GigaOm Panel Addresses the Challenges of Enterprise Clouds

In San Francisco on June 22, 2011 a panel of experts came together to look at issues challenging enterprise cloud adoption.  The GigaOm Structure conference featured many great speakers and was the lollapalooza of cloud events.  Every member of the clouderati was there and all cloud vendors big and small seemed to be exhibiting.

At this who’s who event, Abiquo sponsored a break out session panel moderated by Jo Maitland of, on the topic of ” Addressing the Challenges of Enterprise Clouds.”  The panel featured industry experts including: NetApp Cloud Czar, Val  Bercovici, Director of Deloitte Consulting, Chris Weitz, and Abiquo CEO, Pete Malcolm.


According to the event organizers, the session got rave reviews as being non-vendor focused and really delivering industry insight on the challenges. The ~35  minute session was recorded and can now be seen online.

Today NetApp rolled out an announcement around new technologies and a partner ecosystem to deliver enterprise clouds.  Abiquo has been working closely with the NetApp team to enable enterprise customers to deliver Storage as a Service across many hypervisor platforms and datacenter locations.   Given the need to store and access big data, and the ever increasing amount of that data, this problem will get worse without the right solutions implemented. This is why we see Storage as a Service as an huge market opportunity across the enterprise and service provider space.   As a cloud service provider, you can easily see how many mid-market organizations might use storage as a service.  But how do you build it quickly, enable multi-tenant self-service,  and deliver various “tiers” of storage to offer the right service at the right price to your customers?  As an enterprise, how do you enable departments to access the storage they need when they need it, alone or with the rest of your IaaS offering?

This NetApp/Abiquo solution brief reveals how Abiquo and NetApp make storage management and automation simple, yet robust. Additionally, there’s an upcoming set of webcasts that may help users see how to set up Storage as a Service or learn more about managing and automating storage.

A tech demo webcast was recorded and can be accessible here: June Tech Thursday: Focus on NetApp Storage. (sorry, no longer available)

Then later on July 28th at 10AM,  joint speakers from NetApp and Abiquo discuss “The basics of automating a cloud storage service”.

Abiquo is committed to delivering support for compute, networking and storage across multiple data centers, and will continue to innovate with partners like NetApp to deliver more value to enterprises and service providers worldwide.

Abiquo has partnered with NetApp and Nexenta, bringing new integration with their respective storage systems. We have, since our first enterprise release, managed storage resources using standards such as OpenSolaris ZFS and LVM/iSCSI, allocating them to Virtual Enterprises and allowing Enterprise Administrators to perform volume management tasks as well as allocation to specific virtual machines. The new integration builds on this integral management of storage as a cloud resource and NetApp and Nexenta storage systems can now be managed through Abiquo’s centralized cloud management console. We also provide additional storage connection and management options such as compatibility with Red Hat iSCSI targets, an ideal storage connector for small deployments or testing environments.

Virualization technologies have, since their beginnings, failed to deliver the cost saving benefits that they promised but now, through the cloud, there is a chance to put this right. Kennedy Brown, marketing manager at Intel, claimed in his Sept. 7, 2010 Server Room Blog post that the best way to achieve the benefits of virtualization is to maximize the utilization of servers. We support this but believe that there are other elements too, the best way to maximize server utilization is to increase utilization rates for other key infrastructure resources such as networks and storage. These are equally as important for achieving IT cost savings and delivering on the promise of cloud computing. These motions were backed by George Crump, author of the InformationWeek storage blog, who claimed that most datacenters still only use 25 to 35 percent of their actual capacity for storing real data, and therefore these companies can reduce their purchases, power, cooling and floor space costs by as much as 75 percent.

The reason these technologies have, so far, fallen short is that there has not been a system that offers smart, business policy-driven automation. Abiquo does offer this; CEO Pete Malcolm said “The Abiquo solution increases storage utilization rates and helps deliver on the promise of cloud computing overall. Companies are only now starting to realize that storage utilization is just as important as server utilization in establishing true cloud computing, and Abiquo can deliver both from a single console.”

The addition of NetApp and Nexenta improves our ability to increase storage utilization rates and allows us to provide a single management console that incorporates multiple, industry-leading storage systems.