VMworld 2017: The Year of the Cloud

If you missed VMworld this year, let me attempt to summarize the key themes; Cloud, Cloud, and more Cloud. Officially, VMworld delivered a message of “any app, on any cloud, to any device,” and included themes of mobility and data security. After the moment in the keynote when VMware’s Pat Gelsinger hugged Andy Jassy of Amazon Web Services, however, the only thing that the on-premises infrastructure providers in the audience heard was the word, cloud.

The newly announced capability, VMware Cloud on AWS, is an on-demand service that enables applications to run across vSphere-based cloud environments with access to AWS infrastructure along with some of its services. At a higher level though, the announcement delivers the perfect statement that the hybrid cloud is here and it is here to stay. These two companies that just a short time ago were seen as competitors have now joined forces. The bulk of the questions that will emerge from this announcement, however, will not have to be answered by the public cloud, though. It will be the on-premises infrastructure providers that will have to respond.

Topics: Hybrid Cloud Storage EMC VMware Private Cloud Infrastructure Dell AWS

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

Can VCE's VBlock Be An Agent of Change for IT?

Author Joseph Campbell once stated, "The virtues of the past are the vices of today”.

IT server, storage, and network administrators who still cling to the old ways of managing infrastructure in discrete silos would do well to heed Campbell’s warning. 

Topics: Private Cloud Infrastructure Converged Infrastructure

VCE Transforms Scale-IO for SDDC Private Cloud Consumption

Hyper-converged infrastructure vendors beware. Here at EMC World 2015, Guy Churchward, President of EMC’s Core Technologies Division, just announced that Scale-IO, one of EMC’s software-defined data center (SDDC) storage technologies, has been transformed into a pre-integrated, rack-ready, scale-out hyper-converged offering that is now delivered and supported by VCE. Dubbed “VXRACK,” this offering will sit between VCE’s VBLOCK offering and VSPEX Blue (EMC’s version of VMware’s SDN solution), to affordably power Tier-2 data center workloads across private and hybrid cloud environments.

Topics: Private Cloud Infrastructure Networking software-defined data center software-defined storage ScaleIO scale-out storage VCE Hyper-converged

HGST in Agreement to Acquire Object Storage Provider Amplidata

On March 3rd, HGST announced an agreement to acquire Amplidata, a privately-held developer of object storage software. Here is the official announcement of HGST acquiring Amplidata

I, for one, am a fan of object storage and Amplidata’s technology as well. Himalaya, Amplidata’s object storage offering, is a software–defined storage solution designed for multi-petabyte environments. The technology leverages erasure coding to provide high levels of resiliency for massive capacity environments, while leveraging commodity hardware for greater affordability. While I currently do not have any information on the cost of the acquisition, based on what I do know, I applaud the move for Western Digital and HGST.

Topics: Object storage Private Cloud Infrastructure flash storage acquisition

Converged and Hyper-converged – We’ve Got It Covered

In the last few years, we’ve seen a major boom in the converged infrastructure space. This coincides with ESG research findings, where more than 50% of respondents said they currently or plan to utilize a converged solution in their IT environments. We’re not at all surprised, since they make infrastructure tasks significantly easier for IT pros – easier to plan, easier to configure, and easier to grow. By deploying a converged solution, companies have realized gains across all facets of IT, from faster deployment times and improved service and support, to ease of management and improved TCO, scalability, and agility.

Topics: Private Cloud Infrastructure Mark Bowker integrated computing platform ESG Lab integrated infrastructure Hyper-converged Converged

Hyperconverged – Hyper Market Acceleration

Before I jump into the wild world of IT hypervconverged infrastructure, let’s quickly remind ourselves of the benefits ESG has seen from these types of deployments:

Topics: Cloud Computing Private Cloud Infrastructure nutanix

How to Protect an EVO RAIL (video series)

VMware’s EVO RAIL is an architecture for a hyper-converged, software-defined data center in a single appliance form-factor … to be delivered by various hardware partners. But how do you protect that all-in-one solution?

Topics: EMC EVO IT Infrastructure Data Protection JBuff VMware Private Cloud Infrastructure Information and Risk Management HP Dell

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

ESG Recap of VMworld 2014

The ESG analyst team headed into a VMworld 2014 with a list of vmworld-2014-top-questions-esg-analysts-hope-to-have-answered/index.html" target="_blank">questions and was met with the high energy of the event the moment we all deplaned at SFO. Each of the individual analysts' key takeaways are included below, following these general observations:

Topics: Cloud Computing Storage EVO IT Infrastructure Data Protection VMware Private Cloud Infrastructure Information and Risk Management channel partners VMworld Public Cloud Service