I attended a CloudCamp St. Louis this week at SAVVIS Corporate Headquarters.
Thanks to all of the sponsors and to Sam Charrington of Appistry, Benson Schliesser of Savvis, and Ken Owens of Savvis who drove the bulk of the effort. And, finally, thanks Savvis for hosting the event in their fantastic headquarters.
The format was an “unconference” where the attendees to determine the content in real-time. I thought it was interesting, however, I think it could have been more productive if even more of the content and presenters were better defined in advance. Maybe a simple poll to the attendees ahead of time would allow the organizers to quickly prioritize the topics.
The CloudCamp sessions were informative. I had the “business and management” icons on my badge, but I found that the event was more technical in nature. I also discovered there is still much debate on what Cloud really means.
The sessions that I attended revolved mostly around a Technical point of view of Cloud Computing where there was much discussion regarding the technical attributes of Cloud including: scale, elasticity, open API, opacity, multi-tenancy, packing, cost model, etc..
Ben Schliesser made a great point about cloud computing that struck me as being very important. On one of his Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) slides:
IaaS must align with [the existing] IT practices & architectures
I’m fairy certain that “defining the cloud” very much depends on your point view. My definition, from a “Business” point of view:
Powered by Moore’s law of ever increasing power, Cloud computing is a framework built on open, internet-based technologies to deliver and manage business applications as a service (or utility.)
I posted briefly about my definition on my blog from a few months back.
Dave Ploch, CIO of Novus International, moderated a brief panel discussion on Enterprise Cloud Use Cases. Dave’s biggest “use case” is deploying SAP however the conversation steered clear of that and went down, I believe, the technical path.
In addition to the Technical and Business points of view, the third view is from Marketers. It was very evident that “cloud” continues to be a very hyped buzzword. In fact, it seems that many, if not all, of the St. Louis Cloudcamp sponsors have recently re-branded their services under some type of “cloud” moniker.
More on the different “Views of the Cloud” in a future post.
I very much enjoyed meeting everyone and the conversations. Again, thanks to the all the sponsors.