Satish Hemachandran just returned from Cloud Connect 2011
This week’s Cloud Connect 2011 was the place to be to discuss all things Cloud. I spent two days at a packed convention center where the session topics conveyed the attendees’ interest in deciphering the challenges faced by enterprises in Cloud adoption. The consistent theme for this year’s event was about how Cloud for the enterprise needs to be built with availability, manageability, and security in mind – an area that we within SunGard are most passionate about.
I had the opportunity to present SunGard’s vision of the Enterprise Cloud on Tuesday – this session was focused on the risks that IT departments face as they embark on the Cloud path and how these perceived and actual risks can be addressed through systematic mitigation. This risk mitigation takes the form of both products and processes that need to follow industry best practices but fine tuned for the Cloud based on your specific enterprise requirements.
The majority of enterprise customers though, are unable to solve this problem on their own since they are faced with diminished IT budgets, personnel resource constraints, or a lack of suitable Cloud technology vendors who offer these capabilities out of the box. For instance, one of the people I spoke to at Cloud Connect was looking to introduce Cloud to his enterprise but was needed a partner who could not only understand his business and technical challenges, but was ready to address them. Specifically, as a large consumer company, he had data security and governance requirements that none of the commodity Clouds offered or even had thought about.
Another attendee was looking to build a hybrid Cloud that would allow his company to connect an IaaS with a tiered storage service with the kind of bandwidth and SLAs he needed while maintaining security. We also had a number of businesses ask about how change control took place in an enterprise Cloud and if/how Enterprise Cloud could help with meeting compliance requirements. These questions are what you would expect any enterprise to have before committing to adopt a major technology shift.
At SunGard, we believed that a Cloud done right can indeed offer the benefits of cost optimization and flexibility along with all characteristics around security, monitoring, management, integration/connectivity that makes it enterprise ready…it was good to hear these same sentiments expressed over and over again at Cloud Connect.
What did you learn at Cloud Connect?