Everyone wants visibility into their hybrid cloud of all resources and subsystems. We have expounded upon this need over the years as well as on how to gain some level of visibility. The tools exist, as do the methodologies. What we need now is better observability. Visibility is inherent in many tools today, but observability is not. There is one observed basis in every tool to the visible data; we need to go past that to gain better insights.
IT as a Service
IT as a Service (ITaaS) covers private clouds, hybrid clouds, and on-premises clouds, as well as cloud management, including performance management offerings used to create and manage these entities. Consider this IT consumption as a utility. (Read More)
This topic explores 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). It also investigates emerging areas such as Desktop as a Service (DaaS), Storage as a Service, and Applications as a Service.
The key areas covered include enterprise applications and use cases that are appropriate for private and hybrid clouds, and how consumers and vendors should select cloud management offerings they will use to manage the various types of cloud services and the journey to the cloud: from A to Z and all points between.
When I was a small child, I used to enjoy watching a Japanese language program. Called Monkey, it was all about a disruptive monkey with a massive ego. The monkey was turned into immortal being that could shrink and grow and travel on a flying cloud. Punished by the heavens for its transgressions, it was traveling with a Buddhist monk called Tripitaka on a journey to recover holy scriptures. The program also included a water monster, a pig, and a dragon who was shaped like a horse. It was a thing of its time, and you need to have watched to understand. By now, you most likely think that I have finally snapped, but this rather oblique journey somehow got me thinking about IT architecture and the ability to scale.
Steven Kaplan (ROIdude) is the VP of Strategic Sales with Nutanix. Jump directly to podcast here.
Steven started at RadioShack and moved on to work with Novell Technology. He then became a start-up Citrix partner, sold that business, and went to work for the company that bought his start-up for a few years. He went through the same process as a VMware VAR, and sold that business to a larger vendor. Then Nutanix came calling when it only had fifty employees. He dug the technology. Nutanix has pioneered hyperconverged, without dedicated storage or SAN, etc. Everything is shared and managed like a shared file system. (vBlock cannot be categorized as hyperconverged, just FYI.)
After the Apollo 1 disaster, astronaut Frank Borman told Congress that the tragedy had not been caused by any one company or organization, but by the entirety of all those involved with the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions. The problem had been a failure of imagination. They knew that at some point there would be a fire in a space capsule. However, they assumed it would take place in space somewhere. They just did not think about the possibility of fire while the capsule was still on earth. We call this failure of imagination “unknown unknowns” within the security world, but it boils down to the same thing. We just do not think about some things. Even with all the tools out there to help us, we have failures of imagination.
A new generation of private cloud environments is being created now, ones where all the management is done via SaaS. This way, the heavy lifting is done by others, and you inherit an IT as a Service environment ready for you to add new workloads without worrying too much about upgrades, management constructs, or even, in some cases, security controls. It is all done for you. For many companies, this is one way to transform to an on-premises cloud and then to a hybrid cloud. There is a growing list of players; however, the first out the door are ZeroStack, Platform9, and SkySecure from Skyport Systems.