|By Roger Strukhoff||
|November 25, 2011 10:00 AM EST||
Eucalyptus CEO Mårten Mickos became well-known as CEO of MySQL, a popular open-source database company that was sold to Sun Microsystems for $1 billion in February 2008. The Finnish native then stayed on with Sun for another year.
He was named CEO of Eucalyptus Systems in 2010; I interviewed him earlier this year. Now, with the conclusion of the recent Cloud Expo in Silicon Valley, I asked Mårten some follow-up questions.
Eucalyptus CEO Mårten Mickos with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan
Here is what he told me (and yes, he's right about Sonos - a rare slip on my part):
What were attendees at Cloud Expo telling you? How far along with cloud computing are they at this point?
Mickos: "Many of the discussions at Cloud Expo were between vendors. What has changed is that many vendors now have clearer product strategies and are therefore more straightforward to partner with. So you could say that us vendors are farther along now than just six months ago.
"As for customers, many of the people there were technical. Technical people typically know more about new technology than their organizations do. What I mean is that we saw numerous companies who are not just getting started, but getting real with private cloud. But it could be a bias in that we get to talk to the pioneers who still represent a minority overall."
How do you view Citrix CloudStack as well as the OpenStack project? How directly do you compete?
Mickos: "Our main competitor is vCloud Director from VMware. That's the one we most often meet in competitive situations.
"Occasionally we also meet CloudStack because it's a production-ready cloud platform. But it is mostly focused on service providers, and at this point more focused on Xen, so there is less of of market overlap.
"OpenStack comes up in numerous discussions. As it isn't production-ready yet, we don't really see it in competitive bids. And as it matures, it seems it will have a different market focus. OpenStack is a set of tools and partly independent cloud projects, whereas Eucalyptus is a QA'd and packaged product with a technology roadmap and upgrade path.
"OpenStack is (also) anti-AWS and will not fully support its API. We see ourselves as a useful complement to AWS, and as you know we have the most high-fidelity implementation of that API functionality. Finally, OpenStack is service provider and public cloud focused whereas Eucalyptus targets enterprises: web and tech companies, large enterprises and government agencies.
How fast are you growing these days?
Mickos: "Starting early in 2011 we saw phenomenal growth in our sales pipeline, and our sales growth started following the same trajectory. The great thing with many vendors in this space is that they create awareness for the sector. And when customers need a production-ready platform that enables hybrid clouds with AWS, they come to us.
We believe we have added more reference deployments this year than all our competitors combined. You can visit our website to see some of our users."
How large is your potential market compared to today?
Mickos: "Industry analysts are predicting that the IaaS market will be growing at a 70% compound annual growth rate for a number of years to come. Our business is growing much faster, which means that we are increasing our market share.
"How large the market ultimately will be cannot be known today, but I am guessing at something between (US)$10 and 20 billion annually."
How important are public sector markets to you?
Mickos: "Very important! The public sector is one of our chosen strategic markets. USDA, FDA, NASA, Aerospace and others use Eucalyptus clouds. We also have a strong presence in academia. See for instance the Red Cloud by Cornell University, or the San Diego Supercomputer Center.
"And perhaps you saw the announcement that India's National Informatics Centre is rolling out large Eucalyptus clouds to support remote villages in India.
"Governments want an open source cloud platform that works and which enables hybrid clouds. That's why Eucalyptus is so popular among them."
Which is the coolest company in Santa Barbara: Eucalyptus or Righscale?
Mickos: "Great question! Santa Barbara is such a cool place for high-growth companies. And shouldn't you include Sonos as one of the candidates?
"But I can't really be the judge myself. Naturally I love the Elastic Utility Computing Architecture Linking Your Programs To Useful Systems that our co-founders started at UCSB. But I am also a huge fan of RightScale and think they must be one of the coolest cloud companies ever.
"Whichever it is, we all love our Silicon Beach!"
"We host and fully manage cloud data services, whether we store, the data, move the data, or run analytics on the data," stated Kamal Shannak, Senior Development Manager, Cloud Data Services, IBM, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Jul. 29, 2016 05:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,418
Machine Learning helps make complex systems more efficient. By applying advanced Machine Learning techniques such as Cognitive Fingerprinting, wind project operators can utilize these tools to learn from collected data, detect regular patterns, and optimize their own operations. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Stuart Gillen, Director of Business Development at SparkCognition, discussed how research has demonstrated the value of Machine Learning in delivering next generation analytics to imp...
Jul. 29, 2016 04:45 AM EDT Reads: 2,560
DevOps at Cloud Expo – being held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA – announces that its Call for Papers is open. Born out of proven success in agile development, cloud computing, and process automation, DevOps is a macro trend you cannot afford to miss. From showcase success stories from early adopters and web-scale businesses, DevOps is expanding to organizations of all sizes, including the world's largest enterprises – and delivering real results. Am...
Jul. 29, 2016 04:45 AM EDT Reads: 2,357
With the proliferation of both SQL and NoSQL databases, organizations can now target specific fit-for-purpose database tools for their different application needs regarding scalability, ease of use, ACID support, etc. Platform as a Service offerings make this even easier now, enabling developers to roll out their own database infrastructure in minutes with minimal management overhead. However, this same amount of flexibility also comes with the challenges of picking the right tool, on the right ...
Jul. 29, 2016 04:30 AM EDT Reads: 1,395
The 19th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo, to be held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, brings together Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Digital Transformation, Microservices and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportuni...
Jul. 29, 2016 04:15 AM EDT Reads: 2,671
With over 720 million Internet users and 40–50% CAGR, the Chinese Cloud Computing market has been booming. When talking about cloud computing, what are the Chinese users of cloud thinking about? What is the most powerful force that can push them to make the buying decision? How to tap into them? In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Yu Hao, CEO and co-founder of SpeedyCloud, answered these questions and discussed the results of SpeedyCloud’s survey.
Jul. 29, 2016 03:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,036
The Internet of Things will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, demonstrated how to move beyond today's coding paradigm and shared the must-have mindsets for removing complexity from the develo...
Jul. 29, 2016 02:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,598
SYS-CON Events announced today that MangoApps will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MangoApps provides modern company intranets and team collaboration software, allowing workers to stay connected and productive from anywhere in the world and from any device.
Jul. 29, 2016 02:30 AM EDT Reads: 1,458
Large scale deployments present unique planning challenges, system commissioning hurdles between IT and OT and demand careful system hand-off orchestration. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jeff Smith, Senior Director and a founding member of Incenergy, will discuss some of the key tactics to ensure delivery success based on his experience of the last two years deploying Industrial IoT systems across four continents.
Jul. 29, 2016 02:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,679
Redis is not only the fastest database, but it is the most popular among the new wave of databases running in containers. Redis speeds up just about every data interaction between your users or operational systems. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Dave Nielsen, Developer Advocate, Redis Labs, will share the functions and data structures used to solve everyday use cases that are driving Redis' popularity.
Jul. 29, 2016 12:30 AM EDT Reads: 1,700
Basho Technologies has announced the latest release of Basho Riak TS, version 1.3. Riak TS is an enterprise-grade NoSQL database optimized for Internet of Things (IoT). The open source version enables developers to download the software for free and use it in production as well as make contributions to the code and develop applications around Riak TS. Enhancements to Riak TS make it quick, easy and cost-effective to spin up an instance to test new ideas and build IoT applications. In addition to...
Jul. 29, 2016 12:15 AM EDT Reads: 1,995
Predictive analytics tools monitor, report, and troubleshoot in order to make proactive decisions about the health, performance, and utilization of storage. Most enterprises combine cloud and on-premise storage, resulting in blended environments of physical, virtual, cloud, and other platforms, which justifies more sophisticated storage analytics. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Peter McCallum, Vice President of Datacenter Solutions at FalconStor, discussed using predictive analytics to mon...
Jul. 29, 2016 12:15 AM EDT Reads: 2,091
Identity is in everything and customers are looking to their providers to ensure the security of their identities, transactions and data. With the increased reliance on cloud-based services, service providers must build security and trust into their offerings, adding value to customers and improving the user experience. Making identity, security and privacy easy for customers provides a unique advantage over the competition.
Jul. 28, 2016 11:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,244
In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 19th Cloud Expo, Yoseph Reuveni, Director of Software Engineering at Jet.com, will discuss Jet.com's journey into containerizing Microsoft-based technologies like C# and F# into Docker. He will talk about lessons learned and challenges faced, the Mono framework tryout and how they deployed everything into Azure cloud. Yoseph Reuveni is a technology leader with unique experience developing and running high throughput (over 1M tps) distributed systems with extre...
Jul. 28, 2016 10:15 PM EDT Reads: 2,228
"We've discovered that after shows 80% if leads that people get, 80% of the conversations end up on the show floor, meaning people forget about it, people forget who they talk to, people forget that there are actual business opportunities to be had here so we try to help out and keep the conversations going," explained Jeff Mesnik, Founder and President of ContentMX, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Jul. 28, 2016 10:15 PM EDT Reads: 1,444