Anwar Abbas, CIO of the Motion Picture Industry Health & Pension Plans, has been tasked with assembling a cloud computing roundtable at UCLA's Anderson School of Management. As it turns out, cloud experts are hard to find.
Anwar Abbas, CIO of the Motion Picture Industry Health & Pension Plans, has been tasked with assembling a cloud computing roundtable at UCLA's Anderson School of Management. As it turns out, cloud experts are hard to find.I promised Anwar that I would help him find speakers. My guess is that many IT execs are in the same boat -- needing to know more about cloud services, but not sure where to turn. It hasn't helped, Anwar says, that some of the major cloud vendors haven't returned calls. My suggestion to cloud service providers is to get that problem fixed fast because if Anwar can't get through to the right person, you can be sure that others are running into dead ends, too.
Here are the details on the two-hour roundtable. Date is June 2, 2009. It's sponsored by UCLA Anderson IS Associates, a partnership between the school and the business community, and it will be held on the UCLA campus. Topic: 'Is cloud computing ready for prime time?'
If you or someone you know is an IT professional with experience working with cloud services and you're willing to participate, drop me an e-mail and I'll forward it. Meantime, I'll be digging into my contacts list to see if I can connect Anwar with peers who might be a good fit.
Ironically, one CIO I know who would have been ideal for a cloud roundtable has just changed jobs, and it's unclear if he will be as accessible as he was before. His new employer? Amazon Web Services.
2014 Next-Gen WAN SurveyWhile 68% say demand for WAN bandwidth will increase, just 15% are in the process of bringing new services or more capacity online now. For 26%, cost is the problem. Enter vendors from Aryaka to Cisco to Pertino, all looking to use cloud to transform how IT delivers wide-area connectivity.
Server Market SplitsvilleJust because the server market's in the doldrums doesn't mean innovation has ceased. Far from it -- server technology is enjoying the biggest renaissance since the dawn of x86 systems. But the primary driver is now service providers, not enterprises.
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on InformationWeek.com for the week of December 14, 2014. Be here for the show and for the incredible Friday Afternoon Conversation that runs beside the program.