This Week in Cloud: August 5, 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!

The Five Most Valuable Companies in America All Have this in Common

By Lucinda Shen, August 2nd edition of Fortune
“It’s a straight flush of tech giants on the S&P 500. After Exxon posted weak second quarter earnings last week, online marketplace Amazon and social media company Facebook slid past the oil giant, taking the position of fourth and fifth largest U.S. traded stocks by market cap behind Apple, Alphabet, and Microsoft. That came after the two tech companies made their way past Berkshire Hathaway last week—signaling how much investors expect the two tech giants to grow, and marking the ascendency of tech companies.”

Cloud, Containers And Collaboration Come Of Age

By Chris WIlder, August 3rd edition of Forbes
“The cloud computing marketplace has come of age, and the market is booming. As I discussed in my last article, Cloud is no longer a business strategy. It is just something we do. Further proof is demonstrated by Amazon Web Services (AWS) reporting huge Q2 numbers of $2.9B in revenue, up by more than $1B from the same time in 2015. Microsoft reported its “intelligent cloud” segment was up 7%, totaling $6.7B, and their public cloud offering Azure was up by 102% year-on-year. Finally, Oracle announced the acquisition of born-in-the cloud ERP vendor NetSuite for $9.3B.”

When to Containerize Legacy Applications — And When Not to

By Will Kinard, August 2nd edition The New Stack 
“Sitting across the table in early talks with new customers, I often find myself thinking of the Blendtec marketing campaign that started almost 10 years ago, whereby the creator of Blendtec blenders discovers through his YouTube channel what objects will blend in his line of blenders. The opening tagline was always, “Will it blend?” He then goes on to show that the chosen object of the day will, in fact, blend in the Blendtec. What results is most usually a smokey, soupy mess, but it did, in fact, blend! In many of BoxBoat’s new engagements, we are presented with legacy applications and asked a similarly simple question, “Can it be containerized?”

The 8 Best Open-Source Tools For Building Microservice Apps

By Bernard Golden, August 3rd edition of TechBeacon
“Any enterprise IT group that wants to become the business driver that the company wants it to be is going to need an open source–first strategy, for two reasons. First, the licensing models of proprietary software are still tied to the perpetual, per-server license fee… Second, using proprietary software ties the user’s innovation cycle to that of the vendor, completely negating your ability to build your own functionality to address your unique needs… two popular application frameworks, Red Hat’s OpenShift and Apprenda, both use Kubernetes to orchestrate their framework deployments.”

Container Format Dispute on Twitter Shows Disparities Between Docker and the Community

By Joab Jackson, August 1st edition of The New Stack
“Should the Docker container image format be completely standardized? Or should Docker not be held back from evolving the format ahead of the open specification? This was the topic of a heated Twitter tussle last week between Google evangelist Kelsey Hightower and the creator of the Docker itself, Solomon Hykes. Hightower wants to see the Docker format image to be completely standardized, so companies, including Docker, can build additional functionality atop of the specification. Hykes, however, balked at full standardization, asserting that the format is still too new and evolving too quickly. The debate centers around how much Docker should donate of its container technology to the Open Container Initiative (OCI), an initiative to build a vendor-neutral container image and runtime specification.”

Happy 1st Birthday Kubernetes (Infographic)

By Chris Gaun, July 29th edition of the Apprenda Blog
“Kubernetes went into general availability roughly a year ago and has since flourished into one of the most active and largest open source projects going today. Kubernetes is ranked 112 out of 1.5 million (0.01%) for the number of times it has been starred in GitHub. Using BigQuery, Felipe Hoffa even showed that Kubernetes had the most active GitHub community out of those 1.5 million projects as well. Kubernetes is #1 at one year old!”

Kubernetes and OpenStack to collide in Silicon Valley

By Swapnil Bhartiya, July 29th edition of CIO
“Mirantis, the pure play OpenStack company, is one of the sponsors of OpenStack Days – Silicon Valley. I caught up with Mirantis co-founder and CMO Boris Renski to learn more about the upcoming event. Here is an edited version of that interview… OpenStack – Silicon Valley is the event that we started three years ago. This is the third in the series. The OpenStack community in general, as you know, has a summit twice a year and then it has this concept of OpenStack Days, which are different regional events that are organized by various community members.”

Amazon, Alphabet Find a Silver Lining in the Cloud

By Tony Owusu, July 29th edition of The Street
“Meteoric growth usually isn’t sustainable when you get to be the size of global conglomerates like Action Alerts PLUS holding Alphabet and Growth Seeker holding Amazon. But both companies have invested heavily in cloud services, a market that is expected to rise 16.5% this year to $205 billion, according to researchers by Gartner. The cloud services industry is split up into three segments: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS). Of those three, IaaS is expected to have the largest growth, 38.4% to $22.4 billion in 2016.

The State of SaaS In 2016: What A Recent Report Means For Your Business and Your Staff

By Brandon Vigliarolo, August 1st edition of TechRepublic
“Software-as-a-service, or SaaS, is quickly replacing locally installed programs as the standard way of doing business. A new report from software analysis firm Better Buys sheds some light on how things are changing and how those changes will impact businesses and their teams… If you’re facing an aging server or old tech that needs replacing now is your chance to ditch it for good. Find out what you need to do to transition that data somewhere safe and start living the SaaS life: you’ll be glad you did.”

SaaS in 2016: The Key Trends

By Charles McLellan, July August 1st edition of ZDNet
“Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is the best-known segment of the cloud computing market, largely because it faces the most users: many people will have first-hand experience with cloud-based apps like Office 365, Salesforce, Box, and Google Apps, for example, but far fewer will have developed apps using PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) or spun up a datacentre’s-worth of VMs using IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-Service). No surprise, then, that in its 2015 Cloud Computing Hype Cycle, Gartner placed SaaS well on the way toward the ‘Plateau of Productivity’ (the final stage, where mainstream adoption has been achieved), with ‘Sales Force Automation SaaS’ having already got there.”

What Real Cloud-Native Apps Will Look Like

By Rishi Yadav, August 4th edition of TechCrunch
“There is a lot of talk of “cloud native” these days, and people are taking liberties with the interpretation of this term — like they do with everything else associated with the cloud. Cade Metz put it right in this Wired post: “The term has taken on so many meanings in recent years. But keep in mind: most of these meanings come from IBM, HP, EMC, Dell, Cisco, and other companies that don’t want to be f***ed by it.”

Cloud Infrastructure Market: AWS, Microsoft, Google, IBM Dominate

By Nathan Eddy, August 3rd edition of InformationWeek
“Amazon Web Services dominated the cloud infrastructure market in the second quarter of the year, according to a new report from Synergy Research Group, boasting year-over-year growth of 53% and leaving its competitors far behind. The cloud services division of the popular online retailer captured nearly a third of the worldwide market cloud infrastructure services, with major competitors such as Microsoft, IBM, and Google trailing behind.”

IBM Named Leader In Hybrid and Private Cloud Adoption, According to TBR Survey

By Conner Forrest, August 1st edition of TechRepublic
“Businesses in Asia-Pacific will need to adopt a hybrid cloud model to ensure their digital transformation efforts are realized and achieve agility and efficiency. Digital transformation increasingly was at the forefront of enterprise priorities in the region, with 60 percent of top 1000 companies in Asia-Pacific to focus on such efforts as the core of their corporate strategy by the end of 2017, according to IDC. Most also would create a standalone role to drive their company’s digital transformation strategy implementation, the research firm said.”

APAC Digital Transformation Won’t Succeed Without Hybrid Cloud

By Eileen Yu, August 3rd edition of ZDNet
“…Oracle cofounder, executive chairman, and chief technology officer Larry Ellison holds a roughly 45% share in NetSuite together with his family, according to Bloomberg. Ellison was an early investor in the company, which launched in 1998 and was one of the first “cloud” applications. In an interview on stage at the AllThingsD conference in 2012, Ellison claimed that NetSuite was his idea, making him — not Salesforce CEO and former Oracle employee Marc Benioff — the creator of cloud computing: “I started NetSuite. NetSuite was my idea. I called up Evan Goldberg and said, ‘We’re going to do ERP on the Internet, software-as-a-service.’ Six months later Marc Benioff, finding out what NetSuite was doing, and kind of copied it,” he said.”

Cloud and the ‘Existing X’ Dilemma

By Sinclair Schuller, August 2nd edition of the Apprenda Blog
“Anyone designing an IT strategy that incorporates cloud is faced with the question of what to do with existing assets including apps, infrastructure IT systems, processes, skills, etc. Some will tell you that the only way to handle the “existing X” parts of your strategy is to forget about them and allow those investments to languish. They’ll tell you they’re incompatible with a cloud world and operating model… Let’s learn from autonomous vehicles: the burden of supporting “existing X” belongs with us, the technology vendor, and shouldn’t be dismissed as a necessary compromise in your IT strategy.”

Report: CIOs Are The Driving Force Behind Enterprise Cloud Adoption

By Mike Wheatley, August 2nd edition of SiliconANGLE
“CIOs have such powerful influence that they’re the key driver in most enterprise migrations to the cloud, a new study from Unisys Corp. has found. Unisys quizzed more than 200 U.S.-based IT and business executives for its study, and found that 72 percent said the CIO is the primary driver of their company’s cloud migration. Other executives in the C-suite ranked much lower than CIOs, with just 6 percent saying the CEO was the primary driver for cloud adoption, and three percent saying the Chief Financial Officer was behind the push.”

Politics Blamed For Feds’ Reliance On Old IT

By Patrick Thibodeau, August 3rd edition of Computerworld
“The U.S. government is spending more than $81 billion on information technology. But only about 24% is spent overall on new systems, with the rest being used to maintain old systems. The Social Security Administration, for instance, has more than 60 million lines of Cobol, the agency’s Office of Inspector General reported last month. And the U.S. Defense Department is running some nuclear weapons support systems on an IBM Series/1 Computer, circa 1970s, the U.S. Government Accountability Office recently reported.”

For Oracle, Money’s Not the Problem. It’s Coping With the Cloud.

By Quentin Hardy, July 30th edition of NY Times
“It was not all that difficult for the Silicon Valley software giant Oracle to pay $9.3 billion for a company called NetSuite. But then writing big checks has rarely been a problem for Oracle, which over the last 11 years has acquired dozens of companies in its quest to find more and more customers. The hard part is now in the hands of Thomas Kurian, a soft-spoken 49-year-old who has to figure out how the new purchase will work with what Oracle already has.”

HPE Reorgs Cloud Business, Three Top Execs Exit

By DH Kass, August 4th edition of Channelnomics
“HPE is making three executive changes in its cloud, sales and storage ranks tied to its second organizational makeover in two months, Antonio Neri, HPE Enterprise Group EVP and GM, disclosed in a blog post. The changes come on the heels of the $26 billion spin-merger of HPE’s enterprise services business with CSC, an extensive reordering of its sales and marketing operations and new rumors of private equity firms eyeing at least part of the company for a potential acquisition.”

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