More organizations than ever look to general purpose or public cloud providers to host their applications and data. As they do, they often identify and understand the type of cloud service or service they plan to procure. They also need to go one step further. They must also identify how to best back up and recover the applications and data they host in the cloud lest they fall into one of four common cloud backup traps.
Rarely do I take the opportunity to reflect on a technology provider’s earning call. In fact, I do not think I have ever done so. Rather, I focus my energy and thoughts on evaluating the technology a company provides and its merit and value. Today I deviate somewhat from my traditional stance. Some of the highlights from Microsoft’s FY2021 Q2 earnings provide organizations insights on next steps they should take in the cloud.
DCIG’s analysts (myself included) have lately spent a great deal of time getting up close and personal on the capabilities of public cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud. We have also spent time talking to individuals deploying cloud solutions. As we have done so, we recognize that the capabilities of these cloud offerings should meet and exceed the expectations of most organizations regardless of their size. However, impeding their cloud adoption are three concerns that have little to do with the technical capabilities of these products.
SimpliVity OmniStack 3.0 Illustrates Why Hyper-converged Infrastructures are Experiencing Hyper-Growth
As the whole technology world (or at least those intimately involved with the enterprise data center space) takes a breath before diving head first into VMworld next week, a few vendors are jumping the gun and making product announcements in advance of it. One of those is SimpliVity which announced its latest hyper-converged offering, OmniStack 3.0, this past Wednesday. In so doing, it continues to put a spotlight on why hyper-converged infrastructures and the companies delivering them are experiencing hyper-growth even in a time of relative market and technology uncertainty.
BC, DR and Compliance Driving Cloud Service Provider Convergence; Interview with AIS VP of Network Engineering Steve Wallace Part I
A convergence is happening in the cloud service provider space. More cloud-based archive and backup providers are evolving to account for transactional/production data while managed service providers want to extend their reach into the archival/backup space. One company at the forefront of this convergence is cloud service provider American Internet Services (AIS). Today I talk with AIS’s VP of Network Engineering, Steve Wallace, about how this convergence is impacting cloud service providers in general and AIS specifically.
Dell has made a number of acquisitions over the last few years as it seeks to transform into a storage company. But after attending Dell Storage Forum in Boston this past week it is evident that it is well down the path of becoming something far more compelling than just a “storage” company. It is on track to becoming an infrastructure company.