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The Gathering of the “Clouderati” at Cloud Connect

March 9, 2011 - 1 Comment

Yesterday the “Clouderati” gathered again in Santa Clara, CA, where I had the pleasure of delivering a short opening keynote at the Cloud Connect conference.

I always look forward to these events where I can get together with friends and exchange our ideas about how the industry is evolving with each new wave of innovation.  Some of the key themes I heard throughout the day is the importance of the ecosystem being built on top of the cloud services APIs and the growing interest in open source communities like OpenStack – a community that Cisco recently joined.  

Here’s just a quick recap of what I shared with the audience, talking about the “Network is the Computer, Once Again” …click on the video to hear more details on each of these points (14 min).

  • There will be a world of many clouds, driven in large part by the regulatory requirements of the different industries (e.g. financial services, government or healthcare), but they will share a common model for cloud computing.  And we are still at the early stages in this journey.
  • Application complexity makes it impossible to efficiently scale traditional enterprise data centers due to the binding of each app to it’s own infrastructure. However, even within a private data center it is possible to gain some of the benefits of the cloud computing model by de-coupling apps from the infrastructure through pooling resources and running an internal Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) operation. If truly operated and measured as a service offering independent of the applications, many of the advantages of a cloud computing model can be gained in-house and give the organization greater flexibility over where they eventually run their workloads.  This new “Infrastructure-as-a-service” layer is therefore an important part of the new platform enabled by cloud computing.
  • Cisco, along with its partners, is helping both service providers and enterprise customers architect, build and deploy clouds and is continuing to evolve networking to meet the new requirement of customers moving to the cloud.
  • In summary, the network is the computer…once, again.

I encourage you to tune in to Cloud Connect online for videos of all the great speakers.

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  1. It's interesting to the see that the Urquhart coined "Clouderati" has actually caught on among cloud computing supporters. I'm all for bringing on the cloud, but as of right now I see a lot of talk and not a lot of action. Fewer conferences more build out. That's all I have to say.