Nutanix demonstrated an alpha version of their Xi Hybrid Cloud Control Plan software. Both Nutanix and HPE have made bold announcements to be the center of orchestration for enterprise cloud. The Cloud Control Plane is the next battlefield for enterprise IT vendors. My thoughts on the two solutions.
We are currently in the grace period for GDPR. Should you be worried? With a potential fine of 4% of your organization's revenue for each penalty, the regulation has teeth. GDPR is a case where size doesn't matter. I sat down with PivotNine's Justin Warren and CommVault's Nigel Tazor to discuss the impact and considerations.
I'm coming fresh off CommVault Go. That's right CommVault Go. Sure there as DreamForce 2017, Nutanix Next and a number of other enterprise conferences the same week not to mention the Silicon Valley VMUG UserCon. I had at least one other invite to attend conferences other than CommVault Go. So, why a backup show?
Justin Warren from PivotNine best described it. CommVault is not the same solution from just a few short years ago. The interface is better but more importantly, they've begun to make the shift to data management vs. backup. CommVault's HyperScale solution brings their traditional software to a scale-out architecture based on Redhat Cluster File System. It's an interesting way to compete against the Rubrik's of the world while still supporting solutions such as Data Domain and Cohesity.
Platform as a Service (PaaS) solutions ranging from public cloud options such as Azure and AWS to private cloud options such as Cloud Foundry offer a tempting proposition. Developers focus on code relieving any burden of understanding or managing the underlying infrastructure. So, that makes PaaS serverless, correct? What about Functions as a Service (FaaS). Much of the talk has been around Lambda and event-driven compute. How is that different from PaaS?
The Cloud Native Compute Foundation (CNCF) Serverless working group had a great debate around the topic. Representatives from AWS and open source project teams debated if FaaS is fundamentally any different than PaaS platforms such as CF if operation teams still must deal with the underlying infrastructure. You can listen/watch the debate on youtube.
Today’s CTO Daily Does tackles that larger question. However, The CTO Advisor Serverless webinar tackles the topic deeper. Register for this deep dive webinar now.
Something I've been noodling for the past couple of weeks is comparing container based micro-services to an opinionated PaaS. High-level overview of my thoughts on the topics. #CTODailyDose
Great set of conversations on twitter the previous night inspired today's CTO Daily Dose. I tackle the question, "What is a data scientist?" I don't have a set definition but they do operate at specific points in the overall stack.
One of the most impressive things I saw during DockerCon was the OpenFaaS project. I've tried to install solutions like OpenWhisk and was blown away by the simplicity of OpenFaaS for on premises #Serverless computing.
Level-0 of enterprise IT is to support hybrid-IT. That discussion is had and done. The next level of maturity is hybrid cloud. How do you know if your enterprise is a hybrid IT environment or a hybrid cloud environment?
Can physical network infrastructure be treated as code? There's a growing segment of professionals focused on treating network infrastructure as code to reduce provisioning times while reducing errors. Matt Oswalt is one of the more active members of the community. He blogs at http://keepingitclassless.net
NetApp held their Insight 2017 conference in Las Vegas. The mode was subdued but the conference ended up being inspiring to informative. Hear my Day-1 and Day-2 recaps.
During Techfield Day 15 (TFD15) Cisco systems presented on two major concepts. The first, integrating Kubernetes with Cisco ACI. The second, adopting OpenConfig to manage Service Provider WAN (SP-WAN). The overall theme is the concept of integrating open source solutions for traditional closed solutions and the value. Some of the delegates walked away understanding this is a confused market. Cisco along with customers are still figuring out what hybrid-source environments interoperate and are managed.
There has been an incredible amount of invest around Cloud-focused data protection companies. Some companies call it secondary. Whatever it’s called enterprise architects must get a handle around their data strategy. It's one of the concepts that kept me up at night. I was always worried. An area where infrastructure has a direct impact on digital transformation. I’m joined with podcast sponsor Druva Inc and discuss the many use cases of this growing area of data protection.
What is this series of events I keep writing about? How do you join in the conversation?
Continuing the discussion of the role of the CTO. When you look at a company such as HPE, there are groups of technologists with the title of CTO. What's the difference between a CTO at a technology company and a CTO in a customer organization?
Every few years there are external events that change the course of an entire industry. When Sarbanes and Oxley (SOX) was introduced, an entire industry spawned as a result. When Target was breached, company board of directors started to mandate "micro-segmentation" projects. Similarly, the Equifax hack will impact the attention information security and IT receive from the highest levels of the business.
It's been a couple of weeks since I've updated the community on the business. How do I plan on making money?
One of the common questions I read after the VMware Cloud on AWS was what's the average cost per VM vs. EC2. In other words, if you are just going to provide VMs in the cloud, why not do it in EC2 opposed to VMware Cloud on AWS. Today's daily dose tackles that question.
Every time I've walked into a private cloud environment, I've been disappointed that their definition of cloud didn't reconcile with mine. In this bonus CTO Advisor Podcast, I ask the question if I'm the one that's wrong?