What to Watch at Google Next '18 (Video)

Google Next '18 is Google's annual show focused on their cloud offerings. Once again, I'll be going to the show and I have a quick video previewing what I think are the key things to watch at Google Next '18. I think there will be some exciting announcements around hybrid cloud, containers, and more enterprise offerings. Watch the video below and, during the show, tweet to me @edwinyuen if you have questions, and if you are at the show, reach out to me to meet face to face. And look for a summary blog from me after the show for my analysis of the key announcements.

Topics: hybrid cloud containers Google Next Cloud Platforms & Services

Will AWS Join the Enterprise Network Switch Market?

A number of articles surfaced last Friday about AWS selling network switching infrastructure used in its own environment to enterprises. This news had a ripple effect in the market as some of the major network companies saw a dip in their stock prices.

If the sources are accurate, AWS is, at the very least, contemplating this strategy. If it decides to enter the market, this could be highly disruptive to the status quo. Let’s take a minute to think about this, though--it’s not like AWS will be selling data center network switches online – well, at least not yet - I actually just checked and didn’t see any Prime Day specials. If they are seriously considering entering this market, it does highlight a number of things that AWS may have to do to capture the on-premises enterprise market share.

Topics: Networking Amazon AWS network switch

Is HCI Bringing Change to the Hypervisor Market?

Hyperconverged infrastructures (HCIs) are anchored in virtualizationvirtual storage, virtual compute, and virtual networking. And we know the big names in the hypervisor space: VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V. Recent ESG research asked organizations what they consider to be their primary hypervisor deployed in production. Fifty five percent of organizations selected VMware vSphere, while another 36% primarily leverage Microsoft Hyper-V.

Topics: Microsoft VMware nutanix Virtualization hyperconverged infastructure kvm hypervisor

What I Learned at the Tufin Customer Conference (Tufinnovate)

Last week, I attended Tufin’s annual customer conference, Tufinnovate, here in Boston. If you don’t know Tufin, the company focuses on network security policy management for enterprise organizations.

Topics: Network Security Cybersecurity cloud security

HPE GreenLake: IT Flexibility on Steroids (Video)

Sure, the letters "i" and "t" can be found together in the word "flexibility," but getting genuine flexibility in terms of the provision of IT - in other words to build IT capabilities dynamically around necessary outcomes rather than foundational inputs - has long remained a big challenge for the industry and consumers alike, both operationally and commercially.

Topics: Storage hybrid cloud HPE Discover

In Conversation with Warner Bros. Entertainment's Doug Crawford at HPE Discover 2018 (Video)

While at HPE Discover 2018, I had the opportunity to sit down with Doug Crawford from Warner Bros. Entertainment. As it turns out, Warner Bros. Entertainment is one of HPE Aruba’s oldest customers. We discussed how they were leveraging  HPE Aruba solutions, how their environment has evolved and how they plan to leverage HPE Aruba solutions in the future to enhance the experience at the studios.

Topics: Networking HPE Discover

Talking Validation (ESG 360 Video Series)

In this discussion, part of ESG's 360 Video Series, VP of ESG's Validation Services Brian Garrett explains how the ways that ESG conducts its validation services have changed over the years - not only driving a better appreciation of the value that vendors' offerings can deliver but also reflecting a change in users’ demands. The change is twofold: Whereas early testing and proving was most often around individual products and features, now the functional emphasis is much more likely to be around a complete solution - anything from HCI to data protection to cloud and “...as a service” offerings; in all these situations, flexibility and ease of use have come to the fore. Secondly the validations that ESG conducts are now much more frequently focused on the economic and business value of a solution instead of - or as well as - merely its functional efficacy. Brian discusses the reasons for these changes, and notes that actual user input is now also increasingly important to the process.

Topics: Storage ESG Validation Services

Talking Mobility (ESG 360 Video Series)

Here, Mark Bowker starts his discussion of IT mobility by defining it broadly--but-clearly--as the secure delivery of apps and data wherever and however needed. This major practical change in IT is conceptually simple to grasp but brings multiple complex challenges for IT organizations - not least of which is the dual threat of unpredictability and associated [potential for] lack of control. Mark explains that the major foci for IT around mobility are therefore security, policy, and management structures - but that isn’t to say that there is not also a major, gratifying pay-off for IT organizations that get mobility done well...

Topics: Enterprise Mobility ESG 360 Video Series

The Need for Better Monitoring of Cloud-native Applications

As companies adopt new technologies to support digital transformation, the need to update and adapt their monitoring and management tools becomes more and more critical. Companies that have already started to leverage public cloud and more cloud-native applications are finding that they need better monitoring tools, with the capability to monitor new application frameworks and a more application, rather than infrastructure, orientation. ESG conducted research on companies that were already using two or more public cloud providers and when we asked what they have learned about systems management based on their public cloud experiences, 30% responded they need better application and end-user experience monitoring of workloads.

Topics: Systems Management

Talking Data Protection: ESG 360 Video Series

This conversation with Christophe Bertrand, part of ESG's 360 Video Series, is a reminder of the importance of data protection (DP) - especially the recovery element rather than 'just' the backup element. This may seem obvious; however, Christophe reminds us that the importance of DP is not to be measured so much as a only a necessary basic cost of doing business, BUT that - when optimized - it can actually return genuine value to the business. So, while the technologies and processes of DP's mechanics continue to improve, it is the resulting data-ROI opportunities of DP that should really be driving the business discussions and decisions in this area.

Topics: Storage Data Protection backup and recovery ESG 360 Video Series