This Week in Cloud December 16, 2016

By Atos Apprenda Support


Welcome to Apprenda’s This Week in Cloud! This is a curated list of the top stories that were published during the past week pertaining to cloud computing, containers, the IoT, acquisitions, product releases, industry studies, and more.

If you’ve got an eye for technology but don’t have the time to keep track of everything cloud, let us give you a hand!

Linux and Windows, Living Together, Total Chaos! (OK, Kubernetes 1.5)

By Nick Chase, December 12th edition of OpenStack Unlocked
“There’s Linux, and there’s Windows. Windows apps don’t run on Linux. Linux apps don’t run on Windows. We’re told that. A lot. In fact, when Docker brought containers into prominence as a way to pack up your application’s dependencies and ship it “anywhere”, the definition of “anywhere” was quick to include “Linux”. Sure, there were Windows containers, but getting everything to work together was not particularly practical. With today’s release of Kubernetes 1.5, that all changes… The development effort, which was led by Apprenda, was aimed at providing enterprises the means for making use of their existing Windows investments while still getting the advantages of Kubernetes.”

Docker Donates Container ‘Plumbing’

By George Leoplold, December 14th edition of EnterpriseTech
“Docker Inc. is moving to expand its application container ecosystem by releasing to the open source community its underlying runtime used to execute containers while enlisting leading public cloud providers as partners to extend the reach of distributed applications in enterprise infrastructure. The San Francisco-based company said Wednesday (Dec. 14) it is spinning out the core component of Docker Engine, dubbed “containerd” (Con-tay-ner-D) and donating it to a new industry project. The container component includes methods for transferring container images, container execution and supervision, local storage and network interfaces running on Linux and Windows.”

Cisco to Kill Its Intercloud Public Cloud on March 31, 2017

By Simon Sharwood, December 13th edition of The Register
“Cisco will turn off its Intercloud Services (CIS) public cloud next year, The Register understands. We have sighted a message from veep for Cloud Platform and Services Kip Compton, which CCs a number of Cisco marketing and communications people, announcing the service’s termination. Compton says: “Today we are taking an important step to better align our resources so that we are well positioned to execute on Cisco’s Cloud Strategy. Effective March 31, 2017, the CIS multi-tenant hosting platform will be shut down and all tenants fully migrated to other platforms.”

Azure-Driven WeatherCloud Clears Path for Faster Snow Removal

By Darryl Taft, December 9th edition of The New Stack
“With snow already in the forecast for many states in the Midwest and Northeastern states, concerned drivers and travelers, in general, can gain a measure of comfort knowing their municipality is using an Internet of Things (IoT) enabled app known as WeatherCloud. Built by Boulder, Colorado-based Microsoft partner Fathym, WeatherCloud helps to enhance driver safety during inclement weather. The cloud-based application runs on Microsoft’s Azure cloud infrastructure and helps municipalities better prepare for snow storms and the like rather than simply reacting to the weather patterns after they’ve occurred.”

Amazon’s New Feature Aims to Lure Big Companies to Its Cloud

By Jonathan Vanian, December 12th edition of Fortune
“Amazon’s quest to be a one-stop-shop for corporate customers continues. The retail giant’s cloud computing arm, Amazon Web Services, said Monday it has built a new feature called AWS Managed Services. Instead of merely offering just storage and computing resources on demand, the new feature lets customers offload to AWS the mundane legwork required to operate and manage corporate software infrastructure. Prior to this move, a company’s IT workers would need to do routine maintenance on software infrastructure to ensure operations were running smoothly.”

Cloud Compute: AWS, Azure, Google, SoftLayer Compared

By Brian Adler, December 3rd edition of ZDNet
“Back in the olden days (early 2007), there was one player in IaaS: Amazon Web Services (AWS). And AWS had one instance family, the M1. It was good. But as tech years move faster than dog years, the landscape has changed quickly and dramatically. There are new players — notably Azure, Google, and IBM SoftLayer — and new offerings. Even when you consider only the compute offerings of the IaaS providers, the options are vast and varied. Granted, compute is at the core of what these providers offer, and as such they look to differentiate those items. The result has been an explosion in the number of options in the compute realm of IaaS.”

2017 IT Forecast: Budgets Will Rebound

By Sharon Florentine, December 15th edition of Network World
“TEKsystems 2017 IT forecast shows IT budgets rebounding from a slump in 2016, and IT leaders’ confidence high going into the new year. But challenges around talent acquisition and organizational alignment will persist. The research, which polled 700 CIOs, IT hiring managers, directors and vice presidents in October 2016, found that almost half, 49 percent, expect their IT budgets to increase in 2017. Only 12 percent of respondents say their IT budgets will decrease, and 39 percent say their budgets will stay the same.”

Why the Data Center Isn’t Dead Yet: Explaining the Rise of the ‘Pragmatic Hybrid Cloud’

By Dan Richman, December 12th edition of GeekWire
“Amazon Web Services’ recent re:Invent conference in Las Vegas highlighted the excitement and momentum that public-cloud computing is generating these days, perhaps epitomized by shipping line Matson’s announcement that it is abandoning its own data centers and moving its entire IT operation to AWS. But such wholesale moves to the public cloud, where organizations rent all their computing, storage and networking resources rather than buying and maintaining their own hardware, remain unusual, noted David Linthicum.”

Why Digital Transformation Is An Empty Catch-Phrase

By Joe McKendrick, December 12th edition of Forbes
“They should designate “digital transformation” as the buzzphrase of the year. It all sounds so good, so modern and forward-thinking. Vendors love it, of course, since it means buying lots of shiny new systems. But enacting a “digital transformation” against an organization that is mired in calcified processes, non-customer-friendly behavior and restrictive, top-down thinking will only means lots adding a layer of shiny new systems on top of calcified processes, non-customer-friendly behavior, and restrictive, top-down thinking. It means doing digital transformation for the sake of digital transformation. Worse, it may mean doing lots of the wrong things even faster.”

Insights from NetApp Insight Berlin 2016

By Sasha Jeltuhin, December 13th edition of the Apprenda Blog
“Last month I attended NetApp Insight 2016 in Berlin – the annual conference for NetApp clients, partners and storage professionals, – and was impressed by its strong focus on application development. Storage underpins most technology systems and NetApp, being a long-time leader in the space, is embedded in quite a few of them. A number of really cool appliances ranging from video surveillance to large-scale analytical anomaly detection engines were showcased at the conference. Flexpod booth was a great attractor with new shiny and ever more powerful gear exposed to thousands of attendees. But there was also something new in the air.”

Your Car Will Become a Second Office in 5 Years or Less, General Motors CEO Predicts

By Cadie Thompson, December 12th edition of Business Insider
“GM’s CEO Mary Barra is leading the 108 year old car company through one of the biggest transformations in automotive history. With autonomous cars on the horizon, she has made huge moves to bring the company into the future. In the last year alone under Barra’s leadership, the auto giant acquired Cruise Automation, invested $500 million in the ride-hailing company Lyft, and launched GM’s first long-range, all electric vehicle, dubbed the Bolt. We recently had the chance to speak with GM’s CEO Mary Barra about what a self-driving future will look like and how GM is planning for it.”

Fannie Mae CIO: Regulation Fostered Innovation

By Eric Knorr, December 12th edition of InfoWorld
“Eight years after the subprime mortgage crisis exploded, the name Fannie Mae still stirs unease. Although neither Fannie nor Freddie can be blamed for the meltdown, their misguided investments in mortgage-backed securities necessitated a government takeover that helped spark the biggest financial panic since 1929. When Bruce Lee became Fannie Mae’s CIO two years ago, the mortgage industry was still grappling with the consequences. “I think it’s fair to characterize the mortgage industry as a whole as dealing with the fallout of the crisis and implementing new regulations up until the middle of 2015,” he says. Lenders worked their way through implementing needed controls, leaving little bandwidth for innovation.”

Cloud Automation Company Logicworks Raises $135 Million

By Sindy Nanclares, December 14th edition of VentureBeat
“AWS cloud automation software Logicworks announced today that it pulled together a $135 million round. The capital, Logicworks said, will help the company focus on “expanding proprietary software platform, scaling its operations, and pursuing targeted strategic acquisitions.”Led by Pamplona Capital, the investment round will also allow Logicworks to push its technology into new international markets.”

IBM Makes Clever, Safe Acquisition, Swallows Object Storage Market

By Chris Mellor, December 12th edition of Forbes
“IDC has updated its object-based storage marketscape to show IBM has leapt to a chart-topping position through buying Cleversafe. Scality is second. Dell EMC has hustled up the charts to third place, pushing most other players down the rankings. The IDC analysts see “a standardisation and integration of the Amazon S3 and OpenStack Swift API, an emphasis on computing paradigms such as containers, native support for file interfaces, and a focus on vertical/use case–centric solution offerings.” Many offerings have a scale-out file system superimposed on an underlying object storage system. Cloud-based object storage services were not included in the report.”

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