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Nati Shalom
CTO and Founder of GigaSpaces
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There are basically three main approaches to managing applications in a cloud environment: Orchestration, PaaS (Platform as a Service) and CMP (Cloud Management Platform). The end goal of all three is fairly similar - have a fully managed application on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at Nati Shalom's Blog
In my previous post, I discussed the differences between hybrid cloud and cloud portability, as well as how to achieve true hybrid cloud deployments without compromising on infrastructure API abstraction, by providing several use cases for cloud portability. Cloud Portability... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at Nati Shalom's Blog
Survey says, that hybrid cloud, what once was perceived as virtually mission impossible, is becoming pretty much mainstream. According to this survey, and this survey, some users are currently running on as many as 6 clouds simultaneously on average per... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at Nati Shalom's Blog
Over the past few months I’ve been involved in various forums and discussion on what the right approach should be for achieving a common orchestration modeling language. I felt that while there’s a growing consensus that TOSCA is currently best... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at Nati Shalom's Blog
The latest OpenStack user survey on application platforms reveals an interesting trend when comparing this year’s survey with last year’s. See below. 2015 2016 Here are some things you might have noticed: Kubernetes gained popularity 30% up (from... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at Nati Shalom's Blog
Preface The Innovator’s Dilemma faced by vendors of proprietary networking stacks is well documented. The blogsphere and the trade media have well documented the disruptive, one-two punch of open source NFV and white box hardware that threatens to undermine their... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at Nati Shalom's Blog
Hi Alexei Thanks for the kind words
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Hi Chris Thanks for the kind words and for spotting the mistake on the containers stats! I agree with you that traditional SI are facing the same skillset as enterprises but you should also note that unlike enterprises they do have the biz incentive to gain this skillset.
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While this has been said many times, before, I believe that 2015 will likely be remembered as the year of the cloud, largely due to the most notable event of the year* (read: decade/century…), the whopping Dell/EMC deal, which clearly... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2015 at Nati Shalom's Blog
The OpenStack Summits, which I have been attending twice a year for the past five years, continue to serve as the most formative and influential moments I have during the year - especially with everything related to the growth around... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2015 at Nati Shalom's Blog
Before the dust even settled around the whopping Dell/EMC deal, another bombshell was dropped with the Red Hat acquisition of Ansible over the weekend. While I was still processing my thoughts on what I think the Dell deal means for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2015 at Nati Shalom's Blog
Cloudify as a Service for vCloud Air Cloudify is the only open source orchestration platform that delivers native support for the VMware stack, includingvSphere, vCloud (vCA, vCD) and VMware Integrated OpenStack. This week marks an important milestone as we introduced... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2015 at Nati Shalom's Blog
Last week I had the honor of moderating with my co-presenter, Sharone Zitzman, our fourth OpenStack & Beyond Podcast. This time the topic was - Is OpenStack Really Ready for the Enterprise - with Lauren Nelson, a senior analyst from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2015 at Nati Shalom's Blog
This article originally appeared on InfoQ. I find myself constantly involved in continuous dialogues around the various approaches for enterprise application management in a cloud and DevOps era. One thing that I found particularly difficult in these discussions, is explaining... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at Nati Shalom's Blog
Background You don’t need to be an expert to realize that a failure of an eCommerce site during Black Friday or Cyber Monday is a disastrous event, leading to huge loss in revenue and reputation for the retailer. As the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Nati Shalom's Blog
While hybrid cloud has been a mainstay discussion in the cloud world for quite some time now (note this post of mine on hybrid cloud from 2011, when CloudStack was still, the reality is that setting up hybrid cloud... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Nati Shalom's Blog
Thanks Amit I think that were very much aligned on that regard - to your point PaaS and iPaaS should be fairly complementary on that regard
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Thanks Alexei Great point WRT to the difference between enterprise IT projects vs simple web apps
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Docker started as just a software container on top of a Linux operating system which seemed like a simple optimization for a fat hypervisor. Its disruptive force however comes from the fact that it does force us to rethink many... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2014 at Nati Shalom's Blog
Hi Trevor Based on the various discussion on this subject i think that there is a shift in both directions one in which PaaS are extending their offering to support more complex workloads using a combination of Orchestration and Docker as well as a similar move by a new kind of Orchestration framework to integrate with PaaS as web containers to offer the simple web application deployment use case. The resent announcement by Amazon and Google who already have a PaaS offering and yet decided to offer an independent Orchestration as a service layer indicate that while the two can be layered together (technically) it make sense to keep them separate rather than trying to provide a unified interface that covers them all. So in essence the diagram above refers to the existing PaaS as we knew them as simple abstraction for deploying simple web applications. The stack represents the functions that need to be included in order that we could address a more comprehensive workload. Weather this stack will be packaged under a new PaaS product or whether it will be offered as a separate entities is still an open question and the jury is still out to see which direction makes more sense. Anyway thanks again for your update on where the PaaS platforms is heading in this context - it does sounds aligned with the overall direction but if i'll need to summarize it up - it indicates that the new generation of PaaS extend themselves to provide similar stack but under the same platform - right? I personally see a great potential for putting an Open-Orchestration, Open-PaaS and Open-Containers (Docker) together and independent but well integrated entities that complement one another. This will allow users much more flexibility for choosing the level of abstraction that they need based on the specific workload or use case rather than being forced into one layer of abstraction that covers them all.
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In my recent post on OpenStack “Do I Need OpenStack if I Use Docker?” I covered the confusion that has emerged around one area of disruption that Docker has created. In this post, I’d like to segue into another similar... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at Nati Shalom's Blog
Docker has broken a record in the speed in which it moved from being a disruptive technology to a commodity. The speed of adoption and popularity of Docker brings with it lots of confusion. In this post I wanted to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at Nati Shalom's Blog
OpenStack is an open source cloud infrastructure that is considered by many as a cost-effective alternative to VMware. In reality, the transition from VMware to OpenStack isn’t that trivial, which leads most enterprises to take a hybrid cloud approach. This... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Nati Shalom's Blog
One thing that I like about working with an open source community like OpenStack is that you get direct access not just to the source code itself, but to its users and ecosystem as well. This allows you to be... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Nati Shalom's Blog
OpenStack Silicon Valley is just a few short weeks away and we are looking forward to talking OpenStack with the local community. A main focus for Team Cloudify at the event will be around the topic of portability AKA hybrid... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Nati Shalom's Blog