The were 330 attendees at the summit, the largest so far, and it was said that the summit room contained the "World think-tank for hosting and cloud services." Maybe, let's remember there's life outside of the Microsoft world too. There was a very strong representation from the UK as ever - did you know that the UK is the #2 hosting market for Microsoft? It's second only to the US.
There were two things of interest in relation to Virtualisation;
In the Austen Mulinder & Bob Muglia opening keynotes, a picture of the future was painted;
- There are approximately 30 million servers running in the world today
- In 10 years time this is estimated to be 50 million servers
- Potentially 50% of these servers will run in the cloud in 10 years time
- That's 25 million servers in the cloud - that's changing the world of IT
Following on from this, in John Zanni's keynote - The State of the Hosting Industry, he talked about the need for hosting companies to leverage existing investments, scale up AND down as a business changes, and be agile to survive. Agile platforms? - flexible, modular, repeatable process, quick time to market etc.
John conducted a quick straw-poll of the audience (most of the 300 hosting attendees were there)
- The majority of the room have less than 25% of their server estate virtualised
- A tiny handful (John counted no more than 6) had more than 50% of their estate running as virtual servers