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Odin – Vendor Strengths and Cautions – Gartner



In March 2015, Parallels divided its company more explicitly into two distinct brands and business divisions — Parallels for the cross-platform solutions (focused on end-user support and application delivery) and Odin (focused on service providers, for hosting and cloud automation, Web management, and cloud infrastructure). While still a part of Parallels, Odin will function as a separate, wholly owned business. Within Odin, the Parallels Cloud Server offering was rebranded to Virtuozzo — in many ways, re-embracing the company’s virtualization and container foundation. Odin targets service providers that serve small or midsize business customers — a loyal, viable and expanding community for the company. Additionally, Odin is the major driving force behind OpenVZ and has been working closely with Docker and Google on container standards. Given Parallel’s track record with containers, more than one million container instances deployed and new compatibility with Docker, Odin has the potential to expand its service provider value and market reach.

Virtuozzo allows applications to run in lightweight, separate containers, offering processor affinity and memory protection and isolation. Compared with hypervisor-based solutions, the Virtuozzo containers offering enables much higher server densities and can reduce OS software and administration costs. Virtuozzo containers also offer portability and live workload migration. The whole architecture of containers enables a workload and container to spin up faster and with less performance overhead than VM solutions. For those customers who prefer to manage their own OS, Virtuozzo hypervisor enables service providers to offer traditional VMs on the same physical node as containers. Virtuozzo storage enables a complete high-availability solution on commodity hardware by creating a cloud storage pool from existing server hard drives.

Odin is positioned well for service providers that are competing with very large service providers for midmarket enterprise customers. Virtuozzo is used on-premises by only a handful of large enterprises; Odin is very focused on the service provider market. However, it sees potential to expand its adoption by enterprises through service providers due to its robust support of containers.

Odin offers the best solution for service providers building high-density and isolated solutions around common workloads, such as Web services. As the Docker and container phenomenon grows, Odin has a head start on competitors, but as every major cloud provider begins to offer container support, and as every major hypervisor vendor adds container support to its portfolio, Odin will be challenged to maintain its lead.


  • Odin has deep and proven experience in robust container and container management technology.
  • Odin has a large and committed service provider installed base.
  • The strong mix of containers, a hypervisor, storage virtualization and cloud management leads providers to a low-cost, high-performance alternative.


  • The re-emergence of the container market will also create competitive challenges as providers and virtualization vendors invest heavily in alternate container technologies.
  • Odin’s focus on service providers limits its hybrid cloud adoption by enterprises (except through Docker interoperability).
  • Odin relies on a service provider market that is under extreme price pressure from very large cloud providers.

Huawei – Vendor Strengths and Cautions – Gartner

http://www.gartner.com/technology/reprints.do?id=1-2JFZ1KP&ct=150715&st=sb Huawei Huawei started its enterprise business in 2011. Its market base is stronger in Brazil, Russia, India and (primarily) China, and it mainly targets telcos and emerging markets. FusionSphere is virtualization infrastructure software and is one element of Huawei’s portfolio of network, storage and compute infrastructure. Although it can be supported on third-party hardware, most references are deployed on Huawei’s FusionCube. FusionSphere includes a Xen-based hypervisor, as well as extended input/output, availability and recovery products and capabilities. Furthermore, Huawei is developing a KVM product suite, and this is their stated technology direction. Huawei FusionSphere first entered the Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure in 2014. An up-and-coming product in emerging markets, Huawei FusionSphere claims hundreds of references in emerging economies. It also has references from Western Europe and Singapore, among other mature markets. However, Huawei has more customer references from China than elsewhere. It is predominantly appropriate for Huawei hardware users. Users of other x86 servers should validate the level of certification and local support. In late 2013, Huawei became a Gold Member of the OpenStack Foundation. It has already become a top 10 feature and code contributor, and it is leveraging OpenStack across both FusionCloud and FusionSphere, which may expand its market awareness while also increasing its appeal as cloud infrastructure. Huawei has established its position in telecommunications companies and for networking technology. During the past few years, Huawei has shown great ambition to expand into enterprise markets in mature economies. However, national security concerns have resulted in obstacles, particularly in North America. Its continuing growth will likely originate from emerging markets, Asia/Pacific and Western Europe — where FusionCloud and FusionSphere are being evaluated in test/development and pilots for cloud infrastructure. Strengths

  • Huawei provides an increasing breadth of product sets tied to FusionSphere and FusionCloud, leveraging open source and OpenStack.
  • Huawei has a complete stack in terms of server hardware and virtualization software.
  • Huawei is a disruptive alternative vendor with good momentum in emerging countries.


  • Huawei is challenged in mature markets that are sensitive to geopolitical issues.
  • Execution is strongest in select geographies and vertical-industry markets (telecommunications).
  • Huawei must further develop partnerships with third-party vendors (especially in the U.S.) and grow its channel business.

Virtualisation and Private clouds.. what is the difference?

The difference between virtualisation and private cloud is that one provides the means to achieve the other – but it is not quite so simple

An article by Alan Stevens on the register explains further:

From virtualisation to private cloud http://reg.cx/1PBM

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