On November 15th, Cisco announced that it was acquiring Cloupia a cloud management startup that had built a unique combination of physical provisioning for converged infrastructures like the Cisco UCS and its downstream partner bundles like vBlocks and NetApp Flexpods with the ability to automate the provisioning of IaaS clouds on these converged infrastructures. Cisco had previously acquired Tidal Software, a vendor specializing in monitoring SAP in production, and newScale, a vendor who arguably lead the market for enterprise grade service catalogs.
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With VMworld 2011 around the corner whose booth’s should you visit? Well if you are an enterprise who is contemplating or planning to put in a Private Cloud (also known as IT as a Service) then selecting the right management tool with which to build and manage your Private Cloud should be at or near the top of your mind. VMware clearly agrees as they have announced and delivered vCloud Director specifically to meet this need, and have also made significant enhancements to the vSphere 5 product line in order to position vSphere 5 as a “Private Cloud Suite”. So after you go see vCloud Director, what else should you go see?
In a move certain to shake up the IT as a Service business, as well as Cisco’s relationship with VMware, Cisco announced its intent to acquire IT as a Service and Service Catalog leader newScale.
For an IT department these are perilous times indeed. All around you public cloud vendors are offering IT services on an easy to procure, elastic and often inexpensive basis. Many of the developers in your organization may have already concluded that getting resources provisioned for development and test projects is easier at Amazon.com than it is through your internally offered processes. If you are aware that this is happening you can console yourself by saying, “it is only development – not production”, but you should wonder what should you do to make sure that those workloads come back when they do go into production.
We’ve been following Eucalyptus for some time, and they recently invited us to a briefing about a new alliance called NRE, which is a credible group of independent vendors, newScale, rPath and Eucalyptus.
This wasn’t spun from an Open Source prespective and it was interesting to see the Eucalyptus positioning to the general marketplace. Eucalyptus is positioned as the “leading” Open Source cloud, the benefit of Open Source being it is “on your own terms”. It offers IAAS in the data center, just like Amazon Web Services. It is Elastic, based on industry standard APIs, hypervisor agnostic, supports both Windows & Linux guests, and has a huge ecosystem. It’s the elasticity and the scalability that are driving the adoption. Pricing is secondary, and you also get the feeling that it’s not traditional enterprises which are picking it up.
Two of the most significant announcements involved the consolidation of VMware’s recent acquisitions in the applications platform space into vFabric and the addition of a management offering (vCloud Director) to vCloud which are respectively PaaS and IaaS plays that compete feature-wise with the established market leaders.
In VMworld from an Open Source Perspective, we mentioned that in its SpringSource subsidiary, VMware had managed to acquire an entire application stack. The big VMworld announcement was they’ve given this a name – vFabric. You can tell it’s a core VMware product – it begins with a small “v”.