Paul Strong is VMware's Chief Technology Officer in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), where he connects the VMware corporate CTO office with the VMware field organization, it's partners and it's customers, helping to change the way businesses view and manage their business services and technology assets.
Paul is a recognized leader within the Cloud and Grid communities and within industry, and is a regular keynote speaker and contributor of articles on the subjects of Grids and Clouds. He sits on the board of directors of the Open Grid Forum (OGF) as secretary, and was chairman from 2006-2008. He is co-chair the OGF Reference Model working group. Paul also sits on the technology advisory boards of a number of companies and projects, ranging from small startups, to mature businesses, to government funded consortia. As a Distinguished Research Scientist at eBay, he was responsible for eBay's research into large distributed systems (including Grids and Clouds) and how to manage them. Prior to joining eBay Paul architected and/or developed various software systems, including Sun's Solaris Containers and N1 products, large scale B2B eCommerce systems, and large, distributed command and control systems. Paul has a bachelor's degree in Physics from the University of Manchester, in England. During his limited spare time, he plays and records unnecessarily complicated music with his band Fractal.