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The Week That Changed The Face Of Public Cloud

What a busy week it’s been! We probably heard a lot more about cloud in the last one week than what it was in the whole of last quarter. Some of those events have so much influence that they may change the face of the public cloud market. AWS is getting stronger while cloud dominates Microsoft’s business. HP has exited the public cloud business and at the same time we saw EMC and VMware spinoff a new cloud entity. The blue whale at Docker gobbled up Tutum, and Larry Ellison’s company takes another stab at the cloud. Here is a round-up of major twists and turns from last week’s thriller…” Via Janakiram MSV, Forbes

The Cloud Is Here, Separating Disrupters From Disrupted
Tech historians will look at Oct. 22, as a watershed. Cloud computing is no longer on the way, just a contender, or even a competitor to traditional enterprise technology companies. Instead, it is here, full force, and all the signs are that it is about to get a lot bigger, fast. A few data points: When the stock market closed on Thursday, Amazon, Google and Microsoft — arguably the three largest cloud businesses — declared their quarterly earnings. One hour later, their collective market capitalization had grown by more than $100 billion because of their robust results, fueled partly by cloud growth…” Via Quentin Hardy, NY Times

Government IT’s slow march from the past to the future
On day two of Ars UNITE, our week-long virtual conference, we examined how government IT is slowly ditching old systems and developing new technology that makes it easier for citizens to access public services. We heard from a lot of grizzled IT veterans in the comment thread of our feature, and we expanded on the discussion in a live video chat with between IT Editor Sean Gallagher and me. The conversation started by summarizing some of the most innovative government IT projects, which may point a way forward for other agencies. Officials in Detroit, Michigan and Oakland, California are overhauling their websites to reach mobile users, and they’re offering city services via smartphone apps. In Washington, DC, the Federal Communications Commission did a huge upgrade of back-end infrastructure in order to reduce the amount of money it spends on maintaining old systems. This is helping the FCC build a modern new website and scale up capacity to meet demand…” Via Jon Brodkin, ARS Technica 

BNY Mellon Transforms IT One Step At A Time
For the last three years, Bank of New York Mellon, the sixth largest bank in the US, has been undergoing an internal transformation. It’s moving away from the typical IT operations of a large financial institution, built around a hodgepodge of siloed systems, into an organization that uses standardized systems based on micro-services designed to help it become leaner and meaner. Its initial effort has been aimed at bringing a private cloud-like environment to its 13,000-member IT team of developers and operations professionals. The project started three years ago with a handful of skilled IT staffers bent on narrowing and unifying the way the bank produced applications. Since then, the number of IT staffers involved in the project has grown to 500, said CIO Suresh Kumar, also senior executive VP at BNY Mellon, in an interview with InformationWeek on Oct. 21. By year’s end, the first 1,000 IT workers will be trained and engaged…” Via Charles Babcock, InformationWeek


OpenStack Foundation Announces Certification Program For Cloud Admins
The OpenStack Foundation, the nonprofit behind the increasingly popular open-source cloud computing project, today announced the launch of a certification program for OpenStack cloud admins during its bi-annual developer conference. Given the complexity of OpenStack, which consists of a large number of sub-projects, it’s typically hard for businesses that want to adopt the technology for their cloud computing solutions to find qualified administrators… This new certification process, which the foundation developed with the help of representatives from over a dozen companies (including Canonical, Cisco, HP, Mirantis, Rackspace and SuSE), is meant to establish a baseline for the OpenStack admins…” Via Frederic Lardinois, TechCrunch

Hypernetes unites Kubernetes, OpenStack for multitenant container management
Hyper, creator of a VM isolated container engine that’s compatible with Docker, has debuted a project for running multitenant containers at scale. The Hypernetes project fuses the Hyper container engine with Kubernetes and uses several pieces from OpenStack to create what it describes as “a secure, multitenant Kubernetes distro…” HyperD is one of many recent products that deliberately blurs the line between a small, lightweight, fast container engine and a hypervisor with strong isolation and a full roster of emulated system resources. Canonical’s LXD, the experimental Novm project, and Joyent’s Triton Elastic Container Host all experiment with implementing different kinds of isolation in a runtime…” Via Serdar Yegulalp, InfoWorld


Is Dell-EMC The Canary In The Coal Mine For More Enterprise M&A?
When Dell announced it was buying EMC earlier this month for $67 billion, it would have been easy to see the deal in isolation, but what if it were the first of many such deals? Could Oracle, for example, make a play for HP’s Enterprise business? One well-connected source tells us that even this may be possible. Consider that HP sold TippingPoint to Trend Micro for $300 million and separately announced it was getting out of the public cloud market last week — perhaps shedding unprofitable pieces ahead of the split or making it more attractive to a potential buyer…” Via Ron Miller, TechCrunch

Cisco goes deep into network security with Lancope acquisition
Cisco continues its shopping spree to bolster its Security Business Group, scooping up network security company Lancope. Cisco plans to integrate Lancope’s StealthWatch suite with its current security portfolio to give organizations better visibility in what is happening in their network. Lancope specializes in security intelligence, threat visibility, and network behavior analytics. Lancope’s team will join Cisco’s Security Business Group. Cisco knows Lancope well, as the two companies have had a strategic partnership for several years. Under the terms of the deal, Cisco will pay $452.5 million, as well as “retention-based incentives” for Lancope employees who join Cisco. This acquisition is not only about technology — it also involves talent, said David Goeckeler, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco’s Security Business Group…” Via Fahmida Y. Rashid, InfoWorld

Crossing the Amazon: IBM in an Age of Disruption
“…Market disruption is a violent process, and surviving it can be almost as drawn out and painful as succumbing to it. As IBM knows, of course, having been one of the few companies to reinvent itself more than once. Expecting the same patience from investors, however, is a lot to ask, particularly in an age of activist shareholders carrying Damoclean swords. If bullish perceptions of cloud native players, Amazon and otherwise, are driven by expectations of future returns driven by current models, however, it is perhaps worth taking a step back and evaluating IBM’s current models rather than current returns. The question is how should IBM, or companies in IBM’s position, respond to the macro-market factors currently disrupting its businesses…” Via Stephen O’Grady, RedMonk 

HP cloud boss opens up on Helion closure
HP Cloud Business Unit general manager Bill Hilf has spoken with CRN USA about the decision to shutter the HP Helion public cloud business effective 31 January, 2016, HP’s Amazon Web Services play, the new EMC-VMware 50-50 cloud business and other issues. Hilf told CRN USA the decision to shutter Helion public cloud was based heavily on its strategy to grow the business hand-in-hand with solution provider and service provider partners and the demand from customers for HP to support hybrid cloud computing. He also said HP will be focusing its resources on its managed and virtual private cloud offerings. Here’s an edited transcript of the interview…” Via Steven Burke, CRN



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