Veritas Vision Recap: Leveraging Data for Multi-Cloud (Video)

I've just come back from Veritas Vision 2017 and my colleague Mark Peters and I shot an ESG On Location video report from the show. Now, traditionally, Veritas has been known only for their backup and data protection solutions like Backup Exec and NetBackup. The changes for Veritas have been coming since their spinoff from Symantec last year.

This year, we saw a continued rebirth of Veritas, with a strong positioning of itself beyond simply being a data custodian and manager to being a data insights provider. Veritas is strongly embracing a multi-cloud, hyperscale product portfolio, with new products centered around data access and data management. This is an extremely smart move on Veritas' part, leveraging the strong access they have to data, across on- and off-premises, to transform themselves into providers of that data access. 

Topics: Multi-Cloud Veritas Systems Management Vision 2017

Is Multi-cloud More Marketing Than Reality? (Video)

As you survey the landscape of IT today, one of the hottest buzzwords is multi-cloud, usually accompanied by a variant of "Any App, Any Cloud," or a position that the company is agnostic to cloud vendors. In reality, we shouldn't blame them too much.  No one really likes vendor lock-in and unless you are a major player with your own large-scale cloud business, you have to be multi-cloud.

But like the term "Internet" in the late 90s and "cloud" itself not five years ago, multi-cloud is much more about using the term and having the label than what exactly it means or how enterprises benefit from it. In the video below, Steve Duplessie interviews me about the impact of multi-cloud support for vendors and customers.

Topics: cloud service providers Multi-Cloud Systems Management

Multiple, Multipath, Multifactor, or how about Multi-Cloud?

About this time last year, I published a report on cloud service management (Enabling IT’s Transformation to Cloud Service Provider) where I outlined the software components needed to become a cloud service provider on-premises. Primary capabilities include orchestration and automation but also things like CMDB, federation, and chargeback. Like everything in this industry, there has been a lot of change in the past year, which I will cover in detail in the update to the CSM report later this quarter. In the meantime, I thought it would be useful to write about some of the trends I’m seeing in this space:

· Hybrid Isn’t Even Table Stakes – Last year I thought it was goodness when I saw a CSM company building functionality that supported an IT department being able to manage on-premises ‘private cloud’ and off-premises ‘public cloud.’ Over the past year that has evolved to requiring the ability to manage multiple cloud types in on- and off-premises. For example, a company may have an MS Azure cloud as well as a VMware cloud on-premises and public cloud off-premises with a VMware cloud and AWS resources on Amazon’s cloud. This means that the CSM software has to be able to manage all of these resources and be able to provide a unified dashboard, rationalize pricing methods, and potentially a way to move workloads seamlessly between clouds.

Topics: IBM Cloud Computing cloud Private Cloud Infrastructure Dell CSC Softlayer Ostrato ServiceNow Tier 3 CenturyLink Multi-Cloud Public Cloud Service