Cloud Computing (24 April 2012)

Will cloud computing and the subsequent change in how ICT is created and consumed spell the end of the traditional “suits and boxes” IT supply chain? The arrival of Cloud Computing has clearly grabbed column inches and created much debate. The debate is increasingly polarising into a choice between public and private implementations.

Whilst this debate rages the reality is the infrastructure as a service approach isn’t new, it’s actually the last sector in the ICT trinity of connectivity, communication and computing to go ‘virtual’. There is therefore a strong body of evidence that we can learn from that predicts the future trajectory and likelihood of success. This talk looks at the market, technology and delivery model and tackles some of the key barriers to adoption namely security, control, governance and architecture.

Mathew Finnie

Matthew Finnie is the CTO at Interoute Communications Ltd. He is a technologist with over 25 years experience across semi-conductors, software/internet and latterly telecoms. Matthew started in mixed signal design at semi-conductor manufacturer Analog Devices (Boston Ma – 1987). He went on to found Internet start-up Insitu Inc (based in Boston 1993) with its award winning real-time document collaboration software. Insitu Inc was acquired in 1996 by Internet Telephony pioneer Vocaltec Inc. Vocaltec pioneered many innovations in mixed media communication over the internet pre-dating many of the capabilities that we take for granted including the development of Session Initiation Protocol or SIP for short. In 2000 Matthew was invited to join Interoute when it was little more than a construction project. Interoute was the most ambitious project to date. The objective was to create the same market dynamic enjoyed by North American technology firms through the creation of a single market ICT multi-service platform that would leverage all 29 countries in the EU and interconnect globally. Out of this emerged Unified ICT, an industrialisation of ICT service creation that seeks to progressively integrate functionality into the network, realising the vision of the early 90’s that the network is the computer, for connectivity, computing and mixed media communication services.