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The Cloud Infrastructure

An Exclusive Q&A with Renat Khasanshyn, CEO of Altoros Systems and Venture Partner at Runa Capital

"I'm not expecting consolidation in the infrastructure space, except for acquisitions that have to hire strong engineering teams," noted Renat Khasanshyn, CEO of Altoros Systems and Venture Partner at Runa Capital, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan.

Cloud Computing: Just having the enterprise data is good. Extracting meaningful information out of this data is priceless. Agree or disagree?

Renat Khasanshyn: I agree that extracting meaningful information out of this data is priceless.

Cloud Computing: Forrester's James Staten: "Not everything will move to the cloud as there are many business processes, data sets and workflows that require specific hardware or proprietary solutions that can't take advantage of cloud economics. For this reason we'll likely still have mainframes 20 years from now." Agree or disagree?

Khasanshyn: Disagree. For example, we've seen companies porting mainframe applications to Hadoop in a hybrid cloud.

Cloud Computing: The price of cloud computing will go up - so will the demand. Agree or disagree or....?

Khasanshyn: I disagree

Cloud Computing: Rackspace is reporting an 80% growth from cloud computing, Amazon continues to innovate and make great strides, and Microsoft, Dell and other big players are positioning themselves as big leaders. Are you expecting in the next 18 months to see the bottom fall out and scores of cloud providers failing or getting gobbled up by bigger players? Or what?

Khasanshyn: I'm not expecting consolidation in the infrastructure space, except for acquisitions that buy strong engineering teams.

Cloud Computing: Please name one thing that - despite what we all may have heard or read - you are certain is NOT going to happen in the future, with Cloud and BigData? ;-)

Khasanshyn: The startup bubble in this space will not happen anytime soon.

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