I attended Cloud Camp Boston yesterday. It was a great meeting with some good discussions. Several hundred people attended. What struck me about the general session (when all attendees were present) was that there was a lot of interest around data in the cloud. For example, during the “unpanel” (where people become panelists in real time), 50%; (5 of the 10 questions) that were up for grabs dealt with data in the cloud. That’s pretty significant.
- How do I integrate large amounts of enterprise data in the cloud? (answers included various approaches, more traditional to new vendor technology were mentioned)
- How do I move my enterprise data into the cloud? (answers included ship it FedEx on a hard drive and make sure there is a proven chain of custody around the transfer)
- How do I ensure the security of my data in the cloud? (no answer – that deserved its own breakout session)
- What is the maximum sustained data transfer rate in the cloud? (answers included when it takes a server down, no one knows, but a year ago someone mentioned that 8 gigabytes a second took down a cloud provider)
- How do applications (and data) interoperate in the cloud? (answers included that standards need to rule)
There were some interesting break out sessions as well. One – the aforementioned security (and audit), another an intro to cloud computing (moderated by Judith Hurwitz), one about channel strategies, and a number of others. I attended a break out session about Analytics and BI in the cloud and again, for obvious reasons, much of the discussion was data centric. Some of the discussion items included:
- What public data sets are available in the cloud?
- What is the data infrastructure needed to support various kinds of data analysis?
- What SaaS vendors offer business analytics in the cloud?
- How do I determine what apps/data make sense to move to the cloud?
The upshot? Data in the cloud – moving it, securing it, accessing it, manipulating it, and analyzing it – is going to be a hot topic in 2010.