A Solid State of Affairs for Cloud

During my journey this year to the various vendor-fests I had the opportunity to meet a whole bunch of ‘wicked smart’ and passionate people. As a guy who was part of five startups (of which three were successful), I like to walk around the vendor floor and see what companies are doing new and interesting things. These are usually smaller booths with the top execs at them giving the person who stops by a chance to see if the company has the passion at the top as well as an ability to see how well they know the technology and the market.

During my most recent trip to DellWorld I got to do just that – spend a little time walking around and meeting some new companies. One of which is a company called SolidFire and frankly the name didn’t strike me (sorry guys) but the two people I got to chat with really did just that – passion and knowledge plus a great understanding of the market.

Topics: Cloud Computing Private Cloud Infrastructure SolidFire openstack Rackspace Cloudsigma Mirantis Red Hat Public Cloud Service

Is this an Oxymoron? Managed Private Cloud

Private cloud, public cloud, hybrid cloud, the hardly mentioned community cloud, and now managed private cloud. How many cloud variants do we need? I have to say I was skeptical at first – why would an enterprise want a managed cloud on-premises? Then I heard the pitch from a company called Metacloud, was still skeptical, but then I realized I’d actually seen a few more companies doing this – some on-premises, others off-premises.

Let’s face it: Transforming a virtualized data center (assuming you get that far) to a private cloud with on-demand/self-service provisioning, and service catalog, all automated and orchestrated, is hard to do and can be very expensive.

Topics: Cloud Computing public cloud private cloud Mirantis

Technology Giants Making Big Bets, Customers Holding Out

One of the things I love about being an analyst is chatting with my colleagues about what’s going on in general at the macro level. Don’t get me wrong, I love the deep dive discussions, too! Getting to talk to such seasoned industry vets is always enlightening. Of course I have my lens (and bias) and I like to think about what’s going on from a cloud perspective.

When I think of big tech companies like Microsoft, IBM, Dell, HP, Oracle – I think of almost glacial movement with a spike that occurs from some new product announcement or an occasional acquisition. And here is where it gets interesting – WOW – are things changing fast, wicked fast. Not only are the giants spending money on acquisitions, but they are also putting their weight behind some pretty major ‘movements’ in the industry as well.

Topics: IBM Cloud Computing Microsoft cloud Private Cloud Infrastructure HP Dell Oracle openstack Mirantis Converged Infrastructure Salesforce Public Cloud Service

The Growing Need for Converged (Software) Infrastructure

A couple of my colleagues, Mark Bowker and Perry Laberis, recently published a Market Landscape Report about Integrated Computing Platforms. The report goes into a lot of detail on what the components are (management software, compute, storage, & network), who the players are (12 of them), how they are categorized, and what they offer. Interesting to note that the number of VMs supported ranges from 100 to 12,000 and I suspect those numbers will continue to climb over time.

In contrast, the software world seems to be headed in the opposite direction when it comes to convergence. Every week there seems to be a new announcement for a new piece of the software puzzle. The software-defined products continue to be announced for all three components of the infrastructure stack, the management elements alone number at least 10 different functions for cloud service management (detailed in my Cloud Service Management market summary report), and the major cloud eco-systems continue to add modules/functionality.

Topics: IBM Cloud Computing Microsoft Cisco cloud VMware Private Cloud Infrastructure HP Dell Citrix SDDC Rackspace Mirantis Red Hat Converged Infrastructure Tier 3 Public Cloud Service