Dell Cloud Marketplace launches public Beta

November 5, 2014

Today at Dell world, we are rolling out the public beta of the Dell Cloud Marketplace.  The marketplace, which is targeted at both sys admins and developers, allows you to set-up, manage, monitor and pay for a variety of cloud services in a self-service model.

The IaaS platforms available at launch are provided by Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform and Joyent.  Cloud services partners include Docker for application development, Pertino for cloud networking and data management provided by Delphix.

Yesterday before the show kicked off I grabbed some time with the marketplace’s chief architect, Campbell McNeill to learn more.  Take a listen to what Campbell had to say:

Some of the ground Campbell covers:

  • What they learned from this summer’s private beta and how they have rearchitected the marketplace accordingly (focusing on control and governance and leveraging the features of the Enstratius acquisition).
  • A market place catalog where you can get apps running in Docker containers and then run them in the cloud of your choice.
  • Providing developers with agility while at the same time giving those tasked with security and compliance a governance control plane.
  • Sign up today and get $500 free credit and give us you thoughts and help us to further refine improve the marketplace.

Extra-credit reading

  • Dell Cloud Marketplace: Many Clouds, One Dashboard — InformationWeek
  • Dell launches into cloud brokerage market with Cloud Marketplace — ZDNet
  • Dell Tests Public Cloud Waters With Beta Marketplace Offering — CRN

Pau for now…


Live from Cloud Connect: David Berlind

January 22, 2009

Ok well maybe its not live but here’s a short (3:34) video I shot yesterday with David Berlind, the man behind Cloud Connect.  The conference kicked off Tuesday night and continues, as I type, until this evening.

To watch in High Quality: after clicking play, click the “HQ” button that will appear on the bottom.

This video was shot right in the middle of the “speed geeking” section yesterday where attendees visited nine different cloud demos being presented by the sponsors: Amazon Web Services, IBM, Mosso, Google, Right Scale and

In the Video David talks about

  • The idea behind Cloud Connect and whats going on
  • Where the cloud works best
  • His predictions for whats going to happen in the cloud space in ’09 (hint, watch out for the big boys).

But wait, there’s more…

If you’re interested in hearing more from Cloud connect Check back here over the next week since I’ll be posting about six more videos as well as an audio podcast with the founder of Google Apps.

Pau for now…

Rackspace’s CTO John Engates and his “Cloudy” thoughts

November 11, 2008

Last but not least in the three podcasts I taped at the Rackspace Customer Event is my conversation with John Engates, Rackspace CTO.  Like Lanham and Jonathan, John was a very approachable and likable guy.  I checked out John’s presentation earlier in the day and then caught up with him in the afternoon to chat.

Take a listen:

>> My talk with John (20:11): Listen (mp3) Listen (ogg)


The radiant John Engates.

Some of the Topics we tackle:

  • John’s definition or “characteristics” of the cloud
  • The various shades of the cloud and who plays where
  • Why Amazon has gone with such geeky names e.g. EC2, S3, AWS
  • Making the cloud accessible so that you don’t need a comp sci degree to use it
  • The Microsoft announcement and why they’re a natural fit
  • The founding and evolution of Mosso
  • Combining hosting elements and cloud elements (Blueprint leverages both)
  • The pitfalls of the cloud, real and perceived (and what is a “server hugger”)

Pau for now…

Amazon talks about Amazon’s cloud

October 6, 2008

From the same event where Jeff Keltner of Google talked about Cloud Computing, below is a video of Adam Selipsky, Amazon’s VP of product marketing and developer relations for Amazon Web Services.  Adam uses his slot to talk about what Amazon’s been doing in the last couple of years in the area of Web services.

He starts off with an interesting chart that shows how the bandwidth from the web services side of the house has now outstripped the bandwidth required for the website side.  He then positions Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a suite of building blocks that the company has been rolling out one after the other in the following order:

  1. S3 (Simple Storage Service)
  2. EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) – I have to point out for a company that delivers great consumer experiences they sure suck when it comes to the naming of offerings on web services side.
  3. Simple DB (ok that’s a decent name) – in beta
  4. SQS (Simple Queue Service)
  5. FPS (Flexible Payment Service)
  6. MTurk (Mechanical Turk – an on demand workforce)

The guiding principles that AWS has used when creating services is that they be

  • Easy to use
  • Fast
  • Elastic (quick to ramp up or down)
  • Highly available
  • Available on a pay-as-you go basis (so that you can terminate at any time if you’d like)

I was surprised that while Adam talked about the Amazon built services, he didn’t mention any of the services from others that they host like Solaris, MySQL, JBoss, Zmanda data recovery etc.  It might have been the audience he was addressing but I would think that this is where AWS’s real business is coming from in the future.

Pau for now…

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