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The Transformational Cloud

Exclusive Q&A with Robert Miggins, senior vice president of business development for PEER 1 Hosting

"Cloud solutions are great for lots of workloads but the cloud is not perfect for everything," noted Robert Miggins, senior vice president of business development for PEER 1 Hosting, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. And Miggins continued, "We have many examples of highly skilled clients that are staying with traditional hosting or pursuing hybrid solutions for various reasons.

Cloud Computing Journal: Just having the enterprise data is good. Extracting meaningful information out of this data is priceless. Agree or disagree?

Robert Miggins: I strongly agree. What good is data without putting it to use to make good decisions?

Cloud Computing Journal: Forrester's James Staten: "Not everything will move to the cloud as there are many business processes, data sets and workflows that require specific hardware or proprietary solutions that can't take advantage of cloud economics. For this reason we'll likely still have mainframes 20 years from now." Agree or disagree?

Miggins: AGREE - cloud solutions are great for lots of workloads but the cloud is not perfect for everything. We have many examples of highly skilled clients who are staying with traditional hosting or pursuing hybrid solutions for various reasons. And that's why PEER1 Hosting is a full solution provider - because there are lots of ways to help businesses with their IT and hosting and the cloud is just one of those ways.

Cloud Computing Journal: The price of cloud computing will go up - so will the demand. Agree or disagree or....?

Miggins: Disagree - cloud solutions, like the cost of hardware itself, will continue to decline - however, they will not drop off as aggressively as server hardware costs.

Cloud Computing Journal: Rackspace is reporting an 80% growth from cloud computing, Amazon continues to innovate and make great strides, and Microsoft, Dell and other big players are positioning themselves as big leaders. Are you expecting in the next 18 months to see the bottom fall out and scores of cloud providers failing or getting gobbled up by bigger players? Or what?

Miggins: Maybe so, but there will also be lots of new startups entering the market. Cloud is so transformational that there will continue to be lots of ways to innovate.

Cloud Computing Journal: Please name one thing that - despite what we all may have heard or read - you are certain is NOT going to happen in the future, with Cloud and BigData? ;-)

Miggins: Datasets are not getting any smaller. (I'm not sure I've heard that, but we can all agree that the amount of data stored in the cloud will continue to grow.)

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Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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