Multi-Cloud Begets Confusion, Calls for Automation

One reason is confusion over how enterprises define multi-cloud: Just over half of those polled defined it as including a combination of either public or private clouds along with on-premise infrastructure. (That is also a widely accepted definition of “hybrid clouds”.) Meanwhile, 23 percent of respondents said multi-cloud includes all three: public and private clouds along with their own datacenters.

Source: Multi-Cloud Begets Confusion, Calls for Automation

Self-service IT to bring in $10m/qtr for BMC

MyIT 2.0 started shipping at the end of April, and is already off to a fast start with nearly $5M in deals during BMC’s fourth quarter — including major telecom, financial services, transportation and consumer packaged goods customers. BMC expects MyIT 2.0 will generate $10 million per quarter in revenue going forward, with pull-through revenue for other parts of our business.

And, back in my, the company said it had over 900 SaaS customers across it’s SaaS portfolio.

Self-service IT to bring in $10m/qtr for BMC

Touch Me – Connected Culture and Oblique Strategies – Episode 8

Episode #8 of CCOS is up, Chris and I discuss all sorts of things including shoes and ServiceNow vs. BMC. Plus, we do Home Screen Palmistry of Christ’s phone!

Check out the show notes on SoundCloud for more, and here’s the iTunes link to subscribe.

Touch Me – Connected Culture and Oblique Strategies – Episode 8

BMC BladeLogic integrating with Chef

Retro BladeLogic Poster

So we’ve built some first-generation integration between Chef and BladeLogic 8.5, which we’re demoing in our booth for the first time here at ChefConf. You can use BladeLogic to call Chef cookbooks and recipes on a push/scheduled basis, and you can reference BladeLogic compliance policies from inside your Chef cookbooks. It’s all very early and not production-ready, but we want to put this integration front and center with the people here at ChefConf and start a conversation about how they want to blend these two approaches to a stable, managed IT infrastructure.

BladeLogic plays an interesting role in the history of the Puppet/Chef/etc. automation world. As I recall, Puppet’s founder Luke Kanies worked on Blade for a short while and, you know, was interested in a better way, which eventually led to Puppet. Also, for those who like startup culture books, Blade was the chief rival of Opsware, where many of the stories in The Hard Thing About Hard Things come from.

BMC BladeLogic integrating with Chef

Avoid Re-Inventing the Wheel When Seeking Big Data Bliss (Webinar)

https://www.brighttalk.com/clients/js/embed/embed.js

Update: here are the slides.

I just wrapped up a webinar with BMC today (the Control-M team that recently added Hadoop support). In my section, I briefly go over 451’s take on what Big Data is and then get into how to start strategically planning how to use Big Data. As ever, I try to be pragmatic while at the same time shiney object obsessed.

You can check out the recording embedded above, or go directly the webinar recording page over on BrightTalk. My slides are in Slideshare as well.

Avoid Re-Inventing the Wheel When Seeking Big Data Bliss (Webinar)

BMC streamlines job management to address the devops need for speed (451 Reports)

My report on BMC’s Control-M’s recent updates catering to developer is now up, for 451 clients.

The 451 Takes is below:

BMC’s proposition to speed up the batch job process cycle squares with what we tend to see in the mainstream wilds of IT. Cloud and devops are creeping into these shops at a steady pace. These shops often have sophisticated batch job processing at their center – submitting inventory orders, processing HR files, supply chain analytics, or otherwise nightly updating the enterprise state machine to drive decisions and actions in the next business day. These processes are ensconced in very tightly wound ‘legacy’ layers like mainframes, batch job processes and relational databases. Businesses need to evolve new application layers on top of these core legacy layers, so enterprises are looking at ways to ‘pace layer’ these services by layering RESTful APIs or, as is the case here, adding self-service interfaces for interacting with batch job management. Speeding up all aspects of the enterprise IT process certainly seems advisable – in our recent devops market study that looked at the early ‘mainstream’ devops market, we found that half of respondents wanted to deploy their software to production more often, pointing toward the need to speed up the entire application development pipeline.

451 clients can read the whole report here, or apply for a trial if you’d like to peek behind the paywall.

BMC streamlines job management to address the devops need for speed (451 Reports)

More on BMC’s private plans

We’re all curious what Dell and BMC are going to do now that they’re private. I hope a lot of “crazy” stuff, myself, otherwise: why go private?

Here are some comments from BMC’s VP Asia Pacific, Chip Salyards:

“With a publically traded company you are on these 90 day cycles so you can’t change from an on-premise model to a SaaS model. You are a little bit restricted in the investments made and how great you can make them.”

“What we really needed to do as a company to get that next phase [of growth] was longer term investments … Our [private] investors want a bigger return [on their capital] … but knowing that they have to make some investments.”

This investment, Salyards said, would be in three main areas: cloud, big data, and SaaS. In addition, the company could also invest in its mainframe offerings. For instance, Salyards said the company would move to offer scheduling on mainframes using Hadoop.

More on BMC’s private plans