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This Week in Cloud: April 22, 2016

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Welcome to Apprenda’s This Week in Cloud! This is a curated list of the top stories that were published during the past week pertaining to cloud computing, acquisitions, product releases, industry studies, and more.

If you’ve got an eye for technology but don’t have the time to keep track of everything cloud, let us give you a hand!

Almost All of IT Budgets Will Soon Be Dedicated to Cloud, Intel Study Finds

By Patrick Nelson, April 15th edition of Network World 
“The cloud is exploding globally, with most of IT spending soon to be allocated to cloud, according to a new Intel report. The technology company predicts that virtually all IT spending (80 percent) will be on cloud in the next 16 months. One reason is that ever-increasing digital activities “are leveraging cloud computing in some way,” the company said in its press release. And it’s happening quickly, according to the survey of 1,200 IT executives in eight countries, which was conducted by market research provider Vanson Bourne on behalf of Intel. Some countries’ enterprises will hit the 80 percent mark even faster than the average of 16 months. Australia, for example, is projected to get to that point in just 11 months. The U.S. is expected to hit the mark 14 months from now.”

How Europe Plans to Digitize Industry and Build a Mega-Cloud

By David Meyer, April 19th edition of Fortune
“The EU administration will spend billions of euros on boosting tech R&D and the use of technology in industry and public services. A big reason for this push, outlined in the European Commission’s new strategy for “digitizing” industry, is to create scale as Europe develops new technologies, and make sure the new gadgets and systems work across the EU’s many internal borders. Ultimately, the idea is to keep the EU competitive. The Commission noted that many sectors such as construction and textiles are “particularly lagging behind in their digital transformation.” The solution, it said, is more automated vehicles, robotized manufacturing, Internet of things, smart energy technologies and so on.”

JP Morgan Warns of “Major Ripple Effect” as Cloud Adoption Accelerates

By Mike Wheatley, April 20th edition of SiliconANGLE
“JP Morgan analysts has weighed in with an ominous warning to legacy vendors that cloud giants like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft are set to dominate the enterprise infrastructure landscape in the coming years. The fifty-page report, which was sent to clients last week and summed up by Barron’s Blog, states that “IBM, HP and Oracle are the top 3 most at-risk vendors for losing share of IT budget as the world shifts workloads to IaaS vendors.” JP Morgan’s analysts quizzed 207 CIOs from enterprises with annual IT budgets exceeding $600 million, finding that they used words like “transformative power” to describe the impact of cloud providers like AWS on their infrastructure. One CIO even said that his company was planning to go “all-in” with AWS. Of course, no one is saying the rise of public cloud isn’t unexpected.”

Public Cloud Adoption Causing Some Big Vendors to Stumble

By David Linthicum, April 19th edition of TechTarget
“Public cloud adoption is becoming commonplace as many enterprises move their workloads to Amazon Web Services, Google and other vendor platforms. Among other benefits, cloud enables enterprises to become more cost-effective and more agile — and, at this point, is pretty much “the only game in town” for enterprise IT, says David Linthicum, SVP of Cloud Technology Partners, a cloud consulting firm in Boston, in a recent podcast. With the rise of cloud users, there is increased demand for new services and tools. However, large legacy vendors face a choice: embrace change or be left behind. In the podcast, Linthicum and Ian Moyse, non-executive board member at the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST), an organization that promotes the legal use of software, based in the U.K., discuss public cloud adoption and its effects on large IT vendors, such as VMware and Microsoft.”

Open Container Initiative Launches a Container Image Format Spec

By Susan Hall, April 16th edition of The New Stack
“The Open Container Initiative (OCI) has taken the next step in establishing a standards base for the emerging container ecosystem. The organization has launched a project to establish a container image format specification. As a follow-up to the container runtime standard OCI is working on, open specifications for a container image is a “key part of this whole discussion,” said CoreOS CEO Alex Polvi. CoreOS offers the rkt container software, an alternative to the widely used Docker container image formate.”

Alliance Coalesces Around Mesosphere Platform

By George Leopold, April 19th edition of EnterpriseTech
“The datacenter operating system movement continues to gather momentum with the announcement by Apache Mesos developer Mesosphere of a broad alliance backing the beta release of an all-encompassing platform for building and scaling enterprise applications. The new platform, dubbed DC/OS, is based on Mesosphere’s datacenter operation system tool. The initial release of DC/OS announced on Tuesday (4/19) expands earlier capabilities to include running application containers at scale along with “single-click” installation of more than 20 services. DC/OS is further touted as allowing users to deploy automated infrastructure to run applications and services that include Apache Cassandra, Kafka and Spark. The platform combines the Mesos distributed systems kernel with Mesosphere’s Marathon container management tool.”

Apprenda Brings Continuous Integration Pipeline to Enterprise PaaS

By Sasha Jeltuhin, April 19th edition of The Apprenda Blog
“Apprenda’s Platform as a Service (PaaS) offers multiple benefits to enterprise technology organizations. It helps developers quickly build and deploy distributed applications. It also simplifies routine IT tasks through more efficient utilization of infrastructure and zero-impact server maintenance. These benefits of PaaS are not limited to production environments. Apprenda can also support a wide variety of pre-production activities, including application builds and different types of software testing. An increasing number of enterprises are embracing continuous integration (CI) practices. Apprenda through its intrinsic capabilities — such as container technologies, policy engines, and plug-and-play architecture — brings significant operational efficiencies when it underpins a CI pipeline.”

Microsoft’s Azure Container Service Is Now Generally Available

By Frederic Lardinois, April 19th edition of TechCrunch
“Azure Container Service, Microsoft’s container scheduling and orchestration service for its Azure cloud computing service, is now generally available. The service, which allows its users to choose either Mesosphere’s Data Center Operating System (DC/OS) or Docker’s Swarm and Compose to deploy and orchestrate their containers, was first announced in September 2015 and hit public preview this February. As Microsoft’s CTO for Azure (and occasional novelist) Mark Russinovich told me, he believes this ability to use both Docker Swarm/Compose and the open-source components of DC/OS — both of which are based on open-source projects — makes the Azure Container Service stand out from some of its competitors.”

CliQr and Cisco: Better Together

By Gaurav Manglik, April 15th edition of The CliQr Blog
“CliQr plays a key role in the cloud management market by transforming the way enterprises model, deploy and manage the entire lifecycle of applications onto any data center or private or public cloud environments. According to Jonathan Vanian of Fortune Magazine, “cloud management software, like what CliQr sells, is a hot commodity among companies looking to save money by being more flexible about their data center operations than being locked into a single vendor.” CliQr and Cisco share a common vision and great product synergy that drives application relevancy throughout disparate and ever-changing IT environments.”

Intel to Cut 12,000 Jobs, Puts Focus on Cloud

By Don Clark & Tess Stynes, April 19th edition of WSJ
“Intel Corp. is planning to slash 12,000 jobs, 11% of its workforce, a consequence of the shrinking personal-computer market and the chip maker’s failure to take advantage of the industry’s transition to smartphones. The restructuring announced along with first-quarter results on Tuesday is Intel’s largest yet in terms of the number of employees affected. Chief Executive Brian Krzanich described the move as tough but necessary, not only to cut costs but to free up money to invest in businesses that are growing.”

IBM’s Cloud: Jim Comfort on Cloud Strategy – IBM Exclusive Interview (Part 1)

By Sean Michael Kerner, April 20th edition of Seeking Alpha
“In my continuing pursuit of understanding IBM’s (NYSE:IBM) key business verticals of cloud, big data and analytics, I recently had the privilege of interviewing Inhi Cho Suh, General Manager of Collaboration Solutions. I covered several aspects of what we discussed on the call about their predictive analytics business, the adoption of analytics-as-a-service and the growth of Bluemix as a key driver of developer engagement. I’ve linked that interview article below.”

Microsoft’s Cloud Business Falls Short of Investors’ Hopes

By Nick Wingfield, April 21st edition of the NY Times
“Cloud computing is seen by many investors as Microsoft’s salvation, the growing business that has convinced many there’s a bright future for the company beyond the troubled PC market. But Microsoft’s cloud business didn’t grow quite fast enough during its last quarter to keep investors happy. The company missed Wall Street estimates, though Microsoft executives said it would have beaten them without the impact of unexpectedly high taxes.”

An Independent Organization Just Ranked Google as the Best Cloud

By Julie Bort, April 20th edition of Business Insider
“Amazon may be the 800-pound gorilla of the cloud computing market, but some new research indicates that Google offers the best cloud in the for the money. So says a cloud benchmark of top US clouds developed by French IT business news site JDN, based on a similar benchmark of clouds in France. JDN banded together with two companies that test cloud performance, CloudScreener and Cedexis, to determine the best clouds. They looked at Amazon Web Services, Google Compute Engine, IBM SoftLayer, Microsoft Azure, and Rackspace.”

Digital Transformation a Priority for CEOs – Gartner

By Sara Yirrell, April 20th edition of Channelnomics
“CEOs are becoming more preoccupied with heading up digital transformation in their organizations as the pace of change speeds up, Gartner has claimed. The research house questioned over 400 CEOs and senior business execs to find out their top priorities for 2016. Unsurprisingly, growth was picked as the number one priority by 54 percent of respondents, with customers scoring 31 percent and workforce 27 percent. Mark Raskino, VP at Gartner, said that the large rise of explicit mentions of the word customer was “very noticeable” in the results of this year’s survey.”

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