Storage Trends Research (#1 in a series) – includes video

ESG recently completed in-depth research on the state of the storage market; its own technologies and market trends as well as its key intersections to other notable IT implementations and shifts. We are presenting some of the extended highlights from the findings in multiple ESG Briefs (each focused on a particular topic), as well as tighter summaries of those Briefs in accompanying ESG videos. These will be rolling out over the next few weeks and we’ll capture all the available links in these blogs each time a new piece is posted.

Topics: Storage hybrid cloud IT Spending Intentions

ESG Cybersecurity Research and a Preview of Black Hat USA 2017 (Video)

In this video blog, my colleague Jon Oltsik and I discuss some of the insights from ESG’s cybersecurity research we expect to be topical at Black Hat USA 2017, including:

  • The challenges and solutions around security operations and analytics and the need for a security operations and analytics platform architecture (SOAPA).
  • The constant state of change in the endpoint security landscape in which organizations regularly re-evaluate processes, technologies, and vendors.
Topics: Cybersecurity hybrid cloud SOAPA security operations analytics platform Black Hat 2017

Applications Drive Hybrid Cloud, With On-Premises Being the Key to Hybrid, Not Public Cloud (Video)

Terri McClure, ESG's Senior Analyst for Cloud Infrastructure, and I did an ESG 360 video about the hybrid cloud research that I have conducted.  Two key points that came out of that research were the following:

  • Hybrid cloud is about applications and the infrastructure that supports them, not just about infrastructure, servers, and VMs. An application-centric view is the cornerstone of hybrid cloud and vendors need to recognize and adjust for this. This doesn't mean that infrastructure doesn't matter anymore, but the management and optimization of hybrid cloud workloads needs to be done at the application level, not the infrastructure.
Topics: hybrid cloud public cloud Systems Management on-premises

Red Hat Lays Out Its Hybrid Cloud Vision

Red Hat held its Red Hat Summit 2017 in Boston recently and took advantage of the show to clearly lay out its hybrid cloud vision. Red Hat has been the undisputed leader of commercial Linux but its position in cloud has been complicated by all the different solutions it has on offer. In the past couple years, Red Hat has invested in OpenStack, OpenShift, containers, CloudForms, Ansible, and Insights. All these products are strong offerings but what Red Hat lacked was a more cohesive message around how all those products work together for customers.  

Topics: hybrid cloud Red Hat Systems Management

Driving Infrastructure Value (includes Video)

 

As a lover of analogies I often find that I am using comparisons to cars and other vehicles in this job; having spent decades concentrating on the data storage market it has consistently been convenient to compare various product releases to various car brands and/or types - thus we can see Rolls Royce or Toyota Camry type products, or perhaps compare the general purpose attributes of an SUV-type storage system against those of something more akin to the storage equivalent of a sports car or truck. Everyone uses cars - and vehicular transport more generally - and so it's a very easy and colorful way to get the point across.

Topics: Storage hybrid cloud Converged Infrastructure infrastructure build or buy

How Two Different Approaches to Common Management of Clouds are Delivering Hybrid Cloud

 

This is part 5, the last in a series of blogs that I have been doing on systems management and hybrid cloud. For those new to this series, I have been writing about the need to better define hybrid cloud and I have laid out three types of hybrid cloud:

  • Common Platform – Where the base infrastructure/virtualization platform are the same, allowing the common use of existing management tools and processes.
  • Common Applications/APIs – Where the end applications or application APIs are the same, allowing common applications to be developed across different platforms.
  • Common Management – Where the management tools have the capability to manage all the different environments, with a common interface and process.

In this part, I’m going to cover what many people define as hybrid cloud, which is using a common management layer to manage across disparate cloud environments. This management architecture, which I call common management hybrid cloud, is the one that most vendors are pushing and the one companies are either familiar with or are already implementing. What is interesting about this type of hybrid cloud is how the management software vendors are approaching the same basic concept of cross or multi-cloud management.

Topics: hybrid cloud Systems Management

Hybrid Cloud Through Common Applications with Microsoft and HPE

 

This week, I’m continuing with part 4 of a series of blogs I am writing about hybrid cloud and systems management. I’ve laid out three types of hybrid cloud:

  • Common Platform – Where the base infrastructure and virtualization platform are the same, allowing the common use of existing management tools and processes.
  • Common Applications/APIs – Where the end applications or application APIs are the same, allowing common applications to be developed across different platforms.
  • Common Management – Where the management tools have the capability to manage all the different environments, with a common interface and process.

In part 3, I talked about the idea of a common platform and how VMware and AWS are providing a great example of that type of hybrid cloud.

Topics: hybrid cloud Systems Management common application hybrid cloud

VMware and AWS are Enabling Hybrid Cloud with a Common Platform

 

Hello again! This is part 3 of a series of blogs I am writing about hybrid cloud and systems management. In the previous part, I talked about how hybrid cloud was clearly underdefined in the industry and I laid out three specific types of hybrid cloud. Those types were:

  • Common Platform – Where the base infrastructure and virtualization platform are the same, allowing the common use of existing management tools and processes.
  • Common Applications/APIs – Where the end applications or application APIs are the same, allowing common applications to be developed across different platforms.
  • Common Management – Where the management tools have the capability to manage all the different environments, with a common interface and process.
Topics: VMware hybrid cloud AWS Amazon Web Services common platform hybrid cloud Systems Management

Answering the Question: What Exactly is Hybrid Cloud?

In my previous blog, I talked about my role at ESG covering systems management, DevOps, and PaaS, as well as how the use of the term hybrid cloud is almost a requirement for any product in the space. I think that many of you will agree with me that the entire idea of hybrid cloud is a little under-defined. 

Currently, most vendors define hybrid cloud on an architectural basis, as essentially any configuration with disparate cloud systems that are brought together. The definition is based mostly on the ideas that IT needs to have an on-premises environment linked to an off-premises, usually public or hosted, cloud. But for the practical implementations of hybrid cloud, we should more clearly define what a hybrid cloud can be. 

Topics: hybrid cloud Systems Management

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