The cloud has been big news recently, with many of the leading tech sites declaring that the cloud is the future of both home and business computing. It’s pretty unsurprising that those who are fortunate enough to be ahead of the curve wanted to gather and discuss how to proceed with making that future a reality sooner rather than later.

Leading file sharing service Egnyte organised a conference in California which took place a couple of weeks ago, and some of the ideas shared were incendiary to say the least.

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Firestorm was Egnyte’s first event, and fortunately it went off with a bang. Festivities kicked off at a relatively early 8am (this was a business conference after all), and following an all too brief introduction from Egnyte CEO Vineet Jain, the floor was opened at 9:30am, when experts debated some of the hot topics that Jain outlined.

It might seem a bit strange that the conference began with what was termed the “Venture Panel”, discussing the future of the industry, but that only served to drive the point home that everyone present at Firestorm had much to look forward to throughout the day, and really reinforced how important the industry is about to become.

The Industry and Analyst Panels were next up, and for a couple of hours they really delivered the ins and outs of where cloud storage is right now. As with any tech based industry, “right now” is significantly further on than half the audience thought it was, and as such the audience found the analysis extremely useful.

Speaking after the conference, Jain reiterated just how radical parts of the conference had been, with a focus on the companies plugging the holes in security that some feared would hold cloud computing back for a few years yet, and how readily the public have adopted the technology so far. In his roundup of the conference, Jain concluded:

“As we find our way into the New Year, there will be a lot of changes to this thing we call the “cloud”. Its promise will come to fruition in new ways, and we will see implementations on a truly massive scale.”