TechLines: Cloud Control: photos

TechLines: Cloud Control: photos

Summary: Yesterday we held our TechLines event on cloud computing, discussing the ins and outs of the cloud — is it just a fad, or is it a shift to public infrastructure that is as inevitable as night falling?

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  • (Credit: Suzanne Tindal/ZDNet Australia)

    The panellists were, from left to right, futurist Mark Pesce; Microsoft director, developer and platform evangelism Gianpaolo Carraro; ABC New Inventor host James O'Loghlin; Ovum analyst Kevin Noonan; and IBM director R&D Australia and chief technologist Glenn Wightwick.

  • (Credit: Suzanne Tindal/ZDNet Australia)

    It was remarked upon early that the audience was well hooked up via mobile devices.

  • (Credit: Suzanne Tindal/ZDNet Australia)

    Faced by a question about how companies prefer to be responsible for data security themselves rather than trust cloud providers with their data, Carraro likened the releasing of control to people in the past when they realised that banks were a safe place to harbour funds.

    "People were keeping their money under mattresses," he said. "That has shifted."

    He said that organisations would be better off in security terms if they did go with a cloud provider. Ovum's Noonan agreed. However, he had an option for those who weren't convinced.

    "If security is your absolute concern, go to your existing service providers and ask them do they have a cloud offering," he said.

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Topics: Cloud, IBM, Microsoft

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