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My Cloud Learning journey: Part 3 “We need to talk to Kevin”


As part of my ongoing series to learn about the Cloud from the point of view of the totally uninitiated and try to make some sense of it, I’m told “You need to speak to Kevin Stoll. He’s the reality of cloud.” I nod, smile, and wonder what on Earth that means. I get an image in my head of Kevin as some ancient, Eastern mystic or as one of those inspirational Internet memes. The Reality of Cloud. It seems important but is vague and probably meaningless when you really dig down into it. ‘Be the you that you could be if the you that you were really being could really be you’. That kind of thing…

Kevin Stoll, a Client Principal for Helion OpenStack Professional Services, is an easy guy to talk to; he’s laid-back and funny, he comes across as a person who knows everything he possibly can about his subject but is free of any arrogance that this might bring. An hour flies by in the blink of an eye and, in the course of those 60 minutes, he has stripped away quite a few misconceptions I had and somehow made the Cloud make a lot more sense.

Misconception One: ‘The reality of cloud’ is a silly phrase that means nothing at all.

It turns out that the reality of cloud is how people like Kevin—who can talk tech language and acronyms all day long—communicate with people like me and make the cloud into a real, tangible thing. The engineering and pre-sales communities have what Kevin refers to as “an interesting spectrum of knowledge” but they don’t necessarily have the ability to translate this to the client. Kevin, as a member of Professional Services, is one of the guys who goes into a client’s business and shares a laptop with them, sitting together at a desk, to explain how the theoretical capabilities of as-a-Service solutions can bring real world results. What they meant by “You need to speak to Kevin” is: “Kevin is a guy who spends his days breaking down the vagaries of cloud for people like yourself.”

Read the entire article here, My Cloud Learning journey: Part 3 “We need to talk to Kevin”

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