Last week I had the opportunity to attend Gigaom Structure, an event self-described as an opportunity to “meet the innovators and thinkers who are building infrastructure to run the applications of the next decade.”
The 2 day conference in The Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco (yes, that’s where WordCamp San Francisco will be held!) offered a packed schedule of impressive speakers. So it’s not surprising that some of them came out with some memorable quotes. Here are my top 7 (please excuse minor transcription errors):
- “Friends don’t let friends build data centers.” – Jamie Miller — SVP and CIO, GE.
- “Economics takes no prisoners.” – Bryan Cantrill — CTO, Joyent.
- “The single biggest issue we’ve seen over the past 2 years has been the Snowden impact.” – Bill Fathers — SVP and GM Hybrid Cloud Services, VMware.
- “It’s not blowing over. Other governments are waiting for us to put our surveillance house in order.” – Brad Smith — EVP and General Counsel, Microsoft.
- “If we don’t have a fundamentally new security system, I don’t know how we’re going to enjoy the Internet of Things.” – Dan Kaufman — Director of the Information Innovation Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
- “Nobody asks systems like Microsoft & VMWare are there too many proprietary systems?” – Sameer Dholakia — Group VP and GM, Citrix Systems (when asked if there are too many open source players in the cloud space).
- “If you have too much money you go VMware, if you have too much time you go OpenStack.” – Marten Mickos — CEO, Eucalyptus Systems.
For a great overview of the event, check out Gigaom’s live coverage. Gigaom Senior Writer Barb Darrow has also summarized the Lessons Learned from Gigaom Struture 2014.
Gigaom’s next event is Gigaom Structure Connect on October 21 and 22 in San Francisco. The theme is Building the Internet of Things and tickets are on sale now.
Were you at Gigaom Structure? If yes, what was your favorite quote from the event?
Ernest Hemingway said: “As a writer you should not judge. You should understand.” Kirby Prickett is passionate about writing, reading, and understanding. She is currently a writer at WPEngine. You can connect with Kirby on Twitter or Google+.
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