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A Recap of @CloudExpo New York | @IoT2040 #IoT #ML #BigData #DevOps
Mobile Computing, Big Data & Analytics, IoT, Microservices & Containers, DevOps, & WebRTC are all part & parcel of cloud today
By: Roger Strukhoff
Oct. 8, 2016 02:15 PM
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 touches.
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 Microservices and Containers, DevOps, and WebRTC are all part and parcel of Cloud Computing today.
Day 1 featured Andrew Keys from Consensys, one of the big players in the emerging blockchain space. He took a full house through a brief history of bitcoin and blockchain, and how efforts by his company and others are working to transform the technology into something that can be used in all industries worldwide.
It's going to take some time to solve some significant performance issues, but Andrew is convinced that the blockchain's ability to act as a trusted, peer-to-peer, unalterable ledger will in the end.
Day 2 brought us Henrik Dahlberg from Ericsson, who gave an enlightened view of how all companies - especially large technology providers - must cooperate through a series of ecosystems to be effective in delivering IoT services to businesses and consumers. Ericsson is working on connected cars, smart cities and grids, and other enlightened initiatives that have the promise to impact the environment in a positive way while reducing poverty when applied in the developing world. He'd be the first to tell you his company can't do this alone.
Day 3 featured an old Cloud Expo hand, Dion Hinchcliffe of 7Summits, who delivered an eye-opening talk about the future of technology that depends on the cloud. In fact, he and I talked afterwards and decided that maybe he is now a "presentist," as technology is moving so quickly today that the future seems to blend into the present almost immediately. Dion's description of "smart dust" - the use of nanotechnology to swarm and sense with a precision that's magnitudes more acute than anything we might have previously imagined, was one of the highlights of the show.
The ops side is pushing back hard against the dev side now, challenging developers to think at scale, rather than fall into the bad habit of designing apps and services on a single public instance via laptop then being surprised when it doesn't hold up at scale.
Among sessions that addressed this issue included:
The topic was strengthened by several sessions focused specifically on DevOps, led by our DevOps Track Chair, Andi Mann of Splunk. These sessions included:
Our General Sessions and Power Panels covered the diverse array of topics one expects when discussing the gamut of cloud:
WebRTC remained on the agenda, with three sessions. I'll be seeking input as to whether we should strengthen this further.
Notable sessions found throughout the rest of the schedule included:
The complete list of sessions, by the way, can be found at the Cloud Expo site. Sorry if you missed all this, but we'll do it again November 1-3 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in the heart of Silicon Valley.
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