As discussed in previous blogs, each year the hosting industry gets together at the Tier1 conference. It’s certainly a supply side conference with every aspect of the industry present - from construction companies to tools vendors.
This year’s event was held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. This was my first time at Caesars (and no, it’s not “the real Caesars palace”. I’m sure the registration desk is tired of hearing that, thanks to the Hang Over).
I typically don’t have the opportunity to attend many of the official sessions at Tier1’s events. But this year, I had the good fortune to work in two partial sessions. My days are typically filled with meetings – ranging from 6-8 per day – plus evening events.
The vibe of this year’s event was M&A. The number of private equity, venture capitalists and brokers present was amazing. There is a real sense of urgency about M&A this time around. And it has certainly has been a busy season so far for getting deals done. And if the rumor mill is correct, there will be more to come shortly.
The other focus at this year’s event was no surprise -“cloud”. It would have been interesting to count the number of times cloud is mentioned over the past two days. The good news is, as an industry we now seem to be moving from talking about cloud, to making money on the cloud. Some excellent vendors presented tools that can help IaaS providers' attempt to differentiate. This will help them to avoid playing the race to the bottom on price that is being lead by Amazon.
I was part of a panel that was scheduled towards the latter part of the event's agenda - hosted by Josh Corman and Jim Davis, both frm the 451 Group. Before even getting on stage, cloud shenanigans were afoot with Josh presenting a slide with HIPPA instead of HIPAA on it. Andy Ellis (CSO, Akamai) tweeting about it real time from back stage of the event. In fairness to Josh, his slides were "prettied up" by his content team who introduced the error.
Members of the panel included Andy Ellis, CSO of Akamai),David Snead (an attorney with a wealth of experience in the legal ramifications of cloud, privacy and compliance) and Rodney Joffe, SVP of Nuestar. We had a good discussion about cloud, actually spent a disproportionate amount of time on compliance vs. just security, and answered - or at least casted our opinions on - many hot topics. One of the most interesting questions Josh posed is will we see specialist clouds based on compliance standards, eg PCI Cloud, HIPAA cloud, FISMA cloud, etc. My answer was I would consider this a failure of our industry if this were the outcome. We have got to take the superset approach of compliance mapping common controls from all relevant standards to the cloud. This is the approach Carpathia has taken (more on that next week).
Thanks to Tier1 for hosting such a great event, and we really look forward to next year’s event.