“Dev-Test” in the Cloud Can Mean Ops as Well as Apps

There are some very common usages that one finds for the public cloud when it comes to business IT; along with data protection and long-term archival storage (and, yes, increasingly but not ubiquitously, there are production applications), one of the most oft-mentioned uses for the cloud is that of Dev-Test.

It is easy to see why – it can be viewed as a safe sandbox to play in, with no realistic danger of contaminating your production data. Meantime there are resources that are as flexible (whether in terms of scale, type, or speed of implementation) as your budget allows. And perhaps most important of all, of course, when you’re done, you’re done; just wrap up the project, and check out of the IT hotel.

Now, just as you're expecting it, there’s actually no “but” to this blog; instead there’s an “and”….

Topics: Storage applications operations public cloud dev-test

Applications Drive Hybrid Cloud, With On-Premises Being the Key to Hybrid, Not Public Cloud (Video)

Terri McClure, ESG's Senior Analyst for Cloud Infrastructure, and I did an ESG 360 video about the hybrid cloud research that I have conducted.  Two key points that came out of that research were the following:

  • Hybrid cloud is about applications and the infrastructure that supports them, not just about infrastructure, servers, and VMs. An application-centric view is the cornerstone of hybrid cloud and vendors need to recognize and adjust for this. This doesn't mean that infrastructure doesn't matter anymore, but the management and optimization of hybrid cloud workloads needs to be done at the application level, not the infrastructure.
Topics: hybrid cloud public cloud Systems Management on-premises

Google Next: An Enterprise Awakening for Google Cloud

When I talk with companies and vendors about public cloud, Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure are always at the forefront of discussion. Right behind them is always a discussion of Google Cloud. Google Cloud is separate from the other two because everyone expects that Google will become a force in enterprise IT but the question is when and how. I think that we have now seen the enterprise cloud awakening of the slumbering giant called Google.

This week is Google Cloud's Next 2017 conference in San Francisco and I've seen a number of key shifts in Google's strategy in enterprise IT. This can be broken out into several areas:

Topics: public cloud google cloud platform Systems Management Google Next

What Sits on the Public Cloud Always & Forever? (Video)

There's an assumption in this blog post that I should start with - it is simply that I am assuming a time horizon in which we haven't completely reinvented IT and in which there is still both an on-premises component (or use cases) and a public cloud component (or use cases).

So, assumption accepted, what is it that will go on the public cloud for the imaginable future; sure, we are flexing that list a little as the pros and cons of both on-premises and cloud ebb and flow somewhat - based sometimes on technological shifts and/or variations based upon experience.

But what "stuff" sits out on the cloud come-what-may? I take a swing at an answer in this video. I would love to know what you think....  

Topics: Storage public cloud

How Will Cloud Impact Systems Management Vendors in 2017 (Video)


In today's video, John McKnight and I extend upon a topic I covered in my 2017 prediction video, the impact that cloud, especially public cloud, will have on systems management vendors. John and I discuss the pressure that cloud has put on these vendors, especially those traditional, infrastructure up companies that are reaching into public cloud. We discuss the technical challenges for both infrastructure and cloud-born companies, as they struggle to differentiate themselves in a crowded market. And finally, we discuss which vendors are rising to the challenge and what the future systems management landscape looks like.

As always, please leave a comment here on about the video and this time, what you think the challenges for systems management companies in 2017 are.

Topics: public cloud Systems Management

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

EMC pivots to public cloud via VirtuStream

Joe Tucci and company made a strategic decision several years ago not to enter the public cloud provider fray. Instead they took the vendor high road by indicating they would partner with cloud providers instead of competing with them. In a reversal of that strategy, EMC is now pivoting to the public cloud via their federated entity, VirtuStream.

Among a bevy of announcements at the opening of the annual EMC World show today, EMC announced the launching of VirtuStream’s "Global Hyper-scale Storage Cloud For Seamless Enterprise Storage Extensibility, Backup and Cloud-Native Object Storage”. This particular announcement, amongst the other ones planned over the next three days, is designed to play into a larger theme of “Modernize Your Data Center”; the official tag line of  EMC World 2016.

Topics: EMC emc world public cloud Virtustream

Team Oracle Tacking to Hybrid Cloud

Two years ago this week, Larry Ellison was vilified for skipping his Oracle Open World keynote address so that he could attend the Americas Cup yacht races in San Francisco bay. What many probably didn’t realize at the time was that Team Oracle was on the verge of an historic comeback against the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. Down 8-1, Team Oracle had to win an unprecedented 8 consecutive races to secure the highly coveted trophy from their “Kiwi" rivals. This seemingly implausible victory can be attributed to two key factors - bleeding edge technology coupled with a crew of top flight world class sailors. In perhaps an Ellison-esque retributive gesture, the 72 foot long catamaran behemoth was somewhat gaudily displayed smack in the middle of the Moscone Center plaza at Oracle Open World 2015. 

Topics: Cloud Computing hybrid cloud public cloud oracle cloud

Cognitive Cloud Dissonance?

It would seem that corporate CEOs may be forging ahead into new business opportunities with or without their internal IT departments. In a recent PWC survey, over 1/3 of CEOs stated that they had entered entirely new lines of business over the past 36 months and over 60% stated they expected to continue entering industries other than their own over the next 36 months. This is tangible evidence that unless businesses can move on a dime, they may not be long for this world over the longer haul. And how successful IT organizations are with enabling businesses transformation may dictate their own long-term survival. 

Topics: cloud hybrid cloud public 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