HP acquires Eucalyptus : A major step towards emerging Cloud Standards?

HP acquires Eucalyptus : A major step towards emerging Cloud Standards?

Announced on September 11th, HP acquired Eucalyptus Systems, a very good open source solution for Private Cloud and yet an alternative to Open Stack. Why is it a strategic move for HP in the Cloud as well as a good piece of news for the market? Some people asked why Amazon Web Services (AWS) did not make this move, like David Linthicum in his blog. We could definitely imagine that AWS could be interested to make the link between their Public Cloud Offer and the Private Cloud market. I fully agreed with David: AWS’ vision will not embrace the Private or Hybrid Model. The Cloud pure player clearly positions itself as a mutualized Cloud for their customers, even if AWS is supporting Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) solutions for their Clients. In fact, I see two reasons for this acquisition by HP and not by AWS. Firstly, as Nicholas Carr wrote in his essay “Building Bridges” HP is filling the blank between future innovations and the current market maturity. With Eucalyptus acquisition, HP is answering the market on this point. Many of my clients imagine to start with a Private Cloud implementation, but they might have in mind to connect it one day with Public Cloud solutions. With Eucalyptus, HP says: YES we can! We can build your own AWS Cloud and leave you the option to move to public cloud- with no need to rework your IS architecture. Secondly, and I think it’s the key take away from this acquisition, it paves the way for Standardisation form the Client perspective. Indeed, AWS is THE de facto standard today -thanks...
What if “hybrid cloud” didn’t mean anything?

What if “hybrid cloud” didn’t mean anything?

For years now, we have been talking about Cloud Computing implementation models, and the latest buzz word hybrid Cloud now echoes everywhere. As a reminder, public Cloud offers shared resources for multiple customers. It is a genuine implementation of Cloud Computing Disruption with huge mutualisation benefits including marginal costs, pay per use on opex mode and last but not least a true service-based offer. This is the Cloud promise expected by all. As to private Cloud, it was invented by some brilliant marketers to address the main concerns of Clients : Security. “Don’t worry about Cloud, we can build one dedicated to you”. Then, you loose all the benefits of pooling resources as well as a quicker and standardized integration because each client wants too many specificities and customization. This said, don’t imagine I am against Private Cloud; I am convinced it’s a necessary step in the Cloud adoption process. As an organisation becomes more service-based,  it becomes easier to migrate to Cloud. What about hybrid Cloud : what is it? Some are saying it’s a mix between private and public. I have a question: Where is the application running? Could you imagine an application running in two different places? It makes no sense, does it? It could be the case for brand new applications but most enterprises don’t start with a blank page, they have a legacy IT to take into account. In a nutshell, Information Systems are way too complex today to be everywhere. Rather than dealing with your whole Information System  or a critical application, start small -with a web app for example- and learn step...
Cloud Pricing War : The soon end of small players

Cloud Pricing War : The soon end of small players

Did you imagine the Go price in 2010? I looked at AWS archive and it was 0,10$ for RRS Storage when they launched it. Now, in September 2014, what is the price for the same RRS? Only 0,024$, yes only 0,024$! And it will go down again and again! How could it be possible? It’s the Cloud Princing war. And let be sure, it’s only the beginning like said in The Economist this summer. Why? Many factors : – The Moore’s law, With this law we can have more and more power, more and more storage for a decreasing price. Years after years. When 1 ko was big, today it’s 1 Po. – The HUDGE investments the key players made in the Cloud Area (let’s check here), The top three players (AWS, Google, Microsoft) and now, maybe four (with IBM) are strong with their investments so they have to put sales in front of this. – The competitions of the different players, This players have to find their clients on the Cloud side. So the price war is a strong argument to make a market barrier for the once who want to compete. – Cloud adoption is slower than expected, The market, and I imagine the key players around Cloud, imagine that the market will be faster than it is today. Cloud Services are less than few per cent of the global IT spending around the world, let’s say 100’s Billions $ when the over all IT spending is about few Trillions $. It’s slower due to the economic crisis and some security concerns about NSA issue and last,...
Drones, the next fly

Drones, the next fly

Let’s have fun and cool thoughts with the kids go back at school this week. Did you have a look at Drones Technology? You think it’s a military thing and a toy! Could be. The technology is now strong and it will have a big impact on our day to day soon. Like said in this article, drones business is more than 6.4 billions dollars market this year and 11% for non military usages. It will be a bigger market and more and more for non military usages. That said, what is the next fly for us? With a new technology, we have new concerns. First one : privacy. With drones, we can have doubts with our privacy with images, with fly around our house or property, let’s have a look at the amazing drone fly above Apple’s futur head quarters. It’s true and it seems to remind some points about privacy like with Cloud and a long time ago with Internet. We have to keep that in mind as a new risk for a new technology and make risk mitigation as usual, no more. All new technology is coming with concerns and attention points, and each new technology is coming with new benefits, let’s talk about this : – Fire fighting, many fire fighting staff all over the world are now using drones to help them to have a better vision of the fire place and then to help them in their job and improve their efficiency and more, to help them saving lives. – Environmental watch, when we have to save our planet from us and have...