Dell and VMware invited a diverse group of people to come to San Francisco for a day to have an open discussion around a number of different cloud-related topics. I jumped at the chance to go and participate. The event was live streamed on Justin.tv for people to view and we had a healthy dose of participation from twitter. The discussion was quite intense and lively. David Linthicum moderated the two sessions in the morning and Robert Scoble came in to moderate the sessions in the afternoon.
There were four sessions, Mobile and the Cloud, The Business of Enterprise Cloud, Influence of Government on Cloud Adoption and The Future of Cloud Computing. The opinions were flying fast and furious with a lot of gems said on Twitter.
So what were my highlights?
There was a clear divide in the conversation about cloud adoption between those who deal with more web-centric workloads and legacy enterprise workloads. The problem was those two views were trying to discuss opposing views which really apply differently to each side. There’s also a strong view on governments and law being huge potential barriers to the economic benefit of cloud. We spent a lot of time discussing the balance of privacy and openness as things like Big Data make the aggregation of personal information more visible.
I think Dell and VMware did a amazing job putting the event together. My only feedback is that sometimes it seemed like the gloom-and-doom chamber and it would’ve been good to have a couple of people on the panel from the enterprise and agile startup world who talked about cloud successes. It was great to be part of the discussions which many incredible individuals. I’ve included the list of attendees below.
- Lydia Leong (@cloudpundit) – Research VP, Gartner
- Krishnan Subramanian (@krishnan) – Principal Analyst, Rishidot Research
- John Willis (@botchagalupe) – VP Client Services, enStratus
- David Linthicum (@DavidLinthicum) – CTO and Founder, Blue Mountain Labs
- Dave Asprey (@daveasprey) – VP Cloud Security, Trend Micro
- Nati Shalom (@natishalom) – CTO and Founder, GigaSpaces
- Jim Plamondon (@JimPlamondon) – Director Developer Experience, Rackspace
- Jeanna Matthews (@jeanna_matthews) – Associate Professor, Clarkson University
- Dave McCrory (@mccrory) – Cloud Innovator, Cloud Foundry
- JP Morgenthal (@jpmorgenthal) – Technology Evangelist, EMC
- Derrick Harris (@derrickharris) – Blogger, GigaOm
- Ed Saipetch (@edsai) – Sr. Technical Director, Joyent
- Margaret Dawson (@seattledawson) – VP Marketing, Symform
- Richard Mark Soley – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OMG.org
- Stephen Spector (@SpectorAtDell) – Cloud Evangelist, Dell
#Disclaimer – Dell and VMware paid for my travel and accommodations for this trip.