SAN FRANCISCO: Some of the biggest names in the IT world took to the stage on Monday to discuss the challenges and opportunities companies are facing in the transition to public and private cloud architectures.
A panel group including Dell founder Michael Dell, EMC chief Joe Tucci and VMware bosses Paul Maritz and Pat Gelsinger said that the implementation of cloud platforms will prove vital as consumerisation and the introduction of the millennial generation make the hardware platform itself less significant.
"They want these tools to enable them and they want innovation to occur any place within the organisation," Dell said.
"All of the great tools and technology that we as an industry are building are enabling these new ways of doing work."
With those changes, however, will come new challenges. The panel noted that security will be a primary concern as data moves from traditional architectures to cloud platforms.
"Security is becoming behavioural, it is becoming more like fraud detection," Maritz said.
"So you have to look at the behaviour that is going on, ask 'is this normal or not?',"
Additionally, the panel suggested that firms will need to change their approach from the top down in order to safely and effectively transition to the cloud.
Gelsinger noted that for many customers who have considered cloud architectures have failed to make the cultural and philosophical changes needed to fully take advantage of the benefits of hybrid platforms.
"Some of them have made the jump, but they have not changed their organisation," the incoming VMware chief executive said.
"You have to change. People and process changes are fundamental."
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