UK VMUG UserCon December 13th

Am all registered for next week’s UK VMUG – the agenda looks amazing, the location is “out of this world” and there is, of course, vCurry the night before – what more could you ask for? Well, in my case, not to have a conflict that means I’m now unable to attend 🙁

The committee has done us proud with the content and speakers this year, from VMware and sponsors but more importantly from the community. See the agenda below (borrowed from @vinf_net!):

Now, if I WERE going, I’d be attending Joe and Duncan’s keynotes, natch, and Ricky, Julian, and Chris & Gareth’s community sessions. I would also highly recommend you attend the Runecast gold session at 3pm in Breakout 3, especially as they’ve just launched the beta of their Runecast Analyzer for Horizon!

Hope you all have a great day, good luck to the entrants for the prize draw for VMworld and remember to thank the committee for all their hard work in pulling this amazing event together us VMUG members – I’ve been there and it’s a LOT of hard work. Kudos to Simon, Dave, Linda and Chris!!

 

 

 

Exciting new addition to hiviz-marketing client list

I am very excited to announce that iboss has chosen to work with hiviz-marketing to support their EMEA expansion.

iboss is an established cloud based cyber security company in the North American region, that is redefining the way in which cyber security is delivered and managed. Their Secure Cloud Gateway delivers for today’s decentralized world and is the only visionary in Gartner’s 2017 Secure Web Gateway Magic Quadrant.

With over 85% of the current industry using appliance-based web gateways, iboss’ architecture is fundamentally different in that cloud nodes can be deployed anywhere (public or private) providing path to cloud and totally focused on securing the user without the burden of appliance management. They have a powerful IP portfolio with over 100 patents and was founded in 2003 by entrepreneurs Paul and Peter Martini.

They’ve recently recruited a couple of ex-VMware folks, namely Ted Ranft and Craig Talbot to head up global and EMEA sales respectively and have engaged with me to create awareness and ‘air cover’ to assist their GTM in EMEA. To date they’ve had a strong business here in the education sector, but the strategy now will extend to the mid-market and enterprise commercial sector.

Not only do they have very cool technology, they are working with some very large organizations, such as Microsoft, to deliver protection for corporate data through public cloud integration.

So, if you’re looking for an alternative to traditional security that will protect your users wherever they roam, provide them the best experience when accessing the cloud and reduce your management and procurement costs, please take a look at iboss!

WhatMatrix publishes new SDS/HCI Landscape Report

Am super impressed by the new report that the team at WhatMatrix has produced. Most other analyst houses include a number of different factors when creating their reports over and above just pure technology. They take into account revenue, futures and, usually, create their reports with input from vendors. WhatMatrix approach their analysis with the focus on pure technology that is current.

The new SDS/HCI report, authored by category consultant Herman Rutten, now provides a number of use case scenarios that analyzes vendors’ solutions for overall suitability. This approach enables consumers of the report and comparison matrix to select what elements best fit their business and IT needs. While there are overall leaders, in many cases they are not number one in a particular, or multiple, specific use cases.

As a community board member I’ve been involved in launching this new report. As we are all volunteers at WhatMatrix, it is hugely rewarding to see the final report published. Herman Rutten has spent unimaginable time and effort in researching and creating this report and I know many organizations will reap the reward of his efforts. All you have to do to download the report, free of charge, is to go to https://www.whatmatrix.com/portal/download-landscape-reports/

The summary of this 42-page report, for me, is this Landscape Matrix:

You can read the press release here where we summarize that new entrants to the matrix, Datrium and Pivot3 are challenging the leaders!

Interestingly, we’ve already been asked why a couple of vendors are not included in the report. As mentioned previously, we’re all volunteers and the category consultants have full-time jobs and create these comparisons and reports in their spare time. This is a community-curated initiative and gives back to the wider community. As such, all the vendors mentioned in the report have engaged with Herman to onboard their solutions into the comparison matrix in some shape or form. Some vendors haven’t yet understood the value and benefit to their business of engaging with WhatMatrix, when they do the category consultants will endeavor to include them at the appropriate juncture.

Would be great to hear your feedback on the report as to how you think it will (or can) benefit your company.

SDS/HCI Terminology/Definition Debate

Yesterday was an interesting learning day for me due to a tweet I responded to from one of the WhatMatrix category consultants that sparked a Twitter debate about what really constitutes hyper converged infrastructure (HCI).

Herman Rutten, category consultant for SDS/HCI at WhatMatrix tweeted that he is working on a new Landscape Report on this sector, 18 months after the release of the first one. One of the latest vendors to be included in the comparison on WhatMatrix is Datrium. This inclusion invoked reaction from some vendor representatives that they are not HCI.

This blog is not going to deny or confirm if they are – there are better-informed people than I to have that debate with. But what I do want to state is that WhatMatrix’s comparison is entitled SDS/HCI – thus encompassing all aspects in my opinion.

WhatMatrix has been comparing the HCI vendors since October 2015 and has consistently included solutions that adhere to the following three criteria:

Rule #1: The software is designed to run on commodity server hardware and makes use of the available resources therein.

Rule #2: The solution aggregates physical storage capacity from separate systems into a single shared storage pool.

Rule #3: The solution offers a broad set of storage functionality (services) comparable to traditional hardware defined shared storage systems.

Now, whether you agree with that definition or not is the basis of the Twitter debate but ultimately all solutions are reviewed with this in mind, so at least providing a consistent approach.

I do think marketing (e.g. messaging) has confused and blurred the definition for sure, but as a summary to the whole discussion Herman tweeted the following and, yes, that is what it’s all about – choice for the customer!

The new report is scheduled for publication end of September, keep an eye out for it if you want an independent, vendor agnostic viewpoint of this burgeoning market https://www.whatmatrix.com/portal/announcing-upcoming-sds-hci-landscape-report-sep-2018/.

 

Nutanix’s acquisition of Frame

Well, this news lit up my Twitter feed late last night/early this morning. From a technology perspective, I think this is a good move by Nutanix – it will, however, be interesting to see how the Street reacts when it wakes up in a few hours. While the news hit my attention, what grabbed it more was the commentary by a certain exec at VMware.

A few years, after an acquisition that VMware made, an individual that came over in that acquisition started to use Twitter as a platform to convey his rather inflammatory opinion about the competition. I was always surprised that VMware allowed this level of derogatory remarks to other industry players – and indeed people too – but he was just branded a bit of a renegade and maverick. He wasn’t super high up in the food chain and has, subsequently, left but I was always mystified as to how a publicly listed company allowed employees to express such venomous views. He is now a CEO of a small start up and he has certainly ‘toned down’ his tweets!

Certain employees of Nutanix are well known for being bolshy and posting controversial social media messages, but I’ve never witnessed its leader, Dheeraj Pandey being anything other than business like and to the point. Therefore, I was impressed by his composure on Twitter earlier in response to Sanjay Poonen’s tweets…… Why do executives of publicly listed companies lower themselves to ‘tit for tatting’ spat tweets? Why? It’s just not necessary, it’s not professional and it’s not acceptable in my view.

I always advise to take the high ground, don’t stoop to others’ levels of unprofessionalism – don’t be a keyboard warrior, if you wouldn’t say it to their face, don’t put it out on social media. This really is social media 101 and to those that infringe it, you make me cringe every time I read your tweets, so please, please grow up and stop throwing stones in the playground!