New Dell Cloud Manager Release Simplifies Management and Consumption of Cloud Services Across Organizations

“Dell Cloud Manager v11 features new state-of-the-art distributed blueprint support based on the TOSCA standard, simplifying portability and management of cloud applications and services throughout their lifecycle. New support for Windows Azure Pack and enhanced support for Microsoft Azure give Microsoft customers the first independent unified solution to centrally manage their combined private and public cloud environments. New automated scaling and recovery capabilities also provide added efficiency, helping to better satisfy service level requirements.”

New Dell Cloud Manager Release Simplifies Management and Consumption of Cloud Services Across Organizations

VMware consolidates its systems and cloud management suite into vRealize, with SaaS

Usage of VMware tools

My brief report of VMware re-swizzling it’s cloud management tools into the “vRealize” brand is up now. More than just a re-branding, the intention is to systematically refactor the collection of tolls (vCAC, Log Insights, their “cloud business” tools, and others) into a set of more stand-alone services that can be composed into different combinations, sort of microservices oriented, maybe. Here’s the 451 Take:

As we’ve noted previously, the VMware management portfolio had started to get too large to easily comprehend. Traditional Big Four vendors have long faced this challenge of simplifying their suites. The goal here is not only to make it easier for customers to evaluate and decide what to buy, but to make using the functionality in the suite easier for end users. The contrast between large suites of products and best-of-breed ‘products’ comes up most sharply in transition periods like the movement from plain old virtualization to cloud that we’re currently seeing. With the large portfolio it’s built and acquired over the years, VMware must do this consolidation to compete with best-of-breed competitors. It will take time. One positive note is that the use of SaaS may help defeat the perilous path of integrating the road maps and architectures of previously independent products if VMware can convince customers to go the ITMaaS route… a task in which others like ServiceNow are finding great success.

Much of the time is spent explaining why VMware would do this rather than speeds and feeds’ing through the software. 451 clients can read the full report, or apply for a trial if you’d like to take a peek.

VMware consolidates its systems and cloud management suite into vRealize, with SaaS

In an API-driven cloud, Intigua wants to wrap APIs around your management midsection

Intigua's stack vision

A report I wrote on Intigua is up now. Here’s the 451 Take for y’all now:

Intigua has always been a company with a difficult marketing proposition, having started off as a packaging and deployment balm for systems management agents. While there is certainly utility to ‘managing the managers,’ a broader positioning and purpose was clearly needed. Intigua’s new positioning as an enabler of cloud management APIs looks encouraging, and if the company can extend into ‘orchestration’ as a consequence, it can start addressing one of the major gaps of large enterprises that are ‘going cloud.’ It’s nice that all of those cloud-native companies can manage tens of applications with their devops and cloud approaches – but how will the large companies of the world manage the tens of thousands of applications they’re beset with?

In talking with some folks who’ve been dealing with so-called “APIs” at the infrastructure stack…there’s a lot of work to do to make the management layer APIs behave like one would expect. Because WS-*.

Intigua bought re-print rights to the last piece I wrote on them, so you can read it for free on their site.

Client can read the full report, and try a trial if you’re not signed up with us yet.

In an API-driven cloud, Intigua wants to wrap APIs around your management midsection

That IBM/CSC partnership

The new offerings bring IBM solutions around SoftLayer Infrastructure-as-a-Service and BlueMix to CSC customers, including integrating them with the CSC ServiceMesh Agility Platform. The agreement will bring ServiceMesh Agility Platform to the IBM Cloud Marketplace.

More:

CSC said the IBM alliance will help the company grab a piece of Gartner’s predicted $210 billion market for application services in 2014 and help continue to pivot the solution provider around as-a-Service solutions. With a focus on solutions for mobile, big data and analytics and cloud, CSC executives said the alliance will help the company continue to modernize client applications across a variety of cloud platforms.

That ServiceMesh acquisition seems to have been a good idea.

Also, I have a feeling “enterprise cloud” will be very different than “cloud cloud.” It seems more remote that they’re the same people and concerns. We’ll see.

That IBM/CSC partnership

Things are going bonkers in the cloud orchistration, cluster management space

Recently we have seen Docker cluster management projects appearing which are predominantly focused on managing clusters in a single provider’s environment. Clocker is designed to deploy and manage Docker clusters in a portable and cloud provider agnostic way. Clocker can even be used on-premise exploiting an enterprise’s virtual or private cloud environment.

Along with things like MesoSphere and PaaS trying to reinvent itself all the time, this injection of Docker into the “how do I run a cloud?” stream of work is looking introduce all sorts of new ways of running a platform. I don’t really know what it all means – or even understand it – but it seems like a bunch stuff coming down the pipe.

Things are going bonkers in the cloud orchistration, cluster management space

451 piece covering CSC buying ServiceMesh

We did a write-up yesterday on CSC’s acquisition of ServiceMesh, here for 451 subscribers (there’s always the 30 day trial], too).

For me, this makes much clearer CSC’s ambitions: to be a cloud player, particularly going after enterprises who want to build private clouds and manage the use of public clouds. Coming from Dell – which purchased Enstratius this year for this same general play – you can imagine I’m highly interested in this whole “multi-cloud management” space.

For an in-depth, conversational overview of multi-cloud management, also check out this 2012 interview I did with John Willis on Enstratius (before they were acquired). It’s product centric, but the goals are all multi-cloud.

451 piece covering CSC buying ServiceMesh