Archive for the ‘Cisco and the cloud’ Category

According to 451 Research, the cloud computing market may become an oligopoly of high-volume vendors



16 July 2013 – Oligopoly: A market in which there are a limited number of providers providing the same service. Its political counterpart, oligarchy, means rule by a few. 

So starts an article by Joe McKendrick which was published in Forbes magazine last week, leading off his review of a research note by Owen Rogers, senior analyst at 451 Research, who suggests the emergence of an IT oligopoly. It’s a brilliant research note and provides a great “cloudonomics” tutorial.

Is the cloud computing marketplace becoming the domain of a few big vendors? With large players including Amazon, Microsoft, Google and IBM coming online with similar types of services, we may be starting to see a consolidation of the primary cloud computing market into the hands of a few powerful vendors.

Actually, Owen’s report goes further to say what is emerging is both an oligopoly and monopoly at the same time. With identical services comes commoditization, and only big vendors that can deliver huge economies of scale with margins will survive in this space. He adds that perhaps the “oligopoly … Read more

Cisco, EMC and VMware team up for data centre training

5 April 2012 – Cisco Systems has partnered up with EMC and VMware, to provide IT professionals with technical training in a range of areas impacting the data centre, such as networking and cloud computing to storage and virtualisation.

Cisco, EMC and VMware are looking to give IT administrators the needed training to address these trends, according to Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, vice president and general manager of Learning@Cisco: “Today’s data centre is composed of heterogeneous technologies, with the cloud blurring the lines between technology silos,” Beliveau-Dunn said in a statement. “IT organisations must cultivate new cloud architecture skills, understand how to use big data and maintain deep domain expertise with a renewed understanding of virtualisation and technology convergence. With this offering, Cisco and EMC are leading the way in transforming skills for the next generation of IT professionals.”

Those new skills will grow in importance as big data, unified networking, cloud computing and converged infrastructures transform not only what systems and technologies are put into the data centre, but also the expertise IT administrators need to install, deploy and manage … Read more

The Zettabyte: the coin of the realm in cloud computing

15 February 2012 –  Roger Strukhoff is a former Publisher at IDG and Guest Lecturer at MIT.  We met him at a cloud conference last year.  He has become one of our favorite “follows” on Twitter.  He splits most of his time between Silicon Valley and Southeast Asia.  In a recent post he writes:

“I’m more of a words-and-numbers person than a graphically oriented one, but do find occasional insight in a number of these wild cloud infographics that are going around. One of them, from Cisco’s Global Cloud Index, recently caught my attention – because of some of the incredible numbers it contained. According to Cisco, global datacenter traffic will more than quadruple in size between 2010 and 2015, from 1.1 to 4.8 zettabytes. About a third of that will be cloud-based traffic by 2015, compared to 11 percent in 2010, and will represent a growth of 12X over the five-year period. (Note: These numbers differ a bit from a Cisco report I cited earlier this month, but the awe-inspiring scale is the same.)  We can imagine we’re already Read more

From CES 2012: Cisco powers video in the cloud with new Videoscape products


10 January 2012 –  Increasingly, service providers are looking to make video content available across mobile handsets, tablets, connected TVs, gaming consoles and streaming boxes. So Cisco, which provides networking equipment to a large number of network operators, is hoping to provide some of the technology that will help them move beyond just delivering traditional TV offerings and extending their reach with IP video services.

To do so, Cisco first introduced its Videoscape products at last year’s CES. Now the network equipment provider is introducing a series of new products that build on its existing platform. While initial Videoscape products were built to intelligently handle video distribution over the network, the new additions will provide more functionality both for managing assets in the cloud, as well as new client-based technology for a wider range of connected devices.

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James Urquhart on what cloud boils down to for the enterprise

20 November 2011 — James Urquhart is a field technologist with almost 20 years of experience in distributed-systems development and deployment.  His focus has been on service-oriented architectures, cloud computing, and virtualization.  

He is one of cloud computing’s “gurus”  (we had the opportunity to meet him this year at the Enterprise Cloud Summit in New York) and up until a few weeks ago he was blogging about the cloud on the CNET Blog Network under a blog called “The Wisdom of Clouds”.  His blog posts were brilliant.  He covered the tenuous relationship between existing law and cloud computing in several posts (including an in-depth legal analysis of the impact of cloud on the Fourth Amendment), detailed analysis of cloud interoperability, a great post on why cloud computing is an operations model, not a technology, plus scores of others.

He has also spent the last three years helping develop Cisco’s cloud strategy.

But he had to bring the blog to a close because he was taking on a new job as vice president of product strategy for cloud management software provider … Read more

In the world of “Big Data”, the top 12 data analytics players

               Big Data Analytics Goes … well, Big Time

18 October 2011 —  Organizations around the globe and across industries have learned that the smartest business decisions are based on fact, not gut feel. That means they’re based on analysis of data, and it goes way beyond the historical information held in internal transaction systems. Internet clickstreams, sensor data, log files, mobile data rich with geospatial information, and social-network comments are among the many forms of information now pushing information stores into the big-data league above 10 terabytes.

Trouble is, conventional data warehousing deployments can’t scale to crunch terabytes of data or support advanced in-database analytics. Over the last decade, massively parallel processing (MPP) platforms and column-store databases have started a revolution in data analysis. But technology keeps moving, and we’re starting to see upgrades that are blurring the boundaries of known architectures. What’s more, a whole movement has emerged around NoSQL (not only SQL) platforms that take on semi-structured and unstructured information.

InformationWeek has created an image gallery that presents a 2011 update on what’s available, with options including EMC’s … Read more

Cisco’s Considerations for Cloud Computing

3 October 2011 – Until recently, there was a distinct lack of consensus among technology providers as to what cloud computing actually means – today it is widely agreed upon that cloud services deliver shared resources, software and information as a utility over a network. Significantly, it is also generally accepted that cloud-based services are signalling the next stage of evolution for the online environment.

This was the trend outlined by Cisco’s Val Moodley at a recent Cloud Computing event held in Johannesburg. “When closely observed, the foundation upon which cloud computing is built is a fully operational and stable network” said Moodley. This means that organisations have to be keenly aware of the fundamental requirements behind an effective cloud solution before transferring important business processes to these services. In order to fully deploy cloud-based services and realise the benefits behind offsite application hosting and data transfer, organisations must first understand that the movement towards cloud computing is a journey which should begin with a consolidation and virtualisation process.

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