With Intercloud, Cisco is reprising the strategy that brought it success in hardware. In the 1990s its routers were in demand because they let various proprietary technologies work together—an IBM network could communicate with an Apple one.
More than 3,700 people have been pulled from all corners of Cisco to work on Intercloud. The company has set aside $1 billion to develop or acquire technology and to persuade cloud providers to join the Intercloud ecosystem. So far 40 partners, including Deutsche Telekom (DTE:GR), have signed up, and a handful of organizations, among them Johns Hopkins University and real estate investment trust Boston Properties (BXP), are using Intercloud.
Gillis now runs Bracket Computing, a startup that on Oct. 22 unveiled software designed to make public clouds secure enough for sensitive corporate data. Essentially, Bracket’s software wraps a company’s business applications in a bubble of encryption without making the applications harder to manage. “If we demonstrate that the public cloud is every bit as good, why would anyone build another data center?” says Gillis.
Security software is typically designed to protect a particular application or type of data. Bracket encrypts everything before it gets to the cloud servers, leaving the customer with the only key to decrypt it. Its setup also seeks to simplify how IT is managed.
Oracle invited me to moderate a panel in their DaaS launch today. Watch the whole hour for some great perspectives on this exciting new market category, and our panel starting around 26.00.
Talking to Steve Miranda and Omar Tawakol before and after I got even more excited about the concept
a) There is a new generation of data asset entrepreneurs like Omar (whose company, BlueKai Oracle acquired) who are about separating signal from noise– under NDA I have been briefed by other entrepreneurs focused on supply chain, HR and other DaaS. Scary smart folks.
b) Watching Omar talk about all the social and other marketing data feeds, Steve talking about feeds from machines and wearables, you realize we are not anymore in the Kansas of internal, structured data so many companies are still heavily invested in
c) How rapidly business and deployment models are changing. While the old model of “buy hardware, install software, load data, clean for quality – pay for all that” is not going away the speed of getting started with and the economics of DaaS are going to be compelling
d) How effortlessly Oracle with its decades of data management experience and horizontal and vertical application knowledge could play in a wide range of DaaS categories.
Trying to connect to the cloud after switching from Apple to Android products, or vice versa, can arouse nostalgia for messy piles of paper. Lyve Minds, a startup funded by storage company Seagate Technology (and showcased at CES this week) aims to erase the frustration with a free online app that can turn a family’s devices into a personal cloud capable of beaming data almost instantly from one device to another. “The consumer doesn’t want to manage all this stuff,” says Lyve Minds Chief Executive Officer Tim Bucher, a former Apple engineering executive.
Workday broadcast the Predict and Prepare 2014 event this week (replay here ) from the PBS Tampa station, WEDU. The feedback was excellent, and as we debriefed after the event, I had to marvel at the huge amount of detail that went into the production.
Tami Mandeville, Geoff McDonald and Felicia Egan of Workday worked out all the registration (over 1,300), travel, studio and broadcast logistics impeccably. They provided us detailed guidance like “avoid pinstripe and herringbone pattern clothing. Causes a moire distortion”. They pre-toured the studio to make sure the air-conditioning adequately offset the lighting heat.
They hired Conn Jackson, a celebrity in his own right to direct the production. Amazingly positive personality. WEDU had Sony HDC-950 Studio cameras, teleprompters, other technology and a slew of audio, lighting, makeup and other professionals that make the production look so good. It felt nice to walk in the footsteps of Jim Lehrer and other PBS broadcasters who have used the studio. On24 had a pleasant web experience for viewers (see still below), and we heard of a couple of viewers who watched the show on their mobile app. That’s clearly progress!
Bill Kutik is an absolute pro when it comes to moderating panels like this. Indeed, we were honored this was his 100th panel (and talking about small details – Workday honored him with a cake after dinner and took pains to order a carrot kind, after researching he is not a chocolate fan). He sweats the minutiae -and ran us through several iterations of our predictions for weeks before the event. (Just the high level predictions and the time guidelines – the details of what we covered were totally unscripted, something us panelists appreciated of the moderator)
I was delighted my fellow panelists, Naomi Bloom and Brian Sommer picked wide ranging predictions, not glib short term ones for the next few months. All of us had pages of typed and hand scribbled notes in prep.
Finally, I was pleased two of my hometown’s restaurants, Bern’s Steakhouse with its mind-blowing wine cellar (which impressed even the visitors from California) and Oystercatchers with its stunning bayfront and stone crabs shone a very nice light on Tampa for our visitors. I will take credit for the small detail of recommending these places:)
Dreamforce always reminds me of rainbows – so much diversity in customers, partners, presenters. This year’s music evening punctuates that with Blondie and Green Day, two generations apart of new wave beats. The 4 doctors keynoting makes you think you are going to HIMSS. Salesforce Chatter and millions of tweets and Facebook and other social executives on stage make it feel like SXSW. The closing down of Howard Street reminds you of Oracle OpenWorld.
Except none of them bring the clouds down to earth like this year’s Plaza does in the vid
The numbers are eye-popping - 120,000 planned attendees from 65 countries scheduling themselves across 1,250 expert sessions, 350 partner booth visits with over 1,000 solutions (and yes even more partner parties).
That takes a lot of planning. Dreamforce dates are locked down through 2025! In 2012, the event called for 24,000 hours of security coverage from move-in to move-out.
But there should be plenty of spontaneous moments. You can bet on that in any Benioff keynote. See you there!
I heard that expression during a Oracle OpenWorld HCM session yesterday and initially reacted to it as a throwaway marketing tagline. But the simple switch Larry Ellison demoed to the turn the in-memory functionality on in his Sunday keynote and keynotes today by Thomas Kurian and John Fowler really brought that out in spades.
Thomas showcased the widest “as a service” in the industry – IaaS, PaaS and SaaS
He had an associate demo the ease of infrastructure provisioning – compute, storage, database, and tools - click graph to enlarge for clarity
He then had another associate demo the confluence of sales, service and marketing data, and partner functionality
John in his portion showed off the convergence of compute, storage and network at the hardware level
He also showed the way Oracle continues to push Moore’s Law a bit further than the industry has thought possible.
Of course, customers will need financial sophistication to combat the likely lock-in that comes from such concentration of single vendor solutions but you have to laud the sophistication and the efforts of masking all this complexity.
This an impressive story of how Revel overcame objections about the iPad's ruggedness as a POS in restaurants, how it tackled the payment security problem, how it convinced customers to not worry about the cloud with its offline features - all of which led to the “Best iPad Business App of the Year” award at the Macworld/iWorld event.
The origins of Nebula One go back to Kemp’s days at NASA, which he joined in 2006 as director of strategic business development. In 2007, he became a chief information officer, making him, at 29, the youngest senior executive in the U.S. government. In 2010, he became NASA’s chief technology officer. Kemp spent much his time at NASA developing more efficient data centers for the agency’s various computing efforts. He and a team of engineers built the early parts of what is now known as OpenStack, software that makes it possible to control an entire data center as one computer.
Palo Alto Research Center, or PARC, has three Nebula Ones, which it uses for research projects such as an effort to improve parking in big cities. Researchers at PARC have been analyzing huge amounts of data to create models that show when workers, delivery vehicles, and shoppers tend to use certain parking spots. The idea is to create parking spots with modifiable, electronic signs that can turn, say, loading zones into regular parking spots over the course of a day. “You need to spin up a large simulation, get the results, present them, and then sit back for a while,” says Roger Hoover, an engineer at PARC. With the Nebula One, an engineer can shut down one simulation and then start up a new project in a few seconds. Similar things are possible on Amazon.com’s EC2 service or Microsoft’s Azure, but those services can be expensive and slow when you must send large amounts of data back and forth via the Internet. “What we do just will not work on Amazon,” says Surendra Reddy, who leads the cloud technology work at PARC.