Thursday
Aug152013

OpenStack: Enterprise Cloud or Service Cloud?

It's instructive to look at the various schools of thought within the OpenStack community on the role of OpenStack in both enterprise and service environments.  

Consider the Rackspace view of OpenStack as the 'alternative to cloud lock-in'.  

Then witness the industry's discussion of OpenStack and its embrace of Amazon APIs that erupted around an open letter from Randy Bias of Cloudscaling, who recognized the importance of hybrid cloud solutions.  

In fact, it is precisely this hybrid cloud solution that Randy calls out as vital to OpenStack's future which "… is predicated on driving hybrid cloud compatibility with the major public clouds, and those are AWS and perhaps GCE." In other words, OpenStack with active and full support of AWS APIs, is best suited as the infrastructure of choice for the enterprise. 

It's as interesting to note how OpenStack is 'acknowledged' by its competitors in both the services (IaaS) and the enterprise infrastructure realms.  Today, we have Pat Gelsinger, VMware's CEO, with a VERY different future in mind for OpenStack -- one so different from that espoused by Randy as to cause whiplash.  

VMware CEO: OpenStack is not for the enterprise - Network World:

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger says he doesn’t expect open source cloud project OpenStack to catch on significantly in the enterprise market, instead he says it’s more of a platform for service providers to build public clouds.
It’s a notion that others in the market have expressed in the past, but also one that OpenStack backers have tried hard to shake. 
“Where is OpenStack, we believe, going to be adopted?” Gelsinger said in an interview with Network World. “We don’t see it having great success coming into the enterprise because it’s a framework for constructing clouds. People have largely adopted and have extremely large deployments of VMware and the switching costs and so on of that are not particularly effective. Where we see it being effective though are very much in cloud providers, service providers, an area where VMware hasn’t had a lot of business in the past and thus, our strategy, we believe opens a whole new market for us to go pursue.”

I'm now waiting to find someone 'official' from AWS to weigh in on an 'appropriate' future in which OpenStack plays a part.  That ought to be just as interesting -- in an academic sort of way.  Anyone have an enlightening quote from AWS about OpenStack?

Wednesday
Aug142013

Cloud Developers - Different, but not necessarily IT's enemy

The idea that 'cloud developers' are taking their direction primarily from the business unit, and, in so doing, circumventing IT, seems a bit too facile.   That said, Forrester makes a pretty good case for this typification.

My question now is what indicators … what persistent signals … will allow us to identity those organizations, or those business units within the organizations, that most readily adopt cloud computing?   What indicators will allow us to track IT organizations in their varied reactions to cloud computing -- critical evaluation, embrace & adoption, or resistance and dismissal?

Are Cloud Developers Really That Different? Yes. | Forrester Blogs:

To an IT leader a cloud developer can easily look like the enemy. They don't do what you say, they cause havoc by circumventing your IT rules and building new services and capabilities on public cloud platforms and seem to take orders not from you but from the business unit. Are these perceptions reality? Well, according to the 2013 Forrester ForrSights Developer Survey, yes. But they are also some of your most productive, happy and loyal developers too.
The survey shows that less than a quarter of all enterprise developers are using cloud platforms today. Examining the first movers, as self-identified in this survey, we found significant differences in the behavior, attitude and reporting structure of these members of your IT team. Cloud developers are risk takers who are empowered, more comfortable with open source technologies, building the new systems of engagement and tend to be happier in their work. They aren't just experimenting either; they are putting applications into production on the public cloud platforms and are doing so with traditional programming languages via agile, modern application designs. …

 

Wednesday
Aug142013

VMware and AWS - Is this the road to hybrid cloud?

After being away on holiday for a few days, I came back to see this article, quoting Raghu Raghuram of VMware making some interesting statements about AWS, and implying that there's more going on in the background than most of us imagine.  OK… but no credit unless and until we have hard announcements, and full credit only when we have production services.

VMware and Amazon clouds: not as far apart as you think — Tech News and Analysis:

VMware EVP Raghu RaghurIn an on-stage Q&A with Gartner Analyst Chris Wolf, Raghuram also reminded attendees that vCloud Automation Center — based on VMware’s DynamicOps acquisition — already lets them deploy their VMware virtual machines to AWS.
“That’s a significant component of our on-prem solution today and we’ll continue to enhance that. Our goal is to enable our customers to take full advantage of hybrid cloud with choice. OpenStack is one dimension of choice and being able to deploy to multiple clouds is another dimension of choice,” he said.
The bottom line, he added, is that customers want to “deploy applications based on well-defined governance and policy rules to any one of multiple locations — it could be AWS, it could be Azure, it could be vCloud Services, it could be your on-premise data center,” said Raghuram, executive VP of cloud infrastructure and management. He leads VMware’s software-defined data center push.

 

Saturday
Aug102013

The Cavalry Isn't Coming.

Josh Corman (@joshcorman) lobbed a message into me this morning.  It said:

please watch this RE: @iamthecavalry and then let's talk.

I'll repeat his message to those of you who follow my blog(s).  Please watch it, and then join the conversation.

The Cavalry Isn't Coming: Starting the Revolution to Fsck it All! - Nicholas J. Percoco and Joshua Corman (BSides Las Vegas 2013) (Hacking Illustrated Series InfoSec Tutorial Videos):

We have some good news and some bad news.
The good news is that security is now top of mind for the people of planet Earth. The bad news is that their security illiteracy has lead to very dangerous precedents and this is likely just the beginning.
The reactionary stances taken by the hacker community has induced burnout and fatigue with many of us watching our own demise.
We're here to help us all hit rock bottom in the pursuit of something better.
At some point the pain of maintaining inertia will exceed the pain of making changes, so it is time for some uncomfortable experimentation. While it may be overwhelming to think about, this is what we do. We hack systems. Finding flaws in the digital world comes naturally to us. We can and must do the same to the physical world; the media, governments, and lawmakers in order to survive the next decade. Let's get started.