Cloud Computing is a huge shift in how we build and deploy applications. It's as big a disruptor as client-server computing, or the web, or mobile technology. Clouds promise faster, leaner IT organizations and freedom to experiment. At the same time, clouds suffer from a confusing ecosystem, security and privacy concerns, and unfamiliar economic models.
In this presentation, we'll look at the state of cloud computing today. We'll nail down a taxonomy of clouds, then look at some of the myths and facts about on-demand computing models. Finally, we'll look at how ubiquitous computing goes far beyond just a shift in IT, and becomes the fabric for human society in coming years.
Alistair Croll works on cloud computing, web monitoring, and the convergence of humans and technology. He is the founder of startup incubator Rednod (rednod.com) and a principal analyst at Bitcurrent (bitcurrent.com). He writes for Human 2.0 (human20.com) as well as a variety of blogs including GigaOm, Techweb, and O'Reilly Radar. Alistair is the content chair for Cloud Connect, and runs tracks for Interop, Enterprise 2.0, Velocity, and Web2Expo. He is the co-author of Complete Web Monitoring (O'Reilly, 2009) and Managing Bandwidth (Prentice-Hall, 1999).)