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It was great catching up with Brian at VMworld, even if it was in the Tea Garden.  We go back a ways.  This 6 minute video clip discusses who will win the cloud wars and how CloudVelox differentiates from a dozen or so early cloud migration and DR tools.  
As Amazon (AMZN) continues with its amazing public cloud momentum, Palo Alto-based VMware (VMW) has stepped up its efforts to educate the industry about an even more powerful and disruptive form of cloud computing, called hybrid cloud. According to VMware, hybrid cloud promises to be a...
I wrote a blog for Cloud Ecosystem last month that talks about the disruption potential of hybrid clouds for disaster recovery. You can read it here: Hybrid Cloud will Transform Disaster Recovery. Within a few days CloudVelocity CTO Anand Iyengar weighed in shortly after with: The Hy...
When I was writing about the cloud and disaster recovery I was only considering the tip of the iceberg, the obvious over-provisioning of expensive, specialized infrastructures needed in case the production environment failed. A duplicate data center is necessary today but perhaps less...
Last night CloudVelocity CEO Rajeev Chawla was able to talk to Brian Gracely at The Cloudcast on CloudVelocity and the hybrid cloud. The 33 minute interview (Accelerating the Hybrid Cloud (#83) is now available for download. A special thanks to Brian, who asked some of the most probin...
When VMware announced its hybrid cloud initiative it made perfect sense. The hybrid cloud market could provide substantial growth opportunities for VMware, as discussed in VMware Crosses the Rubicon and Hybrid is a Whole New Cloud. Yet one respected tech analyst has recently suggested ...
When VMware announced its hybrid cloud initiative it made perfect sense.  The hybrid cloud market could provide substantial growth opportunities for VMware, as discussed in VMware Crosses the Rubicon and Hybrid is a Whole New Cloud.  Yet one respected tech analyst has recently suggeste...
VMware’s (VMW) recent hybrid cloud announcement was both expected and yet provocative. It falls into a pattern of successful moves made in virtualization security and networking as the company to grow its addressable market by virtualizing servers and delivering increased IT agility, e...
The hybrid cloud opportunity (also called cloud virtualization) could turn the tables on server virtualization market leader VMware or help it to establish even higher growth rates. I have heard of TAM (total addressable market) estimates for VMware of about $80B. I’m not sure if tha...
I think the new cloud killer apps for enterprises will leverage cloud-integrated data centers (or true hybrid cloud adoption), and will strategically transform IT operating models. Those killer apps will include cloud-enabled agility, protection and scalability. The public cloud has b...
Cloud migration has become known as a critical solution for public cloud deployment. Yet cloud migration is not sufficient for hybrid cloud and enterprise cloud requirements. Enterprises will require cloud integration.
Hybrid cloud is early, yet promises to accelerate the enterprise adoption of cloud computing. The question is: who will lead and what impact will they have on how enterprises buy technology solutions? There are a handful of publicly-traded companies vying for leadership in cloud compu...
As the hybrid cloud becomes the cloud of choice for the enterprise, you can expect cloud integration to eventually replace cloud migration as a solution of choice.  While migration supports the migration of apps into public clouds, cloud integration supports cloud migration, cloud fail...
It is tempting to see a hybrid cloud as merely a collection of clouds, versus the seamless integration of clouds and data centers. Yet hybrid cloud is a game changer that offers tremendous new potentials for a new generation of solutions... not merely low cost IT infrastructure. The ...
This is part of a series of blog posts on the emergence of hybrid cloud and how it will impact enterprise IT, solutions and public cloud service providers. Over the last four years Archimedius has tracked the evolution of VMware from server virtualization leader to private cloud leade...
Ultimately cloud computing will be driven by customer needs for control and enabled by a new generation of hybrid cloud solutions. Today public and private cloud operating models offer islands of IT operating efficiency that can be highly desirable for applications and services specif...
Amazon is about to experience a tidal wave of competition from the likes of VMware, Microsoft and a host of leading service providers who want a piece of the growing cloud pie. I’ve read about a dozen different sets of predictions for cloud computing in 2013 and will coopt many I cons...
While most pundits have fallen in love with public cloud, behind the scenes a variety of technologies and vendors are evolving the will deliver the ultimate clouds, hybrid clouds. Amazon and Google have done a remarkable job promoting public cloud, as VMware, Cisco and OpenStack have ...
HP recently announced a massive round of layoffs and at the recent FIRE X conference I was asked what I thought HP might be thinking.  Perhaps HP had become too big to succeed, according to one of the FIRE X futurists on the lawn overlooking the ocean at the Montage Laguna Beach. I imm...
I didn’t know whether I should chuckle cynically or slow clap the recent hubris of an Amazon executive, quoted in InformationWeek, with a tech prediction set to be fulfilled in a mere ten years: Amazon: Era Of Data Centers Ending: The era in which most big companies operate their own d...
A recent and rather ambitious outlook on Cisco at Motley Fool entitled “Cisco and the Golden Age of the Internet “ talks about the rise in internet traffic and the growth potential it holds for companies like Cisco.  While the article does mention competitive pressures (from the likes ...
Last summer a CIO for a high profile ecommerce company told me that the smartest way to play the cloud was to rent the spike.  I just read the same thing from Zynga’s Infrastructure CTO Allan Leinwand in Inside Zynga’s Big Move To Private Cloud by InformationWeek’s Charles Babcoc...
The green data center will replace the traditional data center as power and cooling costs continue to grow relative to IT hardware and support costs. Last week I had a brief meeting with Yoram Heller of hot cloud player Morphlabs and we talked about the next wave of cloud innovations....
As various tech companies scramble to address short and medium term customer demands and opportunities, who will deliver on the promise of the dynamic intercloud? Last summer I suggested that VMware could be the next Microsoft. A few weeks ago I saw Gary Orenstein's VMware is the New...
Data center facilities are poised for the next wave of IT innovation as enterprises look for competitive advantage beyond racks and stacks and begin running out of space in their existing facilities. The data center is the factory of the new cloud economy and is a major inflection poi...
The network industry could be entering yet another new stage of innovation and growth, fueled by a flood of new demands and an increasingly likely new tech refresh cycle driven by increasing network infrastructure automation and control. At the core of this new cycle is a flood of...
As I mentioned before, Cisco’s CTO predicted 1 trillion net connected devices by 2013 and I don’t think Padma was counting virtual machines.  With the rise of the three horsemen (netbooks, virtualization and cloud computing) it seems obvious that today’s enterprise networks are in need...
According to Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior there will be 1 trillion net connected devices by 2013.  That count likely does not include virtual machines tucked away in growing populations of VLANs.   That is perhaps today’s hidden epidemic.  A cloud CTO once told me that he was planning ...
When VMware entered the production data center it was the beginning of a massive IT disruption with profound implications for careers, vendors and the next tech innovation cycle, driven by deep reductions in network operating expenses and equally uplifting increases in network flexibil...
The much anticipated divorce between Cisco and HP that was announced in recent weeks is a harbinger for the network equipment industry. Note Alexander Wolfe’s comments from his Wolfe’s Den blog: Cisco has made what can only be characterized as an aggressive move emphasizing its str...
For those of us familiar with the network equipment industry, the suggestion that computing costs will fall to the cost of power should at least raise some eyebrows within cultures that for the most part have been driven by manual labor and specialization. Lew Tucker’s response to t...
Sun CTO Cloud Lew Tucker shares his vision regarding the march of progress within IT, and it aligns with a recent Gartner and Enterprise Stretegy Group report.
The infrastructure 2.0 discussion shifted from blogs to InformationWeek and CNET this week thanks to a recent interview with InformationWeek.com Editor-in-Chief Alexander Wolfe. As the infrastructure 2.0 Working Group is in stealth mode, we focused on the high level tech issues resulti...
I love reading cloud pundits talk about the power of elastic, cloud computing.  You get as much processing power as you need, on demand.  Wow.  Enterprise IT types beware: the cloud is coming. Indeed it is coming, but on the way to the dream there are plenty of anxious wake up calls. ...
This week InformationWeek featured my recent infrastructure 2.0 interview with Alexander Wolfe.  As the infrastructure 2.0 Working Group is in stealth mode, we focused on the high level tech issues resulting from the collision between virtual and static (physical) infrastructure: Info...
As virtualization-lite creates swarms of increasingly dense VLANs in the data center, the IT industry appears to be responding by consolidating into coalitions, including Arcadia (EMC, VMW, and CSCO); HP/COMS; and IBM/JNPR. Each coalition will likely produce its own "branded container"...
As virtualization-lite creates swarms of increasingly dense VLANs in the data center, the IT industry appears to be responding by consolidating into coalitions, including Arcadia (EMC, VMW, and CSCO); HP/COMS; and IBM/JNPR.  Each coalition will likely produce its own “branded container...
For months the infrastructure 2.0 blog has talked about the automation of IT from a network perspective, including the automation of the network itself.  While few may question the need for network automation most businesses today still run their networks like they ran their “supply ch...
First came virtualization. Then came cloud. Now prepare yourself for the rise of "Just in Time" IT. I first heard the term on a conference call with Arista's Gourlay and F5's Giesa. And it stuck after a pregnant pause on the call. It makes tremendous sense.
As Cisco, HP, Juniper, F5, Amazon, Microsoft, Google and others circle the data center field of battle, one strategic ridge of high ground is in network automation, or the ability to move (or adjust/provision) IT assets at the push of a button without the need for extensive manual inte...