Cloud Computing and Beyond: The Web Grows up (Finally!)
By alkagupta on Oct 06, 2008
I recently attended a conference titled "Cloud Computing and Beyond: The Web Grows up (Finally!) hosted by SDForum in Santa Clara. It was a good informative conference with views presented from the enterprise world like Sun, IBM, HP, SAP, Salesforce, from Cloud providers/vendors like Joyent, GoGrid, Nirvanix, from Cloud Application providers like Mashery, PBWiki and several VCs.
Lew Tucker of Sun gave a fine presentation calling out that one of the major driver of Cloud Computing is the Web APIs.
Russ Daniels of HP called out that the economics of Cloud computing will have a huge influence on what Clouds do and the value will be in targeting new markets, driving higher margins, differentiation and increased share in the market.
Jayashree of IBM talked about the IBM Cloud Computing centers around the world to enable cloud providers use IBM technologies to build clouds and get their feedback as well.
There was an interesting Panel discussion on When to use the Cloud and When Not To. Participants included Joyent, Nirvanix, Elastra, eComputer. Most agreed that Cloud Computing changes the cost and consumption model for applications and services moving from a Capex to an Opex model.
Some of the chalenges of Cloud Computing that were discussed in another panel included lock-in to specific cloud provider proprietary APIs, hence a need for Cloud API standardization. In the absence of such next-gen standard APIs, there is plenty of oportunity for startups here to deliver software that would make migration of applications from one cloud vendor(say EC2) to another (say Google App engine) seamless.
The VCs showed confidence in Cloud Computing and suggested that it is here to stay. It is not necessarily the next revolution but evolution of some of the internet technologies that have been around for decades like Grid computing and more recent ones like Utility computing and SaaS.
Bottomline was that those who learn to do Cloud Computing profitably will survive in the long term, especially in view of the economic recession.