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5 million developers in the cloud, expected to triple within 12 months

While Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure measure cloud revenues in the billions, the more interesting metric of cloud success is counted in the millions. According to a new Evans Data survey, there are nearly 5 million developers using cloud as a development platform, a number projected to nearly triple within the next 12 months. In fact, a mere 4.8 million don’t have any plans to use the cloud at all. …With 14.2 million developers working on cloud platforms within the next 12 months, the race is on to curry favor with them. After all, the platform that attracts the most developers wins. By now, Redmonk’s contention that “developers are the new kingmakers” shouldn’t be controversial. It should be received wisdom…” Via Matt Asay, TechRepublic

Brace yourselves: Public cloud is coming. When? Er… soon, possibly
Spending on Platform-as-a-Service and Infrastructure-as-as-Service is rapidly increasing, but will still add up to less than 10 per cent of the overall infrastructure services market by 2018, research from analyst firm TechMarketView has concluded. Widespread uptake of the public cloud is not happening anytime soon, despite strong growth from the likes of Amazon Web Services, it added. However, this is up from IaaS/PaaS accounting for just three per cent of the total infrastructure services market in 2014…” Via Kat Hall, The Channel

Apprenda PaaS Announces Forthcoming Availability In Cisco Intercloud Marketplace
.NET and Java enterprise PaaS company Apprenda recently announced that it will be available in the Cisco Intercloud Marketplace. Slated for launch in the fall of 2015, the Cisco Intercloud Marketplace aggregates applications that run on Cisco’s Intercloud platform for building hybrid clouds. … The bottom line here is that PaaS is increasingly morphing into an appendage to IaaS-focused platforms albeit, a critical one by way of its ability to deliver a ready to use database and application stack that can be immediately consumed by developers.” Via Arnal Dayaratna, Cloud Computing Today

Michael Bloomberg has donated $100 million to turn New York City into a tech hub
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is donating a whopping $100 million to Cornell Tech, he announced during a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday morning.  When the campus opens on Roosevelt Island in 2017, it will provide a permanent home for an entirely new graduate school that city officials hope will position New York City as a major tech center. The school was born out of an initiative created by Bloomberg himself…” Via Madeline Stone, Business Insider

What the CIA and Silicon Valley have in common
Doug Wolfe, the CIA’s chief information officer, made an unusual sales pitch to Silicon Valley on Tuesday by arguing that the spy agency and the tech industry have a lot in common. “Remember, a lot of the solutions we need are similar to the private sector,” he told the crowd at a tech conference in San Francisco, using some tech industry jargon in the process. … Both the CIA and advertisers want results fast — very fast. …” Via Jonathan Vanian, Fortune

 

AARP CIO Talks Transformation, Leadership
Amy Doherty recently stepped into her role as acting CIO of AARP, but her new gig comes after years of preparation. Before her appointment, she served as AARP’s VP of customer service and solution delivery, the latest in a series of IT positions in financial services and real estate. … When Doherty joined the non-profit three and a half years ago, she was solely focused on a new ERP project. Since then, she has taken on greater responsibility to bridge the gap between business and IT through architecture, business analysis, IT solutions, and project delivery…” Via Kelly Sheridan, InformationWeek

If someone buys Docker, it won’t be Microsoft
It’s entirely likely that someone will stump up to buy Docker, the cloud startup whose container technology is making major waves. That the buyer in question will be Microsoft is less likely, given that far more suitable candidates are out there, according to a Fortune analysis. A Microsoft acquisition of Docker could bolster its reputation as a cloud environment for running containers — and keep Google at bay, according to Fortune. But Microsoft has already started down a road that would make such a move redundant…” Via Serdar Yegulalp, InfoWorld

Polycom: Customers want software over things
End users are looking for results rather than physical offerings, John Poole, senior director of business development for worldwide cloud and service providers at Polycom, has told Channelnomics. According to Poole, the communication technology market is seeing a “gradual” transition as sales are evolving from physical things into more software elements. “Our channel partners have historically been used to selling these boxes and things you touch, but now they sell software,” he told Channelnomics…” Via Scharon Harding, Channelnomics

 

Software is a Service: Evolving business models in a cross-platform, multi-device world
In the world of enterprise IT and high-end business computing, the idea of delivering software as a service is relatively old news. … In the world of consumer and small business, however, the concept of software being delivered as service is still relatively new… The likelihood that we will all continue to add both to the quantity and variety of our smart connected computing device collections is extremely high, so the value of these new software services cannot be overstated. By giving us the tools we need across the devices we use, they really can make the process of using all our different devices much easier.” Via Bob O’Donnell, Techspot

The disruptive effect of open-source startups
…As a result of both the disruptive nature of open-source distribution, and the changes in buyer preferences, the number of open-source financings has increased nearly monotonically since the genesis of the movement, and it shows no signs of slowing. In 2014, venture capitalists invested in 37 separate open-source financings. … I’m certain we’ll see quite a few more open-source software companies. While the movement has been around for more than 15 years, the opportunity before these kinds of businesses has never been larger. There more developers than there have ever been. Companies of all kinds are starting to use software as competitive strategic advantage, and the pace of innovation in infrastructure and software continues to increase.” Via Tomasz Tunguz, VentureBeat

What is OpenStack?
…Aside from the interesting but ultimately trivial question of venue, however, there was one big question following the Summit: what does the future hold for OpenStack? … OpenStack is hardly the first open source project to be the center of broad-based, cross-category investment and collaboration… This existential crisis notwithstanding, if it is true that private infrastructure investments will be sustained over time, and that said infrastructure should borrow features from today’s public infrastructure, it is necessary to conclude that OpenStack has a market opportunity. …” Via Stephen O’Grady, RedMonk

 

Microsoft’s transition from traditional software to the cloud is picking up steam
…Historically, Microsoft’s business model has been based on selling software licenses. In fiscal 2004, roughly 82 percent of all Microsoft revenue came from licensing Windows, Windows Server, and Office. Ten years later, at the end of fiscal year 2014, Microsoft’s reliance on traditional software licensing was still high, at just over 70 percent, with the company’s big investments in cloud services and hardware beginning to bring in substantial revenue. … If current trends continue, it looks like the company will show dramatically increased revenue overall, with less than 60 percent of total revenue coming from traditional licensing…” Via Ed Bott, ZDNet

VMware is now targeting a market that Microsoft has dominated for decades
The battle between one of the world’s most powerful software makers, Microsoft, and the big, huge thorn in its side, VMware, has taken another turn this week. VMware on Monday launched a new cloud service that helps companies manage passwords and identities: VMware Identity Manager. … The new identity service goes head-to-head with Microsoft’s Active Directory, which has been the gold-standard for managing employee passwords for decades. … So, naturally, Microsoft isn’t particularly pleased that VMware is trying to muscle into its Active Directory turf…” Via Julie Bort, Business Insider

BRIEF-Atos and Siemens signed a six-year, multi-million euro contract
* Siemens AG awards Atos contract to provide a platform built on SAP HANA and based on the bullion server for a range of data services
* Atos and Siemens signed a six-year, multi-million euro contract to provide a platform running in cloud and built on SAP HANA platform for data servicesVia Reuters

Google Is Its Own Secret Weapon in the Cloud
“Google is wielding a new weapon against Amazon and Microsoft for cloud computing customers: itself. Google is talking more openly about companies that use its cloud business, and revealing more about its computing resources, perhaps the largest on the planet. These include disclosures about Google’s ultrafast fiber network, its big data resources, and the computers and software it has built for itself. The aim is to position Google as a company capable of handling the biggest and toughest computational exercises, lightning fast. The disclosures follow earlier moves by Google Cloud Platform, as the search company’s cloud computing business is called, to show off its data analysis capabilities…” Via Quentin Hardy, NY Times

Google’s App Engine For PHP Hits General Availability
Google’s App Engine for PHP is now out of beta and generally available on the company’s platform as a service offering. This means PHP apps are now covered by Google’s App Engine service level agreement and deprecation policy. No matter what you think about PHP, it remains one of the most popular programming languages on the Web and thanks to projects like Facebook’s HHVM and others, it may even be getting a bit more credit in the developer community now, too. …” Via Frederic Lardinois, TechCrunch

 

 

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