Have you watched the recent earnings reports lately? Amazon posted total revenue across all segments of $43.7 billion for the quarter. Amazon Web Services contributed just over 10 percent of that at $4.6 billion. If you’re keeping track, AWS’s revenue increased 41 percent from this time last year. That’s impressive growth, and right in line with the explosive growth of cloud computing in general. Then we have Microsoft, which posted total revenues of $24.5 billion. Although the company does not give specific numbers for Azure, the company’s “intelligent cloud” segment (more Azure) went up 13 percent to $6.9 billion over the last year, and the “productivity and business processes” segment (more Office 365) grew 28 percent to $8.2 billion.These numbers show that the growth of the public cloud IaaS market is concentrated around two providers: Amazon and Microsoft. The market is living up to the adage “success breeds … [Read more...] about In the enterprise cloud, it’s come down to AWS vs. Microsoft Azure
Cloud vendor wars have neglected the enterprise
For years people like me have carped that not only is the public cloud a small slice of IT spending, but the big public clouds are also much more likely to attract startups or other digital natives as customers instead of conventional enterprises.That begs an important question: What then exactly is the “enterprise cloud”? Recently I interviewed Bob Weiler, executive vice president of global business units at Oracle, to drill into that topic. As head of Oracle Industries, it’s his job to marshal Oracle’s full portfolio of technologies to serve seven key verticals — and Oracle's cloud is a big part of that push.When Oracle says “cloud,” you must first remember that most of the company’s cloud revenue comes from SaaS, despite Larry Ellison’s big talk about going head-to-head against AWS in full-on IaaS combat. SaaS makes particular sense in serving vertical industries. Through acquisition and internal development, Oracle has acquired … [Read more...] about What the enterprise cloud really means
With news last week that high-profile music streaming service Spotify had decided to move its currently on-premises infrastructure to Google's Cloud Platform public cloud offering, Google got a much-needed endorsement from a high-profile customer. The announcement was regarded by many as Google's "Netflix moment." To explain, Netflix has historically been the case study upon which Amazon Web Services drove much of its growth. Like Spotify, Netflix formerly ran its own infrastructure but several years ago made the decision to shift, over time, to AWS. The notion of it being better to let a vendor at scale manage your infrastructure while you focused on core business played right into the hands of AWS specifically and, by extension, the other public cloud vendors. But here's the thing. Google had been sorely missing a case study of the scale, scope and pedigree of Netflix. With Spotify, the company may have found it. True, Spotify has some workloads on AWS, and sources tell me that … [Read more...] about Google Cloud Platform scores Spotify. Is the plan coming together?
For decades, Apple tried to push into the enterprise market through the data center back door. In the 1990s, it rolled out its Apple Network Server, which quickly failed. In the early 2000s, it introduced its Xserve line – a data center server that lasted in various iterations through 2011, but never gained traction.More recently, it has pinned its hopes on partnerships with leading software and service providers, hoping to capture more of the seemingly elusive, but lucrative, enterprise market.In truth, Apple has already won.To be certain, Microsoft still dominates the workplace desktop and laptop space. But Apple – which tomorrow will unveil new iPhones – recognizes who it is and who it isn't. As Sun Tzu wrote in the Art of War, "If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.""Consumer technologies are becoming the leading platforms in the enterprise market, bringing additional capabilities to enterprise apps … [Read more...] about Apple in the enterprise? It’s already there
As anyone in IT can tell you, Linux has invaded the server room. The operating system is running file servers, print servers, content delivery systems, global caching servers, data archives, VPN servers — you name it. There’s a very good chance that the big iron that composes the backbone of your company’s digital world is powered by Linux.Chances are also good that it’s not on many of your desktops, if any.Microsoft Windows continues to rule the enterprise on the desktop. Any inroads made against it have come from macOS X, typically in marketing and creative divisions. Relatively few companies consider the option of Linux on the desktop. But in recent years Linux distributions have become far more sophisticated and user-friendly, and the cost of deployment can be a fraction of more traditional large-scale desktop installations. Linux is often viewed as more secure, too. PC World calls security “one of Linux's many advantages over Windows” and … [Read more...] about The 5 best Linux distros for the enterprise: Red Hat, Ubuntu, Linux Mint and more
One of the big attractions behind the growing popularity of open source software is the ability to get it and use it for free. In a world of ever-rising costs in pretty much every other aspect of business and life, "free" is an offer that's increasingly difficult to refuse.Support is one area, however, where "free" may not be all it seems -- particularly for enterprises.Users of free software typically rely on the generally sizable community of users and developers for help if questions arise. That support can be excellent, and many users swear by it. At the enterprise level, however, it's worth considering more closely -- particularly when many users are involved and the software is mission-critical.In addition to offering their software for free, most of the big enterprise Linux operating systems and numerous popular applications give users a choice of paying for support from the developers themselves. In some cases, a software developer may even sell a more feature-rich commercial … [Read more...] about FOSS in the Enterprise: To Pay or Not to Pay?
There's no hotter market in high tech this year than virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), and you don't need sales and unit shipment statistics to prove it. No, the best measurement of VDI's hotness is the sudden flurry of vendor announcements accompanied by a concomitant rise in vendor vitriol.The main players in the VDI market are actually two sets of pairs. It's Citrix and Microsoft lining up against VMware and EMC for Round 2 in the ongoing virtualization wars. On March 18, Citrix and Microsoft came out swinging, landing the first potent, preemptive punches right where they hope will hurt VMware the most: in its pocketbook.Citrix and Microsoft unveiled a series of initiatives that include aggressive promotional pricing deals and more simplified licensing models. To demonstrate just how solid and committed they are to their alliance and taking on and taking down VMware and EMC, the two firms even went so far as to combine their respective VDI graphics technologies.All of this … [Read more...] about ANALYSIS There’s Nothing Virtual About the VDI Vendor Wars
Vendor lock-in has been such a standard part of enterprise IT over the years that it often goes unnoticed and unquestioned. Recently, however, that lock-in mentality has followed enterprises to the clouds.One might not think that vendor lock-in would exist for those who use open source software or open cloud solutions. Think again: Unless you take precautions before you plug into any cloud provider, you more than likely will experience one or more layers of lock-in limitation."People think that open source is the de facto standard," Pete Johnson, cloud evangelist for cloud computing provider ProfitBricks, told LinuxInsider. "But in the cloud world, there are not a lot of open standards. This becomes a big concern when you get involved in using one service provider's derivative services."Enterprises need to put their heads in the cloud before plopping their critical enterprise data there -- otherwise, what goes in may still be very costly to migrate from one cloud system to another. It … [Read more...] about How to Avoid Cloud Vendor Lock-In
Today, we present a sponsored podcast discussion in conjunction with the Open Group Conference, held in San Diego. We've assembled a panel to examine the current state of enterprise architecture (EA) and analyze some new findings on this subject from a recently completed Infosys annual survey.We'll see how the architects themselves are defining the EA team concept, how enterprise architects are dealing with impact and engagement in their enterprises, and the latest definitions of EA deliverables and objectives.We'll also look at where the latest trends around hot topics like cloud and mobile are pushing the enterprise architects toward a new future. Here with us to delve into the current state of EA and the survey results is Len Fehskens, VP of skills and capabilities at The Open Group; Nick Hill, principal enterprise architect at Infosys Technologies; Dave Hornford, architecture practice principal at Integritas, as well as chair of The Open Group's Architecture Forum; Chris Forde, VP … [Read more...] about PODCAST The Enterprise Architect’s Growing Pains
Mobile devices and applications are having an enormous impact on enterprises. What steps can businesses take to better manage mobile applications and develop their own versions of enterprise app stores?The skyrocketing popularity of mobile devices like smartphones and tablets has on one hand energized users, but on the other hand, it has caused IT and business leaders and CIOs to scramble to support these new clients productively and safely.In order to explore how enterprise app stores are part of the equation for better mobile management and overall mobility-enabled work success, we examine the trends driving enterprise mobility with a principal analyst from Forrester Research. Then we'll hear from Partnerpedia on how enterprise app stores can be added to the usual mix of IT applications delivery and management strategies.The app store trends panel consists of John McCarthy, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research; and Sam Liu, vice president of marketing at … [Read more...] about PODCAST Make Room for the Enterprise App Store