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The Case For and Against Fabric-Based Computing
What to Consider When Cisco Wants to Be Your Major Data Center Partner
11 February 2011 George J. Weiss, Andrew Butler
Gartner RAS Core Research Note G00210438
Fabric computing is a fixture on the radar screen of many IT groups, driven by the increased penetration of virtualization and prospects for cloud computing.
As virtualization penetration increases, IT organizations will deploy virtual machine (VM) mobility, which will demand more attention to a fabric-based infrastructure that better integrates server, storage and networking for greater agility and faster time to deploy.
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Fabric can offer a number of advantages, such as improved time to deployment, and greater efficiencies and resource utilization in the data center. Nevertheless, the adoption rate will be relatively low through 2011, because of ROI benefits that are still relatively unproven across a wide field of use cases. Vendors are initially positioning their fabric computing offerings as data center solutions — presenting a high overall entry cost due to new blade systems, software for fabric resource management, and integration services to bind servers, networks and storage — potentially into new silos. Combined with the slow economic recovery, Gartner believes that the market share of servers associated with fabric architectures will be relatively slow to ramp up (with a modest 4.4% of total server shipments by 2015), but will continue throughout the decade. As a model, this penetration mirrors the experience of blade servers throughout its decade-long climb to prominence.
The newScale portfolio competes directly with products provided HP such as the HPService Catalog, and some elements of the HP Matrix OE and the HP’s Cloud Service Automation suite.
newScale also competes with offerings from VMware (VCloud Director) and BMC (BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management ), so with this acquisition Cisco has acquired capabilities that were previously delivered by Cisco's partners.
This acquisition will put more pressure on the VCE alliance as Cisco develops more capabilities that were delivered by VMware or EMC Ionix (or BMC outside of the VCE coalition.
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SAN FRANCISCO, Mar 30 -- Computer networking equipment giant Cisco Systems Inc. on Tuesday announced the intent to buy privately-held software company newScale Inc., in a move to complement and expand its offerings in cloud computing.
Based in San Mateo in the U.S. state of California, newScale provides software that delivers a service catalog and self-service portal for information technology (IT) organizations to select and quickly deploy cloud services within their businesses.
Founded in 1999, the company now has more than two million users worldwide, including 20 percent of the Fortune 50 companies, according to information posted on newScale's website.
"With the acquisition of newScale, Cisco will be able to accelerate the deployment of cloud services through a service catalog and self-service portal that allows customers to easily manage their IT infrastructures," Parvesh Sethi, Cisco's senior vice president, noted in a statement.
Cisco said it expects to close the deal in the second half of its fiscal year 2011, without disclosing financial terms.
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After multiple conversations with Intel senior management Oracle has decided to discontinue all software development on the Intel Itanium microprocessor. Intel management made it clear that their strategic focus is on their x86 microprocessor and that Itanium was nearing the end of its life.
Both Microsoft and RedHat have already stopped developing software for Itanium. HP CEO Leo Apotheker made no mention of Itanium in his long and detailed presentation on the future strategic direction of HP.
Oracle will continue to provide customers with support for existing versions of Oracle software products that already run on Itanium.
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Infrastructure and operations executives have shown a tremendous interest in the cloud to provision email and collaboration services to their employees. Why? Cloud-based email and collaboration can be more cost-effective, increase your flexibility, and help control the historical business and technical challenges of deploying these tools yourself. Forrester recently published a report covering four major cloud email platforms.
The Leap To Cloud-Based Email
Cisco Partner Summit 2011
By Bruce Gain
RIMs BlackBerry has been steadily losing share in the smart phone market, but RIM hopes it could use the cloud computing space to offer something new and exciting like it did when it came out with its then-revolutionary push e-mail service over a decade ago.
During a presentation that Alec Taylor, vice president, software, services and enterprise marketing for RIM gave Thursday, cloud applications have become "core to RIM's strategy." Taylor also claimed that RIM is "positioned to lead in mobile cloud services."
As part of its push into the cloud, RIM said it has formed a partnership with Microsoft to offer Office 365 Web-based office applications, which include SharePoint, Exchange, and Lync. RIM said BlackBerry and soon-to-be launched Playbook tablet customers will be able to use Microsoft Office 365 over the cloud free of charge in the middle of the year.
RIM says its announcement with Microsoft represents one example of many new cloud services it will offer its users. But corporate posturing aside, what does RIM's push into the cloud mean for the small business user? That mostly remains to be seen, but I know what I would like to see.
A major peeve I have always had with my BlackBerry, as well as with any other kind of Android, iPhone, or smart phone device for that matter, is how hard it is to share data with workstations, whether tethered directly to a PC or to a LAN. Sure, you can use BlackBerry's sync software to share data with PCs, but it is clunky, to say the least. Being able to use a BlackBerry or RIM's upcoming Playbook to seamlessly share data and access applications over the cloud with different PCs and devices as easily as you can between PCs on a LAN could make RIM's devices exciting again.
I also would love one day to be able to use a BlackBerry for all of my computing tasks over the cloud, whether for storage, office, or any other application. That way, I could work anywhere and everywhere with nothing but my mobile device.
But for a variety of reasons--not least of which are unresolved security concerns--the real role the cloud will play in the future of computing has yet to be determined and does not depend much on RIM.
RIM's Microsoft announcement is hardly earth-shattering, as the company will likely never capture the magic again like it did when it captivated the business world with its first BlackBerry devices. RIM will also face stiff competition in the mobile space from Google, Android, and the search giant's cloud services. At least RIM's announcement that it will offer Microsoft's cloud-based office applications is a step in the right direction. RIM also says there is a lot more to come, but only the future will tell how successful it will be.
Bruce covers tech trends in the United States and Europe and tweets at @brucegain.
The technology giant announced plans Monday for a portfolio of cloud computing capabilities from infrastructure to platform services, the company said. As part of that push, HP plans to deliver an "open cloud marketplace" in which developers can create applications for consumers and businesses. “We see clearly a world in which the impact of cloud and connectivity is changing not only the user experience, but how individuals, small businesses and enterprises will consume, deploy and leverage information technology," said Chief Executive Leo Apotheker in a statement. After purchasing smart phone maker Palm and its WebOS last year, HP also announced plans this week to expand and put its WebOS into a broader range of products, ramping up its presence in the gadget world by delivering 100 million devices a year. This is the first time Apotheker has publicly announced his strategy for HP since taking the helm from Mark Hurd, who is credited with rebuilding the technology giant into the world's largest computer maker and resigned last August after allegations of sexual harassment and falsifying expense reports. No date was set for the launch. It remains to be seen whether HP can lure software developers to the new platform with a bevy of other competitors such as Google and Amazon already present.
The technology giant announced plans Monday for a portfolio of cloud computing capabilities from infrastructure to platform services, the company said.
As part of that push, HP plans to deliver an "open cloud marketplace" in which developers can create applications for consumers and businesses.
“We see clearly a world in which the impact of cloud and connectivity is changing not only the user experience, but how individuals, small businesses and enterprises will consume, deploy and leverage information technology," said Chief Executive Leo Apotheker in a statement.
After purchasing smart phone maker Palm and its WebOS last year, HP also announced plans this week to expand and put its WebOS into a broader range of products, ramping up its presence in the gadget world by delivering 100 million devices a year.
This is the first time Apotheker has publicly announced his strategy for HP since taking the helm from Mark Hurd, who is credited with rebuilding the technology giant into the world's largest computer maker and resigned last August after allegations of sexual harassment and falsifying expense reports.
No date was set for the launch. It remains to be seen whether HP can lure software developers to the new platform with a bevy of other competitors such as Google and Amazon already present.
IBM Corp. said that it will pour some $38 million into a new cloud computing data center in Singapore to offer businesses in the Asia Pacific region access to cloud services and related technology, a market researchers estimate will climb to nearly $5 billion by 2014.
The facility is scheduled to open in April with a raft of cloud services intended to help businesses accelerate time to market, reduce costs, increase security and compliance of public cloud environments, and promote flexibility and agility, IBM officials said.
IBM said that its initial offering at the Singapore data center will stem from its Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) portfolio. In addition, a collection of software from the vendor’s Software Group and products from third-party developers designed for mid-sized businesses, large enterprises and ISVs will be available, officials said.
“IBM’s investment in our Asia Pacific Cloud Computing Data Centre in Singapore reflects the increase in demand for cloud solutions and services by our clients in the region,” said Andrew Sotiropoulos, IBM Asia Pacific general manager, Global Technology Services.
“The Centre will provide the highest security standards and capabilities to minimize capital expenditure and reduce operational costs,” he said.
In addition to the impending Singapore facility, IBM maintains seven cloud labs in Asia Pacific, including China, India, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and Vietnam, and cloud delivery centers in Germany, Canada and the U.S. In total, the vendor operates 13 cloud labs throughout the world.
IBM pointed to figures from researcher International Data Corp. pegging the market for cloud services in the Asia Pacific region, including Japan, at about $4.9 billion by 2014, a 40 percent annual growth rate.
Chris Morris, IDC Asia Pacific director, Cloud Services & Technologies, attributed the expected growth for cloud services in the region to infrastructure provided by new data centers.
“While cloud services have been attractive in the past, concerns about the consistency of the service performance due to the potential impact of network latency and the location of the data have inhibited their uptake for anything that was a critical workload,” Morris said.
“This increased availability of enterprise-class cloud services will underpin the acceleration of cloud services in APEJ as cloud service shifts from the SMB sector to the large enterprise," he said.
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- IBM operates a next-generation facility in Dublin to provide IT services for the Irish market, and also serve as a global hub for delivering IBM Software to clients in 84 countries worldwide. IBM says the Dublin facility provides its clients with “massive internet-scale computing capabilities.”
- SunGard Availability Services entered the Dublin market in a major way with its March 210 acquisition of Hosting 365, a managed hosting provider with two data centers in Dublin. SunGard said the deal provided it with “access to a new geographic market and proven cloud computing expertise.”
- The world’s largest data center developer, Digital Realty Trust, operates a data center campus in Dublin, whose tenants include Irish telcom Eircom and ServeCentric.
- Dublin also houses data centers for two of Europe’s leading providers of colocation and wholesale data center space, Interxion and the TelecityGroup.
The breach is an embarrassment for one of premier security vendors and potentially threatens highly sensitive computer systems.
EMC's statement is a rare public acknowledgement by a security company that its internal anti-hacking technologies have been hacked. It is especially troubling because RSA's technology plays an important role in making sure unauthorized people aren't allowed to log into heavily guarded networks.
The scope of the attack wasn't immediately known, but the potential fallout could be widespread. RSA's customers include big military contractors, governments, various banks and medical facilities and health insurance outfits. Hopkinton, Mass.-based, EMC, the world's biggest maker of data-storage computers, itself is an RSA customer.