A Storage Strategy Built for the Future

We know the benefits that cloud storage can offer organizations - flexibility, agility, and elasticity more efficiently at lower costs. And that’s really just the start. Once you factor in the potential to address business continuity and productivity concerns with instant backup, archive, and disaster recovery plans, it’s turning into a no brainer. This, of course, doesn’t mean you should only use cloud storage. On-premises, primary storage is still important, especially for those mission-critical applications with strict performance SLAs.

Topics: Hybrid Cloud Storage Cloud Computing Storage Azure Microsoft IT Infrastructure cloud Data Protection Private Cloud Infrastructure Information and Risk Management

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

CloudWorld … I mean ... DellWorld

Last week was Dell’s annual user conference in Austin and while the weather was a bit cooler than I expected there – things are definitely heating up for Dell.

Cloud Partner Program – Dell announced expansions of its partner program, which now includes Microsoft Windows Azure, and CenturyLink, Google, and Accenture. They already had Peer1, Joyent, ScaleMatrix, and Zerolag. Here’s why I think these relationships are important:

  • Windows Azure – What better way to be part of a native hybrid cloud offering? Windows Server on-premises built on Dell systems (think Azure Cloud-in-a-Box) connected to Windows Azure public cloud and using Cloud Manager (formerly Enstratius) to manage it all. Cool beans if you ask me.
  • CenturyLink – Savvis and Tier 3 are now all folded into CentruryLinks' cloud offering with CenturyLink bringing the pipes, Savvis the data centers, and Tier 3 the cloud services. This today includes VMware and OpenStack service and my gut tells me Windows Azure is not too far away. Again, this provides a good set of opportunities for Dell including cloud-in-a-Box on-prem to connect a hybrid solution with CenturyLink based on VMware, OpenStack, or Azure.
  • Google – This is a win for Google and for Dell. For Google, it creates the momentum they need from the enterprise to be connected and hybridized with Google’s public IaaS and PaaS offerings. Google brings Android as well so there are many architectures and components that can be put to use. For Dell, it allows them to again create opportunities with their customers to help them enjoy the benefits of a hybrid cloud using Google for public and cloud-of-your-choosing-in-a-Box on-premises. All managed by Dell Cloud Manager.
  • Accenture – Big Enterprise? Dell Customer? Does your CIO have an ItaaS or Cloud Strategy – then let Accenture and Dell help you design, implement, build, and even manage your cloud for you. If you’ve been sitting on the fence worried about security, governance, and usage models – this is a great way to go.
Topics: Cloud Computing Azure Microsoft cloud Private Cloud Infrastructure Dell Amazon google Accenture Savvis Red Hat Tier 3 CenturyLink Public Cloud Service

A Softer View of Cloud Platforms

In this post-hardware world, the software view of cloud platforms continues to evolve rapidly. In fact, I think we need to think about the platforms themselves a little differently. For the past few years, we’ve kind of thought of cloud as either public or private. I’d like to think we’ve evolved our thinking along with the capabilities of the platform companies to include a more hybrid perspective and we have to include the end-user side of things by including endpoint software as well. I’d argue for including endpoint software supported both by what the cloud platform vendors are doing/investing in as well as the fact that one of the cloud tenets is ‘broad network access’ (from NIST). My definition of broad network access is access from any device, anywhere, to any cloud service. I created following table for a forthcoming publication on cloud platforms that shows how I think of what the vendors are doing in this space – which continues to change rapidly. For example, Amazon is now shipping a Kindle based on Android and VMware just bought DeskTone to add VMware’s ability to provide desktop-as-a-service.

Topics: Cloud Computing Azure Microsoft VMware Amazon google Citrix openstack AWS

Microsoft Azure: Amazon Price Match with Service Consistency

The only constant in the cloud computing market is change, as Microsoft proves with Azure IaaS advancing it from public preview to primetime public general availability, and Microsoft is price matching Amazon.

Topics: Cloud Computing Azure Microsoft IT Infrastructure Private Cloud Infrastructure Public Cloud Service

The Many Synergies of Dell's Acquisition of SonicWall

You have to give Dell a lot of credit. As the company recognized changes in the industry, it was willing to move beyond efficient PC/server manufacturing and distribution into new technologies and labor-intensive services. In my domain, this led to the acquisition of SecureWorks and Force10. Today, Dell took another step into end-to-end solutions by grabbing security veteran SonicWall.

Topics: Azure Microsoft Palo Alto Networks Fortinet VMware Information and Risk Management HP Dell Security and Privacy Juniper Networks Hyper-V vShield SecureWorks SonicWall