In 2014, 75% of enterprise workloads reside in noncloud environments, and only 50% are expected to be in any kind of cloud in two years, with internal private cloud leading the way. Internal, on-premises private cloud is expected to account for 23% of all workloads in 2016, up from 12% in 2014. For the same time period, the use of public cloud is expected to double, but should not exceed 20% of all large and midsize enterprise workloads and applications. Hybrid cloud, which we define as two or more distinct cloud infrastructures that actively interoperate to deliver seamless business functions, is harder to achieve than some of the other delivery mechanisms.

Some analysis from recent 451 surveys on current and planned cloud usage.

Stackify caters to DevOps-oriented teams with ITMaaS monitoring tool (451 Report)

Looking for a production monitoring tool? Stackify launched recently, and my 451 report on them is up. Clients can read the full report, but here’s the 451 Take:

Our surveys of this space show steady interest in new tools and methods for monitoring and managing cloud-native applications. There are many entrenched tools from the Big Four (CA, IBM, HP, BMC) and other ‘legacy’ systems management vendors; these vendors have had mixed success in ‘keeping up,’ opening market gaps for Stackify and others. Early success in this market depends on good marketing and go-to-market models, with SolarWinds being an iconic example. The danger for a small company like Stackify comes in the form of well-moneyed and innovative competitors of all sizes and flavors. Stackify will have to quickly stake out its ground and begin expertly managing its deal funnel and pace of innovation – the core challenges of any startup.

If you’re not a client already, apply for a trial to check it out and put my name in as a reference.

Related, see a slice of the recent survey results on monitor tools from 451’s TheInfoPro – chart above – free on their wonderful chart blog.

Stackify caters to DevOps-oriented teams with ITMaaS monitoring tool (451 Report)

One of the better summaries of enterprise OpenStack adoption

In a story about Mirantis running on IBM SoftLayer:

Gauging the uptake of OpenStack in enterprises has been tricky, whether it’s deployed afresh or to replace existing Amazon EC2 or VMware installations. Interest in hiring OpenStack talent is growing, and vendors such as Red Hat are tying in OpenStack closely with their respective Linux distributions. But signs show that the average OpenStack installation is rather modest and OpenStack has struggled to find larger market share — possibly, as InfoWorld’s Dave Linthicum observed, due to its continued lack of robust networking features.

Hopefully company’s using OpenStack will start talking more, then we’ll have a fuller picture of it’s adoption, namely, in private cloud.

In our 451 usage surveys, OpenStack ranks high – second, next to VMware, see chart above – so it seems like there’s usage out there. Quoting from that TheInfoPro piece:

While 36% of respondents already have a cloud platform in production use, 35% will be selecting and deploying a cloud platform for the first time in the next two years or more, and it is not unreasonable to expect that some early adopters will switch horses as the race continues to evolve. As a direct result of its dominance in the enterprise workload virtualization market, and corresponding investment in licensing and expertise, VMware is usually guaranteed a place at the table. However, it is by no means guaranteed a leading position in the cloud platform race that is still very much in its early stages. – See more at:

One of the better summaries of enterprise OpenStack adoption

Dell details its vision as a private entity (451 Report)

Dell Annual Analyst Conference 2014 #DAAC

Following up the Dell Annual Analyst Conference from a few weeks back, Simon Robinson and I myself wrote up an overview report on the state of Dell. As every with Dell, things sound good, but there’s plenty of execution ahead for the company. 451 clients can read the full report, and here’s the 451 take:

We noted when the LBO first closed that this event doesn’t actually change much at the company. The strategy Dell discussed last week is fundamentally consistent with the one it has been pursuing for several years. Perhaps the biggest impact initially will be on its executive team – CEO Dell says he got back 20% of his time through not having to deal with Wall Street, while board meetings now last just 10 minutes. This is not to say that being private won’t make a difference. Although it’s not an issue for most customers, the main difference may be in how employees and partners feel about the company.

Related to this is the issue of how Dell presents itself to the outside world. Now more than ever, as a private concern, it needs a clear and strong voice, and developing this remains a work in progress (the initial post-LBO messaging around ‘the world’s largest startup’ was not in evidence at the analyst conference).

We feel part of the challenge remains to articulate a single vision that resonates with a broad target audience of consumers, SMBs and large enterprises. Another issue is for the company to create and emphasize a stronger sense of differentiation in its offerings. Nonetheless, the renewed energy and enthusiasm Dell talked about is in evidence among its senior executives. Its challenge now is to ensure this percolates down through its 100,000-strong workforce. Only then will a real sense of its long-term differentiation emerge.

If you’re not a client, sign up for a trial and mention that I sent you.

You might also like to take a look at some recent spending survey data from 451:

Buried in the detail there is the good news that 10% of enterprise customers surveyed are spending over $5m with Dell, compared with just 3% in prior surveys, a significant improvement but not sufficient in itself to reinvigorate corporate growth.

Chart on Dell spending, y/y

Also, Dell is quit good at uploading lots of photos from it’s event to flickr: check out the set they have from DAAC.

Dell details its vision as a private entity (451 Report)

451 Study on SDN adoption – 16% in use or plan

After seeing one of the other SDN forecast studies referenced here, one of my 451 collegues sent some finding from our recent (August 2013) survey on software defined networking usage:

451 NetWave 10 SDN Usage Study

TheInfoPro survey has adoption at a much lower level. Wave 10, based on 154 interviews and published August 2013, has it at 16% in use or in plan and 77% not in plan (7% didn’t know the answer).

Check out the rest in the recent webinar on the topic, where the chart is from. We’re refreshing the study so it’ll be fun to see what the results are for Wave 11.

451 Study on SDN adoption – 16% in use or plan