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Richard is a Distinguished Engineer and VP at Barclays where he is Global Head of Engineering for Specialised Infrastructure. He is responsible for the platform used for High Frequency Trading and other high performance messaging solutions. Richard has been involved with Cloud since the days of the $1 per CPU hour Grid launched by Sun Microsystems in 2004. He created a flavour of this suitable for Banks. He went onto Microsoft where he was a principle architect with the Live team working on what eventually became Azure. He specialises in high performance platforms and has been working on Hybrid Cloud solutions for the last two years.