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The Cloudcast - Eps.15 -
“The Most Interesting Man in the Cloud”

Date: August 7, 2011
Co-Host: Joe Onisick ( @jonisick )
Guest: Peder Ulander ( @ulander ),
Vice President of Product Marketing, Cloud Platform Group at
Citrix Systems

The Cloudcast (.net) #15 - The Most Interesting Man in the Cloud (33:33)

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Date: August 7, 2011

By: Aaron Delp and Brian Gracely

Description: Brian & Joe Onisick talk about the history of Cloud.com and the future of Citrix with Peder Ulander.

guest this week has 20yr old Pappy VanWinkle on tap in his office, buys
his BBQ by the pig and in 2008 was off getting the
domain while the rest of you were off collateralizing your debt
obligations. He is the most interesting man in the cloud, Peder Ulander,
Vice President of Cloud Marketing at Citrix and the former CMO at

  1. Before we get into anything about Citrix or the
    acquisition, Peder tell us about where Cloud.com was a couple months ago
    and how it's evolved its business over the last 18 months (# customers,
    # downloads, # versions of
  2. We talk for a little bit about running an Open Source
    business and what that financial model looks like. We also talk about
    business-lead vs. customer-lead models on how they are different in
    terms of downloads, community support, etc.
  3. Peder gives us some background on how the Cloud.com
    CloudStack was created and the specific challenges they tried to solve.
  4. Peder walks us through the Citrix acquisition of Cloud.com.
  5. In his new role, Peder is responsible for all things Cloud at
    Citrix, which a very interesting mix of products these days.
    Cloudstack, Project Olympus, various
    platforms - so we dig into how he plans to pull them all together and
    move from pieces and parts to more complete solutions.
  6. Citrix was an early supporter of OpenStack
    and announced
    Project Olympus
    a few months back. Now they have CloudStack, which has also announced
    plans to support OpenStack. Peder explains how all those pieces fit
    together, where the overlaps exists and how they plan to explain to
    customers where the two paths may converge.
  7. Now that everybody has made an OpenStack announcement (Dell,
    Cisco, HP, Citrix, lots of start-ups, etc.), does that create too much
    confusion for customers? Does it create too much risk of fragmentation
    and proprietary extensions? Can CloudStack just compete as the “got our
    act together, OpenSource if you want it” solution? Peder gives us his
    opinions on these issues as well as some of his beliefs about why there
    are so many vendors signing up to support OpenStack.
In the wrap-up, Peder
lets us know that he's speaking on three
panels at Interop NY
, as well as LinuxCon,
in the coming months. And Joe Onisick plugged his blog and his writings at
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