Google Touts Its Cloud Network

Some people may think all major public cloud providers are alike in their network capabilities. Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud offer direct connections between data centers and their cloud through AWS Direct Connect, Azure Express Route, and Google Cloud Direct Peering (or VPN), respectively. At a superficial level, all systems seem similar. In practice, there are significant differences between cloud networks, and from Google’s view, that stems from how the network is run.

Topics: cloud Networking google

Oracle Sees Multiple Journeys to Cloud Computing

When discussing the adoption of new technologies, we often talk about a journey or some required organizational transformation.  That is easy to visualize if there is one destination.  VMware once had a journey to IT-as-a-service, and continues to offer operational transformation services to continue that journey.

But what if there is more than one destination? 

Topics: cloud Oracle Cloud Platforms & Services

Oracle ZS5 Is Foundational for Oracle's Data Cloud Future

At the risk of stating the blindingly obvious, we live in interesting times, not just for IT itself, but for the IT vendor ecosystem too. There's divestitures, (re)spin-outs, and corporate combinations going on all over the place—think of HPE, Veritas and Dell/EMC respectively as some recent notable examples. Then there's the cloud-focused crowd, and the on-prem-focused crowd...indeed, this can often be different product offerings from the same vendor. And then we have Oracle, not for the first time, marching to its own tune. And it could well be mellifluous for many.

Topics: Storage cloud Oracle

Hyperconverged infrastructure vendor Nutanix goes on a buying spree

Today Nutanix announced it is acquiring Pernix Data and Calm.IO. Not a lot of details were announced, but these acquisitions provide a clear view into Nutanix’s broader strategy and future aspirations. Why? Because, as my colleague Mark Peters likes to say, over recent decades we have slowly moved from IT standing (as it was intended to) for “information technology” to it really being all about “infrastructure technology”.

Topics: cloud Private Cloud Infrastructure nutanix hybrid cloud Converged Infrastructure hyperconverged HCI

Looking forward to VMworld 2016

I will be visiting VMworld in Las Vegas next week, along with many other ESG staff. Here are my thoughts on what we may see and what matters:

VMworld 2016 in Las Vegas promises to be an event where we see VMware make proclamations of how it continues to evolve in a changing world. When we get to see previews of technologies that may be productized, we await the following year to see whether those ideas have turned into products or remain in the research stage.

This year, we look forward to seeing how far the concept of NSX Everywhere has progressed, and what new technologies are coming out of the Cloud Native team, such as follow-ons to vSphere Integrated Containers and the Photon Platform.

Topics: cloud Networking

Oracle's long game for cloud

Oracle announced last week that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire NetSuite. It's a good move for them to acquire a SaaS vendor. According to ESG research, Oracle is not perceived as one of the top viable competitors or alternatives to Amazon AWS as a cloud infrastructure service provider, so trying to jump-start the IaaS business would have been difficult, even with the deep pockets that Oracle has.

Topics: cloud Cloud Platforms & Services

What a Relief! The Federal Appeals Court Just Saved the Cloud

I've been following a case the Department of Justice brought against Microsoft for about a year and a half now. The issue? The DoJ subpoenaed Microsoft for customer email data. The catch was the email data was stored in a data center in Ireland, so Microsoft said no. 

Initially one would think that this is easy - the data is in Ireland, so it is subject to Irish data governance laws, right? It's an issue of data sovereignty - that data treatment is governed by the laws of the country in which it is located. But a district court judge ruled in July 2014 - two full years ago - that because the data was managed and controlled from the good old USA, and could be retrieved by someone here, that it is indeed subject to US law - it is a matter of where it is managed from, not stored.

Topics: cloud hybrid cloud Converged Infrastructure

Google's Firebase — back-end-as-a-service

Firebase is a mobile platform that makes it easy to write for mobile, deploy those apps, and to earn money doing so, providing an end-to-end solution.

I wonder why another category of "back-end-as-a-service" is necessary. We already have infrastructure, platform and software-as-a-service. Why we can’t just use one of those systems and integrate it with your front-end?

Is this just a naming issue, or is there something fundamentally important about having a BEaaS provided to developers?

Topics: cloud Networking backend

Plan for Hybrid Data Protection Media in 2016

More and more folks are first protecting their data (backups, archives, etc.) to disk — for several good reasons, including SLAs for data retrieval/restoration/recovery, deduplication efficiencies, etc. But as definitively as disk is the preferred “protection storage” as a second tier, the third tier is far less defined.

Topics: cloud Data Protection Jason Buffington tape Archiving Infrastructure-as-a-Service Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS)

In 2016, Enterprise Storage will be defined by the cloud

As we move into 2016, it is time to take stock of the events that occurred in the storage industry in 2015 and forecast the New Year. Historically when making annual predictions, technology trends dominate forecasts. For 2016, it would be very easy to repeat that trend. With expected increases in adoption for solid-state storage, software-defined storage, object storage, and even hyperconverged; much of the dialogue for this blog could focus on the storage technology shift that the industry is experiencing. Doing only that, however, would ignore the most significant trend in enterprise storage, “The Game of Clouds.”

Topics: Storage cloud Hybrid