I recently watched a brief talk given by Dave Hitz, a founder and Executive VP at NetApp. His particular portion didn’t get down into the weeds of what NetApp is bringing to the table with their Data Fabric or StorageGRID. There were presentations before he spoke that sated my need for technical details. Instead, Dave focused on giving a broader vision of what NetApp was trying to do. This is always a bit of a risky bet when addressing a more technically minded crowd. It’s easy to sound grandiose with your overall corporate vision, and too often these talks stray into marketing. Fortunately, Dave took the time to make it an engaging discussion.
Gestalt IT has another cloud newsletter. In this week’s edition:
– Keith Townsend looks at how VMware’s NSX must evolve to stay relevant
– Data Control in a Multi-Cloud World
– And Who’s making money in the Public Cloud?
Plus a fun history of the ill-fated, but still occasionally relevant, PCMCIA slot!
It’s easy to make some generalizations about the public cloud market. Amazon sits at the top, Microsoft comes in second with Azure, and number three is almost an afterthought. For the sake of argument, let’s say it’s Google. All three companies recently put out earnings, so how much money is the cloud making?
If you need an overview of all the services available from AWS, John Welsh put together a nice blog post. It’s a high level overview for sure, but if you haven’t kept up with what’s on the AWS menu, it’s a good refresher.
It’s time for Gestalt News once again! This week in servers:
– DR Troopers: Quorum onQ 4.0
– AMD: The Last Decade
Plus Sysadmin Chatbots, The “Why” of HCI, API’s, privacy, and patent trolls!
Tom Howarth gives a look at Cisco’s effective withdrawal from the public cloud market, at least as a competitor with AWS. He gives some context on how such a big player could find itself uncompetitive. Is complete AWS domination inevitable? Tom has some thoughts on that as well.
Stratoscale is making a play at a private cloud. They have an interesting pitch. They realize most customers, even when they can’t for compliance purposes, really want to use Amazon. There’s a reason it dominates not just public imagination, but the market. So they’re offering a solution to offer the equivalent of a private AWS region.
Eric Shanks of The IT Hollow comments: Yesterday it was announced that VMware and Amazon Web Services are partnering to provide vSphere’s hypervisor and toolsets on the AWS platform. Since this time there have been plenty of articles written questioning the motives of both parties involved and whether or not one of these two companies […]
Alex Galbraith of Tekhead.it comments: Continuing in this series of blog posts taking a bit of a “warts and all” view of a few Amazon AWS features, below are a handful more tips and gotchas when designing and implementing solutions on Amazon AWS. For the first post in this series with a bit of background […]
Tim Carr of timcarr.net comments: Would you like to supersize that? No, not your lunch or your Big Gulp, your AWS instance! Today, Amazon Web Services announced a new instance size the (cue monster truck announcer voice) “X1” (echo – X1… X1… X1). Tim takes a look at an AWS machine that can take anything […]