome process makes him happy. Almost as much as weekends in the mountains. Currently, he is serving as a principal engineer at Infobip. His work on internal developer platforms is focused on making developers' lives easier by leveraging cloud-native technologies.
  
Description Lin is the Director of open source at Solo.io. She has worked on Istio service mesh since 2017 and serves on the Istio Technical Oversight Committee. Previously, she served on the Istio Steering Committee for three years and was a Senior Technical Staff Member and Master Inventor at IBM for 15+ years. She is the author of the book "Istio Explained" and has more than 200 patents to her name.
  
Description Ruslan Synytsky is CEO at Jelastic multi-cloud PaaS. He is a Java champion and a member of the Forbes Technology Council.