…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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Networking News and Insights from Dell…

The canals, gondolas, and St Mark’s Square in the Venetian Hotel served as the back drop for the first ever Dell Technologies World event in Las Vegas last week. Dell is continuing to execute against its strategy to help organizations execute against their digital and IT transformations. Over the last 20 or so months, it has worked diligently to eliminate conflict in its portfolio and discuss the value of its solutions across the entire family of companies. On the networking front, one of Dell’s key pillars for a modern data center, Dell continues to evolve its disaggregation story (Network OS and Network Hardware) for scale-out data center and campus environments. Dell will continue to partner with Aerohive and Ruckus to provide end-to-end solutions for wireless environments. One of the new proof points for its disaggregated, scalable approach came from a Dell family member, VMware, that announced it will now leverage Dell networking hardware solutions for its NSX SD-WAN appliances. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Cloud Highlights Dell EMC World
Oct19

Cloud Highlights Dell EMC World

Austin, Texas: A number of announcements were made at the inaugural Dell EMC World event (as well as VMWorld Europe), including a several cloud-related items. While not necessarily more significant or relevant than the other news, I decided to focus on the cloud items because cloud seemed to offer more perspective about Dell’s future, than its present. Dell’s Elastic Cloud Storage (formerly Project Nile), acquired with EMC, is a software-defined, cloud-based distributed file and object storage platform that manages data as objects. While it’s market segment represents an attractive solution for soaring data growth, it is not seeing corresponding growth, according to a study released at the start of the year. The ‘object storage market gains remained lackluster,’ although that should change: the ‘increased pressure on the storage infrastructure to scale bigger, protect longer, and keep more data active in more locations will likely continue to drive IT organizations to seek to deploy an architecture that can cost-effectively solve not only the scale challenges of today, but also those of the next decade or two in the future. For many organizations that architecture is object storage.’ Fast forward 9 months and following “good momentum”, Dell is making five ECS announcements, including software and enterprise enhancements, an appliance, and a single-tenant version due out later this year. While the announcements will appeal to existing customers, the intent is to grow the customer base, said Varun Chhabra, Director of Product Marketing for Dell EMC Emerging Tech Team. We’re “growing really fast,” he told IT Trends & Analysis. While the news should appeal to both existing and new customers, the “focus still remains on continuing to penetrate new accounts.” Given its position, Dell would seem to have nowhere to go but up. Chhabra said their goal is to equip customers on their journey to the cloud, wherever they may be. “We have to continue to innovate to provide customers that value.” It’s all about enabling choice for customers, and continuing to innovate, he added. Earlier this month VMware and Amazon Web Services announced a strategic partnership under which VMware’s software-defined data center (SDDC) offering will run on the AWS public cloud in mid-2017. With VMware Cloud on AWS (the new platform), customers will be able to run applications across VMware vSphere-based private, public and hybrid cloud environments using their existing VMware software and tools for a full range of storage, database, analytics and other services. “We see that we could bring together the best of both worlds,” said VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger. “The best of public cloud and the best of private cloud are coming together.” Earlier this year the company unveiled...

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Dell 3.0 Takes Center Stage at DEW

Austin, Texas:  The critical question arising from the inaugural Dell EMC World event — at least for me, an IBM, HP/E and Dell/EMC/VMware investor — is what makes Dell’s prospects any brighter than those of its two main competitors, IBM and HPE, and the trio of enterprise vendors offering more limited portfolios — Cisco, Oracle and Lenovo? IBM has seen its sales shrink for the last 17 quarters, HPE is just shrinking, and the other contenders can only offer partial solutions — predominantly networking and datacenter servers, DBMS software and appliances, and devices, respectively. From its humble roots in Michael Dell’s college dorm room, the company has scaled the PC heights, added servers, storage, software, networking, security and services and, with the completion of the EMC acquisition, is now grappling with the IT industry’s largest acquisition and largest debt load. It has also added significant resources in enterprise storage (disk, flash and software-defined), virtualization (VMware), cloud (Virtustream, Pivotal and ECS), networking (SDN/NSX), all-in-one appliances (VCE) and security (RSA). Of course there is a lot of overlap too, and while the combined companies may point out the differences, many others will be concerned about the similarities. We’ve already seen signs of tighter focus — i.e. the sales of the enterprise content division, services and software units, and the (lower-than-expected) SecureWorks IPO — and the first workforce reductions, 2,000-3,000 jobs are expected to be cut, out of 140,000. On the good (?) news front, Dell moved into top spot in server shipments for the most recent quarter, while HPE held on to top spot in revenues; shipments grew 2% year-over-year, while revenues edged 0.8% lower. Even better, EMC was named a leader in integrated systems, and the acquisition should strengthen that position, although Gartner cautions that uncertainty will plague the new Dell-EMC-VMware combination that brings ‘multiple overlapping and competing integrated system strategies under one roof.’ The results were equally ambivalent for enterprise storage, where revenue was flat while shipped capacities shot up 12.9%; EMC tied for first place with HPE ($1.6 billion each) while Dell came in third place with a revenue increase of 14%, up to $1 billion. Prior to the acquisition EMC was pushing a software-defined everything strategy, and it’s unlikely that focus will change under new ownership. The current evolution of IT is offering customers a couple of choices in pursuit of shrinking data centers, lower CAPEX and OPEX and the ability to leverage the cloud: some form of do it yourself versus an all-in-one solution, and hardware versus software lock-in (and that at the end of the day, there’s no getting away from software lock-in), Manuvir Das,...

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VMware Wants To ‘Cloudify’ 500k vSphere Customers
Oct15

VMware Wants To ‘Cloudify’ 500k vSphere Customers

Barcelona should be rocking this week, what with VMworld Europe (October 12-15), and the news that Dell intends to acquire EMC, which owns 81% of VMware. So an announcement that vRealize, VMware’s hybrid cloud management platform, is getting a makeover, can easily get lost in the noise. Due to ship later this quarter, VMware vRealize Automation and vRealize Business Standard are now sporting shiny new release numbers (7), but more importantly, they address some of the cloud issues confronting a half-million vSphere users.. “The last couple of years people were playing at this (cloud management) at various levels,” said Sajai Krishnan, VP of Product Marketing, Management Suites Business Unit, VMware. Now the market would like to know what their true costs are, he told IT Trends & Analysis. VMware is one of the leaders in cloud management, he said, and the new releases incorporate the three elements of a cloud management platform: automation, operations and business. vRealize Automation makes it easier for teams to automate the lifecycle of infrastructure and application resources, while vRealize Business makes it easier to understand the cost of infrastructure services. While these are upgrades, and should appeal to vRealize users, Krishnan believers the biggest upside is outside this segment. “The good news is with over 500,000 customers with vSphere… we can seek them out”. “It’s very easy for vSphere customers to carve out portions of their infrastructure that they want to ‘cloudify’.” He said new customers are coming off the sidelines as they look for agility through automation. We get them enough choice to address agility without losing sight of security, he added. One of the big challenges of networking and security is that it is a very mix-and-match business with a lot of room for error, said Krishnan. “This helps to avoid that by bringing in automation…” Everything cloud is getting increasing attention, and hybrid is no exception. According to one report, the hybrid cloud market will be worth just under $90 billion by 2019, a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 27.3% from $25.28 billion in 2014. A more recent IDC study puts total worldwide spending on cloud IT infrastructure – i.e. servers, storage and Ethernet switches – will top $32.6 billion for the year, a 24% increase on last year’s total. Public cloud spending will increase by 29.6% year-over-year, while private cloud will rise by 15.8%. Non-cloud infrastructure spending will drop by 1.6% in 2015, to $66.8 billion. IDC forecasts that cloud IT infrastructure spending will grow at a CAGR of 15.1%, hitting $53.1 billion by 2019, giving it a 46% share of the market overall. Public cloud will account for...

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