Raghavan "Rags" Srinivas (@ragss) works as an Architect/Developer Evangelist goaled with helping developers build highly scalable and available systems. As an OpenStack advocate and solutions architect at Rackspace he was constantly challenged from low level infrastructure to high level application issues. His general focus area is in distributed systems, with a specialization in Cloud Computing and Big Data. He worked on Hadoop, HBase and NoSQL during its early stages. He has spoken on a variety of technical topics at conferences around the world, written for developer portals, conducted and organized Hands-on Labs and taught graduate and online classes in the evening. Rags brings with him over 25 years of hands-on software development and over 15 years of architecture and technology evangelism experience. He has evangelized and influenced the architecture of a number of emerging technology areas. He is also a repeat JavaOne rock star speaker award winner. Rags holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from the Center of Advanced Computer Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He likes to hike, run and generally be outdoors but most of all loves to eat.