My colleague Josh has organized the first Boston CSA meet at CA's offices in Framingham next Wednesday at 6pm. There are two great speakers lined up: Bhargav Shah from KPMG will talk about risks and controls for cloud models, and Robert Levine from SENA Systems will talk about the impact of Identity and Access Management (IAM) on cloud computing (in the immortal words of Gloria Estevan, IAM "cuts both ways" with cloud computing, since you can host IAM in the cloud, but also use IAM to control access to cloud-based resources).
I suspect that some of the discussion at the CSA meet will focus on the recent travails at the Amazon Web Services datacenter beside Dulles Airport. How can such outages be mitigated? Lew Moorman of Rackspace said it's like the equivalent of a plane crash, which is alarming but doesn't call all of air travel into question. Where the air travel analogy breaks down is that a person can't travel on two planes at once. The large cloud customers like Netflix who spread their cloud usage across centers were not brought down. As Dan Lohrman says on the Govtech website, it's a reason "You need a backup for your cloud provider's backup". The big guys like Netflix were able to organize (and pay for) this spread. But this is difficult for the smaller guys, like Quora who were brought down, but it's a further pointer to a broker model where off-the-shelf brokers open up the "cloud of clouds" to the mass market.
See you next Wednesday!
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