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

Posted: October 06, 2015   /   By: ESG   /   Tags: cloud, Amazon, AWS, Rackspace

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.

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A Solid State of Affairs for Cloud

Posted: December 19, 2013   /   By: ESG   /   Tags: Cloud Computing, Private Cloud Infrastructure, SolidFire, openstack, Rackspace, Cloudsigma, Mirantis, Red Hat, Public Cloud Service

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.

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The Growing Need for Converged (Software) Infrastructure

Posted: July 10, 2013   /   By: ESG   /   Tags: 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

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.

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My thoughts on the 2013 OpenStack Summit in Portland

Posted: April 26, 2013   /   By: ESG   /   Tags: Cloud Computing, VMware, Private Cloud Infrastructure, openstack, Rackspace, Public Cloud Service

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Anticipating the RSA Conference 2012

Posted: February 02, 2012   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: Information and Risk Management, Juniper, Sourcefire, FireEye, Security and Privacy, sap, LogRhythm, trend micro, RSA Security, Rackspace, cybercrime, Damballa, Unisys

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.

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