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Cloud 2027: How Will Architectures Shift?

Zeus Kerravala  (Founder and Principal Analyst, ZK Research)

David Rosenblatt  (Distinguished Solution Architect- Digital Workspace, World Wide Technology)

Paul Ginn  (Group Director - Product Marketing, Mitel)

John Akerboom  (Senior Director, Cloud Architecture and Design, Avaya)

Shawn Rolin  (Head of Technology and Global Solution Engineering, Zoom)

Jarod Stokes  (Senior Director, Research and Development, Lumen Technologies)

Location: Sun C

Date: Thursday, March 28

Time: 8:00 am - 8:45 am

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Session Type: Breakout Session

Track: Communications & Collaboration 2027

Vault Recording: TBD

The initial rush to the cloud led many to believe that architectures would become mostly centralized; but now, many enterprises are weighing the need to keep some of their applications and compute power at the edge. Whether for real-time application performance, artificial intelligence, cost optimization, or other factors, how should your enterprise expect to architect your network and applications to provide the service that your end users require? In this session, a leading analyst will consider the scenarios and use cases at play as enterprise architectures continue to evolve.


  • Which applications are more likely to need a hybrid edge/cloud architecture? How will legacy applications like voice and real-time applications like video be best deployed?
  • Is AI causing an edge tipping point?
  • What are the key requirements for running workloads at the edge?
  • What are the cost implications of the various architecture choices?
  • How will evolving cloud architecture choices impact the types of services that are offered?
  • How should companies get started?