Paul Strong is VMware's externally facing corporate Chief Technology Officer and is responsible for connecting VMware R&D with the VMware field organization, its partners and its customers, helping to change the way businesses view and manage their business services and technology assets. As part of VMware’s CTO Office, Paul helps drive VMware’s technology vision, and cross company technology strategy. His team runs a set of cross VMware programs that drive outbound communication of VMware’s technology strategy, enable inbound aggregation of customer technical needs and opportunities, facilitate direct R&D engineer to customer technical engagement, and drive the development of market segment specific technologies, for example within industry verticals, or horizontal areas, such as high performance computing (HPC). 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 Clouds. He lead the Open Grid Forum (OGF), a Grid and Cloud computing community, as secretary, and was chairman from 2006-2008, as well as leading 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 developed various software systems, including contributions to Sun's Solaris Containers (now Zones) 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.