February 2, 2013

CloudExpo Europe 2013, London


Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th of January, I attended CloudExpo Europe conference in London. This is short overview on the conference from my point of view. I was most interested into talks given in the conference rooms with topics about:

  • Big Data / Mobile & Unified Communications
  • Virtual Infrastructures & Platforms
  • Security & Governance

and of course the key note room.

Some major emphases and relations made on the conference were about devops - efficiency, customer, agility; a lot about OpenStack - moving to big data (even CERN:) ), reorganization of the IT (devops magic with virtual  infrastructures/platforms); and WAFs, i.e. web application firewalls. Chris Kemp from OpenStack gave a great talk on OpenStack. He mainly talked about the history of OpenStack and about its great potential (with a lot of adopters and supporters). Overall observation on the conference was that OpenNebula was mentioned only few times comparing to OpenStack (as they said, EU is lagging behind US when adopting cloud frameworks). Nigel Beighton, VP technology at Rackspace also gave a great presentation on the second day. His words:

Europe is 18 months behind the US regarding cloud market.

Guys from 451Research gave a great presentation on Hadoop and the database of the cloud (yes, not on the cloud). Qlogic says that the future is in the SSD storages, architecture of the providers is changing.They are building controllers for faster storages for hosting cloud services.

Solidfire also builds high-performance SSD storages. They provide performance-related SLAs. Only with the use of SSDs you can enforce certain performance policies.

Bernino Lindt from **CloudSigma **gave a talk on big data on public clouds. I guess everybody agrees that public clouds should be forbidden on HDDs (only SSDs should be used). Additionally, scalability and elasticity is always first thing to consider. Some cloud brokers enabling bursting capabilities: Enstratus, Slipstream.

SNIA was also there. Here you can find their presentations given at the conference. Storage options for Hadoop gives really a great view on proposed architecture of the Hadoop installations. CERN is also concerned about the storage - data aggregation is really not a problem for them, the problem is the storage itself. They produce 200 pbytes of data per year and now they are thinking about cloud bursting to other public cloud providers. They are building Helix Nebula, science cloud, and cloud federation (OpenNebula is also on board).

CERN presents their infrastructure

CERN presents their infrastructure

Ping identity talked about what is an Identity Bridge and what drives its need. Gartner produced a phrase identity bridge. It solves a multidimensional problem of identity management on complex infrastructures (clouds). One dimension is inbound SSO and workspaces (SSO for applications, for admins, for clients and users). Other dimension are devices (BYOD). Third dimension is domain. Solution is the identity bridge solving inbound and outbound traffic related to ids (SSO solution for Cloud 2.0). In Cloud2.0 user ID is the heart of access control to the application. Do not use firewalls, use access control policies based on ids. IDaaS (identity as a service) is a trend in 2013 (also by Gartner). Trends in SSO across web- and mobile cloud applications were presented.

I have also attended the panel about private vs. public cloud debate. It is described here. Microsoft discovered that IT services are moving from a person centric to technology centric, more automation.

You can find some more details also on Twitter #cloudexpoeu13 and here some pics and vids from the conference.