…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. It’s no wonder that companies that are looking at leveraging cloud resources in a hybrid cloud configuration value infrastructure compatibility. I’ve been writing about these types of configurations for several years. In my 2017 Hybrid Cloud study, I asked companies the question “What is or likely will be the main objective of your organization’s hybrid cloud strategy?” The most commonly cited answer was common infrastructure compatibility, with 31% of respondents. In the same study, 91% of companies expect to have at least half their applications and workloads on-premises in five years. Only 7% said they expected most, if not all, of their workloads will run in the cloud in five years. With this need for on-premises infrastructure compatibility, it’s no wonder that the AWS VMware Cloud on AWS solution from VMware has been gaining momentum. It’s a pairing of the dominant on-premises hypervisor in VMware with the leading public cloud IaaS provider in Amazon Web Services. VMware Cloud on AWS is vSphere running directly on Amazon EC2 elastic, bare-metal infrastructure, along with vSAN for storage and NSX for networking. This solution is the purest form of infrastructure compatibility between on-premises and cloud, running the VMware solution within the AWS data centers, which results in a cloud IaaS environment that is compatible with the on-premises infrastructure at both the VM and management level. This is one of the easiest ways for on-premises VMware customers to get into the cloud, with little or no conversion, yet still have high bandwidth, low latency access to cloud services from AWS. VMware recently made several new announcements about VMware Cloud on AWS, including: To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Talking Data Analytics…

In this installment of ESG’s 360 Video Series, “Talking Technology,” Mike Leone offers his insights into data analytics – it being a popular, almost prerequisite, term these days in any IT corporate or product pitch…its frequency often only matched by a paucity of understanding! Mike points out that the capability of data analytics is to not only make IT itself better (more productive, for instance) but to allow IT to support better operations (such as using insights to make previously unseen opportunities manifest). In an IT world – indeed simply a world! – that is increasingly data-driven, Mike explains how data analytics is not only an integral part of the emerging data platforms space, but can also be deployed in/from/with the cloud. IT has probably never been more complex and demanding than today: even as approaches such as convergence, myriad clouds, containers, and software-definition (etc.) seek to make operations simpler, so to a degree such elements can also obfuscate some of the underlying subtleties and opportunities of the foundational components. After all, while it’s great to focus on purchasing – for instance – application service levels or business outcomes, some understanding of the IT elements (and considerations or choices) that contribute to those is also often useful. That is the purpose of this video discussion series: it offers ESG’s subject matter experts discussing some of the key trends, drivers, and considerations across various IT areas. We aim to do it succinctly and to deliver it in engaging, plain English – while also tying each technology area back to its eventual potential to positively impact both IT and business results. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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The New Endpoint Security Market…

Venture capital investments in cybersecurity companies are aggressive these days but yesterday’s news was startling nonetheless. First, Cylance announced a round of $120 million led by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities. Cylance says that the funding will help it expand sales and marketing initiatives and extend its global footprint. Not to be outdone, Cylance archenemy CrowdStrike announced a round of $200m, led by General Atlantic and IVP, and now claims a valuation of more than $3 billion. Like its rival, CrowdStrike says that the new funding will go toward sales and marketing as well as product development. These two “unicorns” are not alone. Tanium and Cybereason have also enjoyed funding rounds of $100m while SentinelOne raised $70m in a series C round last year. Holy antivirus, Batman! Now all this VC investment seems a little crazy at first glance. After all, the entire endpoint security market is somewhere in the 5 to 7 billion-dollar range and its currently dominated by a cabal of vendors including Kaspersky Lab, McAfee, Sophos, Symantec, Trend Micro, and Webroot. Given this market reality, it’s fair to ask how the Sand Hill Rd. phat cats can justify this level of investment in a crowded and mature market. Yup, endpoint security investment is aggressive but there is some wisdom behind this VC strategy. Today’s endpoint security market no longer looks like the antivirus market circa 2008. Rather, it is transforming rapidly for several reasons: To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Converged vs Hyperconverged – What’s Driving the Decision

Organizations are being told to digitally transform, to become more agile, and to respond to the business faster in order to survive in a highly competitive market. And one way organizations are digitally transforming is by modernizing their infrastructures, which means shifting from a traditional 3-tier architecture to a solution that integrates compute, storage, networking, and virtualization. Such a solution must deliver a more cloud-like experience on-premises, making the eventual transition to the cloud easier or better yet, enabling organizations to confidently move cloud-native applications from the public cloud back to an on-premises private cloud. Both converged infrastructure (CI) and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) fit the bill, but what is driving organizations to pick one over the other? In our latest ESG research covering both CI and HCI, we asked midmarket (100-999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000+ employees) organizations why they chose one over the other and results were interesting to say the least. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Cisco Security Synopsis from CiscoLive

Cisco held its annual customer event this week in Orlando FLA and invited the industry analysts to attend. CEO Chuck Robbins highlighted the company’s commitment to security in his CiscoLive keynote while other executives elaborated on more security product and services details. After a few days of meetings, I believe Cisco’s cybersecurity strategy focuses on: Product integration. Cisco wants a common cybersecurity product architecture that spans endpoints, networks, data centers, and the public cloud, and that can service most of its customers’ cybersecurity technology needs. As a result, Cisco is busy integrating products and services like AMP, Umbrella, Firepower, Talos, etc. Cisco demonstrated its platform and discussed its future roadmap in detail. -Openness and programmability. Beyond gluing its own products together, Cisco’s cybersecurity platform is built with connectors and APIs for third-party integration and programmability. To illustrate its technology alliance partner ecosystem, Cisco crowed about dozens of partners including Anomali, IBM, LogRhythm, and McAfee. Cisco’s intent-based networking programmability also extends to security for service providers taking advantage of APIs and building value-added services on top of Cisco security tools. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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