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21 Apr 2016

Cloud In The Planet

Chinese philosopher Laozi once claimed that the journey of a thousand miles begins with but a single step. For any modern business, the decision to move with the technological times is a good example of how that one initial step can result in a considerably progressive step forward into the future.

For any enterprise or business, making the move to the Cloud brings a host of benefits ? and this notion will be covered in Darragh Kennedy's forthcoming talk at the Cloud Expo Asia event in Hong Kong this May. ?My session will look at Lonely Planet?s journey from on-premise infrastructure to 100% Cloud: with that has come a high level of automation and autonomy.?

For more than 12 years, Darragh has built Data Centres and Networks in both Asia and Europe. Darragh has also been responsible for web delivery, security and Cloud transformation at Lonely Planet. ?I studied IT engineering and spent many years in the Infrastructure and development space,? says Darragh. ?Recently, I have moved into the ERP and E-commerce space gaining exposure to the commercial side of the business.?

Lonely Planet is the world?s leading travel media company, providing inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. ?Over the past four decades, Lonely Planet has cultivated a dedicated traveller community and printed more than 130 million books in 13 different languages to most destinations on the planet,? says Darragh. ?The Lonely Planet ecosystem also includes digital and mobile apps, a comprehensive ebook portfolio, 12 international magazines and an award-winning website. At Lonely Planet, I help drive our Cloud strategy and publishing development.?

Lonely Planet has been making the most of digital technologies ? using these have ensured great benefits. For example, the company recently took the decision to transfer all of its computing to IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service). This move ensured that two of the key watchwords in any business were saved ? time and money. Moving from premises to the Cloud offers a number of advantages ? not just for Lonely Planet, but for any business. As Darragh explains, now that development in this field has hastened, this can afford business the chance to experiment further: ?The speed of development and change is now incredibly fast, web development is all about experimentation and iteration now.?

Security levels have also been changed for the better, thanks to IaaS: ?The 'outsourcing' of the physical layer using IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) lets us focus on application security,? explains Darragh. ?This goes a step further when we consume SaaS (Software as a Service), we leverage the economies of scale of large providers on security and focus on our speciality, travel.?

Darragh concludes that the evolution of SaaS ERP is very much an ecosystem play:  ?This allows the vendor to focus on the core and allow innovation via their platform - it is an API driven evolution.?

Darragh will be speaking at Cloud Expo Asia and Data Centre World, Hong Kong on Wednesday 18th May 2016 from 11:35 to 12:00 about 'Building Products not Data Centres' in the Data Centre World Keynote Theatre.

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