Richard McDougall was formerly the Big Data and Storage Chief Scientist at VMware. He worked on advanced development and analytics for core vSphere storage and application storage services, including Big Data, Hadoop. Prior, as the Chief Performance architect Richard drove the performance strategy and initiatives to enable virtualization of high-end mission critical applications on VMware products. Prior to joining VMware, Richard was a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems. During his 14 years at Sun, he was responsible for driving high performance and scalability initiatives for Solaris and key applications on the Sun platform. He served on the central software platform architecture review committee, and also drove the early resource management initiatives for Solaris. Recognized as an operating system and performance expert, he developed several technologies for the Solaris operating system and co-authored several books—including “Solaris Resource Management”, “Solaris Internals” and “Solaris Performance and Tools”. Richard holds several patents in the area of performance instrumentation, algorithms and distributed file system technologies.