Welcome!

@CloudExpo Authors: Zakia Bouachraoui, Yeshim Deniz, Elizabeth White, Pat Romanski, Roger Strukhoff

Related Topics: Containers Expo Blog, @CloudExpo

Containers Expo Blog: Blog Post

Cloud Computing for Everyone

The DIY app revolution

Early Bird at CLoud Expo

In computing, big revolutions happen whenever a new technology comes along that enables everyone to do something that could previously only be done by a small number of technology experts, or only by those with tons of money and technical talent. Personal computing (Microsoft, Apple), Publishing (Adobe), Search (Google), Video (YouTube), News/Journalism (blogs) are all examples of this kind of disruptive revolutionary change. What's the next big game changer? In a word - Apps! We are about to move to an era in which everyone will be able to build their own apps - business apps, web apps, financial apps,...



Until recently, when we thought about business applications, we thought about the kinds of big software systems sold by SAP, IBM, Oracle and the like. In practice, much of what keeps businesses going is the vast numbers of "small apps" developed by hundreds of millions of business professionals around the world, using tools such as Microsoft Excel. These are "DIY Apps" and they're becoming more and more common, as business professionals bypass the delays and complexity they, rightly or wrongly, have come to associate with IT departments and "enterprise software" solutions.

In the web world it's the same, the iPhone AppStore has changed how we think about the "software industry". Is that student in his dorm room, developing his iPhone app for sale, really part of the software industry? It's like asking whether someone who uploads a funny video to YouTube is part of the entertainment industry. DIY videos, DIY iPhone apps, DIY Excel business apps - the trend is clear, more and more people will be writing apps in the future. Which means that it has to get much, much easier!

Why can't an individual portfolio trader in the rural midwest compete with Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street firms? Why can't an individual in an enterprise quickly develop a realtime app to track some live data that's key to what they're working on. Why are there 100 small companies created solely to analyze the Twitter stream in different ways. Why can't I do that myself? Same for blogs, news, sensors, financial market data, clickstreams,...

In the past, the answer was simple. Those with the need for an app didn't have the scalable server, network and storage infrastructure to do it themselves. They also didn't have the teams of programmers required. Today, the first "reason" is rapidly disappearing, as cloud vendors provide all that commodity iron at hourly rates. To eliminate the second reason, we need new tools that enable non-programmers to develop powerful apps themselves. Excel is a great starting point, as it's already used by more than one hundred million business professionals to generate DIY apps of all kinds. So at least we have a proof of concept - use Excel! But Excel has no elastic scalability, no realtime capability, and no parallel processing of the kind required to handle the "Big Data" challenges now spreading throughout business, web, finance and government.

Next month Cloudscale will be commercially launching the Cloudcel platform, a realtime, massively parallel cloud platform for Big Data Apps. Usable in minutes by anyone who can use Excel, Cloudcel enables non-programmers to simply and quickly develop powerful new DIY Apps on massive data sets and live data streams.

Cloud computing really is a game changer. It provides an infrastructure on which it is now possible for hundreds of millions of non-programmers to become serious app developers. That sounds like a bit of a revolution!

More Stories By Bill McColl

Bill McColl left Oxford University to found Cloudscale. At Oxford he was Professor of Computer Science, Head of the Parallel Computing Research Center, and Chairman of the Computer Science Faculty. Along with Les Valiant of Harvard, he developed the BSP approach to parallel programming. He has led research, product, and business teams, in a number of areas: massively parallel algorithms and architectures, parallel programming languages and tools, datacenter virtualization, realtime stream processing, big data analytics, and cloud computing. He lives in Palo Alto, CA.

CloudEXPO Stories
Public clouds dominate IT conversations but the next phase of cloud evolutions are "multi" hybrid cloud environments. The winners in the cloud services industry will be those organizations that understand how to leverage these technologies as complete service solutions for specific customer verticals. In turn, both business and IT actors throughout the enterprise will need to increase their engagement with multi-cloud deployments today while planning a technology strategy that will constitute a significant part of their IT budgets in the very near future. As IoT solutions are growing rapidly, as well as security challenges growing exponentially, without a doubt, the cloud world is about to change for the better. Again.
The platform combines the strengths of Singtel's extensive, intelligent network capabilities with Microsoft's cloud expertise to create a unique solution that sets new standards for IoT applications," said Mr Diomedes Kastanis, Head of IoT at Singtel. "Our solution provides speed, transparency and flexibility, paving the way for a more pervasive use of IoT to accelerate enterprises' digitalisation efforts. AI-powered intelligent connectivity over Microsoft Azure will be the fastest connected path for IoT innovators to scale globally, and the smartest path to cross-device synergy in an instrumented, connected world.
While more companies are now leveraging the cloud to increase their level of data protection and management, there are still many wondering “why?” The answer: the cloud actually brings substantial advancements to the data protection and management table that simply aren’t possible without it. The easiest advantage to envision? Unlimited scalability. If a data protection tool is properly designed, the capacity should automatically expand to meet any customer’s needs. The second advantage: the cloud is the simplest way to centralize the storage of all secondary data sources while also providing unlimited compute that can be used to gain additional insight and business value from that data. Finally, the ability to do automated Disaster Recovery (DR) without maintaining a DR facility is unquestionably a major value of the cloud, and simply isn’t possible otherwise. Join W. Curtis Preston,...
At CloudEXPO Silicon Valley, June 24-26, 2019, Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with expanded DevOpsSUMMIT and FinTechEXPO programs within the DXWorldEXPO agenda. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of business. Only 12% still survive. Similar percentages are found throughout enterprises of all sizes.
As you know, enterprise IT conversation over the past year have often centered upon the open-source Kubernetes container orchestration system. In fact, Kubernetes has emerged as the key technology -- and even primary platform -- of cloud migrations for a wide variety of organizations. Kubernetes is critical to forward-looking enterprises that continue to push their IT infrastructures toward maximum functionality, scalability, and flexibility. As they do so, IT professionals are also embracing the reality of Serverless architectures, which are critical to developing and operating real-time applications and services. Serverless is particularly important as enterprises of all sizes develop and deploy Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives.