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What Do Bare-Metals Clouds, FedRAMP, and Innovation Have in Common? – Apprenda Marketwatch

Ryan Quackenbush

By Ryan Quackenbush

It’s Friday! You’ve all worked to get here. But before you go start your weekend, check out what’s new in the world of technology.

 

The Bare-Metal Cloud Continues to Grow

Until very recently, the concept of the bare-metal cloud wasn’t really on the radar of most businesses looking for cloud services. Marketing efforts to reach consumers of cloud services tended to focus on the virtualization of the customer’s IT needs, with a back-box approach to describing the back end. But to a significant percentage of potential cloud customers, the idea of a faceless backend was not an appealing one, nor was the thought of their business needs simply sharing resources with an unknown number of other customers. When you combine this attitude with one of the fastest growing segments of the data center business, colocation facilities, the answer becomes glaringly obvious, in a “why didn’t I think of that” kind of way: the bare-metal cloud…” Via David Chernicoff, ZDNet

 

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Cloud Behind the Firewall: Apprenda and FedRAMP
At this time, it’s no secret that Apprenda is deeply involved in industries ripe with regulation and governance (e.g. Healthcare, Finance, Defense, etc.). The reason we appeal to the JPMorgan Chase’s and McKesson’s of the world is not coincidence: our platform is policy-driven and caters to industries with compliance requirements because we enable governance without minimizing innovation. We automate application deployment policies and authorization requirements on the fly so that developers do not have to hard-code these features in and instead can focus on innovation…” Via Dan Domkowski, Apprenda Blog

15 Examples of Open Innovation between Big Companies & Startups
Open innovation is a strategic game for big companies and one of the most important moves to consider for their innovation leaders is the allocation of focus and resources in the context of open innovation. Here we need to consider that big companies like GE, Cisco or Microsoft tend to have 8-12 different value pools (think suppliers, startups, customers or universities) to consider for their open innovation efforts. The challenge is that even companies that are good at open innovation only seems to be able to handle 3-4 value pools properly at the same time. I have no doubt that the value pool of start-ups and entrepreneurs is highly relevant value pool for most big companies and there are lots of initiatives that underscore my reflections…” Via Stefan Lindegaard, Innovation Excellence

IT complexity drives movement to managed service providers
As IT complexity increases, businesses cling to their control on servers and refuse to loosen their grip. However, complete control requires a lot of time, effort and money that could be spent in other areas. Moving to cloud or managed service providers could alleviate a lot of responsibility for businesses. “As we’re building out our infrastructure and building out our architecture within the enterprise, it’s OK to put some things in the hands of managed service providers because you don’t want to be in that business,” David Linthicum said. “It’s just too costly and puts a drag on revenue.” In his latest podcast…” Via David Linthicum, TechTarget

 

The Huge Challenge Facing Obama’s New Tech Team, In One Chart

“…the government’s tech struggles stem mostly from its inability to lure the best engineers and programmers away from Silicon Valley and its out-of-date method for developing new technology. The White House says the U.S. Digital Service will consist of “America’s best digital experts,” who will work with government agencies to make websites “more consumer friendly,” fix software glitches, and upgrade the government’s technology infrastructure. The new team marks the latest effort by President Obama — who relied on an army of programmers and engineers to win reelection — to recruit more techies to help run the government…the culture clash between Silicon Valley and Washington is an example of the many obstacles that lie ahead…” Via Gerry Smith, Huffington Post

US Digital Service: Key To Making Government Agile?
The White House says it has a new playbook for digital government services that will avoid another embarrassment like the glitchy HealthCare.gov launch last October and build on the lessons of the site’s rescue and relaunch in 2014. By creating a new US Digital Service, and putting former Google engineer and HealthCare.gov miracle worker Mikey Dickerson at the helm, the White House hopes to import some Silicon Valley digital knowhow into the federal government. In addition to leading the USDS, Dickerson will have the status of deputy to federal CIO Steve VanRoekel. VanRoekel works within the White House’s Office of Management and Budget to set standards for technology implementation, operations, and spending…” Via David Carr, InformationWeek

Philadelphia Boosts Digital Connections With Citizens
“The city of Philadelphia is showing its citizens brotherly love with improved digital services and data insights. “Philly 311,” a program used by residents to get information about municipal services and make non-emergency requests — about potholes, graffiti, noise — will get a facelift with the help of Unisys and Salesforce.com. Based on Salesforce.com’s Service Cloud CRM platform, the new system is designed to streamline data culled from Philly 311 call center technologies, the website, mobile app, and social media under one platform to simplify how citizens interact with city hall…” Via Sane O’Neill, InformationWeek

 

Upgrades to Datapipe Managed Cloud for AWS Look To Bring Down Barriers to Public, Hybrid Cloud Adoption

To break the barriers some companies face to public cloud adoption, managed hosting and cloud services provider Datapipe has upgraded its Managed Cloud for Amazon Web Services (AWS). “The rapid growth in cloud adoption is changing how IT organizations optimize their internal and external resources,” said Datapipe CEO Robb Allen in a statement. Datapipe’s enhancements to its managed cloud services aimed to remove risk and improve benefits to cloud adoption, he added. In specific, the enhancements to Datapipe Managed Cloud for AWS focus on adding new services in three key areas, Allen said. They are: (1) security and risk management; (2) resource usage optimization; and (3) enabling better mission-critical hybrid IT implementation…” Via Vance McCarthy, Integration Developer News

Interest in Microsoft big data strategy grows as customers push limits
Perhaps not surprisingly, Microsoft is making a big push into big data. According to the company, as much as 85% of new data is unstructured, and many businesses lack internal expertise to take advantage of the data they could derive from customer relationship management (CRM) and other systems…Data solutions help capture and store large volumes of diverse data, whether structured, unstructured or machine-generated. Microsoft’s solutions have in-memory capabilities in SQL Server 2014, relational database capabilities in the cloud through their Azure SQL Database, and Hadoop-based solutions through Azure HDInsight in the cloud or the Analytics Platform System appliance, according to Oberoi. Solutions include Microsoft’s Internet of Things (IoT) Azure Intelligent Systems Service (AISS)…” Via Esther Shein, TechTarget

IBM, CSC Have Heads in the Cloud
If any vendor knows how to use acquisitions and alliances to its benefit, it’s IBM. Big Blue has already managed to climb to No. 3 in the security arena, in large part by scooping up other companies with noteworthy offerings and expertise, such as CrossIdeas and Lighthouse Security Group. In the cloud space, the Armonk, N.Y.-based vendor is reaching for the stratosphere as well—most recently, via the deepening of its alliance with Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC). According to execs at both IBM and CSC, the expansion of the relationship has one goal at its core: to speed enterprise adoption of hybrid cloud, mobile, and big data solutions…” via Michele Pepe, Channelnomics

EMC customer? You can only buy from third-party sales bods now
“EMC says it will remove the tools that allowed its direct sales reps to quote kit prices to customers this quarter. The process is running slightly behind schedule due to some teething issues, but should be in place soon, it said. The internal reps used the Direct Express (DXP) to fire off quotes to customers while partners used the similarly imaginatively entitled Channel Express (CXP) system… Not everyone is happy in EMC land though – the forthcoming partner programme revamp is causing some mid-sized resellers to question their relationship with the vendor…” Via Paul Kunert, The Channel

 

Have yourselves the best weekends of your lives! Yesterday’s Marketwatch can be found here.

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Ryan Quackenbush
Ryan Quackenbush

Ryan Quackenbush is the Advocacy Programs Manager at Apprenda. His cooking is renowned, his record collection and library are extensive and, when not at Apprenda, he can usually be found rooting for the Mets or playing live music. You can follow him on Twitter at @RSQuackenbush.

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