Platforms, Platforms, Platforms: a-a-S, Anyone? – Apprenda Marketwatch

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Open Source and the Rise of as-a-Service Businesses

“…what does the shift towards as-a-service businesses mean for open source? Is it good or bad for open source software in general? The problem is that this question is difficult to answer precisely, because evidence can be found to support opposing arguments. … the rise of service-based businesses has directly and indirectly led to the creation of a lot of new open source software, which is positive for the industry – from a functional if not commercial standpoint – and customers alike. And having disrupted first the enterprise software industry and then compute, open source is now turning its eyes towards previously immune sectors like networking and storage. … open source advocates would be wise to be appreciative of how far service businesses have gotten them to date, while being wary and watchful of their intentions moving forward.” Via Stephen O’Grady, RedMonk

Forget about IaaS, PaaS and SaaS – it’s all about the platform
The cloud computing market is typically broken into three buckets: IaaS, SaaS and PaaS. … a recent Forrester’s Wave report throws those buckets out the window. “The popular wisdom that cloud computing comes in three flavors — SaaS, IaaS and PaaS — no longer describes reality,” say some of Forrester’s top cloud analysts… Organizations should consider what types of developers and applications they have now, what they want to have in the future, and choose a cloud platform that best suites their needs.” Via Brandon Butler, Network World

IT Should Get Naked
Running IT in a transparent and accountable fashion — with regard to finances, investments, operations, and personnel — is desirable in any business. … But to much of the organization, including the CEO, IT looks opaque, or even invisible. … Many CIOs enjoy this invisibility. … The problem, however, is that this isolation limits the CIO’s ability to truly transform the business. Invisibility or opacity leads to misperceptions about IT and “the business” being separate entities, not as parts of the same organic whole. These misperceptions keep IT out of planning and business processes. … So the real test of the CIO and the IT department in toto is whether they are willing and eager to drop the veilVia Romi Mahajan, InformationWeek

Insurers, It’s Time To Emerge From Your Long Winter Sleep
“…Digital technologies are much more than just a channel. They can drive a business transformation to deliver new customer value and greater operational agility. Digital technologies can help insurers in particular build more persistent bridges to their customers’ lives to address the industry’s low customer engagement and creeping commoditization. Becoming a digital business is much more difficult than adjusting your distribution strategy. It means exploring digitally-enhanced products and services, with pressure on the company’s siloed organization and processes and outdated technology systems. Savvy insurers are recognizing that helping customers protect their assets might not be a traditional underwritten insurance policy but rather a profitable ongoing service…” Via Oliwia Berdak, Forrester


Xiaomi Dips Its Toe Into Financial Services
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is the latest tech company to cross over into financial services. Xiaomi began public beta testing Tuesday of an online money-market fund that lets users earn interest on money saved in Xiaomi’s wallet app, a spokeswoman said. It marks another sign of Xiaomi’s ambitions to be an Internet company rivaling Alibaba Group and Tencent Holdings, rather than just a hardware maker. … As for Xiaomi’s fund, it is still in beta testing, so there are no guarantees it will be a permanent feature. But it’s an indication of Xiaomi’s direction as it looks beyond smartphone sales…” Via Eva Dou, WSJ

CBA IT Exec Charged With Bribery, ServiceMesh Allegedly Involved
News today from the Sydney Morning Herald in Australia. The paper ran the story about a former IT executive at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) who has been charged with bribery offenses after an investigation by the Australian police alongside the FBI. The unnamed executive, a US national living in Sydney, is charged over $1.5 million in corrupt payments made to two of the bank’s former staff. Sources tell me that the company concerned is ServiceMesh, a high flying infrastructure vendor that was acquired by CSC last year. …” Via Ben Kepes, Forbes


Congress Scrutinizes F.C.C. Following Release of New Internet Rules
Nearly three weeks after the Federal Communications Commission voted to regulate broadband Internet like a public utility, Congress is putting the agency and its new rules under the microscope. On Tuesday, in the first of five Congressional hearings on the agency in the next two weeks, Republican members of the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform raised questions about whether the White House improperly influenced the F.C.C., an independent agency…” Via Rebecca Ruiz, NY Times

The Net Neutrality Drama Train Heads To Congress
“…FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler did sit before a cattle call of House members, receiving, in alternating fashion, consistent praise or vitriol. Briefly, and this is from a surface reading of my time spent staring blankly into monitors this fine morning in the San Francisco fog, Wheeler is either single-handedly destroying the engine that leads to dynamic innovation online, or he is, in fact, the only thing standing between said innovation and rapacious corporations. So things are about where we left them when the FCC voted three to two to enact a new set of net neutrality regulations that include the reclassification of broadband under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. …” Via Alex Wilhelm, TechCrunch

FCC chairman tries to convince Congress that Obama doesn’t have a secret plan to control the internet
“…Wheeler pointed out, as he’s been doing over the past few weeks, that nearly 4 million people gave feedback on the original net neutrality proposal, all of which is meant to be fed into the final rules. There’s been a very prominent push for Title II regulation, so Wheeler has plenty of backing to point to when trying to convince opponents that Obama isn’t the only one pushing for it. And, seriously, he did that a lot. “You have asked whether there were secret instructions from the White House,” Wheeler said. “Again, I repeat the answer is no.” That said, Wheeler admits that Obama’s support for Title II did have some impact. But that impact, he says, was in giving the issue “new prominence” and getting Republicans to start considering net neutrality legislation…” Via Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge


Five Things From The Internet of Things
The Internet of Things took center stage this year at CeBIT, a major IT fair. The vision of adding sensing, computing and communications capability to all kinds of hardware manifested in some interesting use cases. Here are five examples of the coming connected world…” Via Friedrich Geiger, WSJ

Internet of things: Sillier and scarier and coming your way
“…We are entering a new period where the things around us are going to be connected to the Great Cloud in the Sky. That’s great, in some ways. That’s not so great, in many other ways… Security issues become interesting here. First, of course, there’s the big data concern that Big Brother (or Big Facebook or Big Philips) is watching and recording all our activities. … Our best answer is insisting our vendors build security into their systems as a core design requirement. There is just no reason, for example, that home wireless alarm systems transmit data in unencrypted form. There is no excuse for poorly designed systems that don’t place encryption and security at the top of the priority list…” Via David Gewirtz, ZDNet


CenturyLink: A Leader Among Telcos, Facing Giants in the Cloud
…CenturyLink is an example of a telco trying to embrace the new stack for its customers. The company’s move into cloud services comes mostly from its acquisitions. When CenturyLink acquired Tier3 in 2013, it inherited Iron Foundry, a platform for dropping components into a Cloud Foundry environment. Jared Wray, Tier3’s co-founder, is now CenturyLink Cloud’s chief technology officer. Before Tier3, CenturyLink acquired AppFog, a PaaS provider. It bought Savvis, a managed hosting provider in 2011 and more recently, Cognilytics, an analytics technology provider and DataGardens, a disaster recovery software company. … “We need to transform from a telephone company to an IT-based services company,” CenturyLink CTO Aamir Hussain recently stated… Via Susan Hall, The New Stack 

CenturyLink expands its public cloud platform to Asia-Pacific region
…CenturyLink recently expanded its managed hosting services into China and made its new Private Cloud service available in all 58 of its global data centers. The company also earned industry analyst recognition for its Asia-Pacific cloud-enabled managed hosting capabilities, and received a Brill Award from the Uptime Institute for Asia-Pacific data centers facilities management. CenturyLink will be the first company to be evaluated and awarded at the global portfolio level for Management & Operations certification by the Uptime Institute…” Via Xclusiv


Amazon And Microsoft Dominate The $20 Billion Cloud
“Cloud computing now totals nearly $20 billion, but not everyone shares equally in those cumulus riches. According to a new Synergy Research report, Amazon Web Services dominates the cloud with 28% of the overall market, with Microsoft Azure making gains but still commanding just 10% of the market. And while that AWS lead isn’t as hefty as it once was, the cloud market clearly seems to be settling into the Haves, mainly comprised of AWS and Microsoft, and the Have Nots, which includes everyone else. …” Via Matt Asay, ReadWrite

Cisco Adds Application-Centric Capabilities for Service Providers
Today, Cisco announced three significant enhancements to the Cisco Evolved Programmable Network portfolio, an open, elastic, and application-centric network infrastructure framework that enables service providers to accelerate time to revenue while reducing the costs of deploying new services. … With this announcement, Cisco is integrating its programmability, virtualization and orchestration capabilities into its core and edge networking portfolio. These latest EPN innovations will help service providers increase overall profitability and service agility in delivering new revenue-generating services to customers…” Via Light Reading


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