Andy Cross is a cloud architect and co-founder of Elastacloud. With a background in highly transactional websites, his performance optimisation within the Microsoft development stack eventually led him to more and more distributed systems and open technologies. An international speaker, Andy has lead teams building the largest Hadoop and HDInsight specialist deployments on Azure.
His passion for embedded software and high performance compute clusters gives him a unique sphere of computation from the very small and resource constrained to the massively scalable limitless potential of the cloud. He is a Azure Insider, co-founder of the UK London Azure User Group, an Azure Most Valuable Professional and a Microsoft Regional Director. You can find Andy at @andyelastacloud