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Meet the SearchCloudComputing Advisory Board

At this point, it comes as no surprise: the cloud computing market is growing fast, and it shows no signs of slowing down. As organizations seek out lower-cost, more flexible IT environments, many are turning to the cloud — whether private, public or hybrid — to make those goals a reality.

Global spending on cloud IT infrastructure is projected to grow at a CAGR of 15.1% — reaching a whopping $53.1 billion — by 2019, according to analyst firm IDC. This means cloud will account for 46% of all spending on enterprise IT infrastructure.

As cloud adoption grows, new trends sweep the market. Buzz continues to grow around container-based virtualization, new software development models and hybrid IT. To help keep pace with the cloud market, and the effects of these emerging IT models, SearchCloudComputing has formed an Advisory Board that consists of both cloud computing experts and users.

The SearchCloudComputing Advisory Board will offer additional focus on the trends that matter most to IT pros building and managing the cloud. Throughout the year, we will ask our Advisory Board members to share their insights on the market and answer your most pressing IT questions.

We encourage you to leave comments, tweet us @TTintheCloud or send me an email at [email protected] with your technical questions for our board members.

Here’s a brief introduction to our new Advisory Board members, and the trends they’re tracking in the world of cloud. Stay tuned for more.

Christopher Wilder, senior analyst and practice lead for cloud services and enterprise software at Moor Insights & Strategy

Christopher Wilder covers the cloud computing and infrastructure markets, as well as enterprise apps and the emerging Internet of Things. Wilder closely tracks cloud providers including AWS, Google, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, SoftLayer and Oracle, and also follows emerging technologies in the telecom and carrier markets, including network functions virtualization and software-defined networking.

Bill Wilder, CTO at Finomial

In addition to his role at Boston-based Finomial, a software as a service (SaaS) provider for the global hedge fund industry, Bill Wilder founded the Boston Azure Cloud User Group in 2009, a community-run group of Azure users that meets regularly to discuss the challenges and best practices associated with Microsoft’s public cloud platform. Wilder is a Microsoft Azure MVP and also focuses on cloud security and compliance, cloud architecture and platform as a service.

Alex Witherspoon, VP of platform engineering, FlightStats

Alex Witherspoon manages Portland, Ore.-based FlightStat’s IT infrastructure and software engineering teams, which handle the aggregation, processing and transport of global flight data for the company. This accounts for roughly one-third of business at FlightStats, in terms of headcount, and 95% of its revenue. Witherspoon has also spearheaded the company’s migration to Amazon Web Services’ public cloud, and manages the company’s hybrid cloud environment.

Gaurav “GP” Pal, principal, stackArmor

At stackArmor, a cloud consulting firm and AWS partner in Potomac, Md., Gaurav “GP” Pal helps SaaS and cloud-based online businesses deliver secure and compliant services. GP has led large cloud migrations and information security programs for customers in highly regulated industries, such as healthcare, financial services, defense and public sector. He also serves as the industry chair for the University of Maryland’s Digital Innovation, Technology and Strategy Center of Excellence.