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...

Read More

Cisco: On-Prem Storage 50% Better TCO Than Cloud

Cybersecurity may be Cisco’s current poster-child for revenue growth, but the company was also busy in the datacenter, with the launch of a storage-optimized server category, the UCS (Unified Computing System) S-Series. Designed to address the needs of data intensive workloads such as Big Data, and for deploying software-defined storage, object storage, and data protection solutions, Cisco is positioning its solution as ‘Data. Unstored.’ Less than 40% of stored enterprise data is ever used to create insight, but new applications such as video analytics, diagnostic imaging, streaming analytics, and machine learning demand and create data that is “un-stored” and actively processed in real time, states the company. It says traditional static IT infrastructure no longer works, while public cloud storage solutions can become expensive. The modular server, which features up to 600 terabytes of local storage in a 4-rack-unit (4RU) form factor, offers a number of benefits, including: -over 50% lower total cost of ownership (TCO) compared to public cloud (specifically Amazon Web Services); -reduces CapEx by up to 34%; -lowers ongoing management by up to 80%; -reduces cabling by up to 70%; -takes up to 60% less space; and, -consumes up to 59% less power. It’s easy to understand why Cisco might be interested in another server application. While server revenue declined 0.8% year over year, the public cloud services market is expected to grow 17.2% this year, to $208.6 billion, with the highest growth coming from cloud system infrastructure services (infrastructure as a service [IaaS]), which is projected to grow 42.8%. Data and business analytics (BDA) revenues will grow from $130.1 billion in 2016 to more than $203 billion in 2020, a compound annual growth rate of 11.7%. Amazon Web Services is the undisputed leader of public cloud services, with 45% of worldwide revenues, twice as much as Microsoft, Google and IBM combined. Together, the three competitors amount to less than 20% percent of infrastructure-as-a-service, or IaaS, revenues in Q3 2016. “There’s a perception that the cloud is not only faster, but also a lower cost versus on-premise and that’s just not the case,” said Todd Brannon, director of product marketing at Cisco. To house 420 TB of cloud storage for three years on Amazon Web Services’ Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) costs around $550,000, compared with about $250,000 to house the data on the on-premise S-Series, Cisco said. In a one-on-one with IT Trends & Analysis Brannon said the modular approach will “allow customers to rightsize the infrastructure for the workload.” It’s less than half the price of public cloud, and provides “a completely modular platform approach to storage-optimized service.” Cisco is promising very attractive TCOs...

Read More
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...

Read More
Does Avni SDC Score Twice With Citrix?
Sep25

Does Avni SDC Score Twice With Citrix?

Recent startup Avni, which is pushing its Software-Defined Cloud concept, has just announced a product integration with NetScaler, the popular Citrix application delivery controller. The deal looks even better for Avni with the news surfacing that Citrix is looking for a quick sale, whole or in part, and possibly to Dell. Analyst Zeus Kerravala, ZK Research, reported back in February that he had come across Avni, who was apparently “talking about cloud virtualization, which brings many benefits, such as seamless application roll-outs across any cloud and application portability across disparate clouds.” This was prior to a formal briefing, but he noted that if Avni can build a product that transforms a customer’s data centers to software defined cloud, “a company could deploy applications, compute and network services almost instantaneously, or “at cloud speed.” Avni unveiled SDC 2.0 back in April, quickly followed by the announcement it had validated its platform against key IT requirements as governed by the Open Networking User Group (May), and that it was joining HP Networking’s SDN Ecosystem (August). The integration of our SDC – “a full-featured platform that includes app services, software-defined network services, 3D analytics, policy automation, and cloud virtualization” – with Citrix’s NetScaler ADC allows us to overcome the bottlenecks that once drove down the performance and elasticity of individual apps in a large-scale cloud environment, said Avni founder and CEO Rohini Kasturi, in a prepared statement. In a conversation with IT Trends & Analysis, Kasturi said the Citrix and HP partnerships were just the first of many that will be announced this year. He said Avni came out of stealth 4-5 months ago and has done a number of deployments, and has a “huge pipeline” of companies, especially large financial companies, media companies. “By the end of the year you’ll see a lot more buzz from Avni.” The company is working on a lot of partnerships, he said, especially with cloud service providers. “The CSP is the big enabler.” Avni addresses two of the biggest pain points of moving to the cloud: getting applications up and running quickly, and the ability to move those applications easily from cloud to cloud. SDC gives companies the freedom to move to an alternative cloud infrastructure in record time and without impact on CapEx or OpEx, said Kasturi in an earlier statement. “What software-defined networking did for legacy networks, we’ve successfully done for the cloud.” Over half (53%) of organizations expect cloud to drive increased revenue over the next two years, according to a new Cisco survey. Moving to the cloud can deliver an average of $1.6 million in additional revenue per application deployed on private...

Read More

Equinix Invokes Metcalfe’s Law

When we think of cloud computing, we tend to think of high profile, publicly available offerings, such as Amazon’s AWS or Microsoft’s Azure. That is in keeping with our tendency to view public, private and hybrid cloud offerings from an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), or software-as-a-service (SaaS) perspective. While that perspective is a reasonable way to view the cloud world, we must not ignore the basic private or public data center facilities infrastructures, capabilities and services upon which all of these depend. Equinix is a leading public player in providing these data centers services, such as collocation and networking connectivity via facilities spread across the world. The company’s approach is both very interesting and important. Let’s see why. For more information, EMAIL davidhill@mesabigroup.com NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

Read More