The Four Horsemen of the Hybrid Cloud Apocalypse – Vision of the Business Defined Data Center

The 4 key risks (horsemen) of hybrid cloud

EMA estimates that enterprises today waste over 50% of their IT budgets on inefficient application workload placement, configuration and management. As a side effect, they introduce tremendous operational risk in terms of security, regulatory compliance, performance and reliability. EMA's 2017 hybrid cloud, software-defined data center (SDDC) and machine learning-related research projects (take a look at [...]



VMware and OpenStack: A Marriage Made in Heaven?


As we -Evan and I- were ranting last week about how OpenStack and VMware fit together (see #EMACloudRants), we were mainly focusing on the central conundrum that VMware faces within this context: “Should we support an open platform that could commoditize away a substantial part of our profitable infrastructure business or should we ignore the [...]



EMA Cloud Rants – Pilot Episode


Evan Quinn and I have been collecting popular customer questions for a while and wanted to share our thoughts on these questions in the form of a new format: EMA CLOUD RANTS. Each week we will discuss one of the hot topics in enterprise IT to provide the viewer with rapid analyst insights, without any [...]



Software Defined Storage: The Vendor Landscape – Part 2 of 2


As promised in my previous post on "Software Defined Storage - Why Customers Should Care", I want to follow-up with a brief overview of the competitive landscape. Software-only Vendors with no Horse in the Hardware Race By definition, these vendors have the highest credibility when it comes to truly abstracting storage management from the underlying [...]



By | February 13th, 2014|Storage Virtualization, Systems Management|0 Comments

Rapid Evolution – OpenStack Is Growing Up


The Havana release of OpenStack was launched on October 17, about three weeks prior to the OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong.  As always, there are many new features -high availability, load balancing, easier upgrades, plugins for development tools, improved SDN support, fiber channel SAN support, improved bare metal capabilities- and even two new core components, [...]



By | October 24th, 2013|Cloud Administration, Systems Management, Uncategorized|0 Comments

War of the Stacks: OpenStack vs. CloudStack vs. vCloud vs. Amazon EC2


When it comes to cloud technologies, discussions often get passionate or even heated. It’s all about the “war of the stacks”, where much Cool Aid is dispensed to get customers to buy into the respective cult. This discussion reminds me of the old days of enterprise IT, where everything was about technology instead of business [...]



VMworld 2013 Digest – 8 Companies You Should Take a Closer Look At


Every year after VMworld EMA receives countless inquiries regarding the most notable vendors on the show floor. This time around, we have compiled a list consisting of startups taking a new look at traditional IT challenges, as well as larger and more mature companies that have launched industry transforming initiatives. Ultimately, this list of eight [...]



OpenStack Thoughts – Part 2: Impact on VMware


At EMA, we constantly receive inquiries regarding what OpenStack means to the VMware portfolio. Is it a competing technology? Are OpenStack and vCloud complementary? Why did VMware join OpenStack? What are the typical use cases for OpenStack as opposed to vCloud? To address these questions, let’s take a step back and take a look at what [...]



By | June 19th, 2013|Cloud Administration, Systems Management|0 Comments

OpenStack Thoughts – Part 1: Key Business Considerations


OpenStack’s huge momentum is undeniable. IBM, RedHat, NetApp, Rackspace, HP, Dell, Cisco, Intel and even VMware have committed significant funds and human resources to this project. But why would companies, that are otherwise competing rather fiercely, sit on one table to build an OpenSource cloud platform? The answer is certainly not “altruism”, as this is [...]



The Software Defined Datacenter: Part 4 of 4 – Where We Are Today


Almost one year into the discussion about the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC), it is time to take inventory of the state of the discipline. As a reminder, the ultimate goal of the SDDC is to abstract and centralize the management of compute, network, storage, operating systems, middleware and applications in order to dynamically place [...]



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