Multi-Cloud

F5 Survey Shows App Services Critical in a DevOps-Driven Multi-Cloud World

F5 Networks announced the availability of its 2019 State of Application Services report. This year's survey showed that organizations regard application services as vital for cloud adoption and, ultimately, for success in today's app-driven digital economy. Emerging application services like ingress control and IoT gateways are on the rise, and together with established services such as firewalls and global server load balancing, are enabling companies to adapt to the requirements of today's multi-cloud world.

"Applications are now the most valuable asset in the modern enterprise, defining a new era of Application Capital," said Kara Sprague, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Application Services Business Unit at F5. "This year's report explores the approaches companies are taking on their digital transformation journeys and how they are optimizing the people, processes, and systems used to develop, deploy, and deliver applications for competitive advantage and business impact."

The report reflects input from nearly 2,000 respondents globally across a range of industries, company sizes, and roles. Participants were asked about the challenges and opportunities presented by the ongoing process of digital transformation, resulting in a comprehensive analysis of how IT organizations are transforming to meet the ever-changing demands of the digital economy.

Teradici Announces Collaboration With Avid to Enable High Performance, Secure Video Editing for Multicloud Environments

Teradici, the creator of industry-leading PCoIP technology and Cloud Access Software, today announced a collaboration with Avid, the leading technology provider that powers the media and entertainment industry, to launch a cloud video editing offering for professional editors, movie makers, and multimedia journalists. The new joint solution combines the Teradici PCoIP-powered Cloud Access Software and Avid Media Composer to enable these creative professionals the ability to securely access and edit video content remotely from their private data center or from the public cloud with low latency and full color accuracy.

"With our PCoIP-powered Cloud Access Software available with Media Composer, the loyal Avid user base now has the ability to utilize the cloud's full potential during the creation process," said David Smith, CEO of Teradici. "We are committed to empowering more film and editorial professionals by offering our leading remote visualization technology through valued partners. This new solution enables creative professionals to run their workflows in the cloud enabling effective content creation, collaboration and delivery without the security risks, inefficiencies and compliance challenges of locally managed assets."

Explorer and Equinix Partners to Launch OCEAN: A Methodology for Oracle Multi-Cloud and Hybrid-Cloud Deployments

At the annual UKOUG Tech18 Conference, held at ACC Liverpool December 2018, Explorer and Equinix took to the stage to launch a new partnership focussed on creating a joint solution and proposition for Hybrid Multi-Cloud Adoption. This proposition, which is a design methodology and fully managed service, is primarily designed for the Oracle customer base in the UK. The solution is called OCEAN.

OCEAN stands for Oracle Cloud, Enterprise Architecture & Networking and is a Cloud Adjacent Architecture design methodology for Oracle Cloud and multi-cloud adoption, which is interconnected via the Equinix Cloud Exchange FabricTM to on-premise infrastructure hosted within private cage(s) inside Equinix datacentres.
 

Morpheus Data Multi-Cloud Management Platform Powers Self-Service Access to Big Data for EU Member States and Researchers

Today, Morpheus Data announced it has been chosen as the multi-cloud management platform for a strategic EU-wide project which also included technologies from Morpheus alliance partners such as VMware, Dell Technologies, and T-Systems.

This announcement comes at the end of a fiscal year that saw Morpheus Data grow revenue over 3x and increase sales coverage by 6x in response to increased customer, channel partner, and service-provider demand for DevOps-ready multi-cloud management.

According to 451 Research, over 68% of organizations have a hybrid or multi-cloud approach to service delivery. Unfortunately, while agility is the ultimate outcome desired by hybrid IT, increasing cloud and operational complexity has resulted in major organizational friction. Application developers and data scientists are constantly waiting weeks for operations teams to provision services.
 

Upbound Makes Multicloud a Reality with Crossplane, An Open Source Multicloud Control Plane

Upbound, the company who brought forward Rook, announced Crossplane, an open source multicloud control plane. Crossplane introduces workload and resource abstractions on-top of existing managed services to enable a high degree of workload portability across cloud providers. A single crossplane enables the provisioning and full-lifecycle management of services and infrastructure across a wide range of providers, offerings, vendors, regions, and clusters. The open source project is a community driven effort to provide the best of all clouds to organizations.

"By running workloads across cloud providers, organizations are able to improve availability, geographic presence, reach, as well as optimize cost and take advantage of differentiated services," said Bassam Tabbara, CEO of Upbound. "A critical component of a multicloud strategy is a control plane that is able to schedule and orchestrate portable workloads across cloud providers, regions, clusters and on-premises while still using best-of-breed managed services."

Crossplane supports AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud with more cloud providers and on-premises options coming soon. Based on the familiar Kubernetes API, Crossplane was built with the cloud native world in mind. Crossplane applies many of the lessons learned in container orchestration to multicloud workload and resource orchestration.

GigaOm Reviews Multi-Cloud Object Storage and Data Mobility Systems

"Organizations that are adopting hybrid or multi-cloud should pay particular attention to how data is stored and accessed across different applications and infrastructures," writes GigaOm Analyst Enrico Signoretti in a just released GigaOm Market Landscape Report, "Multi-Cloud Object Storage and Data Mobility." The report looks at the challenges posed by multi-cloud storage and examines the tools needed to realize a winning multi-cloud storage strategy.

"Block, File and Object/Cloud. All of them have very peculiar characteristics which are important to understand all the challenges with data mobility and avoid potential lock-ins while providing the best options for users and applications," says Signoretti, naming the three best storage systems for a multi-cloud strategy. Signoretti also examines the maturity of categories, notes key considerations for using multi-cloud solutions and includes a vendor review.

"When it comes to multi-cloud, wherein a large number of applications and data are stored in different locations, there are several aspects that come into play, these include data security, data protection, data placement and compliance, performance and cost." - Enrico Signoretti

Portworx Releases PX-Enterprise 2.0 to Solve Data Portability with Kubernetes for Hybrid and Multi-cloud Enterprises

Portworx, the cloud-native storage company modern enterprises trust to manage data in containers, today announced the availability of PX-Enterprise 2.0, the most significant new release to-date of its comprehensive cloud native storage and data management solution for running stateful containers in production. The two most significant updates are PX-Motion and PX-Central. PX-Motion allows Kubernetes users to migrate application data and Kubernetes pod configurations between clusters enabling cloud migration, backup & recovery, blue-green deployments and more. PX-Central enables enterprises to manage their Kubernetes application data with embedded monitoring and metrics directly from the Portworx dashboard. Together these updates empower enterprises to overcome the biggest barriers to hybrid- and multi-cloud adoption, as well as manage and protect containerized applications, including their mission critical data, from a single platform.

According to findings from Portworx's 2018 Annual Container Adoption Survey, also published today, one-third of respondents report running containers in more than one cloud, with 23 percent running in two clouds and 13 percent running in three clouds. However, data management and multi-cloud operations are leading barriers to enterprise container adoption with 39 percent of respondents citing data management as one of their top 3 barriers to container adoption, and 34 percent citing multi-cloud and cross-data center management as a top barrier. As enterprises increasingly adopt hybrid- and multi-cloud strategies, they must be able to move their application data across clouds safely and securely without negatively affecting operations. Portworx integrates with more container platforms than any other solution, including Kubernetes services running on AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, and Pivotal as well as Red Hat OpenShift, Mesosphere DC/OS, Heptio and Rancher. PX-Enterprise 2.0 fulfills the promise of containers and multi-cloud adoption by solving data portability across all major enterprise container platforms and arming enterprises with tools that allow them to visualize the state of their Kubernetes applications' data.

Teradici Expands Support for Multicloud Environments

Teradici, the creator of industry-leading PCoIP technology and Cloud Access Software, today announced expanded support for multicloud environments. Users of Teradici Cloud Access Software can now manage virtual machines deployed from public clouds, private data centers or any combination of the two via a newly updated Cloud Access Manager. With the introduction of multicloud entitlements, companies can now create and manage these virtual environments on AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure or via their on-premise infrastructure, benefiting from the flexibility and agility that a multicloud strategy enables.

"Teradici is committed to supporting our customers and their multicloud strategy. Expanding the capabilities of Cloud Access Software provides more flexibility and simplifies how businesses can securely deliver high-performance virtual workstations across their entire organization," said David Smith, CEO of Teradici. "Our technology enables enterprise organizations the flexibility to easily and quickly scale their cloud deployments up or down using a mix of private and public clouds."

"With the multicloud capabilities of Cloud Access Software, we can connect staff and freelance artists to virtual desktops in our in-studio private cloud or to high performance work environments hosted in the public cloud," said Jeremy Smith, CTO, Jellyfish Pictures. "We have the flexibility and agility to scale our IT infrastructure, via private or public clouds, based on project requirements."

Cloud Academy Research Shows Preferences in Cloud; Emergence of Multi-Cloud

Cloud Academy, the leading digital skills development platform for enterprises, today released its November 2018 Data Report revealing trends and shifts in the cloud computing industry. The data is collected from Cloud Academy's publicly available benchmarking tools Cloud Roster and Cloud Catalog. Among the report's key findings:

Nutanix Introduces Xi Cloud Services for the Modern Multicloud Era

Nutanix, Inc., a leader in enterprise cloud computing, today announced the general availability of Xi Cloud Services, a new suite of offerings designed to create a more unified fabric across different cloud environments, that gives IT teams the freedom to run their applications on the optimal platform, not restricted by technology limitations. Xi Cloud Services is comprised of five distinct offerings at launch, including Xi Leap, a native extension of the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform providing disaster recovery as a service.

A seamless hybrid cloud that allows IT to make strategic workload placement decisions is the goal of many businesses. In fact, according to Gartner, "a multicloud strategy can help a customer gain access to a broader range of capabilities, especially bleeding-edge innovative capabilities." But identifying the best of public and private cloud deployments and knitting them together for a seamless experience is hard, and too often results in siloes of infrastructure spread out across various on-prem and public cloud deployments. This complexity forces companies to experiment with new workloads in public clouds while keeping traditional enterprise applications in the private cloud datacenter, even if those workloads would be more efficient in the public cloud.

According to the recent Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Index, enterprise workloads running in both private and public clouds are expected to jump nearly 20% in the next two years. Through Xi Cloud Services, Nutanix makes it easier for companies to integrate cloud services into their multicloud deployments, whether by natively extending their Nutanix environment beyond the boundaries of a traditional datacenter or by finally gaining the visibility and insight into their infrastructure deployments across platforms to monitor costs and ensure compliance.