Software King of the World, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella has been insisting that the private versus public cloud debate is over and hybrid infrastructure is the ultimate winner.
Nadella said that the battle between private cloud and public cloud has ended with neither emerging victorious.
Talking to the assembled throngs at the Microsoft Inspire partner conference in Washington, Nadella said that the hybrid infrastructure was the only winner in the private versus public cloud duel.
Vole announced more details of its Azure stack – with integrated systems on hardware from Dell EMC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Lenovo set to start shipping from September.
Nadella said: “It’s clear as day that what is needed is more distributed computing infrastructure – that true hybrid computing fabric – so that you can manage your smart city, smart factory, smart car as well as take advantage of the public cloud.”
Nadella said that Microsoft will reshape everything it does into four solution areas: modern workplace, business applications, applications and infrastructure, and data and artificial intelligence.
He also opened up on the partner benefits of Microsoft 365, which rolls up Office 365 with Windows 10 and other enterprise products.
“When it comes to partner opportunity, it’s tremendous for you to be able to really serve the needs of these customers across the entire depth and breadth of the employee base, and hopefully you even caught that it’s not just about the knowledge worker, it’s even about these first-line workers in retail and other industries,” he said.
EMC has promised to release a product to suppliers which will allow them to build a private cloud which has all the advantages of a public cloud.
Project Nile will introduce machines in the first half of next year, which is much earlier than was planned. The boxes were shown off at VNX product launch in Milan yesterday (pictured).
Jeremy Burton is Executive Vice President, Product Operations and Marketing at EMC said that the kit is based around EMC’s VIPR software and the VNX hardware. It is designed to stop EMC and its partners losing business to public cloud products.
EMC expects Nile to be will be the first commercially-available complete, Web-scale storage infrastructure for the data centre..
It allows customers to choose storage for files, databases or the Web and receive a complete system within 48 hours.
Nile fills a gap in the mid-range market. Currently customers will buy into a public cloud because they need flexibility and cost. However this kit allows them to set up a private cloud operation in their own data centre much cheaper.
This is an easier sale in the EU where many companies are worried about public cloud offerings allowing their data to be stolen by US spies. The EU has already been muttering that public cloud data should not leave the EU forcing those who want to comply into expensive private cloud structures.
Nile effectively kills off the need for medium and large corporations to need to look at public cloud offerings which typically come from Amazon or Microsoft.
It also makes it a very attractive package for EMC’s Channel partners who want to sell cloud operations in easy packages rather than lose business to Amazon or Vole..
The price of the systems, which can be customised to deal with files, objects or blocks and set up to prioritise capacity or performance, is yet to be announced. However the figures being bandied about at the product announcement were as low as five cents a gigabyte.
Burton said the new range of products will cost customers 40 percent to 60 percent less than public cloud options, although given that the product has not hit the shops yet that could just be wishful thinking.
Vendors will find themselves bidding for lucrative European government cloud projects soon.
According to the IDC Government Insights report for Cloud Trends for Western European Government Sector more than 56 percent of local government survey respondents and 42 percent of central government respondents have adopted or are planning to adopt internally hosted private clouds.
More than half of public sector groups are adopting or planning to adopt provider-hosted private clouds. Public clouds come second, with 28 per cent of respondents, and hybrid cloud is a distant third.
Among central governments, citizen Web portals and assembly management are the areas most under consideration.
Silvia Piai, research manager, IDC Government Insights said that the reseach suggests that public and hybrid cloud will gradually replace private clouds.
The study, with the catchy title, “Western Europe Government Sector IT Cloud Computing Trends, 2012–2013 (IDC Government Insights #GIPP12U, January 2013)”, is the third in a series of studies which say more or less the same things.
Not only are central and local governments about to make large cloud investments, but eventually Public clouds will become more important.