“I believe in horses….The automobile is a transient phenomenon”.
Cloudscape views the computing horizon
Kyriakos Baxevanidis of the European Commission used this quotation to close his presentation at the Cloudscape II conference to remind us of the importance of innovation and of preparing the foundation of new products and services. Open Grid Forum - Europe hosted the second Cloudscape conference on 23 of February in Brussels, as part of its EC-funded work as an organization to play a leading role in championing the adoption and evolution of distributed computing.
This year’s event brought together an even broader group of government policymakers, researchers, industry representatives, analysts and other interested parties. OGF-Europe prepared and posted here a video that collects many of the perspectives of different participants, and the page also includes all the presentations. The video captures some key thoughts and concerns about the opportunities and challenges relating to cloud computing and is a quick way to get a flavor of the discussions.
An event like this was particularly valuable because it included a number of participants presenting very practical information and actual use case scenarios, from Paul Strong at Newcastle University speaking about his work to demonstrate interoperability between cloud platforms, to Maximillian Ahrens from a small business named Zimory speaking about building a flexible data centre, to Tim Willoughby talking about the cloud-based services he is deploying for Irish local government administrations. Last year’s Cloudscape event involved more speculation about comparisons between grid computing and cloud computing, but this year we can see that more issues are becoming a little less cloudy as experience builds and challenges are identified more clearly.