Future of Cloud: Will Dis-Economies of Scale Break the Silver Lining
It’s ironic that with the advent of cloud computing (an inherently decentralized model) we remain centralized infrastructure lemmings. In addition to being ridiculously expensive, centralized models are riddled with dis-economies of scale: utilization/physical footprint, power, vulnerability (single throat to choke) and bandwidth. On the other hand, the largest peer-to-peer network in history (aka, the Internet) requires no “hub” and is built on a decentralized, distributed architecture where global bandwidth, processing power, content and infrastructure are easily accessible. Skype applied this P2P model to solve the problem of expensive long distance calling. What’s next? In this “white board” session, we will challenge the audience to think about their own infrastructure and data challenges, and ask them to open their minds to re-think the possibilities of solving IT challenges in new and perhaps unheard of and unconventional ways.
- by Margaret Dawson , VP of Product Management of Symform
Margaret Dawson is Vice President of Product Management. She brings to this role more than 20 years of experience in global marketing leadership for both startups and Fortune 500 companies, including Microsoft and Amazon.com. Prior to joining Symform, she ran product management and marketing for Hubspan, a leading B2B cloud integration provider. Margaret has worked and traveled extensively in Asia, Europe, and North America, including 10 years in the Greater China region, consulting with many of Taiwan’s leading IT companies and governmental agencies and serving as a foreign correspondent for BusinessWeek magazine. An avid speaker and technologist, Margaret is a frequent author and presenter on cloud computing, network security, integration, and other business and technology issues. Margaret holds a B.A. in Communication from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.