One of the major announcements from this year’s VMworld was the culmination of VMware’s partnership with Amazon to launch VMware on AWS. Essentially, you can now run a minimum four host cluster on Amazon’s cloud infrastructure, which puts together vSphere, VSAN, NSX and vCenter into a SaaS offering. The idea is this will mirror on-site infrastructure in either a pure cloud or hybrid cloud formulation.
Cloud lock-in, sounds bad right? Well on this episode, the roundtable takes a detailed look at the actual impact of lock-in with public and private cloud providers. They look at how this impacts business agility, innovation, and overall company strategy.
When we look at DR strategies, while necessary, no organization run’s out to say YES!!!, let’s spend a ton of money on infrastructure, licensing, and operating cost on an environment that we’ll never use! Instead, DR environments become a sunk cost, where old gear may be recycled into additional use, or even worse where org’s just say nope, we don’t need to spend money there (trust me, I’ve worked at one of those).
Luckily, when looking to leverage the Rubrik platform for recovery, Rubirk offers the capability to recover existing workloads to a public cloud endpoint.
If Net Neutrality Dies, will the public cloud follow it? Eric Shanks demonstrates how the end would happen. But I would argue as important is recognizing that the principal of Net Neutrality has been muddied and not as self-evident as early advocacy might suggest in today’s climate.
With all the hyperbolic claims of what the cloud can do for IT, what the cloud actually means gets lost in the process. The roundtable looks at what cloud actually means in the modern enterprise. This includes the changes in workflows that need to happen to successfully migrate to the cloud. They go on to frame the cloud’s influences historically within other industries.
As business moves to the cloud to embrace applications and infrastructure offerings, how can network administrators continue to ensure that the network performs at a level acceptable to users? Viptela Cloud onRamp offers some insights.
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.