I had the exciting privilege in participating in a panel discussion session held by Nexenta at VMworld 2014 in San Francisco.
The Panel Group consisted of representing members from top higher Ed, healthcare institutes and VMWare chief healthcare strategist, discussing the evolutions of technology along with the impact each face within their area.
The initial discussion was heavily driven towards how education and healthcare have overcome challenges being faced by the right technologies. The audience was engaging and kept the momentum of the discussions moving along, specific interests around business processes.
From VDI to Cloud
As expected, VDI entered its way into the discussion, but quickly led into Cloud.
This drew the heavier discussions and the directions from each area of responsibility by the panel and audience. It was evident the “one size fits” is not the approach being assumed.
What was interesting is what factors are being taken into account to determine where Cloud solutions may apply.
As the session progressed around Cloud, the concerns of the audience were not focused on where data centers reside or what hardware is being used, but about the security and protection of data.
One specific audience member questioned, what level of certification will Cloud providers adopt for business compliances?
Building a Better Cloud
In conclusion, that one-hour panel discussion session probably served me as much purpose as to the audience.
The business direction CentriNet set forth over the last couple years validates the rising concerns of people; taking time to understand the business, the challenges and what is critical for them, not just discussions focused around IT.
Building a better Cloud offering means building a Cloud for customer’s unique requirements. Security is equally important as availability, ensuring our Cloud meets compliances by attaining the right certifications.
All in all, I had a great time and personally enjoyed meeting each of the members in the panel. There was one great question by an audience member that left me thinking; how does one go about training their internal staff for Cloud?
I’d like to hear your take on this topic. Leave a comment below to let me know.