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Cisco Plans To Ring The World With ‘Intercloud’

Cisco Systems has knit together an alliance to establish a daisy chain of 350 data centers around the world. Unlike Microsoft, Amazon, and Google, however, it’s not building the data centers itself … Instead it’s relying on partners to provide 344 of the data center facilities. … Combined, the 350 data centers will serve as the backbone of Cisco’s Intercloud service. All 350 will run a common set of OpenStack software with Cisco-mandated management procedures. These Intercloud data centers will be linked together by Cisco’s Intercloud Fabric… On the network, Cisco will offer specialized services that it builds with 35 partners, such Nirmata, the cross-cloud, containerized microservices company; Apprenda, the on-premises platform-as-a-service provider; and Cloudera, the Hadoop-as-an-enterprise-system supplier… Cisco and the 35 independent software vendors signed up so far are trying to create a rich environment for enterprise computing…” Via Charles Babcock, InformationWeek

Cisco ‘Completes’ Intercloud Ecosystem With New Application Developers Program
“…The first wave of ISVs will build cloud services for Intercloud to help customers capture the opportunities created by the emerging Internet-of-Everything (IoE) market — Cisco’s version of the IoT. Some notable, new Intercloud ISV partners include Apprenda, Citrix, Cloudify, Chef, Cloudera, MongoDB and F5 Networks. The ISVs are focusing on three key areas: “next generation” developer platforms, big data and analytics, and IoE cloud services. For developer platforms, Cisco unveiled on Wednesday partnerships with commercial application development companies such as Docker and Apprenda, who will have access to the latest APIs and tools through Cisco’s developer program DevNet… The introduction of application developers places the final piece of the puzzle down for Cisco’s Intercloud Ecosystem, said Edison Peres, senior vice president of Cisco’s Cloud and Managed Services Partner Organization…” Via Mark Haranas, CRN

Apprenda’s Platform as a Service Available in the Cisco Intercloud Marketplace This Fall
Today we’re excited to announce Apprenda’s leading enterprise Platform as a Service (PaaS) has been selected to be one of the first offerings available in the Cisco Intercloud Marketplace, a vibrant ecosystem coming this fall for creating cloud applications that can run on Intercloud. As a new Cisco Compatible Solution, we will enable our mutual customers to quickly evaluate Apprenda and see how we can empower their enterprise development teams… For years, we’ve helped enterprises cloud-enable and streamline the management of their .NET and Java applications, and now we’re bringing that expertise to Cisco Intercloud. We want to do whatever we can to empower the growing Cisco developer ecosystem…” Via Rakesh Malhotra, Apprenda Blog


The Trillion-Dollar Market To Remake Business Applications
“…Applying on-demand businesses models to corporations (as opposed to individuals) isn’t revolutionary; existing platforms such as Uber and Shyp have formal business facing units. Grubhub boasts an ordering service targeted towards office managers. And many of Postmates’ headlines over the past year have revolved around their business facing APIs (such as burritos on-demand!) Among big businesses, however, the proliferation of these services significantly trails their adoption among consumers, despite B2B services representing well over $1 trillion in annual spend. With the enterprise undergoing many fundamental changes – from the Bring Your Own Device movement of the late 2000’s to the recent explosion in cloud software – one additional trend is now emerging: that enterprise buyers act significantly like consumers when purchasing services…” Via Ezra Galston, TechCrunch 

How CIOs Can Prepare For The Platform Economy
Are you ready for the platform economy? Do you even know what that means? At the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium in Cambridge, Mass., last month, subject matter experts convened to discuss the role CIOs can play in the future of business strategy in our new digital economy. Marshall Van Alstyne, a professor of information systems at Boston University and researcher at MIT, said the digital economy is no longer about products or services — well, no longer about only those things. It is about leveraging a company’s rich data sources — some new, some old, but more accessible – into a new business model. In a word, it’s about platforms…” Via Joe Stanganelli, InformationWeek

How We Integrated Apprenda with Splunk
Enterprises have spent significant capital on their existing applications and processes. Apprenda understands how important these apps and processes are, and that’s one of the major reasons many of the Fortune 500 have solidified Apprenda as the enterprise leader in PaaS. Part of these existing processes is the collection of machine data, which is frequently handled by Splunk Enterprise. This important app, first and foremost, is a flexible daemon for indexing, searching, and forwarding machine data. Among other vital tasks,it’s also used for analysis and dashboarding of index data. A good PaaS not only enhances the efficiency and value of current and future applications, it also supports existing applications and processes. With all of this in mind, it made good sense to develop an integration between Splunk Enterprise and Apprenda…” Via Jason Van Brackel, Apprenda Blog

#cloud computing: an idea whose time has come weakens?
…Although I am apparently a big believer in Computing Clouds, I do not observe a similar wipe out of traditional enterprise IT and data centers (yet). When I look around at technology in general, the trend seems to be even the opposite: decentralization instead of centralization. … So where are computing clouds? What could be wrong with them?–I believe they oversaw the data… The alternatives to computing clouds, onsite data centers, do not seem to go away as quickly as everyone had hoped three years ago…” Via Joerg Fritsch, Gartner

Java Development, Cloud Services, Continuous Deployment and PaaS
The world of application development, delivery and platform choices is changing absurdly quickly, as this great post from CircleCI – It’s the Future! – makes clear. Web native companies are now used to getting new memos every day, but for enterprises generally, and certainly Java shops, all this change can be a little overwhelming… With all the current frenzy about “Unicorns” and greenfield web native opportunities it’s easy to forget that Netflix started life as a monolithic Java app running in a tomcat container.  Or that Amazon wasn’t born as a micro-services company – that came some time after the company was founded. Point being – Enterprises need to learn from innovative (or “disruptive”) companies, rather than using them as an excuse not to change…” Via James Governor, RedMonk


Microsoft acqui-hires then shuts down a startup that raised $14 million, BlueStripe
Microsoft has acquired a startup called BlueStripe Software today and shuttered it. It will take BlueStripe’s technology and add it into some of Microsoft’s major enterprise products like System Center. Most of the small BlueStripe team will be joining Microsoft. Microsoft would not confirm the number of employees involved… It’s unclear how many customers will be affected by Microsoft’s decision to shutter BlueStripe. … This exit to Microsoft was likely an acqui-hire, meaning it was a soft landing for the employees…” Via Julie Bort, Business Insider

BRIEF-Atos acquires MIDAS and boom products from Blue Elephant Systems GmbH
Atos SE :
* Acquires software solutions for IT monitoring
* Acquisition of solutions from Blue Elephant Systems GmbH
* Blue Elephant Systems technologies will be integrated into Atos portfolio for big data and security and some Blue Elephant systems employees will transfer to Atos
* Key systems which Atos will acquire are MIDAS product line and the solution boomVia Reuters

Jack Ma: Alibaba isn’t Amazon, so relax
Alibaba has big designs on the U.S. market but does not see itself as the anti-Amazon, company founder Jack Ma said Tuesday. Instead, he positioned the Chinese e-commerce giant as an ally to small businesses in the U.S. looking to sell products in China. There is a lot of curiosity about Alibaba’s  play in the U.S., Ma acknowledged during a speech at the Economic Club of New York, according to a transcript sent by the company. …” Via Barb Darrow, Fortune

Q&A: Simon Thorup, Enterprise Architect Of Sales, Marketing, And Innovation At The Carlsberg Group
Startups are, by their very nature, digital companies. Regardless of their industry or vertical, they were born into a world where digital services are front and centre in everything we do. They are, from an IT perspective, the digital natives of the business world. But what if you are not a startup? What if you’re a global corporation, living in a world that is changing more quickly by the day? How do you start that process of digital transformation? InformationWeek caught up with Simon Thorup, Enterprise Architect of Sales, Marketing, and Innovation at the Carlsberg Group, to see how one of the largest breweries in the world has handled the journey…” Via Sean McGrath, InformationWeek



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