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Public Cloud Trends - 2017 research study shows steady cloud growth

Posted: May 03, 2017   /   By: Dan Conde   /   Tags: Cloud Computing, Cloud Platforms & Services

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ESG recently released a new research report: 2017 Public Cloud Trends by 

Bill Lundell, Director of Syndicated Research, and me. (Subscription login is required to read the report.)

 

I won’t spoil the fun by repeating everything in the report in this blog, but some observations show that public cloud computing growth continues unabated.

Over a third of the respondents state they have a cloud-first policy—where a new app is deployed using public cloud services unless someone makes a compelling case to deploy it using on-premises resources. A cloud-first policy is most prevalent in younger companies (age of org, not employees).

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Barriers to Hybrid Cloud Onboarding: A Large Enterprise View

Posted: April 28, 2017   /   By: Dan Conde   /   Tags: Cloud Computing, Cloud Platforms & Services

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I moderated a panel at the Open Networking User Group meeting held at UCSF Mission Bay San Francisco on April 26th, 2017, where the topic was Enterprise Workload Onboarding Challenges in Hybrid Cloud Environments. The panelists were Nivesh Gopathi of The Gap, Inc, Carlos Matos of Bank of America, Bruce Pinsky of Intuit, and Shafeeq Shaikh of GE Digital and Harmen Van der Linde of Citi.

 

The purpose of the panel was to distill the findings of a Hybrid Cloud Working Group, which discussed the various barriers to adopting a hybrid cloud, which is comprised of traditional on-premises resources along with one or more public cloud service providers. This group includes the members who work at the panelists’ firms as well as those from other industries such as finance, health care, industrial goods, logistics and delivery, pharmaceuticals, and retail.

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Multi-cloud or Not?

Posted: March 20, 2017   /   By: Dan Conde   /   Tags: Cloud Computing, Cloud Platforms & Services

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Much disagreement may arise in discussing whether IT organizations ought to use one public cloud service provider (CSP), or choose to work with 2 or more public cloud providers. The rationale on both sides seem rational. I’m not talking about what IT organizations are doing, but I’m trying to be prescriptive on what they ought to do. So what is the right strategy for cloud computing deployment when choosing the right number of CSPs?

 

 

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Google Cloud Next Wrap Up - Opportunities and Challenges

Posted: March 17, 2017   /   By: Dan Conde   /   Tags: Cloud Computing, Cloud Platforms & Services

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Google finished its Cloud Next Conference last week, and my colleagues have written several blogs and we have shot an On-Location video for this cloud computing conference.

 

My take is that Google has come a long way in adding new capabilities including partnerships, product features, pricing, tools, devices, and reference customers. As Google’s offerings expand, it faces new challenges to create a coherent and comprehensive offering for its many customer types including enterprise, ISVs, and end-users.

 

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Google Cloud Next - The Key Thing to Security is a New Mindset

Posted: March 10, 2017   /   By: Dan Conde   /   Tags: Cloud Computing, Cloud Platforms & Services

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Google Cloud Next is now in its third day. 

Mind set change is often required to adopt new solutions.  For example, a horse and buggy driver will have a hard time figuring out how to harness the 200 “horse power” under the hood until he realizes that you don’t need to handle 200 reins, and you just have a steering wheel, one gas pedal, one brake, and maybe a clutch. What about security for cloud computing and apps?

Take the issue of ensuring two factor authentication to login to a system based on what you know (the password) and what you have (some special key). The classic method from the old days was to use something like a token (a hardware or software key) that generates a one time code. That worked fine, but it required looking after the key very carefully so it wouldn’t get lost. Furthermore, if you log into multiple systems, you may get issued multiple keys, each with a different expiration date, and it starts to get unwieldy.

Google announced support for Security Key Enforcement for GCP and G Suite apps via two-factor authentication (2FA). The use of security keys (provided by FIDO UFA compatible keys, such as those from Yubico) is not new, as it was supported for several years. What matters for the enterprise is the model for using 2FA in Google’s world. You don’t need to take care of each key like it’s precious. You can pick them up from a cookie jar by the handful and stash them away anywhere. You can even attach one to your laptop’s USB port and have it there all the time. This is similar to the pets (a special companion that you care for) vs. cattle (just an animal in a herd) analogy in scalable cloud architectures.

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Google Cloud Next - Enterprise Legacy Migration

Posted: March 09, 2017   /   By: Dan Conde   /   Tags: Cloud Computing, Cloud Platforms & Services

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Google Cloud Next is now in its second day. Google Cloud emphasizes the new innovative capabilities of its platform, but given that many enterprise workloads are still traditional legacy workloads, such as those written in Java, or off-the-shelf ones purchased and deployed many years ago, Google Cloud either possesses, or recently announced, elements that assist customers in the journey.

There are virtual machine migration tools as well as App Engine Flexible that supports language runtimes. Better VPCs and VPNs enable creation of hybrid clouds or shared projects with a common network. These are just a few of their offerings that fill in “holes” in their offerings before. These are areas that people often overlook when looking at Google Cloud.

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Google Cloud Next - What's in Store Next?

Posted: March 07, 2017   /   By: Dan Conde   /   Tags: Cloud Computing, Cloud Platforms & Services

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Google Cloud Next runs from March 8th to 10th, 2017. The streets of San Francisco are already plastered with many signs announcing the event, as shown here.  And it’s sold out already!

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Converged Vs. Hyperconverged Infrastructure: What's The Difference?

Posted: January 30, 2017   /   By: Dan Conde   /   Tags: Cloud Computing, Converged Infrastructure, hyperconverged infrastructure, Cloud Platforms & Services

hyper-converged_racks.jpgTraditionally, the responsibility of assembling IT infrastructure falls to the IT team. Vendors provide some guidelines, but the IT staff ultimately does the hard work of integrating them. The ability to pick and choose components is a benefit, but requires effort in qualification of vendors, validation for regulatory compliance, procurement, and deployment.

Converged and hyperconverged infrastructure provide an alternative. In this blog, I'll examine how they evolved from the traditional infrastructure model and compare their different features and capabilities.

 

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Cloud Computing: Predictions for 2017 (Video) - Part 1

Posted: January 23, 2017   /   By: Dan Conde   /   Tags: Cloud Computing, 2017 predictions, Cloud Platforms & Services

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In this video, I interview Edwin Yuen and Terri McClure on their thoughts on cloud computing for 2017.

Edwin covers systems management - including on-premises and on public clouds.

Terri covers cloud infrastructure – including converged and hyperconverged systems.

If you are wondering about these burning questions, our experts proffer their opinions.

 

 

  • Systems Management: What will be the positioning between the traditional system management vendors and cloud born vendors? Or can any company meet the needs of managing both traditional apps and the new approaches -- and provide a full solution? Watch Edwin give his answer on whether convergence can exist!
  • Hyperconvergence: Is there a tension between public cloud and hyperconverged systems? Is this a zero-sum game, or will hybrid approaches win over? Battle or peace? Terri shares her views!

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Red Hat - commoditizing or democratizing?

Posted: October 19, 2016   /   By: Dan Conde   /   Tags: cloud, Red Hat, Cloud Platforms & Services

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One phrase that I heard often from Red Hat was how they commoditized some layer of the infrastructure, such as commoditizing GNU/Linux. 

I understand what they are trying to say, and this is in reference to operating systems that are not based on open source, such as Windows or various flavors of UNIX, which were the only game in town. But with the rise of open source, Red Hat made these systems supported and available for enterprises.

However, the phrase “commoditizing” bothers me. In a strict sense, it means that it’s fungible, or capable of being substituted for one another.  For example, pure gold is fungible. I mostly don’t care if it’s an ounce of gold mined from one mine or another. There are common parts to GNU/Linux distributions, namely the Linux kernel, but that does not make the entire distribution a commodity. There are many items layered on top.

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