Considering all the hype around the cloud, it’s easy to forget that we live in a world of many clouds. Today at Cisco Live! In Melbourne we hosted a panel moderated by Sam Gerner, Cisco’s Director for Cloud Strategy and Partners.
Joining Sam Gerner at the event was (pictured here):
- Jeff Spagnola – Vice President, Worldwide Cloud and Managed Services, Cisco
- Jerome Barrientos, CIO for KinCare Home Care Services, a customer of Cisco’s which has migrated to the cloud
- Marika Fiorini, Group Executive of Channel Sales, Amcom.
- John Manville, Senior Vice President for IT – Global Infrastructure Services at Cisco
Sam and the panellists had an engaging discussion on the future of cloud. The Internet of Everything (IoE) is driving an unprecedented explosion in connectivity and cloud is the key delivery system that makes it all possible.
Jerome Barrientos, Chief Executive Officer for KinCare, talked about how moving to the Telstra cloud enabled him to operate a small IT team of only 5 and a half people. It’s the cloud delivery platform that gives him the agility he needs to run such a small team. See Telstra case study video on KinCare here.
Jerome also provided some important advice for companies looking to shift to the cloud revolving around research and planning. A shift to the cloud solves many problems but it is still imperative that businesses plan for cloud outages, which do happen. He also said that doing a risk profile evaluation could help put the executive teams’ minds at ease – as it did with his management team.
Marika Fiorini, from Amcom, a cloud partner of Cisco, discussed some of the work that Cisco and Amcom are doing in the cloud space. She talked about how cloud can be used to speed up the adoption of technologies, particularly for collaborative work. Amcom have been partnering with Cisco in the hosted collaboration space and have seen great success.
One of the most important takeaways is that cloud services are providing real benefits and the conversation has shifted away from whether or not to join the cloud, towards a conversation around best delivery methods. Jerome Barrientos from KinCare perhaps summed the conversation up best when he reported that: “I use the same infrastructure that big banks use and yet our cost is significantly proportionately less than what they spend.”