Research director Alan Waite blogs on the Gartner Network about the success of OpenStack. Is it successful? Waite says it depends on which key performance indicators you're looking at. In terms of brand awareness, it is the most widely known open source framework for building infrastructure as a service (IaaS). When it comes to deployments, however, Waite says it has a long way to go. "From the data I have seen the number of production OpenStack deployments worldwide in 2014 was on the order of hundreds – not thousands or tens of thousands," says Waite. This is because there aren't a lot of use-cases where companies would necessarily need or benefit from OpenStack. If your company is considering a deployment, Waite says to ask three questions:
- Should you be building an IaaS private cloud?
- Do you have the skills and resources available for a project of this complexity?
- Is an open source framework like OpenStack the right tool for the job?
Despite the relatively low number of implementations, Waite does expect OpenStack to grow; it's just a matter of functionality and employee resources.
Read more about how Waite advises clients when they are curious about implementing OpenStack initiatives.
No need to wait for big data implementation
Current Analysis analyst Brad Shimmin says that he doesn't think we should wait for the Internet of Things to expand before companies start using valuable data they already have. When it comes to big data, it can be tricky to determine what can be shared as opposed to what should be kept within a company. Shimmin says that certain data can be shared today to help enterprises create business value. IBM Watson Health, says Shimmin, is good example of how data can be exploited -- in this case for life saving purposes. Watson Health performs under HIPAA regulations to help diagnosticians pinpoint anomalies, patterns and data trends with clinical, exogenous and genomic data. If IBM can establish best practices for this kind of technology, it could be used in other industries to drive business.
Read more about how Shimmin thinks big data implementation can be used to benefit business' bottom lines.
Machine learning, data analytics and the power of the enterprise
Quentin Hardy blogs in The New York Times about whether or not the sensor-rich, data scooping technology industry of the future will benefit the average consumer or be lucrative only to large enterprises. He uses General Electric as a primary example. The company recently announced that it will be providing sensors to street lights so that city officials can collect and analyze data for performance planning. However, the technology is expected to be used by larger companies to chart consumer behavior—with those metrics packaged and resold at a profit. Hardy says that Microsoft and IBM have also invested in machine learning as a means to anchor their future business development initiatives. Hardy predicts that big companies like Google and Amazon will have access to commodity data analysis while smaller scale specialists will be able to find niches. For the average consumer, the key is to keep asking questions.
Read more about how Hardy says machine learning will transform business and consumer relations in the future.
Oracle looking to gain market share from EMC, Cisco for virtualized products
Enterprise Strategy Group senior analyst Colm Keegan wonders if Oracle's Virtualized Computing Appliance (VCA) can garner market share from EMC's VCE and Cisco's UCS. Keegan says that in response to the perception that Oracle's prices are too high, Oracle is now going by the new value proposition "highest performance, lowest purchase price." Oracle compared its prices to Cisco's 40% premium because Cisco's costs were nearly double Oracle's. Keegan says this might make the buying decision obvious, except for the fact that the VCE integrates best of brand technologies which understandably raises the price point. Keegan says Oracle needs to focus on keeping customers from venturing into silos of networking, compute and storage -- something that often happens after the initial transition into a virtualized infrastructure.
Read more about how Keegan says Oracle needs to balance competition with Cisco and EMC when it comes to pricing and capabilities of VCA.