Cloud Computing: Mobile Devices, Vast Computing Power Open Cloud to More People Than Ever

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-06-29 Print this article Print
Google Moves Deeper Into the Enterprise

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Host Om Malik asked Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Chrome and Apps, Google, what he thinks is the most important adoption trend for cloud computing at this time. "The big thing that's going to help cloud, with consumers and enterprises as well, was that previously, people were tethered to only one device [a PC] with a browser. Fast forward to now: This is why we launched Chrome and Android—and we have more to come. Almost all of us have a [mobile] phone, a laptop; many of us have tablets, at home and in the enterprise. The only way to get a consistent [application] experience across all of this is through the cloud. The advent of mobile and personal computing did a lot more to bring the cloud to people than the cloud itself."
GigaOM's Structure 2012 Conference June 20 to 21 on the University of California San Francisco campus has rightfully gained a reputation for gathering deep thinkers and trendsetters in the cloud computing sector. Plenty of good inside information comes out as a result. This year's event, the fourth annual, featured prominent IT executives such as Amazon CTO Werner Vogels, former NASA CTO Chris Kemp, Cisco CIO Rebecca Jacoby and Manoj Saxena, general manager of IBM's Watson Solutions, among many others. The event's host, Om Malik, founder and senior writer of GigaOM, made sure things moved right along, granting only about 15 minutes per speaker. This slide show includes a select dozen of the highlights of the conference.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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