How did the development of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) come about? Did someone decide that storage networking and storage arrays were too complex? Did a server vendor look at SANs and decide to do things differently? As far as I’m aware, it didn’t happen either way. Future HCI vendors looked at the challenges of running a virtualized data center and decided it could be done better. Those vendors tended to focus on making it easy to run VMs. Building HCI was the result of this focus on simplicity; it was not the vendors’ initial objective. Seeing the first hyperconverged vendors succeed, a number of followers then built the same thing. I’m not sure that simply building HCI is the same as trying to make running VMs easier. HCI is not the primary goal of the leading vendors, and it’s probably not the only thing the followers need in the long term.
SDDC & Hybrid Cloud
Cloud computing has evolved from focusing only on how to construct, secure, manage, monitor, and utilize IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS clouds. As the paradigm matures, it is moving from a pure resource management paradigm to a data and resource management paradigm. (Read More)
SDDC is the next evolution in on-site data center technology. It has taken the knowledge gained from the server virtualization revolution and blended it with software-defined storage and networking to create a data center defined and managed by software running on invisible hardware.
Hybrid Cloud covers the technologies and operational processes, both technical and business, for deploying, consuming, and utilizing this paradigm.
Major areas of focus include barriers to adoption; progress on the part of vendors in removing those barriers; where the lines of responsibility are drawn between the cloud vendor and the customer for IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, and hybrid clouds; and management tools that are essential to deploying and managing the cloud, ensuring its security and the performance of applications.
Most people have heard about recent Microsoft’s recent $26.2B acquisition of LinkedIn. You may also be aware of VMware’s purchase of Arkin and Symantec’s of Blue Coat, which they announced on June 13. My colleague Edward Haletky discusses these acquisitions here. CenturyLink announced its purchase of ElasticBox on June 14. June 16 brought further announcements of acquisitions, these being Samsung’s purchase of Joyent and Cavium’s acquisition of QLogic.
At HPE Discover this year, the vendor discussions were about composable infrastructure, 25 Gbps networking, VSAN readiness, GPUs, and other new, transformative concepts. These concepts require some significant software and hardware changes. Within the Hewlett Packard Enterprise portfolio, this implies some decisions may need to be made with respect to blades.
In this first segment of a two-part series, we will cover the intricacies of applications (apps) as part of transitioning to a virtualization infrastructure. The second installation will delve into automation tools that can address the assessment of applications so as to minimize the work effort necessary to achieve success.
Yesterday we heard about several purchases within the industry: Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn, Symantec’s purchase of Blue Coat, and VMware’s acquisition of Arkin. These are not small purchases. Once integrated, they start the journey to bigger goals and dreams. As some put it on Twitter, “It is a big day in IT.” I would agree. What is the reason for each of these purchases, and why have they been made? The oddest one, which has people scratching their head, is Microsoft’s purchase of LinkedIn.