Hivelocity, a leading provider of dedicated servers, cloud hosting, colocation and managed services, today announced the acquisition of Incero.com, a Texas based IaaS provider with data centers in Dallas, Seattle and New York City.
“We are very excited to bring the Hivelocity experience to all of our new customers. Our customer centric focus is what continues to foster our growth and what allows us to do things like we accomplished today. I hope our customers, new and old, are just as excited as we are about today’s news. Every one of our customers will benefit from the addition of our 9th, 10th and 11th data centers in what is now 7 highly strategic domestic markets,” said Hivelocity COO, Steve Eschweiler.
“Soon, our new data centers in Dallas, Seattle and New York will be privately connected to our other data centers in Los Angeles, Miami, Tampa, Atlanta and New York City. This private connectivity between all of our data centers gives us the ability to maximize network performance and allows our customers to exchange data between geo-diverse solutions free, fast and securely. Our new customers from Incero will now have services previously unavailable to them like Private Cloud, Rapid Restore, Managed Services and the ability to instantly deploy Bare-Metal in more than twice as many markets as before.”
Incero was founded in 2008 and quickly gained traction with aggressive pricing coupled with a no-nonsense approach to self-managed bare-metal. “We think our new customers from Incero will be thrilled when they see what Hivelocity brings to the table for them. Our pricing aligns with what they are accustomed to from Incero, but our scale allows us to offer them a great deal more in both solutions and customer service. Hivelocity has made exceptional customer service and technical support the foundation of its business since 2002. Our objective is to exceed our customer’s expectations every time we interact with them. Over the next few months our goal is to improve upon everything they have already enjoyed at Incero previously. We aim to improve their network, their support experience and give them more options to most effectively operate their online presence.”
Hivelocity is a provider of high-performance data center services to over thousands of customers from 130+ countries since 2002. Hivelocity boasts a Net Promotor Score of 81 which signifies a world-class level of customer service. In 2017, Hivelocity completed the acquisition of RackAlley, an IaaS provider headquartered in Los Angeles. Both acquisitions have been privately funded allowing Hivelocity to continue operating with only the customer’s best interests in mind.
According to a new analysis by Gartner, public cloud services market is projected to grow from $153.5 billion in 2017 to $186.4 billion in 2018, which is a rise of 21.4 percent.
Amongst the cloud segments, IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-service) was identified as the fastest growing segment, predicted to grow 35.9 percent in 2018, reaching $40.8 billion, led by leading IaaS providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.
SaaS (Software-as-a-service) was again identified as one of the largest segments of the cloud market with a revenue growth expected of 22.2 percent, to hit $73.6 billion in 2018. Gartner also predicted that by 2021, SaaS will reach 45 percent of the total application software spending.
SaaS based application models are becoming a preferred choice for most of the enterprises. Sid Nag, who is a research director at Gartner, thinks that the SaaS demands are changing with users seeking more purpose-built solutions that can meet their specific business outcomes.
Under PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) segment, dbPaaS (database platform as a service) is seeing the highest demand, expected to hit $10 billion by the year 2021. As a result, the hyperscale cloud providers are expanding their range of services to include dbPaaS.
Talking about the high demand of dbPaaS, Mr. Nag said that the customers should explore other dbPaaS service offers apart from the one offered by the large service providers, to avoid any lock-in.
Despite the high forecast rates, Gartner expects the growth rate to stabilize from 2018 onwards, due to the maturity that cloud services might gain within the IT segment.
One of the primary challenges here is to avoid vendor lock-in. With most of the big cloud providers like AWS, Microsoft etc. offering major cloud services, companies that once use any vendor’s cloud platform can find it very expensive and complicated to move away again.
Gartner said that this scenario might give rise to new demands by customers who want easy migration of their apps and data, without any penalties.
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:
The industry-leading virtualization software company, VMware, has partnered with NxtGen, the emerging leader in the datacenter and cloud services space, to help enterprises decrease time to market, reduce capex and development costs, with new solutions across public cloud and on-premise data centers.
As part of the alliance, the companies will deliver new solutions as part of the NxtGenInfinite Datacenter, provided from NxtGen’s Mumbai and Bengaluru data centers.
“Service providers like NxtGen can leverage VMware technology to help customers from decreased time to market, reduced capital expenditure and lowered development costs to stay competitive,” said ArunParameswaran, Managing Director, VMware India.
With the growth in business needs and use cases, the enterprises go for multiple public and private cloud services along with the on-premise datacenter. It makes the IT infrastructure complex, and issues related to management and security arise.
NxtGen Infinite Datacenter provides the ability to integrate the internal and external environments of enterprise data. It makes it easy for enterprises to implement a private cloud on premise, and further move to hybrid cloud as well.
VMware will extend the datacenter expertise of NxtGen through its VMware NSX. Using NxtGen’s VMware NSX, the enterprises who run workloads on on-premise infrastructure, will be able to run the workloads into a public cloud as well, in case the demand arises.
“We look forward to continuing to strengthen NxtGen’s vision of an ‘Infinite Data Center’ through our partnership with VMware,” said AS Rajgopal, CEO, NxtGen.
Additionally, the integration also provides security, load-balancing, as well as Disaster-as-a-Service (DaaS) capabilities. VMware protects its software and virtual machines using App Defense.
VMware’s partnership with NxtGen will also promote hybrid cloud adoption.
Synergy Research Group’s new Q2 data shows that the quarterly spending on overall data center hardware and software has grown by only 5% in the last 2 years, while spending on the public cloud portion of the same has grown by 35%.
The spending on traditional, non-cloud data hardware and software has also decreased by 18%. But private cloud infrastructure market has grown, though less compared to public cloud.
The total revenues of data center infrastructure equipment (cloud & non-cloud hardware and software), in the second quarter were over $30 billion, of which 30% accounted for public cloud infrastructure.
Operating Systems, networking, servers, storage and virtualization software accounted for 96% of the overall data center infrastructure market, with the remaining being comprised by management and network security software.
“With cloud service revenues continuing to grow by over 40% per year, enterprise SaaS revenue growing by over 30%, and search/social networking revenues growing by over 20%, it is little wonder that this is all pulling through continued strong growth in spending on public cloud infrastructure,” said John Dinsdale, a Chief Analyst and Research Director at Synergy Research Group.
“While some of this is essentially spend resulting from new services and applications, a lot of the increase also comes at the expense of enterprises investing in their own data centers. One outcome is that public cloud build is enabling strong growth in ODMs and white box solutions, so the data center infrastructure market is becoming ever more competitive,” he added.
Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs) hold the largest part of the public cloud market, where Cisco is leading as an individual vendor, followed by Dell EMC and HPE.
Dell EMC was reportedly the leader in private cloud market in Q2, followed by HPE and Microsoft.
By segment, HPE is leading server revenues, while Dell EMC leads strong in storage, and Cisco is dominating the networking segment. Microsoft appears in the rankings majorly due to its dominance in server operating system and virtualization applications.
Other than Cisco, Dell EMC, HPE, and Microsoft, the other leading vendors in the market are IBM, Huawei, VMware, Lenovo, Oracle and NetApp.
Cisco recently announced the launch of its cloud – based management platform – Cisco Intersight, for its UCS (Unified Computing System) and HyperFlex Systems.
With this, the company aims to present new ways of systems management.
Cisco Intersight will solve the challenges that customers face due to more and more distributed applications and data; mobility and IoT demanding computing beyond data center capabilities; and the fact that the traditional IT models to manage systems are insufficient to meet the complexities, scale and velocity demanded by the modern IT.
With decreasing server sales growth, the move seems to be an effort by the company to make its hyper-converged infrastructure offerings – UCS and Hyperflex, more attractive by simplifying its data center management.
As per a statement given by Todd Brannon, Director of Product marketing, Cisco, to a news portal, the new datacenter management software-as-a-service is a part of company’s 18 months long multi-year project called Starship, under which the company plans to migrate its current system management software and its customers to a cloud type data management software.
Intersight will remove the necessity to install, monitor or control Cisco’s datacenter software separately. The cloud-based software will give a single view for managing and handling all the technical aspects of operations related to the datacenter.
The company also aims to evolve the new platform and improve its capability to solve complexities. For this, it plans to add the power of AI and machine learning to the platform, through which it will collect customers’ data to understand how to diagnose problems automatically without any manual intervention.
“By moving management software to the cloud, we relieve our customers of the burden of maintaining systems management software and hardware. It’s important to note that this approach can take the form of a public (Cisco managed) cloud service and also a private (customer-hosted) cloud model,” per the company blog.
The company believes that a management cloud will promote faster delivery of new services and functionalities, easy extensibility, compliance assurance due to consistent deployment and integration with Cisco TAC (Technical Assistance center).
Cisco’s move to reposition its data center software to a SaaS based model will certainly be advantageous for the company.
Cisco will be talking more about Intersight by streaming live webinar on September 26, 2017 at 10:00am (Pacific time) and 1:00pm (Eastern Time) on TechWiseTV.
Its existing customers can join the technical preview to know more about the product.
The leading cloud management platform provider – OnApp, recently announced its new range of solutions – OnApp Enterprise, to bring better price, performance and usability in the private and hybrid cloud market.
Its first solution will bring together the power of OnApp’s cloud management software stack with Data Center Blocks Hardware of Intel; and will turn out as a turnkey HCI (Hyper Converged Infrastructure) solution with one platform and one appliance.
The company has designed the solution keeping in mind the needs of IT departments and SMBs. The solution features consist of:
comprehensive tool sets for private cloud deployment and orchestration,
tools for user access control and governance,
monitoring and chargeback,
ability to connect with multiple public cloud providers.
The solution offers complete scalability with up to 254 servers per cluster, backed with asymmetric storage and computing capabilities. IT offers a single UI for managing private and public cloud across various clusters, clouds and datacenters.
Ditlev Bredahl, CEO of OnApp, said, “Our first solution, which we’re taking to market with Intel, offers more affordable, easier-to-manage and easier-to-scale private and hybrid cloud management for SMBs and enterprises. In the future, we’ll be introducing hardware-accelerated cloud and NFV, AI-enabled hybrid cloud management and more – to make OnApp the standard for enterprise cloud, too.”
The OnApp Enterprise solution will be available at as little as third of the price of competing products, per the company.
Being based on Intel’s Data Center Blocks including Intel SSDs, Intel Xeon, Intel Server Boards and other components, the solution will be offered as a ready-to-run HCI appliance.
AI Diaz, VP and GM at Product collaboration and Systems Division, Intel, reportedly finds huge market opportunity for HCI and other multi-cloud management in the enterprise market.
He said, “As a result of the collaboration between Intel, OnApp and our partners, companies of all sizes now have an easier, more powerful and more cost-effective way to deploy and manage their own flexible, software-defined infrastructure and bring the public cloud experience to the enterprise datacenter.”
Cisco Systems Inc. recently announced its intent to buy Springpath Inc, leading hyperconvergence software provider for $320 Million in cash.
The decision came few days after the computer networking giant announced its fourth quarter earnings report of a declining revenue base.
Total revenue was down 4% recorded at $12.41 billion.
The revenue from many of its products was considerably low (5% down). The primary products revenue was down in the fourth quarter, while services saw an increase by 1%. Security and wireless offerings recorded 3% and 5% upsurge. While other revenue sources were all in the decline, including switching and routing (9% down year-over-year).
Reportedly, analysts said that they don’t expect much improvement to the business in coming quarters, but the company can perform well in the long run. This can be due to the increased efforts towards acquisition of software and subscription businesses.
The intention to buy Springpath can be considered as one such effort. Cisco’s HyperFlex HCI (hyper-converged infrastructure) is an Original Equipment Manufacturer(OEM) of Springpath.
The duo, thus, have been working very closely since 2012, when Springpath was founded. And, most of the customers and channel partners expected the companies to merge businesses in future.
Rob Salvagno, Vice-President, Corporate Business Development, Cisco said, “This acquisition is a meaningful addition to our data center portfolio and aligns with our overall transition to providing more software-centric solutions,”
He further added, “Springpath’s file system technology was built specifically for hyperconvergence, which we believe will deliver sustainable differentiation in this fast-growing segment. I’m excited to be able to provide our customers and partners with the simplicity and agility they need in data center innovation.”
The company also announced its plans to extend ACI (Application Centric Infrastructure) into public cloud segment.
In a company blog it said that now the customers will be able to run applications across their private as well as public cloud. The service will soon be available on Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud platform.
With this, the company aims to offer maximum flexibility to its customers. Currently, ACI service supports multiple hypervisors, Linux containers and bare metal servers. The company even co-engineered with over 65 Data Center ecosystem partners who run their products with ACI. This has helped ACI turn into the most flexible and widely deployed SDN (Software defined networking) solution.
And now by extending the same facility to public cloud domain, customers will get more benefits.
With such developments and efforts in revamping product line, it would be interesting to see how Cisco jumps back with higher revenues.
Tata Communications announced a strategic partnership with Alibaba Cloud to help customers from over 150 countries to connect to Alibaba Cloud’s ExpressConnect through their IZO Private Cloud service.
Tata communications’ IZO Private Connect will provide enterprises easy connectivity with Alibaba Cloud’s ExpressConnect, which is a dedicated medium of connecting customers with their Virtual Private Clouds.
The announcement, which was made at the Cloud Computing Conference of Alibaba Cloud held at Shanghai, China, will provide organizations with better cloud connectivity and scalability.
Yeming Wang, Deputy GM of Alibaba Cloud Global said, “We look forward to working closely with Tata Communications in a bid to provide an exciting proposition with great connectivity for global enterprises wanting to enter China and for Chinese enterprises looking to go global with ease and convenience.”
The computing unit of Alibaba Group – Alibaba Cloud, provides various database management, storage, networking and security services with global deployment flexibility.
The President of Global Network, Cloud and DC services at Tata Communications – Genius Wong, believes that the partnership will help both the companies transform digitally and extend digitization to their customers and empower them to increase their business reach, improve productivity and protect their business against any threats.
Following the announcement on Saturday, the shares of Tata communications came down 3 percent in today’s trade and hit a low of INR 743.05.
New market opportunities to emerge for entry-level cloud MSPs with increasing migration to the cloud, as per a 451 Microsoft commissioned research that was unveiled in Microsoft Hosting and Cloud Summit 2017 at Bellevue, last month.
Public cloud spending is expected to reach $500B by 2020 as per the IDC CloudView 2016 Survey, due to key change drivers like – CTO/IT, EOL technologies, Shadow IT and more. The role of the Private/Hybrid cloud is expected be the most relevant in the coming times. As per a Pulse Gatepoint Research, March 2016, 46% of customers prefer Azure over any other public cloud, with AWS standing at 42%.
All this and more data were revealed through a study called Workload and Application migration to Azure – Your Path to Recurring Revenue at MHS 2017 which discussed about the reasons behind such migrations and how MSPs can make use of this opportunity.
Various factors were identified as being the top triggers for huge Customer Workload migrations like cost reductions from CAPEX to OPEX, DC modernization, increasing DC operational costs, need of modern security for modern day threats, regulatory compliance requirement, and business continuity. Other reasons pointed towards increasing need for business agility, time to value, and issues in managing co-location licenses.
Another Markets and Markets research – Cloud Migration Services Market – Global Forecast 2016-2021, that was discussed, showed the size of the cloud migration market in 2016. Cloud migration market is expected to grow from USD $2.40 billion in 2016 to USD $7.10 billion in 2020.
As per the research, customers who will move their infra or applications on cloud will need help from third party solution providers which is a good news for managed service providers. Azure partners stand to gain by offering Advanced Managed Services (Analytics, IoT, AI), Workload optimization, Cloud workload management services and Assessment and Migration.
Microsoft also introduced “Migration in a Box” tool for boosting up the entire migration process and helping partners conduct successful migration with less complexities. The kit will have complete scoping, roadmap to migration allowing discovery of current servers, applications, and workloads. Partners can access map dependencies, select tools and forecast ROI and deliver actual migration.