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

The Importance of Cloud Infrastructure Compatibility and VMware Cloud on AWS

Much of the discussion when it comes to moving workloads from on-premises data centers to cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) is about the need to lift and shift VMs. The problem is that much of the discussion is about what happens after the lift and shift, in terms of the operational and cost-side of running VMs in IaaS.

What has been missing is the discussion of how to get those VMs into the cloud in the first place. I can always easily tell who has actually attempted the shift and who hasn't by asking them about the difficulties of converting on-premises VMs to cloud VMs. If the company gets into details about all the different conversion options (data migration, VM conversions, compatible hypervisors) and the issues around each, then I know they have actually made the conversion attempt. 

Topics: VMware Amazon AWS Cloud Platforms & Services

Druva Acquires CloudRanger

Congrats to the Druva and CloudRanger teams for the acquisition announced on June 5th. With this acquisition, Druva adds native AWS workload data protection and management capabilities to their on-premises solution. ESG's 2018 IT Spending Intentions Research Report indicates that 46% of the organizations we surveyed use cloud infrastructure to run business applications. Clearly, the ability to protect these workloads has become very important to IT, and Druva is one of the vendors positioning themselves to take advantage of this trend. Native/aaS/In-cloud data protection is a space that ESG is watching closely – stay tuned!

Topics: Data Protection Amazon AWS

Amazon Throws Its Hat Into the Blockchain Ring

If you haven’t been paying attention, welcome to the year of blockchain. It was only a matter of time until the next big hyperscaler announced a blockchain service offering. There’s IBM with Hyperledger, Microsoft, Oracle, and now AWS has some skin in the game.

Late last week, Amazon announced AWS Blockchain Templates with a goal of simplifying the deployment and management of customized blockchains. Start by selecting the underlying blockchain technology – either Ethereum or Hyperledger – and instantly deploy and customize. You can selecte the type of consensus algorithm, set access controls (think private blockchain), and create applications with smart contracts. And being AWS, you have the ability to easily manage and monitor the service, as well as leverage the on-demand resource capabilities, meaning you only pay for what you consume when you consume it.

Topics: IBM Microsoft Data Management Huawei Amazon AWS Blockchain hyperledger

The Relevance of Networking at AWS re:Invent (with Video)

This year was my first re:Invent and it was an impressive event. There were over forty-three thousand people in attendance and the show occupied a number of hotels along the Vegas strip. It wasn’t just that there were a lot of people there, it was that there were a lot of people who wanted to be there – after attending hundreds of trade shows and user group events you get to know the difference. There was a buzz and excitement at the show that reminded me of early VMworld and TechEd shows. Sessions were sold out and queues were long as people waited for the doors to open. All the attendees I spoke to had specific reasons for attending; many were in the process of moving to a cloud first strategy and were there to learn.

Topics: Networking Amazon AWS AWS re:Invent

VMware Cloud on AWS – What makes it different? What's the goal?

 

VMware announced a VMware Cloud on AWS solution (still as a Technology Preview). I want to examine what this means, as some aspects are similar to what’s already available, and the implications of the new parts.

The ability to run VMware Cloud off-premises isn’t new, and VMware itself has a vCloud Air offering, and a vCloud Air Network provided by its partners.  We also saw a preview of VMware Cross-Cloud architecture at VMworld that offers services across multiple clouds.

Therefore, let’s look at key areas of an VMware Cloud on AWS offering and dissect them one by one to see where alternatives exist and where there may be unique benefits in the long term.

Topics: cloud VMware Amazon AWS Cloud Platforms & Services

Hybrid Clouds and Cybersecurity Front and Center at AWS re:Invent

The contrast of the DJ music pumping out bass lines and drum beats over hits from the 70s was quite apropos for the mix of hipster and middle age attendees at last week’s AWS re:Invent where the word of the week was hybrid. This year’s AWS re:Invent show had a decidedly different feel to it, one of enterprise IT. AWS holds an enviable position as the leading provider of infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud computing services where they are Coke and we’re still waiting for Pepsi to show up. With that ground staked out, AWS is now clearly intent on being a major IT brand and that means embracing hybrid clouds and putting security front and center. 

Topics: Cybersecurity hybrid cloud Amazon AWS

On the Lookout for These Three at AWS re:Invent 2015

Wait! AWS re:Invent is next week? Thankfully Amazon did not opt for the December date being bandied about and chose a date early in the quarter to avoid travelling around the holidays. And how this event has grown. When I first attended in 2013, attendance had doubled from 2012 to 6,000 and then did more than a 2X jump last year with 13,000 cloudies in attendance. But what do attendance numbers have to do with security? It’s a proxy of cloud adoption and the types of customers getting their agile on and, as such, is an indicator that enterprises transitioning at least some of their workloads to AWS require hybrid security solutions.

Topics: Amazon AWS

Will Amazon's Cloud Youth Movement Prove Fleeting?

In 399 BC the Greek philosopher, Socrates, was accused of corrupting the Athenian youth with his “dangerous” ideas. For this offense he was compelled to drink a death cup of hemlock. Likewise, Amazon’s infectious influence with IT professionals 35 and under may leave traditional vendors of IT yearning to administer a similiar poison pill to Jeff Bezos. 

Topics: Cloud Computing Networking Amazon AWS

Amazon and SaaS are winning IT hearts and minds

Amazon Web Services (AWS) seems to be winning more than just IaaS business lately, they seem to also be winning the hearts and minds of the client base they serve. What’s more, these Amazon devotees aren't just limited to newer, “Internet age” companies; they also seem to be making serious inroads with older, more traditional corporations as well. As evidence, ESG conducted a recent survey of existing AWS clients and found that nearly 80% of those Amazon customers that have been in business between 1-10 years and 10-50 years, cite Amazon as either their most strategic technology vendor or one of their most strategic vendors. Even some percentage of older and more established companies (i.e., those 50 years old and up) that otherwise might be considered more conservative and risk averse, identify Amazon as either a strategic partner or valued technology partner.

Topics: Cloud Computing SaaS Amazon AWS