VMware is acquiring the leading application packaging solutions provider Bitnami to expand its multi-cloud strategy.
Bitnami provides a large catalogue of click-to-deploy apps and development stack for cloud and Kubernetes environments. The company offers validated and highly secure application packages to allow developers to build new apps and services on the cloud. This helps them to deploy the apps more easily and quickly.
With its solutions, Bitnami simplifies the delivery of applications in multi-cloud. This will complement the multi-cloud strategy of VMware.
VMware allows customers to rapidly extend, migrate and protect their VMware environment to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) using VMware Cloud on AWS. The recently extended partnership with Microsoft brings VMware experience on Azure as well.
With the acquisition of Bitnami, VMware will be able to take further steps and play a major role in the application environments of customers.
“Our goal is to accelerate the application “builder’s journey” by delivering simplified ways to leverage open source software applications and frameworks; and free the “builders” to focus on building differentiated capabilities versus worrying about deployment and infrastructure,” wrote VMware in a blog post.
“We plan to do this across all clouds and formats—VMs, containers and SaaS offerings. Our goal will be to provide equivalency not abstraction across the different cloud platforms.”
Following the closure of the acquisition, VMware will continue to invest in the products and projects of Bitnami. On the other hand, Bitnami will allow the VMware customers to easily deploy the applications on any cloud, and in an optimal format like VMs, containers, and Kubernetes.
“Joining forces with VMware means that we will be able to both double-down on the breadth and depth of our current offering and bring Bitnami to even more clouds as well as accelerating our push into the enterprise,” wrote Bitnami in a separate blog post.
“Most companies today are only 20 percent along their cloud journey, renting compute power to cut costs. The next 80 percent is about unlocking real business value and driving growth,” said Ginni Rometty, IBM Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “
“This is the next chapter of the cloud. It requires shifting business applications to hybrid cloud, extracting more data and optimizing every part of the business, from supply chains to sales.”
IBM and Red Hat are leading hybrid cloud providers. With acquisition, the companies will be strongly positioned to address this issue and accelerate multi-cloud adoption.
Both the companies will work together on their shared leadership in key technologies, like Linux, containers, Kubernetes, multi-cloud management, and cloud management and automation. This will enable them to help enterprises accelerate development of cloud-native enterprise apps, drive greater portability and security of data and applications across multiple public and private clouds.
“The acquisition of Red Hat is a game-changer. It changes everything about the cloud market. IBM will become the world’s #1 hybrid cloud provider, offering companies the only open cloud solution that will unlock the full value of the cloud for their businesses,” added Ginni Rometty.
IBM and Red Hat have been partners for around a couple of decades now. Red Hat will be able to continue building partnerships with other cloud providers including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud and more.
“Open source is the default choice for modern IT solutions, and I’m incredibly proud of the role Red Hat has played in making that a reality in the enterprise,” said Jim Whitehurst, President and CEO, Red Hat.
“Joining forces with IBM will provide us with a greater level of scale, resources and capabilities to accelerate the impact of open source as the basis for digital transformation and bring Red Hat to an even wider audience – all while preserving our unique culture and unwavering commitment to open source innovation.”
Talking about the financial details of the deal, IBM is buying all the issued and outstanding and common shares of Red Hat for $190 per share in cash. Following the completion of acquisition, Red Hat will operate as a distinct unit within IBM’s Hybrid Cloud team. Jim Whitehurst and Red Hat’s current management team will continue to lead Red Hat.
“IBM’s commitment to keeping the things that have made Red Hat successful – always thinking about the customer and the open source community first – make this a tremendous opportunity for not only Red Hat but also open source more broadly,” said Paul Cormier, President, Products and Technologies, Red Hat.
“Since the day we decided to bring open source to the enterprise, our mission has remained unchanged. And now, one of the biggest enterprise technology companies on the planet has agreed to partner with us to scale and accelerate our efforts, bringing open source innovation to an even greater swath of the enterprise.”
Juniper Networks is adding EVPN-VXLAN (Ethernet VPN- Virtual Extensible LAN) fabric protocol to its campus portfolio to provide a unified solution for campus and datacenter fabrics.
Generally, the enterprises have separate campus and data center networks which require diverse architectures for connectivity and operations. EVPN-VXLAN, the protocol previously used only for datacenters, can now also be used for campus networks.
It will allow enterprises to build campus networks using the same protocols that they use in datacenters. Juniper will provide building blocks for an enterprise-wide fabric which will help enterprises to build a simple, secure and automated multi-cloud.
Juniper has also expanded its partnership with the leading wireless services provider Aerohive Networks to deliver unified cloud managed campus and branch networking solution from ethernet switches to enterprise-ready wireless access points, the company said.
To enable customers create their customized path to cloud, Juniper has announced a 5-step multicloud migration for campus and branch networks.
“Today’s announced campus and SD-WAN enhancements allow enterprises to bring best practices from the data center into their campuses, allowing them to more quickly realize secure and automated multicloud environments. The transition to multicloud doesn’t have to be a long and drawn-out process. Through our 5-step multicloud migration framework, Juniper Networks is also providing enterprises the required building blocks that facilitate the transition and bring best practices to each stage along the way,” said Michael Bushong, Vice President of Cloud and Enterprise Marketing at Juniper Networks
Furthermore, the company said that it has added support for Application Quality of Experience to its Contrail SD-WAN offering. It will enable enterprises to gain visibility and manage individual app session performance for over 3700 applications including Outlook, SharePoint and Skype for Business.
“Based on real-time analysis of application traffic in Juniper’s NFX, SRX and vSRX Series WAN edge endpoints, customers can tune application performance to and from the branch using Contrail Service Orchestration managed policies. This gives enterprise IT managers the ability to dynamically prioritize business-critical application traffic based on business policy intent,” wrote Juniper in announcement post.
When cloud technology first arrived, nobody was sure how significant the outcome would be on the businesses. Eventually it started creating a buzz in the market. Cloud technology has transformed in a way how a business operates, in addition to time and cost saving. This has resulted in it becoming one of the most commonly used technologies over the last decade. Right from SMEs to mid-size to a fully established business -everyone is shifting to the cloud. That’s because this technology increases scalability and serves higher performance.
Cloud technology has expanded its roots in the hosting environment as well. In simple terms, to understand cloud hosting, one can refer to the policy of ‘Divide and Rule’. Your website needs some resources to run. These resources are divided across multiple machines throughout the network that can be made available as per the need.
Unplanned Traffic Spikes
A sudden increase in website traffic may be a good sign for your business. It ultimately will help in generating more leads, which means more sales. But have you ever thought that a sudden traffic rise could do more damage than profit? Think of a glass of water being filled more than its capacity. Can it hold more water than its capacity? No, Right? The water will start overflowing in that case.
Similarly, when there is a sudden surge in your website traffic, it can harm the website’s functionalities and go beyond the limit of maximum server resources allocated for the website. This increases the load on the server and the site may fail to respond to a visitor’s request. Even though your site is optimized for excellent speed, the server may outburst, if it gets overloaded. The site will slow down and become non-responsive for visitor’s use, resulting in customer disappointments and affecting business revenue.
If you wish to take advantage of this high incoming traffic to your site and generate profit out of it then its time you migrate your website to the cloud. Cloud hosting immensely diminishes any chances of downtime in situation of server break down. It instantly allocates resources on-demand basis.
Downtimes are Intolerable
If the server goes down for any reason, your website becomes inaccessible for that particular span of time. Downtime affects your website’s SEO, sales & reputation and nobody wants that! All the businesses work hard to reach the aim to achieve zero percent of website downtime. But you cannot control the inevitable. There are several reasons that make the server unavailable such as server overloading, unavailability of resources, etc.
The solution to this problem lies in cloud hosting, as the resources are divided across various servers on the cloud network. In case one server fails, there is already another server to take hold of the website.
Your website requirements may expand anytime. You will opt for a server plan with more resources. What if most of the time you don’t need the actual resources that you are paying for? You are over paying in such cases as you need to pay fixed amount irrespective of your actual usage. This happens mostly with traditional hosting. For example, you book a hotel room, you pay per reservation. Right from the time of check-in to the moment you check-out, you get charged for the total duration the room was utilized regardless of how many facilities or how long you have actually used the room.
In cloud hosting environment, you don’t need to pay fixed cost. The cloud hosting works on pay per use model. You pay only for the resources that you utilize. You can compare this model to your electricity usage. The similarity between both the technologies is that they provide you resources on-demand basis and you need to pay only for the amount of resources you have used.
Future of Cloud Technology
The fastest-growing technology in the market on today’s date is cloud technology. According to Gartner, Inc. public cloud service market is expected to grow from $153.5 billion to $186.4 billion in 2018.
The SaaS market is expected to reach $73.6 billion in 2018.
83% of enterprise workloads will operate on public cloud platforms by 2020.
Multi cloud strategy
According to Rightscale survey, multi cloud is preferred strategy among enterprises.
81% of enterprises use multi cloud strategy.
Industry-specific cloud computing
For fulfilling the unique requirements, industry-specific cloud will become standard.
User base will become more diverse.
Enterprises will prefer hybrid cloud over public cloud server, as predicted by Nasscom Community.
This can result in launching of API platforms by cloud providers.
Cloud technology is growing even faster than expected. It has come a long way over the last few years. We are seeing more and more businesses are being shifted to the cloud as it is helping to meet business challenges. Several enterprises prefer using cloud hosting as they are aware about the advantages of cloud hosting.
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The annual festival for the cloud, telecom, infrastructure and hosting industry – CloudFest, successfully came to a close on 16th March 2018. The week-long event was the ultimate celebration of the cloud with fun, knowledge and networking exchanges.
The sixth edition of CloudFest saw a huge turnaround with over 7000 attendees, 1300+ CEOs, 2500+ companies, 250+ speakers and 80+ countries.
The sessions included latest announcements, product exhibitions, case studies and panel discussions.
One of the important highlights of the event was the CloudFest Hackathon that brought together open source technology leaders and communities together, who did some real-time coding.
The sessions covered everything from fog computing to domain, to security, to infrastructure, to colocation and big data.
Here’s a quick recap of the key sessions held at CloudFest 2018:
SONM – Decentralized fog computing
Igor Lebedev – SONM (Supercomputer Organized by Network Mining) CTO, discussed about the various challenges of current architecture related to computing workloads, networking requirements and storage amounts. He advocated Microservices and MPP (Massively Parallel Processing) as the solutions to increasing architectural challenges. Under fog computing, the tasks are solved right where they are. GPUs per him, are 100 times more powerful than the usual CPUs.
Verisign – NameStudio API
Ebrahim Keshavarz – Product Management at Verisign, introduced company’s new NameStudio API – a sophisticated domain names’ suggestion tool that can deliver countless .com and .net domain names and suggest relevant domains across a large number of TLDs.
He said that the domain names are the common denominator for various online services.
And thus, finding the perfect domain name is very important. Verisign’s NameStudio API is backed with various machine learning algorithms and can be easily integrated across any online platform.
Hubgets – Communication against the machine
Bogdan Carstoiu – the CEO at Hubgets, talked about the increasingly growing market for unified communications. He discussed how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is having a strong implication in the communication industry. AI based smart bots can save a lot of time wasted in repetitive tasks by suggesting answers to the people.
Solar Archive – Delivering Shareholder value as a Managed Service Provider
David Clayton – non-executive director at Solar Archive, talked about the shareholder value and how can MSPs maintain the capital flow in their business.
He identified infrastructure, talent, brand and many other points as important assets of a cloud MSP.
He discussed the importance of investing in right infrastructure and talent to manage the MSP business and grow revenue. The must-haves of a successful MSPs are:
Here, he also emphasized the importance of email archiving which he said will grow at a CAGR of 14% during 2015-2019. 60% of the business data is on email as such it is important to protect and secure the email conversations. Here, MSPs stand a huge opportunity by offering email archiving services.
VMware – Avoid the Silo
Graham Crich – EMEA Director at VMware Cloud Provider Program at VMware, talked about the evolution of the computing from mainframe to mini and present-day virtualization platforms. He also discussed about the silos that are being built across a particular cloud service and how cloud providers can help their end customers break these silos.
He talked about VMware and AWS partnership and how this will lead to new opportunities for the cloud providers. As session takeaways, he advised CSPs to avoid being siloed, by embracing the whole hybrid cloud operating model and choosing the right tools and management layer to integrate the multi-cloud environment.
InterNetX – Hitting the cloud with Kubernetes
Killian Ries – Senior System Engineer and Marco Revesz – Business Automation Evangelist, at InterNetX, talked about Kubernetes and how they migrated a monolithic application to a micro-service based cloud application which was hosted on Kubernetes. Through a case study, they presented a solution to develop, deploy and run an application on modern DevOps standards.
Infradata – Evolution of Hosting
Remco Hobo – security architect at Infradata, talked about the evolution of the hosting industry. He identified digital economy, customer demands and technology as major drivers of the current technology landscape. He brought in the various challenges and opportunities of hosting industry:
Here, hosting providers need to specialize in their specific sectors to stay relevant in the highly competitive market.
Asseco Data Systems – Security in the Cloud
Andrzej Dopierala – President of the Management Board at Asseco Data Systems, talked about the security in the cloud. He discussed the rising security challenges in the digital market. Here, he introduced various tools like SimplySign for PDF signing, Certum Code Signing, Certum SSL and Certum Email Signing as the most popular trust services. By expanding these services to the cloud, the security of data can be enhanced.
e-shelter services – Colocation, enabler for Hybrid and Multi-cloud solutions
Toan Nguyen – Director Business Development & Cloud Platform at e-shelter services, talked about colocation services and how they can be the enabler for hybrid and multi cloud solutions.
He said that the cloud, Edge Computing, IoT and digitalization are the leading trends that drive customer’s demand for scalable and agile data centers. This will require the present-day data center and colocation service providers to reframe their business strategies to answer the evolving customer needs.
He emphasized the role of colocation data center and connectivity as the key for digital transformation.
HPE – Cloud28+ – Beyond a Single cloud story
Xavier Poisson Gouyou Beauchamps – VP Service Providers and Cloud28+ WW at HPE, discussed about HPE’s partner ecosystem and how it helps partners to extend their sales reach and create new revenue opportunities. He told how HPE is combining hybrid IT innovations – software defined infrastructure, private cloud with the speed and agility of public cloud, and management of multi-cloud and Hyperconverged infrastructure to redefine cloud at the edge.
He also announced new updates to the Cloud28+ platform.
Apart from the sessions, there were various innovative products and technology models that were presented during the event. One of the mention worthy products was RackNap which is a cloud services delivery platform. We got in touch with its COO (Chief Operating Officer) Sabarinathan Sampath, who told us about the product in detail, and how it is helping businesses globally to automate their products/services delivery.
CloudFest had some out-of-the-box sessions by Technology Futurist – Ian Khan, who is a strong advocator of technologies like cloud, AI and blockchain. He said, “If business success can be attributed to one thing, it is trust,” and that should be the base when companies interact with new systems.
Alexander Schulz, Slackline World Record Holder, motivated the attendees by sharing his own experience of becoming a slackline record holder. He said that stepping out of the comfort zone is one of the important steps towards achieving success in personal as well as professional front.
CloudFest, overall, was an event that celebrated cloud every day and through every session. We are very excited for the next edition of CloudFest.
Meanwhile, you can have a look at the short video on CloudFest:
Juniper Networks, a leading provider of networking products, services and solutions, recently expanded its service portfolio with an array of new hardware, software and services, to make the enterprises multi-cloud ready.
Being a leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, Juniper aims to provide businesses with infrastructure solutions that come with security and automation that they need to run workloads in multiple public cloud environments.
A recently conducted survey by PwC and Juniper found that majority of current on-premise enterprise workloads will migrate to public cloud in the next one to three years. And thus, with the workloads becoming more distributed across IT environments, enterprises will need to adopt more multi-cloud strategies.
IT is taking the centerstage in businesses. Security and automation are considered the top priorities for datacenter networking strategies. IT leaders aim at configuring the network with more intelligence, flexibility, and coordination between security and network teams, with reliance in network automation.
Juniper’s expanded portfolio will remove barriers to multicloud adoption, by integrating end-to-end security and automation throughout all network places.
“The promise of multicloud is to deliver an infrastructure that is secure, ubiquitous, reliable and fungible and where the migration of workloads will be a simple and intuitive process,” said BikashKoley, chief technology officer at Juniper Networks. “For IT to be successful in becoming multicloud-ready, it is critical organizations consider not only the data center and public cloud, but also the on-ramps of their campus and branch networks. Otherwise, enterprises will face fractured security and operations as network boundaries prevent seamless, end-to-end visibility and control.”
Juniper unveiled a number of new switches for the organizations that are refreshing, extending or consolidating datacenters. These switches include QFX10002-60C, QFX5210-64C, and QFX5200-48Y, which can be used as spine or edge device for data center interconnect. Plus, a new line card termed as QFX MACsec, will deliver 30-port 100GbE connectivity for traffic between datacenters.
Juniper added simplified campus management feature with a single point of control, and multigig and compact core switches to its campus portfolio. The management feature provides a dashboard which makes managing the campus and branch network easier.
For secure migration from on-premises to cloud, Juniper will offer onboarding services with virtual products like vSRX Virtual Firewall, available in AWS and Azure. It will provide enterprises choice of operations from options including CloudFormation, TerraForm, or Ansible playbooks.
Other than these, Juniper added new network services with wireless 4G and LTE connectivity which bring together native branch security and hybrid WAN functionality.
All the new services to the multicloud portfolio will be powered by Juniper Networks Junos operating system, to provide users the telemetry, secure programming interfaces, as well as operational tools needed to automate multiple places in network.
The NexGen 2017 Conference was specifically designed for cloud solution providers, managed service providers and other IT solution providers who bring new business models built around next-generation technologies. They act as the innovators who leverage the cloud and cloud-based technologies to drive new revenue and future profits.
The event kickstarted with a keynote session by Tom DelVecchio, Founder, Enterprise Technology Research, who talked about the things that are driving the containers and the microservices market. Microservices lower capex and reduce time between release cycles that help in improving productivity and scalability.
Dorothy Copeland, Vice President, Global Business Partners, North America, IBM, talked about innovation related to data, IoT and blockchain. She identified 5 eras of innovation – Centralized Computing, Decentralized Computing, Data, IT and Intelligent Services (AI, IoT blockchain). She also talked about countless opportunities that exist in each era particularly in – cloud and artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, and blockchain.
Later, Noah Johnson, Account Executive, Lenovo, discussed Lenovo’s journey to SDDC. He also talked about the significance of SDI (Software-Defined Infrastructure) technology for simplifying organizations’ cloud adoption process.
Asokan Ashok, CEO of UnfoldLabs discussed about the world of artificial intelligence and major trends to look forward to in 2018.
He discussed top 8 trends in the world of AI: Trend 1: Large companies like Amazon, Google, Facebook, and IBM are set to lead the way in AI.
Trend 2: The market will see the consolidation of Algorithms & Technology.
Trend 3: AI companies will go after crowdsourcing large volumes of data.
Trend 4: There would be increased M&As (Mergers and Acquisitions).
Trend 5: Companies will open source their AI tools and algorithms to gain larger market share.
Trend 6: There would be more interactions between humans and machines.
Trend 7: AI will start having an impact on all major industry verticals.
Trend 8: The rise of AI will also bring various privacy, security, ethics and moral issues in AI.
There were also sessions on cyber and endpoint security by Shannon Lucas, Senior Systems Engineer, FireEye. Laurie Potratz, VP, Global Channel and Alliances, LookingGlass Cyber Solutions, Sarah Morgan, Channel Account Manager, Webroot and many others. Managed services and security were identified as the key services to be on top list of organizational must-haves in 2018.
IoT was also a major point of discussion at the event with Stephen DiFranco, Founder at IoT Advisory Group talking about a partner’s IoT journey in his executive session. He discussed the upcoming IoT trends and how the coming years will see a huge rise in the usage of IoT devices by both, individuals and organizations.
IoT services revenue will double by 2021 with retail and healthcare representing services rich industries for a partner ecosystem, per the IoT Advisory Group.
The session headed by Bradley Brodkin, President & CEO of HighVail Systems, Inc. highlighted the role of containers in digital transformation. He said that containers have opened a world of opportunities for DevOps and have brought a multitude of business opportunities. This include empowering DevOps with modern application tools, transforming data center, enabling free movement of applications between public and hybrid cloud and automation of processes.
Solution Providers are looking for new skills and processes to deliver multi-cloud environments. For this, solution providers must introduce changes within their own organizations to support the multi-cloud environments.
The event is hosted annually by The Channel Company, and this year it was attended by vendors, solution providers and distributors. The attendees got the chance to interact and learn strategies from trusted partners to build the next generation business model based on advanced technologies.
The NexGen 2018 Conference & Technology Expo will be held on November 27-29 in 2018.
Megaport Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of Megaport Limited, along with NTT Singapore announced the launch of NexConnect Cloud Service – to provide Singapore-based enterprises on-demand and flexible connections to multi-cloud solutions.
The NexConnect Cloud Service will leverage the global Software Defined Network (SDN) of Megaport to provide customers direct private connections to various Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) from Serangoon datacenter of NTT in Singapore.
Megaport is the leading provider of elastic interconnection services, that allow customers to easily connect their network to other services across Megaport’s network.
NTT Communications owns the largest-scale datacenter and network coverage in APAC region. It’s Serangoon’s datacenter is the connectivity hub for various multinationals and financial services industry.
Both the companies, by combining forces, are eyeing the vast cloud opportunity in the region.
Joshua Munro, Executive VP, Megaport, APAC, said, “Singapore is an incredibly important location for cloud in Southeast Asia, and we’ve experienced increased demand for flexible, multicloud solutions in the region.”
He added further, “According to a recent Forrester study, many businesses in Singapore are embracing cloud, leading to the need for a solution that enables swift implementation, security, cost efficiency, and flexibility. NTT Singapore is an ideal partner for us to extend our footprint as they have the largest-scale data centre and network coverage in APAC.”
NTT’s datacenter which uses Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE) for providing interconnections between key metros, has the capacity to drive local and international business growth.
Joshua added, “With NTT Singapore’s unique, high performance infrastructure integrated with the Megaport SDN, the NexConnect Cloud Service will enable significant optionality for Singapore enterprises and the rest of Asia Pacific as they architect their IT strategies.”
NTT’s Enterprise Products Division’s Executive VP, Steven Neo, drawing inferences from an IDC perspective report, said that the role of alternative connection providers like Megaport is crucial when it comes to realizing the transformative potential of cloud.
He considered Megaport’s partnership strategic to meet customer connectivity demands in the region.
He said, “Customers of our Serangoon data centre now have access to Megaport’s robust Ecosystem of service providers, including flexible, direct connections to the top five global CSPs, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud, Google Cloud, and Alibaba Cloud.”
A few days back, Megaport had introduced Tim Hoffman as the CTO with effect from 1st Oct, 2017. With this partnership, the company is all set to serve its customers with better connectivity and make use of the cloud opportunity at Singapore.
The Multi-Cloud World Is Real, Tightly Linked to Digital Transformation. 41% of Organizations Are Already On- Board, Driven by Best Execution Venue Considerations, Maximizing On-Premises IT Investments, and Opex-based IT Resource Extension – 451 research.
The above findings were revealed in a study conducted by 451 research for Microsoft Cloud and Hosting Summit 2017 that concluded last month. The research found that demand for multi-cloud and hybrid environments is on the rise in different regions, including APAC, North America, WE, LA and MEA.
Hybrid cloud gives an organization the required flexibility to balance between the on-premise and the cloud environment. 41% organizations chose self-built and managed hybrid environments closely followed by 30% respondents choosing service provider or vendor-built and self-managed hybrid environments. 16% chose complete cloud management from the service provider’s end – a trend that’s going to favor the service providers.
With digital transformation taking the center stage, organizations prefer hybrid environments to get the best of both worlds. For organizations, which are newly adopting cloud, hybrid environment provides a risk-free operation with slow application and workload migration.
On being asked about the reason behind the move to hybrid environments, security came up as the primary driver that makes organizations migrate workload either from a public cloud to a private cloud or hosted private cloud to non-cloud environment. Other factors identified that make people switch between multiple platforms were better control, performance, lower operating cost and high-availability.
These multi-cloud capabilities will certainly help organizations adopt and move faster towards digital transformation.