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NetApp CEO: Cloud the ‘biggest transition’ in IT history

site-moves-changes-580x358NetApp CEO, said in a blog post published on the vendor’s site on Wednesday. According to Kurian, cloud notably affects end users’ approach to IT. “The IT industry is undergoing a significant shift as customers evolve their IT strategies and consider how to take advantage of the cloud,” he said. “It is the biggest transition in the history of IT, and customers are looking for partners who can help them take advantage of the benefits the cloud offers while mitigating the risks.” Kurian added that this presents opportunity for NetApp. …” Via Scharon Harding, Channelnomics

How Andy Jassy helped Amazon own the cloud
…While the world knows Amazon as an e-commerce steamroller, its cloud-computing division, AWS, is now just as dominant in its own field, with almost three times the market share of its nearest competitor. …The business world learned just how big AWS was in April, when Amazon for the first time broke out its numbers in a quarterly earnings report. AWS was not only profitable, Amazon said, but on track to earn $6.3 billion in revenue in 2015. That announcement shone a spotlight on Jassy’s accomplishments, but he didn’t celebrate the milestone—at the time he was flying from Seattle to the Midwest to meet a customer. …” Via Leena Rao, Fortune

VMware, Microsoft in virtualised Exchange blog battle
Microsoft’s Exchange Server has a reputation as being hard to virtualise under hypervisors other than Redmond’s own Hyper-V, a state of affairs that has led to more than occasional suggestions that Microsoft might just like it that way. … Narky blogs were big in the storage industry a handful of years ago, but VMware seems to be the dominant practitioner of the art these days as shown by its recent shouting matches with Nutanix. And Microsoft? It’s been silent on the topic since mid-June.” Via Simon Sharwood, The Register


The tech boom could end in 1 of 3 ways
Whether you want to call it a bubble or not, the tech industry is booming. At last count there were 114 privately held companies with valuations of $1 billion or more — often called unicorns. Some, such as Uber and Airbnb, are worth tens of billions of dollars.  For the tech industry, these are heady times. But economies and industries usually move in cycles. At some point the party has to end.  We polled several tech industry insiders and investors to find out the biggest risks that they see out on the horizon. Here’s what they said…” Via Alexei Oreskovic, Business Insider

The Tech Industry Is In Denial, But The Bubble Is About To Burst
Euphoric reaction to superstar tech businesses is rampant — so much so that the tech industry is in denial about looming threats. The tech industry is in a bubble, and there are sufficient indicators for those willing to open their eyes. Rearing unicorns, however, is a distracting fascination. … The fact that we are in a tech bubble is in no doubt. The fact that the bubble is about to burst, however, is not something the sector wants to wake up to. The good times the sector is enjoying are becoming increasingly artificial. The tech startup space at the moment resembles the story of the emperor with no clothes. It remains for a few established, reasoned voices to persist with their concerns so the majority will finally listen.Via Tallat Mahmood, TechCrunch

Big Companies Can Avoid Disruption by Partnering With Startup Accelerators
…Large corporations realize that we are going to get disrupted on many levels and technology is moving really fast. To be close to the pace of innovation, and have the opportunity for fist mover advantage, it makes perfect sense to partner with startup accelerators and a highly motivated and experienced mentor ecosystem. “Companies like Qualcomm have a venture fund and venture group that is among the top corporate innovation venture funds out there. The group is interested in building future products. Led by their CTI, the purpose is centered on technology and innovation,” said Cohen…” Via Vala Afshar, Huffington Post

Lean innovation management: Making corporate innovation work
…The first time a few brave corporate innovators tried to overlay the Lean tools and techniques that work in early-stage startups onto an existing corporation, the result was chaos, confusion, frustration, and ultimately failure. They ended up with “Innovation Theater” – great projects, wonderful press releases about how innovative the company is, but no real substantive change in product trajectory… To move innovation faster, we now have 21st century tools — Business Model Canvas, Customer Development, Agile Engineering – all adding up to a lean startup. We can adapt these startup tools for use inside the corporation. To do so, we’ll keep the concept of three unique horizons of innovation but reframe and combine them with what we’ve learned about lean startups. The result will be…” Via Steve Blank, VentureBeat


DockerCon 2015: What Did We Learn This Week?
…What’s preventing containers from escaping the sandbox is not something so simple as a lack of initiative or willpower from developers. There’s a lack of appropriate tooling. There’s concern over how containerized environments will continue to be supported by vendors in the long term, and whether some vendors will survive that long… For once, a big question facing a technology conference has effectively been settled there. … Docker’s gamble may make containers permanently successful. By this time next year, we will know whether that success came at the cost of its own identity.” Via Scott M. Fulton III, The New Stack

Developer-defined infrastructure creates waves of innovation
Given the latest numbers from, Inc.’s Amazon Web Services, it’s clear that Cloud has crossed the chasm into the mainstream and is consistently producing value. This is good news for Jerry Chen, a venture capitalist and partner at Greylock Partners, who made an early investment in Docker, Inc. Chen joined theCUBE during DockerCon 2015 to talk about how he sees the waves of innovation changing the industry…” Via Elizabeth Kays, SiliconANGLE


State of Application Delivery 2015
…The State of Application Delivery 2015 represents our  (and the industry’s) first – but certainly not our last – look at the application services considered essential to business’ strategy of delivering secure, fast, and available applications with increasing velocity and at lower costs. As we move into this year, we’re already gathering the data to pull together our next edition of the State of Application Delivery, which will no doubt carry a similarly descriptive title like “State of Application Delivery 2016...” Via Lori MacVittie, Sys-Con

Tune into the Cloud – Something Got Me Started
By now it is widely acknowledged that cloud enables a fast (agile) start. But more important than a fast start is getting results quickly. We are talking then about high productivity platforms, a category of PaaS. Funnily enough, several cloud providers – such as Microsoft and Google – launched a PaaS platform first and only later – when they saw how quickly the virtual machine based IaaS services from Amazon were becoming popular – technically did a step back to launch a lower level IaaS service. …” Via Gregor Petri, Gartner

Will the cloud automate operations out of existence?
Jeffrey Snover, a 16-year Microsoft veteran and brilliant technologist, clearly identifies with the IT operations side of the house. “That’s my tribe,” he says. “I’m very optimistic about their future.” Despite that tribal affiliation, Snover may be helping to automate many operations folks out of a job, though I’m sure he would dispute that suggestion. … increasingly, fancy private cloud solutions seem like a waystation on the road to our public cloud future, even those that vastly reduce the complexity of deployment and maintenance. In the software-defined world, where so much of that virtual infrastructure is automated, I don’t see how we can possibly need nearly as many operations people to run things. That, after all, is from where much of the cost savings will come.” Via Eric Knorr, InfoWorld


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