It is All about Choice

For the second year in a row I had the good fortune to attend the AT&T Developer Summit in Las Vegas. This event always takes place the day before the CES show but is not actually part of the CES show itself.  This year 2,500 participants from 770 companies joined in the festivities that ended with a private concert in the Rain nightclub at the Palms Hotel.

The two and a half hour keynote session is always thrilling and this year lived up to the hype.  Ralph De La Vega, President and CEO—AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets, introduced a number of new smart phones and tablets.  Glenn Laurie, president of emerging devices, resale and partnerships, AT&T Mobility, discussed gaming and the evolution and mobilization of the game console.  John Donovan, AT&T’s Chief Technology Officer, discussed the recently announced AT&T Platform as a Service and newly announced AT&T’s API Platform, AT&T Cloud Architect Service, and AT&T’s participation in Openstack.

Deep in all these messages was a recurring theme—choice! Ralph talked about 6 new Android LTE devices and low price tablet and smart phone options.  He even showed the Pantech Element, which worked after marinating in a fish bowl.  This is amazing.  It sure seems like there is a device for everyone.

On the Cloud front, there is plenty of choice too.  AT&T Synaptic Compute as a Service has been in the market for over a year now, is VMware-based, and truly caters to the enterprise users.  With the announcement of AT&T Cloud Architect AT&T now has a product that caters to the DIY developers.  This service uses Xen today but with AT&T joining the Openstack movement look for some Openstack choices down the road.  This choice is critical because the needs of an Enterprise are very different than those of an independent developer.

There was quite a bit of information shared during the keynote so I can go on and on. Take a look at my tweets @donald_parente for more details.  I tried to capture as much as I could.

What devices and cloud technologies would you like to see from AT&T?  What newly announced capability are you most excited about from AT&T?
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