I suspect that future conferences will follow the same patterns, as the cloud computing market moves from emerging, to a more steady state.
Amazon, the market leader, plays at the infrastructure level. But there was a lot of talk at Cloud Connect about Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings, where cloud folks think the real action will ultimately lie. The company will soon have to address these shifts as well as trends on the enterprise side around security, control and transparency that are pushing many organizations toward the private cloud.
Google today released Google Cloud Connect, a plug-in that allows a user to sync Microsoft Office documents with Google Docs online. It’s part of Google’s ongoing efforts to court Office users but will it lure anyone to Google’s cloud?
Although a few presentations at last week’s Hosting Con event might have put the fear of God in the managed hosting community, cloud computing might actually be the hosting industry’s best friend.