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This Week in Cloud: April 29, 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!

This Simple Diagram Explains Why We Call It ‘Cloud Computing’

By Julie Bort, April 25th edition of Business Insider
“Cloud computing doesn’t really come from the sky. Much of it is actually delivered via underground and undersea cables. It’s called ‘cloud computing’ because when engineers diagram their corporate networks, the symbol that represents the “internet” is a cloud. The cloud was used as a symbol because it represents a fuzzy area outside of the control of the company’s I
IT people. The internet is like the “vast beyond” to them.”

Kubernetes Community Update: April 2016

By Chris Gaun, April 28th edition of Apprenda Blog
“Every CTO you meet will now tell you Kubernetes orchestration and Docker containers are the standards for cloud-native architecture. Back in early March, we made sure our customers didn’t have to choose between support for existing investments and new cloud-native projects by embracing Kubernetes in our current infrastructure. Since that time, every measurable statistic has shown that Kubernetes is by far the largest and fastest growing cloud-native platform. … Recently we decided one of the best ways to show the progress of the community was to create a monthly infographic charting it. Things such as the number of meetups added globally and the top answerers on Stack Overflow are all counted in the totals.”

eBay Parlays New-Age Tools to Build Big-but-Flexible Infrastructure

By Barb Darrow, April 23rd edition of Fortune
“It’s a no brainer that eBay and other big online retailers need lots of computing power to run their sales efforts. But the niceties of building a tech foundation that is both powerful enough for their immediate needs and flexible enough to meet changing demands tomorrow, is tricky. … The need for powerful-but-adaptable computing is why eBay, which claims more than 800 million sales listings and which has always relied on its own internal tech expertise, continues to construct its own massive computing capabilities using OpenStack. … Ebay also relies on Kubernetes, a technology that developers can use to ease deployment and management of lots and lots of those Docker containers, a task that gets complicated in a hurry.”

CoreOS Shows OpenStack Can Be Run As A Container With Kubernetes

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols , April 26th edition of ZDNet
“At the OpenStack Summit, CoreOS CEO Alex Polvi took the risk of running a live demo of OpenStack in a container managed by Kubernetes, Google’s container management system. He won his bet. It ran flawlessly before the audience of approximately 7,000 developers… This new mashup of containers and cloud is called Stackanetes. CoreOS showed off that you to deploy and manage OpenStack as a containered application. As a container under Kubernetes, Stackanetes can be used to deliver dynamic management, self-healing deployments, and painless upgrades.”

Let’s Define “Container-Native”

By Salil Deshpande , April 28th edition of TechCrunch
“As containers gain popularity for a broad variety of use cases, entrepreneurs and infrastructure software investors are focused on investing in the machinery around containers. But there is a particular notion that is emerging, which needs a name. Today I’m proposing that we start using the term container-native to refer to this notion. I researched (googled) the term to learn how it was being used today. Turns out it is being used to refer to the idea of running containers on bare metal (rather than on VMs). What a narrow use of a beautiful term!

How Do Cloud Services Platforms Compare?

By Alex Miller, April 25th edition of ReadWrite
“As the cloud services competition heats up between Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, both companies have begun not only slashing prices, but expanding their offerings to cover more of what matters to today’s developers. This includes Azure’s heavy investing into big data, while also taking steps to ensure that its users are able to develop on whichever infrastructure suits them best. If you think Microsoft Azure isn’t on board with Docker, think again. In particular, Microsoft Azure has also made strides within the open source community, releasing a certification for Linux on Azure in late 2015.”

Why Microsoft Azure Could Be Winning a Losing Battle

By Matt Asay, April 27th edition of TechRepublic
“There’s little doubt that Microsoft Azure has been on a tear, growing 120% year-over-year in the last quarter and mounting the only credible competition for Amazon Web Services. That’s the good news. The bad news is that this could be costing Microsoft in terms of its profitability. As noted by Steve Nellis, Microsoft’s continued success with Azure could result in profit margins that are ‘a lot lower than what Microsoft’s investors have been used to for the past few decades.’ Microsoft doesn’t really have a choice, but the transition will be painful, all the same.”

OpenStack Backers Come Out Swinging

By George Leopold, April 25th edition of EnterpriseTech
“The OpenStack community is highlighting the cloud platform’s steady progress within large enterprises during its annual summit this week in Austin, Texas. Along with a growing list of hyper-scale use cases, the nascent movement sought to dispel deployment and complexity worries by claiming that half of Fortune 100 companies are now running OpenStack. A user survey released earlier this month found that 65 percent of OpenStack deployments are in production, up from 33 percent last year, and that 97 percent of users surveyed want a standard cloud platform and APIs. Those statistics represent an effort to forge a standard platform for a building and scaling private clouds while providing cloud-native frameworks that would run on top of infrastructure and application “primitives.”

OpenStack Fires Back at Its Critics By Proving VMs and Containers Can Co-Exist

By James Nunns, April 27th edition of CBR
“…The reason for doing this is because OpenStack has in the past been criticised for a lack of use cases. Adoption of the open source cloud has been questioned as businesses struggle to find reasons for adopting it over other clouds in the market. While day one was serious, day two had a more light-hearted tone, there were more jokes as use cases from several different companies presented on stage. The presentations ranged from large companies such as Time Warner Cable to smaller ones with tcpCloud. The use of big name companies was not just to draw the crowds, but to showcase the diversity of OpenStack users and to basically tell onlookers that it is fit for both large and small businesses.”

Google Will Let Companies with Enterprise Agreements Use Apps for Free through 2016

By Jordan Novet, April 11th edition of NY Times
“Google today announced that it’s pushing back the deadline for a program to make it easier to switch to Google Apps for Work, the suite of services that includes Gmail, Google Drive, Hangouts, and Google Calendar. Through the end of 2016, companies with 100-3,000 users that are locked into enterprise agreements with software companies like Microsoft will be able to use Apps for Work for free for the duration of the agreement period.”

Global App Revenue Will Double Over Next Four Years

In the April 26th edition of Business Insider
“The mobile app market will see more growth over the next four years than it has since its inception eight years ago, according to new research from Ovum. Additionally, more than three times as much revenue will be made between 2016 and 2020 than was generated between 2008 and 2015. However, app saturation and increasing user acquisition costs in mature markets, such as the US and Western Europe, will lead to a noticeable deceleration in download volumes through 2020.”

Hyperscale Public Clouds are a Fixture on the European Scene – Learn to Live With Them

By Paul Miller, April 26th edition of Forrester
“Not too long ago, Europe’s cloud providers saw the big American imports as nothing but competition. They were to be challenged at every turn, they were to be dissed at every opportunity, they were to be beaten, stomped upon, and sent packing back across the water. Only, it didn’t work out that way. Even the most paranoid, isolationist, protectionist, and Europe-ist of customers found reasons to use a bit of AWS, or a bit of Azure, or a bit of Google, or a bit of SoftLayer. They used European providers too, but the polarising rhetoric from so many of those home-grown vendors did them no favours with their customers. Very real issues around data territoriality, or proximity to data centres, or low-latency continent-spanning networks got lost in a sea of FUD and negativity. Customers, largely, stopped hearing the valid arguments, and too often just dismissed the lot as sour grapes, or negative marketing.”

Tune Into the Cloud: Yes, We Have No Banana’s

By Gregor Petri, April 24th edition of Gartner
“Just like the earwurm “Yes, We Have No Bananas” seems to come back every decade or so, IT has a number of issues that seem on eternal repeat. One of these is the idea that once we have found a better way to do something, that we can just convert and replace all our existing investments. So we figured we would replace mainframes with distributed systems, distributed systems with client/server, client/server with web architectures and now Web architectures with cloud. In the equally hype-centric world of dietetics (the study of diets) this would be comparable to switching to only eating bananas, after someone has discovered that bananas actually have quite a number of good qualities (filling , lots of carbohydrates, vitamins, cheap, long shelf life, etc.). Now there are of course diet gurus with huge influence (remember Atkins, Montignac , Agaston’s South Beach or the now popular but anonymous “Military Diet” ), but nutricional patterns usually change only marginally and, moreover, very slowly.”

Cloud Will Make U.S. Immigration Agency More Agile

By Kenneth Corbin, April 22nd edition of Network World
“Improving the delivery of services to citizens has been one of the driving goals of government IT reform, in particular as consumers seek out more services through agency websites or applications. At the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS), a unit of the Department of Homeland Security, CIO Mark Schwartz is helping lead an overhaul of the way the agency approaches software and application development. With those efforts, Schwartz’s agency views the provision of services to citizens — or, in his case, citizen-aspirants — in much the same way that a private enterprise views its customers. That is, the IT department under Schwartz’s leadership at CIS is trying to adopt a consumer-centric approach and deliver a clean, user-friendly experience on its digital properties.”

Pitney Bowes Shakes Off ‘Identity Crisis’ with SaaS Commerce Platform

By Scharon Harding, April 27th edition of Channelnomics
“Pitney Bowes yesterday announced a SaaS offering that the vendor says brings definition to its future and will help partners tackle the pain points of the SMB market, while expanding reach to such customers. During the launch event in New York City, Marc Lautenbach, president and CEO of Pitney Bowes, reflected on the vendor previously having “a touch of an identity crisis” that led to an approximately year-long “archaeological dig” to define the vendor. The resulting definition was a global technology company that powers billions of physical and digital transactions in commerce’s “connected and borderless world”. As a result, the vendor announced Pitney Bowes Commerce Cloud, a platform that brings users solutions, analytics and APIs aimed at helping them find customers, discover opportunities and enhance communication, power shipping worldwide and payment management.”

Samsung Launches Cloud Service Just For The ‘Internet Of Things’

By Aaron Tilley, April 27th edition of Forbes
“Samsung is well known for its manufacturing might, but the company still hasn’t figured out software. That’s not stopping the South Korean electronics giant from trying to push into one of the most strategic areas emerging in software: cloud services. On Wednesday at the Samsung Developer Conference, the company announced Artik Cloud, a cloud service specifically made for connecting “Internet of Things” devices. Built on top of Amazon Web Services, the Artik Cloud will be Samsung’s first foray into providing a cloud service to third-party customers. Samsung has worked on its own backend software for its own devices and services, but never for outside customers.”

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