We just got done unpacking our booth from last week’s Cloud Expo in New York City. Cloud Expo is one of the biggest conventions focused on cloud computing and services, and the event proved to be a great place to meet with other cloud enthusiasts.
The hype around cloud computing has been snowballing and is evident in the exponential attendance growth since Cloud Expo’s inception in 2007. Many attendees who stopped by our booth were curious about the next steps of cloud development – how will the cloud move forward? Well, that’s a topic that deserves its own blog post.
The cloud represents a monumental shift in the way companies approach IT. These days, instead of buying software packages or mountains of storage tapes, we’re just as likely to send software, storage, and other needs to the cloud, which can often afford better solutions at lower costs. However, one challenge that still remains is optimizing response time as more applications are hosted in the public cloud. Because applications hosted on the public cloud are “farther away” from the end-user, customers may find response time leaves something to be desired.
Recognizing this, we rolled out our Cloud Accelerator service in January’2011. The service—an industry’s first acceleration service for public clouds—leverages our Enterprise Services Cloud (ESC) architecture to optimize the performance of applications run on the public cloud, including SaaS, storage, or common office apps.