What I Expect from AWS re:Invent 2017

AWS (Amazon Web Services) re:Invent is a large show. So large, in fact, that it won't fit into one venue. While not a crazy event like some consumer-oriented technology shows in Las Vegas, it has a key enterprise-oriented cloud show forum for understanding the scope of cloud computing solutions and integrated solutions from partners. While Microsoft has its main Ignite conference and splits off developers into Build, and Google has different conferences focused on cloud or developers, in this case, AWS puts it all in one venue. What do we expect here? Here's my snarky answer:

Topics: Cloud Computing Amazon AWS AWS re:Invent

EFSS and the MAG vendors in 2016

When in conversations about the EFSS market, I'm often asked where Microsoft, Amazon, and Google (MAG) fit in the overall landscape. Usually it takes the form of, "isn't [insert MAG vendor name here] going to run away with this market when they get serious?"

Topics: Storage Microsoft Amazon google EFSS

Amazon's Strategy of Operational Excellence

cloudIn the wake of the 4th annual Amazon Web Services (AWS) user conference, AWS has finally emerged as a leader in cloud infrastructure and platform services. AWS now has over 1 million active customers and year-over-year growth in EC2 instances, data transfer, and database use that is close to 100% as of 2015 Q2. AWS did $4.6 billion in revenue in 2014 and expects to see $7.3 billion by the end of 2015 which is close to 60% growth. Amazon is now adding over $1 billion in new revenue per quarter. It’s rare to see these kinds of growth rates in a business that is closing in on 10 years old. This shows the transformative effect that cloud services are having on the IT business.

Topics: Amazon AWS

Amazon AWS and Rackspace - A Cloud Hole-in-one?

golf caddyFrancis Ouimet had Eddy Lowery, Tiger Woods had Steve Williams, Jordan Spieth has Michael Greller, and now AWS users have…Rackspace?

 Behind every golf phenom is a silent partner. That even keel caddy that brings the right blend of wit, wisdom and instinctual insight and advice to help propel his or her wunderkind to the top of the leader board. Like these unsung heroes of the fairway, Rackspace too is now bringing caddy-like concierge services to bear to help businesses leverage AWS for grand slam success in the cloud.

Topics: cloud Amazon AWS Rackspace

Microsoft ruling hurts all US cloud providers

A few months ago, the US government did a completely insane, and massively far reaching thing - it forced Microsoft to hand over e-mails and personal information of customers of US companies on a server that is in IRELAND.

Topics: Cloud Computing Microsoft Amazon google cloud service providers US government Public Cloud Service

Riverbed Announces the End to Excuses in Trying D2D2C

For several months, I’ve been talking about the inevitability of D2D2C (meaning that data goes from primary/production storage to secondary protection storage and then to a tertiary cloud). In fact, I blogged a few months ago that it seems hard to imagine organizations of any size meeting their recovery SLAs with a straight-to-cloud solution. Instead, the intermediary backup server or appliance provides a fast and flexible local restore capability, while the cloud provides longer-term retention.

But even D2D2C has several permutations, including:

  • Backup-as-a-service intermediary caching devices before the BaaS service itself.
  • Traditional backup servers/appliances writing to a cloud tertiary storage tier.
  • Traditional backup servers/appliances replicating to a cloud-hosted copy of the backup engine.
  • Traditional backup storage/dedupe platforms replicating to a cloud-hosed appliance.
Topics: Storage Data Protection JBuff Networking Information and Risk Management Riverbed Amazon Jason Buffington

AWS Lifts The Covers on Zocalo

Since I started covering the online file sharing (OFS) market, the big question I get from end-users and vendors alike is "What happens if AWS enters the market?” Of course, they also ask about Google and Microsoft – these are the big three and obvious vendors to ask about, given their infrastructure, cloud offerings, and the incredible price points they can offer thanks to economies of (massive) scale. But the Google and Microsoft online file sharing solutions are already known entities, and AWS (until now) is not. That all changed on July 10th with the introduction of Zocalo, the AWS secure storage and sharing solution.

For the past couple of years, AWS has been increasingly moving up the IT solutions stack – starting way back in 2006 with its first IaaS offerings and fast forward to 2013 and AWS has a pretty broad suite of offerings from compute to networking to application services, databases, and cloud services management – even virtual desktop offerings. Zocalo is a natural extension of AWS’s portfolio – it complements WorkSpaces and positions AWS to be a key IT supplier for next-generation IT (read more about WorkSpaces from my colleague Mark Bowker here).

Topics: Cloud Computing Storage IT Infrastructure Amazon AWS Public Cloud Service

Desktop-as-a-service (DaaS): Desktops Delivered from the Cloud

ESG has been monitoring the interest in cloud desktops, commonly referred to as DaaS (desktop-as-a-service), for the last few years and continues to see solid interest in the delivery model. Indeed, previously conducted ESG research revealed that nearly a quarter of potential adopters of desktop virtualization technology in general identified DaaS as a delivery model that they were currently evaluating or at least considering.

Topics: Cloud Computing Azure Microsoft VMware Private Cloud Infrastructure Amazon google Amazon Workspaces DaaS Citrix Public Cloud Service

Oracle Strikes Back

IT is a global game of king of the mountain. The view is lovely from the top, but everyone else is looking to pull you down with new innovations in products, better services, and disruptive go-to-market strategies. Oracle has long held the crown for databases and a number of related business applications, yet is surely feeling some pressure from the ravenous hordes below. Two popular angles of attack have been in-memory and/or NoSQL databases. The goal of players such as Amazon (with DynamoDB), Apache Cassandra, MemSQL, MarkLogic, MongoDB, NuoDB, and many others has been to differentiate on the capabilities of their newer platforms to hopefully displace, or more likely find a niche alongside, the popular Oracle database. Even other industry titans like IBM (with DB2 BLU Acceleration) and Microsoft (with SQL Server 2014) have brought in-memory options to market with great fanfare.

Topics: IBM Microsoft Big Data Data Management & Analytics Hadoop Enterprise Software Oracle Amazon NoSQL Cloudera Apache MemSQL MongoDB

Hadoop and Geopolitical Conquest

There are four traditional strategies to establishing an empire. We can see these employed time and again in the technology market, but also in world geopolitics. For quick reference, I’ll call these “Rouda’s Four B’s”: *

1. Build in - Focus on developing your own internal strength with advantageous product capabilities and judicious use of your financial and human resources. Devise new weapons, train your troops, and don’t over-extend your supply lines.

Topics: IBM Big Data Data Management & Analytics Hadoop Enterprise Software Amazon Cloudera Hortonworks MapR pivotal