Three Facts About Multi-Cloud That Will Surprise You

As I've often written, multi-cloud is probably the hottest term in the IT industry today. You literally cannot buy a product that connects to the cloud that isn't multi-cloud (unless it's from the rare company that aligns with only one cloud service provider). But one of the most interesting things is that there has been very little research on what defines multi-cloud, how extensive it is, why organizations are multi-cloud, and how it will change.

Topics: Multi-Cloud Cloud Platforms & Services

Red Hat Leading the (Open)Shift to the Cloud

At their annual Red Hat Summit event, Red Hat laid out what they see in the future of cloud. Probably the most notable thing from the event was Red Hat's Jim Whitehurst saying in the keynote that no one company can solve all problems for customers. This is a fact for any one actually trying to solve problems in today's IT environments but it's refreshing for a company to lay this out and reinforce the reason companies need to work together. The future of computing, whether it be with products or leading an open source project, is with the community of users and the partnership of vendors. All vendors need to realize that the future of the IT industry, while still competitive, needs to be fundamentally cooperative to solve real customer problems.

Topics: Red Hat Systems Management Cloud Platforms & Services

Convergence of Technologies: Cloud and Data Protection at Dell Technologies World (Video)

With Dell Technologies World 2018 complete, there were several key takeaways from the event that apply to Dell Technologies overall, cloud platforms, and data protection. First, looking at Dell Technologies overall, what we are finally seeing is the convergence of the key product and technologies groups, coming together to solve real world customer problems. I discuss this in detail in the video at the end of this blog but what we are seeing are the fruits of the new organizational structure. We see this alignment more with technologies that were already aligned, most notably with the pervasive positioning of Pivotal across the cloud technologies, but we also saw the integration of HCI/CI solutions in the cloud platforms and the availability of Virtustream storage as an option across the data protection products. If the integration of technologies continues into 2019, I think customers will only benefit from this work.

Topics: Data Protection Cloud Platforms & Services Dell Technologies World

Cloud's Connection to Copy Data Management (Video)

In the world of data protection, the topic of data management & enablement (DM&E), also known as copy data management (CDM), has been on the minds of customers and vendors alike. DM&E/CDM has been driving customers to look to get further value from secondary data, either for data protection purposes, or increasingly for non-data protection purposes, such as data mining, DevOps testing and development, or sales tools.

Topics: Data Protection Copy Data Management Cloud Platforms & Services

Looking Ahead to Dell Technologies World (Video)

When spring arrives, so does the start of IT vendors show season. First up this year is one of the biggest and most important shows, Dell Technologies World, or DTW.

DTW is one of the key events of the year in our industry, not just in the depth of impact but the breadth of companies that are part of Dell Technologies, including Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, Secureworks, Virtustream, and VMware. With almost every company in the world touched by Dell Technologies, this is one show to keep an eye on. In this video blog, I touch just a little bit on some key ideas that I'm looking forward to at DTW.

Topics: Data Protection dell-emc Systems Management Cloud Platforms & Services Dell Technologies World

Is It Too Late For Oracle to Enter the Cloud Analytics Space?

So Oracle has officially entered the cloud analytics space. Building off the announcement at Oracle Open World last fall, yesterday they officially released their autonomous data warehouse for the cloud. And it’s a big deal for them. Built on their latest 18c database, the autonomous data warehouse brings the potential for a new level of simplicity. It leverages machine learning to ensure constant uptime by automatically (hence “autonomous” everywhere in their announcement) protecting, securing, and repairing the database. On top of the promised simplicity, they tout the ability to lower costs and perform faster than the competition. OK, Oracle, well played. I’m intrigued, maybe even a little excited, but the reality is that Oracle is still behind. They (self-admittedly) lost the cloud infrastructure war, and I’m nervous that they could lose this one too if they don’t play their cards right.

Topics: Azure Data Management Oracle data warehouse AWS google cloud platform Cloud Platforms & Services cloud analytics

Video: What Drives IT Complexity

ESG surveyed 651 global technology decision makers in our annual 2018 IT Spending Intentions Survey.

In this video, I highlight some of the results most relevant to networking and cloud platforms.

Topics: Cloud Computing Networking Cloud Platforms & Services

Apcela: Choices for Hybrid Computing and Financial Accounting

I have a new brief on Apcela's AppHUB, a hybrid computing platform that enables workloads to be deployed on different computing models (hardware only, hybrid (cloud/hardware), and fully virtualized) and ties them together with a high performance network. What follows is a bit of a wonkish view on the accounting implications.

Topics: Cloud Computing Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Blog: 2018 Predictions for Cloud Platforms and Services (Video)

As 2018 rolls in, we're here to make predictions for cloud platforms. Unfortunately, I'm not here to come up with a present of a crystal ball that predicts all the exciting news to come, so I'm a bad Santa.

However, I do want to discuss some major trends that are underway, and how they may become important in 2018.

  1. Multi-Cloud. Do you want to use multiple clouds based on each one being a best of breed, or perhaps as a specific way for hedging your bets? What are the costs when you realize each has a different set of APIs? Do you redo your work N times over?
Topics: Cloud Computing Cloud Platforms & Services

RCS and Universal Communications - This Time, It May Work

An annoying fact of modern inter-personal messaging is that there are many methods. A glance at any smartphone may show many apps for messaging, video conferencing or teleconferencing such as Allo, Duo & Meet (from Google), Messenger & WhatsApp (from Facebook), Signal, Cisco WebEx, built-in Dialer & SMS text messaging, Zoom, Skype, LinkedIn, LINE, Twitter, Facetime, Messages & Facetime (from Apple), GoToMeeting, WeChat (prominent in China), and Join.me. Plus, there are many many more.

Extending to the desktop, we might find SIP softphones such as Bria, RingCentral  and cousins of the above apps that allow for multi-endpoint logins. These apps provide voice, screen sharing, and text messaging but in this blog, we're talking about the need for universal messaging.

Thus, if you want to send a quick note to someone, it’s hard to figure out what to use. Many young people don’t use voice calls anymore, so they resort to messaging. Phones do a reasonable job of associating contacts with different platforms, but you never know if they are properly logged-in to a particular system. So, messages will fail to get delivered, or auto-converted to emails that get delivered later.

Topics: Cloud Computing Networking Cloud Platforms & Services RCS