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An exclusive Q&A with Mike Carpenter, VP of Business Development at

"Exponentially increasing data volume, Internet access points and speed have made Big Data more accessible and therefore more practical," noted Mike Carpenter, VP of Business Development at, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. "Add social media, mobile proliferation, cloud computing, and CDNs to the mix," Carpenter continued, "and now it becomes the foundation of intelligence."

Cloud Computing Journal: Agree or disagree? - "While the IT savings aspect is compelling, the strongest benefit of cloud computing is how it enhances business agility."

Mike Carpenter: Agreed.

Cloud Computing Journal: Which of the recent big acquisitions within the Cloud and/or Big Data space have most grabbed your attention as a sign of things to come?

Carpenter: Microsoft's acquisition of Skype. What will they do with it?

Cloud Computing Journal: In its recent "Sizing the Cloud" report Forrester Research said it expects the global cloud computing market to reach $241BN in 2020 compared to $40.7BN in 2010 - is that kind of rapid growth trajectory being reflected in your own company or in your view is the Forrester number a tad over-optimistic?

Carpenter: Forrester Research is correct and is shifting accordingly.

Cloud Computing Journal: Which do you think is the most important cloud computing standard still to tackle?

Carpenter: I believe virtual networking is the most important cloud computing standard to deal with right now.

Cloud Computing Journal: Big Data has existed since the early days of computing; why, then, do you think there is such an industry buzz around it right now?

Carpenter: Exponentially increasing data volume, Internet access points and speed have made Big Data more accessible and therefore more practical. Add social media, mobile proliferation, cloud computing, and CDNs to the mix and now it becomes the foundation of intelligence. Of course Big Data is useless hype unless you know how to extract, analyze and act on it.

Cloud Computing Journal: Do you think Big Data will only ever be used for analytical purposes, or do you envisage that it will actually enable new products?

Carpenter: We are already working on a non-analytical application in which an AIC (Artificial Intelligence Chip) will be implanted in my brain and access Big Data to help me win Big Money on Big Game Shows.

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Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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