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Multiple, Multipath, Multifactor, or how about Multi-Cloud?

Posted: January 20, 2014   /   By: ESG   /   Tags: IBM, Cloud Computing, cloud, Private Cloud Infrastructure, Dell, CSC, Softlayer, Ostrato, ServiceNow, Tier 3, CenturyLink, Multi-Cloud, Public Cloud Service

About this time last year, I published a report on cloud service management (Enabling IT’s Transformation to Cloud Service Provider) where I outlined the software components needed to become a cloud service provider on-premises. Primary capabilities include orchestration and automation but also things like CMDB, federation, and chargeback. Like everything in this industry, there has been a lot of change in the past year, which I will cover in detail in the update to the CSM report later this quarter. In the meantime, I thought it would be useful to write about some of the trends I’m seeing in this space:

· Hybrid Isn’t Even Table Stakes – Last year I thought it was goodness when I saw a CSM company building functionality that supported an IT department being able to manage on-premises ‘private cloud’ and off-premises ‘public cloud.’ Over the past year that has evolved to requiring the ability to manage multiple cloud types in on- and off-premises. For example, a company may have an MS Azure cloud as well as a VMware cloud on-premises and public cloud off-premises with a VMware cloud and AWS resources on Amazon’s cloud. This means that the CSM software has to be able to manage all of these resources and be able to provide a unified dashboard, rationalize pricing methods, and potentially a way to move workloads seamlessly between clouds.

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CloudWorld … I mean ... DellWorld

Posted: December 17, 2013   /   By: ESG   /   Tags: Cloud Computing, Azure, Microsoft, cloud, Private Cloud Infrastructure, Dell, Amazon, google, Accenture, Savvis, Red Hat, Tier 3, CenturyLink, Public Cloud Service

Last week was Dell’s annual user conference in Austin and while the weather was a bit cooler than I expected there – things are definitely heating up for Dell.

Cloud Partner Program – Dell announced expansions of its partner program, which now includes Microsoft Windows Azure, and CenturyLink, Google, and Accenture. They already had Peer1, Joyent, ScaleMatrix, and Zerolag. Here’s why I think these relationships are important:

  • Windows Azure – What better way to be part of a native hybrid cloud offering? Windows Server on-premises built on Dell systems (think Azure Cloud-in-a-Box) connected to Windows Azure public cloud and using Cloud Manager (formerly Enstratius) to manage it all. Cool beans if you ask me.
  • CenturyLink – Savvis and Tier 3 are now all folded into CentruryLinks' cloud offering with CenturyLink bringing the pipes, Savvis the data centers, and Tier 3 the cloud services. This today includes VMware and OpenStack service and my gut tells me Windows Azure is not too far away. Again, this provides a good set of opportunities for Dell including cloud-in-a-Box on-prem to connect a hybrid solution with CenturyLink based on VMware, OpenStack, or Azure.
  • Google – This is a win for Google and for Dell. For Google, it creates the momentum they need from the enterprise to be connected and hybridized with Google’s public IaaS and PaaS offerings. Google brings Android as well so there are many architectures and components that can be put to use. For Dell, it allows them to again create opportunities with their customers to help them enjoy the benefits of a hybrid cloud using Google for public and cloud-of-your-choosing-in-a-Box on-premises. All managed by Dell Cloud Manager.
  • Accenture – Big Enterprise? Dell Customer? Does your CIO have an ItaaS or Cloud Strategy – then let Accenture and Dell help you design, implement, build, and even manage your cloud for you. If you’ve been sitting on the fence worried about security, governance, and usage models – this is a great way to go.
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Analyze This!

Posted: September 18, 2013   /   By: ESG   /   Tags: Cloud Computing, Analytics, Big Data, Data Management & Analytics, Enterprise Software, pivotal, Tier 3, Sumo Logic

Analyze This!

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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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