Everyone’s Talking About Cloud… And Will Continue To Do So. Apprenda Marketwatch

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Get ready for another wave of cloud evangelism
If you are an information technology professional and haven’t had your fill of cloud computing hype, er, information, brace yourself: There is lots more on its way. … Despite some reticence by big companies to put important applications and data in a public cloud, almost everyone agrees that the trend is inevitable, the advantages of flexibility and cost are too big to ignore. Gartner VP and Distinguished Analyst Lydia Leong will probably shed more light on the competitive landscape when she releases her closely-watched cloud rankings soon.” Via Barb Darrow, Fortune

Federal CIOs want better cloud vendor support
Among federal CIOs, there is no shortage of interest in the cloud, but many agency IT leaders say they worry about security, what kind of support they’ll get from their vendor, and the restrictions that come with long-term contracts, among other issues, government IT insiders say. Mark Day is the deputy assistant commissioner at the General Services Administration’s Office of Integrated Technology Services, where he says he caters primarily to three categories of federal workers: CIOs, CFOs and chief acquisition officers or senior procurement officials. …Day says that security remains a primary concern among government officials considering the cloud, but by no means the only one…” Via Kenneth Corbin, CIO

Helping Businesses Scale Is The Catalyst of Cloud Service Provider Growth
The Small & Medium Business Cloud Services market is projected to grow from $25.2B in 2015 to $34.9B in 2018, attaining an 11.4% compound annual growth rate in three years. … These and other insights are from the recently published Odin report… What’s noteworthy about these findings is how small and medium businesses are relying on Cloud Service Providers with expertise in cloud computing applications and platforms to help accelerate their growth. The highest-growth businesses often have geographically distributed operations, and rely on information accuracy, aggregation and velocity to produce and deliver their products and services…” Via Louis Columbus, Forbes

Why Every Enterprise Startup Needs A New York City Presence
…This faction of startups is reacting to the critical fact that, if your company would like to sell into large corporations, the benefits of a New York presence make opening an office in the city increasingly essential. … Having an NYC presence enables enterprise startups to understand and fit into the sales and business development culture of large enterprises on the East Coast. According to Joyce Shen, director of emerging technology partnerships and investments at Thomson Reuters, understanding this mentality is important when selling to large companies, which often have similar cultures and technology evaluation processes…” Via Jonathan Lehr, TechCrunch


ALIBABA Vs AMAZON: Let the Global Tat Bazaar war begin
Chinese Amazon equivalent Alibaba has unveiled plans to become the dominant international tat bazaar, aiming to shift more Chinese wares to the international market while simultaneously encouraging foreign companies to flog more goods to Chinese punters. … Joe Yan, director of international B2C at the company’s consumer export division AliExpress, said the US, Brazil and Russia were the company’s main export markets. He added the division tripled its growth in Europe last year. However, significant expansion into the US and UK markets could be tricky, with many Chinese sellers already opting to tout their goods on more well-known brands such as Amazon and eBay. …” Via Kat Hall, The Register

Cisco reportedly planning to acquire Nutanix
Cisco Systems is planning to acquire hyper-converged infrastructure startup Nutanix and may announce a deal as soon as next month, according to a report Friday US time from The report – written by Jared Rinderer, senior research analyst at Equity Capital Research Group, an independent equity research firm – claims that Cisco CEO John Chambers wants to make one more big acquisition before he steps down in July. Acquiring Nutanix would not only give Cisco the top hyper-converged offering on the market, but it would also be a competitive coup against rivals EMC and VMware, said Rinderer in the report. …” Via Kevin McLaughlin, CRN

IBM reveals new kit designed for hybrid clouds
IBM revealed a new breed of servers and storage solutions geared to power cloud environments that it showed off to customers and partners at its Edge2015 conference in Las Vegas last week. The new products include the three latest servers in IBM’s Power Systems line, as well as storage and big data solutions IBM expects to advance its position as a hybrid cloud leader. Edge2015 is “quite a gathering of new content for those clients looking to move through the various steps to a cloud model, whether it be public cloud or some hybrid infrastructure,” Doug Balog, general manager of IBM Power Systems, told CRN USA. Also, to speed customer adoption, IBM announced that it will change its software licensing models for some middleware products and is offering a free trial period for a service that allows developers to access the Bluemix platform-as-a-service…” Via Joseph Tsidulko, CRN


Three Questions from the Cloud Foundry Summit
…After some stops and starts, Cloud Foundry is now managed by an external foundation, a standard mechanism allowing erstwhile competitors to collaborate on a common core… This is, in fact, one of three important questions facing the Cloud Foundry project in the wake of the Summit. … Cloud Native is a term then with upside, but not without costs. … The standard answer to questions of this type, whether it’s Cloud Foundry or other large collaborative projects, is that the players will collaborative on the core and compete above it… How will the Cloud Foundry ecosystem compete with orthogonal projects such as Docker, Kubernetes, Mesos, OpenStack and so on?..” Via Stephen O’Grady, RedMonk

Red Hat reworks OpenStack, OpenShift for containers
If an enterprise cloud is really all about the apps, it helps to support the effor across the board — on bare metal, in containers, and with virtualization. Red Hat is making it happen by repackaging three of its signature enterprise products — OpenShift, OpenStack, and CloudForms– and adding cross-integration between them. Called Red Hat Cloud Suite for Applications, this offering delivers all three products at once. Red Hat plans to have each of the different layers of Cloud Suite (OpenStack, OpenShift) service a different kind of application type, and to have a management layer (CloudForms) let each of them interoperate. …” Via Serdar Yegulalp, InfoWorld

OpenStack private clouds are SCIENCE PROJECTS says Gartner
OpenStack can run a fine private cloud, if you have lots of people to throw at the project and are willing to do lots of coding, according to Alan Waite, a research director at Gartner. … OpenStack, he predicts, will be a success, only the degree of that success is to be decided. But the reason the stack will succeed is that plenty of big hardware vendors are pushing it… If you are thinking of OpenStack, Waite reckons you’ll therefore do worse than to hand over an implementation project to its backers because working with the stack is not straightforward…” Via Simon Sharwood, The Register



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