Systems Management at ESG

cloudy_sky.jpgHi, my name is Edwin Yuen and I’m a new analyst here at ESG. Now, if you have followed the virtualization and systems management space for a while, you might recognize my name. Before I joined ESG, I was Director of Product Marketing for the HPE Helion family of cloud products. Before HPE, I was Director of Cloud and Virtualization Strategy at Microsoft for many years and I was also one of the members of the original team that developed App-V Application Virtualization at Softricity. 

I have joined ESG as an analyst covering systems management, DevOps, and PaaS. These three areas represent where my experiences and expertise have been for the past 15 years. The first one, Systems Management, is an extremely diverse area, covering everything from traditional data center systems management to the new, cloud-born management tools. In fact, I cover the wide range of solution areas that systems management encompasses in my new Video Capsule.

The extremely interesting part of my work is how my research areas come together, along with the work that my colleagues do in hyperconverged systems and cloud platforms, in what many vendors call hybrid cloud. When I speak with people about hybrid cloud, I often mention it’s reminiscent of the mid to late 90s, when, if your product didn’t have “Internet” in the marketing, you didn’t get very much attention. Today, we see the exact same situation with hybrid cloud. 

On the bright side, the general use of hybrid cloud isn’t unwarranted. The solutions out there do offer some unique capabilities that enable new solutions for IT. The biggest issue we see right now is that the term hybrid cloud is mostly under-defined. There is seemingly a growing consensus that hybrid cloud is when disparate cloud systems are brought together. But does a hybrid cloud require that applications span across those resources? Or that they must have different cloud platforms to run the applications? 

Over the next several weeks, I’m going to explore the concept of hybrid cloud in this blog, looking at how operational and management-based hybrid clouds may be more applicable than just architectural considerations. Several vendors who have announced solutions bring hybrid cloud closer to the realities of how companies use cloud today. Next time, we’ll start the discussion with a look at how we can better categorize and leverage those hybrid cloud solutions.

This is Part 1 of a blog series about Hybrid Cloud. Check out the other parts of the series: 

Part 2: Answering the Question: What Exactly is Hybrid Cloud?

Part 3: VMware and AWS are Enabling Hybrid Cloud with a Common Platform

Part 4: Hybrid Cloud Through Common Applications with Microsoft and HPE

Part 5: How Two Different Approaches to Common Management of Clouds Are Delivering Hybrid Cloud

Topics: Cloud Services & Orchestration