Enterprise cloud computing is finally becoming more enterprise-focused. IBM's acquisition of SoftLayer signaled their entry into the enterprise cloud market, offering a bare-metal option that's firmly directed toward businesses. They're competing with Amazon, though not on price, says SoftLayer CEO Lance Crosby; instead, it's their "enterprise-y" approach that marks IBM's renewed cloud efforts.
Senior news writer Beth Pariseau discusses her interview with Crosby and his take on the cloud computing market in this installment of the Modern Infrastructure podcast, along with discussing who might turn out to be Amazon's closest rival. Google Cloud Platform may be poised for a face-off with Amazon Web Services for the enterprise cloud market.
Also on tap this month: The Modern Infrastructure Summit, to be held in New York, promises lots of discussion and guidance on current cloud and infrastructure concerns. Hyperconvergence is already surpassing converged infrastructure technology as a proposed new way to combine data center systems into a more hands-off, easy-to-manage box. Scott Lowe, proponent of hyperconvergence, will speak at the MI Summit, covering that technology along with flash storage, which is often a key ingredient in a hyperconverged offering. Other storage vendors are packaging wares into hyperconverged products and including such storage techniques as dedupe and backup.