Cloud Expo 2016 New York at the Javits Center New York was characterized by
increased attendance and a new focus on operations. These were both
encouraging signs for all involved in Cloud Computing and all that it
As Conference Chair, I work with the Cloud Expo team to structure three
keynotes, numerous general sessions, and more than 150 breakout sessions
along 10 tracks. Our job is to balance the state of enterprise IT today with
the trends that will be commonplace tomorrow.
Mobile Computing, Big Data and Analytics, the Internet of Things, Platforms
and Microservices and Containers, DevOps, and WebRTC are all part and parcel
of Cloud Computing today.
We started this year's conference on a solemn note, with a video tribute to
former Conference Chair and SYS-CON Media Editorial Director Jeremy Geelan,
who recently lost a truly heroic, seven-y... (more)
I'm going to cry tonight, long and hard. I'll do so as I remember and mourn
I knew Jeremy for almost 20 years, from the time he showed up one day at
Cloud Expo's headquarters in Bergen County, New Jersey, and went to work. The
show wasn't called Cloud Expo then, of course - it was still known as Java
Edge, a pioneering event that grabbed developers, architects, and enterprise
IT users alike for twice-yearly confabs.
Jeremy didn't have a job there, or even a job offer. He was simply a fan of
the technology and the show. So when his wife, a Danish diplomat, was
There, I said it. I wasn't the first--a couple of guys funded by Google
speculated in March 2009 that cloud computing "could be" bigger than the
And I'm sure there are hundreds of you out there, if not more, who have
voiced this opinion to colleagues, in a blog, or maybe in a corporate memo
that's been ignored completely.
Someone else said that cloud will be bigger than we can imagine. This is not
true and not possible. Nothing created by humans is bigger than we can
imagine, because we imagined it.
The universe is bigger than we can imagine, to be sure. I'm not even su... (more)
All of the talk about Cloud Computing can obscure the role of virtualization.
The concept, along with its sibling, abstraction, can be difficult to grasp,
let alone implement. Yet it is the key to Cloud Computing. All else is mere
server consolidation, the same old wine packaged in new, green-friendlier
Virtualization has been with us for a long, long time. Some old-timers will
recall the time when it referred to memory, in a day when memory was still
very expensive. Others can go back even further, and recall pioneering
virtualization efforts involving the CP/M operati... (more)
TechAmerica's new "Cloud2" report makes several recommendations to
politicians and agency managers in how they should go about adopting and
encouraging Cloud Computing. My first take is that it's well-meaning but
The Cloud 2 report comes from a committee of Cloud technologists put together
earlier this year by the Washington, DC-based industry association.
The report's recommendations are a mix of advice to government IT buyers and
leaders. Most are not surprising: use and encourage identity and security
standards, sync up education with future job opportunities, conduct re... (more)