Google's New Cloud Strategy Highlighted at Google Next '18 (Video)

The latest moves in Google's cloud strategy were on full display during Google Next '18. What I saw was a company that is maturing in its focus on cloud for businesses, with a focus on Enterprise support and new efforts in hybrid cloud. Below is a video review of Google Next '18 with myself and other ESG analysts. For a more detailed analysis of the show, please read my research brief on Google Next '18 on the ESG Interactive Research Portal (subscription required).

Topics: hybrid cloud Google Next Cloud Platforms & Services

The Future of VMware: VMworld 2018 Preview

As I often joke, as most families are getting their kids ready to go back to school, with new school clothes and school supplies, IT professionals prepare for VMworld. I've been going to VMworld almost every year, sometimes twice a year if we include the EMEA show, for over a decade. I think this year in particular, much more so than in years past, is when the future of VMware will be previewed. I think there will be some exciting announcements around the shift away from just virtualization, with NSX, VMware's role with cloud native and containers, and also VMware Cloud on AWS. Watch the video below and, during the show, tweet to me @edwinyuen if you have questions, and if you are at the show, reach out to me to meet face to face. When the keynotes are over, look for a summary blog from me with my analysis of the key announcements.

Topics: VMworld Cloud Platforms & Services

What to Watch at Google Next '18 (Video)

Google Next '18 is Google's annual show focused on their cloud offerings. Once again, I'll be going to the show and I have a quick video previewing what I think are the key things to watch at Google Next '18. I think there will be some exciting announcements around hybrid cloud, containers, and more enterprise offerings. Watch the video below and, during the show, tweet to me @edwinyuen if you have questions, and if you are at the show, reach out to me to meet face to face. And look for a summary blog from me after the show for my analysis of the key announcements.

Topics: hybrid cloud containers Google Next Cloud Platforms & Services

The Importance of Cloud Infrastructure Compatibility and VMware Cloud on AWS

Much of the discussion when it comes to moving workloads from on-premises data centers to cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) is about the need to lift and shift VMs. The problem is that much of the discussion is about what happens after the lift and shift, in terms of the operational and cost-side of running VMs in IaaS.

What has been missing is the discussion of how to get those VMs into the cloud in the first place. I can always easily tell who has actually attempted the shift and who hasn't by asking them about the difficulties of converting on-premises VMs to cloud VMs. If the company gets into details about all the different conversion options (data migration, VM conversions, compatible hypervisors) and the issues around each, then I know they have actually made the conversion attempt. 

Topics: VMware Amazon AWS Cloud Platforms & Services

Talking Cloud Cybersecurity (ESG 360 Video Series)

In this discussion, part of ESG's ongoing 360 Video Series, Doug Cahill talks about not just the intricacies of cloud security – both of applications for Saas models and of infrastructure for IaaS – but also the opportunities that doing cloud security well can afford a business. It’s not simply a matter of ever more “padlocks on doors” but rather is a matter of making cloud security part of an integrated process; this is especially crucial when so many organizations are essentially [at least to some degree] software developers, using approaches such as hybrid models and containers that can potentially expand the threat landscape if not pre-handled. 

Topics: Cybersecurity Cloud Platforms & Services ESG 360 Video Series

Three Facts About Multi-Cloud That Will Surprise You

As I've often written, multi-cloud is probably the hottest term in the IT industry today. You literally cannot buy a product that connects to the cloud that isn't multi-cloud (unless it's from the rare company that aligns with only one cloud service provider). But one of the most interesting things is that there has been very little research on what defines multi-cloud, how extensive it is, why organizations are multi-cloud, and how it will change.

Topics: Multi-Cloud Cloud Platforms & Services

Red Hat Leading the (Open)Shift to the Cloud

At their annual Red Hat Summit event, Red Hat laid out what they see in the future of cloud. Probably the most notable thing from the event was Red Hat's Jim Whitehurst saying in the keynote that no one company can solve all problems for customers. This is a fact for any one actually trying to solve problems in today's IT environments but it's refreshing for a company to lay this out and reinforce the reason companies need to work together. The future of computing, whether it be with products or leading an open source project, is with the community of users and the partnership of vendors. All vendors need to realize that the future of the IT industry, while still competitive, needs to be fundamentally cooperative to solve real customer problems.

Topics: Systems Management Cloud Platforms & Services

Convergence of Technologies: Cloud and Data Protection at Dell Technologies World (Video)

With Dell Technologies World 2018 complete, there were several key takeaways from the event that apply to Dell Technologies overall, cloud platforms, and data protection. First, looking at Dell Technologies overall, what we are finally seeing is the convergence of the key product and technologies groups, coming together to solve real world customer problems. I discuss this in detail in the video at the end of this blog but what we are seeing are the fruits of the new organizational structure. We see this alignment more with technologies that were already aligned, most notably with the pervasive positioning of Pivotal across the cloud technologies, but we also saw the integration of HCI/CI solutions in the cloud platforms and the availability of Virtustream storage as an option across the data protection products. If the integration of technologies continues into 2019, I think customers will only benefit from this work.

Topics: Data Protection Cloud Platforms & Services Dell Technologies World

Cloud's Connection to Copy Data Management (Video)

In the world of data protection, the topic of data management & enablement (DM&E), also known as copy data management (CDM), has been on the minds of customers and vendors alike. DM&E/CDM has been driving customers to look to get further value from secondary data, either for data protection purposes, or increasingly for non-data protection purposes, such as data mining, DevOps testing and development, or sales tools.

Topics: Data Protection Cloud Platforms & Services

Looking Ahead to Dell Technologies World (Video)

When spring arrives, so does the start of IT vendors show season. First up this year is one of the biggest and most important shows, Dell Technologies World, or DTW.

DTW is one of the key events of the year in our industry, not just in the depth of impact but the breadth of companies that are part of Dell Technologies, including Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, Secureworks, Virtustream, and VMware. With almost every company in the world touched by Dell Technologies, this is one show to keep an eye on. In this video blog, I touch just a little bit on some key ideas that I'm looking forward to at DTW.

Topics: Data Protection Systems Management Cloud Platforms & Services Dell Technologies World