He wants (1) with no human tinkering any virtual cloud can exchange files with other virtual clouds. (2) universal units of measure for cloud pricing, something like a "Kilowatt of cloud" (3) performance monitoring universal and "a la carte" and on demand (4) the ability to move at wish in a jiffy to another cloud or availability zone.
The large companies (IBM, CISCO, Microsoft) have impressive large booths, but it appears no one knows what they sell and why. They are men and women smiling and polite. These are actual replies: "I am so sorry, I just started last week and I was told to attend the show". Or " I am a lifetime company man, never been outside and I don't know"
Then we have the storage and back up companies. Or monitoring software companies. Or anti-virus companies. Or security solutions software. They may have a good products, but they can go to any data center show and sell the same products. They are useful add-ons not solutions by themselves
As I was going to have a drink, I realized that all this cloud movement, would not have had existed without people, my friends, who are on my twitter list named "Fascinating People" Randy Bias (CloudScale founder), Bernard Golden, Geva Perry, Nati Shalom (GigaSpaces), Adrian Cockcroft (Netflix), Ruv Cohen (who was sailing the Caribbean after he sold his company to Virtustream)
Many people I credit as part of the cloud soul were not there. The Spanish entrepreneurs Diego Marino (Abiquo), Diego Parilla (StackOps) and Javier Perez-Grifo (TAPP). My apologies to those not named.
Jason Hoffman ( Joyent) did not attend. And talking about Joyent, they are probably closer to the ideal of Charles Babcock than any other company I know
What I did miss at Cloud Connect was to see network virtualization companies, like Nicira, Evolven and so on. We know more than half of the cost of the cloud are network. Well, we know because of various articles published analyzing cost of the cloud .
What I discovered at Cloud Connect is a company called Cloud Cruiser. They operated in stealth until March last year. According to web site:
Cloud Cruiser delivers a comprehensive suite of applications to map and measure resource usage independent of computing environment, allocating costs based on IT-defined criteria, and providing flexible and in-depth reporting of that usage. Cloud Cruiser enables business intelligence from many different levels and perspectives to give you the optimization and chargeback information that you require for your cloud.