Edge to Core to Cloud, Says HPE

Edge processing seems to be the new hotness. Combined with the Internet of Things (IoT), edge processing is a vision of smart devices reporting data to local compute resources where real-time reaction and control occurs. There may be local analytics—possibly with artificial intelligence (AI), to hit all the buzzwords—to provide local control of something and then pass insights on to a data center or public cloud–based business application for longer-term management. This is the edge to core to cloud message that I heard from HPE at its Discover conference in Madrid in November.

Disclaimer: I attended Discover as HPE’s guest. HPE paid for my airfare and accommodations as well as some nice meals. HPE did not request or review this post and is not compensating me for this post. HPE is also a client of mine for vBrownBag Build Day Live events.

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Alastair Cooke

Alastair Cooke is an independent analyst and consultant working with virtualization and datacenter technologies. Alastair spent eight years delivering training for HP and VMware as well as providing implementation services for their technologies. Alastair is able to create a storied communication that helps partners and customers understand complex technologies. Alastair is known in the VMware community for contributions to the vBrownBag podcast and for the AutoLab, which automates the deployment of a nested vSphere training lab.

Yet More Bad News for HPE Employees

It appears that “Slasher” Whitman has not finished her pruning of the topiary that is HPE. During the rather successful quarterly earnings call, on which HPE reported that it managed to beat Wall Street targets, she stated that “we are reducing the layers in our customer-facing organizations and shifting resources to the geographic markets that will drive the vast majority of our business…Now, as a smaller organization with fewer lines of business and clear strategic priorities, we have the opportunity to create an internal structure and operating model that is simpler, nimbler, and faster.” According to CFO Tim Stonesifer, HPE is “committed to $1.5 billion of gross savings over the next three years,” including the $200 to $300 million in savings already announced for the second half of 2017.

HPE is laying off employees again
“Slasher” Whitman is at it again.

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Tom Howarth

Tom Howarth is an IT Veteran of over 20 years experience and is the owner of PlanetVM.Net Ltd, Tom is a moderator of the VMware Communities forum. He is a contributing author on VMware vSphere(TM) and Virtual Infrastructure Security: Securing ESX and the Virtual Environment, and the forthcoming vSphere a Quick Guide. He regularly does huge virtualization projects for enterprises in the U.K. and elsewhere in EMEA. Tom was Elected vExpert for 2008 and each subsequent year thereafter.

HPE: Out of the Fire or Still in the Frying Pan?

HPE has just released its third quarter results. It has finally given its investors something to do a little jig to, having managed to beat expectations for revenue and earnings per share as well as achieving a small year over year revenue growth.

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Tom Howarth

Tom Howarth is an IT Veteran of over 20 years experience and is the owner of PlanetVM.Net Ltd, Tom is a moderator of the VMware Communities forum. He is a contributing author on VMware vSphere(TM) and Virtual Infrastructure Security: Securing ESX and the Virtual Environment, and the forthcoming vSphere a Quick Guide. He regularly does huge virtualization projects for enterprises in the U.K. and elsewhere in EMEA. Tom was Elected vExpert for 2008 and each subsequent year thereafter.

DockerCon 2017 Roundup

Recently I attended DockerCon in Austin, Texas. Docker has been gaining an increased amount of interest in the enterprise for both building new greenfield applications and migrating legacy applications. Docker has become synonymous with microservices-based architectures, but enterprises are mired in legacy applications. In my experience, well over 90% of all workloads in enterprises are not microservices-based architectures, so I was interested in hearing how Docker would address this issue.

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Mike Kavis

Mike is a VP/Principal Architect for Cloud Technology Partners. Mike has served in numerous technical roles such as CTO, Chief Architect, and VP positions with over 25 years of experience in software development and architecture. A pioneer in cloud computing, Mike led a team that built the world's first high speed transaction network in Amazon's public cloud and won the 2010 AWS Global Startup Challenge. An expert in cloud security, Mike is currently writing a book for Wiley Publishing called "Architecting the Cloud: Design Decisions for Cloud Computing Service Models (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS)" which is expected to be released in late 2013.

News from the Storage World

My last article reported on the virtualization vendors’ fourth quarter results, and this post reports on news from the storage industry. My sources are Cleveland Research and individual company reports from CRC and FactSet Estimates.

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Steve Beaver

Stephen Beaver is the co-author of VMware ESX Essentials in the Virtual Data Center and Scripting VMware Power Tools: Automating Virtual Infrastructure Administration as well as being contributing author of Mastering VMware vSphere 4 and How to Cheat at Configuring VMware ESX Server. Stephen is an IT Veteran with over 15 years experience in the industry. Stephen is a moderator on the VMware Communities Forum and was elected vExpert for 2009 and 2010. Stephen can also be seen regularly presenting on different topics at national and international virtualization conferences.

HPE’s HCI Just Got Real: It Bought SimpliVity

It seems that HCI is a real product segment, and everyone wants in on the market. Cisco is already in with its Springpath partnership for the HyperFlex products. Nutanix is steadfastly going it alone with its successful IPO and a grand vision of future computing. Last week, HPE announced its acquisition of SimpliVity. Having worked with both HP and SimpliVity over the years, I have a few thoughts.

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Alastair Cooke

Alastair Cooke is an independent analyst and consultant working with virtualization and datacenter technologies. Alastair spent eight years delivering training for HP and VMware as well as providing implementation services for their technologies. Alastair is able to create a storied communication that helps partners and customers understand complex technologies. Alastair is known in the VMware community for contributions to the vBrownBag podcast and for the AutoLab, which automates the deployment of a nested vSphere training lab.