Cloud to Earth: conference watch

Cloud to Earth: conference watch

Summary: In this panel discussion (recorded live), we look at the criteria you should be investigating if you're contemplating a move into the cloud.


SYDNEY — There are so many types of cloud out there and so many steps along the way. Are you setting out on the right path to the cloud for your organisation's needs? In this panel discussion (recorded live), we look at the criteria you should be investigating.

The live session was recorded on 1 December 2011 from 12.30pm to 1.30pm. We set up our stage on the floor of a Microsoft conference entitled "The Big Picture", which was held at the Sydney Convention Centre.

Special guests on this Sydney live panel were:

  • Zack Levy, chief commercial officer, Bluefire
  • Vito Forte, CIO, Fortescue Metals Group
  • Greg Stone, CTO, Microsoft
  • Stilgherrian, journalist and podcaster
  • Brian Haverty, moderator, editorial director, ZDNet Australia

Let us know your thoughts and questions on this topic in the Talkback section below, or send them directly to Bringing the Cloud Down to Earth.

If you enjoyed this video, please check out the session (on the the desktop of tomorrow) we recorded the previous week in Melbourne.

Topics: ZDNetLive, Cloud, Microsoft

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  • Cloud computing using're joking right. I guess it might be reliable if they double the amount of machines compared to Linux.

    I recall when Microsoft bought Hotmail and switched over. It crashed immediately and in order to cope with the load, Microsoft had to double the amount of machines.
    • "When Microsoft bought Hotmail"? That was 1997. I reckon that if you're going to have a go at someone's technology in an grown-up conversation then your example should be just that little more recent than 14 years ago.
    • It should also be, you know, true. For a start, HoTMaiL (as it was then styled) ran on BSD servers. And, as just a few minutes of research just revealed, the changeover was gradual, from BSD to Windows 2000. That clearly didn't happen in 1997 (so no "switched over", and you wouldn't manage a large-scale transition as a flip-the-switch anyway), and there's one heck of a difference between gradually substituting servers and noticing they're not handling the same load and "crashed immediately".

      Sure, there were reliability problems with Hotmail that cost Microsoft dearly. A decade ago. But hey, facts and zealotry have never been good bedfellows.
  • Very Interesting regarding the Data Entry and Data Management aspect of the Cloud.