- The return of Michael Capellas

(3-Mar-11) New Orleans, La. - The last time Michael Capellis was in the high tech spotlight he was trying to save MCI Worldcom. That did not go well for the 30-year veteran of the IT industry.

Today, the last CEO of Compaq took the main stage at Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) Partner Summit, held here, to deliver a keynote address about the cloud as the chief executive of VCE, the VMware, Cisco and EMC (Nasdaq: EMC) Vblock alliance, formerly known as Acadia.

He said that the cloud is not just marketing hype but an evolution that started six or seven years ago. The man who once introduced the Compaq PocketPC as well as the ProLiant server told the audience that cloud will happen and that there would be no way of reversing the trend.

“The take away here is that the cloud is not a buzzword but an identification of seven to 10 years of development; stage by stage, piece by piece and that's a trend that can't be reversed. It will dominate 100 per cent. However, I have been right only 60 per cent of the time,” Capellas joked.

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