On Friday, August 23rd, the Chinese government quietly released Shi Tao from prison. He was released a full fifteen months before his incarceration was supposed to end. While certainly a relief to his family and friends, it’s likely a bittersweet ending to a sour turn of events.
Just who is Shi Tao and what the heck does he have to do with Big Data? Why is he important to Cloud Computing and big infrastructure? Is he a world-class engineer who understands technology at scale? Is he a deep thinker of all things cloud? Did he invent some new technology poised to revolutionize and leap frog our understanding?