Welcome!

Microservices Expo Authors: Pat Romanski, Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan, Yeshim Deniz, Zakia Bouachraoui

Related Topics: FinTech Journal, Java IoT, Microservices Expo, Linux Containers, Containers Expo Blog, @CloudExpo, @DXWorldExpo, @ThingsExpo, WebRTC Summit, @DevOpsSummit

FinTech Journal: Article

A Recap of @CloudExpo New York | @IoT2040 #IoT #ML #BigData #DevOps

Mobile Computing, Big Data & Analytics, IoT, Microservices & Containers, DevOps, & WebRTC are all part & parcel of cloud today

Cloud Expo 2016 New York at the Javits Center New York was characterized by increased attendance and a new focus on operations. These were both encouraging signs for all involved in Cloud Computing and all that it touches.

As Conference Chair, I work with the Cloud Expo team to structure three keynotes, numerous general sessions, and more than 150 breakout sessions along 10 tracks. Our job is to balance the state of enterprise IT today with the trends that will be commonplace tomorrow.

Mobile Computing, Big Data and Analytics, the Internet of Things, Platforms and Microservices and Containers, DevOps, and WebRTC are all part and parcel of Cloud Computing today.

But First...
We started this year's conference on a solemn note, with a video tribute to former Conference Chair and SYS-CON Media Editorial Director Jeremy Geelan, who recently lost a truly heroic, seven-year battle with pancreatic cancer. We trust that his spirit lived on over three days of insight, vision, and good humor.

Keynotes
Our keynotes offered a nice illustration of how we work to be right on the leading edge.

Day 1 featured Andrew Keys from Consensys, one of the big players in the emerging blockchain space. He took a full house through a brief history of bitcoin and blockchain, and how efforts by his company and others are working to transform the technology into something that can be used in all industries worldwide.

It's going to take some time to solve some significant performance issues, but Andrew is convinced that the blockchain's ability to act as a trusted, peer-to-peer, unalterable ledger will in the end.

Day 2 brought us Henrik Dahlberg from Ericsson, who gave an enlightened view of how all companies - especially large technology providers - must cooperate through a series of ecosystems to be effective in delivering IoT services to businesses and consumers. Ericsson is working on connected cars, smart cities and grids, and other enlightened initiatives that have the promise to impact the environment in a positive way while reducing poverty when applied in the developing world. He'd be the first to tell you his company can't do this alone.

Day 3 featured an old Cloud Expo hand, Dion Hinchcliffe of 7Summits, who delivered an eye-opening talk about the future of technology that depends on the cloud. In fact, he and I talked afterwards and decided that maybe he is now a "presentist," as technology is moving so quickly today that the future seems to blend into the present almost immediately. Dion's description of "smart dust" - the use of nanotechnology to swarm and sense with a precision that's magnitudes more acute than anything we might have previously imagined, was one of the highlights of the show.

Breakout Sessions
But whereas in the past we saw and heard much about the development side, this time out operations was brought up in almost every conversation I had.

The ops side is pushing back hard against the dev side now, challenging developers to think at scale, rather than fall into the bad habit of designing apps and services on a single public instance via laptop then being surprised when it doesn't hold up at scale.

Among sessions that addressed this issue included:

  • Accelerating Transformation from Mark Lewis of Formation Data Systems
  • Achieving Speed and Agility from Michael Martin of nfrastructure
  • Architecting for the Cloud with Cloud Foundry from noted IBM speaker "Rags" Srinivas
  • Connected Teams and Connected Code from Anders Walgren of Electric Cloud
  • Don't Forget the Ops, from Steve Anderson and Rick Lefort of BMC Software
  • Guaranteeing Performance for Virtualized Apps from Dhiraj Sehgal of Tintri
  • Regaining Control of Storage Performance from Don Martin of Security First

The topic was strengthened by several sessions focused specifically on DevOps, led by our DevOps Track Chair, Andi Mann of Splunk. These sessions included:

  • DevOps Guide to Container Networking from Dirk Wallerstorfer of Dynatrace
  • DevOps in an Open and Heterogeneous World from Flint Brenton of CollabNet
  • DevOps the Cloud Enabler from Robert Reeves of Datical
  • DevOps, Digital, and Cloud from Jason Bloomberg of Intellyx
  • Andi himself delivered a resounding session on Data-Driven DevOps and led a Power Panel through the topic of DevOps Patterns and Anti-Patterns. Well done, mate.

Our General Sessions and Power Panels covered the diverse array of topics one expects when discussing the gamut of cloud:

  • Esmeralda Swartz from Ericsson returned to discuss the creation of horizontal (rather than vertical) IoT marketplaces and how to make money in them. She came over to Ericsson when it bought her former company, MetraTech, and has been applying her expertise to the big European communications company for almost two years now.
  • Randy De Meno from Commvault focused on cloud-centric data management. He can be counted to base his talks on real-world data and experiences, and came through as expected.
  • Scott Cleland of HGST talked about herding cats and object storage in a wry presentation.
  • Phil Jackson from IBM spoke of hybrid cloud, discussing the myriad ways that today's vast toolbox can work with enterprises. This is the new IBM folks - a lot more agile than old-timers may know.
  • Atwell Williams from BMC tried to (and succeeded in) scaring the crap out of us with his presentation on an enterprise's attack surface and the "SecOps Gap" most enterprises face. Listen closely, kids, or you might be very sorry.
  • Sean Armstrong from AppNeta focused on how being slow can be just as bad as being down when serving today's customers. Tolerance for latency and lagging no longer exists, and Sean painted a picture of how to avoid these problems and deliver great customer experiences.
  • Roger Woods from Adobe took attendees through a tour of modern mobility, how to engage customers with mobile, and how mobile is driving transformative change through many types of enterprises.
  • The dearth of real private cloud and what to do about was the topic of Nara Rajagopalan's talk. The Accelerite CEO promised "0 to Cloud in 60 Minutes," and compared the company's approach with working on public cloud platforms, providing hope for those who have been waiting patiently for something more than virtualized resources on-premises and in co-located datacenters.
  • Lee Atchison from New Relic hit it out of the park and down the street with his presentation on highly scaled applications. This was an inspiring speech on how you, too, can achieve whatever you want with cloud computing if you plan and execute well.

WebRTC remained on the agenda, with three sessions. I'll be seeking input as to whether we should strengthen this further.

Notable sessions found throughout the rest of the schedule included:

  • Dave Nielsen from Redis taking us through a tour of Redis functions and data structures
  • An SRO crowd for Chris Kocher and his encyclopedic outline of AWS and the IoT (be afraid, be very afraid)
  • Old hand Ajit Sagar from Infosys discussing Person Engagement Management (PEM)
  • Old hand Gordon Haff from Red Hat talking about platforms in his usual perspicacious and entertaining way (note: learn the tools but always remember it's the workload that's driving things)

The complete list of sessions, by the way, can be found at the Cloud Expo site. Sorry if you missed all this, but we'll do it again November 1-3 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in the heart of Silicon Valley.

More Stories By Roger Strukhoff

Roger Strukhoff (@IoT2040) is Executive Director of the Tau Institute for Global ICT Research, with offices in Illinois and Manila. He is Conference Chair of @CloudExpo & @ThingsExpo, and Editor of SYS-CON Media's CloudComputing BigData & IoT Journals. He holds a BA from Knox College & conducted MBA studies at CSU-East Bay.

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


Microservices Articles
Lori MacVittie is a subject matter expert on emerging technology responsible for outbound evangelism across F5's entire product suite. MacVittie has extensive development and technical architecture experience in both high-tech and enterprise organizations, in addition to network and systems administration expertise. Prior to joining F5, MacVittie was an award-winning technology editor at Network Computing Magazine where she evaluated and tested application-focused technologies including app secu...
Using new techniques of information modeling, indexing, and processing, new cloud-based systems can support cloud-based workloads previously not possible for high-throughput insurance, banking, and case-based applications. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, John Newton, CTO, Founder and Chairman of Alfresco, described how to scale cloud-based content management repositories to store, manage, and retrieve billions of documents and related information with fast and linear scalability. He addresse...
Adding public cloud resources to an existing application can be a daunting process. The tools that you currently use to manage the software and hardware outside the cloud aren’t always the best tools to efficiently grow into the cloud. All of the major configuration management tools have cloud orchestration plugins that can be leveraged, but there are also cloud-native tools that can dramatically improve the efficiency of managing your application lifecycle. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, ...
The now mainstream platform changes stemming from the first Internet boom brought many changes but didn’t really change the basic relationship between servers and the applications running on them. In fact, that was sort of the point. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Gordon Haff, senior cloud strategy marketing and evangelism manager at Red Hat, will discuss how today’s workloads require a new model and a new platform for development and execution. The platform must handle a wide range of rec...
Containers and Kubernetes allow for code portability across on-premise VMs, bare metal, or multiple cloud provider environments. Yet, despite this portability promise, developers may include configuration and application definitions that constrain or even eliminate application portability. In this session we'll describe best practices for "configuration as code" in a Kubernetes environment. We will demonstrate how a properly constructed containerized app can be deployed to both Amazon and Azure ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that DatacenterDynamics has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7–9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. DatacenterDynamics is a brand of DCD Group, a global B2B media and publishing company that develops products to help senior professionals in the world's most ICT dependent organizations make risk-based infrastructure and capacity decisions.
Discussions of cloud computing have evolved in recent years from a focus on specific types of cloud, to a world of hybrid cloud, and to a world dominated by the APIs that make today's multi-cloud environments and hybrid clouds possible. In this Power Panel at 17th Cloud Expo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists addressed the importance of customers being able to use the specific technologies they need, through environments and ecosystems that expose their APIs to make true ...
In his keynote at 19th Cloud Expo, Sheng Liang, co-founder and CEO of Rancher Labs, discussed the technological advances and new business opportunities created by the rapid adoption of containers. With the success of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and various open source technologies used to build private clouds, cloud computing has become an essential component of IT strategy. However, users continue to face challenges in implementing clouds, as older technologies evolve and newer ones like Docker c...
CloudEXPO New York 2018, colocated with DXWorldEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City and will bring together Cloud Computing, FinTech and Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, AI, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location.
DevOpsSummit New York 2018, colocated with CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City. Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with the introduction of DXWorldEXPO within the program. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term.