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It’s another wonderful day, today. Wondering what headlines have filled the papers? Let’s have a look.


Education stands at the forefront of cloud adoption, says new report

No matter how you look at it, the cloud is changing the way we work. Sharing, collaboration, and easy access to stored files make cloud systems an obvious fit for many businesses. Another area where all these improvements matter is education, and the higher education cloud market is seeing tremendous growth. According to a new report released by MeriTalk, the size of the cloud market in higher education has reached $4.4 billion. The report also noted that half of the higher education IT executives surveyed said that the cloud was essential to keeping their institutions competitive; and more than one third of those surveyed are confident that the cloud will increase student retention, a problem for many universities…The report, titled: “Cloud Campus: The Software-Defined College,” draws its conclusions from a June 2014 online survey of 152 higher education IT executives…” Via Conner Forrest, TechRepublic




Why Knowing Your Enterprise Matters
At Apprenda, we’re finding that our focus on the enterprise and its needs is becoming an obvious differentiator in the market…Rene Hermes, General Manager at Apprenda, has been establishing Apprenda in Europe. One company he’s engaged with is a European enterprise with over €20 Billion (EU) in revenue. It has spent over ten years building a Java PaaS equipped with many bells and whistles born from practical need. Even though they have had an internal PaaS for a decade, it has exploded in popularity recently…it is expensive and complicated to develop and maintain. Recently Rene and Rakesh Malhotra, VP of Product at Apprenda, met with the person at the enterprise who architected and runs the custom enterprise PaaS. Here’s what he had to say…” Via Sinclair Schuller, Apprenda Blog

The Dark Age Of Enterprise Software Is Ending
Enterprise software has been a critical tool to help companies organize data and automate painfully manual processes. And unfortunately little else. To call enterprise software “dumb” might be slightly unfair, but as “smart” devices begin to proliferate, it’s time we all accept that today’s software that we use to run our businesses is painfully ill-equipped for the future…The good news is that is changing. With consumer companies like Netflix, Amazon and Google demonstrating the power of  big data, software companies and startups are finally embracing data science and machine learning to introduce predictive and prescriptive software capabilities to the enterprise. For example…” Via K. V. Rao, TechCrunch


The Cloud in 10 Years: Will It Be a Major Force, Have the Same Visibility in the Next Decade?

“…There is a clear case shaping up that mobile computing and cloud computing will continue to reinforce each other over the next 10 years. The  self-service nature of cloud computing provides mobile computing with a rich offering set of easily available services with which to create new and useful applications. And mobile computing opens up the potential of entire new domains of applications that were not relevant to desktop-bound computing. Together we will see a much faster take-up of both technologies than would be likely if either existed in isolation… As businesses interact with customers, and as face-to-face interactions are still the most effective way of communication, one can argue that mobile tools that enable us to work directly with clients on client premises are the future…” Via Stephan Meyn, WIRED

IDC gives global IT market a more positive outlook for the rest of 2014
It won’t all be sunshine and rainbows, but the worldwide IT market is heading in the right direction, according to the IDC. The market intelligence firm published an updated forecast on Tuesday covering the second half of 2014, calling for an uptick in global IT spend by 4.5 percent in 2014 at constant currency, or 4.1 percent in US dollars. That translates to an estimated $2.1 trillion, covering IT spending across 25 individual market segments in 54 countries in 2014…” Via Rachel King, ZDNet

Survey: benchmarking cloud expectations, 2014
Demand for cloud computing continued to ramp up in 2013, with enterprise after enterprise committing to a rapid and vigorous redeployment of resources toward cloud-based solutions. Surveys of both mainstream and leading-edge users in the second quarter of 2014 suggest that another wave of investment in cloud technology is planned for the next 12 to 24 months. In this analysis of the survey findings we look at key drivers and inhibitors for cloud adoption, as well as workload migration patterns. Tech buyers surveyed reported the following…” Via Laura Stuart, GigaOM Research


Enterprise Mobile Apps Pay The Most Yet Attract Few Developers

A recent survey by Vision Mobile  found that just 16% of worldwide developers are building mobile apps for enterprises, despite this market being the most lucrative of all to serve.  Their recent global study of 10,000 developers across over 130 nations is the basis of the free downloadable report, Developer Economics Q3 2014: State of the Developer Nation, available here (free, opt-in required). Please see page 32 of the study for an explanation of the methodology. The study found that the 16% of developers who are targeting enterprises are twice as likely to be earning over $5k per app per month, and almost 3 times as likely to earn more than $25k per app per month.   The following graphic illustrates just how lucrative the enterprise mobile app opportunity is according to the survey…” Via Louis Columbus, Forbes

Developers are turning the public cloud into a massive piggybank
Cloud computing is big. It’s so big that major analysts are scrambling to outdo each other in sizing the public cloud computing market. IDC, for example, says public cloud spending reached $47.4 billion in 2013, and it will jump to $107 million by 2017. Forrester, not to be outdone, believes the public cloud market hit $58 billion in 2013, and it will top $191 billion by 2020. Gartner, going for gold, thinks the public cloud services market is already worth $132 billion, and it will explode to $244 billion by 2017. Sadly, each of them is likely wrong. Really, really wrong…” Via Matt Asay, TechRepublic

Rackspace gets out of the IaaS market
Rackspace is discontinuing its pure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering in favor of a new category of cloud services named “managed cloud” in which the company will support customers building and managing their cloud services. During the past couple of years Rackspace has been attempting to compete with low-price competitors such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft with its Azure Service and Google in the IaaS market…Some cloud pundits believe Rackspace’s move is a sign of broader changes in the market. The pure IaaS market is a race between Amazon, Google, Microsoft and IBM, says Mike Kavis of Cloud Technology Partners…” Via Brandon Butler, CITE World


Docker Sells dotCloud to cloudControl To Focus On Core Container Business

Docker, Inc., the commercial company behind the open source Docker project, announced today it had sold its dotCloud Platform as a Service business to Berlin-based cloudControl. The deal allows Docker to focus on its core software containerization business…Docker CEO Ben Golub told TechCrunch the company wanted to concentrate on the Docker part of the business…(and he) wouldn’t disclose how much the deal was for, but overall he said, it was less about the money and more about finding a good home for their dotCloud customers…” Via Ron Miller, TechCrunch

The New Stack Analysts: Docker’s Future is in the Orchestration
Docker sold DotCloud to a German company today, shedding its vestiges of the company’s origins as a PaaS provider. The sale follows the acquisition of Orchard, the maker of Fig, a multi-host Docker orchestration technology. Docker is already serving as a core to several new PaaS providers. But orchestrating containers for purposes of portability and communication between multiple hosts is what truly could be a critical shift, impacting the basic workflows of companies that for years have used virtual machines for moving and orchestrating applications…” Via Alex Williams, The New Stack

Docker comes to openSUSE
Docker is more popular in enterprise data centers and clouds now than ice-cream on a hot summer day in a day-care center. So, it comes as no surprise that openSUSE, SUSE’s community Linux distribution, has adopted Docker as well. This comes after other Linux powers such as Red Hat and Ubuntu picked up using Docker to get more server application bang from the data center buck. In addition, SUSE itself adopted Docker for its SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) earlier this year…Much of the credit for openSUSE supporting Docker must go to Flavio Castelli, a SUSE software engineer who worked hard on bringing the popular container technology to this Linux distribution.” Via Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, ZDNet


Cloud Revenue Jumps, Led by Microsoft and IBM

The virtue of fear as a source of animating energy has long been recognized in the quicksilver tech industry. “Only the paranoid survive,” as Andrew S. Grove, Intel’s longtime leader, put it — a guiding principle that was also the title of his 1996 book on management. The fear factor is clearly at work now in the fast-growing market for cloud computing. The latest quarterly reports from technology companies and market research show that two of the fastest movers in the emergent cloud business are the incumbent giants of traditional software, Microsoft and IBM. Their business is most at risk from the shift to computing delivered over the Internet from distant data centers, with the business model of a pay-for-use service rather than a product…” Via Steve Lohr, NY Times

How Microsoft dragged its development practices into the 21st century
“…The waterfall process has always been regarded with suspicion…It has, however, persisted. It’s still being commonly used today because it has a kind of intuitive appeal…This presents a great problem when attempting to do all the design work up front. The design can be perfectly well-intentioned, but if the design is wrong or needs to be changed in response to user feedback, or if it turns out not to be solving the problem that people were hoping it would solve (and this is extremely common), the project is doomed to fail… Microsoft didn’t practice waterfall in the purest sense; its software development process was slightly iterative. But it was very waterfall-like…” Via Peter Bright, ARS Technica

Why Microsoft Azure could have the last laugh in the cloud wars
Venture capitalist Brad Feld recently wrote an interesting post predicting the end of Amazon’s dominance of the cloud computing market, and concluded, “it’s suddenly a good time to be Microsoft or Google in the cloud computing wars.” I’d go one step farther. Using Feld’s arguments, I’d say that Microsoft is in the driver’s seat. First, the price war. Microsoft and Google are on approximately equal ground when it comes to cutting prices — both have highly profitable core businesses that they can use to subsidize a price war in cloud infrastructure, even to the point of sustaining losses for a while to gain market share. Amazon does not…” Via Matt Rosoff, CITEworld


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