…Buyers & Sellers Must Learn to Compete in the Amazon…

Premise: Amazon has turned the data center into an API. This trend is having profound impacts on enterprise IT customers. In particular, the economics of infrastructure outsourcing (i.e. deployment, provisioning, management and orchestration), which formerly had negative economies of scale at volume, are beginning to track software marginal economics – i.e. incremental costs go to $0. To compete with these cost structures, IT organizations and competitive cloud vendors will have to either have massive scale or become highly vertically integrated. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Microsoft Ruling Hurts All US Cloud Providers

A few months ago, the US government did a completely insane, and massively far reaching thing – it forced Microsoft to hand over e-mails and personal information of customers of US companies on a server that is in IRELAND. It’s essentially like telling the FBI that they have a right to barge into someone’s house in Cork because some U.S. cousin might have sent them something illegal. As far as I know, that’s not ok. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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HP Acquires Eucalyptus

HP announced on September 11, 2014 that they had entered into an agreement to acquire Eucalyptus. Eucalyptus is a vendor of private IaaS services. Eucalyptus is a startup with fewer than 100 employees and around $55 million in venture funding. Eucalyptus doesn’t have an application development and deployment (AD&D) play but could certainly provide the foundation for a private PaaS. HP, despite their unusual acquisition of Mercury Interactive back in 2006, is otherwise not in the AD&D business. However, Eucalyptus does put HP a partnership or acquisition away from PaaS, so let’s look at the potential motivation of the deal. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Riverbed Announces the End to Excuses in Trying D2D2C

There are many that would benefit from a better data protection infrastructure – with deduplication and fast agility on-prem, but with a scalable and economic tertiary capability in the cloud. And for those folks (and you all know who you are), you may be out of excuses. Riverbed’s offer for a free virtual appliance coupled with six months of free Amazon S3 storage may have singlehandedly removed the barrier to evaluation for D2D2C more than any single other announcement in 2014, thus far. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Amazon Zocalo: What to Do When You Have More Disk Than God

Cloud behemoth Amazon has found a new outlet for its NSA-scale disk farms in its new enterprise file sync and store service, Zocalo. After years of offering dumb cloud object storage with its Amazon S3 simple storage service, Amazon is climbing up the storage value stack with an enterprise cloud file store that will put pressure on Box, SugarSync, and the like. Amazon proclaims Zocalo to be “a fully managed, secure enterprise storage and sharing service with strong administrative controls and feedback capabilities that improve user productivity” that enables users to “store, share, and gather feedback on documents, spreadsheets, presentations, webpages, images, PDFs, or text files—from the device of their choice.” So, nothing groundbreaking there, although its pricing strategy may leave the competition scrambling to compete. After a free, thirty-day introductory period, Amazon is offering Zocalo at $5 per user per month. For this, the user gets a generous 200 GB of storage, with the option for more starting at $0.03 per GB per month. This puts Zocalo well below the $30 per month that Citrix charges for a  two-user ShareFile starter account with only 5 GB of storage and the $15 per month that Box charges business customers for 1 TB of storage. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice...

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