“When it comes to wooing developers, Amazon Web Services typically talks up and trots out everything from new SDKs to security layers. But for attracting more customers, Amazon usually leans on its base of famous customers and global presence as the key selling points. At this year’s annual customer summit in San Francisco, the Seattle-headquartered corporation tried a mixture of both. “Cloud has become the new normal,” remarked AWS chief Andy Jassy during the opening keynote, predicting the “vast majority of workloads” will move to the cloud within the next 10 years. … But AWS is most keen on growing its enterprise customer base, as demonstrated by a bit of news dropped just ahead of the opening keynote session, boasting a collective of enterprise software vendors (MicroStrategy, Software AG, Tibco and Onshape) tapping AWS to power their services…” Via Rachel King, ZDNet
Amazon Launches New File Storage Service For EC2
“Amazon today announced the launch of the Amazon Elastic File System, a new storage service that provides a common file system for multiple EC2 virtual machines on AWS through the standard NFSv4 protocol. This new service will launch into preview in the “near future.” Because it supports the standard NFS protocol, EFS will work with most existing file system tools and applications, so developers can simply mount and manage them with any standard file system tool. According to Amazon, the typical use cases for this service are content repositories, development environments, web server farms, home directories and big data applications — anything, basically, that involves a lot of files…” Via Frederic Lardinois, TechCrunch
Amazon starts selling desktop software… in the cloud
“Amazon today announced the launch of a new Marketplace for desktop apps as a service. Amazon is selling subscriptions to software including Visual Studio and Office, paid on a monthly basis. … Amazon promotes its VDI as a kind of logical extension of AWS; companies are already moving servers to the Amazon cloud, so why not do the same with their PCs too?… The growth of VDI won’t necessarily challenge software companies—Microsoft still gets its license money whether Office is being used on a virtual desktop in the cloud or a physical one on premises—but it applies yet more pressure to the already struggling PC vendors.” Via Peter Bright, ARS Technica
AWS announces four new ‘all in’ ISV partners
“AWS has announced four new ISVs have jumped onboard its cloud platform, joining Acquia, Emdeon, IMS Health, Informatica, Infor, Pegasystems and Splunk. It means anyone using SaaS solutions provided by these companies are also indirectly using AWS to power their IT infrastructure, which is fully inline with Amazon’s aim to gain more traction in the enterprise. AWS said building software on its cloud platform offers ISVs a higher level of availability, security, and global accessibility that is hard to achieve with traditional on-premise solutions. It also allows its partners to innovate new solutions faster without having to worry about the management of infrastructure, therefore helping their business and their customers’ businesses to scale rapidly. …” Via Clare Hopping, CloudPro
HP drops out of the public cloud storm
“Almost five years ago, HP announced it was going to offer cloud services. On April 7, according to the New York Times, HP announced it’s leaving the public cloud business. … In April 2015, Hilf told the New York Times. “We thought people would rent or buy computing from us. It turns out that it makes no sense for us to go head-to-head.” Ouch! This comes only six months after HP CEO Meg Whitman announced that the venerable Silicon Valley giant was going to split into two companies. At least part of the reasoning at the time for this move was that HP Enterprise could become a public cloud power. So much for that idea…” Via Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, ZDNet
Hewlett-Packard gets real
“…despite some rather odd positioning from HP over the years, it’s only this last one that should concern them right now. It’s also, actually, an area in which they can still deliver value. But only if they give up on the idea that they are a comprehensive – serious, believable – competitor to the might of AWS, GCE and Azure. They’re not. They might have had a shot at it, once, but that would have required more vision and staying power than the company has ever demonstrated in its cloud misadventures. Hilf is right. It makes no sense to go head-to-head. But it does make sense to play to strengths, to extend existing customer relationships, and to quietly deliver value. … Stop making it hard for your loyal customers to give you money. Build on what you have. Then grow.” Via Paul Miller, Cloud Ave
Piston Shift Shows OpenStack’s Evolving Role
“…Piston is moving away from “instant OpenStack” based on a key device and toward a more general-purpose data center operating system. That’s a sign that OpenStack, at least for some, is shifting toward the heart of the enterprise data center, rather than running just a small piece. If IT staffs want a platform to help them automate legacy systems, Piston may be able to help, said Jim Morrisroe, Piston CEO. However, the shift also points to the possibility that OpenStack won’t rule both the enterprise data center and the public cloud, as some advocates had hoped. Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and IBM appear ready to host cloud-oriented applications on their public infrastructure without OpenStack to manage them, leaving OpenStack to be mostly used for enterprise, private cloud data centers…” Via Charles Babcock, InformationWeek
Red Hat CEO rallies partners around OpenStack, OpenShift
“Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst likes to talk about “high-class problems,” the kinds of issues that companies like to be solving. The latest such a problem he sees facing his company: too much high-value opportunity, and not nearly enough skilled resources to meet that opportunity. He’s looking to his channel partners to help solve that problem. Speaking to ChannelBuzz.ca at the company’s North American Partner Conference here, Whitehurst said he needs partners to “build their capabilities,” particularly around the company’s emerging open source technologies, with a particular focus on its OpenStack and OpenShift offerings. …” Via Robert Dutt, Channel Buzz
With Cisco in Crosshairs, Here’s Why EMC May Try to Buy Brocade
“When Joe Tucci, the CEO of the storage and IT company EMC, addressed a meeting of analysts in New York last month, he sent a pretty strong signal that his company is thinking long and hard about acquisitions, perhaps even some big ones. There are, Tucci said, “a tremendous number of consolidation opportunities” for EMC that would be “accretive quite quickly.” The comment triggered speculation about who EMC might buy, with networking company Brocade at the top of the list. Here are a few reasons why EMC may be interested in buying Brocade…” Via Arik Hesseldahl, Re/Code
Insider Insights: Textron’s CISO on risks, tech talent and more
“CIO.com senior writer Lauren Brousell met up recently with Ken Waterman at CIO Perspectives. Waterman is CTO and CISO of Textron, a multi-industry company whose brands include Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker and Jacobsen, among others. Brousell asks the tech executive about his thoughts on a variety of security and IT industry topics. Waterman, for example, offers advice to CIOs on tackling security in the post-Sony-hack era, discusses what he sees as the biggest security risk he faces at Textron, talks about his strategy for working with his board of directors, shares his approach for attracting and retaining tech talent, and more…” Via Dan Muse, CIO
The Future Is Here … And It Is … Network? Endpoint?
“We lost the network – MUST focus on the endpoints! We lost the endpoint – MUST focus on the network! We lost the network – MUST focus on the endpoints! We lost the endpoint – MUST focus on the network! We lost the network – MUST focus on the endpoints! We lost the endpoint – MUST focus on the network! Got a headache yet? As my security analytics research project is nearing its end, these conflicting messages have finally exploded my brain. Vendors (and, occasionally, security managers) pronounce either of the above two lines as “god-given truth” – without any awareness that the opposite message is just as powerful…” Via Anton Chuvakin, Gartner
What Keeps IT Pros Awake At Night?
“As technology touches every aspect of modern business, IT departments have incredible opportunities to transform their organizations. But they also face unprecedented challenges, including the need to protect corporate data and meet customer demands faster. IT executives recognize the difficulties they face. Recent research from Gartner shows that 89% of CIOs see new and higher levels of risk. And 69% believe risk management practices are falling behind. Three members of the Interop London advisory board share insights about their current IT opportunities and challenges…” Via InformationWeek
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