The Future of Cloud? Let’s Dive In – Apprenda Marketwatch

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Gartner Predicts Infrastructure Services Will Accelerate Cloud Computing Growth

As public cloud computing gains greater adoption across enterprises, there’s an increased level of spending occurring on infrastructure-related services including IaaS. Enterprises are prioritizing how to get cloud platforms integrated with legacy systems to make use of the years of data they have accumulated. …The total market is expected to grow from $76.9B in 2010 to $210B in 2016… PaaS will achieve a 27.7% CAGR through 2016, with Cloud Management and Security Services attaining 26.7% in the same forecast period.  SaaS’s CAGR through 2016 is projected to be 19.5%. …” Via Louis Columbus, Forbes

Accenture Digital: 7 Digital Business Transformation Lessons
Digital transformation is changing the way we work and live, yet for many people the term digital transformation is still widely misunderstood. … Mike Sutcliff, one of the top digital business thought leaders and group chief executive of Accenture Digital, says that digital transformation, defined by Altimeter Group as a “formal effort to renovate business vision, models and investments for a new digital economy”, is all about restructuring industries and keeping up with blurring lines between businesses because even if you are not doing it, people in your industry are. …Sutcliff provides us with an education on digital transformation and helps businesses discover how they can provide better outcomes and experiences by doing things differently using a combination of digital technologies, such as social collaboration, mobility, cloud computing, and analytics solutions.” Via Vala Afshar, Huffington Post

Why Are 95% of Private Clouds Failing?
In my last blog post, I identified ten reasons private clouds were failing. I …polled attendees at Gartner’s Datacenter Conference in Las Vegas in December. I asked the question “What is going wrong with your private cloud?” I was a little surprised that 95% of the 140 respondents (who had private clouds in place) said something was wrong with their private cloud…” Via Thomas Bittman, Gartner 

Tech giants propose privacy standard for the public cloud
As organizations shift more of their data to the public cloud, including a steadily growing number of mission-critical workloads, the need for privacy controls grows. A group representing some of the biggest names in tech has put forth a standard aimed at addressing that requirement on an industry level for the first time. …The emergence of standards is a positive sign of a market’s maturation. Nearly a decade after the public cloud phenomenon first emerged on the industry radar, it’s well time for that.” Via Maria Deutscher, SiliconANGLE

Staying Relevant In A Rapid Innovation Era
Developing software today can feel like running a race. In both cases, you run into obstacles and have fierce competition charging up fast behind. Developers are faced with a living, breathing, system of technology that is constantly changing and hard to control. This is why developers need to create a system of professional retraining. …developers must constantly retrain themselves or risk becoming a dinosaur in an era of constant disruption… Software development is an individual and creative endeavor. It has more in common with sculpting than with, say, accounting or HR. Employers have been slow to recognize this, but … we may see more employers appreciating just how integral developers are to an organization’s success. This isn’t about high salaries, but about creating positive and productive work environments where developers can thrive.” Via Brian Kelly, TechCrunch

Two years in the making, Node.js upgrade arrives
In development for nearly two years, the 0.12 release of Node.js is about to become available. Whether the release can mend the now-fractured community that has been built around the popular server-side JavaScript platform remains to be seen. Officials at Node.js steward Joyent and at Strongloop, which is involved in Node.js development, provided InfoWorld details about the upcoming release, for which the download should become available today. …” Via Paul Krill, CITE World



White House Report Sees Potential, Pitfalls Of Big Data
A new report released by the White House today outlines the potential and pitfalls of big data in our lives. While there is tremendous economic and social promise from big data, there is also equal prospect for abuse, especially when it comes to privacy and personal data protection. President Obama plans to file several pieces of legislation in the coming months around consumer privacy and protection, data breach reporting and protection of school children’s data. …The report and today’s briefing showed that big data, as any technology, can be used for good or harm, depending on how it’s applied…” Via Ron Miller, TechCrunch

White House taps VMware exec Tony Scott as next U.S. CIO
After a headhunting search spanning several months, the Obama Administration has found a new U.S. chief information officer. The White House announced on Thursday that it will be hiring Tony Scott, currently chief information officer and senior vice president at VMware, to fill the void. Scott has more than three decades of experience in the technology industry — not to mention the role of CIO pops up several times on his resumé. Scott joined VMware in 2013 to oversee the virtualization company’s global information technology group…” Via Rachel King, ZDNet

White House chooses VMware’s Tony Scott to be next U.S. CIO
VMware’s Tony Scott has been chosen to become the next U.S. chief information officer, according to a White House announcement on Thursday. Scott will follow in the footsteps of previous U.S. CIOs Vivek Kundra and Steve VanRoekel and be tasked with spearheading the White House’s Smarter IT Delivery Agenda and looking over the nation’s federal IT budget. Scott is currently VMware’s CIO and was previously the CIO of Microsoft for a little over five years. The White House hasn’t had an official CIO since VanRoekel left the post to return to the US Agency for International Development where he advised the government on the Ebola outbreak.” Via Jonathan Vanian, GigaOM



Net Neutrality Fight Likely Headed Back to Court
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan to subject mobile and fixed broadband providers to utility-like regulations avoids legal problems that doomed past attempts to enforce “net neutrality.” But experts say the fight over the future of the Internet is headed back to court anyway. …The argument would be that the FCC is making a radical change lacking the evidence that Internet carriers are exploiting their market power or that the Internet access marketplace isn’t competitive enough. A constitutional argument could also come up… Broadband carriers could claim that they have a First Amendment right to decide what’s carried on their networks…” Via Jacob Gershman, WSJ

Here we go: 5 things to watch as net neutrality gets real
A year ago, the smart money said the cable industry would call the shots as the FCC moved to rewrite rules for the internet. But this week the agency chairman threw sand in the industry’s eyes, and came out instead with a plan to pass the strongest net neutrality rules ever. The proposed rules, which were announced in broad strokes on Thursday, are a victory for consumers and companies that rely on a neutral internet — but the process is hardly across the goal line just yet. It still abounds with political and legal trapdoors that could reverse or whittle down FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposed plan. Here’s what to watch ahead of the FCC’s big vote..” Via Jeff John Roberts, GigaOM

Net neutrality forever? Not if the lawyers can stop it
“…The four-page FCC proposal applies to Internet access delivered over cable, DSL, and fiber, as well as mobile broadband networks. It has Net neutrality rules that forbid ISPs from blocking, throttling, or offering paid prioritization of content, but forgoes the strict utility regulation guaranteed to have telecoms up in arms. There will be no regulation of rates, no new tariffs, and no requiring ISPs to lease network access to competitors. Opponents of the move have long warned that attempts to regulate the Internet would stifle innovation. Even before Wheeler unveiled his plan, telecoms were rattling their sabers. AT&T issued a preemptive strike on Monday, threatening to sue the government…” Via Caroline Craig, InfoWorld



Is Pivotal’s Cloud Foundry open enough?
With Pivotal announcing the results of its first year selling Cloud Foundry products, I was surprised to see so little evaluation of the company’s foray into the world of open source nonprofits, the Cloud Foundry Foundation. It claims a unique vision… How well is the Cloud Foundry Foundation delivering on those claims? …Starting Pivotal meant refactoring a rich existing portfolio, not building from the ground up… Pivotal is no startup. We can expect its behavior to be corporate and to prioritize political and commercial priorities over community… It comes as no surprise to find issues with the Cloud Foundry Foundation governance that could affect the software freedoms of its participants in the future…When the name of an open source organization does not belong to it, that’s an instant red flag…Open source developers would be wise to ensure that, if they throw in their lot with Cloud Foundry, they have other ways to preserve their software freedoms.” Via Simon Phipps, InfoWorld

Red Hat jabs at VMware’s “one cloud” strategy calling it “flawed”
Red Hat cloud strategy general manager Bryan Che is out with a blog post today that takes some harsh shots at rival VMware. …VMware will have to deal with criticisms like this. The company has a stronghold in the compute virtualization market, and it has a strong case for offering customers a public cloud platform based on that same management software. In a partnership with Google it gives customers a massive scale-out cloud. But competitors will jab at each other. That’s just the nature of the business.” Via Brandon Butler, Network World

Oracle tosses its Linux into Docker’s repository
Oracle sometimes seems to be a bit miffed by enthusiasm for Linux container darling Docker because its own Solaris “Zones” have done containers for ages. Big Red also knows in its heart of hearts that Solaris isn’t for everyone, but reckons its own Linux is for anyone who fancies robust, well-supported Torvalds-spawn. And given that Docker needs an OS in which to run containers, Oracle has therefore decided to make Oracle Linux available in the Docker repository. The company will also package an Oracle-maintained version of MySQL and pop it in the same place. Oracle reckons doing so will give developers the chance to do Docker on what it feels is a particularly resilient platform, and also one that’s well-integrated with a database. …” Via Simon Sharwood, The Register



Microsoft Maps its Cloud Future
Getting to grips with Microsoft’s sprawling cloud platform can be daunting. Covering everything from on-premises hardware to management tools to development platforms to Azure (and beyond), it’s a complex set of technologies, with very different development schedules. …With the cloud and, more specifically, Azure at the heart of Microsoft’s current strategy, a guide to the company’s plans is a useful tool. It can help IT managers stay on top of a rapidly changing set of tools, helping point out directions for their own development plans. …” Via Simon Bisson, The New Stack

IBM wins big cloud contract with Marriott
Marriott has long been an IBM customer and today the two announced a deal that will move 80% of Marriott’s old-school technology to what’s known as a “hybrid” cloud built by IBM. That means Marriott will keep its data centers but will update them to use the latest cloud technology. And it will also use IBM’s cloud to host apps that it doesn’t want to host itself. IBM didn’t announce the deal size, but sources said that it was along the lines of some of IBM’s other bigger deals. Marriott’s infrastructure supports over 4,000 locations worldwide…” Via Julie Bort, Business Insider

Dell Enterprise CTO Greenblatt Leaves Company
Sam Greenblatt, the CTO of the Enterprise division at computing giant Dell, has left the company and joined the advisory board of Nexenta Systems, a storage startup based in Santa Clara, Calif. Nexenta is in the software-defined storage business, a new storage technology aimed at corporate users where many of the complex functions that usually require complicated hardware are handled by software running on simple off-the-shelf hardware. …At Dell Greenblatt had been a key lieutenant to Marius Haas, Dell’s chief commercial officer and head of its enterprise operation. A Dell spokesman said that Greenblatt is acting as a consultant on an interim basis while the company searches for a new enterprise CTO.” Via Arik Hesseldahl, Re/Code

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Ryan Quackenbush
Ryan Quackenbush

Ryan Quackenbush is the Advocacy Programs Manager at Apprenda. His cooking is renowned, his record collection and library are extensive and, when not at Apprenda, he can usually be found rooting for the Mets or playing live music. You can follow him on Twitter at @RSQuackenbush.

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