Summary Statement: CloudCamp rocked! I got to meet a lot of smart people and have a lot of smart conversations!
Ok, so I probably shouldn’t write the summary statement first, but I’m not one for standard operating procedure. But I digress, I’ll dive straight into the cloud topics and the event itself.
The event kicked off with an introduction and lighting talks by Tony Cowan, Mithun Dhar, Steve Riley, John Janakiraman, Margaret Dawson, and Patrick Escarcega. Margaret and Steve really stood out to me in their talks, I’ll be keeping an eye on any future speaking engagements they may have.
One of the quotes that led off CloudCamp during the lightning talks was, “If you’re still talking about if the cloud is secure…” you’re already behind, out of touch, missing the reality of it, or simply not understanding the technology. After further conversation though, it really boils down to the most common excuse. The statement “the cloud isn’t secure enough” translates to “I’ve got my fingers in my ears and am not listening to your cloud talk”.
Margaret Dawson from Hubspan really took a great stance with her lightning talk. The talk was titled “To Cloud or Not To Cloud” with “Don’t buy the cloud, buy a solution” as the summarized idea. The other thing that she mentioned during her talk was she likes adding “AASes” to cloud computing, such as “BPaaS”. I’ll admit I laughed guiltily along with a few dozen others and forgot to note what BPaaS stands for. Whoops! 🙂
An attempt at creating a generalized definition of cloud computing was also made. It was stated that we can, as a community, agree on the following definitions of cloud computing. The definition involved three parts:
- Cloud computing is on demand.
- Cloud computing can be turned off or on as needed.
- Cloud computing can autoscale without issue to handle peaks and lulls in demand.
Another funny statement came from Dave Neilsen (@daveneilsen), CloudCamp Organizer, “I agree, the cloud isn’t right for everyone” to which someone in the crowd jokingly hollered back “You’re Fired!” The energy in the audience and each of the sessions was great!
After the lightning talks Dave Neilsen led the conference with a cloud panel to field some questions. A few topics related to this wikileaks thing 😛 came up along with some others. I tired diligently to take good notes during this time, but it was a bit fast paced and I left the note taking to be more involved in listening.
These activities kicked off the overall event, which then led into everyone breaking out to different sessions depending on topics created by the attendees. The sessions included (and I may have missed one or two);
- Open Source Software in the Cloud
- Best Practices for Low Latency
- Intro to Cloud Computing + Windows Azure
- How does a traditional Microsoft Stack fit in Amazon Web Services (AWS)
- Google Cloud Services
- What are your personal projects?
As another aspect of this review I wanted to pull in a few tweets that mentioned or had something useful in relation to the #cloudcamp + #seattle hashtags from last night.
- xgerman xgerman – My brief notes about my visit to yesterday’s #cloudcamp #seattle:http://tinyurl.com/2as45oa
- vambenepe William Vambenepe RT @mccrory Google has private MySQL in #GAE ! #CloudCamp#Seattle < Huh? Please elaborate.
- vambenepe William Vambenepe RT @btmspox EC2 us-east-1a EBS slower than other availability zones due to its age. #cloudcamp #seattle < but much wiser.
- krishnan Krish Folks Eucalyptus is going to make some open source announcements in the ope source session. Just FYI #cloudcamp#Seattle
- btmspox Bryan McLellan @skeptomai that you feel the room is light on ops people with pagers says something of the crowd #cloudcamp #seattle
- AdamYuret Adam Yuret http://yfrog.com/5uwkej the panel of experts at unconference portion of #cloudcamp #seattle
- AdamYuret Adam Yuret OH: I don’t care where my servers are… A common theme @#cloudcamp #seattle
- hide69oz Hideki Ojima RT @adronbh: Dave says, “I agree, the cloud isn’t right for everyone” someone in the crowd “you’re fired!” #cloudcamp#seattle hilarious!
- krishnan Krish Patrick from Parametric Portfolio is talking about how they are using cloud with financial data #cloudcamp #seattle
- BaronSchaaf Baron Schaaf #cloudcamp #seattle John Janakiraman, CTO, Skytap says cloud computing is no longer for techies but for businesses
- mccrory Dave McCrory #Skytap seems to have #Gartner data claiming that AppDev, IT Sandbox, Demos, Training, ERP Migration?? ERP doesn’t fit.#cloudcamp #seattle
- adronbh Adron Hall Tony Cowan, Mithun Dhar, Steve Riley, John Janakiraman, Margaret Dawson, and Patrick Escarcega are doing lightning talks#cloudcamp #seattle