As we enter the final week before the 19th International Cloud Expo |
@ThingsExpo in Santa Clara, CA, it's time for me to reflect on six big topics
that will be important during the show.
This general-purpose term seems to provide a comfort zone for many enterprise
IT managers. It sounds reassuring to be able to work with one of the major
public-cloud providers like AWS or Microsoft Azure while still maintaining an
But this is a complicated topic, not a simple one. The larger issue is to
avoid creating new, discrete silos of information as an enterprise develops
some apps on AWS, a PoC on-premises, and tries to deploy across hybrid and
multiple clouds. I look forward to conversations with Cloud Expo attendees
that touch on the seemingly infinite variety of hybrid cloud approaches and
options available today.
Containers and Microservi... (more)
There was a time, in the 1990s, when Silicon Valley and Redmond thought
Washington, DC, didn't matter. Top executives would occasionally appear in
front of Congress to inveigh mostly against one another, then quickly return
home to resume making money. The notion that clueless DC regulators and
legislators mattered was ridiculed when it wasn't ignored.
Things changed in 1999, when the Department of Justice (DOJ) won a judgment
against Microsoft. The presiding judge lowered the boom in April 2000,
starting the catastrophic dot-com implosion (which took all of tech with it),
then ... (more)
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 Microservice... (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
It's an obvious point, already commented upon elsewhere, that the respective
cultures of Sun Microsystems and Oracle Corp. couldn't be more different.
Sun, although brash and aggressive in the mode of its co-founder and chairman
Scott McNealy, has produced numerous "characters of the game" other than
McNealy over the years.
Folks such as co-founders Bill Joy and Andy Bechtolsheim, Ed Zander, James
Gosling, John Gage, Radia Perlman, Whitfield Diffie, Bill Raduchal, Greg
Papadopoulos, and Bernie Lacroute to name just a precious few.
The company was also a famous breeding ground for CE... (more)