This Week in Cloud May 19, 2017

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Welcome to 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!

CIO Jury: 100% of Tech Leaders Still Run On-Premise Data Centers

By Alison DeNisco, May 15th edition of TechRepublic
“While many organizations are moving toward cloud-native applications that run in a hybrid cloud infrastructure, traditional on-premise data centers remain the norm, as ZDNet’s Charles McLellan reported. TechRepublic’s panel of experts agreed: When asked “Does your company still run its own data center?” all 12 members of the CIO Jury said “yes.” “We still run our own data center, but we’ve dramatically reduced the footprint through virtualization and other infrastructure consolidation saving quite a bit on power and cooling,” said Michael Spears, CIO and chief data officer of the National Council on Compensation Insurance. “We are moving to a private/hybrid cloud model and don’t anticipate eliminating the entire data center any time soon.”

Multi-Cloud Network Targets Bottlenecks

By George Leopold, May 15th edition of EnterpriseTech
“As the embrace of multi-cloud strategies gathers steam and enterprises struggle to decide how to spread IT assets across the cloud and their own datacenters, new tools are emerging to help connect multi- and hybrid cloud installations. Market watchers have noted that the rise of multi-cloud strategies in which assets are distributed among on-premise and cloud platforms along with different cloud providers, has added another layer of complexity. One consideration is how to efficiently divvy up assets between cloud, colocation and on-premise computing resources, observers note.”

Clouds’ Crazy Kinks Can Spin Your Wheels and Lead You To Mistakes

By Simon Sharwood, May 17th edition of The Register
“You’re probably cocking up the cloud, but clouds themselves are part of the reason why. So says Kyle Hilgendorf, chief of research at Gartner for Technology Professionals, the branch of the analyst firm that talks to Reg-reading types instead of suits. Hilgendorf delivered a session titled “Top AWS and Azure IaaS mistakes you’ll want to avoid” at this week’s IT Infrastructure, Operations & Data Centre Summit. It was comfortably the best-attended session I witnessed outside of the keynotes and offered eleven mistakes that Hilgendorf sees his clients making.”

73% Of Enterprises Will Run Almost Entirely On SaaS By 2020, Report Says

By Alison DeNisco, May 18th edition of TechRepublic
“Enterprises are rapidly shifting to Software as a Service (SaaS), with the industry poised to generate more than $112.8 billion in revenue by 2019, according to IDC. Enterprises now use 16 SaaS apps on average—up 33% from last year, according to a new report from BetterCloud. And 73% of organizations said nearly all of their apps (more than 80%) will be SaaS by 2020. BetterCloud—which, it should be noted, provides SaaS management software—surveyed more than 1,800 IT professionals for their report. Some 38% of tech workers said their company is already running almost entirely on SaaS, and that they run 2.1x more SaaS apps than the average organization, the survey found.”

The Emergence of DevOps in the Evolving Digital Enterprise

By Ash Ashutosh, May 17th edition of Network World
“Welcome to the rise of the digital enterprise, where vendors and customers engage via applications and data is the new currency. Digital enterprises operate with radically different datanomics than conventional physical businesses. Here, digital information is the business. A successful digital enterprise is constantly updating applications in response to user context, market and environment—all of which is quantified, measured and delivered with data. Everything and everyone is personified by a digital footprint. Learning that the user just bought a new house requires change in recommendation from renters to home insurance. Reduction in price by a competitor or a new promotion needs a fast response. It is increasingly clear that a company’s ability to generate high-quality apps more rapidly is a critical differentiator. Fast is the new big.”

After Discovering the Higgs Boson, CERN Integrates OpenStack with Kubernetes

By Scott M. Fulton III, May 12th edition of The New Stack
“The beauty of a scientific program, whether it be centered around a module orbiting the planet or a subatomic particle riding a narrow, ring-shaped corridor underground, is that it compels its participants to solve bigger problems in new and untried ways. The space program prompted NASA to create new ways to envision the way computers work. “Software” was a catch-phrase NASA engineers came up with to refer to digital programs that did the work of mechanisms. Shipping containers packed with servers outside Kennedy Space Center and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory became the seeds for the world’s first clouds… Now, joining forces with Rackspace — the first commercial firm to emerge from the NASA cloud experiment, from which OpenStack was born — CERN has provided a testbed for OpenStack to integrate with the Kubernetes open source container orchestration software, by way of the former platform’s native Magnum component. They’re solving the integration problem without splitting the atom.”

4 Cool Kubernetes Tools For Mastering Clusters

By Serdar Yegulalp, May 15th edition of InfoWorld
“Need to switch Kubernetes contexts in a flash? Want to know what pods are burning up CPU? These tools have all that covered and more. Kubernetes, the cluster manager for containerized workloads, is a hit. With the Big K doing the heavy lifting in load balancing and job management, you can turn your attention to other matters. But like nearly every open source project, it’s a work in progress, and almost everyone who works with Kubernetes will find shortcomings, rough spots, and annoyances. Here are four projects that lighten the load that comes with administering a Kubernetes cluster.”

3 Benefits You Didn’t Expect From Linux Containers

By Scott McCarty, May 18th edition of Network World
“Linux containers are gaining significant ground in the enterprise, which is not surprising, since they make so much sense in today’s business environment. With that said, container technology as we know it today is relatively new, and companies are still in the process of understanding the different ways in which containers can be leveraged. In a nutshell, Linux containers enable companies to package up and isolate applications with all of the files necessary for each to run. This makes it easy to move containerized applications among environments while retaining their full functionality.”

Bitnami Comes Up From Below Decks – kubeless

By James Governor, May 12th edition of RedMonk
“So Bitnami isn’t the kind of company you usually find sunning it on a deckchair. It’s more of an engine room kind of firm. It takes care of a lot of boring plumbing in creating and deploying open source software packages, underpinning image management for Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform Launchpad, and VMware, covering over 140 open source packages including Jenkins, SugarCRM and WordPress.”

Google’s New IoT Core Service Helps Businesses Manage Their IoT Data and Devices

By Ron Miller, May 16th edition of TechCrunch
“Google Cloud launched a new Internet of Things management service today called Google Cloud IoT Core that provides a way for companies to manage IoT devices and process data being generated by those devices. A transportation or logistics firm, for example, could use this service to collect data from its vehicles and combine it with other information like weather, traffic and demand to place the right vehicles at the right place at the right time. By making this into a service, Google is not only keeping up with AWS and Microsoft, which have similar services, it is tapping into a fast-growing market. In fact, a Google Cloud spokesperson said the genesis of this service wasn’t so much about keeping up with its competitors — although that’s clearly part of it — it was about providing a service its cloud customers were increasingly demanding.”

IBM Lands $700M Cloud Computing Contract With Bombardier

By Mike Wheatley, May 17th edition of SiliconANGLE
“Troubled Canadian transportation giant Bombardier Inc. has just inked a six-year, $700 million deal with IBM Corp. to use its cloud services as part of a larger restructuring initiative. Last year, Bombardier said it was laying off more than 14,000 of its staff worldwide, following a $2 billion budget overrun and a two-year delay of its C-Series commercial jetliner, which finally entered into service last year. The deal will see Bombardier use IBM Services and IBM Cloud Management to power its IT in 47 countries, and will be one of Big Blue’s largest partnerships in Canada, the companies said.”

CenturyLink Launches SAP Managed Service With Cisco, NetApp

By Larry Dignan, May 15th edition of ZDNet
“CenturyLink said it will offer a managed service for SAP deployments based on FlexPod integrated systems from Cisco and NetApp. The telecom and IT services provider said the managed service will be available in early summer. CenturyLink also has an SAP practice specializing in deploying the enterprise software giant’s applications and analytics tools. CenturyLink, which is in the process of buying Level 3, made the announcement as SAP Sapphire kicks off in Orlando. CenturyLink has been beefing up its SAP practice. The company has partnered with Hewlett Packard Enterprise on SAP-targeted systems and in January acquired Seal Consulting, which focuses on SAP deployments.”

How Yahoo Wrangles Its Giant Private Cloud

By Eric Knorr, May 15th edition of InfoWorld
“Every week it seems we hear about another large enterprise moving a major chunk of workloads to AWS or some other public cloud. Meanwhile, the private cloud—once considered a vital part of the enterprise’s future—gets no respect. “The enterprises that banked on private clouds a few years ago are now having second thoughts,” says InfoWorld’s David Linthicum in a recent post. I can assure you that Yahoo isn’t one of those enterprises. InfoWorld recently interviewed Yahoo’s VP of Cloud Services, Preeti Somal, who gave us an in-depth virtual tour of the company’s enormous private cloud, which runs hundreds of thousands of servers worldwide, averages one terabit per second of traffic to over a billion monthly users, and accommodates roughly 50,000 build jobs per day.”

Microsoft Azure Almost Doubles Infrastructure Cloud Market Presence

By Gavin Clarke, May 16th edition of The Register
“Competition for enterprise IT spend is intensifying with Microsoft and Google applying pressure to AWS. Microsoft’s share of the cloud infrastructure market nearly doubled in the first three months of this year, according to analysts Canalys. Microsoft managed IaaS market growth of 93 per cent to just under $1.5bn compared to the same period a year ago. Also expanding quickly was Google, which – invigorated under the leadership of ex-VMware chief Diane Green – increased its share by 74 per cent to over $500m. Both come from lower starting points with AWS remaining the dominant provider, which means it’s growing relatively slowly.”

Ford CTO Raj Nair On The Future: Ford Will Look Very Different In 10 Years

By Greg Kumparak, May 15th edition of TechCrunch
“Today at TechCrunch Disrupt NY, our own Darrell Etherington sat down with Ford Motor Company CTO (and Ford employee since 1987!) Raj Nair to chat about the future and how a company like Ford shifts with an evolving industry — particularly as the car industry adopts the idea of cars that drive themselves. While the overall panel was about autonomous vehicles, they started off with a quick mention of the GT — Ford’s ridiculous (both in its ridiculous performance and in the ridiculously low number of them being made), $450,000 supercar. We spent an afternoon checking out the GT a few weeks back. “Yeah.. that car is a little bit my baby,” said Nair. “But it’s kind of the opposite of a driverless vehicle.”

Trump Administration to Move All Federal IT Into the Cloud: Is It Realistic?

By Conner Forrest, May 13th edition of TechRepublic
“On Thursday, US President Donald Trump signed his long-awaited executive order on cybersecurity, laying out his plans for addressing security in federal IT and across US infrastructure. The most ambitious mandate was that all federal IT systems move to the cloud. President Trump’s homeland security adviser, Tom Bossert, said in a Thursday announcement that the government had spent too much time and money “protecting antiquated and outdated systems.” Bossert cited the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) hack as evidence of failing legacy systems. Bossert said, “From this point forward, the President has issued a preference in federal procurement in federal IT for shared systems. We’ve got to move to the cloud and try to protect ourselves instead of fracturing our security posture.”

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