Former head of Intel’s Data Center Group Diane Bryant has been appointed Chief Operating Officer of Google Cloud, bringing an engineering background and 30 years of industry experience to the position, as well as experience leading a group that brought in $17 billion in revenue last year, according to a blog post announcing her appointment.
Bryant left her role at Intel in May, taking a lengthy leave of absence for family reasons. At the time Intel CEO Brian Krzanich credited her with transforming the group “from a server-centric group to a business that spans servers, network, and storage across all end-user segments, and with product lines and business models that extend beyond the traditional.” At the same time Intel’s shift included a greater focus on the server business, including an appearances by Bryant at AWS re:Invent to announce new chip deployments.
“Google Cloud is the most technologically advanced, most highly available, and most open cloud in the world,” Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene wrote in the blog post. “We are growing at an extraordinary rate as we enable businesses to become smarter with data, increase their agility, collaborate and secure their information. Diane’s strategic acumen, technical knowledge and client focus will prove invaluable as we accelerate the scale and reach of Google Cloud.”
Bryant had worked at Intel since 1985, and was promoted from senior VP to executive VP in April 2016. She also serves on the board of United

 

In Episode 15 of The WHIR: Cloud Talks podcast, Brendan English, VP of product management, content, ASG Software Solutions talks to Nicole Henderson, The WHIR Editor in Chief.

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One of the fascinating looks forward in the Technology Track at HostingCon Global 2015 will be a panel talk by Sheng Yeo of OrionVM, Chris Grecsek of Centered Networks, and Jason Martin of Cumulus Networks. They will discuss wholesale cloud as “the third option,” between the difficulties of building your own cloud, and the limited margins and flexibility of public cloud.

 

 

All three are cloud technology experts. Yeo was awarded the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award for 2013 for his work with OrionVM, which he co-founded while at the University of Technology in Sydney, and has lectured at the University and presented at a number of industry conferences. Grecsek co-founded Centered Networks after working as the Director of IT for San Francisco Foundation, where he helped launch several successful startups. Martin was VP of Worldwide Services for VMware and ran Asia Pacific operations for cloud storage startup Coraid prior to becoming VP of Customer Experience at Cumulus Networks.

Wholesale cloud offerings continue to gain ground, and more have come online this year to join the growing market segment. Egenera launched its Xterity out of Equinix data centers in April, which joins the recently rebranded Faction in selling exclusively to resellers and the channel.

While it’s impossible to know what the next year holds for hosting and cloud providers, it is easy to anticipate some of the major developments and opportunities. Register for HostingCon, select the education sessions and exhibits that apply most directly to your core business, and you will increase your readiness for the unpredictable future.

For all the latest HostingCon news and information, visit HostingCon – Premier Industry Conference and Trade Show for Web Hosting and Cloud Service Providers

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One of the fascinating looks forward in the Technology Track at HostingCon Global 2015 will be a panel talk by Sheng Yeo of OrionVM, Chris Grecsek of Centered Networks, and Jason Martin of Cumulus Networks. They will discuss wholesale cloud as “the third option,” between the difficulties of building your own cloud, and the limited margins and flexibility of public cloud.

 

 

All three are cloud technology experts. Yeo was awarded the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award for 2013 for his work with OrionVM, which he co-founded while at the University of Technology in Sydney, and has lectured at the University and presented at a number of industry conferences. Grecsek co-founded Centered Networks after working as the Director of IT for San Francisco Foundation, where he helped launch several successful startups. Martin was VP of Worldwide Services for VMware and ran Asia Pacific operations for cloud storage startup Coraid prior to becoming VP of Customer Experience at Cumulus Networks.

Wholesale cloud offerings continue to gain ground, and more have come online this year to join the growing market segment. Egenera launched its Xterity out of Equinix data centers in April, which joins the recently rebranded Faction in selling exclusively to resellers and the channel.

While it’s impossible to know what the next year holds for hosting and cloud providers, it is easy to anticipate some of the major developments and opportunities. Register for HostingCon, select the education sessions and exhibits that apply most directly to your core business, and you will increase your readiness for the unpredictable future.

For all the latest HostingCon news and information, visit HostingCon – Premier Industry Conference and Trade Show for Web Hosting and Cloud Service Providers

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Tenzing announced Tuesday that David Smith is the company’s new VP of sales and marketing. Smith is a veteran of both managed services and ecommerce, and he is expected to scale the sales organization following a breakout quarter for Tenzing.

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HP has hired a former Rackspace VP, according to an internal memo obtained by Re/code. Mark Interrante will serve as HP senior VP of engineering in the company’s cloud business unit.

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HP has hired a former Rackspace VP, according to an internal memo obtained by Re/code. Mark Interrante will serve as HP senior VP of engineering in the company’s cloud business unit.

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Out-of-band management (OOBM) is becoming an increasingly vital part of the business-continuity tool kit, as data center locations become more remote and as enterprises look to avoid costly network outages any way they can. Thus, remote management and monitoring hinge on early fault alerts, quick diagnosis and fast-moving maintenance. Although OOBM eases a variety of remote-management processes, it has become an essential part of preventing network blackouts and providing efficient troubleshooting. In particular, the advent of (and shift toward) cellular OOBM is a measure of the advantages that cellular connectivity provides: increased cost savings and greater flexibility. It is with cellular out-of-band management, as the future of OOBM, where the industry’s goals of versatile, inexpensive solutions that maximize uptime are at their most apparent, and where they see the most promise.

At the most pragmatic level, switching to OOBM is a logical choice for businesses. The change can drastically reduce expenditures caused by data center issues (both environmentally caused and those resulting from human error). In the case of a major fault or a catastrophic event, remote sites that lack out-of-band capabilities would need to have at least one maintenance worker sent directly to the site to troubleshoot the crisis after the event. The travel costs for purchasing timely plane tickets and facilitating a hastily planned trip to a remote location could easily reach thousands of dollars. Add to that the opportunity costs created by the business-interrupting downtime, and the cost of that single event is enough to make most CFOs wince at the damage done to their company’s bottom line.

Implementing out-of-band management makes troubleshooting cheaper, easier and faster. It can render the physical presence of a maintenance worker unnecessary, saving on those travel (and potentially expensive labor) costs. But even more, because a person need not physically travel to the site, businesses also save on the time it would take to send the maintenance worker on a journey all the way to the (by definition) “remote” data center. Instead of a business needing to wait for a human being to arrive on site before maintenance even begins, OOBM enables maintenance and troubleshooting to start without delay the moment an alert is raised, reducing the mean time to repair. For companies seeking forward-thinking solutions, OOBM substantially reduces risk to essential functions. Even in company environments where IT resources and budgets are limited, OOBM’s true long-term value to the health of an enterprise cannot be overlooked, and it can easily reimburse its own cost of investment.

Enter cellular out-of-band, which combines OOBM’s cost savings with even greater flexibility. When the price savings in switching from an analog phone line to a cellular data plan averages around $45/month per connection, installing cellular OOBM equipment can save hundreds of dollars every year at each remote site that makes this switch. Add the continually decreasing costs of cellular data plans globally, and these savings only grow into the future. Furthermore, an analog phone line both is slower and lacks many of the same options that cellular OOBM can provide. Compare an analog phone line’s 56kbps speed with cellular 4G LTE’s 20–30 megabits, and it’s clear that analog phone lines are orders of magnitude slower than what cellular can offer. Again, this connection speed and versatility is crucial for businesses that just cannot afford any time spent out of operation. In data centers across the world, analog phone service has simply become too costly to maintain and often too inefficient to effectively curtail network outage issues, especially when placed in juxtaposition with the host of advantages cellular can provide. When analog lines can no longer cut it, companies seeking the best in current remote data-management solutions are finding it increasingly easy to cut the cord. Moreover, cellular—in addition to offering multiple data avenues—is also able to send alerts via text if other alert options are unavailable. When primary network capabilities are down, whether owing to human error or some other fault, cellular OOBM is much more responsive and capable, allowing for troubleshooting and repairs despite the loss of network connectivity. For all these reasons, cellular OOBM is both a more cost-effective and more flexible solution than its legacy alternative.

Finally, cellular integration is at the forefront of OOBM innovation, and it’s a vital addition to businesses with serious networks that need serious OOBM solutions. In industries where any amount of downtime can be fatal, as with financial institutions, network service providers and other major corporations that depend on constant connectivity, OOBM can provide both proactive, preventative measures and post-event troubleshooting to see the enterprise through high-pressure outage situations. This capability ensures business continuity when it’s absolutely necessary. In these scenarios, the addition of cellular capabilities to remotely manage data center sites in preparation for cases of network failure is fundamentally essential.

Ultimately, the entire point of OOBM is to ensure that businesses can always communicate with and manage their remote data sites. Adding cellular capabilities is only a logical addition to the OOBM arsenal. Integrating cellular with OOBM allows for a cheaper, more flexible solution that adds redundancy—and therefore more safeguards—for remote site management. Although cellular certification, whether it’s 3G or 4G LTE, is a significant investment for hardware providers, this cellular connectivity is fast becoming a necessary feature. In fact, the rising speeds, falling costs and multitude of superior features on offer have created an invasion of cellular technology into enterprise data centers across the world. To a certain extent, cellular routers are often already implemented in remote sites, but it is hardware that is built specifically to provide cellular out-of-band that will drive remote-management innovation into the future.

Leading article image courtesy of Acoustic Dimensions under a Creative Commons license

About the Author

cellularTony Merenda is cofounder and VP of Engineering for Opengear, a company that builds remote infrastructure-management solutions for enterprises.

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Next Wednesday the WHIR is hosting a webinar with DDoS defense specialist Corero Network Security. The webinar will be presented by Corero’s newly appointed VP product and CTO David Larson.

 

Rackspace Hosting has made a couple of key appointments this week, adding Microsoft veteran Will Knight as VP of channel partner sales and Ryan Neading as CIO. Read More

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