Hewlett-Packard Enterprise announced they will no longer sell low-end “commodity” servers to large cloud computing customers. Most of the cloud companies have been going directly to contract manufacturers in Taiwan or China to have servers built to their specifications at low cost. They are no longer interested in brand name products or their high costs.
Pierre Ferragu of Bernstein Research covered six networking vendors rating them on their market performance. Cisco Systems, Ubiquity Networks, and F5 Networks all received a market performance rating of “Outperform”. Juniper was given a “Neutral Market Perform” rating, and Aruba and Ruckas were given a rating of “Underperform”.
Cloud services, be they private clouds, public clouds, or even traditional hosted services are themselves just as vulnerable as ordinary data centers to infrastructure problems of water, power, access, and adequate disaster backup. Hurricane Sandy has taken an unexpected toll on Cloud services, highlighting the importance of picking the physical location of the underlying assets.