There is a fairly standard narrative around cloud computing that says that the bulk of workloads will end up sitting with two of three mega-vendors in the public cloud space. At the same time, those organizations that need their workload on an on-premises or private cloud will leverage either a proprietary platform (VMware, for example) or one from an open source initiative like OpenStack. That narrative doesn’t leave much room for specialist hosting vendors who get squeezed out between the various players.
So it was interesting to hear from hosting solutions vendor Symmetry, a small firm that is built to support and manage production SAP and SAP HANA workloads (admittedly alongside more traditional IT workloads). The company has expanded its platform geographically into Phoenix and Northern Virginia as an augmentation from its existing Chicago and Madison, Wis., data centers. Symmetry suggests that this expansion really moves the needle on its ability to deliver product and service to these enterprise workloads.