This week’s top stories in software-defined infrastructure, July 4 – 8

Private cloud gains ground, Avnet has gone global, and NetApp has high hopes for new CEO

Worldwide cloud IT infrastructure revenues grew 3.9 percent year over year to $6.6 billion in the first quarter of 2016, according to a report by the International Data Corporation (IDC). IT Web indicates these results are surprising due to the slowing demand for public cloud. Private cloud revenues grew by 6.8 percent to $2.8 billion whereas public cloud only increased revenue by 1.9 percent to $3.9 billion. Traditional on-premises infrastructure decreased by 6 percent with declines in both storage and servers and growth in Ethernet switch.

Microsoft Azure is taking the place of Amazon Web Services in the cloud market, a survey by Morgan Stanley reveals. “The results of the survey are noteworthy,” says Network World, “because since the dawn of the IaaS cloud computing market Amazon Web Services has been seen as the top vendor. Morgan Stanley’s 2016 State of the CIO report shows that could be changing.” Over 20 percent of CIOs responded that they are using Amazon Web Services today, while about 10 percent said they are using Azure. More respondents indicated their plans to use Azure compared to AWS by a small margin. Tim Crawford, a CIO advisor at AVOA, believes the shift towards Azure is due to enterprises already employing Microsoft products, making Azure easier to implement.

Avnet has gone global by launching its EMEA Avnet Cloud Marketplace in the UK and France, ChannelBiz reports. The Marketplace gives enterprises access to cloud solutions from leading global providers as well as Avnet’s own cloud services. There are a variety of flexible payment models and bundles available to users. Bundles can be customized to include different suppliers’ cloud products along with Avnet’s IT services. The Marketplace also includes a full set of management tools that are readily available to all users.

George Kurian is just the CEO NetApp needs to regain its footing, The Register declares. “All company CEOs profess a belief in teamwork and the company as a community, but few walk that walk, talk that talk, and really, really believe it,” The Register states, implying that Kurian is the CEO who truly embodies those values. Born in Kerala, India, Kurian studied at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, then attended Princeton University for college and earned an MBA at Stanford.  Kurian worked at Oracle, McKinsey & Company, Cisco and several other tech companies before joining NetApp. At NetApp he rose from SVP in the Software Group to EVP of Product development and finally to CEO.

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