Building Systems Management as a Service

Dmitry Sotnikov

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Ruggero Contu has published a case study which he created after studying Quest Software‘s transition from being a pure software vendor to also a SaaS cloud-based IT management company: “Case Study: Quest Leverages Cloud Services to Introduce SaaS-Based Log Management Produc...
Burgeoning application stores satisfying any possible consumer need seem to be the number one reason for the incredible success of products like iPad tablets and iPhone and Android smartphones. What is it that does not let Microsoft provide the same application distribution for Windows...
Now that our services for IT Pros: OnDemand Recovery for Active Directory and OnDemand Log Management – have been out for a couple of months, got their first customers, and demonstrated (knock on wood) 100% uptime, it seems to be the right time to start collecting feedback and gi...
One of the leading providers of IT management SaaS – Quest OnDemand – has decided to stop using federation with Live ID as its main user authentication method and switched to simple email address/password way. In the age of everyone trying to federate with everyone else thi...
This Monday, August 2nd, 2010 I will be talking about how cloud computing is transforming the Systems Management industry at the Cloud Computing usergroup in Mountain View, CA. Here’s the abstract: As SaaS and cloud matures and gets wider acceptance it starts affecting new market...
This also seems to be a natural adjacent market for Amazon (the IaaS company – not the online retailer). If they already successfully host web startups and are the most well-known compute platform for tasks such video transcoding or text recognition – why not use that same expertise an...
Maybe not just yet unless you are an extremely large hosting company or enterprise with big IT and research and development (R&D) budgets. To re-cap, this week at its Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) Microsoft announced that together with their hardware partners they will start o...
Another online service we have just launched for IT professionals is Quest OnDemand Log Management. This is a great service for event log collection, storage and analysis. 1. All you need to do to enable it, is download and install a small event collection agent and select which event ...
Last week was the official commercial launch of Quest OnDemand Recovery for AD - a subscription-based automated service which protects your Active Directory for a small monthly fee. Changes are good, and Active Directory - as the identity core of most companies' IT - is always changing...
Don Fornes of Software Advice posted an interesting piece on how cloud solutions are a classic example of disruptive technology emerging from niche/small market and then growing, becoming ever more feature-rich and cost-effective and eventually starting to replace big market incumbents...
Quest has just made available technical preview of it’s just-in-time access provisioning provider. The idea is that instead of granting cloud services accounts to all your users, you set up a framework for users to request access if they need it. The demo below shows how this works fo...
Microsoft’s TechNet EDGE posted a video with quite detailed discussion of Systems Management as a Service concept, example of such a service (Quest OnDemand), how it uses Windows Azure as the underlying technology, the security model behind it, and so on. Obviously a demo is in t...
Here’s a 3 minute video which Windows Azure team shot when they caught me in the hallway after one of the days at the Microsoft PDC conference last November. It is short but hopefully provides look into why we are using Azure and building our Quest OnDemand Systems-Management-as...
A new (free!) service became publicly available on Quest OnDemand - Quest Site Administrator for SharePoint Reports. This is a great free service which provides some pretty neat reports on your intranet SharePoint environment. You go to the site and it launches a nice Silverlight clien...
Security and data protection are key concerns for any cloud solution. I truly believe that this is also one aspect that you cannot just improve over time. No matter how agile you are security needs to be there by design. Unfortunately most cloud vendors/SaaS-providers still don’...
Ben Riga posted a video recording with a fairly detailed discussion we had at Microsoft PDC about Quest OnDemand (Quest’s Systems Management as a Service offering). One thing I could not help noticing is how the UI of the service itself changed between this shooting in November and the...
Last week at Microsoft PDC we launched our Systems Management as a Platform offering with a few of the services going into private beta. Now you can actually see a quick demo of one of these services and read some of the media coverage. You can see the product demo if you watch the rec...
Systems Management as a Service (is there an acronym for this yet?) is finally becoming a reality. Today at Microsoft Professional Developer Conference we have announced beta launch of Quest OnDemand our online IT management services. This is one of the projects which have been consum...
Here’s when and where you can find me in Berlin this week: Microsoft Online Services booth (Unified Communications area) in the TLC area (3.2) I’ll be there tomorrow (Tuesday) during the evening reception – 6:15-8:00 pm. Obviously, I will be happy to answer any qu...
Quest Connect is a big online conference put together by Quest, Microsoft, , Dell, NetApp, Vizioncore, Scriptlogic, Techrepublic, Oracle Magazine, Redmond Magazine, and The Code Project. The agenda is packed with a lot of useful material on Windows Server 2008 R2, AD, Identity Manageme...
Are cloud services about efficiency or negligence? About being able to outsource commodity services and concentrate on core competence or loosing control and risking getting out of compliance? Which IT services can be safely moved to the cloud and which should stay in house? Let’s get ...
Thanks to Nicholas Carr everyone loves to talk about Cloud Computing as electricity and how we are transitioning from own power-stations to central grid. After a lot of discussions about “the cloud”, it occurred to me recently that there is a far better model to make cloud idea easy to...
Global directories are obviously not new. There were efforts like X.400 and like, but then we kind of got scaled back to company-wide identities instead. So most of us just use a username (or DOMAIN\username) to log into our computer at work, and do not care that this is not globally u...
An important milestone just got passed by Google – one of the big enterprise identity management vendors out there – Quest Software (full disclosure: I am working for the company) – has added Google Apps as a directory to which they can provision identities and access. One might arg...
Analysts should love hype – it lets them jump into a hot area and be the thought leaders who everyone has to consult to make any sense out of what is going on in the area. “Cloud” is probably the most hyped word in the industry these days and everyone has a definitio...
Using Cloud means providing our products as a service. Most of these efforts are not public yet, but you can get some of the information on what is coming if you see the recording of my TechEd session. Also, Quest has one of the best virtual desktop (VDI) solutions in the market – vWor...
You’d think that after all the news of China blocking Google and other web sites Software-as-a-Service and cloud computing would be the worst software delivery model you would imagine? Customer survey on SaaS Gartner conducted in November 2008 has shown that Asia/Pacific region i...
Just because you have software packaged as a virtual machine and running in Amazon EC2 does not mean you have a “cloud” offering. As easy as it sounds in most cases when a vendor claims they have their software available as a service/cloud offering – it is just that: ...
That’s what Gartner’s Andrea Di Maiofound in his recent report: “Government in the Cloud: Much More Than Computing“. This might surprise initially – after all Forrester just told us that public sector was lagging in the cloud computing adoption rush. Howe...
Forrester’s Frank Gillet just published results of a big survey on Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS – like Amazon’s compute cloud or internal cloud-like datacenter) acceptance across geographies and company sizes titled “Conventional Wisdom Is Wrong About Cloud...
“APaaS: A Step to a ‘Killer App’ for Cloud Computing?” is a great report by Yefim V. Natis and Eric Knipp published by Gartner last week. Yefim and Eric, as it seems to me, managed to articulate the very essence of what makes Cloud Computing so disruptive: ̶...
Technet Edge posted the interview David Tesar made with me while at TechEd last month. Check it out here. Dmitry Sotnikov of Quest Software, gives us his perspective on services in the cloud and answers some of the frequently asked questions in his sessions such as: - When is the right...
Recording from my TEC session on IT professional view on identity management and AD-integration for Exchange Online and Windows Azure has just got posted: Enjoy! You can find other session recordings from TEC (including keynote!) here. Also, if you are based in Europe – TEC Euro...
“Dataquest Insight: Cloud-Based Server Backup Services, 2Q09 Update” by Adam W. Couture is a good feature-by-feature (including pricing) comparison of a dozen of major online backup solutions for the enterprise space. Backup might initially sound like the worst cloud applic...
If you are at Microsoft TechEd next week there will be a few sessions I will be giving there: Birds-of-a-Feather,”Going to the Cloud: Are We Crazy?” Dmitry Sotnikov, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday May 12, room 501A – this one is IT-oriented discussion of risks and benefits of putt...
McKinsey published a report this week claiming that their research shows that for organizations with revenues above $500 million using external cloud computing resources are more expensive than using their own datacenters: $366 a month per unit for cloud compared with $150 a month for ...
“Worldwide System Management SaaS 2009 Vendor Analysis: Economic Crisis Creates Opportunities” is an excellent recent report by IDC. Software as a Service started in consumer web, and then expanded into end-user-oriented business and collaboration sites (Salesforce.com, Goo...