Blended Cloud Environments – A Financial Services Use Case From cloudswitch.com
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One of the most interesting trends in cloud computing is the emergence of “hybrid” solutions which span environments that were historically isolated from one another. A traditional data center offers finite capacity in support of business applications, but it is ultimately limited by obvious constraints (physical space, power, cooling, etc.). Virtualization has extended the runway a bit, effectively increasing density within the data center, however the physical limits remain.”
My Take> Interesting use of cloud appliances to blend customer infrastructure with cloud services to create a hybrid cloud with Intel “reference architecture standards”.
Ingram Micro has signed up services, cloud and hosting specialist, Ultra Serve, as its first partner in its newly formed Services Group.
Through Ultra Serve, it will offer a suite of hosted infrastructure services including virtual machines, dedicated machines, Cloud machines and managed services.
It will be hosted via Ultra Serve’s local datacentre facilities and resellers can white-label and configure the services through a Web portal.
My Take> Great work by Samuel to put such a strategic channel partner on his hosted platform. Also a great move by Ingram to get into the cloud and hosting market with a white label service. I’ve seen the Ultra Serve platform management console in action and it’s a very slick system and a great fit for this customer segment. Well done Samuel!
By Hosting Guru
As the NBN continues to roll out across Australia preparing us for the next evolution of the digital age and cloud computing, the pace of growth of data centres across Asia Pacific continues to increase. Frost & Sullivan are predicting 14.6% growth in Data Centre Capacity across Asia, generating revenues exceeding $10 billion by the end of this year.
Australia together with Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong are leading the growth, with internet media, telecom and IT industries accounting for up to 45% of the demand according to their research. I know from first hand experience with the competition in the local market, that there is a massive investment in facilities going into Australia, with more than half a billion dollars of investment in facilities over the next 2 years in Australia alone.
Much of the 1st stages of that increased capacity are coming online in the next 6-12 months in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane from the likes of Global Switch, NextDC, Equinix, Digital Reality Trust, Fujitsu, NTT, Pacnet, HP, Macquarie Telecom, Telstra and several tier 2 providers. Even the big international players want in on the action in Australia over the next two years. After cautiously examining the market for the last few years Rackspace, Google, Microsoft, Savvis and others are looking at opportunities to establish a local DC footprint with foundation customers.
We havent seen IT data centre infrastructure investment like this since the last DC frenzy back around Y2K, with many of those operators going broke, and some facilities changing ownership several times before turning a profit.
Lets hope our politicians and financial markets navigate a way through this latest economic turmoil to ensure we don’t see a repeat of data centres sitting empty for 5 years, just like during the dotcom bubble burst not that long ago. With the economic pressures, cloud computing and the maturity of virtualisation and consolidation all reducing the need for more capacity, do we really need this much investment in capacity?
Sure we need newer more efficient facilities but I think you will see some players that haven’t already broken ground and made the initial investment, perhaps sit back and wait a little longer to see the dust settle on the economy. Unless I had significant pre-sold or comitted capacity from foundation customers, in this market, I wouldn’t be sinking the tens of millions of dollars needed to build, especially with the glut of capacity that’s about to come on the market. Your thoughts?
By Hosting Guru
“Unless you’ve been living under the proverbial rock for the past year, you know cloud computing is the IT phrase on everybody’s lips.”
“Cloud computing is big business – but just how big, you may not have realised, until you consider what Chuck Hollis has learnt all too well.
Job seekers with cloud-related skills “make between 20 per cent and 40 per cent more in the job market than their non cloud-trained peers,” Hollis says. And he should know: as vice president of global marketing and chief technology officer with information management giant EMC, he has a top-down view of the costs EMC has had to shoulder to get a broad range of cloud-related skills into its workforce of more than 33,000 employees.”
My Take > I think Chuck Hollis has hit the nail on the head. One of the biggest issues facing business today is learning how to consume Cloud Services and what type of cloud services are right for their business. The “Build it and they will come” mentality is not the right approach, as a new high growth industry, we have to educated our customers and even learn a lot more about how our customers want to consume our services.
Another huge problem for large enterprise business, which many small companies won’t face, is how to migrate business data and adapt business processes around cloud services. It’s a great and challenging time to be involved in such a disruptive change in the IT landscape! Your thoughts?
NTT Australia has warned that Australia is lagging the US, Europe and Japan in terms of IPv6 adoption – Ankur Puri Wholesale Manager for NTT says that government agencies, as well as some of the larger ISPs, are now leading the way on local uptake.
NTT started research on IPv6 in 1996 and has been commercially offering an IPv6-enabled backbone since 2001 which is available globally at all NTT points of presence. The firm has also begun offering IPv6 for its global IPVPN services in select countries, and though it has not yet done so in Australia, NTT Australia MD and CEO Yoshimasa Hashimoto says it will do so once there is sufficient demand.
My Take> The biggest issue with IPV6 adoption is that there is currently no “killer app” or consumer requirement to drive the funding for adoption. A lot of the technology changes around IPV6 largely go unseen by the general consumer, so it just becomes a cost to IT for businesses to stay connected.
Maybe when we see IPV6 enabled car GPS and IPV6 apps for the mobile market, but right now its just about keeping the internet running. Your Thoughts?
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