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Alessandro Perilli
Research Director
3 years at Gartner
16 years IT industry

Alessandro Perilli is a research director for Data Center Strategies in the IT Professionals Research group at Gartner. Alessandro covers private cloud computing and cloud management platforms. Read Full Bio

My 2013 tweets about cloud management platforms and private cloud computing: how much will it change in 2014?

by Alessandro Perilli  |  January 18, 2014

My first client interaction for 2014  was with a large enterprise busy building a private cloud. Like hundreds of customers I talked to in last three years, this organization is struggling to enforce service catalog standardization, to the point that I sarcastically commented on Twitter: “Hello 2011…I mean 2014“ My own comment triggered the urgency […]

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Don’t believe any claim about private cloud market share

by Alessandro Perilli  |  December 6, 2013

Despite all hype, the private cloud computing market is still in its infancy. The enterprise customers deploying what we call at Gartner “cloud management platforms” (CMPs) are in the order of the thousands. Not insignificant, especially given the size of the accounts that buy CMPs, but far away from mainstream adoption. Evaluating the few dozen […]

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Why vendors can’t sell OpenStack to enterprises

by Alessandro Perilli  |  November 19, 2013

A couple of weeks ago I attended my first OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong. It was an eye opener experience from a research standpoint, and I wrote some of my impressions in a post titled “What I saw at the OpenStack Summit” . In that post I covered three big a-ha moments for me, but […]

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What I saw at the OpenStack Summit

by Alessandro Perilli  |  November 12, 2013

Last week I attended the OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong. What I saw, or what I think I saw, was so remarkable to me to be worth sharing in a more articulated way that Twitter (@a_perilli) allows me to. Please note that being my first Summit, and being the event held in Asia, some of […]

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Multitenancy is not just network isolation and RBAC

by Alessandro Perilli  |  July 19, 2013

In my many interactions with cloud management platform (CMP) vendors, a point of extreme concern is multitenancy. Of course, most of them recognize that a basic premise of multitenancy is network isolation. However, in too many cases, vendors can suggest that, above network isolation, implementing multitenancy simply is a matter of granular role-based access control. […]

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Climbing the Cloud Orchestration Curve

by Alessandro Perilli  |  June 11, 2013

Twice per year, a number of Gartner for Technical Professionals (GTP) analysts are involved in a fascinating research project that we call Contextual Research. We identify a highly interesting technology to our clients, and go interviewing a number of early adopters worldwide. We anonymize, atomize, analyze, and re-aggregate information captured during the interviews in the […]

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Assessing Cloud Management Platforms

by Alessandro Perilli  |  February 26, 2013

Last summer, Gartner for Technical Professionals (GTP) released an assessment framework to help organizations review and compare cloud management platforms (CMPs): “Evaluation Criteria for Cloud Management Platforms“. In most cases, CMPs are massive software management, automation, and orchestration solutions that sit on top of a virtual infrastructure and turn it into a cloud environment. A CMP solution […]

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