CloudCamping with Webhosters

Last Thursday there was another European CloudCamp. The first one in Europe mainland since Barcelona in December. Not that there is no interest in doing more events, we just want to ensure good content. And the content was good if you ask me: close to 15 different companies contributed to the program, a full room during most of the day (yes, it was a full day) and lively discussion on topics that had not been discussed enough in the past.

We kicked off the day with an interactive keynote by Kristof De Spiegeleer, who spent good part of his time on the recent Sun Cloud announcement, but who also did an interesting Q&A on what more we can expect from cloud computing and what this future brings to hosting companies, a market he is very experienced in.

Next was the “Visionary Panel”, a very interactive session moderated by me (:-)) and a rich panel composed of Tony Lucas (Flexiscale), Robert Rosier (Itricity), Matt Rechenburg (OpenQRM), Jari Koister (Groupswim) and Martin Buhr (Amazon). Martin did his best not to make it an Amazon session and we ended up with some very interesting discussions on various topics where especially Tony and Matt showed that there is more technology out there than S3 and EC2.

Thanks to the efforts of two enthusiastic Sun interns, the great facilities we got from the WebHostingDay organizers and modern technology, we even got some questions from people following the live streaming. Duncan, thanks for spreading the word! Much to the despair  of my Facebook followers (I have disabled the twitter app, folks), the twitter accounts of those present where extremely active too.

The afternoon session started off with a number of unconference sessions. The first session, “Hosting in the Cloud”, was moderated by Arvid Fossen and Duncan Malcolm. We learned that hosters in Europe are aware about Cloud Computing but they are not particularly concerned about it. The next session, “Public vs. Private Clouds” (me and Michael Crandell – who came over for this event from NYC and missed the panel because of a delayed flight) gave similar impression.

As the audience was very interested in all what we had to say but a bit reluctant to actively contribute, Wiliam Louth and Matt Rechenburg adapted their sessons (“Metering in the Cloud” and “Cloud Computing and Open Source”) to a more visionary presentation (William) and a cool demo (Matt). Wiliam’s session became even more interesting as Tarry Singh – who was following the live stream, brought the discussion to a next level with some very to the point questions. Metering in the cloud is definitely a topic that needs more attention in future camps. If not, how are we planing to monitize the cloud?

The nicest demo of the day was brought to us by Kurt Glazenmakers, CTO Europe from Terremark. He explained us in much detail how Terremark built its own cloud based on available virtualization technologies and many years of experience running datacenters. A live demo showed us how simple it can be to manage a cloud.

Next on stage were Michael Crandell with a somewhat longer lightning talk (to make up for the missed panel) covering his vision on Cloud Computing and Max Robins who brought us a final unconference session “Complex application hosting made simple”. We believe there is potential for AiCache!

Last man on stage was Martin Buhr from Amazon, who did a lot of effort to bring a closing presentation with a high educational value rather than an Amazon Pitch. Believe it or not but the once so quiet audience suddenly started to ask questions: we finished the day just like we started it, a visionary man on stage, challenged by an enthusiastic audience …

I’m sure no one cares about my not covering the pitchy lightning taks 🙂

It took us 6 rides on the Black Mambo rollercoaster to free our minds from a full day of Cloud Computing. Looking back, I think CloudCamp was a big success. Europe may not be as impatient about Cloud Computing as the US, but there is a growing awareness. Next year this time, I expect a much more critical audience and even more enthusiastic campers.

For those who wish to attend CloudCamps in Europe: We have Amsterdam and Antwerp coming up on April 2nd and 9th, Berlin April 30th and more will follow. Stay tuned here

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~ by tomleyden on March 24, 2009.

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