This is the panel I have been wanting to attend. It is about the idea that we are not going to end up with one mega cloud provider. The panel is moderated by Stacey Higginbotham of GigaOm. The other members include Michael Crandell from Rightscale, Bryan Doerr from Savvis, Yousef Khaledi from Microsoft, Joseph Tobelski from Accenture and Lew Tucker from Sun Microsystems. The takeaway from the panel are
- Oracle – No comments (From Sun CTO)
- The key to the Cloud concept is to have a large number of specialized clouds
- Different kinds of business processes, different regulatory requirements, etc. will ensure that different clouds will exist
- We are already dealing with significant amount of lockin
inside the enterprise datacenter. It is not a new thing in the Cloud. I
have long promoted this point here at Cloud Ave too
- Smaller players could be providing services on top of big players and offer niche services
- Standards are not there yet but we will move towards it
- Enterprises internal IT will first start acting like a cloud, like more service orientation, etc.
- Issue of trust is the number one concern when it comes to
Cloud. As I expected, it comes from Microsoft guy. Am I seeing a
marketing slogan for their Clouds?
- Key issues in play are faster time to market and a way to deal with unpredictable scale
- Many enterprise customers still ask about what is the underlying hardware is
- Other important questions asked are security, software licensing, interoperability, preserving their existing investments, etc..