Cloud Computing: Predictions for 2017 (Video) - Part 3!

One of the best parts of my job is that I get to work with very smart people, providing me with the opportunity to learn something new or look at things from new angles, every single day! Recently, I had the pleasure of hosting the anchor leg in the 2017 cloud computing predictions video roundtable, in which I asked cloud and networking analyst Dan Conde and systems management analyst Edwin Yuen about their thoughts on cloud trends in 2017 as they apply to converged and hyperconverged systems.

Topics: cloud public cloud private cloud Converged Infrastructure cloud networking Converged hyperconverged Systems Management

Is the Cloud Planned IT Admin Obsolescence?

What will be the role of the classic IT infrastructure administrator be when businesses have fully automated cloud infrastructure deployed?

Topics: cloud private cloud

VMware NSX and Cisco ACI – IT nirvana or a Kafka-esque nightmare?

In the Franz Kafka novella, Metamorphosis, traveling salesman Gregor Samsa awakens one morning to discover that he has transformed into a hideous creature. Shunned by his family and despite his best efforts to adapt to his new conditions, Gregor eventually withers away and dies alone in his bedroom. Can Kafka’s story serve as a cautionary tale for those IT organizations trying to force transformation into their IT infrastructure too quickly?

Topics: Cisco VMware NSX ACI private cloud

EMC Hybrid Cloud Bridges Private and Public Clouds

Businesses of every size are evaluating or integrating with some kind of cloud computing model. But how they get there and who they turn to remains a challenge. At an IT industry level, it also is fascinating to observe which IT vendor's cloud strategy will be successful and how IT professionals leverage trusted relationships they have built with IT vendors. Businesses also see the value in hybrid cloud and want IT to capture the control, management, and orchestration across both on-prem and off-prem consumption models as they broker traditional and new IT services to the business.

Topics: Microsoft EMC public cloud private cloud Amazon Web Services Infrastructure-as-a-Service VMware vCloud Air platform-as-a-service

Another Cool Vegas Attraction

This past April, I travelled to Sin City (for the first time in my life) to attend the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS). Being my first trip to Vegas I wasn’t quite sure what to expect and of course I was not let down by the pure extravagance of everything. People, food, entertainment, gambling…I swear this place was designed by a group of people with the worst forms of ADHD. The fortunate (or unfortunate, depending on how you look at it) part was that I was there for a tech conference, so my experience was a little less overwhelming.

For those who attended MMS, I’m sure you’re familiar with arguably the coolest part of the event, the hands-on and instructor-led labs. You can sit down and test out a number of Microsoft management technologies in your very own virtualized environment at your own pace. The best part? Who cares if you break something, because you can just start over! The setup this year had 650 different lab stations and let me tell you, the seats were rarely empty. People were getting kicked out late at night because the event team needed to get some sleep. Each lab consisted of numerous VMs with specific amounts of memory, processing power, storage, and network resources. For example, even the fairly simple Service Delivery and Automation Lab used four VMs, 15GB of RAM, 15 virtual processors, 280GB of storage, and two virtual networks.

Topics: Cloud Computing Microsoft IT Infrastructure Private Cloud Infrastructure HP Virtualization Microsoft Management Summit private cloud

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

Sanbolic - Puts The Public Cloud In Your Living Room?

The cloud in your living room? Well, maybe not literally…but this is indeed the idea behind the latest Melio5 release from Sanbolic. The rather more restrained terminology that Sanbolic actually uses in its announcement talks about its users being able to achieve "public cloud economics" in an on-premises deployment. [I enjoy using the word "restrained" in the same sentence as Sanbolic because—as anyone who knows its enigmatic CEO, Memo Michailov, will know—"restrained" is not the first word that comes to mind!]. Of course the recipe for public cloud economics is plastered all over the monthly business glossies and the IT blogosphere: The ingredients are a base of commodity storage hardware, enrobed in the smart specialist storage management software that your uber-smart technogeeks wrote. The trouble has been—for regular mortal companies—that getting the two things together has been extremely tough. Traditional storage companies don’t want to separate the two items, because even when they are actually packaging commodity hardware elements, they want to make margin on the "smarts"; and, sure, you can certainly buy some JBODs and Flash for yourself but writing the code is hardly a quick job that you fit in around March Madness on evenings and weekends.

The missing link is what Melio5 provides. Keeping with our recipe theme, Sanbolic has done all the hard preparation and [secret] sauce work for you—you just need to add water and eggs! To be a little more precise, you can use pretty much any hardware that you have, or add. At this point I am so much wanting to write the words "software-defined storage" because this is really a perfect example in my book—but Sanbolic did a bang-up job of steadfastly avoiding the term in all its materials that I’d hate to spoil it for them! What I shall say is that there are clearly shifts in the IT world that are both moving in favor of—and helping to enable and demand—what Sanbolic is doing.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure cloud Enterprise Software public cloud private cloud software-defined

Cisco UCS solutions for Microsoft Private Cloud

At MMS 2012, Microsoft announced the general availability of System Center 2012.

Topics: Microsoft Cisco IT Infrastructure Private Cloud Infrastructure Jason Buffington Microsoft Management Summit private cloud

HP VS3 announced at MMS 2012

Today, HP announced the newest offering in its VirtualSystem for Microsoft solutions family - the VS3, leveraging HP hardware that has been assembled and optimized to deliver the entire Microsoft Private Cloud stack, including:

Topics: Microsoft IT Infrastructure Private Cloud Infrastructure HP Compute Jason Buffington private cloud Hyper-V System Center

Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track at MMS 2012

The Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track program puts the best practices and private cloud experience of Microsoft into an IT architecture that provides consistency and flexibility in the Microsoft stack, while still enabling its hardware partners to bring their own expertise and differentiated components together for customers benefit.

Topics: Microsoft IT Infrastructure Private Cloud Infrastructure HP Compute Jason Buffington private cloud System Center