VMWare just announced more details on their hybrid cloud strategy. I have to say I’m still a little surprised by all of it. On the technical front – I like it. From a business standpoint I’m still trying to figure out how this fits into a software company’s strategy.
Dell just announced that they are discontinuing their owned and managed public cloud strategy that was based on OpenStack. I was kind of surprised when the announcement was released. I also found the release timing a bit interesting – after all VMWare is just getting rolling with their public clouds and now Dell seems to be getting out.
This year EMCWorld was a little earlier in the month of May than usual. This was better logistically for me and I’m sure many others. It doesn’t muddle up Memorial Day like it has in the past, plus the weather was spectacular – at least at night when we had time to go outside and enjoy the town a little. That said, EMCWorld was as exhausting as ever with too many people to see, keynotes to listen to, demos, videos, dinners, etc.
WOW! 3,000 people in the main events (users) and a full on analyst day with exclusive time with Keynotes, founders, and key partners. Rackspace also had a private analyst dinner where we sat and chatted with the key cloud people and founders of OpenStack from Rackspace. My biggest impression: This is real, it’s serious, and there are a lot of BIG players putting a lot behind it.
This video blog highlights some of the possibilities when a company make the transformation to IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS).
Jonathan Bryce and Mark Collier started off the day talking about the impressive changes in interest and contributions to the OpenStack software. Just quarter over quarter stats from Q4’12 to Q1’13 when they went from 148 member companies to 189 and 175 developers to 252. Also just this past week Juniper and Erikson joined as Gold members with Juniper’s code seeing adoption already through their partnership with CloudScaling. Jonathan and Mark presented their strategic vision that includes three focuses for the OpenStack platform ecosystem – tech, users, and innovation.
One of the phenomena in the cloud world that has gotten a lot of press is the OpenStack project which is a free open source software set managed by the OpenStack Foundation. A few years ago most traditional manufacturers were all trying to find ways to extend their existing portfolios into the cloud. Some felt that private cloud was a great strategy. From their perspective – why not just convert all that great investment on the floor by converting it from being virtualized to cloud. To me this means making it self-service, on-demand, including a fee-for-use cost model, available to any endpoint, and able to scale elastically as needed.
In this video blog I discuss some of the highlights from the cloud service management market summary report to help IT begin to convert a virtualized data center to a private or hybrid cloud service.
ESG recently surveyed 540 IT professionals representing midmarket (100 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in North America and Western Europe to find out what their public cloud spending intentions for 2013 were. In this video blog I review some of the highlights of our findings.
Last week I was out in Santa Clara at the Cloud Connect Conference. On top of enjoying the weather and getting to meet up with some old friends, I also got to spend time chatting with some great companies. One of these was Pier1, which is a growing cloud service provider.
One of the cool things ESG has is a channel development team that provides insights and guidance to the companies we work with when they want to find new ways to engage partners or just bounce ideas for new programs off of us. Since my interests lie mostly in all things cloud –working with my colleague Kevin Rhone I’ve become more and more aware of how much the cloud is also disrupting the channel. Partners are trying to find new ways to leverage the cloud while not losing business to Cloud Service Providers (CSPs). I’ve talked to a number of CSPs who are also trying to find ways to leverage different types of partners to create a channel of their own so that they can extend their reach (e.g. promote their brand, multiply their sales force and implementation expertise).
Today’s CIO is constantly challenged to keep up with not only the changes in technology, but also the changes that are affecting the business as a whole. Current global business dynamics are characterized by hyper-speed changes in the business climate that in turn require companies to be increasingly agile and efficient. These traits aren’t always in line with the standard annual budgeting process and are especially incongruent to the fixed resources that IT has available.
Wayne Pauley is a Senior Analyst focused on Cloud Computing, ITaaS, and the Software-defined Data Center. With over 30 years of industry experience, Wayne has personally designed and managed technology infrastructure in large IT shops, and built startups from the ground up.
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