Celebrating the 15th Annual Hosting & Cloud Transformation Summit – Presenter Q&A with William Fellows

Interview with William Fellows, Research Vice President

Next up in our Presenter Q&A series: Research Vice President William 'Wif' Fellows, who will lead the “Making Infrastructure Invisible – Simplifying the Jumble of Clouds, Containers and Venues” session at the Hosting & Cloud Transformation Summit (HCTS) on September 24 at 3:40 pm PT, in the Orovada Breakout Room 1 at the Aria in Las Vegas.

Q: What will you be discussing in this session?

A: The emergence of clouds, containers and microservices promises to dramatically simplify the deployment of applications and services in support of digital transformation, which enterprises tell us remains the organizing principle for their IT activity. However, this potential will only be realized if management and orchestration across these hybrid deployments is done effectively and with transparency to assure end users that services will meet their performance standards. We’ll discuss:

• Approaches to creating a unified orchestration layer
• Practicalities of effective planning and cost management given the complexity of service pricing
• Opportunities for providing simple, yet robust, visibility for end users and enterprises
• How providers can help upskill their customers, given access to talent is more of a constraint than access to capital Is there a killer app for cloud native?
• Security in the cloud-native/DevOps world – how this be addressed, and whether security and cloud management will converge

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Q: Why is this topic significant?

A: With the breadth of cloud technologies and services available in the market, the key to success will be finding the right combinations, and operationalizing them to deliver the benefits “as advertised” by their suppliers. The main use case that businesses cite for hybrid environments is being able to continuously move workloads to the right environment (best execution venue) for the sake of cost, performance, security, or whatever their priority is. However, as the number of moving parts and venues rises exponentially, so does the complexity – users are spoiled for choice. This means successful approaches will be those that can ensure the infrastructure becomes invisible to the developer or consumer of services, but at the same time, not be out of the reach of those who need to access it.

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Q: We are celebrating 15 years of our Hosting & Cloud Transformation Summit. What do you believe is the most valuable aspect of HCTS?

A: Cloud was still a twinkle in Amazon’s eye in 2005. Now it’s entering its teenage years, and has completely disrupted the industry in that time. For service providers, the conversion to cloud, managed and hosted environments is a tremendous opportunity. As they emerge, HCTS analyses the impact of these developments over the past several years, and is looking forward to the future.

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Q: What was your biggest takeaway from last year’s HCTS?

A: Last year, the industry quickly seized on the importance and opportunity around of managed and value-added services – particularly when considering the momentum around hybrid and multi-cloud. Infrastructure is now table stakes compared to the rise of on-premises managed cloud.

Q: Many of our attendees return to this event annually. What do you think brings them back every year?

A: The great thing about our Summit is that we provide tremendous insight into what is happening now in the industry and a long-term view of the entire market and market opportunities. Attendees also have access to the analyst team, where they can ask specific questions, or just get face time with team members. We love the chance to reconnect with our partners and customers and meet some new faces. Plus – we are a fun bunch to party with!

Q: What are you excited to see/experience at this year’s Summit?

A: The broader discussion of the reality of hybrid. The rise in interest around ‘cloud native’ and the role of developer enablement in successful strategies. Reconnecting with this audience in the networking, 1:1s, sidebar discussions and briefings.

Register today for HCTS and save 25% by using promo code BLOG25. Don't miss our other Q&As with speakers to learn about all the upcoming topics, including the previous Q&A with Al Sadowski.
Celebrating the 15th Annual Hosting & Cloud Transf...
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