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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 3PAR Performance Insights: Bringing InfoSight Analytics to the Edge

In an era in which every tech company claims to have an AI offering, HPE InfoSight stands out as the genuine article. HPE InfoSight is a best-in-class AI solution that uses cloud-based machine learning to provide global insights into the status and health of infrastructure, removing much of the management burden and helping customers to solve some of their most challenging IT problems. In particular, HPE InfoSight delivers cross-stack insights into a storage array’s health, configuration, capacity and performance based on near-real time analytics and the knowledge gained from a vast treasure trove of field data collected over many years.

Among a seemingly endless set of over-hyped AI solutions, HPE InfoSight is delivering remarkable results and significantly enriching the customer experience. The solution has reduced support incidents across more than 50,000 connected HPE 3PAR storage systems by 85%, while lowering operating expenses by nearly 80%. With its unmatched track record, HPE InfoSight has become the leader in AI-driven operations for the Hybrid Cloud and an essential asset for HPE 3PAR customers.

Now InfoSight technology is being incorporated into a new solution at the edge, which is enabling HPE 3PAR customers to better understand, anticipate and improve array performance. As we’ll see, HPE Performance Insights for 3PAR Storage takes an innovative approach to helping IT managers track storage performance and deliver it when and where it’s needed most, based on the power and intelligence of InfoSight’s AI and machine learning technologies.

Publish date: 11/30/18
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HPE Brings Multi-Cloud Storage to the Enterprise

Companies in every industry and from every corner of the world are increasingly adopting cloud storage, addressing use cases such as backup, archiving and disaster recovery. More than 96% of organizations we recently surveyed are housing at least some of their data in the cloud, up from just 65% five years before. Firms deploying storage in the cloud are looking to increase IT agility and workload scalability, while taking advantage of a more flexible, pay-as-you-go consumption model.

But for enterprises and mid-sized organizations alike, the cloud journey nearly always starts on premises. A large majority of organizations still run the core of their business-critical workloads in the data center, supported by significant and proven investments in on-premises hardware, workflows and business processes that support key business apps and ensure maximum value to users and other stakeholders. Not surprisingly, IT decision makers tread carefully when it comes to considering public cloud deployments for their critical apps or data.

To get the best of the cloud without compromising current IT investments, a growing majority of decision makers are now focusing on solutions with hybrid and multicloud capabilities. Hybrid cloud enables them to gain value from the cloud from day 1, while fully leveraging their on-prem infrastructure. Under a hybrid model, companies can deploy selected apps that make sense to run in the public cloud, but still run a majority of their core business workloads on-premises. They can also employ a dev-ops approach to begin to develop and run cloud-native apps.

Multicloud takes those benefits one step further, enabling portability of workloads between two or more clouds. Organizations we surveyed are now working with at least two major public cloud providers, on average, enabling them to avoid lock-in to a single provider and to choose the provider that best meets the needs of each app and use case. Together, hybrid and multicloud offer an attractive and measured approach for companies looking to deploy some of their workloads in the cloud.

In this piece we’ll examine the customer journey to cloud storage, including some important considerations companies should keep in mind as they decide what approach will work best for them. We’ll then describe HPE’s storage platforms, which are built for cloud and provide a powerful and unique approach to multicloud storage. Finally, we’ll look at the advantages that HPE storage delivers over other cloud storage deployment models, and show how these HPE platforms are helping enterprises to maximize the potential of their cloud storage initiatives.

Publish date: 09/21/18
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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
Report

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
Report

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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