Second half predictions for big data & analytics

As summertime rolls on, we can enjoy a little sun, a little rest, and a big opportunity to reflect on the key trends to watch in the second half of 2016. Here are a few of my predictions of what comes next:

Topics: IoT Data Management IaaS Big Data Analytics machine learning

Cloud-Powered Data Protection — Definitions and Clarifications

We continue to see a great amount of interest in combining “data protection” and “the cloud” – but also a great deal of confusion, in that there isn’t such thing as “the cloud.”

Topics: Data Protection Information and Risk Management SaaS IaaS disaster recovery BaaS cloud-backup cloud storage DRaaS software-as-a-service (SaaS) Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS)

HPE’s Composable Infrastructure: IaaS for the hybrid cloud masses

"Come together, right now…over me"
-The Beatles

 

Many IT decisionmakers find themselves at a crossroads today: how do they best maintain two distinct sets of IT environments? There's the legacy applications that run the business; and the next-generation, cloud-native applications that in many respects, represent the long-term health and future of the business. 

Topics: HP IaaS hybrid cloud

HP Acquires Eucalyptus

HP announced on September 11, 2014 that they had entered into an agreement to acquire Eucalyptus. Eucalyptus is a vendor of private IaaS services. Eucalyptus is a startup with fewer than 100 employees and around $55 million in venture funding. Eucalyptus doesn’t have an application development and deployment (AD&D) play but could certainly provide the foundation for a private PaaS. HP, despite their unusual acquisition of Mercury Interactive back in 2006, is otherwise not in the AD&D business. However, Eucalyptus does put HP a partnership or acquisition away from PaaS, so let’s look at the potential motivation of the deal.

The Eucalyptus acquisition is about helping HP customers gain better leverage from their investments. Eucalyptus is a way to show material value to HP’s installed back of server, storage, and networking customers and show that HP can be forward-looking. This is also a low risk acquisition for HP for two reasons. First the acquisition didn’t cost HP that much (less than $100 million, it is rumored) and second, the Eucalyptus technology will help build out HP’s Helion brand, which will enhance its private IaaS appeal.

Topics: Cloud Computing Private Cloud Infrastructure HP Application Development & Deployment Enterprise Software SaaS IaaS PaaS Public Cloud Service

Do you need an Oracle to see the Cloud?

Last week was an interesting week where I started out in New Hampshire in single digit weather with promise of 2 new snow storms and ended it in Palm Springs, CA where the temperatures were "unseasonably" warm in the 90s. Personally, I’ll take unseasonably warm anytime anywhere. The reason I was in Palm Springs was for an Oracle Cloud Summit. The summit happened to be right in the thick of the BnP Paribas Open – a pro tennis event held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden that has two large stadiums, a ½ dozen small ones and several dozen courts. Needless to say – about as 180 degrees in every way from freezing, snowy New England.

And speaking of 180 degrees – Oracle has come a long way since their CEO’s 2008 proclamation about the cloud. Take Oracle’s acquisition of assets like Nimbula, which they are leveraging to help them manage and orchestrate cloud resources – public and private.

Topics: Cloud Computing cloud Private Cloud Infrastructure Oracle SaaS IaaS PaaS Public Cloud Service

From Desktop to Datacenter to Cloud (D2DC2C)

Yesterday ESG got to sit in on the VMware announcement of its new Hybrid Cloud Services offering. As I understand it, VMware is going to manage and run Hybrid cloud services (IaaS) that are owned by its Partners. On the surface, this allows the company that has the expertise in its own products to build and manage true VMware cloud services and in the process create a global footprint of VMware Certified IaaS clouds that can compete with Amazon, Rackspace, and Microsoft.

Topics: IBM Cloud Computing Microsoft cloud VMware Private Cloud Infrastructure HP Dell Amazon google IaaS hybrid cloud openstack vSphere Trust Public Cloud Service

Reflections from CiscoLive

Last week I attended CiscoLive in sunny San Diego--well sort of sunny, apparently San Diego was suffering from "June Gloom," which resulted in mostly cloudy days--but I digress. It was a great opportunity to hear from Cisco executives like John Chambers and get caught up on the latest and greatest from Cisco. I'll start with my thoughts from the John Chambers keynote.

Topics: Cisco IT Infrastructure Networking IaaS CiscoLive VoiP Infrastructure-as-a-Service John Chambers