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Cloud computing makes for some strange bedfellows

Last week there was so much going on at AWS Re:invent, I missed a lot – even some eyebrow-raising stuff. Like for instance, that OpenStack-oriented Rackspace will now support and sell Microsoft Azure services. Second, Microsoft-oriented Apprenda private PaaS will now run on Amazon Web Services. …I’m guessing that Amazon would qualify as a strategic partner. Apprenda gives AWS yet another building block to forge hybrid clouds, perhaps even some in Microsoft-centric shops that would otherwise naturally move to Azure. …“It’s important that we point out that we don’t have a legacy business to prop up with our stuff. We are truly infrastructure agnostic because we only build and sell PaaS,” [VP of Products Rakesh Malhotra] wrote…” Via Barb Darrow, GigaOM

 

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Amazon Moves to Extend Cloud-Computing Dominance
Most people know about Amazon’s ambitions to sell you everything from books and movies and smartphones to power tools and auto parts. Less understood outside the technology industry is just how aggressively the company is also trying to become an important technology provider to other organizations, its aspirations just as big as those of Microsoft, IBM and Google… What makes Amazon unique in the fight to own the computing cloud is what it’s not — a traditional tech company with a long history of providing products and services to business customers…” Via Quentin Hardy, NY Times

Can Amazon Web Services be stopped?
“…almost everything enterprise developers create themselves — apps to engage customers and partners, even software that embodies the core intellectual property of a business — will ultimately live on IaaS/PaaS clouds that enable enterprise developers to build, test, deploy, and scale better applications faster. AWS’s huge first-mover advantage may sustain its lead position, but it won’t wipe out the competition, if only because enterprises can’t tolerate business dependency on a single cloud giant. The talk I hear from enterprise IT management is about “spreading bets” across multiple clouds…” Via Eric Knorr, InfoWorld

Why Amazon’s new Lambda cloud service is a huge deal for devs — and the cloud market
At Amazon Web Services’ big annual user conference in Las Vegas this week, executives from the market-leading public cloud made all the moves that spectators were expecting: a few new products, a new generation of server chips for running applications, some customer wins, and greater support for Docker. But one announcement has elicited a rare mix of excitement, curiosity, and even outright confusion from analysts. That would be Amazon’s reveal of Lambda, which Amazon chief technology officer Werner Vogels simply described as “an event-driven computing service for dynamic applications.” …But really, it’s a tool to implement rules that carry out functions using Amazon’s manifold complex features, without requiring extensive configuration and maintenance. And that means it could be a major step forward for software development in the cloud. …” Via Jordan Novett, VentureBeat

 

What are the Most Popular Open Source Licenses Today?

For a variety of reasons, not least of which is that fewer people seem to care anymore, it’s been some time since we looked at the popularity of open source licenses. Once one of the more common inquiries we fielded, questions about the relative merits or distribution of licenses have faded as we see both consolidation around choices and increased understanding of the practical implications of various licensing styles. Given the recent affinity for permissive licensing, however, amongst major open source projects such as Cloud Foundry, Docker, Hadoop, Node.js or OpenStack, it’s worth revisiting the question of license choices. …” Via Stephen O’Grady, RedMonk

Vendors release code on open source cloud computing movement
Open source tools are behind some of the biggest trends in cloud computing, and more vendors are releasing their code to attract developers. This month, Microsoft open sourced its server-side .NET stack and expanded it to Linux and Mac OS, while Joyent, Inc., made its code public for its cloud and storage systems — SmartDataCenter and Manta, respectively. These moves follow the wave of interest behind OpenStack, Docker and other open source cloud computing tools flooding the market. …” Via Trevor Jones, TechTarget

Disties see the light in cloud delivery
Cloud services have wreaked disruption across vertical industries and within the technology channel… When it comes to cloud, distributors have often been long on vision but short on substance. It has taken a long time for a clear cloud distribution model to emerge, particularly for SMBs, and for good reason. …With the cloud driving downward pressure on IT project spend, businesses are shyer than ever of wearing architecture design costs. Disties need to be more active in sorting out combinations for resellers so the initial design phase can be spread across a distie’s reseller base rather than absorbed by each reseller…” Via Sholto Macpherson, CRN

 

More to channel life than cloud – Microsoft

Microsoft has insisted that end users’ requirements come ahead of its cloud-first agenda and said that partners should be as clued up on traditional tech as its new cloudy wares. In September, the vendor made a tranche of cloud-fuelled changes to dozens of its competencies, which meant some were scrapped and cloud requirements were added to others. Since CEO Satya Nadella took over the top job at the start of the year, he has continually pushed his “cloud-first” agenda. But the vendor’s UK channel leader, Linda Rendleman, insisted that although growth is coming primarily from the cloud within the UK business, partners should not snub on-premise tech…” Via Hannah Breeze, Channelnomics

CA World 2014: Management Cloud Debuts, Execs Talk DevOps
CA Technologies made a case this week at the CA World 2014 conference for MSPs to make a more aggressive push into the realm of DevOps to help organizations implement digital business strategies. While there is no such thing as a DevOps market per se, organizations are now being confronted with multiple new IT management challenges, ranging from embracing mobile computing to the rise of a broad set of application programming interfaces (APIs) that are at the foundation of a new application economy…” Via Mike Vizard, MSP Mentor

Apprenda Welcomes RPI Students For Its First Ever “Mix & Mingle” Event
We were happy to welcome many new faces to Apprenda’s headquarters in Troy on Wednesday for our first ever “Mix & Mingle” event. Some came for the veggies and dip, while others came to see the offices of one of Troy’s fastest growing startups. Some came for the ping pong and foosball. The crowd was primarily made up of students from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and they were here to kick off HackRPI, a weekend event centered on learning how to code, building new applications, filling out idea pools, and promoting the huge technological growth happening in the Capital Region…” Via Ryan Quackenbush, Apprenda Blog

IBM and Nvidia to Help U.S. Government Build Two Seriously Super Computers
The U.S. Department of Energy laid out plans to spend $325 million, working with IBM and Nvidia, to build two new supercomputers that will come online in 2017. One of the machines will be at least five times more powerful than Titan (pictured above), currently the most powerful machine in the U.S. and the second-most powerful machine in the world, as of the June release of the most recent Top500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers. The machines will be based on IBM’s OpenPOWER chips and a new Nvidia chip called Volta, and both will have computing power well above 100 petaflops per second…” Via Arik Hesseldahl, Re/Code

Google partners with Telstra to test Project Loon in Australia
Having already conducted tests in New Zealand, Google will test its connectivity-spouting Project Loon balloons in Australia next month in partnership with local carrier Telstra, according to reports. The Australian Associated Press reported Monday that the agreement will see Google test 20 balloons in the west of the Queensland, with Telstra providing base stations and access to its radio spectrum. Project Loon aims to provide connectivity to hard-to-reach places through an airborne mesh network comprising a floating ring of balloons that follows the winds around the world. As my colleague Kevin Fitchard has noted, there will be serious political and regulatory hurdles to jump if this is to become reality.” Via David Meyer, GigaOM

 

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