IT as a Service

IT as a Service (ITaaS) covers private clouds hybrid clouds and the cloud management offerings used to create and manage these clouds. This includes coverage of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) private and hybrid cloud offerings, Platform as a Service (PaaS) private and hybrid cloud offerings, and Software as a Service (SaaS). (Read More)

Emerging areas like Desktop as a Service (DaaS), Storage as a Service, and Applications as a Service are also covered. The key issues covered include which enterprise applications and use cases are appropriate for private and hybrid clouds, and how vendors should select the cloud management offerings that are going to be used to manage these various types of cloud services. Covered vendors include VMware (vCloud Automation Center), VirtuStream, CloudBolt Software, Intigua, ElasticBox, ServiceMesh, Cloudsidekick, and Puppet Labs.

VMware’s SDDC Management Stack

SDDC.Management.Stack.Reference.ArchitectureVMware will be the first vendor to deliver a Software Defined Data Center. The most likely scenario is that the SDDC will get completely fleshed out and announced at the US VMworld show and that then VMware’s SDDC Management Stack will be announced at the European VMworld event later in the fall. Continue reading VMware’s SDDC Management Stack

Splunk Launches Beta of Hunk:Splunk Analytics for Hadoop

SDDC.Management.Stack.Reference.ArchitectureRight on the heels of VMware’s announcement of Log Insight, comes Splunk with their announcement of the beta of Hunk: Splunk Analytics for Hadoop. This is a hugely significant development for both Splunk and the big data analytics industry, as it allows customers to use the Splunk indexing, searching and visualization features on top of Hadoop data stores. Continue reading Splunk Launches Beta of Hunk:Splunk Analytics for Hadoop

CliQr Addresses Cloud Price/Performance with Free Cloud Benchmarking Service

CloudComputingFor the entire (brief) history of the cloud computing business there has been too much focus upon infrastructure (IaaS) and platform (PaaS) and not enough focus upon applications. CliQr is one of a set of important new cloud management vendors whose offerings focus upon deploying actual applications in on-premise and cloud environments. Other vendors with this focus include ServiceMesh, Cloud Sidekick, Elasticbox, and, of course, VMware with vFabric Application Director. Continue reading CliQr Addresses Cloud Price/Performance with Free Cloud Benchmarking Service

SDDC Automation and Orchestration

DataCenterVirtualizationWhat is the point of moving the control pane out of the hardware that comprises the Software Defined Data Center into the software which comprises the SDDC? The point would be to surface that control pane through a consistent set of human and programmatic interfaces to allow for SDDC automation and orchestration. Continue reading SDDC Automation and Orchestration

Software Defined Data Center Cloud Management

SDDC.Management.Stack.Reference.ArchitectureThe entire purpose of constructing an Software Defined Data Center is to allow new data center services to be rapidly provisioned in response to business demands. But the business does not just want a data center service. The business wants and needs either a full development environment in support of custom application deployment, or a full business application delivered as a service. Cloud Management is the crucial layer of software that adds application level services to SDDC services to create solutions for the business. Continue reading Software Defined Data Center Cloud Management

Software Defined Data Center Analytics

SDDC.Management.Stack.Reference.ArchitectureMoving the configuration of the environment from the hardware that supports the environment to a layer of software which can collectively manage all of the storage, networking, compute, and memory resources of the environment is one of the main points of the SDDC. Once all of the configuration of the data center is moved into software, and some of the execution of the work is moved into software, SDDC Data Center Analytics will play a critical role in keeping your SDDC up and running with acceptable performance. Continue reading Software Defined Data Center Analytics