AWS re:Invent: Customer Empathy, Commoditization, Coopetition, and Catchup

AWS re:Invent was a well attended one with more than 43K attendees. Here are my observations from the event. [Disclaimer: AWS provided me with a full access pass to the event.] Customer Empathy One of the recurring themes at the Re:Invent event was ‘Customer Empathy’. Increasingly enterprises are looking for help in their journey to the Read more about AWS re:Invent: Customer Empathy, Commoditization, Coopetition, and Catchup[…]

Analyzing Analysts

<Cross-posting from my other blog site> [I thank Krish and Donnie Berkholz for inspirations on Analysis-as-a-Service and Subbu Allamaraju for being an inspiration to writing this post. I derive inspirations from independent analysts/ influencers such as Ben Thompson, R Ray Wang, Phil Fersht, Simon Wardley, Krish, Ben Kepes, Janakiram MSV, Sam Charrington, & alex williams (TheNewStack) and I dedicate this post to them. I have a tremendous respect towards industry analysts — individuals such as Lydia Read more about Analyzing Analysts[…]

AWS re:Invent – what to expect

While I am planning on catching up all AWS re:Invent 2016 excitement via live stream, here are the themes I expect to see AWS addressing this week Enterprise I expect AWS to make more intentional efforts to reach out to enterprise segment of customers – through new marquee customer success stories, messaging, language or making Read more about AWS re:Invent – what to expect[…]

OpenStack is Boring! And it’s good for customers

As someone who has been covering OpenStack since its early days, the OpenStack Summit in Barcelona was one of the most attended OpenStack summits and a markedly different one from earlier summits. While some of the adjectives such as mature, secure, inter operable, reliable resonated among observers, key adjective that struck to me was ‘Boring‘. And here Read more about OpenStack is Boring! And it’s good for customers[…]

[Briefing] Mirantis Enables OpenStack on Kubernetes

[Originally posted at DZone Cloud Zone] Mirantis’ recent announcement on enabling OpenStack on Kubernetes created a lot of buzz, with opinions ranging from controversial to capitulation. We had an opportunity to chat with Boris Renski, Co-Founder/ CMO of Mirantis. Here is our take. What is new? In a typical OpenStack deployment, OpenStack services (such as Compute, Storage, Networking, Identity, etc.) are installed Read more about [Briefing] Mirantis Enables OpenStack on Kubernetes[…]

OpenStack User Survey April 2016 – Good, Bad and Ugly

Introduction April 2016 edition of OpenStack User Survey results are out, with largest participation by far and more insights and analysis than previous editions. Here is my take. Good POC to Production Conversion User surveys show that more POCs are moving to production. 65% of users have reported OpenStack deployments in production, while in previous edition, 59% of users Read more about OpenStack User Survey April 2016 – Good, Bad and Ugly[…]

OpenStack Distributions – A Comparative Analysis

TL;DR Download Report here Introduction If you are an OpenStack customer or if you are evaluating OpenStack, you have so many options to consume OpenStack. If you are taking the on-premise route, your first order of question would be which distribution/ vendor to choose. This first of its kind report aims to help you with that. Read more about OpenStack Distributions – A Comparative Analysis[…]

OpenStack 2016 – What To Expect?

I am not a big fan of annual predictions or self-applauding score keeping (though I admit there is some kick :)). This blog post summarizes highlights of 2015 and lists what I expect to happen in 2016 in OpenStack land. OpenStack 2015 Highlights defacto Private Cloud OpenStack continued its momentum as a private cloud platform, establishing itself Read more about OpenStack 2016 – What To Expect?[…]

OpenStack Ecosystem Mapped

[Given how dynamic the OpenStack ecosystem is, we knew that we need to update the mapping often. With the acquisition news around Blue Box and Piston Cloud today, we had to do it sooner than expected. Congratulations!] Download the whitepaper here: Mapping OpenStack EcoSystem   OpenStack ecosystem is a vibrant, diverse, ever evolving one with Read more about OpenStack Ecosystem Mapped[…]

OpenStack Startup Series #2 – StorPool

Introduction StorPool, a distributed storage startup is next in our podcast series on OpenStack startups.  StorPool was founded in 2011 by Boyan Ivanov, Boyan Krosnov and Yanko Yankulov with the goal of enabling simpler, cheaper and efficient storage on commodity servers. StorPool is head quartered with most of its employees in Bulgaria and offices presence in US and UK. Read more about OpenStack Startup Series #2 – StorPool[…]