Cloud Highs and Lows

(My comments are my own)

I realised that it had been quite some time since I posted anything. My last update was when VMworld was playing out and that seems like a really long time ago now.

A lot seems to have happened since then. I am very interested in the updates and look forward to Barcelona to find out what happens next.

Some other notable things have happened in the cloud space. For those of you who are not aware, if you currently navigate to http://www.nirvanix.com you will be presented the following message:

“Nirvanix Customers,

For the past seven years, we have worked to deliver cloud storage solutions. We have concluded that we must begin a wind-down of our business and we need your active participation to achieve the best outcome.

We are dedicating the resources we can to assisting our customers in either returning their data or transitioning their data to alternative providers who provide similar services including IBM SoftLayer, Amazon S3, Google Storage or Microsoft Azure.”

I think this is an interesting statement on the risks that have been taken by pushing into cloud. Nirvanix were held up as a strong cloud company, yet the fall from grace has been meteoric. What does this say about cloud in general? I think that (and remember these are my thoughts and opinions) that this highlights the requirements to examine how profits are generated in the cloud space. I think it outlines that if your business model is not right then it does not matter how good the technology is, failure is the only result.

Lets look at the positive things that are happening in the cloud space. VMware have launched their vCloud Hybrid Service, a sensible addition to there product base, if you are interested more information can be found here:

http://www.vmware.com/au/products/vcloud-hybrid-service/

The product offerings themselves are interesting, (quoted from http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/vchs/vCloud-Hybrid-Service-Tech-FAQ.pdf):

  • Dedicated Cloud

The Dedicated Cloud offering includes 30 GHz of Compute (vCPU) capacity, 120 GB of vRAM, and 6TB of Storage to start.
Also, 3 public IP’s are provided, as well as a 50 Mbps network link, burstable to 1 Gbps.

  • Virtual Private Cloud

The Virtual Private Cloud offering includes 5 GHz of Compute (vCPU) capacity, 20 GB of vRAM, and 2TB of Storage to start.
Also, 2 public IP’s are provided, as well as a 10 Mbps network link, burstable to 50 Mbps.

There has been some speculation as to the hardware used for the back end infrastructure, there is an interesting line in the tech faqs stating that “our specific hardware vendors remain subject to change.”

What will be interesting is how will this product do in the market? Will we see companies using this infrastructure as their offsite DR target for their in house datacenter? I will be interested to see the numbers in a years time. Would a logical step be to produce reference architecture for on premise private cloud to off premise vCloud Hybrid Service, I think it would be. I am doing my best to avoid naming other vendors here.

Roll on VMware Barcelona, and then for those of us in Australia, vForum in Sydney!

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