In July, the numbers were released for the Gartner magic quadrant and the results were both surprising and unsurprising. The totally expected part was who the biggest players were. They were AWS, Microsoft, and Google. What was surprising, was the fact most customers are using a multi-cloud strategy, having data in more than one cloud at the same time. Also, that the biggest mover was Alibaba with the biggest loser being IBM. IBM has published statements indicating that they were more profitable somehow when they sold hardware as they hone their cloud strategy.

The moral of this story seems to be that big players have done cloud correctly, at least some of them. However, the making of a multi-cloud strategy to work seamlessly takes expertise, effort, and perhaps some finesse. AI has impacted the cloud spectrum of players with market share inroads being made as well as by smaller companies. The organizations that make an impact on the multi-cloud front, or the AI front, may turn out the be the biggest winners in cloud yet. We will have to watch and see.







E8 Storage is a Storage Startup that has been targeted for acquisition by AWS. It was reported by Israel’s Globes for $50 to $60 million. GeekWire reported that E8 Storage has a list of 30 employees on LinkedIn, mostly based in Israel.  What is interesting to me is that the is down, meaning that perhaps the acquisition has been completed.

Who was E8 Storage? They were a scale-out storage vendor using NVMe over Fabric to scale-out with huge performance.  Some information about E8 Storage that was provided to me via web by them in 2018:

E8 Storage is a pioneer in shared NVMe storage for data-intensive, high-performance applications that drive business revenue. E8 Storage’s affordable, reliable and scalable solution is ideally suited for the most demanding low-latency workloads, including real-time analytics, financial and trading applications, genomics and large-scale file systems. Driven by the company’s patented architecture, E8 Storage’s high-performance NVMe over Fabrics certified storage delivers record breaking performance at half the cost of existing storage products. When performance matters, enterprise data centers turn to E8 Storage for unprecedented storage performance, density and scale, without compromising on reliability and availability. Privately held, E8 Storage is based in Santa Clara with R&D in Tel Aviv, and channel partners throughout the US and Europe.”


For the fellow geeks in the world, here is some in-depth coverage by Tech Field Day.

Wikipedia has a List of mergers and acquisitions by Amazon (AWS),

E8 Storage is being listed as the 99th company acquired by Amazon and the fourth this year.  It seems it was proceeded in 2019 by Canvas Technology, Sizmek Ad Server and Bebo. It will be interesting to keep an eye on this to see who will be the next on the list.

Completing an internal Microsoft License Audit

Depending on the size of your organization, doing a Microsoft license compliance self-audit can be a very daunting task. I would suggest if you do not have internal resources, contract with a firm that will complete the process correctly and in a timely manner.

SAM (Software Asset Management)

If you do not have either of the resources, I would suggest finding a firm that can complete a SAM using Microsoft tools (same tools that would be used if Microsoft called for an audit). A SAM can provide the use and cost of your current software and helps you in understanding your current licensing structure and how to use it more effectively.

Below are 4 things that Microsoft points out in their website as benefits of SAM:

  • Improved visibility; “always on” means no surprises or disruptions to your business
  • Real-time deep data insights to drive the right technology decisions for your business needs
  • A potential savings of up to 30% on IT spend
  • Processes for metering, right-sizing, and harvesting of unused software and cloud services to eliminate unnecessary consumption.

“By 2020, enterprises with an effective SAM practice will reclaim 25% to 30% of their total software spending, compared to enterprises that do not.” -Gartner, Three Steps to Create an Effective SAM Tool Strategy With Gartner’s Tool Decision Framework, 15 February 2017.

One of the best recommendations is that the business team makes sure they are staying compliant and not trying to catch up.  Below are a few things that I have found important to help your business in the process of getting through a compliance audit.

  • Make sure your license agreements /renewals are intact! The easiest way is to work with your VAR to make sure your Enterprise agreement is up to date or if possible, you are purchasing Software Assurance to future proof your versions.
  • Start now! The last thing you want is to be out of compliance if Microsoft knocks on your door.
  • Store all your invoices! Make sure to keep all Microsoft license purchase invoices in a single place for easy access.
  • Inventory your Microsoft Software! Make sure as an ongoing practice that you keep an inventory sheet of all your installs and users/devices so that you can easily prove that your business is compliant.
  • Your VAR is important! Make sure you have a trustworthy VAR that can provide the correct licensing as needed. Microsoft may be understanding if you are missing a license here or there, but they also want you to have a fast ability to true up if needed.

Finally, if you have concerns about your current compliance please do not hesitate to reach out to the DeltaWare team to discuss how we can help you in this process.






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