Once again, the pundits are lauding the new year as the Year of the Public Cloud. This seems the equivalent of the emperor’s new clothes. The Year of VDI having gone out of fashion, it is all about EUC now, you know.
On December 21, 2015, NetApp announced a definitive agreement to acquire SolidFire for $870M in cash. Apart from my initial surprise that NetApp actually had that amount of money sitting in its bank account, what does this mean?
It has been an interesting time to be living in the IT world. The ripples and ructions caused by the Dell/EMC merger have quashed almost every other conversation. This is the biggest take-private merger transaction for a tech company ever, dwarfed only by the $106 billion Time Warner/AOL deal in 2006.
In my last article, I mused on VDI—sorry, I mean EUC. What could have besmirched the fine name of VDI so much that it had to undergo a radical marketing overhaul? Yes, I know that EUC is much more than VDI, but most people still refer to EUC as VDI, especially outside of the ivory tower of Silicon Valley.
Who or what is EUC? In an industry plagued by TLAs (three-letter acronyms), EUC, or end-user computing, is the new nomenclature for VDI, or virtual desktop infrastructure. This is not just the emperor’s new clothes, but a redefinition of the paradigm of adopting a more inclusive view of the software, hardware, and processes that shore up the client side of corporate infrastructure.
On the twenty-first of October, HP announced that it is shutting down its Helion Public Cloud, which it built to compete head-to-head with AWS, GCS, and Azure. According to HP Cloud executive Bill Hilf, it is doing so to concentrate on helping its “customers to build and run the best cloud environment suited to their needs.”