Grab a virtual doughnut join us for episode 44 of Network Break, with special guest Howard Marks. We parse IDC numbers on global cloud infrastructure spending, which is on the rise, and non-cloud spending, which is flat (though non-cloud infrastructure spending is still more than double that for cloud infrastructure spending).
Greg weighs in on the effect of virtual appliances on Barracuda Networks’ most recent earnings, and we pivot to the implications of Cisco’s investment in 6Wind, a French company that makes software to speed up applications.
Snarky things are said about the storage industry and private equity as we discuss EMC’s sale of Syncplicity, a file sync-and-share company EMC acquired in 2012; and Symantec’s anticipated sale of its Veritas storage division.
Finally, we discuss new OpenStack appliances from Mirantis. These converged systems bundle hardware from Dell and Juniper Networks with Mirantis’s OpenStack implementation to simplify consumption of the cloud software. We also consider whether converged infrastructure sales have peaked.
Thanks to Howard Marks, founder and Chief Scientist of consultancy DeepStorage.net, for waking up early to share his perspectives and punditry. If you want more Howard, check out his podcast GreyBeards On Storage. You can find links to all our topics below.
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Cloud Infra Spend Rises, Non-Cloud Flat
…vendor revenue from sales of infrastructure products (server, storage, and Ethernet switch) for cloud IT, including public and private cloud, grew by 25.1% year over year to nearly $6.3 billion in the first quarter of 2015 (1Q15). This was the second highest growth in the five quarters in which IDC has tracked year-over-year revenue and the second largest in terms of total spending in nine quarters of tracking.”
Private cloud IT infrastructure spending will grow by 16.8% year over year to $11.7 billion, while public cloud IT infrastructure spending will grow by 32.2% in 2015 to $21.7 billion. In comparison, spending on non-cloud IT infrastructure will remain flat at $67 billion.”
Barracuda Takes A Hit From Virtual Appliance Sales
Our total billings in Q1 grew 8%, below what we had expected and impacted primarily by three factors; foreign currency headwinds, which were greater than anticipated, lower billings in our storage category, which I will describe in more detail later, and the overall trend towards more virtual and cloud products, as customers choose to take advantage of virtual and cloud infrastructures.”
EMC Sells File Sharing Product To Investment Firm
Symantec To Sell Veritas?
Cisco Invests In Networking Software Company 6Wind
Cisco Deepens French Connection With 6Wind Investment – SDX Central
Mirantis Offers Integrated OpenStack Hardware
Compute and foundation nodes are based on performance optimized Dell® PowerEdge® R630 servers. Storage nodes are based on Dell PowerEdge R730xd with dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 CPUs and Intel® SSD-based cache optimized for high-performance storage. Mirantis OpenStack 6.1 provides the infrastructure foundation, and each rack includes two Juniper QFX5100s as the data path and one Juniper EX3300 for management.”
Have Integrated System Sales Peaked Already? – The Platform