Portability Is Essential In The Multi-Cloud Future
Apr20

Portability Is Essential In The Multi-Cloud Future

Pretty much everybody agrees the world is moving to the cloud — public, private (which includes managed as a service) but predominantly the combination of both (hybrid) — and the primary questions are what to move where, and when (how is also a huge concern, but while not easy, it’s really just fiddly bits). Four years ago Cisco started using the concept of the ‘world of many clouds’ to describe its customer-choice model, and earlier this month data and analytics leader Teradata unveiled database license flexibility across hybrid cloud deployments. There has been an “aggressive uptick in interest, if not deployment of public cloud” by the company’s global 1000 customers, said Brian Wood, Director, Cloud Marketing, Teradata. He told IT Trends & Analysis that over 90% of their customers plan to have hybrid IT by 2020, and “85% want to consume as a service.” The company has 100 customers in the multi-petabyte range, with the largest customer in the 90Pb range, so licensing becomes critical, smoothing out the investments, he said. With portability, “ it’s have your cake and eat it too.” This massive move to the cloud, with a mix of public, private, hybrid and on-premise resources means portability — data, software and licenses — is a critical component. Cloud lock-in is no more palatable than vendor lock-in, and while only one vendor, with a limited set of offerings — albeit a set of significant offerings — Teradata says its newest capability, an industry first, gives its data management solution for analytics the ‘very best value proposition.’ “Not only is the database license portable across the hybrid cloud options, but so are workloads, enabled by a common code base in all deployments,” said John Dinning, EVP and Chief Business Officer, Teradata, in a prepared statement. “This flexibility is a first in our industry and means that data models, applications, and development efforts can be migrated or transferred unchanged across any ecosystem.” Looking ahead reinforces the growing cloud-first future, although this cloud shift is not just about cloud, stated Gartner. “This cloud-first orientation will continue to increase the rate of cloud adoption and, consequently, cloud shift,” said Ed Anderson, research vice president. “Organizations embracing dynamic, cloud-based operating models position themselves for cost optimization and increased competitiveness.” Spending on datacenter systems is forecast to be $175 billion in 2017, growing to $181 billion through 2020. However, while DC budgets will be relatively flat, spending on cloud system infrastructure services (IaaS) will grow from $34 billion in 2017 to $71 billion through 2020, account for 39% of total spending on datacenter systems. The latest market data/forecasts demonstrate the headlong rush to...

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Teradata Positioned To Weather IT’s ‘Perfect Storm’?

ATLANTA: For perhaps the first time in IT’s history, outcomes, not technology, are driving the industry, and data analytics specialist Teradata Corporation (TDC) is looking to take advantage of this ‘perfect storm’. The confluence of the latest IT tools and applications — social, cloud, mobility, big data, analytics, Internet of Things (IoT) and security — together with the substantial benefits of a data-driven approach, a business phenomenon with a body count, represents a huge opportunity for the company, which is trying to change its focus from technology to outcomes. “We have gone through the process of how we are actually changing: we are going to be business focused, not technology focused,” said President & CEO Vic Lund at last week’s Partners conference. Still, technology was a large part of the annual event’s agenda, where Teradata made a number of product and service announcements, including Borderless Analytics, RACE (Rapid Analytic Consulting Engagement), Customer Journey Analytic Solution, and Teradata Everywhere. They were significant announcements that represent a major shift for Teradata, said Oliver Ratzesberger, EVP and Chief Product Officer. “We’re focusing on business solutions more than we ever have before.” Digitalization of the enterprise is a big topic for most companies around the world, said Oliver Ratzesberger, EVP and CPO, Teradata. Companies are looking for “high-impact outcomes that benefit the bottom line”, an optimized analytical ecosystem with “flexibility and agility” to most effectively run  your organization. “Business-led outcomes is really what companies are focused on.” That has significant implications for Teradata, he said. “We’re focusing on business solutions more than we ever have before.” One of the biggest — if not the biggest — implications of the onrushing changes is the speed of these changes. I talk to customers every day and they’re terrified of their inability to change fast enough, said Teradata’s John Thuma, Data Scientist & Director of Analytics. In addition to the rate of change, is the need for a new set of KPIs (key performance indicators), he added. “It’s not the technology, it’s the people and processes that matter.” Not only can companies not rest on “past glories”, even if they can change, are the changes they’re making successful, he asked? “That’s also a big factor.” The paradigm that people were expendable is changing. Now organizations must not only look at how — and with who — they can continue to disrupt their competition, but also how to disrupt themselves. Ratzesberger agrees that the companies who are doing well with the digital transformation “have realized that the biggest problem is people, process in organizations.” It’s all about how you use it and reshape the company, empowering the...

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Cisco: Cloud Optimization A Big Problem, Bigger Opportunity
Sep21

Cisco: Cloud Optimization A Big Problem, Bigger Opportunity

A new Cisco-backed IDC study — Cloud Going Mainstream: All Are Trying, Some Are Benefiting; Few Are Maximing Value — reports that while the majority of the business world (68%, up 61% from 2015) is moving quickly to the cloud, only 3% are optimizing their cloud efforts, creating a services opportunity the networking giant wants to address. Cisco’s Business Cloud Advisor Adoption Report is intended to help organizations ‘determine their own cloud adoption level and associated business benefits relative to their industry peers—by industry, company size, and geography’; in addition, the company — and partners — is rolling out a new set of Cloud Professional Services. Based on primary market research conducted with executives responsible for IT decisions in over 6,100 organizations across 31 countries that are successfully implementing private, public and hybrid clouds in their IT environments, this is the most extensive cloud survey ever, said Fabio Gori, Senior Director and Head of Cisco Cloud Marketing (and double the size of last year’s inaugural study). He told IT Trends & Analysis that the fact that only 3% of customers in the world have strategized cloud in a strategic manner was a little surprising, but the biggest suprise was the “lack of alignment between IT and line of buisness”. While not a surprise, this IT/LOB culture clash is the biggest issue holding everything back, he said. “That misalignment is the number one reason why our clients are not being successful moving to the cloud.” That’s where BCA and Cisco’s cloud services can help customers accelerate and simplify their multicloud journey, said Cisco’s Erik Vogel, Senior Director, Advanced Services. [Multicloud was another important finding in the study: the 3% have embraced hybrid: 95% use private cloud, while 92% use public cloud.] In addition to IT/LOB misalignment, the other significant obstacles to achieving greater cloud maturity are the skills gap, and legacy siloed organizational structures, according to the survey. Another major challenge — like digitalization and analytics — is speed, added Vogel. “One of the key things client are telling us, we’re not fast enough.” So anything Cisco can do to help accelerate their journeyy to the cloud is a big benefit. “As this global cloud adoption study reveals, most organizations are still attempting to optimize their cloud strategies, but the 3 percent of organizations that have reached the highest level of adoption are reaping the most benefits,” said Robert Mahowald, Group VP, SaaS & Cloud SW, IDC, in a prepared statement. “It also underscores that multicloud environments are the default scenario among a majority of companies worldwide, and successfully managing multicloud is a key attribute of mature cloud strategies.” Much...

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New Offerings Represent A Major Shift For Teradata

ATLANTA: Data analytics specialist Teradata Corporation (TDC), which has gathered 3,000 customers and partners for its annual Partner conference, made a number of product and service announcements this week which should generate a lot of customer interest, especially if they’re using — or want to make greater use — of cloud. According to the company the new offerings include: –Borderless Analytics, which turns hybrid clouds into a single analytic ecosystem; –RACE (Rapid Analytic Consulting Engagement), an agile, technology agnostic methodology; –Customer Journey Analytic Solution, a set of capabilities for discerning the behavioral paths of each individual customer, determining the next best interaction and delivering a consistent, personalized brand experience through every channel and touch point; and, –Teradata Everywhere, ‘that brings the world’s most powerful massively parallel processing (MPP) analytic database’ to multiple public clouds, managed cloud, and on-premises environments including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Teradata Managed Cloud, VMware® virtualization software, and the Teradata IntelliFlex platform. These are significant announcements that represent a major shift for Teradata, said Oliver Ratzesberger, EVP and Chief Product Officer. “We’re focusing on business solutions more than we ever have before.” Digitalization and cloud are big parts of Taradata’s strategy, he said, and these announcements continue to address these opportunities. “This becomes the foundation for everything we do from now on.” Cloud will play a growing role in the company’s Fortune 1000 customer base. Most Teradata customers (90%) say they will be on hybrid cloud by 2020; 85% are looking to buy as a service; and as much as 40% of workloads will run on public cloud by 2020, said Ratzesberger. Made possible by enhancements to the company’s QueryGrid software for analytics across heterogeneous, multi-system data stores, and Unity software for automated and seamless orchestration of a Teradata multi-system environment, the “Borderless Analytics” capability gives enterprises the ability to easily manage multi-system analytic environments and shift workloads to optimize resource utilization, while ensuring a seamless and transparent business user experience, stated the company. It also enables cross-technology analytics, giving users access to heterogeneous analytic processing engines and data stores. “Borderless Analytics is about infrastructure agility and unlocking new use cases,” said Ratzesberger. In addition the company plans to deliver the ability to intelligently capture select data changes from one Teradata system and automatically copy them to other Teradata systems, and push-button system initialization which can copy an entire database from one system to another, creating a replica which can be used for Dual Active availability, disaster recovery, quality assurance, test, or development in the first half of 2017. Available now, RACE leverages the company’s Business Value Frameworks, intellectual property captured from the Teradata’s experience...

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Teradata: Back To The Future With Customer Focus
Sep14

Teradata: Back To The Future With Customer Focus

ATLANTA: Despite strong financial performance, and a leadership position in one of today’s hottest markets, analytics, questions continue to circulate around Teradata Corporation (TDC), which has gathered 3,000 customers (versus 5,000 in 2015, although SAS is holding a similar gathering this week) and partners for its annual Partner conference. In August the company announced higher revenues — $599 million versus $559.23M — and earnings per share — $0.71vs $0.60 — than predicted by analysts, but the positive results couldn’t stop last week’s market slide, when TDC shares fell 4.24%, as analysts put thumbs down to the company’s prospects. Teradata’s future is dim, wrote analyst Thomas Dinsmore, publisher of the Big Analytics Blog, back in February, and under the previous management. While it’s been struggling since 2013, he believes it has the potential to be a stable and profitable company, but not a growth company, unless it makes some big changes. ‘Companies with a clear growth vision can invest heavily in sales, marketing and engineering; stable companies must be lean. Teradata now spends more “below the line” — engineering, sales, marketing, general and administrative functions — than it did in 2012, when it seemed poised for growth… Meanwhile, while the company invested a little over $600 million in research and development over the past three years, it spent $1.6 billion repurchasing its own stock… A company that spends three times as much buying its own stock as it spends on R&D is a company that has no confidence in the growth potential of its own business, and no ideas for building a better product.’ Several months later at the Teradata Influencer Summit, new management, a new architecture, more apps and IP, and, most importantly, a more urgent move to the cloud, things were looking brighter, noted Doug Henschen for Constellation Research. ‘As CEO Lund put it at the outset of the Summit, Teradata has great technology, smart people and an awesome customer base. Now that distractions — such as the divested Aprimo marketing business — are out of the way, Teradata has clearly refocused on its core competency. Now it’s a matter of execution and delivering great technology in smarter, more flexible and easier-to-consume ways.’ Speaking to a group of analysts and journalists at Partners, recently demoted (promoted?) from the board, and active with TDC since 2004, President & CEO Vic Lund said the company has been working on a new strategy for some time. “We have gone through the process of how we are actually changing: we are going to be business focused, not technology focused.” While technology will support this customer-centric approach, this apparent reversal is not as...

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