Last week, Bitcasa attended the Structure 2015 conference in San Francisco. The focus of the conference was to educate the industry about the current cloudscape, which encompasses public cloud offerings, as well as privately branded clouds, and to discuss hot topics like containers.
The conference kicked off with Battery Venture’s Adrian Cockroft presenting on the State of the Cloud and Container Ecosystems.
Later, Raj Patel, Cloud Engineering lead from Pinterest, discussed Pinterest principles of capacity planning and their API-driven infrastructure. A major insight was the good practice of mixing the operations team with the engineering team so each group is be responsible for full-stack site reliability for their own particular areas, and also so ops has full context when something goes wrong.
These good practices are also what we are trying to leverage at Bitcasa to maintain our 99.99% site availability standard.
Cloud industry veteran Derek Collison took the stage to discuss trends we’ll see in cloud over the next 10 years. He said cloud competition will be about service ecosystems — including big data, human-machine learning and human-machine interfacing. “Whoever comes up with the best class of services is going to win,” Collison said.
Next, Sun co-founder Vinod Khosla made a bold statement.”They’ve not introduced what I consider one new idea over the last 30 years,” Khosla said in reference to big players like Dell, EMC and IBM. “Mostly, they’ve spent their last few years engineering financials.”
At Bitcasa we focus on “one new idea” in the cloud space. Our vision is to become ‘The Cloud Inside’ in much the same way that Qualcomm enables devices with CDMA or Sun/Oracle enables devices with Java – licensed software that lives deeper in the stack and unlocks additional user functionality at the settings level.
With Docker being rapidly adopted in today’s development environments, the term container has become a popular buzzword. Eric Brewer, VP of Infrastructure at Google, and Alex Polvi, CEO at CoreOS, discussed the future of containers. In terms of business benefits, they said containers will improve utilization of IT infrastructure and improve consistency and portability so the infrastructure can scale, and also help automation and health check.
In the machine learning area, there is a trend of pushing machine learning applications to the lower layer of the stack and into the database level. Joseph Sirosh, Corporate VP at Microsoft, then talked about this practice at Microsoft and the future of analytics and API economy.
We also focus on the API economy at Bitcasa with our CouldFS APIs. CloudFS is a set of APIs and SDKs that allow developers to easily and seamlessly integrate cloud storage into their applications or devices. Developers are free to focus on their core competency — their app’s UI/UX — instead of spending countless hours reinventing the cloud storage wheel.
Google’s 8th employee and tech guru Urs Hölzle also forecasted how the cloud of 2020 will be drastically different from the cloud of 2015; he considered what the computing world will look like in the IoT area and what the need will be to feed such IoT interactions with existing data infrastructure.
This also aligns with Bitcasa’s long term vision for the device economy. With the ongoing complexity of building secure and scalable storage solutions, the device economy will increasingly turn to partners who can meet their needs. Bitcasa will define such system-level standards and the notion of app-based storage will become almost irrelevant.
As B2B vendors, we are all curious about the next topic, What’s On Every CTO’s Wishlist in next year? John Roese, SVP and CTO from EMC, and Ken Owens, CTO Intercloud Services from Cisco, gave us more insights here, especially when they pointed out that the cloud turnkey solution is critical to minimize go-to-market time.
The Bitcasa Turn-key solution enables partners to offer their customers a fully featured service and functionality that surpasses the performance and security of many major cloud storage providers, with little to no development. Partners can quickly deploy a battle-tested suite of cloud storage applications under their own brand, own their end-users and maintain their billing without giving up any control of data.
Finally, Quentin Clark, CBO from SAP SE, discussed latency in the cloud world and emphasized that data centers should always be close in proximity to the businesses they serve.
At Bitcasa, we’re developing our own data regionalization service to optimize how we store user data to give the most private and seamless user experience.
Want to learn more? Check out Bitcasa’s Twitter feed for a “live stream” of the event.