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Adrian Cockcroft is the VP of Cloud Architecture Strategy at Amazon Web Services. He was previously a Technology Fellow at Battery Ventures, and before that a cloud architect at Netflix, where he was instrumental in their migration to a “cloud first” architecture[1]. Prior to Netflix he held distinguished engineer roles at eBay, where he was a founding member of eBay Research Labs[2], and Sun Microsystems. He speaks frequently on architecture and open source[3], and writes about technology trends on Medium and Twitter.

An open-source advocate, Cockcroft is on the board of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation[4], and a member of the Prototype Project Team at OS-Climate. He’s written four books, including Sun Performance and Tuning and Capacity Planning for Internet Services.


Cockcroft graduated from City University, London with a degree in Applied Physics and Electronics in 1982.


  1. Moss, Sebastian (October 25, 2016). "Netflix, eBay alum Adrian Cockcroft joins AWS as VP of Cloud Architecture". Retrieved November 24, 2020.
  2. Black, Doug (February 19, 2017). "Adrian Cockcroft Presents: Shrinking Microservices to Functions". Retrieved November 24, 2020.
  3. Evans, Kristen (April 16, 2018). "AWS' Adrian Cockcroft talks open source + Kubernetes". Retrieved November 24, 2020.
  4. Lardinois, Frederic (August 9, 2017). "AWS joins the Cloud Native Computing Foundation". Retrieved November 24, 2020.

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