In case there was any confusion: I do not, do not speak for my employer or anyone else. So there.
“ Dell globally will phase out its current ‘in-house’ multi-tenant public cloud delivery capability. Instead, Dell will deliver public cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) through an ecosystem of strategic certified Global Service Delivery Partners. Dell will also discontinue further development of an OpenStack public cloud and Storage as a Service (StaaS) public offering. The decision to change the delivery model of public cloud is an expansion of our existing strategy in EMEA where - with the exception of the UK - Dell’s cloud delivery model already predominantly uses partners to deliver Dell public and private cloud services. However, by solely focusing on partners to provide public cloud delivery infrastructure in EMEA, Dell can accelerate its cloud business more effectively geographically while lowering operating and capital costs. In terms of its partner approach in EMEA, Dell will leverage the global cloud partners where relevant and we will establish partners through our newly announced Dell Global Services Provider Program in key countries. This program includes cloud providers that have selected Dell technology to build their own public clouds and using them in Dell’s Cloud Services supply chain will enhance our reach and increase the range of offerings. „
“ As far how it’s built goes, nope, no ZFS, no BSD, no SSDs. All wrong. It’s simply just a lot of commodity disks with 100% custom written software running the show. Keep things cheap that way. EBS volumes are true block devices underneath, they’re not sitting in some filesystem. „
“ Well, no, I don’t consider Azure a threat to AWS, but I consider Google a threat to AWS. Google’s cloud has been outperforming AWS since very private beta and performance means a lot in the cloud.
Anyone who thinks there is a “cloud war” currently and AWS is seeing any type of real challenge is just fooling themselves. Nobody can compete currently with the size of AWS, they were the first in and will be the last out.
Google however will make it rain a bit, I’ve been using their cloud platform a little bit lately and I have to say. It’s hella impressive. „
Thing is, while OpenNebula has traditionally been seen as a European, more mature counterpart to the AWS-aping likes of OpenStack, CloudStack and Eucalyptus, these days it’s pitching itself more to enterprise users as an open-source alternative to vCloud that comes with lower costs and support for multiple hypervisors. Llorente said that, while most of the OpenNebula community is using KVM or Xen (drivers for which are also improved in the new version, incidentally), 70 percent of customers are using OpenNebula on VMware.
According to Llorente, this means the OpenNebula and OpenStack/CloudStack cloud models can happily coexist – and for evidence of this, he points to the fact that OpenStackers Dell and Cisco are happy OpenNebula users. Other users, by the way, range from CERN, Fermilab, the European Space Agency and NASA to BlackBerry, China Mobile, Telefonica and Akamai.
“ We are continually evaluating other operating systems that we can enable with [Google] Compute Engine. However, going forward, Debian will be the default image type for Compute Engine. We look forward to hearing your feedback. „
Open vStorage introduces The Cloud Storage Router, a Software Defined Storage layer that installs on any x86 hardware or can be used as a Virtual Storage Appliance with VMware or OpenStack. The Cloud Storage Router works with a very fast location based storage model close to the hypervisor (vStorage Accelerator) by making use of intelligent caching on Flash or SSD to deliver high performance storage characteristics.
The Cloud Storage Router includes the vStorage Initiator that creates vStorage Containers, delivering the data as optimized storage blocks to the vStorage Distributor that can distribute the data over different storage backends: an object can be stored distributed over different x86 hardware units that reside within the same datacenter, in a branch office or even remote over the WAN with Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage and many more. Like this, users will benefit from features like unlimited zero copy snapshots, cloning and easy replication. Customers can as well move machines in between clouds, even when underneath different hypervisors are used!
Just storing data and offering handy features is not enough. The vStorage Protector checks data integrity regularly, optimises data sequences and corrects errors automatically. This protects customers against issues like bit rot or corrupt data.
Optionally, the vStorage Distributor includes a built-in Compressor, Encryptor and Erasure Coder.
“ Jassy took a minute to talk about how “old-guard tech companies” are pitching private clouds as secure, even though private clouds might not be able to match the benefits of sharing Amazon infrastructure. But he did say he understands that some companies need to keep certain operations on premise, and in that case companies should consider services such as Direct Connect to bridge the divide between an AWS deployment and a local data center. „
“ So for less than $5000 it is very feasible you could build a decent sized test Private Cloud. A great way for a SMB IT shop to start experimenting with cutting edge technology, without having to full commit to moving all of their services over. „
“ From a vendor perspective then, I don’t see any potential good outcomes. Sure, OpenStack makes sense as a consulting business (CloudScaling or Mirantis… or someday IBM and Accenture) can come in and build an OpenStack cloud for you. But from a software or service provider perspective it’s hard to imagine a world where you can offer an OpenStack cloud that is BOTH differentiated from other offerings and interoperable with other OpenStack clouds. „