I have several friends that love to proclaim they just discovered the best hole-in-the-wall sushi restaurant in town. No one knows about it. The sushi is like nothing you have ever seen before. You are not allowed to pick your choices, that is so pedestrian, the chef will select your delicacies based upon the artistic winds of the day. You will be immediately thrown out if you ask for a California roll. Oh and don’t tell anyone, you’ll ruin it for the “in” crowd.
I have also seen this hole-in-the-wall enthusiasm when it comes to the cloud. A motivated developer discovers that they can spin up and begin using a new server instance within minutes. They can load their applications, clone the server and run different scenarios, attach new storage at will and then shut everything down just as fast. This makes dev and test a whole new experience. However, officially, the developer’s company has not yet transitioned their development to the cloud. Welcome to the hole-in-the-wall of the cloud, where developers find great new places to work on their stuff but share their treasure with a trusted few compadres. This phenomenon is also known as “Shadow IT” but I think the discovery of previously unknown menu items like compute, object storage and a panoply of PaaS, better capture the spirit of a soon to be famous, well kept secret. That is the theme of our HP Cloud sessions taking place at Cloud Connect this week.
IT managers certainly want their developers to be as productive as possible but projects and company data need to be managed. No one wants the exciting hole-in-the-wall dev environment to become a hole in security. Margaret Dawson, Vice President and Cloud Evangelist, HP Cloud Services, will be giving the keynote on Wednesday, April 3rd titled Fear & Loathing In Corporate IT: A Savage Journey To The Cloud. Margaret shares how IT leaders can gain back control of the cloud and data without being a complete downer to the rest of the organization. And how, in fact, you can be the new source of cloud ecstasy for your users.
If you are an enterprise IT manager responsible for taking advantage of all this newfound cloud power and agility yet also tasked with managing users, projects and cost, this must border between exciting and scary. Like the first time you tried sushi; after all it is raw fish, it may seem like a daunting undertaking but if you go to the right place, it’s a great experience that turns into a lifelong habit. On Wednesday, April 3rd, I will lead a session titled, Enterprise Public Cloud is Not an Oxymoron. Dan will dive into how to pick a public cloud that won’t give you heartburn. Learn the key criteria to evaluate public clouds and how to make sure you are getting the features, reliability and support you need.
What does our future look like when both personal and business data are exploding? Knowing where data lives and who has access in the cloud is the first step in securing sensitive information. But protecting privacy and fueling collaboration are just as vital. On Friday, April 5th, Margaret Dawson will explore The Future of Data: Personal Trust Models or Information Anarchy? This promises to be a lively discussion about finding the perfect balance between privacy, security and productivity.
For those of you attending Cloud Connect, we look forward to seeing you there. For all of our other readers, I’d love to hear your thoughts. And, if you send me your favorite hole-in-the-wall sushi place, I won’t tell…
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