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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EMC’s ECS 2.2: Cloud With Benefits
Jan27

EMC’s ECS 2.2: Cloud With Benefits

EMC has introduced an updated version of its object storage offering  — which Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) defines as a storage architecture that manages data as objects, as opposed to other storage architectures like file systems, which manage data as a file hierarchy, and block storage, which manages data as blocks within sectors and tracks — Elastic Cloud Storage (v2.2). EMC defines ECS as a software-defined, cloud scale object and HDFS storage platform which has the ability to store billions of objects, while delivering data anywhere to any device (a comprehensive, on-premise object storage platform that delivers a 65% lower TCO than public cloud providers). In other news, EMC also announced the results of a hybrid cloud study. Starting life as Project Nile, ECS was unveiled in May 2014, offering a mere 9-28% TCO advantage over public cloud. New and enhanced features in v2.2 include: -Software Defined Storage: deploy ECS on certified hardware, or as a turnkey appliance; -a multipurpose platform: native support for multiple protocols (like AWS S3, OpenStack, Swift, HDFS), and native NFS to support file data without the need of a gateway; -smart storage: you can search metadata across petabytes of data without a dedicated database; -low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO): this release further lowers the storage overhead for cold archive scenarios; a new single pane of glass view provides complete system health to help reduce operational costs; and, -data at rest encryption support to protect business-critical data; ECS also fully complies with SEC 17 a-4(f) and CFTC 1.31(b)-(c) regulations. “The main thing to know: as far as object storage systems go… we have every kind of feature that every one of the object systems might have,” Manuvir Das, SVP, Advance Software Division, EMC’s Emerging Technologies Division, told IT Trends & Analysis. Then there are the capabilities like NFS that are unique and raise the bar for the competition… “you get all the benefits of object storage for free.” Cloud spending is dominating most of the current research headlines, and with numbers like these, it’s easy to understand why: -worldwide public cloud services market is projected to grow 16.5% in 2016 to total $204 billion, up from $175 billion in 2015; -the highest growth will come from cloud system infrastructure services (infrastructure as a service [IaaS]), which is projected to grow 38.4%; -cloud advertising, the largest segment of the global cloud services market, is expected to grow 13.6% to reach $90.3 billion; -public cloud services will grow at a 19.4% annual rate over the next five years, from nearly $70 billion in 2015 to more than $141 billion in 2019 (six times the growth rate...

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HP Tests Mobile DevOps For The Real World
Oct28

HP Tests Mobile DevOps For The Real World

In the mobile-first, apps-driven world speed and quality are the table stakes and HP is looking to deal itself a winning hand with Mobile Center, an on-premise solution for testing mobile application functionality and performance across real-world network conditions on real-devices. The company said mobile app developers require solutions that can rapidly adapt and test new environments, and that connect to their overall application lifecycle management strategies. Now shipping, the solution is intended to address the critical need for a consistent and enjoyable app experience, said Genefa Murphy, Sr. Director, Application Delivery Management HP Software. “Only HP can deliver a unique blend of domain expertise, big data analytics, and seamless integration with an overall application lifecycle management suite to enable mobile DevOps teams to predict how an application will respond in the real world, no matter the device, OS or context,” she said in a prepared statement. We want to help out customers essentially extend best practices to mobile devices, “because there are so many nuances that come about on the real device,” she told IT Trends & Analysis in a phone briefing. “We’re bringing in the real device element and making sure the app is going to behave in the real world as you expect”. Mobile Center is replacing HP Unified Functional Testing (HP UFT) software, formerly known as QuickTest Professional, which will stop shipping in January 2015. Charlie Dai, Principal Consultant, Forrester Research, think it’s time for technology decision-makers and enterprise architects to seriously consider adopting mobile app delivery management solutions and to evaluate HP for that purpose. Although his new blog was targeted at the Chinese networking market, where HP is rumored to be looking to sell at least 51% of its corporate-networking business in the country, H3C Technologies Co, he said HP’s portfolio now covers the entire mobile app life cycle, from app design, development, and optimization to distribution and monitoring. ‘At the mobile app optimization stage, HP’s Mobile Center uses a comprehensive approach to functionality, interoperability, usability, performance, and security to consolidate and automate mobile testing.’ He noted from an interoperability perspective, the product can simulate exceptional conditions such as voice or SMS interruptions and resource conflicts with camera or GPS apps. It also supports peripheral testing of components including near field communication, Bluetooth, and iBeacon. According to a recent SolarWinds survey, application performance matters. “It’s no longer just about if an application working, it’s about that application working to end user expectations,” said SolarWinds Products and Markets EVP Suaad Sait. “These survey results should be a wakeup call for IT pros everywhere.” Key findings included: -93% of business end users said application performance and...

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IBM Pulse 2014 (Part 1 of 3): IT Evolution and the Cloud

Like broader IT industry trends and solutions, IBM’s Pulse conference has continued to evolve, as well. Once focused largely on the company’s Tivoli systems and platform management solutions, Pulse 2014 was branded as The Premier Cloud Conference. Some may regard that moniker as a bit of bravado but considering the conference’s Tivoli roots and how systems management is the lifeblood in data centers of every sort, it seems entirely appropriate for IBM to use Pulse as a health check for its cloud strategy. While it is inevitable that the company’s efforts will evolve over time, Pulse 2014 demonstrated that IBM’s focus on the cloud remains crystal clear. Rather than playing to whatever group of purists happens to be in ascendency this week or month, the company is determined to place its customers first and to craft cloud solutions designed to make their work simpler, more effective and more profitable. That continuing attention to the elemental needs of its enterprise customers has allowed IBM to build a business firmly rooted in solid ground. What better place to construct a foundation for its current and future efforts in the cloud? For more information, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Is Mobility (and IoT) The Start Of A New Beginning For CA?
Feb25

Is Mobility (and IoT) The Start Of A New Beginning For CA?

BARCELONA: It’s a cliche, but still true, that only time will tell how the launch of the CA Management Cloud for Mobility modular, cloud and on-premise offering at this week’s Mobile World Congress 2014 will play out. However, when you do the checklist, this announcement appears to reinvent the company still best-known for its mainframe management software roots and Fortune 1000 customer base. The highlights can be found in any current IT news headline or CIO wish list: Check: Cloud-based mobile management solution. Check: Addresses mobile management, DevOps, security and Internet of Things. Check: Addresses BYOD, BYOA, BYOC, MDM, MAM and MCM. Check: Addresses Shadow IT. Check: Addresses installed base, legacy applications and customers of all sizes. Check: Addresses flexibility and agility with modular, cloud and on-premise options. Check: Hardware-agnostic, software-only solutions. Check: Reliability from proven and successful vendor with 35-year track record. “It raises the bar quite significantly for all the point solution vendors,” said Ram Varadarajan, GM, New Business Innovation, CA Technologies. “I expect this to be a revolutionary (not evolutionary) movement.” Now responsible for the Silicon Valley-based innovation center for the company, he was previously founder of Arcot Systems, a security vendor acquired by CA in 2010. “I think of myself as running R&D startups.” His focus is on building new things for CA, but within the context of leveraging the existing resources already available in the company, with additional M&As when and if required. His boss, Peter Griffiths, EVP and Group Executive, said mobility has become the driver of innovation for the last 3-4 years. “It has become the new face of whoever you are.” Your customers, partners and increasingly employees expect to interact with your organization through some form of mobility, he said, which puts it high on the  CIO’s agenda, and represents a major opportunity for CA. The company has been focusing on mobility for the last couple of year and believes it brings a portfolio of best-of-breed solutions that don’t make customers have to compromise on variables like performance versus features versus functionality. Neither BYOD or Shadow IT were specifically mentioned in the product roll-out, but they were very much in the design process, especially the Smart Containerization functionality, said Varadarajan. They weren’t mentioned because the suite addresses a much broader set of needs than just those two CIO pain points, and CA wanted to focus on enablement, KNOW versus NO, in the first version. The market is changing, from a number of perspectives, he said, including much more knowledgeable buyers. “The new buyer is very savvy, understands what’s available in the marketplace,” and can turn to the Internet when they want to...

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