Edwin Yuen is an analyst covering cloud systems management, including automation and orchestration technologies. Edwin covers IT systems management, both traditional on-premises solutions and newer, cloud-based solutions. These solutions encompass change & configuration management, performance & problem management, and end-to-end workload scheduling & automation. Edwin also covers the emerging areas of IT automation with DevOps and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings. Edwin has been part of creating and defining some of the top systems management solutions in the market today and has spent the better part of the last 10 years analyzing the cloud and systems management space. Edwin has over 20 years of consulting, product management, and sales experience.
As you survey the landscape of IT today, one of the hottest buzzwords is multi-cloud, usually accompanied by a variant of "Any App, Any Cloud," or a position that the company is agnostic to cloud vendors. In reality, we shouldn't blame them too much. No one really likes vendor lock-in and unless you are a major player with your own large-scale cloud business, you have to be multi-cloud.
But like the term "Internet" in the late 90s and "cloud" itself not five years ago, multi-cloud is much more about using the term and having the label than what exactly it means or how enterprises benefit from it. In the video below, Steve Duplessie interviews me about the impact of multi-cloud support for vendors and customers.
It certainly is an exciting time in the cloud landscape, with all the major vendors starting their summer show season and making their major announcements. At first glance, it can be a confusing world, with all the vendors giving similar messaging and along with it, promoting extremely similar features and functions.
One of the prime differences between the cloud vendors is how they are reaching out to and marketing at enterprise customers. For the "new," cloud-born vendors, much of their work started either with consumer applications or by getting new, emerging companies to use their services. Great examples of this would be Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud. AWS certainly has ramped up its enterprise focus over the past two years, with a growing enterprise sales force and new purchasing options. As I noted in my blog about Google Next 2017, Google has made a significant shift with a new go-to-market effort for enterprise customers and new product announcements with a distinct enterprise product set. Both of these companies are leveraging their innovations and targeting enterprises with them.
When I talk with companies and vendors about public cloud, Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure are always at the forefront of discussion. Right behind them is always a discussion of Google Cloud. Google Cloud is separate from the other two because everyone expects that Google will become a force in enterprise IT but the question is when and how. I think that we have now seen the enterprise cloud awakening of the slumbering giant called Google.
This week is Google Cloud's Next 2017 conference in San Francisco and I've seen a number of key shifts in Google's strategy in enterprise IT. This can be broken out into several areas:
In today's video, I extend upon a topic I covered in my 2017 prediction video, the challenges that enterprises face when trying to adopt DevOps. While it's a seemingly easy topic, it's actually deceptively deep. DevOps is really the big buzzword in IT today, like cloud and virtualization before it. And just like those other two topics, DevOps as a concept needs to mature from the idea to reality. That's the challenges that companies face today and I go into detail about actions that are needed to meet those challenges.
As always, please leave a comment here about the video and this time, what you think the challenges for adopting DevOps in 2017 are.
In today's video, John McKnight and I extend upon a topic I covered in my 2017 prediction video, the impact that cloud, especially public cloud, will have on systems management vendors. John and I discuss the pressure that cloud has put on these vendors, especially those traditional, infrastructure up companies that are reaching into public cloud. We discuss the technical challenges for both infrastructure and cloud-born companies, as they struggle to differentiate themselves in a crowded market. And finally, we discuss which vendors are rising to the challenge and what the future systems management landscape looks like.
As always, please leave a comment here on about the video and this time, what you think the challenges for systems management companies in 2017 are.
As is the tradition at ESG, I have made this video with my predictions for 2017 in the three main areas I cover, Systems Management, PaaS, and DevOps. For each area, I cover what I think will be one of the biggest areas of discussion in 2017 and what I think will be the end result.
For Systems Management, I cover the need to define what hybrid cloud really is and what impact it will have on the systems management vendors in the space right now.
For PaaS, I cover the state of the on-premises PaaS market, what happened in 2016, and what I think will happen in 2017.
For DevOps, I go over the keys for adopting DevOps in enterprises for 2017 and the challenges companies will face in DevOps adoption.
At ESG, I get to work with an amazing team of other analysts, a couple of whom also cover cloud computing. We have put together a three part series of our predictions for 2017 with respect to cloud computing.
In this video, which is part 2 of 3, I interview Terri McClure, who covers cloud infrastructure, including converged and hyperconverged, and Dan Conde, who covers cloud platforms and networking.
For cloud infrastructure, I ask Terri about the impact that public cloud has had on the converged and hyperconverged market, and whether those on-premises systems can really offer the same capabilities as public cloud.
For cloud platform and networking, I ask Dan about how the two big competitors in public cloud, AWS and Microsoft Azure, will change in 2017. Will they continue to grow as they have or will the balance shift any? Will another competitor arise to challenge them or will AWS and Azure close the market into a pure, two horse race?
Cisco just announced their intent to acquire AppDynamics. AppDynamics is one of the leaders in the application performance monitoring (APM) space. Why is APM so important? Cloud.
Now it may sound marketing to just say "cloud" but the concepts and usage of cloud, as opposed to traditional infrastructure, are why this acquisition is so important. As enterprises shift more into cloud computing, whether it's on-premises or off-premises, they begin to see the true tenet of cloud, that the application is king.
In cloud, the final output of all the work is the application, as that's all the end-user sees. In many cases, especially in public cloud, IT won't have access or visibility into much of the underlying infrastructure and systems that support the application. In fact, as we move towards distributed systems and architectures, they shouldn't care. Thus, monitoring the application, from the end-user experience on back to the infrastructure, is the important cloud management pivot and APM is at the heart of that.
This is part 5, the last in a series of blogs that I have been doing on systems management and hybrid cloud. For those new to this series, I have been writing about the need to better define hybrid cloud and I have laid out three types of hybrid cloud:
In this part, I’m going to cover what many people define as hybrid cloud, which is using a common management layer to manage across disparate cloud environments. This management architecture, which I call common management hybrid cloud, is the one that most vendors are pushing and the one companies are either familiar with or are already implementing. What is interesting about this type of hybrid cloud is how the management software vendors are approaching the same basic concept of cross or multi-cloud management.
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