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Hedvig Takes Your Storage to Hybrid and Multi-Cloud

With data growth exploding and on-premises IT costs creeping ever higher, an increasing number of organizations are taking a serious look at adopting cloud infrastructure for their business data and applications. Among other things, they are attracted to benefits like near-infinite scalability, greater agility and a pay-as-you-go model for consuming IT resources. These advantages are already driving new infrastructure spending on public and private clouds, which is growing at double-digit rates as spending on traditional, non-cloud, IT infrastructure continues to decline.


While most companies we speak with are already developing cloud-native apps in Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure, a much smaller number have actually deployed typically backend business apps in the public cloud. What’s preventing them from taking this next step? As it turns out, one of the biggest hurdles is productively deploying existing data storage in the cloud. Public clouds don’t have the compatibility to fully support the range of storage protocols, data services and use cases that companies’ key business apps tend to rely on, making it difficult and less useful to move these workloads to the cloud. Some organizations consider reengineering their applications for cloud-native storage, but this is both costly and time consuming, and in fact may not lead to the results they are looking for. Based on recent Taneja Group research, IT buyers want a simple path for lifting and transferring their app data to the cloud, where it can be supported for both primary and secondary use cases. They are also looking to run many workloads flexibly in a hybrid cloud deployment while maintaining the level of data security and governance they enjoy on premises.


In addition to these technical requirements, companies must also weigh potential business costs, such as the risk of getting locked into a single provider. Our research reveals that customers are increasingly concerned about this risk, which is exacerbated by a lack of data mobility among various on-premises and public cloud infrastructures.


Fortunately, the founding team at Hedvig understands these customer needs and set out more than five years ago to address them. The result of their initiative is the Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform (DSP), a unified programmable data fabric that allows customers to simply and securely deploy any type of workload and application data in a hybrid or multi-cloud environment. Based on software-defined technology, Hedvig DSP enables your existing workloads, whether based on block, file or object storage, to take advantage of cloud scalability and agility today, without the expense and delays of a major reengineering effort. With Hedvig, IT teams can automatically and dynamically provision storage assets using just software on standard x86 servers, whether in your own private cloud or a public cloud IaaS environment. Hedvig enables your workloads to move freely between different public and private cloud environments, avoiding lock-in and allowing you to choose the cloud best suited for each application and use case. Hedvig can support your primary storage needs, but also supports tier-2 storage so that you can backup your data on the same platform.


In this piece, we’ll learn more about what IT professionals are looking for in cloud storage solutions, based on our research findings. We’ll then focus specifically on Hedvig storage for hybrid and multi-cloud environments to help you decide whether and how their solutions can meet your primary and secondary storage needs.
 

Publish date: 03/26/18
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VMware Cloud on AWS:  A new approach to Public Cloud offers more value than Azure alternatives

There is no mistaking that cloud adoption is growing at a phenomenal rate. Infrastructure spending on the public and private cloud is growing at double-digit rates while spending on traditional, non-cloud, IT infrastructure continues to decline and within a few short years will represent less than 50% of the entire infrastructure market. On-premises cloud vendors have been innovating furiously over the past several years to simplify IT using software-defined infrastructure, in an effort to give on-premises solutions the agility and simplicity to compete effectively with the scale of the public cloud vendors. We are rapidly approaching a time where we will find an equilibrium point between infrastructure that belongs on-premises versus infrastructure that belongs in the public cloud.


To gather data and develop insights regarding plans for public and hybrid cloud use, Taneja Group conducted two primary research studies in the summer of 2017. In each case, we surveyed 350+ IT decision makers and practitioners around the globe, representing a wide range of industries and business sizes, to understand their current and planned use cases and deployments of applications to the public cloud. What we found is more than two-thirds of IT practitioners plan on using hybrid clouds as their long-term infrastructure choice, while 16% prefer on-premises clouds only and the remaining 16% want their infrastructure exclusively in the public cloud. Unfortunately, however, we learned that today’s hybrid clouds are not delivering on the attributes that are most important to IT buyers, such as end-to-end security, quality of service, and workload mobility, while maintaining IT control.


What if there were a vendor that could overcome all the current hybrid cloud deficiencies and also provide public-cloud infrastructure that is arguably more efficient than leading public cloud alternatives? That would be what we call “having your cake and eating it too.”  Enter VMware Cloud on AWS. VMware Cloud on AWS has been built on VMware’s Cloud Foundation software and can be deployed as-a-service on AWS as easily as one can do a simple mouse click. The difference now is that the hundreds of thousands of VMware customers that have come to rely on VMware as their key enterprise virtualization provider can instantly get a fully functional hybrid cloud with all the security, control, and features they depend on in their on-premises VMware environments. Also, customers will enjoy seamless workload migration from private to public clouds, advanced disaster recovery capability, and—by being on AWS public cloud—safe and secure access to additional AWS services.
So, what about total solution cost? Can VMware make this cloud service as cost-effective as spinning up IaaS on Microsoft Azure or using a hybrid cloud consisting of Azure in public cloud and Azure stack on-premises? The simple answer is, YES, through transparency and efficiency. Transparency in the fact that when you provision VMware Cloud on AWS, you actually know what you’re getting physically, including the type of server, amount of storage, etc. The dirty little secret to public cloud instances is that you don’t know what the infrastructure is under the covers. And if you provision a vCPU with a certain amount of memory and storage, you are going to pay for that instance no matter how much you use it. With transparency comes the opportunity for efficiency. VMware has long been known for efficiency in operation and provisioning. By combining greater efficiency with infrastructure transparency, VMware can offer customers a solution that is more cost-effective than public cloud alternatives.

Publish date: 12/31/17
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Emerging Market Report on Multi-Cloud Primary Storage

Public cloud utilization continues to grow at a phenomenal rate. Infrastructure spending on the public and private cloud is growing at double digit rates while spending on traditional, non-cloud, IT infrastructure continues to decline and within a few short years will represent less than 50% of the entire infrastructure market. AWS alone, as the current gorilla of the public cloud market, continues to grow at over 40% year over year and now has an annualized run rate of around $15B. Microsoft boasts similar revenue numbers when their Office 365 SaaS offerings are included. This trend is not surprising and has been widely predicted for several years. The surprising element now is how strong the momentum has become toward public cloud adoption, and the question is where the long-term equilibrium point will be between public clouds and on-premises infrastructure.

AWS was a pioneer in public cloud storage services when it introduced S3 (Simple Storage Service) over ten years ago. The approach of public cloud vendors has been to offer storage services at cut-rate pricing in what can be called the “Hotel California” strategy – once they have your data it can “never leave.” After having a company’s data in their cloud infrastructure, they then offer a wide variety of higher priced services to complement access to that data. Global content distribution, data analytics, and a wide variety of individual compute capabilities are just a few examples of services offered. Recently, we have been hearing increased grumbling from customers that they are very concerned about losing the option to change vendors and the resulting reduction in competition.

In response, IT professionals are beginning to consider multi-cloud approaches to primary storage, to gain the scalability and agility benefits of the cloud but without the penalty of lock-in. This is a fresh, emerging and innovating space, which promises to open up cloud storage to a range of new customers and use cases.

To gather data and develop insights regarding plans for public and multi-public cloud use, Taneja Group conducted two primary research studies in the summer of 2017. In each case, we surveyed 350+ IT decision makers and practitioners around the globe, representing a wide range of industries and business sizes, to understand their current and planned use cases and deployments of applications to the public cloud.

Specifically, we wanted to understand the need for an emerging set of storage products we call multi-cloud primary storage. These products provide their data services across more than one cloud simultaneously.

Publish date: 10/31/17
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Enterprise Cloud Platform Ideal for Database Apps: Nutanix Hosting Oracle Penetrates Tier 1

Creating an Enterprise Cloud with HyperConverged Infrastructure (HCI) is making terrific sense (and “cents”) for a wide range of corporations tired of integrating and managing complex stacks of IT infrastructure. Replacing siloed infrastructure and going far beyond simple pre-converged racks of traditional hardware, HCI greatly simplifies IT, frees up valuable staff from integration and babysitting heterogeneous solutions to better focus on adding value to the business, and can vastly improve “qualities of service” in all directions. Today, we find HCI solutions being deployed as an Enterprise Cloud platform in corporate data centers even for mission-critical tier-1 database workloads.

However, like public clouds and server virtualization before it, HCI has had to grow and mature. Initially HCI solutions had to prove themselves in small and medium size organizations – and on rank-and-file applications. Now, five plus years of evolution of vendors like Nutanix have matured HCI into a full tier1 enterprise application platform presenting the best features of public clouds including ease of management, modular scalability and agile user provisioning. Perhaps the best example of enterprise mission-critical workloads are business applications layered on Oracle Database, and as well see in this report, Nutanix now makes an ideal platform for enterprise-grade databases and database-powered applications.

In fact, we find that Nutanix’s mature platform not only can, by its natural mixed workload design, host a complete tier1 application stack (including the database), but also offers significant advantages because the whole application stack is “convergently” hosted. The resulting opportunity for both IT (and the business user) is striking. Those feeling tied down to legacy architectures and those previously interested in the benefits of plain Converged Infrastructure will now want to evaluate how mature HCI can now take them farther, faster.

In the full report, we explore in detail how Nutanix supports and accelerates serious Oracle database-driven applications (e.g. ERP, CRM) at the heart of most businesses and production data centers. In this summary, we will review how Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform is also an ideal enterprise data center platform for the whole application stack— consolidating many if not most workloads in the data center.

Publish date: 06/30/17
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