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The Incredible Lightness Of Cloud Computing

“…Not all that long ago, there were no app stores and software came in paper boxes. Upgrades didn’t happen automatically or with the simple click of a button. … The good news is that complexity has given way to simplicity, whether we are talking about using, managing, maintaining or even storing software. It all so much easier to handle now. … And of course, the beauty of cloud services, which I take for granted now, is that the software is just there when I need it on whatever device I happen to be using — which is at it should be. … the act of cleaning my office, drove the point home for me. Computing has changed in a big way, and it’s just so much more straightforward now.” Via Ron Miller, TechCrunch

 

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Suits vs ponytailed hipsters: What’s next for enterprise IT
After all the predictions I read about 2015 (and many of them are pretty ridiculous) I can’t help but make my own, which I will approach in a totally different manner, using common sense first and trying to make an “anti-prediction” for enterprise IT in 2015. … If hybrid is the “short term” solution (and short term is in quotes because “short” could mean years in this case), I think we will find more and more solutions based on a sort of cloud-in-a-box approach. Microsoft and HDS systems are the first but others will surely follow. … I’m not that confident we’ll be seeing VMware vCloud Air or IBM become as successful as Microsoft, Google and Amazon this year, but both will have some cards to play in 2016, if they stick to their strategy. … I wouldn’t be surprised to see a more successful story with containers .. than with Open Stack in general. It won’t happen in 2015 for sure .. but 2016 will see a lot of end users.. adopting container technology…” Via Enrico Signoretti, The Register

Faster and cheaper: The cloud is becoming harder to resist
“…Enterprises will benefit from the price/performance wars now under way. You can expect Google to push out faster services in response to AWS’s C4 debut; no doubt that Microsoft will enter the fray as well. To make that happen, cloud providers are engineering their clouds down to the chip level. Cloud providers are customizing every aspect of their respective platforms to optimize performance and minimize costs. Despite the investment, prices are not increasing with the performance. Instead, they’re typically decreasing. Thus, the cloud services you use today will likely get better and cheaper as time goes on. …” Via David Linthicum, InfoWorld

 

Which Public Cloud Platform Is Right For You – Round Two

Determining which public cloud platforms your company should standardize on is not a matter of marketshare, size or growth rate. What matters most is fit for purpose – yours. … Will you mostly be building lightweight web and mobile applications from common web services you’d rather not recreate yourself? What skills do your developers bring to the problem – deep knowledge of Java and C# but light on the infrastructure configuration and middleware management front? Need to ensure data residency in specific geographies? Compliancy top your concerns list? These factors are far more important than feature by feature comparisons. Ultimately your platform selection needs to match your business requirements, and if our surveys can be trusted, you desire agility and developer productivity over most other concerns. …” Via James Staten, Forrester

Are Technology Shakeups in Store for 2015?
“…I think that we have a very interesting year taking shape. It will be a year where emerging technologies will move out of strategy and planning into execution. So, I expect that 2015 will not be business as usual. There will be political shakeups in both IT and business leadership as technology takes on an increasingly more strategic role. Companies need to know that the technology initiatives that are driving revenue are secure, scalable, predictable, and manageable. While there will always be new emerging technologies that we take us all by surprise…” Via Judith Hurwitz, Sys-Con

What Cloud 2015 Holds: My Predictions and Hopes for Enterprises
2014 has been a pivotal year in the enterprise tech world. Enterprise IT has begun to fully understand the cloud, and the development of a mutual understanding has grown. The cloud is, in turn, adjusting more and more to the features and traditional needs of enterprise  IT. … Basically, I see cloud migration serve as the ultimate enabler for the hybrid cloud. … Evaluating between the lines of statistics and looking at the overall progression of the cloud thus far, the market has evolved from recognizing the need for cloud technology to employing cloud technology on a regular basis. This, in and of itself, is a paramount turn of events in cloud computing. …” Via Ofir Nachiman, DZone

Cloud computing technology trends in 2015
“…The need to house big data certainly didn’t decrease and developers continued to try to find new ways to meet demands. Cloud security was a hot-button issue in 2014, as hackers claimed major retail breaches at Target and Home Depot, the iCloud hack and, most recently, the Sony Pictures’ attack. This year, we asked our experts the following question: Which new technologies will take off in 2015 or challenge the status quo? Here’s what to expect. …” Via TechTarget

 

Piston joins with Apprenda to bring automated PaaS resource management to OpenStack

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Piston and Platform-as-a-Service vendor Apprenda have announced a new partnership to provide a turnkey Java PaaS system using the PistonCloud OpenStack solution and Apprenda’s PaaS management system. The integration makes use of the OpenStack APIs to create a policy-based application environment. The deal raised eyebrows in light of Piston’s assumed fondness for the Cloud Foundry PaaS system .. but it appears to be more about providing OpenStack access to Apprenda customers (and vice versa) than choosing a single PaaS “winner”. “We have a lot of very large customers in the banking sector,” Apprenda’s director of product management told OpenStack:Now.  ”Quite a few of them have expressed an interest in OpenStack.”  The Apprenda integration works with OpenStack in general, but currently is available as a turn-key system through Piston. …” Via Nick Chase, OpenStack:Now

David Bray: FCC Moves Toward Platform-as-a-Service Model
The Federal Communications Commission is moving to adopt the platform-as-a-service cloud model, FCW reported Monday. Troy Schneider writes the Federal Communications Commission plans to transitions its data into a common data platform after the agency moves into the PaaS platform in December and January. Federal Communications Commission CIO David Bray told the publication the agency also intends to use its PaaS service to build up a “catalog of different modules.” Bray also told FCW the PaaS model helps agencies develop user authentication and map-based data visualization functions for use by various systems. He added that there are early adopters of PaaS in the Defense Department and the intelligence community, FCW reports.” Via Jay Clemens, ExecutiveGov

Big Data trends in Brazil for 2015
“…With growing interest in the topic and expanding media coverage, understanding grew and because of this, 2014 has been a year of widespread local experimentation, pilot projects and proofs of concept. Many of the largest companies experimented with the concepts and technologies, either internally or by hiring external help, and the demand has only been growing. However, just as with every other emerging technology, there is still a lot of uncertainty and confusion related both with the underlying concepts of Big Data and the potential applications and benefits that it can bring. Actually, many people still have a hard time agreeing on what exactly Big Data is. In this environment of high demand coupled with uncertainty, some noteworthy trends have arisen and will be shaping the evolution of the market in 2015….” Via Thoran Rodrigues, ZDNet

 

Why cloud providers must look beyond services to APIs

Modern applications are becoming webs of services. To deliver real value, service providers need to offer complete platforms along with the services customers demand… To meet that demand, a widening array of services has emerged in the public cloud, but it’s an odd sort of marketplace. After all, if it’s just a service, then it’s just a feature — and no one buys features when they can build their own. How can cloud services add value to their enterprise users? More important, how do they bill for those services? …” Via Simon Bisson, InfoWorld

Tune into the Cloud: Dock of the Bay
No trend is currently as hot as containers and particularly the popular container management system Docker. Although arguably just maturing, it has already reached almost mythical proportions of cloud hype. Docker would make virtualization superfluous, replace PaaS all together and thanks to unparalleled portability will put a final end to decades of platform and vendor lock-in. As a result there currently is no start-up or cloud provider who has not incorporated Docker prominently in its 2015 strategy. But is Docker really the cure that heals all diseases? …” Via Gregor Petri, Gartner

‘Private cloud as a service’ company Blue Box adds $4M to its coffers
Blue Box, a company offering private cloud services to companies like Viacom and CrowdStar, is on a roll. A funding roll, that is. Today, the Seattle-based company is announcing that it has added a new $4 million in funding to the $10 million it raised in October. Blue Box bills itself as a “private cloud as a service” built on RackSpace’s OpenStack to its customers. … Blue Box’s service can also be used as part of an organization’s hybrid cloud, which uses a combination of multiple providers, often a mix of public and private clouds. …” Via Kia Kokalitcheva, VentureBeat

 

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