I had the pleasure of talking at a small VMware event in Madrid today on the topic of digitial transformation. I was one of three talks on the topic and wanted to highlight how Pivotal customers are doing it, with some practical tips for the audience if they wanted to do the same. It was a short 30 minute talk so there’s not much detail, but it was fun talking with folks afterwards about what they’re doing, as always.
Enterprises don’t need a more modern data center. I repeat, enterprises don’t need a more modern data center. They need to to be able to leverage a variety of data centers that support a variety of services, and they need the I&O team to provide support in order to ensure efficient and effective service delivery. The I&O team cannot be defined by the hardware they own and operate.
Some new market sizing for public IaaS is out from Gartner. $16.5bn in 2015, out of a $3.5t pie of global IT spend.
For the first time this year growth of public cloud IaaS workloads outpaced that of on-premises workloads. One in 10 CIOs surveyed by Gartner say they have adopted a cloud-first strategy, while 83% consider IaaS a viable option to use
This week’s Pivotal Conversations podcast has me sitting down with Sam Ramji, of the Cloud Foundry Foundation. Alex Williams did a great, in-depth interview with Sam on Sam himself so I wanted to ask more about the mechanics of the Foundation and what Sam’s vision for it’s future. Check it out, listening above, or over on the Pivotal blog.
This week, we talk about some recent conferences and the ages old question: public or private?
SPONSOR: If you’re in Brazil, come check out the Pivotal roadshows next week in Rio on May 19th and Sao Paolo on May 21st. Coté will be covering Pivotal Cloud Foundry and becoming a software defined business, there’s also Pivotal Data folks and content!
- If you like video, see this episodes’ video recording.
- Mother’s Day retrospectives.
- IBM Edge Conference – just Matt was there. Coverage of news from Edge by James Nunns.
- The Cloud Foundry Summit was this week – lots of stories of companies building apps on Cloud Foundry. Videos are up. See the Kroger talk for some fun ideas.
- Standard Bank DevOps story, from Chef marketing.
- Zynga moving back to AWS – the company seems to be saying it’s for savings: “The company expects annualized savings of about $45 million excluding those charges, with another $55 million down the road through other belt-tightening, such as letting Amazon.com Inc. manage its servers.”
- Speaking in Tech podcast.
- 451 cloud price index – some analysis from Paul Miller: “The headline figures suggest that running a private cloud powered by an OpenStack distribution will cost around $0.08 per virtual machine hour, but running your own VMware VMW -0.34%, Microsoft MSFT -0.51% or Red Hat RHT -0.64% private cloud will not cost much more: around $0.10. Both are far cheaper than the average figure of $1.70 per application hour for a public cloud (or $0.80 per application hour for committed use such as AWS Reserved Instances), but the dollars and cents mask a great deal of complexity and the unqualified comparison of public cloud application hours with private cloud virtual machine hours is not particularly meaningful.”
- Next week is the OpenStack Summit. Matt Ray will be there, not Coté
- Coté will be in Brazil for the Pivotal roadshows in Rio on May 19th and Sao Paolo on May 21st.
–Excellent, long write-up on Marc Andresseen and A16Z
- Flickr’s iPhoto clone stuff is nice!
- Pushing DevOps into the mainstream – Coté’s monthly FierceDevOps column is a summary of his DevOpsDays Austin talk.
BONUS LINKS, not covered in show
- Shingy’s in play! Verizon rumored to be buying AOL – also, some brief strategy theories: “Verizon needs a large-scale, fully functional, data-driven content distribution platform and it needs it now… Verizon is nowhere near done acquiring assets to help it realize its strategic requirement to turn information into action for advertisers and consumers alike.”
- John Chambers retiring.
- Citrix Synergy – speaking of CloudStack… “Today it has 1,900 active service providers delivering some 500,000 apps and services.” Looks like they have some general cloud management/provisioning stuff: “Mulchandani showed off the 110-step blueprint inside of the Lifecycle Management feature of Workspace Cloud that tells it how to deploy the XenDesktop broker to a production environment, and these same blue prints can be created for other applications – including the deployment of something as complex as a Hadoop cluster if customers want to do that.” And read a general update on CloudStack from back in April, include some quotes from Mark Hinkle.
- Rumors of Yelp on the block – “That’s about $400 million raised from investors for a company that today has a market value of $3.51 billion. Yelp did manage to make an annual profit for the first time in 2014, but it has also still reported total losses of $34 million over its history, according to its securities filings.”
Hashimoto suggested that prior to Terraform, there could be an incredible responsibility placed on an operations team when managing production stack, as they had to deeply understand the current cloud platform(s), determine the current infrastructure state, and calculate the resulting state transitions. Hashimoto argued that some operators or DevOps engineers may want to ‘move up the stack’ and leverage tools such as Terraform to achieve their goals, in much the same way as many developers have moved from assembly language to third-generation programming languages.
Is there such a thing as a too creepy Hamburgler? We think not. Also, we cover what happened at DevOpsDays Austin, the identity management gap, and rumors about someone acquiring Salesforce.
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- If you like video, see this episodes’ video recording.
- Return of the Hamburger – people are creeped out, but we love it.
- Brandon is in Munich at the European Identity & Cloud Conference – what’s the keynote trends in IdM now?
- DevOpsDays Austin 2015: Matt’s talk on resumes, Coté’s talk, Damon’s talk. Videos sometime soon.
- Alan Shimel’s write-up of Coté’s talk.
- DevOps needs some IdM
- CoreOSFest – “Google, VMware, Red Hat, and Apcera have all signed on to support appc”
- Super-fan review of the show
- Randy on EMC and OSS.
- Saleforce acquisition rumors – why would they want to get acquired?
Bonus Links, not covered this week
- Microsoft changes a lot at it’s build conference
- “Is Microsoft still a Windows company?”
- Microsoft ships a cross-platform Visual Studio product
- ChefConf is coming to Austin in 2016!
- Google Will Do Anything To Beat Moore’s Law – “People ask me if we would switch to Power, and the answer is absolutely. Even for a single generation.”
- Oracle scoops up Nebula’s OpenStack engineering
From EMC World:
This is how we set up federation: Build a digital agenda, go to cloud, go mobile and protect yourself. These things snap together like building blocks, like Legos. (Customers) get the speed and agility of a smaller company within a bigger company. To do this is not for the faint of heart, but the philosophy is choice, not to lock you in.
Also, the piece has some figures on R&D and M&A spend, as well as revenue for recent acquisitions.