Building a private cloud was a high priority for a number of organizations in 2014. This priority carried over into 2015 because it is hard to execute. For many organizations, it has carried over again into 2016. Of course, the definition of a private cloud has changed in that time, too. Some organizations are happy simply to have consistent VMs deployed in response to a helpdesk ticket. Other organizations aspire to have the AWS in their own datacenter. One significant trend is the use of public cloud services to manage on-premises private clouds. The other trend is OpenStack in the enterprise, rather than only in academia and hyperscale where it started.
Over the last couple of weeks, I have been thinking about costs relating to a building a new virtualization-based data center. “What?” I hear you say. “Everywhere is virtualized—there is no such thing as a greenfield site anymore!” I would have said that myself, but in the last month I have come across three, one of which is a company worth over a billion pounds.
On Monday, LANDESK announced its plans to acquire AppSense. LANDESK is a well-known, stable technology company based in Utah, whereas AppSense has had several tumultuous years as it has sought to define its niche within the virtualization market. This pairing appears to be a good move for both organizations, with AppSense likely being the greater beneficiary.
IT as a Service (ITaaS) is changing nearly every day. In the past, it was mainly about automating deployment through the contents of a service catalog. Today, it has grown to include IT operations analytics (ITOA). What matters isn’t whether we can select an application from a service catalog, but rather how we monitor and react to issues during the lifetime of the application. With containers, which are all about automation, ITaaS has to change not only to include ITOA, but also to react to the results of the analytics.
Working on the edges of marketing is interesting. As a technical person, I sometimes find that marketing people do strange things. I find it particularly funny when marketing departments from competing vendors have public arguments that are irrelevant to their customers. I see that going on now between some of the hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) vendors. These HCI vendors are arguing that their choice of in-kernel or VSA-based storage clustering is better. While it is an architectural point of difference, I don’t think that customers care, since it doesn’t change how they choose or use HCI. I’ll take a look at the differences between VSA and in-kernel. However, I’ll close with a review of what customers actually care about.
Innovation is the future of IT, but is innovation really happening? Let us look at one segment of IT: security. The RSA Conference hosts an annual Innovation Sandbox. The winner can claim to be the most innovative security company that participated in the contest. This year, there was a wide mix of companies.