This Week in Cloud: August 26, 2016

By Atos Apprenda Support


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, containers, the IoT, 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!

Dev and Test: Gateway Drug to the Cloud

By Matt Asay, August 22nd edition of InfoWorld
“Amazon Web Services recently stormed the Gartner Magic Quadrant as the undisputed leader of cloud computing. Given that it has “the richest array of IaaS and PaaS capabilities” and “provides the deepest capabilities for governing a large number of users and resources,” with a “multiyear competitive advantage over all its competitors,” it’s easy to forget the source of AWS strength: Developers. If RedMonk analyst James Governor is correct in his argument that “the only sustainable business advantage in an age of unprecedented technical change is unleashing engineering talent,” AWS was first to recognize this and enable it.”

SQL Server Is the New Hunting Ground in the Cloud

By Elton Stoneman, August 23rd edition of InfoQ
“…But the feature set at the IAAS level is lacking compared to the PAAS competition. Most significantly, to resize a database server on Google Cloud Platform, the VM needs to be taken offline. On Amazon RDS, users can resize a SQL Server database instance on the fly. On Azure SQL Database users can resize on the fly, and can also group multiple databases in an elastic pool to share compute resources. The Google cloud is ramping up services to compete with the more established suites from Amazon and Microsoft.”

Business Planners Are Turning to the Cloud

By Heather Clancy, August 24th edition Fortune
“Corporate adoption of cloud software for business planning and operations management is growing. The latest evidence comes courtesy of one of the more aggressive companies in this category, 10-year-old Anaplan, which Wednesday said it topped a $100 million revenue run rate for the first half of 2016. The private company has also reached cash-flow “break-even” status one year before it expected, said Anaplan co-president and CFO James Budge. San Francisco-based Anaplan has around 600 customers, including the likes of Del Monte and Morgan Stanley.”

Daily Report: More Clean Energy, Brought to You by the Cloud

By Quentin Hardy, August 24th edition of the NY Times
“The cloud, as it turns out, may have a very green lining. As Diane Cardwell reports, Apple is trying to meet its growing needs for electricity with green sources like solar, wind and hydroelectric power. A prime reason for this is the growing demand from its cloud computing centers, where Apple keeps its customers’ music, photos and much more. On this front, Apple joins a number of other cloud providers, who collectively may change the face of energy production by increasing demand for renewable energy.”

How the Cloud Stands to Reshape Academic Computing

By Kalev Leetaru, August 24th edition of Forbes
“Yesterday the National Science Foundation announced the latest iteration of its national supercomputing network, awarding $110 million to XSEDE 2.0. Moving forward it is interesting to contemplate the future role the commercial cloud may take in reshaping academic computing amid the increasingly data-intensive nature of “big data” research. For more than a decade I was an avid user of the NSF supercomputing network given that it was one of the few large-scale computing resources available for academic research. I was an early access “friendly user” on several NSF systems, running my intensive codes on them to stress test the hardware and identify optimization needs and was an invited speaker at the inaugural summit debuting NSF’s first large SSD storage supercomputer.”

New York Public Library Reads Up on the Cloud

By Sharon Gaudin, August 25th edition of Computerworld
“Four years ago, the New York Public Library began to move its web properties to the cloud. Today, the library system has all of its approximately 80 web sites in the cloud. The library has shrunk the number of on-premise servers by 40% and is running those web properties 95% more cheaply than if it had bought the hardware and software to do it all by itself. The library took a risk on the cloud, and on Amazon Web Services (AWS), and it paid off. “We’ve grown but we’ve grown in the cloud,” said Jay Haque, director of DevOps and Enterprise Computing at the library.”

Azure vs. AWS: Cloud Comparison

By Cynthia Harvey, August 23rd edition of Datamation
“Mid-market companies are becoming more comfortable with the security risks that come with cloud adoption, a new Deloitte report finds. After surveying 500 companies with annual revenues ranging from $100 million to more than $1 billion, Deloitte found that the biggest factor influencing the pace of adoption of cloud-based services is integration of existing applications and infrastructure — more than 25 percent of companies said so. Slightly fewer respondents (24 percent) said that security risks were the biggest factor. Last year, as many as 35 percent of respondents said it was the biggest factor.”

Apprenda and Cisco ACI Announce Secure Application Platform with Dynamic App Isolation

By Rakesh Malhotra, August 22nd edition of the Apprenda Blog
“Apprenda and Cisco partnered more than a year ago to enable organizations who want to accelerate their path to digitization. Since then, we have been working together to build best of breed solutions to run your application workloads. Today we are pleased to announce Apprenda’s full integration with Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). Now enterprises can leverage our turnkey solution to run their application portfolios in a more secure, efficient, and reliable fashion. As always, we started with the real-world problems customers were having and looked to solve them.

Cisco ACI and Apprenda PaaS Integration Goes to Production

By Adam Ozkan, August 22nd edition of the Cisco Blog
“No-Ops” for Developers and “No-Dev” for IT Ops. Analysts agree that IT is in the midst of a major transformation. Based on the results of latest Gartner enterprise IT buying behavior survey, the majority of spending is going towards modernizing, functionally expanding or substituting long-standing business and office applications with cloud-based software-as-a-service. According to the June 2016 forecast from Gartner, worldwide spending on enterprise application software will reach $154 billion in 2016, increasing to more than $216 billion in 2020. To make things even more interesting, by 2020, 75% of application purchases supporting digital business will be “build,” not “buy” involving “a combination of application components.”

J.P. Morgan Creates Executive Role to Lead Cloud Services

By Emily Glazer, August 24th edition of the WSJ
“J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. is reaching further into the cloud, using the technology to cut costs and boost efficiencies. The largest U.S. bank by assets named an executive who is tasked with running the bank’s cloud services, creating a position to oversee the technology, according to a Wednesday internal bank memo reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Harish Grama joins the bank next week as chief information officer for cloud services. He previously worked at IBM, where he spent the last 20 years in different technology software development roles, including most recently head of software development for IBM’s cloud unit, according to the memo.”

Oracle’s Hardware Chief Will Now Lead Its Cloud Effort

By Barb Darrow, August 22nd edition of Fortune
“Dave Donatelli, the executive who has led Oracle’s hardware—or “converged infrastructure” effort—is now also heading the company’s cloud and industry sales strategy teams, Fortune has learned. Sources close to the Redwood Shores, Calif.-based company confirmed the change, which has not been made public but was apparently announced internally a few weeks ago. Oracle had no comment on the move. As part of this expansion, Donatelli will also take on the responsibilities of Shawn Price, Oracle’s senior vice president of cloud, at least for the time being. Price—a former SAP executive who joined Oracle in October 2014—is taking time off, but a specific reason has not been made public.”

How Government Can Unlock Three Trillion Dollars of Value in the Digital Economy

By Andrew Keen, August 21st edition of TechCrunch
“The traditional Silicon Valley view is that innovation happens in spite rather than because of government. But according to Accenture Senior Director of Strategy, Anand Shah, government does have an important role to play in stimulating growth. But it’s not the old top-down New Deal kind of government focused on massive investment in infrastructure and the creation of “shovel ready” jobs. Instead, Shah – one of the authors of the recent World Economic Forum’s Digital Transformation of Industries report – believes that the role of government is now as a collaborator with industry.”

Software-Defined Networking Is Dangerously Sniffable

By Richard Chirgwin, August 23rd edition of The Register
“Software-defined networking (SDN) controllers respond to network conditions by pushing new flow rules to switches. And that, say Italian researchers, creates an unexpected security problem. The researchers were able to persuade their SDN environment to leak information that sysadmins probably don’t want out in public, including network virtualisation setups, quality of service policies, and more importantly, security tool configuration information such as “attack detection thresholds for network scanning”. Even a single switch’s flow table, they write, can provide this kind of information, as well as serving as a side-channel for an attacker to exploit.”

Containers, Cloud, and How Developers Predict the Future of Enterprise Tech

By Matt Asay, August 19th edition of EnterpriseTech
“Whether or not you believe Redmonk analyst James Governor’s contention that “unleashing engineering talent” is the only real “sustainable business advantage” today, your developers certainly do… Tim O’Reilly has suggested for years that the way to see the future of tech is to pay attention to the alpha geeks, but we don’t even have to be that forward-looking to glean insights into the tech trends that are reshaping the enterprise. All we need to do is watch developers. So, what are these developers telling us?”

Take the Kubernetes API for a Spin

By Janakiram MSV, August 19th edition of The New Stack
“For anyone who is fascinated by distributed computing, Kubernetes provides an ultimate playground. It’s one of best implementations of cluster management software of our times. Google must be appreciated for not only open sourcing Kubernetes, but also simplifying it, and making it accessible to the developers. At the heart of Kubernetes is an application programming interface (API). In fact, everything and anything in the platform is treated as an API object. Tasks such as the creation and deletion of pods, services, and replica sets are all translated into appropriate REST API calls. This article discovers the hidden gems of Kubernetes API along with a detailed walkthrough.”

Kubernetes Migration with Sheriff Mohamed

By Jeff Myerson, August 25th edition of Software Engineering Daily
“Kubernetes is a cluster management tool open sourced by Google. On Software Engineering Daily, we’ve done numerous shows on how Kubernetes works in theory. Today’s episode is a case study in how to deploy Kubernetes to production at a company with existing infrastructure. GolfNow is a fifteen year-old application written in C# .NET. It is a successful, growing business that is a division of NBC Sports. As GolfNow has grown, it has encountered scalability issues, and the engineering team at GolfNow decided to move its entire monolithic infrastructure to microservices running in Docker containers, managed by Kubernetes. Sheriff Mohamed joins the show today to discuss migrating his company’s application to Kubernetes. It’s a great show for anyone who is moving a large team to Kubernetes, or considering the technology for their application.”

Huawei Launches a Kubernetes-Based Container Engine

By Joab Jackson, August 22nd edition of The New Stack
“Joining an increasing number of companies, Asian telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies has released its own container orchestration engine, the Cloud Container Engine (CCE). Ying Xiong, Huawei’s chief architect of cloud computing, announced CCE version 1.0 at LinuxCon North America, being held this week in Toronto. Like orchestration engines from CoreOS and Apprenda, CCE will be based on Google open-source Kubernetes platform.”

Why ‘PaaS Versus Containers’ Is a Nonsensical Comparison

By Sinclair Schuller, August 25th edition of the Apprenda Blog
“I’ve had a good number of cloud taxonomy conversations as of late. Those conversations have focused on properly categorizing containers and how they compare to other cloud infrastructure pieces. One thing I’m finding is that some people attempt to place containers on a cloud continuum. You’ll see diagrams with virtualization on the far left, and containers on the right. Some of these diagrams place PaaS on the same continuum and conversations end up something like, “So what about PaaS versus containers?” or “Now that we have containers, where does PaaS fit in?”

28 Software Container Experts You Should Follow on Twitter

By Mitchell Long, August 19th edition of TechBeacon
“The container space has erupted in popularity. Docker and Kubernetes have risen to the ranks of the tech world’s hottest technologies as developers have adopted containers to increase reliability and scalability. Ae you looking to stay abreast of the latest happenings in the container realm? Here are 29 Twitter accounts you need to follow. This list comprises vetted practitioners, thought leaders, and projects in the space… Jacks founded Kube Con and was one of the Kismatic founders, a Kubernetes company that was acquired by Apprenda. Currently, he’s the senior director at Apprenda and tweets about all things Kubernetes. Check out Jacks’ Twitter feed for thoughts on startups and open-source tech.”

Startups Help Guide the Future of Container Technology Through the Open Container Initiative

By David Marshall, August 23rd edition of the VMblog
“The Open Container Initiative (OCI), an open source project for creating open industry standards around container formats and runtime, today announced that Anchore, ContainerShip, EasyStack and Replicated have joined The Linux Foundation and the Open Container Initiative. Today’s enterprises demand portable, agile and interoperable developer and sysadmin tools. The OCI was launched with the express purpose of developing standards for the container format and runtime that will give everyone the ability to fully commit to container technologies today without worrying that their current choice of infrastructure, cloud provider or DevOps tool will lock them in. Their choices can instead be guided by choosing the best tools for the applications they are building.”

Cloud Native Collaboration

By Fintan Ryan, August 23rd edition of RedMonk
“The Cloud Native Compute Foundation (CNCF) has just announced the general availability of their community compute cluster. This will allow many opensource projects to access a cluster that will consist of 1,000 compute and storage nodes donated by Intel and hosted by Supernap. Close observers of the CNCF will have noticed the ongoing discussion around the cluster over the past few months. Resources such as this compute cluster are immensely valuable, and we often see those organisations bequeathed with such resources jealously guarding them with a view to cementing what they see as a specific strategic advantage.”

Linux Turns 25, Is Bigger and More Professional Than Ever

By Jon Brodkin, August 22nd edition of ARS Technica
“The Linux operating system kernel is 25 years old this month. It was August 25, 1991 when Linus Torvalds posted his famous message announcing the project, claiming that Linux was “just a hobby, won’t be big and professional like gnu.” But now, Linux is far bigger and more professional than Torvalds could have imagined. Linux powers huge portions of the Internet’s infrastructure, corporate data centers, websites, stock exchanges, the world’s most widely used smartphone operating system, and nearly all of the world’s fastest supercomputers.”

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