This October we have the pleasure of co-hosting the IPExpo live streaming channel. A lot of people ask us what our thoughts around the cloud and other various IT disciplines are today.

2016 has been an exciting year for the cloud, as we see more mainstream adoption and the proliferation of hybrid devices which act as ramps to cloud on-boarding, I believe that the second phase of cloud computing has begun.

As with any previous technological disruption, progress has always been measured by Moore’s law and density of devices. Miniaturisation occurs in every industry and as devices get smaller and more compact so does the energy requirements and colocation housing needed to operate them.

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In our opinion, The Cloud has always just been a platform for bigger things, a stage constructed with strong foundations that expand on demand to allow the show on top to truly blossom for its audience.

As we enter areas such as “cognitive” led by IBM Watson and Google Deepmind and Machine learning industrialised and offered on demand with AWS, we are now just seeing the beginning of what is possible.

Big Data is now entering Big Data 2.0, analytics are going beyond neural networks to become self-learning, our children are coding in school, and our data centres are adapting by offering connectivity to cloud providers. Business models based on traditional hardware sales are moving beyond transactional arrangements with margin resell through to service delivered according to business need and project goals.

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Today’s IT Buyer is armed with information beyond all scope of just a few years ago and has usually investigated possible solutions. Unfortunately, these decisions are made without meeting competitive companies and based on carefully crafted PR propaganda weaved through the tapestry of search engines and buyer persona tools.

In this current environment, we believe that the potential purchasers of solutions get a chance to meet face-to-face with potential suppliers allowing for interactions outside of digital channels.

When we look at the different streams to the show, we view them all as one large segments of the same discipline. Allow us to elaborate on each stream below;

Cloud – The foundation of every scale out service or application

Cyber Security – The protection of the ‘evolving – fluid’ boundary that cloud has become

Networks and Infrastructure – Without network access, there is no cloud, the most overlooked area of cloud implementations

Data Analytics – Without analytics data is just binary 1’s and 0’s, and analytics gives us the power to view without confusion.

DevOps – Cloud, applications and data all fall under DevOps, a core area of structure and process that brings agility to cloud operations and development allowing for agile iterations and fast execution of services.

Open Source – Open Source is everywhere on every device from the home to the internet. Without Open Source many of today’s applications from Big Data through to Cloud would not be with us.

We hope that this blog has helped and perhaps even crystallised some thought processes or assisted in framing what you are going to do at IPExpo. We look forward to welcoming you onto our stand.

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Andrew McLean is the Studio Director at Disruptive Live, a Compare the Cloud brand. He is an experienced leader in the technology industry, with a background in delivering innovative & engaging live events. Andrew has a wealth of experience in producing engaging content, from live shows and webinars to roundtables and panel discussions. He has a passion for helping businesses understand the latest trends and technologies, and how they can be applied to drive growth and innovation.

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