How OVH Builds an End-to-End Cloud Experience

“By 2025, data will be ten times what it has been since 2016,” said Hiren Parekh, Senior Director of Cloud Services, EMEA at OVH, in his CloudFest 2019 keynote. If your core business is consulting and managed services, and that data growth will influence tomorrow’s business decisions. You probably don’t want to spend time handling […]

New Model for Your Competitive Advantage in the Cloud

The Cognitive Enterprise is the next logical step in the digital transformation, said Marie Douglas, Vice President, Global Technology Service Providers (CSPs, MSPs) at IBM, in her CloudFest 2019 keynote. Customers are aware that now is the time to develop new applications and start moving traditional mission-critical enterprise applications into an open hybrid-cloud environment, and […]

To Understand AI, We Must Understand Human Intelligence

“May you live in interesting times”: it’s a famous back-handed blessing. And yet… here we are, living in interesting times. Technology is changing the way we live, work and play. Time to insight and frequency of innovation are being fueled by the ease of data sharing, collaboration and productivity. The convergence of infotech and biotech […]

Building an Open Source Community for Enterprise Blockchain Technology

Brian Behlendorf is most famous for developing the Apache HTTP server, and he served as CTO of the World Economic Forum, but did you know he was also one of the original technologists for the Burning Man festival? Empowering everyday people has always been a priority for him—he’s a longtime subverter of corporate software culture, […]

Death by Winning

Entrepreneur and executive coach Will Pemble has been founding and growing businesses of all shapes and sizes for over 25 years. He is a certified stockbroker, flight instructor, product manager, technical trainer, commercial instrument pilot, behavioral analyst, and forklift operator; and he builds real-life roller coasters in his backyard. As the founder of web.com, he […]

Should Cloud Companies Become Internet Cops?

Biggie once said “Mo’ money, mo’ problems”, but in this case that can apply to hyperscale platforms whose clients push out billions of content nodes. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) described the passage of the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive as “abandon[ing] common-sense and the advice of academics, technologists, and UN human rights […]

The Cloud is Not a Destination: It’s an Experience

In his keynote address, Xavier Poisson Gouyou Beauchamps, Hewlett Packard’s Vice President for Service Providers and Cloud28+ Worldwide, shared with the CloudFest 2019 crowd how technologies and alliances to shape the next generation of IT and break cloud stereotypes. Risks associated with the Cloud can be flipped into a trusted, sustainable, and positive experience. You […]

CloudFest School Progress Report: New Guatemala Classrooms Nearly Ready!

A quick update on the CloudFest School project in Guatemala: which has only been possible thanks to your generous support. Heavy rain in the region has slowed the construction process a bit, and so has the local election: even though the same mayor was re-elected, the process had temporarily disrupted the flow of political will. […]

How Microsoft AI Is Empowering Business Transformation

Forget about Clippy. Microsoft is at the forefront of innovation in artificial intelligence, and its vision for AI is one of empowerment—empowering developers to innovate, empowering organizations to transform entire industries, and empowering everyday people to transform society. The goal is to empower organizations to bring responsible and trusted AI to every app, every business […]

Building Next Generation Cloud Infrastructure and Services

If we look back a few decades, we were running one monolithic application on one single server, said Jeff Wittich, Senior Director of Cloud Service Providers for Intel, in his CloudFest 2019 keynote: Things luckily evolved past that!” Once virtualization was introduced, we were able to run multiple applications per server, each with its own […]