Database Forecast: Cloudy with Increasing Chances

ESG has recently published an overview on IT market adoption of cloud-based databases. Shall we just call them cloudbases? Perhaps not. A major trend is emerging. While relatively few are choosing cloud as their primary mode of deployment, majorities are currently running at least some of their production workload in the public cloud. Attitudes and adoption vary considerably by age of company (and age of respondent!), reflecting how deeply entrenched traditional on-premises offerings and processes may be for different businesses. How many, how many, and how much, you ask? ESG research subscribers can read the full report here. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Oracle Removes the Line Between Cloud & On-premises Storage

So Oracle just announced the new 8.7 version of the OS that powers its ZFS storage systems; I try to avoid writing about specific product news too often in this blog because a) you can get product news elsewhere and b) product news is usually just iterative and rarely does it contain that much deeper industry insight. But stick with me here, as this does get way more interesting than the move from version 8.6 to version 8.7 might suggest. To give a “you are here” starting point, the ZFS platform has been improving for years now and is a storage system to be reckoned with – its lickety-spit speed just got further enhanced with added flash pools and its tight integration with all-things-Oracle makes databases and apps verily sing. While the meatier part of the news is pretty well conveyed in the new moniker Oracle is using for its offering – “Cloud Converged Storage” – even that doesn’t quite do justice to the required-data-revolution-made-manifest that is represented here. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Cloud Computing: Predictions for 2017…

In this video, I interview Edwin Yuen and Terri McClure on their thoughts on cloud computing for 2017. Edwin covers systems management – including on-premises and on public clouds. Terri covers cloud infrastructure – including converged and hyperconverged systems. If you are wondering about these burning questions, our experts proffer their opinions. Systems Management: What will be the positioning between the traditional system management vendors and cloud born vendors? Or can any company meet the needs of managing both traditional apps and the new approaches — and provide a full solution? Watch Edwin give his answer on whether convergence can exist! Hyperconvergence: Is there a tension between public cloud and hyperconverged systems? Is this a zero-sum game, or will hybrid approaches win over? Battle or peace? Terri shares her views! To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Heterogeneous Multi-Dimensional Cloud Security

According to ESG research, 75% of organizations use public cloud services of one kind or another today. A majority (65%) use SaaS, 38% use IaaS, and 33% use PaaS. In terms of IaaS, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is still the king of the hill, but many large enterprises are implementing or kicking the tires on alternatives. Microsoft is pushing clients with enterprise client access licenses (ECAL) toward Office365 and Azure, IBM is winning SoftLayer deals with large customers, and Google Cloud Platform is gaining traction in the life sciences industry. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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…Converged and Hyperconverged Choice, Fear Abounds

One of the most persistent concerns shared by many IT professionals is the fear that once a vendor technology decision is made, the die is cast and there is no turning back. For better or worse, you’re in for the long haul. This fear of being “over the vendor barrel” is often a powerful motivator to retain as much independence as possible so as not to be subject to the whims of any single technology organization. In fact, according to ESG research, the top 3 concerns businesses have with deploying integrated computing platforms (ICP) like converged and hyperconverged systems is: 1. Too expensive 2. Vendor lock-in 3. Giving too much control to one vendor To read the complete article, CLICK...

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