Want on-demand pricing, but need your infrastructure to stay on-site? HyperGrid now offers just such a solution.
Although most of the attention at NetApp’s “Data Driven” event yesterday in Boulder, CO was focused on the new HCI offering, my interest was aroused by a different announcement: NetApp is now powering an enterprise-class storage offering integrated with Microsoft Azure. In the long run, this move into the cloud might well prove more important than even a solid entrant in the hot hyperconverged infrastructure market.
Whenever a public cloud rival launches a new feature, it’s always put into the relief of comparison to AWS. That status as a benchmark is incredibly valuable, both in terms of market perception, and the competitive pressure it puts on all other players. And the 800 pound public cloud gorilla shows no signs of slowing down. They continually lead in capital expenditures, to extend the infrastructure lead they already have in the space.
But as the saying goes, it gets lonely at the top.
In this edition of Gestalt Cloud News:
– StarWind gives you a gateway to the cloud
– Where is your life simulation hosted in the public cloud?
– And some non-hysterical thoughts on CloudBleed
We’re all living in a simulation. Find out who’s hosting yours.
StarWind offers what they are calling a hardware-based “cloud gateway”, in partnership with AcloudA. I’m honestly surprised a lot of other storage vendors aren’t trying something similar, but I imagine StarWind has done all the hard work on the backend to make this appear deceivingly simple. The basic hardware is a single board with a SATA/SAS interface. This would be connected to your server or storage appliance just like any other drive.
For anyone who’s even remotely followed Microsoft, the change in the company over the last few years is nothing less than startling. Under Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, the company focused on driving everything toward Windows. Their best software ran on Windows, and they pushed as much as possible to have Windows take over the world. Since this is a proprietary OS, the result was a very monolithic company that tried to lock down everything. Combined with aggressive (and often legally dubious) business practices, Microsoft developed a reputation as the “Evil Empire”. So the change in company culture when current CEO Satya Nadella took over was nothing less than seismic.
In this weeks Gestalt Cloud News:
– Platform9 simplifies private cloud infrastructure
– Azure gets a win with Flipkart
– IBM launches cognitive computing for private clouds
Plus what else you could buy instead of a $9000 Intel Xeon!
With all the billion dollar deals with Google and AWS in the Snap Inc IPO, Microsoft just announced a substantial deal of their own. The Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart entered into a strategic partnership with Redmond to adopt Azure going forward. This is a big get for Microsoft, but perhaps not as big as it appears on face. What’s important isn’t so much the size of this particular partnership, but rather its implication for Microsoft overall Azure strategy.
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!