Cloud World: Recap on the August event in San Francisco

This year’s Cloud World conference was a mashup of three industry conferences-¬† Open Source World, Next Generation Data Center (NGDC), and Cloud World.¬† Even with the combining of three (formerly) major industry events, the attendance volume still only merited the West wing of the Moscone Center.

It’s easy to blame the low attendance on the economy, but the low attendance could also have been the rather trite content of the conference sessions.¬† While I of course did not attend all the sessions, those that I did attend left me reminiscing about earlier conferences where there was thought provoking and informative presentations.¬† It’s not that the presenters were not informative.¬† It’s just that there was very little that seemed new or thought provoking.¬† Many of the NGDC sessions, while sporting different titles, were actually covering very similar and overlapping subject matter.

My real mission at the conference was to target those in attendance who are genuinely interested in acquiring Cloud resources, are in the process of building Cloud-based services, or who have been spending time analyzing the Cloud marketplace.  Of those that I spoke to, the following is a summary of their opinions and points of view: