Marten Mickos

CEO, Eucalyptus Systems

Data in the Cloud
27 minutes, 12.4mb, recorded 2011-04-13
Mårten Mickos

As the former CEO of MySQL, Marten Mickos has a unique perspective on the history of the Linux, Apache, MySQL, and Python or Perl (LAMP) computer system that has become so popular on the Internet.  Mårten witnessed first hand the exponential growth of the Internet, which makes this keynote presentation so interesting.  Not only does Mårten discuss the history of computing database, from mainframes to cloud-based computing, he also identifies the various approaches to managing data in the cloud and the main vendors of data solutions for the cloud.

For Mårten, elasticity is a key characteristic of public, private and hybrid clouds.  He envisions a web computing environment that can automatically expand or contract depending upon the overall demand. Virtual machines can be spun up and spun down at a moment’s notice. Mårten shares some key predictions to justify his opinions on the exponential demand growth the Internet will have on web computing.

Mårten confesses that even he is unsure what the future of cloud-based computing holds. He wonders about how databases will behave in clouds. Even his own company, Eucalyptus Systems, is unsure what it will take to make a database or a data store fully elastic, but one thing is clear: It will take a more sophisticated approach to measuring could-based computing performance in order to achieve the responsivity demanded by the future of the Internet.

Mårten Mickos is CEO of Eucalyptus Systems, the company behind the Eucalyptus open source cloud platform. Previously Marten was CEO of MySQL AB for seven years and led the Database Group at Sun Microsystems.

Mickos holds a M.Sc. in technical physics from Helsinki University of Technology. He is a recipient of the Audemars Piguet “Changing Times Award: European Entrepreneur of the Year 2006” and the Nokia Foundation Award.

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