Comprehensive Software Reviews to make better IT decisions
Trefis Analysts Pondered the Benefits of Google Buying Nutanix – and It’s Not a Bad Idea
In an article posted to the Trefis website in early September, the researchers made their case for Alphabet acquiring Nutanix for about $9 billion. They based their argument on the following key points:
- Microsoft has had its Azure Stack available since 2016, while Amazon Web Services (AWS) has offered Outposts since late 2018.
- Both Microsoft Azure and AWS have a partnership with VMware.
- IBM’s Red Hat and Microsoft are in a partnership for Azure. Oracle and Microsoft have a relationship for cloud interoperability.
- Nutanix’ ex-Chief Product Officer, Sunil Potti, is now at Google.
- Google’s VP and CTO of Google Cloud, Brian Stevens, now has a seat on the Nutanix Board of Directors.
Now is the time for Google Cloud to seriously consider this type of move. The following main drivers should be catalyst enough:
- Amazon and Microsoft already have solutions in the space and have at least a two-year head start.
- Key personnel are in place within both respective organizations – with Google’s CTO Brian Stevens and Nutanix’ Sunil Potti able to bring their perspectives to the table.
If Google Cloud wants to remain a player in the cloud market, bringing its own competitive on-premises solution to market will be critical to allowing it to at the very least maintain its own market position. If not, Google Cloud’s relevance to the IT customer will diminish and could relegate both the organization and its cloud offerings to an also-ran market position.
Source: SoftwareReviews, Google Cloud Platform, Accessed October 15, 2019
Want to Know More?
Amazon’s Quantum Adventure: Amazon Announces Braket, Its First Foray Into Quantum Computing-as-a-Service
Amazon Web Services has announced Amazon Braket, its first customer-facing foray into quantum computing-as-a-service. Though it is not yet live, Amazon promises that Braket will provide developers with the tools needed to experiment with quantum algorithms and explore different hardware options available to consumers.
Amazon announced its Outposts product, the AWS stack in your datacenter, ordered through its cloud console, in late 2018. In December 2019, the service, which promises a fluid experience between Amazon’s cloud and customers’ on-premises environments, marks a big step towards the next phase of cloud competition.
Amazon recently announced its new “AWS Data Exchange” service – users of large repositories of third-party data rejoice! With Data Exchange, AWS customers will be able to more easily take advantage of cloud-native third-party data.
At the opening of AWS Summit in Toronto, Joshua Burgin emphasized that the main benefit of AWS cloud services is increased speed and agility. This aligns with Info-Tech's framework for evaluating cloud and realizing its benefits.
AWS customers can now integrate Azure AD with AWS single sign-on. This will bring the convenience of the Office 365 sign-on to Amazon’s cloud, and it’s a signal that multicloud deployments are the future.
Oracle reported slightly better-than-expected Q2 FY20 results, but despite substantial revenue numbers and high growth areas such as Oracle Cloud, Fusion ERP, and Autonomous Database, it’s unclear when these market segments will accelerate revenue growth materially.
Microsoft is retiring some of the key and most valuable benefits of its Software Assurance Benefit (SAB) program. These soon-to-be-retired benefits will include Deployment Planning Services, Training Vouchers, and 24x7 Problem Resolution Support.
AWS pioneered the IaaS industry, predicting that private data centers would become a relic of the past. Ironically, AWS now finds itself moving hardware and software into its customers’ data centers with AWS Outposts.
Highly regulated industries have resisted the full-scale move into the public cloud to date. In typical fashion, the finance industry is preparing to be a leader by example as two major banking institutions take the public cloud plunge, albeit via different routes.