Today, EMC closed on the acquisition of a small Ottawa-based company called Cloudlink.
Cloudlink does something simple – and does it well. They deliver a product called SecureVM that encypts (and attests to, and otherwise controls and manages) compute instances in clouds:
- They do it for Windows and Linux OS images.
- They do it in a way that is lightweight, and leverages native encryption capabilities like BitLocker.
- They do it for Azure.
- They do it for vCloud Air.
- They do it for the Federation Enterprise Hybrid clouds.
In our view, certain underlying services are critical “as-a-service” cloud offerings options in the service catalog:
- Some are critical for “platform 2” workloads (apps that depend on infrastructure resilience – aka “pets”). These are services like backup and DR – independent for cloud type/location. You can see the “tip of the iceberg” our thinking around this with the Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud, vCloud Air, Recoverpoint for VMs, CloudArray, the acquisition of Spanner/Maginatics and more.
- Some are critical for “platform 3” workloads (apps that have resilience built into the app fabric, and commonly have polyglot persistence/data fabrics – aka “cattle”). These are services like geo distributed object stores, varying HDFS strata, data fabric choices, and rich microservice catalogs. You can see the “tip of the iceberg” our thinking around this with Cloud Foundry, the Cloudscaling acquisition, VMware Integrated Openstack and VMware’s recent news around Google/Docker partnerships, ECS/ECS Software Object/HDFS, Isilon HDFS, DSSD HDFS, the Open Data Platform initiative and more.
- Some are critical for both classes of workloads. These are services like encryption that is independent from cloud type/location – and offers choices on where keys are held (at customer, or in cloud). The Cloudlink acquisition is about filling this important piece.
People would be fascinated (at least I think so - it fascinates me!) by the machinery behind EMC’s M&A – and this is one small, but perfect, example. I want to give you that “peek behind the curtain” and also more insight into CloudLink.
Here’s the story behind the story – read on!