Ingram Micro Summit: Top 10 Keynote Highlights…
Nearly 300 VARs and MSPs are attending this week’s Ingram Micro Cloud Summit in Phoenix, Ariz. Today’s cloud computing keynotes — including executives from Amazon.com, Broadcom, Hewlett-Packard, Ingram, Microsoft, Salesforce.com, Symantec and VMware — just wrapped up. Here’s a recap of the key themes raised.
2. Sticking With Standards: Broadcom CTO Nick Ilyadis described why good old Ethernet — modernized for the cloud age — will gain a bigger and bigger footprint in data centers.
3. Don’t Abandon Best Practices: Ingram CIO Mario Leone mentioned that NetFlix remained online even while Amazon’s cloud failed. The reason: NetFlix designed its service with redundancy with failure in mind.
4. Big Threats, Big Opportunities: In April Alone, Symantec scanned 6.6 billion emails and found 73,000 new web sites with spyware and malware, according to Stephen Banbury, senior director of Symantec.cloud. Symantec CEO Enrique Salem has previously stated that he expects roughly 10 percent of Symantec annual revenues to involve the cloud within a few years. That amounts to a $1 billion annual SaaS and cloud revenue target.
5. Why the Cloud Matters: Best-selling Author and former Oracle On Demand Leader Timothy Chou offered the following question:
- What if you could have one PC for 3.5 years?
- Or what if you could pay the same price to have 10,000 computers for 30 minutes?
Option two is far more compelling. What would you do with those 10,000 computers? The possibilities are endless, highlighting the power of the cloud, said Chou.
6. Scalability: Google has 50 servers per employee and Facebook has 30 servers per employee, Chou said.
7. Big Bet: Microsoft‘s Matt Thompson said Windows Azure now has 10,000 customers and is the biggest technology bet Microsoft has ever made. Thompson added that virtually all of Microsoft’s on-premise software now has an equivalent cloud offering.
8. That’s a Yotta Data: So what comes after Petabytes, Exabytes and Zettabytes? The answer is Yotta bytes, noted Daniel A. Powers, VP, Amazon Web Services. The cloud managed 2.9 billion objects in 2006, and now manages 339 billion objects. And the Amazon storage service manages more than 200,000 transactions per second. Amazon has hundreds of thousands of cloud customers in 190 countries, Powers said.
9. Networking Plus Cloud: Hewlett-Packard VP Paul Miller shared the company’s cloud vision. But before he started Miller noted HP’s continued acceleration in the networking market. On the cloud front, Miller promised that HP would enable partners with training, equip partners with sales and technical marketing documents, and empower the channel. He also mentioned 3Par and Opsware as cloud opportunities. And he zeroed in on the HP CloudSystem as built for the channel.
10. Where VMware Fits In: Julie Eades, VP of Americas marketing at VMware, showed how quickly the cloud noise has gotten louder. In 2008, it wasn’t a CIO priority.
- By 2009 it was priority number 16;
- By 2010 it was number 2; and
- by 2011 it was priority No. 1.
I think Eades’ source was either Gartner or CIO.com.
Eades said cloud computing isn’t a destination. Rather, it’s an approach to computing. Eades reinforced some points that the company made a few months ago at the VMware Exchange partner conference. At that time, VMware painted Microsoft, Amazon and Oracle as cloud pretenders. But this time around — in the presence of some rivals — VMware softened its statements but still painted Microsoft, Amazon and Oracle as closed cloud systems.
The keynotes are over. What are my key takeaways? I’ll be sure to share them later today.