Last week, I was on this flight to Vegas to attend IBM Cloud and Security conference Pulse 2014. I was flying Bangalore –London-Vegas with couple of hours stop over at Heathrow and back the same route but with a long stop at Delhi. Each flight was for over 10 hours each. The in-flight entertainment system had some good listing of movies. But unfortunately after every few minutes, the entire system would restart. So for the most part of the journey I was seeing “Please wait, your entertainment system is being reset”
Things were very different in Vegas at the Pulse 2014 venue. No waiting and all sessions running full with people and lots of energy in the room. Here are my key takeaways from the sessions.
- The key theme was around inspiring bold moves. The keynote speakers and the content was just excellent. If you missed the action, you can do the catch up seeing these videos
- There were lot of new announcements in the cloud front – specific thing to highlight is the announcement of open beta around IBM BlueMix. BlueMix, the next generation cloud platform based on IBM's Open Cloud Architecture and Cloud Foundry. Bluemix enables developers to rapidly build, deploy, and manage their cloud applications, while tapping a growing ecosystem of available services and runtime frameworks based on IBM’s extensive software portfolio.
- Jeff Lawson the CEO of Twilio did demonstrate this capability by building an app in just 5 Minutes Using Twilio and IBM’s Bluemix. He did live in front of the 11000 + spectators. Read more about here.
- Security Intelligence was another hop topic at the conference. Particularly of interest was IBM Security QRadar Incident Forensics which was all about how to retrace a security incident and discover what happened, when and how.
- Other key sessions for which the rooms were full or oversubscribed were Brenden’s keynote on Security Intelligence in a post perimeter world, the IBM Security CTO team panel as well as the latest on how our Identity and Access solutions are addressing the mobile and cloud challenges.
- Finally the solution cafes and demo booths were just overflowing with visitors. Particularly something generated lot of interest was our next generation(XGS) IPS boxes displayed at the booth which was also plugged in live into the Wifi network used for the conference. The dashboard was showing the different people accessing the different applications and categories and how XGS can go beyond monitoring to protect at an application-level with controls, URL filtering, etc. Read more here
So in summary what I’ve to say is Cloud and Security are changing the way how enterprises are going to be consuming and delivering IT Services.. and the sort of innovation possible is enormous – So no more waiting..your cloud is already reset with lot of new and secure capabilities.. Just go ahead and explore – Think it, Build it and Tap into it.
P.S. My return flights had a better in-flight entertainment system and I did manage to catch up on few of the latest movies :)