Cloud Expo West 2011, Observing the Cloud Trend
The 9th Cloud Computing Conference (Cloud Expo West) was hosted at the Santa Clara Convention Center from November 7th through the 10th. 8,000+ delegates, 200+ sponsors and 120+ exhibitors were participants at the event. I arrived at the conference with an intention to compare the differences between this event and the Cloud Expo in NY, which was held last June.
Two trends caught my attention: the Cloud integration effort and Cloud management evolution.
- Cloud integration effort
Red Hat’s OpenShift Platform as a Service (PaaS) demonstrates the trend in the Cloud integration effort. OpenShift interfaces with Github, a social coding site, to deploy applications in Java, PHP, Perl, Python and Ruby into the various Clouds. At the same time its main competitor, Heroku, which is loved by many developers, is locked into the Amazon Cloud.
Application developers seem to lead the trend with their need for an end to end solution; from developing their code at a social coding site, to deploying their application into the market place.
- Cloud management evolution
SoftLayer, a Cloud hosting vendor, announced a partnership with RightScale to provide flexibility and control over their Cloud. It implies that the offer of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is not enough for the customer. The customer appreciates the help that is needed to deal with the complexity of Cloud management.
RightScale provides tools to manage scaled-out applications and predict the performance and load. The RightScale Cloud Management Platform is provided as Software as a Service (SaaS) in order to support Cloud integration and management needs.
Service providers seem to lead the trend with their ability to provide flexible management tools so that the customers are able to control their infrastructure effectively.
As a developer, what have you observed in the Cloud space? What trend would you like to see?