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Mgmt World: Battle of the Cloud Gurus

Carol Wilson
5/26/2011

1:00 PM -- DUBLIN -- Management World 2011 -- Joe Weinman and Randy Bias are arguably the service provider industry's two biggest cloud gurus. And while they also operate some kind of mutual admiration society, they disagree on how service providers are best able to compete in the cloud space.

Seeing them together on a panel isn't that unusual but here in Dublin, they also brought along customers that embody their approaches, and that added an exclamation point to their differences. (See Mgmt World: KT Puts Commodity Spin on Cloud.)

Bias, CEO and founder of Cloudscaling , has a pithy blog that can be found here. He firmly believes service providers have to compete in what he calls the "Web-scale" world of cloud. But interestingly enough, he's toned down his pitch a little since I last heard him, which was only two weeks ago, at our very own Carrier Cloud Forum event. (See 7 Truths About Cloud Computing and Scaling Clouds With Randy Bias.)

Bias is now talking more about a dual-cloud strategy, where telecom service providers build a Web-scale cloud alongside the legacy clouds they are already building. The different clouds would meet differing needs and markets.

Weinman, the former AT&T cloud guru who left to join HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) last fall, is published in multiple venues, but also operates his own website here. He remains true to his belief that service providers need to capitalize on their network assets in delivering cloud and offer end-to-end management, high-quality service level agreements, optimization and more that Web-based cloud operators can't deliver.

I'm wondering how different these two thinkers really are in their approaches to cloud and whether those differences are enough to determine success or failure of a carrier cloud strategy.

— Carol Wilson, Chief Editor, Events, Light Reading

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