AWS re:Invent 2021: Cloudhouse CEO Mat Clothier looks ahead to 2022

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Earlier in December, Cloudhouse CEO, Mat Clothier, attended the AWS re:Invent 2021 conference in Las Vegas. As we look ahead to 2022, Mat shares his thoughts on the conference and what it means for the future of the Cloud.

Mat Clothier

As I headed off to AWS re:Invent at the end of November, I was delighted that it was an in-person event again, albeit on a much smaller scale than previous years. It’s hard to beat meeting face-to-face when it comes to sharing ideas, and I was looking forward to catching up with colleagues I hadn’t seen in a long time.

There was a great line-up of speakers and, although there were no major new product announcements, a couple of things stood out for me.

Firstly, it was great to hear from the new AWS CEO, Adam Selipsky, for his first keynote address. He demonstrated a real depth of understanding of the business, and from talking to others in attendance, there was a sense of reassurance to know that he gets it. There was a real feeling of optimism and positivity among the delegates.

Secondly, I think the conference made it clear that AWS has held on to its core values. It’s been through a period of huge growth, and now it’s reaching a level of maturity and refining its offering. From my point of view, I think the most interesting thing here is that the company has made a clear commitment to help people complete the process of moving to the Cloud. It is focusing efforts on elements that are less cloud native, things that been left behind so far. How can it best support people to fully make the move? It’s also encouraging that the company is making a play in mainframe migration service. This is going to be really important for customers with massive estates who are currently finding it difficult to move entrenched software. It’s great news that AWS plans to build tools to make completion happen, and it reinforces my opinion that we need to prioritise working towards this.

A focus on modernisation

A stand-out session for me was that with Adnan Ijaz, Director of Product Management in the AWS Commercial Services software team. His talk was a deep dive into Windows Engineering: AWS was the first major Cloud provider to offer Windows workloads. Adnan mentioned the launch of End-of-support Migration Programme for Windows Server (EMP), for which Cloudhouse is the Global Preferred Partner. I was delighted to hear him describe it as one of his favourite launches. As he went on to explain “It’s one of the things where we’re really proud of innovating for our Windows customers. Most recently, a lot of our focus has been on modernisation, helping customers move off of these legacy applications and turn them into more cloud native applications.” Something that really chimes with me and the Cloudhouse team!

I’m confident that 2022 will see the next phase in the evolution of the Cloud: bringing everyone on board. I’m looking forward to this next step of the journey.


Disclosure: Cloudhouse is the Preferred Partner for the Amazon Web Services (AWS) End-of-Support Migration Programme for Windows Server (EMP) service.

About Mat Clothier

CEO & Founder
Mat has more than 20 years’ industry experience, founding multiple organisations focusing on provisioning enterprise IT solutions. He is an expert in enterprise IT technology, virtualisation and distributed management of applications, and devotes his time to developing solutions that simplify user-access to modern enterprise IT applications. He started his first business while at university, providing CIO services to SMEs in the South West of England. Mat is a motoring enthusiast and enjoys experimenting with new technologies. He graduated from the University of Plymouth with a BSc Hons in Computer Systems and Networks.

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