Phy-gital Roundtable: Breakfast Roundup from Germany and Netherlands

02 May '15 | Debjyoti Paul

German Shoppers: Meet Them in the Fast Lane to Phy-gital

15 January '15 | Ralf Reich

Shoppers Will Share Personal Information (But They Don’t Want to be “Friends”)

15 January '15 | Anil Venkat

Modernize or Perish: Property and Casualty Insurers and IT Solutions

14 January '15 | Manesh Rajendran

Benelux Reaches the Phy-gital Tipping Point: Omnichannel Readiness is Crucial

13 January '15 | Anil Gandharve

The New Omnichannel Dynamic: Finding Core Principles Across Industries

13 January '15 | Debjyoti Paul

Technology does not disrupt business – CIO day 2014 Roundup

02 December '14 | Anshuman Singh

Apple Pay – The Best Is Yet To Come

02 December '14 | Indy Sawhney

Digital transformation is a business transformation enabled by technology

01 December '14 | Amit Varma

3 Stages of FATCA Testing and Quality Assurance

06 October '14 | Raman Suprajarama

3 Reasons why Apple Pay could dominate the payments space

18 September '14 | Gaurav Johri

Beacon of Hope: Serving Growth and Customer Satisfaction

05 August '14 | Debjyoti Paul

The Dos and Don’ts of Emerging Technologies Like iBeacon

30 July '14 | Debjyoti Paul

What You Sold Us On – eCommerce Award Finalist Selections

17 July '14 | Anshuman Singh

3 Steps to Getting Started with Microsoft Azure Cloud Services

04 June '14 | Koushik Ramani

8 Steps to Building a Successful Self Service Portal

03 June '14 | Giridhar LV

Innovation outsourced – a myth or a mirage or a truth staring at us?

13 January '14 | Ramesh Hosahalli

What does a mobile user want?

03 January '14 | Gopikrishna Aravindan

Parallels Summit 2014 – Reflections

Posted on: 03 March '14

We participated as an exhibitor at the Parallels Summit 2014 at New Orleans. This was a new city for us to visit and attend a conference. We had got used to equating conferences with Las Vegas or the Bay Area, so in that sense New Orleans was a welcome change. Also, with the summit falling bang in the middle of Mardi Gras, there was a good chance to experience outside of the conference also.

But, I think the welcome change was limited to the city only. From the various talks and the discussions at the conference, it looked like the overall confusion around the Cloud, especially the Infrastructure as a Service platform providers still continues. Including VMUnify, it looks like there are eight IaaS management platforms that are available now or in advanced stages of availability.

From my interactions with the Parallels folks, it looks like IaaS is still a small part of their customers’ business, and with eight of them getting available, it doesn’t look like there is place for all. This along with the news that Parallels is reselling the Cloud Management platform from Flexiant, not sure what will be the play for the other platforms unless there is a clear differentiator. In our case, our support for Amazon and Azure along with the Virtualization platform sets us apart, but is this a large enough differentiator?

Also, how many Service Providers are launching IaaS business and how much of this will be sizeable is an unanswered question.

So, what’s the road ahead for the Cloud Management platforms focusing around IaaS, I think it is to find that True Differentiator quickly, else it will be difficult to stand out in the ever growing pack.

What do the readers think?

Giridhar LV

Giridhar has been in the IT industry for more than 17 years. He is currently the head of VMUnify - a solution that Enables Unified Clouds. Prior to Mindtree he has worked in Novell India. In his career he has led teams that have developed Backup and Recovery Solutions for Windows / Linux and NetWare; NFS Gateway development for NetWare and bed side ECG monitor development. His areas of interest included Virtualization, File Systems, Operating Systems and Entrepreneurship. He is also an author of 2 patent pending applications.