Chasing new cloud technologies with DroneDeploy, PaaS companies

DroneDeploy software lets IT pros manage many drones in the cloud at once. Is this a new distraction or can it change IT and other business processes?

When you're managing drones in the cloud, a system crash means the drone literally crashes. Startup DroneDeploy hopes to mitigate these risks by releasing software that allows one person to manage multiple unmanned aircraft more easily. Not just for military warheads or missiles, as we often see on the news, drones can be used to pattern, for example, elephant migrations without disrupting herds -- giving scientists new information about animal behavior without putting anyone or the animals at risk.

David Linthicum and his guests Bart Copeland, CEO at ActiveState Software Inc., Charles Radi, vice president and principle cloud architect at Cloud Technology Partners, and John Treadway, senior vice president at Cloud Technology Partners, discuss whether DroneDeploy cloud technologies could change military and other intelligence or if it's merely for cloud hobbyists. They also discuss reactions to Savvis' AppFog buy, try to find the next Amazon Web Services (AWS) and do a little summer reading. Topics include:

  1. DroneDeploy promises the ability to manage multiple drones in the cloud. Is this a cool application of cloud technologies, or only for cloud hobbyists? How is DroneDeploy taking into account network connectivity and encryption?
  2. AppFog is melding into Savvis cloud -- but Linthicum wonders if he should be less interested in the news. What does this mean for the growing Platform as a Service (PaaS) market? Was this a good move for the long run, or is Savvis jumping into an immature PaaS market without waiting for new innovations? Will the level of innovation that AppFog was known for be maintained or will it stagnate in this larger company?
  3. AWS is unquestionably at the top of the cloud provider food chain, but investors are looking for the next best thing. What provider has the best chance of gaining AWS-level success?
  4. The Phoenix Project" is a fictitious story about a company with IT challenges. What does it say about looking at IT as a manufacturing operation? And how does chasing the shiny new technologies complicate things?

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