Cloud Computing: Mobile Devices, Vast Computing Power Open Cloud to More People Than Ever
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.
Google Moves Deeper Into the Enterprise
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 Androidand 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."