Revolutionary Cloud Adoption
Some of the most famous names in the technology world gathered at the CloudBeat conference in Redwood City, CA on November 28th and 29th to discuss real cases of revolutionary cloud adoption. Some of the participants include Frank Edwards, Director of IT Strategy at PepsiCo, Scott Whyte, VP of IT Connectivity at Dignity Health and James Cuff, Director of Researching Computing & Chief Technology Architect at Harvard University. “The market is changing faster than we predicted. Technology is evolving,” argued Scott Whyte, describing their cloud adoption. Even in the field of healthcare, professionals are convinced that putting patients’ information in the cloud is the way to go. “We have to be careful, but move fast with going to the cloud solution. Given changes in healthcare, there are areas in which we have to move very quickly and we tend to look to the cloud,” stated Whyte explaining that although some oppose the idea of sharing patients’ information in the cloud, it is sometimes better than internal security.
One of the international participants was Benjamin Revcolevschi, the senior vice president of services and cloud at French telecom carrier SFR. He explained how the company has become a major competitor of Amazon’s own cloud services business. Revcolevschi founded “The Chocolate Factory” inside SFR. The team gathered around a round table because they wanted to break office rules. Because there was always chocolate and candy around the table, the team called it “The Chocolate Factory.” “I suggested to break office rules when moving into the cloud. Because ‘The Chocolate Factory’ was such an open and informal space, everyone from different departments could come and ask a question. Now we have less hierarchy and more openness,” Revcolevschi pointed out saying that this is a new way to deal with technology.
Another big topic at the conference was cloud security. Many are concerned that passwords are not sufficient for safety anymore and only biometrics can provide the much needed security. With the BYOD trend being on the rise, Rafal Los, Senior Security Strategist at Hewlett-Packard, Andrew Hay, Chief Security Evangelist at CloudPassage and Wolfgang Kandek, CTO at Qualys, argued that companies have to urge employees to follow security rules although these policies can be complicated. At the end, it was concluded that there is no perfect security because anything that is made by man can be broken by man. We as users have to learn how to be more threat-tolerant as we make trust decisions all the time. Los, Hay and Kandek stated that healthy paranoia can be a good thing. The conclusion was that even though cloud is not less safe than anything else, it has newer and better securities than previous, more traditional methods. Technology to secure data doesn’t exist yet, but there is plenty of competition in the market, which will ensure much better security methods in the future.