Structure: Specialized Clouds on the Horizon?

structure_09_logoAs enterprises begin to evaluate cloud computing, some are asking if the current model of commodity servers and virtualization meets their needs. Is there money to be made creating specialized clouds for industries that require highly specific computing tasks, from video trans-coding to fiscal transactions and medical records? The potential for custom clouds for industry verticals is the focus of a panel at Structure 09: Put Cloud Computing to Work, a conference by the GigaOm Network set for June 25 at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco. Data Center Knowledge readers can get a  10 percent discount on registration by using the code MPDCK.

In the Structure 09 panel “The Myth of the One-Size-Fits-All Cloud,” GigaOm’s Stacey Higginbotham will moderate a discussion with Rightscale CEO Michael Crandell, Savvis CTO Bryan Doerr, Microsoft Distinguished Engineer Yousef Khalidi, Accenture Director of Cloud Computing Joseph Tobolski and Sun Microsystems VP Lew Tucker.

The keynote speaker at Structure 09 will be Paul Sagan, the president and CEO of Akamai, while conference host Om Malik will conduct several “fireside chats” with Facebook CTO Jonathan Heiliger, CTO Werner Vogels and Sun Microsystems CTPO Greg Papadopoulos. See the Structure 09 signup page for more information.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. We are seeing some really interesting uses of the cloud, particularly in transcoding. RightScale is doing some great work with automation and provisioning, giving us a lot of flexibility with AWS. Here's a post on using their tools on a recent project we worked on: