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The Growing Cloud Ecosystem

An exclusive Q&A with Sheji Jacob-Brettle, Head of Marketing at TelecityGroup

"Trusted infrastructure providers are transparent and comply with industry security standards and practices," observed Sheji Jacob-Brettle, Head of Marketing at TelecityGroup, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. "As an end user you want to know that your cloud provider's own infrastructure is robust, resilient and secure," concluded Jacob-Brettle.

Cloud Computing Journal: The move to cloud isn't about saving money, it is about saving time - Agree or disagree?

Sheji Jacob-Brettle: It's about both - the cloud saves money because you use what you need and time because you can provision and deploy services fast.

Cloud Computing Journal: How should organizations tackle their regulatory and compliance concerns in the cloud? Who should they be asking / trusting for advice?

Jacob-Brettle: The infrastructure on which cloud services operate resides in data centers. So it makes sense for cloud service providers to offer their end customers reassurance about the quality of the data center. Data center operators that can demonstrate best practices through their certification by respected international operational, security and management standards such as ISO27001 for information security management, for instance, are able to provide such reassurance.

Cloud Computing Journal: What does the emergence of Open Source clouds mean for the cloud ecosystem? How does the existence of OpenStack, CloudStack, OpenNebula, Eucalyptus and so on affect your own company?

Jacob-Brettle: The cloud sits in data centers, so as companies embrace the cloud, that drives the demand for high quality facilities such as the ones we operate. The growing cloud ecosystem is also a major driver of demand for us.

Cloud Computing Journal: With SMBs, the two primary challenges they face moving to the cloud are always stated as being cost and trust: where is the industry on satisfying SMBs on both points simultaneously - further along than in 2011-12, or...?

Jacob-Brettle: Trusted infrastructure providers are transparent and comply with industry security standards and practices. As an end user you want to know that your cloud provider's own infrastructure is robust, resilient and secure.

Cloud Computing Journal: 2013 seems to be turning into a breakthrough year for Big Data. How much does the success of cloud computing have to do with that?

Jacob-Brettle: Cost-efficient technologies will continue to drive innovation and the enterprise adoption of such evolving dynamics.

Cloud Computing Journal: What about the role of social: aside from the acronym itself SMAC (for Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud) are you seeing and/or anticipating major traction in this area?

Jacob-Brettle: Social media is starting to play a major role in delivering data intensive applications. We expect this trend to continue to develop.

Cloud Computing Journal: To finish, just as real estate is always said to be about "location, location, location", what one word, repeated three times, would you say Cloud Computing is all about?

Jacob-Brettle: Availability, Availability, Availability - cloud providers need to ensure their data centers are highly connected, resilient and secure to ensure service uptime.

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