Monthly Archives: July 2011

Dell (and HP) Join OpenStack Parade to the Enterprise…

(and HP)


Update:  HP also announced support for OpenStack on its corporate blog.  And the beat goes on…


The OpenStack Parade is getting bigger and bigger. As predicted, enterprise vendors are starting to announce efforts to make OpenStack “Enterprise Ready.”  Today Dell announced their support for OpenStack through their launch of the “Dell OpenStack Cloud Solution.”  This is a bundle of hardware, OpenStack, a Dell-created OpenStack installer (“Crowbar”), and services from Dell and Rackspace Cloud Builders.

Dell joins Citrix as a “big” vendor supporting OpenStack to their customers.  Startups such as Piston are also targeting the OpenStack space, with a focus on the enterprise.

Just one year old, the OpenStack movement is a real long-term competitor to VMware’s hegemoy in the cloud. I fully expect to see IBM, HP and other vendors jumping into the OpenStack Parade in the not too distant future.

Citrix + = OpenStack Leadership?

TechCrunch reported today that Citrix has acquired for > $200m.  This is a great exit for a very talented team at and I’m not surprised at their success. has had great success in the market, especially in the last 12 months.  This is both in the service provider space and for internal private clouds.  Great technology, solid execution.

Citrix has been a fairly active member in the OpenStack community, most recently with their Olympus Project announcement in May.  The stated goal there is…

a tested and verified distribution of … OpenStack, combined with a cloud-optimized version of XenServer. has also been visible in OpenStack though there has not been a lot of detail on their commitment.’s CloudStack is also a multi-hypervisor solution with support for vSphere and KVM in addition to XenServer. I would assume that to continue to be the case – selling in the enterprise means bowing to the reality of a VMware dominant position. However, I would expect an ever-tighter value prop with XenServer and that’s okay.

So will Citrix clarify the position?  That’s almost a given and in-fact I do expect a strong push to dominate commercial OpenStack based on the feature/function lead that gives them.  Given the support for other hypervisors, this does put more pressure on Piston as a startup targeting the OpenStack space.  However, the Piston team is very smart (led by Joshua McKenty) and I would not worry about them just yet.

No matter what happens from here, it has to be a great day for the team.  Savor it and enjoy – and then get back to work!

The Hybrid Enterprise – Beyond the Cloud

In the past few months we (at Unisys) have been rolling out a new strategic concept we call the Hybrid Enterprise. Normally I don’t use this forum to talk about Unisys but, as one of the lead authors of this strategy, in this case I’ll make an exception. The starting point for this hybrid enterprise concept is the realisation that cloud data center capabilities don’t replace traditional IT – at least not in the foreseeable future. They just add new models and resulting complexity.

We started with two primary models of infrastructure delivery – internal data centers and outsourcing/managed services. Now we add at least three more – internal private clouds, hosted private clouds and public clouds.

But it gets worse from there. There are many types of public clouds with many different operating models. If my company starts using clouds from Unisys, Amazon, Rackspace and Microsoft – they are all very different. Yet, for IT to really have a leading role in this movement, they all need to be embraced for appropriate use. And there are impacts across several areas:  security, governance, application architectures and more.

The hybrid enterprise approach reflects the reality that end-user IT organizations are facing today.  Cloud doesn’t make it easier to run IT – quite the opposite.  But it’s still worth it.


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