Cloud Is Big…But It’s Getting Even Bigger Than That: Apprenda Marketwatch

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 The Cloud-Computing Market Could Be Much, Much Bigger Than We Thought
One of the big shifts driving more money being spent on AWS and other cloud services, Ellis points out, is the cloud is becoming an essential part of the “compute supply chain.” In other words, rather than vertically-oriented IT services built and running within the company’s own data centers, companies are shifting more IT services to public cloud services and plugging into published APIs rather than write their own code. A shift is taking place away from isolated, departmental deployments to public cloud resources and instead “enterprises-wide spending.”…Whatever the reason, enterprises are clearly spending lots of money on cloud computing.” Via Matt Asay, ReadWrite


HP CIO Ramon Baez sees your future in the cloud
Recently, HP unified its cloud services under the Helion brand name, using the open-source OpenStack as a foundation. The company continues to work on its software stack for big-data processing, called HAVEn (Hadoop, Autonomy, Vertica, enterprise security, apps). The company also plans to launch an online magazine, called Matter, designed to…address the growing gap between the promise of cloud computing and big data and the actual IT systems that organizations have in place today…we sat down with HP CIO Ramon Baez to learn more about HP’s vision for cloud computing and big data and how HP can help its customers make the most of these new technologies.” Via Joab Jackson, CITE World

Openness And Honesty From Eucalyptus CEO Mickos
Open source cloud vendor Eucalyptus’ CEO Marten Mickos is an interesting character…Recently Mickos showed real openness when…asked who will win the open source cloud war, OpenStack or Eucalyptus, (and) went into great depth in an effort to explain the dynamics he sees in the marketplace…raising some good points and painting a far more nuanced prediction as to what the future of enterprise cloud operating systems will look like.” Via Ben Kepes, Forbes

Rackspace CTO John Engates on Developing Native Support for Docker
Docker has been around for only 15 months but already enjoys support from numerous industry giants, including Google, Amazon Web Services, Red Hat and Rackspace. John Engates, Rackspace CTO, delivered an opening keynote at DockerCon, talking about the ways Rackspace uses Docker and works with the company to create native support for the technology that will work with any cloud…Rackspace has posted a video with highlights from Engates’ presentation.” Via Yevgeniy Sverdlik, Data Center Knowledge

Docker could threaten cloud providers’ portability plans
“…In some cloud instances, Docker is a great architecture and deployment approach. However, it could fly in the face of others. I suspect Docker is inspiring intense meetings at many cloud provider organizations…it could be a much better approach to application portability for cloud-based platforms…But it makes a lock-in strategy harder for cloud providers to impose. Pushing a proprietary approach to application or workload the face of Docker could be a fruitless exercise for cloud providers.” Via David Linthicum, InfoWorld

What Docker Means For VMware, Cloud
“…should IT abandon its adoption of virtual machines and replace them with containers? What do containers represent in terms of IT’s existing investment in VMware and other hypervisor-based management? …If enterprise IT is already committed to virtualization, will Linux containers supplant that?… The next generation of applications, many of which will run in the cloud, are more likely to be built with containers in mind rather than virtualization. When applications are composed as assemblies of many moving and distributed parts, containers will be a better fit.” Via Charles Babcock, InformationWeek

Frictionless IT: Find The Right Role For Cloud
The pressure to do more, faster isn’t a surprise to IT leaders…Bottom line, though, is that IT leaders need to change their outlook and tactics, and embrace today as a time of golden opportunity. They need to borrow tactics and strategies from digital-native businesses, and adapt them to their needs, to create an infrastructure that’s as responsive as the company demands…This rosy view of IT budgets, together with the knowledge that departmental spending on technology is also increasing, indicates that for many businesses, there’s sufficient money to support the technology needs of the company.” Via Art Whittman, InformationWeek

Microsoft Azure service lets IT control identity and access management to select applications
As part of its Azure cloud service, Microsoft yesterday turned on a “preview”, as it likes to call it, of a new proxy service for identity and access management that lets IT managers set up a way that users can access selected applications hosted in the internal corporate network or external cloud services. Called Azure Active Directory Application Proxy, it’s not yet generally available, but one early adopter that’s been piloting it and offering input to Microsoft on its development says this Microsoft cloud-application proxy requires small changes to DNS servers in the corporate network to direct traffic to Microsoft Azure.” Via Ellen Messmer, Network World

Built For The Cloud vs. Adapting To The Cloud
It may just sound like semantics, but there is a real difference between something that was “built for” versus “adapted to.” Would you rather buy a house that was “designed for” energy efficiency or one that was “adapted to” be energy efficient? …These differences are important ones for any organization to consider in their selection of an ERP software platform. However they are of particular importance for small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) that are considering an ERP software suite for the first time…There’s just no way one can “adapt” that!Via Jon Roskill, Cloud Tweaks

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