It's all happening at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley. Here are some of our observations from the event so far:
- Cloud is now well & truly a foregone conclusion
There is no more pondering about the benefits of cloud and when/if enterprises should move to cloud. The discussions at Cloud Expo are around the how - how to improve end to end management of cloud computing; how to move to cloud fast without having false starts and losing the control and compliance that is needed and how to integrate cloud into the existing IT infrastructure & processes to avoid cloud silos.
- There is a lot of reality checking going on:
Yesterday morning, Alan Chhabra - VP of Cloud and Data Center Automation Sales at BMC, gave a presentation on 'Shocking Secrets of Hybrid Cloud' which focused on how a hybrid cloud can become a trusted cloud by incorporating existing ITIL best practices like change management and the CMDB as well as performance and capacity management for day 2 operations. One of the questions during Alan's presentation was "How do you maintain cloud-based servers once you provision them?" This is typical of the conversations that are taking place at Cloud Expo and shows that the market is now moving beyond the novelty of, "See, you can spin up a server in 4 minutes," to "OK, now how do I deal with the long-term enterprise requirements associated with that thing I just spun up?"
- Service Providers are working on second generation clouds:
To meet changing & maturing cloud needs for their customers, service providers are evolving their offerings substantially. There is a focus on helping to optimize hybrid clouds for customers as well as offering value added services and full stack provisioning that can help take enterprises to the next level of cloud computing.
Booth visitors are getting demos on BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management and are learning how our market leading position across IT Service Management (BMC Remedy), Data Center Automation (BMC BladeLogic) and Performance & Capacity Management solutions enables us to deliver a cloud management platform that incorporates the best practices of traditional IT into cloud management for the enterprise.
Come see us in Booth #514.
"By Monica Brink"