Containers are all the rage these days. Many large enterprises are experimenting with containers, and some have implemented them in some form or fashion. Most of the excitement and experimentation is a grassroots effort, and containers are being used within pockets of the enterprises. In many cases, management is aware of container technology but has not yet bought into an all-out container strategy. Some of the hesitation that I hear from C-level executives is that containers are not mature enough yet, containers have security gaps, there is a lack of skills and training, and they don’t want to give up their investment in VMs. The practitioners who are implementing containers see huge opportunities in agility, quality, portability, and manageability. So, how can we explain the value of containers to our bosses so we can get broader adoption of a technology that can solve a lot of business problems?
Yes, the title is a bit caustic, but I have been giving some serious thought about the attitude of pets vs cattle within a hybrid cloud environment, and every time, it boils down to the conclusion that we shoot cattle because the underlying infrastructure is just not robust enough to treat our cattle like a herd. Instead, we treat them as singletons. I do not know a rancher today who will just shoot their cattle because they strayed into the wrong pasture, or because they ate the wrong thing and got sick. They herd the cattle back to where they belong and often call the veterinarian first. Yet, our clouds do not seem resilient enough to handle this type of behavior. Continue reading Pets vs Cattle Is Not Reality
With the news that EMC has bought Virtustream (to be completed near the end of the year), the cloud landscape does not change very much in the short term; however, in the long term, the EMC family has its work cut out for it to integrate all its cloud solutions. The EMC family currently has three, if not more, cloud options available to its customers from VMware, EMC, and now Virtustream, and the last is handled quite differently. This will cause some issues if people want to move between the various clouds. Those issues including billing, management, and technology.
Docker recently raised another $95 million in a Round D, even though it is still burning through its Round B cash and hasn’t touched the $40 million it raised in Round C. Docker has now raised roughly $160 million dollars. Analysts have estimated its valuation is somewhere in the $1 billion range. With each round, the investors are higher up on the VC food chain. The latest round includes such big names as Goldman Sachs and Northern Trust. When I asked David Messina, Docker’s VP of enterprise marketing, about this, he said it speaks to Docker’s ability to exceed even its own expectations and to continuously increase the business value of its offerings.
In Virtual Thoughts episode 2, Rick Vanover (@rickvanover) and I sit down to talk about Veeam Endpoint, the latest free product from Veeam. Endpoint provides a method for backing up your Windows endpoints to and from a backup store. That store can be managed by Veeam Backup & Replication v8 as well. This implies that Endpoint can also run on any modern Windows Server (though that is not the initial intent) or desktop running within the cloud without having a direct Veeam presence within the cloud. Veeam Endpoint runs as an application (read this as agent) within the Windows Server or desktop. Continue reading Virtual Thoughts Ep 2: Veeam Endpoint
Who knew Nokia was still a thing, after Microsoft bought it? Well, as it turns out, Microsoft only bought the Devices and Services division. Nokia still has a number of other divisions, including NSN (the network infrastructure division), HERE (maps and location-based services), and Advanced Technologies (a licensing and development arm). Microsoft has been paying Nokia a big wedge of cash over the last two years to license Nokia’s HERE services, and the contract extends for at least two more years. For Nokia, getting out of the phone market was an astute move. It had lost the handset war and had moved from a position of dominance to being an also-ran. Its high-end Lumia phones, while nice, weren’t delivering an adequate return on R&D investment when going head to head with the now-dominant Apple and Samsung handsets.