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Cloud Management

Includes Cloud Infrastructure Management, encompassing Operations, Automation and Orchestration and Business/Financial Management; Virtual Infrastructure Management (monitoring, optimization and performance); Virtualized Datacenter Operations and strategies (automation and cloud computing); and Legacy Infrastructure Management.

This practice covers all forms of technologies and capabilities that impact and enable cloud and on-premises infrastructure management, including operational management; automation and orchestration; business management and cloud costing. This category also includes management of virtual infrastructure and traditional, non-virtualized on-premises environments. As on-premises infrastructure and apps transition to cloud, new management challenges arise, such as around workload mobility and migration, security and availability.

We track and examine these management challenges in the context of hybrid and multi-cloud environments, and identify opportunities for both vendors and end users to optimize their cloud management platforms and approaches.

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When Comparing Cloud Alternatives, For the Best TCO Leverage VMware Cloud Foundation

In this paper we examine the relative costs and other advantages of four different cloud infrastructure approaches, two based on private or on-premises clouds and two on public clouds. These public and private approaches can in turn be combined to create a hybrid cloud deployment. The objective is to enable businesses to evaluate which cloud approach makes the most sense for them, based on differences in TCO and other relevant factors.

Public clouds are here to stay, given their large and growing adoption by businesses and consumers alike. Now well over a decade since AWS first launched its infrastructure-as-a-service offerings, public clouds have become a popular deployment choice for both new and legacy business applications. Based on Taneja Group research, nearly every business is now running at least some of its use cases and applications in one or more public clouds. Clouds offer customers greater agility and near-infinite scalability, in addition to a flexible pay-as-you-go consumption model.

However, a large majority of businesses have decided they cannot rely on public clouds alone to satisfy their IT needs. Instead, they see hybrid clouds as a better architectural choice, enabling them to realize all the advantages of a public cloud along with broader use case support and a more flexible deployment model. More than two-thirds of IT professionals who participated in two recent Taneja Group research studies favor hybrid clouds as their long-term architecture.

For the on-premises or private cloud component of a hybrid cloud, the majority of users are starting with VMware technology and typically use two different approaches: a traditional, integrated 3-tier architecture commonly called Converged Infrastructure (CI); or a fully software-defined approach based on Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI). The 3-tier, CI approach utilizes loosely integrated compute, storage and networking resources, while the easiest and most comprehensive approach is based on VMware Cloud Foundation, a software-defined data center platform. Our analysis demonstrates that the software-defined VMware Cloud Foundation approach provides a simpler, more cost-effective approach to building on-premises or private cloud infrastructure.

Looking to the public cloud, businesses have a choice of whether to move all or just a subset of their on-premises workloads to the public cloud, and either run them there permanently or in hybrid fashion. We have analyzed the relative costs and advantages of two major ways to migrate and run workloads in the public cloud: moving on-premises workloads to a native public cloud infrastructure, such as native Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud Platform; or moving them to a VMware Cloud Foundation-based public cloud, such as VMware Cloud on AWS or VMware Cloud Foundation offered as a service by one of the VMware Cloud Provider Program (VCPP) partners. As we’ll see, moving to a native public cloud infrastructure requires often significant upfront refactoring and migration effort, which gives the path to a VMware Cloud Foundation-based public cloud a major cost advantage.

Based on our in-depth costing and qualitative analysis of the two private and two public cloud approaches, we found that clouds based on VMware Cloud Foundation technology offer the lowest TCO over a three-year period. VMware Cloud Foundation-based clouds minimize risk by starting with proven and widely deployed VMware technology on premises and enabling full application compatibility and workload portability between your on-premises environment and your choice of one or more VMware-compatible public clouds. VMware Cloud Foundation-enabled clouds will help you to optimize your path to a hybrid cloud deployment.

Publish date: 05/21/19
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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

Converging Hyperconvergence with Cloud: HyperGrid Rolls Out the Future of IT Today

A recent Taneja Group survey on IT infrastructure shows that Hyperconvergence is quickly becoming the preferred datacenter architecture of choice for traditionally oriented datacenters. Today well over half of IT decision-makers want to transition off legacy silo stacks of servers, storage, networking and complicated layers of integrating protocols into more seamless, more ideally cloud-like pools of easily and dynamically composable resources.

Furthermore, these IT organizations are discovering that in the transition to an on-premise modular, plug-and-play infrastructure they can also readily take advantage of hybrid cloud options and benefits. In fact, looking at it from the cloud side, HCI architectures are also attractive to many kinds of service providers who themselves desire a scalable, low OPEX infrastructure. 

The business and IT benefits of both hyperconvergence and hybrid cloud are undeniable. Who wouldn’t want better, faster, and cheaper? The IT dream for years has been to be able to host data and applications on-site as required, but when desired, transparently leverage cloud services – for cost optimization, bursting, DR, global access, mobile and web app support, etc.. Here at Taneja Group we’ve been looking for emerging solutions that demonstrate further evolution in IT architectures by further converging HyperConverged infrastructure with hybrid cloud operations.

Enter HyperGrid, a re-born Gridstore, delivering on just that vision.

Publish date: 08/31/16
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IT Cloud Management Market Landscape

In this report, Taneja Group presents an evaluation of the current IT Cloud Management market landscape for enterprise customers. We look at this landscape as an evolution of IT operations management grown up into the cloud era. In addition to increasingly smart and capable operational monitoring and systems management, good cloud management also requires sophisticated capabilities in both automation and orchestration at scale to support end-user provisioning and agility, and detailed financial management services that reveal multi-cloud costs for analysis and chargeback or showback. Our objective is to evaluate cloud management offerings from leading vendors to enable senior business and technology leaders to decide which vendors offer the best overall solution.

In this study, we evaluated vendors with offerings in one or more of the three fundamental areas. Several well-known vendors (VMware, Microsoft, ServiceNow, HPE, IBM and BMC) have solutions in all three areas. Other vendors focus on only one or two areas, and because it’s possible to compose a broader solution from parts, we’ve evaluated popular niche solutions within each area. All companies were required to have solutions that were generally available as of April 2016. To fairly assess the offerings, we looked at a set of differentiating factors in each of the categories that we believe enterprise customers should use to qualify cloud management solutions. As a final step, to facilitate optimal enterprise selection, we also evaluated the full solution vendors at a higher level where we looked at additional value derived from integrations across areas and other important enterprise vendor engagement factors.

Within each of the three areas that we will refer to as Cloud Orchestration, Operations Management, and Financial Management, and at the vendor level for full-suite vendors, we’ve applied categories of factors for scoring as determined by our team of experts, based on customer buying criteria, technical innovation, and market drivers. The overall results of the evaluation revealed that VMware has a strong lead in today’s competitive cloud management landscape.

Publish date: 08/29/16
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IT Cloud Management Market Landscape - Executive Summary

In this report, Taneja Group presents an evaluation of the current IT Cloud Management market landscape for enterprise customers. We look at this landscape as an evolution of IT operations management grown up into the cloud era. In addition to increasingly smart and capable operational monitoring and systems management, good cloud management also requires sophisticated capabilities in both automation and orchestration at scale to support end-user provisioning and agility, and detailed financial management services that reveal multi-cloud costs for analysis and chargeback or showback. Our objective is to evaluate cloud management offerings from leading vendors to help senior business and technology leaders decide which vendors offer the best solution. In this study, we evaluated vendors with offerings in one or more of the three fundamental areas. Several well-known vendors (VMware, Microsoft, ServiceNow, HPE, IBM and BMC) have solutions in all three areas. Other vendors focus on only one or two areas, and because it’s possible to compose a broader solution from parts, we’ve evaluated popular niche solutions within each area. All companies were required to have solutions that were generally available as of April 2016. To fairly assess the offerings, we looked at a set of differentiating factors in each of the categories that we believe enterprise customers should use to qualify cloud management solutions. As a final step, to facilitate optimal enterprise selection, we also evaluated the full solution vendors at a higher level where we looked at additional value derived from integrations across areas and other important enterprise vendor engagement factors. Within each of the three areas that we will refer to as Cloud Orchestration, Operations Management, and Financial Management, and at the vendor level for full-suite vendors, we’ve applied categories of factors for scoring as determined by our team of experts, based on customer buying criteria, technical innovation, and market drivers. The overall results of the evaluation revealed that VMware has a strong lead in today’s competitive cloud management landscape.

Publish date: 08/26/16
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