Amazon AWS and Rackspace - A Cloud Hole-in-one?

golf caddyFrancis Ouimet had Eddy Lowery, Tiger Woods had Steve Williams, Jordan Spieth has Michael Greller, and now AWS users have…Rackspace?

 Behind every golf phenom is a silent partner. That even keel caddy that brings the right blend of wit, wisdom and instinctual insight and advice to help propel his or her wunderkind to the top of the leader board. Like these unsung heroes of the fairway, Rackspace too is now bringing caddy-like concierge services to bear to help businesses leverage AWS for grand slam success in the cloud.

Topics: cloud Amazon AWS Rackspace

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

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

My thoughts on the 2013 OpenStack Summit in Portland

Topics: Cloud Computing VMware Private Cloud Infrastructure openstack Rackspace Public Cloud Service

Anticipating the RSA Conference 2012

It's now February although you'd never know it from the balmy winter here in Boston. Aside from Valentine's Day, February is significant because it is when security geeks from around the world get together in San Francisco for the RSA Conference.

Topics: Information and Risk Management Juniper Sourcefire FireEye Security and Privacy sap LogRhythm trend micro RSA Security Rackspace cybercrime Damballa Unisys