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Lessons from the Cloud Expo in NYC: More than just cloud computing

Andrew Cole giving a Disaster Recovery presentation at the Cloud Expo
June 21, 2016
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Peak 10 attends cloud event; discusses disaster recovery and software defined everything.

The 18th annual Cloud Expo in NYC was my first Cloud Expo. Though naturally, much of my conversations centered on the topic of cloud computing, the highlight of my time there was presenting on the topic of disaster recovery (DR). I shared with the audience how the newest technology advances are reducing the cost and complexity of traditional business continuity and disaster recovery solutions.

We discussed why having a full DR strategy is more important now than ever before and talked through the key drivers for implementing a successful DR solution. This, however, is only the first step to achieving success. You must implement careful planning to achieve measureable operational and business value from your DR solution and we talked about how to do just that.

I learned quite a bit by simply walking around and talking to the other vendors and speakers. Several of the attendees I spoke with felt the level of confusion in the industry was very high based on how different vendors message and describe their services. Let’s face it: all cloud services are not equal. Luckily, Peak 10 is much more than a cloud vendor, so it was easy to differentiate our company among the many others that were present. Our full suite of colocation, cloud and managed services designed for production workloads, with a strong focus on data security and compliance, give our customers everything they need with one vendor.

I also found that “software defined” seems to be a very popular trend. Software defined networking, software defined storage, and software defined…everything! This led me to wonder if this trend in a “single pane of glass” management console for all your infrastructure needs means the underlying hardware is less important? In my opinion, no it doesn’t.

I say this because all of the vendors offering this type of product all stated that their platform didn’t care what the hardware underneath was but when I asked them who they’ve tested their platforms with the answers were shockingly similar. All but one vendor had tested Cisco, HP, Dell or IBM. This vendor certified their platform on “White-Box” infrastructure with local storage. All though I am not sure what the certification process is like on a “white-box” infrastructure I found it interesting that they spent no time on the big three and all their time on the lesser known vendors.

I did clarify that while their platforms could run on any of the popular hardware, it was proven that the hardware you’d expect to perform better did. I too consult my customers that hardware vendor lock-in does limit the options down the road, I am not one to go cheap on the foundation of the house that my systems are built on.

I found the Cloud Expo to be a great event. I really enjoyed meeting new contacts and companies in the industry, hearing the latest trends and opinions and most of all, further educating my peers on everything that Peak 10 has to offer. I look forward to attending next year and staying on top of the ever-changing cloud landscape.

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