All posts by Bernd Harzog

Bernd Harzog is the Analyst at The Virtualization Practice for Performance and Capacity Management and IT as a Service (Private Cloud). Bernd is also the CEO and founder of APM Experts a company that provides strategic marketing services to vendors in the virtualization performance management, and application performance management markets. Prior to these two companies, Bernd was the CEO of RTO Software, the VP Products at Netuitive, a General Manager at Xcellenet, and Research Director for Systems Software at Gartner Group. Bernd has an MBA in Marketing from the University of Chicago.

Interview with Marten Mickos, CEO of Eucalyptus

CloudComputingOur position that OpenStack is dead, both as a public cloud platform and as a private cloud platform, provoked a discussion with Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mickos about Eucalyptus’s role in the public cloud–hybrid cloud–private cloud continuum. Following is an edited transcript of our email interview with Mickos.

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Does OpenStack Have a Future in the Private/Hybrid Cloud?

ITasaServiceIn “Is OpenStack Dead,” we focused on OpenStack’s future as a public cloud platform. We concluded that Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and VMware would dominate public cloud computing through complete economic and technical control of their stacks. We further concluded that OpenStack would have to be free to cloud computing vendors in order for them to have a financially competitive offering, and further, that IBM, HP, Rackspace, and Red Hat do not have an economic incentive to invest in creating a free cloud platform for service providers worldwide.

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Is OpenStack Dead?

CloudComputingIs OpenStack dead (or rapidly dying)? We ask this question from two perspectives. First, can any OpenStack-based offering be economically competitive with offerings from Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and VMware? Second, can any consortium of vendors produce a viable public cloud offering in competition with vendors who own their own stack and can practice agile development and DevOps on that stack?  Continue reading Is OpenStack Dead?

Will Helion Save or Destroy HP?

CloudComputingHP has announced Helion, its next-generation public cloud offering. Based on the Icehouse version of OpenStack, Helion includes substantial additions from HP, including a PaaS layer based on Pivotal CF (Pivotal Cloud Foundry). HP also announced a free community edition that is limited to thirty servers. This will prove an interesting test of whether any vendor can build a credible competitor to Amazon Web Services around OpenStack.  Continue reading Will Helion Save or Destroy HP?

Who’s Who in Application Performance Management for the SDDC and Cloud

PerformanceManagementApplications that are changing rapidly due to agile development and DevOps, and that are running on dynamic and distributed infrastructures such as virtualized data centers, software-defined data centers, and private, hybrid, and public clouds, present new challenges in managing application performance. It is imperative to measure application performance with modern application performance management (APM) or application-aware infrastructure performance management tools. Continue reading Who’s Who in Application Performance Management for the SDDC and Cloud

FCC to Attempt “Reasonable” Net Neutrality

CloudComputingHaving twice been told by federal courts that the FCC does not have the authority to regulate the Internet in the same manner in which it regulates voice communications (that quaint POTS service that ran over phone lines), the FCC is now back with an attempt to impose net neutrality within the bounds defined by the courts.  Continue reading FCC to Attempt “Reasonable” Net Neutrality

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