Blame IT on the Cloud
May25

Blame IT on the Cloud

In the good old days, when there was a problem with IT (i.e. latency or downtime), blame would be placed on (pick any one or combination of): hardware, software, network and/or wetware (people). With the emergence of cloud — public, private and the ‘blame game’s’ bete noire, hybrid — finger pointing has been raised to a whole new level. Ultimately, IT used to be able to blame the users, but that’s no longer the case, said Leon Adato, the Network Management Head Geek, SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software. “It’s more of an us-against-the-world when you bring in cloud into the mix.” It’s tough enough trying to keep your own IT infrastructure up and running, what with 24×7, anywhere operations, big data, analytics, cloud, mobility, IoT and social. Throw in somebody else’s cloud, and the complexity — i.e. what Gartner breaks down into four broad categories: consumption & operations, administration & delivery, budget & optimization and comparison & selection — becomes even more challenging. The lack of robust cloud management tools may slow the adoption of the public cloud and could potentially expose enterprises to out-of-control costs and security risks. While IaaS platforms have reached maturity, the tools that manage and monitor public cloud deployments are lagging behind, according to Gartner Research Director Mindy Cancila. “Cloud deployments are set up for failure if you don’t develop a management strategy upfront,” she said. With the world moving to cloud, and increasingly hybrid cloud, finger-pointing has become much more complex. Currently valued at $33 billion, the hybrid cloud market is growing at a compound annual growth rate of 22.5%, and is expected to be worth $91.74 billon by 2021. More than 43% of organizations expect that within five years, the majority of their IT capability will be delivered through public cloud services, and that within three years, they will access 78% of IT resources through some form of cloud — public, private, or hybrid, according to recent data from IDC. ‘Hybrid cloud architectures will continue to dominate enterprise cloud strategies (more than 80% of enterprise IT organizations will commit to hybrid cloud architectures by 2017; by 2018, at least half of IT spending will be cloud based, reaching 60% of all IT infrastructure, and 60–70% of all software, services, and technology spending by 2020). Increasingly, the need to integrate traditional noncloud systems with modern cloud infrastructure and cloud- native application will create friction and analytics tools will help optimize integrations and maintain service levels.’ IT staff productivity, infrastructure cost savings, and the ability to improve resource utilization are the primary drivers among enterprise-scale heavy hybrid cloud users, according to a...

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HANA Alliance Deepens for Lenovo & SAP

IT vendor alliances and partnerships are more fragile than most of those involved would be willing to admit. Typically, companies ally to pursue specific strategic or market objectives. But in a fast-moving industry like IT, yesterday’s strategies often become as fragrant and desirable as last week’s forgotten gym socks. Partnerships are also often associated with specific executives, withering easily if or when those individuals move on. But the most extreme cases of alliance dysfunction occur around corporate acquisitions. In those situations, it’s common as grass for the involved parties to babble happy platitudes even while they and their customers scramble for the exits. So it is truly remarkable when a strategic alliance not only survives but deepens and improves after one of the partners is acquired. That’s certainly the case concerning Lenovo and SAP, along with the new products and solutions announced at the latter’s Sapphire NOW 2016 conference in Orlando. To read the complete article, CLICK ON AUTHOR’S BYLINE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT Review. Share this:TweetMoreEmailPrintShare on...

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Why Lenovo Dominates the SAP Hana Market

It is kind of amazing how much Lenovo has changed in the last 15 years or so. In 2001, I doubt most of us had even heard of the company and then they bought the IBM PC product group, along with one of the most iconic PC brands; ThinkPad. Most recently they bought IBM’s System x x86 server business, and on a call last week SAP confirmed that Lenovo sells over 50% of the solutions for SAP’s HANA. SAP Hana is one of the leading analytics engines and it has been designed and tuned to run on x86 platforms. These implementations tend to be large and sell well into the enterprise space which, outside of PCs, hasn’t been a Lenovo strength historically. Consider also that IBM’s System x business was under resourced to a near starvation level and carried massive IBM overhead so it is wonder it even operated let alone came to dominate a critical market segment like SAP HANA. I think it was the result of three things; applied stress, an unusually close relationship with SAP, and Intel. Read more at http://www.tgdaily.com/enterprise/157256-why-lenovo-dominates-the-sap-hana-market#M56KgYATXqHaJmD8.99 NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT Review. Share this:TweetMoreEmailPrintShare on...

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Winter is coming…for the storage industry

We’re about halfway through the latest season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, and I’ve been every bit as transfixed to the series as every other devotee I know. I may have gotten started late, but I’m definitely in it for the long haul now. One of the things that was helpful for me as I got caught up was using the internet’s various nerd communities to understand all of the nuances and details of the families and their histories. For example, the show has used “winter is coming” as a tagline from the beginning, and I wanted to get some context on what exactly that was referring to. I turned to the Wikia page for the book series, and came away with an appreciation for what the Starks mean when they say it. To read the complete article, CLICK ON AUTHOR’S BYLINE Share this:TweetMoreEmailPrintShare on...

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Cloud security: a mismatch for existing security…

To use a long-forgotten metaphor, cloud deployment is moving forward at Internet speed at many enterprise organizations. According to ESG research, 57% of enterprise organizations use public and private cloud infrastructure to support product applications/workloads today, and an overwhelming majority of organizations will move an increasing number of applications/workloads to cloud infrastructure over the next 24 months. To read the complete article, CLICK ON AUTHOR’S BYLINE Share this:TweetMoreEmailPrintShare on...

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