Rubrik calls themselves the “Cloud Data Management Company”. This provoked Eric Shanks to ask the question, “What are the characteristics of a cloud product?” This is a very difficult question to answer and leaves too much room for ambiguity. This lack of formal definition creates the opportunity for almost any product vendor to call their product “Cloud Ready.” In this article, Eric sets out some definitions to see if Rubrik truly is a cloud solution.
Jeff Bezos has always advised to let your customers guide how you develop a product. In fact, one of the core missions of Amazon is to ensure, “every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better.” This is clearly what you see when peeling back the onion on the data management company, Rubrik. Like the winged monkeys marching in the “Wizard of Oz”, Rubrik has charted a course in the data ocean that’s taken them from a scrappy startup with a very intriguing scale-out based value prop, to a clear contender for Enterprise data management needs. While there has been a lot of buzz around features and functionality within the product, I’d like to take a step back to analyze how I feel they hit the mark for enterprise deployments today in the first of a few blog posts focusing on the product directly.
In this edition of Gestalt Cloud News
– We launch a new podcast, The On-Premise IT Roundtable
– NetApp’s Dave Hitz talks about cloudification
– Is Moby the new Docker?
Plus how the cloud servers as a check and balance for on-premises paradigms.
Joe McKendrick at ZDNet posted an interview with Michael Howard, CEO of MariaDB, and Monty Widenius, the creator of MySQL. The conversation began by talking about if open source solutions are a disruptive force in the enterprise. It’s a discussion that seems to have been hashed out many times over the last decade, and while it’s certainly interesting to get the perspective of people with an impressive pedigree, their answers aren’t all that groundbreaking. When they shift to the future of the cloud, it gets interesting.
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.