What Sits on the Public Cloud Always & Forever? (Video)

There’s an assumption in this blog post that I should start with – it is simply that I am assuming a time horizon in which we haven’t completely reinvented IT and in which there is still both an on-premises component (or use cases) and a public cloud component (or use cases). So, assumption accepted, what is it that will go on the public cloud for the imaginable future; sure, we are flexing that list a little as the pros and cons of both on-premises and cloud ebb and flow somewhat – based sometimes on technological shifts and/or variations based upon experience. But what “stuff” sits out on the cloud come-what-may? I take a swing at an answer in this video. I would love to know what you think…. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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EMC pivots to public cloud via VirtuStream

Joe Tucci and company made a strategic decision several years ago not to enter the public cloud provider fray. Instead they took the vendor high road by indicating they would partner with cloud providers instead of competing with them. In a reversal of that strategy, EMC is now pivoting to the public cloud via their federated entity, VirtuStream. To read the complete article, CLICK ON AUTHOR’S BYLINE

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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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The New IT Normal and AWS

At the third annual Amazon Web Services user conference (AWS re:Invent 2014), SVP Andy Jassy stated that “cloud has become the new normal”. AWS claims more than 1 million active customers and the fastest revenue growth rate (>40%) of any multi-billion dollar enterprise IT vendor. As the trailblazer and leader of IaaS, AWS cannot be ignored by IT. There are only two types of companies: those officially using AWS and those whose users are going around IT to consume AWS (see “Stealth IT”). CIOs must either be using AWS solutions or benchmarking themselves against what can be done with AWS. The ascendency of AWS has been compared to Microsoft and VMware. Like those previous cases, it will take time before we know how large they will become and there are growth headwinds when an IT supplier becomes too powerful in a partner ecosystem or takes a large amount of revenue from customers. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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AWS re:Invent(ing) IT, Business Models and Marketing

AWS held its 3rd annual re:Invent user conference with 13,500 attendees in Las Vegas. While the event had similarities to other IT conferences that included an expo floor, keynotes, and sessions I was fascinated by, AWS has the potential to disrupt the way businesses consume IT, IT organizational structure, high margin IT infrastructure business models, and product marketing. There were a pile of announcements at the event, but it is the following disruptors that will account for the AWS blast radius: To read the complete article, CLICK...

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