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Cloud Platforms and Apps

Includes Cloud Platforms; IaaS, PaaS and SaaS; enabling infrastructure technologies; deployment types; and cloud development technologies and approaches.

This category covers all types of cloud platforms, including IaaS, PaaS and SaaS, along with all types of cloud deployments, such as private, public, hybrid and multi cloud. We cover enabling cloud infrastructure technologies in areas such as compute, storage and networking. This practice spans cloud apps development and deployment, including containers and microservices architectures, and the DevOps functions to manage them. We look at cloud platforms in the context of displacing traditional on-premises IT infrastructure and enabling new on-demand apps and services, providing customers with greater flexibility and agility. Though cloud is growing rapidly, we believe that cloud and traditional datacenter infrastructure will co-exist for many years to come, with companies electing to maintain some of their IT workloads and processes on-premises for reasons such as security, control and/or cost. We address the pain points and opportunities resulting from this transformation, to help vendors and end users optimize their cloud investments.

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HPE and Micro Focus Data Protection for Azure Stack

Hybrid cloud is increasingly gaining popularity among enterprise IT buyers, as companies recognize and begin to validate its benefits. With a hybrid cloud, organizations can take advantage of the elasticity and agility of the public cloud, especially for new cloud-native apps, while continuing to run their businesses in the near term on their existing apps on premises. Users gain the choice of deploying new and existing workloads in the public cloud or the data center, wherever it makes the most sense, and the flexibility to migrate them as needed. A hybrid cloud significantly eases the transition to the cloud, enabling organizations to compete in the new cloud-driven world while preserving current IT investments. With these benefits in mind, well over 80% of organizations we recently surveyed are in the process of moving or planning a move to a hybrid cloud infrastructure.


In this brave new world, Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack are increasingly being adopted as the foundation for companies’ hybrid cloud infrastructure. Microsoft Azure is a leading  public cloud offering that, based on Taneja Group research, consistently ranks neck-in-neck with Amazon Web Services in enterprise adoption, with more than 50% of companies using or planning to use Azure within the next two years. Azure Stack enables organizations to deliver Azure services from their own data center. Delivered as an integrated solution on HPE ProLiant servers, Azure Stack allows customers to run Azure compatible apps on premises as well as use cases that benefit from a hybrid deployment. Together, Azure and Azure Stack provide a natural and relatively frictionless path for Microsoft Windows customers to move to the cloud, along with support for new cloud-native tools and services that allow customers to fully take advantage of cloud agility and scalability.


As organizations move critical apps and data to the cloud, data protection quickly becomes a key requirement. But as buyers evaluate solutions, they often find that cloud providers’ built-in backup tools lack the flexibility, breadth of coverage, app awareness and enterprise capabilities they have become accustomed to on premises. As a result, companies look to other vendors—often their on- premises providers—to meet their data protection needs. As we’ll see, Micro Focus Data Protector offers a fully integrated, robust and comprehensive solution for backup and recovery on HPE Azure Stack.


In this piece we’ll further explore the need for data protection in a hybrid cloud environment, and examine the specific backup and recovery approaches that buyers are looking for, as revealed in our recent research. Then we’ll briefly examine what makes Micro Focus Data Protector an ideal solution for protecting an organization’s key information assets in an HPE Azure Stack hybrid cloud setting.
 

Publish date: 06/18/18
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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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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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For Lowest TCO and Maximum Agility Choose the VMware Cloud Foundation Hybrid SDDC Platform

The race is on at full speed.  What race?  The race to bring public cloud agility and economics to a data center near you. Ever since the first integrated systems came onto the scene in 2010, vendors have been furiously engineering solutions to make on-premises infrastructure as cost effective and as easy to use as the public cloud, while also providing the security, availability, and control that enterprises demand. Fundamentally, two main architectures have evolved within the race to modernize data centers that will create a foundation enabling fully private and hybrid clouds. The first approach uses traditional compute, storage, and networking infrastructure components (traditional 3-tier) overlaid with varying degrees of virtualization and management software. The second more recent approach is to build a fully virtualized data center using industry standard servers and networking and then layer on top of that a full suite of software-based compute, network, and storage virtualization with management software. This approach is often termed a Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC).

The goal of an SDDC is to extend virtualization techniques across the entire data center to enable the abstraction, pooling, and automation of all data center resources. This would allow a business to dynamically reallocate any part of the infrastructure for various workload requirements without forklifting hardware or rewiring. VMware has taken SDDC to a new level with VMware Cloud Foundation.  VMware Cloud Foundation is the only unified SDDC platform for the hybrid cloud, which brings together VMware’s compute, storage, and network virtualization into a natively integrated stack that can be deployed on-premises or run as a service from the public cloud. It establishes a common cloud infrastructure foundation that gives customers a unified and consistent operational model across the private and public cloud.

VMware Cloud Foundation delivers an industry-leading SDDC cloud infrastructure by combining VMware’s highly scalable hyper-converged software (vSphere and VSAN) with the industry leading network virtualization platform, NSX. VMware Cloud Foundation comes with unique lifecycle management capabilities (SDDC Manager) that eliminate the overhead of system operations of the cloud infrastructure stack by automating day 0 to day 2 processes such as bring-up, configuration, workload provisioning, and patching/upgrades. As a result, customers can significantly shorten application time to market, boost cloud admin productivity, reduce risk, and lower TCO.  Customers consume VMware Cloud Foundation software in three ways: factory pre-loaded on integrated systems (VxRack 1000 SDDC); deployed on top qualified Ready Nodes from HPE, QCT, Fujitsu, and others in the future, with qualified networking; and run as a service from the public cloud through IBM, vCAN partners, vCloud Air, and more to come.

In this comparative study, Taneja Group performed an in-depth analysis of VMware Cloud Foundation deployed on qualified Ready Nodes and qualified networking versus several traditional 3-tier converged infrastructure (CI) integrated systems and traditional 3-tier do-it-yourself (DIY) systems. We analyzed the capabilities and contrasted key functional differences driven by the various architectural approaches. In addition, we evaluated the key CapEx and OpEx TCO cost components.  Taneja Group configured each traditional 3-tier system's hardware capacity to be as close as possible to the VMware Cloud Foundation qualified hardware capacity.  Further, since none of the 3-tier systems had a fully integrated SDDC software stack, Taneja Group added the missing SDDC software, making it as close as possible to the VMware Cloud Foundation software stack.  The quantitative comparative results from the traditional 3-tier DIY and CI systems were averaged together into one scenario because the hardware and software components are very similar. 

Our analysis concluded that both types of solutions are more than capable of handling a variety of virtualized workload requirements. However, VMware Cloud Foundation has demonstrated a new level of ease-of-use due to its modular scale-out architecture, native integration, and automatic lifecycle management, giving it a strong value proposition when building out modern next generation data centers.  The following are the five key attributes that stood out during the analysis:

  • Native Integration of the SDDC:  VMware Cloud Foundation natively integrates vSphere, Virtual SAN (VSAN), and NSX network virtualization.
  • Simplest operational experience: VMware SDDC Manager automates the life-cycle of the SDDC stack including bring up, configuration, workload provisioning, and patches/upgrades.
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  • Isolated workload domains: VMware Cloud Foundation provides unique administrator tools to flexibly provision subsets of the infrastructure for multi-tenant isolation and security.
  • Modular linear scalability: VMware Cloud Foundation employs an architecture in which capacity can be scaled by the HCI node, by the rack, or by multiple racks. 
  • Seamless Hybrid Cloud: Deploy VMware Cloud Foundation for private cloud and consume on public clouds to create a seamless hybrid cloud with a consistent operational experience.

Taneja Group’s in-depth analysis indicates that VMware Cloud Foundation will enable enterprises to achieve significant cost savings. Hyper-converged infrastructure, used by many web-scale service providers, with natively integrated SDDC software significantly reduced server, storage, and networking costs.  This hardware cost saving more than offset the incremental SDDC software costs needed to deliver the storage and networking capability that typically is provided in hardware from best of breed traditional 3-tier components. In this study, we measured the upfront CapEx and 3 years of support costs for the hardware and software components needed to build out a VMware Cloud Foundation private cloud on qualified Ready Nodes.  In addition, Taneja Group validated a model that demonstrates the labor and time OpEx savings that can be achieved through the use of integrated end-to-end automatic lifecycle management in the VMware SDDC Manager software.

 

By investing in VMware Cloud Foundation, businesses can be assured that their data center infrastructure can be easily consumed, scaled, managed, upgraded and enhanced to provide the best private cloud at the lowest cost. Using a pre-engineered modular, scale-out approach to building at web-scale means infrastructure is added in hours, not days, and businesses can be assured that adding infrastructure scales linearly without complexity.  VMware Cloud Foundation is the only platform that provides a natively integrated unified SDDC platform for the hybrid cloud with end-to-end management and with the flexibility to provision a wide variety of workloads at the push of a button.

In summary, VMware Cloud Foundation enables at least five unparalleled capabilities, generates a 45% lower 3-year TCO than the alternative traditional 3-tier approaches, and delivers a tremendous value proposition when building out a modern hybrid SDDC platform. Before blindly going down the traditional infrastructure approach, companies should take a close look at VMware Cloud Foundation, a unified SDDC platform for the hybrid cloud.

Publish date: 10/17/16

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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