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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Big Switch Networks Heats Up SDN Arms Race With Cloud Fabric
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Big Switch Networks Heats Up SDN Arms Race With Cloud Fabric

Just over a $1 trillion will be spent on networking hardware and software over the next 5 years, and both vendors – with the possible exception of Cisco – and customers are hoping that Software Defined Networking (SDN) and BFF Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) will capture a growing piece of that money. Big Switch Networks, which started down the SDN path in late 2009, and was working with its originator, Stanford University, 6 months before it opened its doors, is announcing Big Cloud Fabric, which is available in beta, and will be GA later this quarter, as well as Big Tap 4.0, and is expanding its partner ecosystem. And if that isn’t enough, Co-founder and President Kyle Forster told IT Trends & Analysis that his company will be formally accepted into the Open Compute Project in Q3. Forecasts for SDN are all over the map, but a recent Infonetics Research survey of the major service providers that account for 51% of worldwide telecom capex, 29% are currently implementing SDNs, and 52% plan to evaluate SDNs by the end of 2014, and nearly every operator plans to deploy SDN (97%) or NFV (93%) in some aspect of their network at some point. Yesterday Research and Markets reported that the global SDN market is estimated to grow from $290 million in 2014 to $3.67 billion by 2019, a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 66.1%. Last week SNS Research announced that NFV and SDN investments on the Radio Access Network (RAN) segment alone will account for over $5 billion by 2020. So it’s no surprise that Big Switch, along with virtually every other hardware, software, networking and wannabe-superstar-startup is jumping on the SDN bandwagon. The company says that building on the success of its Big Tap monitoring fabric, Big Cloud Fabric – ‘the industry’s first and only data center switching fabric that combines the operational advantages of SDN software with the economics of bare metal switch hardware’ – is the next logical step for network architects embracing hyperscale design. Making the leap to new hyperscale SDN solutions can be challenging for organizations with legacy infrastructure, said Brian Marshall, analyst, ISI Group, in a prepared statement. “However,. Big Tap offers a simple, high-value entry point for customers to warm up to SDN and get comfortable. Now Big Cloud Fabric at the core can help mitigate risk for customers and enable a seamless transition to SDN.” Forster, who spent many years at Microsoft and Cisco prior to starting Big Switch, said his company has been inspired by hyper-scale data centers – i.e. Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon – that have outpaced the vendors...

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AWS Lifts The Covers on Zocalo

Since I started covering the online file sharing (OFS) market, the big question I get from end-users and vendors alike is “What happens if AWS enters the market?” Of course, they also ask about Google and Microsoft – these are the big three and obvious vendors to ask about, given their infrastructure, cloud offerings, and the incredible price points they can offer thanks to economies of (massive) scale. But the Google and Microsoft online file sharing solutions are already known entities, and AWS (until now) is not.  That all changed on July 10th with the introduction of Zocalo, the AWS secure storage and sharing solution. For the past couple of years, AWS has been increasingly moving up the IT solutions stack – starting way back in 2006 with its first IaaS offerings and fast forward to 2013 and AWS has a pretty broad suite of offerings from compute to networking to application services, databases, and cloud services management – even virtual desktop offerings. Zocalo is a natural extension of AWS’s portfolio – it complements WorkSpaces and positions AWS to be a key IT supplier for next-generation IT (read more about WorkSpaces from my colleague Mark Bowker here). To read the complete article, CLICK...

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