Tag Archives: hybrid cloud

Hybrid Clouds: What Are They Good For?

By | June 22, 2014

IT faces a high-stakes decision: Which workloads to run on public versus private infrastructure. I analyze what 383 survey responses from IT pros in this report. Hybrid cloud has been a headliner topic at almost every major IT event this year, whether it’s Microsoft beefing up Azure at TechEd, EMC and VMware making hybrid products and a joint reference design a centerpiece… Read More »

Proprietary vs. Open Source Clouds: Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

By | June 18, 2014

In my last Forbes column I discussed how Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst and other open source advocates see the disruption created by cloud software and services as the business opportunity of a generation. Yet like most other IT revolutions, the cloud confronts legacy infrastructure, entrenched bureaucracies and incumbent vendors like Microsoft, Oracle and VMware are rapidly evolving their software platforms into enterprise cloud stacks. No… Read More »

5 Hybrid Cloud Gotchas

By | June 11, 2014

Mixing public and private can deliver the best of both cloud worlds. But beware management complexity, cost volatility, data protection, and other potential snafus.t, Hybrid clouds are the future of enterprise computing. Forty-seven percent of the nearly 400 respondents to InformationWeek’s new Hybrid Cloud Survey have implemented or are actively piloting or developing private clouds, with an additional… Read More »

Red Hat’s CEO Sees Open Source Cloud Domination

By | June 8, 2014

Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst sees the business opportunity of a generation in what he calls a computing paradigm shift from client-server to cloud architectures. “In those paradigm shifts, generally new winners emerge,” says Whitehurst and he intends to make sure Red Hat is one of those winners. His logic is sound and simple: disruptive technologies like the cloud that arise… Read More »

Cloud Turbulence: Feature Creep Means New Clashes in the Cloud Market

By | June 4, 2014

As cloud services mature and add features, they increasingly overlap, signaling heightened competition in both the consumer and enterprise markets. Smaller cloud players must be nimble and adaptive to avoid getting trampled. The cloud is the latest battleground of the tech titans across the spectrum of enterprise and consumer business, but maturation, a desire for market hegemony and technology evolution… Read More »

Creating The Enterprise Cloud: A Q&A With VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger

By | May 11, 2014

The term “cloud” is by now so overused that most people lump it in with the rest of the marketing buzzword pantheon with terms like “solution”, “leverage” or “ROI.” You’re probably thinking that the cloud is what Google and Amazon do and how could it possibly be relevant to your business? Well it is (what Google does) and… Read More »

Software Eats the Data Center: VMware’s Gelsinger Outlines IT’s Software-Defined Future

By | May 11, 2014

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger used his Interop keynote to lay out a four-pronged strategy for building what the company has coined the software defined data center, adding details and customer testimonials to a concept he initially described last year. Besides the firm’s ubiquitous server virtualization products, which abstract compute resources into customizable chunks that can be reconfigured and… Read More »

EMC’s Unusual Corporate Structure Fosters Independent Innovation, but Isn’t Without Risks

By | May 9, 2014

Complex Financial Relationships and Often Competing Alliances Make the Company Harder to Value and Susceptible to Product Overlap and infighting A key theme at this week’s EMC World conference, the company’s annual event showcasing its business strategy, technology innovations and new products, was what the company calls the federation: its corporate structure of four quasi-independent business units and… Read More »

Gov Cloud: Executive Initiatives, Enterprise Experience

By | May 9, 2014

Note to CIOs: Cloud First’ Isn’t Just A Suggestion Public cloud services are the biggest change driver in enterprise IT since the rise of the Internet two decades ago. The most recent InformationWeek Cloud Security and Risk Survey finds that 38% of respondents already use public infrastructure-, platform-, and software-as-a-service products, with an additional 9% planning to within… Read More »

Cloud Convergence: 6 Standards That Matter

By | May 9, 2014

SDN, big data, and scale-out storage architectures have increased the complexity of datacenter convergence projects since InformationWeek last surveyed its readership on the topic. ­Hybrid clouds are on the horizon for 65%, but to get there, IT must sort out everything from server architectures (internal vs. network storage, blades vs. rack mount) to storage protocols (FC vs. iSCSI… Read More »