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The Cloud Advocate: 2011 Cloud Expo NY Day One and Two
June 9, 2011, 07:22 am EDT
Finished a second day of all cloud, all the time, at the Cloud Expo NY and I can tell you the rooms are packed. And hot. Some observations from the last two days:
MeatCloud and Cloud Management
I had never heard the term meatcloud, as I understand it it’s the cloud spin on meatware, which is the application of manual labor/process to work around IT processes that don’t exist (usually in the context of way more meatware then there should be). I think Charlton Heston rowing the slave galley would be a “meatware” solution to bronze age propulsion automation problem. There are a lot of presentations on cloud management platforms and automation of provisioning. I am feeling particular pity on customers who not only have to figure out virtualization and security, but really have to think about the architecture above it to automate the process. After attending several sessions and listening to questions, it ain’t pretty and the industry is clearly working out the kinks of how to do cloud without excessive meatcloud. I’m not even going to mention how then you have to layer in security, control, and consistency required for good data governance while supporting the provisioning and orchestration needed to deploy it in scale.
No More Vendor Lock in! Long Live Vendor Lock in!
So everyone’s upset because you get locked into VMware instances, or Amazon AMIs, or someone else’s cloud format, and none of them play together. So the answer- cloud management platforms to abstract the lower layer and encapsulate your servers/processes/configurations in, you guessed it, a proprietary format. Clearly there was a bit of a fight for grabbing customers and getting them into their cloud management platform. On one hand I love what the cloud management platforms are doing, on the other I sigh for the state of cloud interoperability in general.
Good Presentations and Dogs
I’m used to a bit of hit-or-miss at conferences, but there were wild variations. Maybe it’s because there were just so many sessions- 4 days, 11 hours a day. There were some really good ones- kudos actually to Steve Schuckenbrock, Dell President of Services, for at least a thought provoking presentation and a call to the industry to set a higher standard, and a wildly interesting presentation from Terry Woloszyn over at Perspecsys (no, I had never heard of them either). But there were several other presentations that fell into 2 camps 1) Do a straight vendor pitch, clearly based on an enterprise product and insert the word cloud (I’m not going to name names big-database-company and big-OS-company) or 2) wax nostalgically about how much has changed and not changed in the industry, with no clear point, and no actionable intelligence in helping people to the cloud (I won’t name the CTO of big box company who came in via an acquisition and was clearly phoning his session in). I don’t know if they did much other than to prove they weren’t cloud companies. I don’t know about you, but when I’m at a conference I have pretty strict goals of what I want a) actionable intelligence on what to better b) a framework or taxonomy that I can bring back to my practice or c) an open discussion about the current debates or unsettled items in the industry that I know I can take home and monitor. Conference scored a 50/50 on these.
Interesting Vendors I’ve Never Heard of
Every new technology shifts you are going to see new vendors, and you always wonder which ones will fail (sadly likely a majority of them) and which ones will succeed wildly. Some that caught my eye this week- PerspecSys just because I wildly agree with a lot of what Terry has to say and I thought he did it in a usable and entertaining way, and also because they just closed $8M in series A funding so will probably see them around more. Cleversafe because I had an invigorating discussion of data dispersal as a data protection strategy, and pros and cons in the technology and use cases. Cool technology, good discussion, more they could obviously do with it. Abiquo, a company I was not familiar with that clearly went “all in” in sponsoring the show. They pretty much hit all the high points of what you’d be looking in a cloud management platform, pretty clearly articulated it in a non-confusing way, but looks like they are just moving to Silicon Valley after starting in Spain, probably see more of them in the future.
A number of interesting topics in the hall, will have to save for another time, 2 more days to go. -DeanThis entry was posted in Uncategorized by Dean Ocampo. Bookmark the permalink.
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