This Week in Cloud: July 8, 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, 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!

Why Kubernetes Could Be Crowned King of Container Management

By Matt Asay, July 7th edition of TechRepublic
“If there were any doubt that containers are booming in the enterprise, a quick look at the tooling used to scale them should put that to rest. Apache Mesos, Docker Swarm, and Kubernetes are all growing fast, as enterprises seek out cluster managers to automate the deployment, scaling, and operation of containers. Among these fast-growing open source communities, however, Kubernetes seems to be growing fastest. The reason, suggests Apprenda executive Chris Gaun, is that Kubernetes offers a “very strong ecosystem that mimics the Hadoop model,” meaning that the “base tech [is] not sold as [an] installable solution by [the technology’s] originators but [instead is] adopted by vendors who productize it.” In other words, when there’s not just one dominant vendor on a project, the underlying project can flourish.”

Google Launches a More Scalable and Robust Kubernetes

By Frederic Lardinois , July 7th edition of TechCrunch
“Google today announced the next version of Kubernetes, its open source orchestration service for deploying, scaling and managing software containers. The focus of version 1.3 is on providing Kubernetes users with a more scalable and robust system for managing their containers in production. In addition, Kubernetes now also supports more emerging standards including CoreOS’s rkt, and those put forward by the Open Container Initiative (OCI) and Container Network Interface (CNI) initiatives.”

WePay on Kubernetes: ‘It Changed Our Business’

By Joab Jackson, July 6th edition of The New Stack
“We hear a lot about how well-executed container orchestration can streamline the IT and business processes. At the Google Cloud Platform conference in March, we saw success in action through a testimonial from e-payment service provider, WePay, which broke its monolithic application into a set of services that were coordinated through the Google open source Kubernetes container orchestration engine. “It really changed our whole business,” said Richard Steenburg, principal engineer for WePay, in a follow-up interview. “Kubernetes doesn’t put you in a box. You can build on top of it.” This week, Google released the latest version of Kubernetes, version 1.3, which features enterprise-friendly features such as support for stateful applications.”

Red Hat Wants to Repeat the Magic of Linux With Containers

By Janakiram MSV, June 5th edition of Forbes
“At the recently held Red Hat Summit, Red Hat’s annual user conference, containers took the center stage. The keynotes emphasized the importance of containers, both for the company, and the broader open source ecosystem. OpenShift, the PaaS offering from Red Hat, hogged the limelight by getting the attention of the speakers and attendees…Almost every PaaS vendor has adopted containers as the underlying technology. Apprenda, one of the key competitors of Red Hat, joined the Kubernetes community and the Cloud Native Computing Foundation to deliver containerized enterprise PaaS.”

CoreOS’ Key-Value Store etcd Gets a Major Upgrade

By Mike Wheatley, July 6th edition of SiliconANGLE
“Container software vendor CoreOS Inc. has just released the latest version of its distributed key-value platform “etcd”, which is used to store data in containers across clusters. The platform, which is already integrated with Google’s open-source Kubernetes, now includes new data model and API features designed to make upgrades easier while supporting a wider range of container-based applications. CoreOS said etcd version 3 implements new flexibility features such as transactional memory and distributed coordination primitives. The upgrade is also the first stable release of the etcd3 API and data model.”

Cloud Computing Profit Requires Trust Of Technology

By Thomas Claburn, July 1st edition of InformationWeek
“Adopting cloud computing doesn’t necessarily improve the bottom line. But cloud computing promotes greater profitability when corporate leaders trust the technology, according to a Google-sponsored report (PDF) from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). In April, the EIU surveyed 452 senior executives across 10 countries about how their organizations used cloud computing and how they saw cloud technology in terms of security, privacy, reliability, accessibility, scalability, support, cost, and agility.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Cloud Adoption Numbers

By Barb Darrow, July 6th edition of Fortune
“In technology as in life, there are lots of stats. And the numbers on how many big companies will adopt cloud computing in any given time period are all over the map. Last week a survey of 100 chief information officers by Morgan Stanley found that more than half of those surveyed (53%) said those companies do not use any public cloud infrastructure at all. They expect that number to drop to 9% in the next three years…The leaders in public cloud infrastructure, often called “infrastructure as a service” or IaaS by techies, are AWS, Microsoft, and Google.”

Is All-Cloud Computing Inevitable? Analysts Suggest It Is

By Joe McKendrick, July 5th edition of Forbes
“In various surveys I have seen and worked on in recent years, approximately one in four companies have reported they are adopting public cloud services for enterprise applications, while about half said they were building internal clouds to manage key enterprise areas. Some continue to avoid the cloud altogether, but this number is melting away. While it’s going to take time for embedded, on-premises corporate applications to shift to cloud, many industry observers feel it’s going to happen sooner than later. Gartner, for one, predicts that by 2020, “a corporate ‘no-cloud’ policy will be as rare as a ‘no-internet’ policy is today.”

Public and Private Cloud Now Account for a Quarter of Infrastructure Spending

By Steve Ranger, July 6th edition of ZDNet
“A quarter of IT infrastructure spending in Europe is now going to building public and private cloud systems. According to IDC, infrastructure spending — which it defines as servers, disk storage, and Ethernet switch — for public and private cloud in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) grew by 17.6 percent year-on-year to $1.3bn in the first quarter of this year. The analysts said that cloud-related infrastructure spending is likely to reach $10.7bn by 2020 — nearly half of the total market.”

PaaS is Amazingly Helpful, But at What Point do You Need It?

By Darren Perucci, July 7th edition of DZone
“As your company grows, the usefulness of PaaS will also grow, as it can save you quite a bit of time on things like maintenance and consistency of your architecture. Taking a look at the primary advantages of using PaaS is a helpful way to decide if your company is ready to make the move now.”

The Future of Company Devices May Be ‘as-a-Service’

By Tom Mainelli, July 6th edition of Re/Code
“…We’ve been researching this trend for some time at IDC, surveying IT buyers and talking with industry players. Last week, HP launched a major DaaS marketing campaign. The company, which cut its teeth on the hardware-as-a-service model through its print managed-services business, has been quietly rolling out DaaS solutions through its channel partners around the world for months. This trend has legs because, done right, it has the potential to be mutually beneficial for customers and the industry.”

The Enterprise Apps Report: ‘Bring Your Own’ Policies, the Shift to Enterprise Apps, and How Companies Are Adapting to Meet Employees’ Mobile Needs

By Jessica Smith, July 1st edition of Business Insider
“Mobile devices and the apps that run on them are finding traction in the workplace. Companies and employees seeking to increase productivity are leveraging apps and devices to enable employees to continue working outside of a traditional workspace and improve workflow for various roles in numerous industries. This trend has driven mobile workers, or employees who use mobile devices for their work, to account for 65% of the US workforce in 2016.”

What Cloud Security Challenges Keep CISOs Up at Night?

By Ryan Francis, July 7th edition of CIO
“The cloud is now a mainstream IT platform. Through its unlimited economies of scale and its ability to deliver IT resources dynamically whenever users need them, the cloud’s popularity permeates through businesses of all sizes and industries. While they enjoy cloud benefits, many in IT still feel challenged to fully secure the new platform. …Ganesh Kirti, CTO and co-founder of Palerra, shows a few related issues worrying chief information security officers (CISO) when it comes to securing the cloud.”

Greenpeace Was Wrong: The Cloud Is Good for the Environment

By David Linthicum, July 8th edition of InfoWorld
“Cloud computing efficiency helps data centers reduce energy consumption across the United States, according to the new U.S. Data Center Energy Usage Report. The long and the short of it is data centers’ electricity usage increased by only 4 percent from 2010 to 2014. This is a substantial improvement over the 24 percent uptick from 2005 to 2010, and a 90 percent jump from 2000 to 2005. The report notes that data center energy usage should remain constant through 2020 (thanks to the cloud’s influence), which is the best news out of this study. More important, it’s a significant, fact-based repudiation of the alarmism we saw a year ago about the environmental consequences from the growth of the cloud.”

Pity the Poor Hardware Provider in the Age of Cloud

By Barb Darrow, July 1st edition of Fortune
“It’s been hard to be a legacy tech company in the age of cloud computing and that isn’t expected to change. Hardware companies have taken it on the chin even more than software providers because, after all, software runs on Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. But those clouds do not typically rely on hardware or storage from the Hewlett-Packards, Ciscos, NetApps, and EMCs of the world.”

France Wants to Rethink the State as a Platform

By Romain Dillet, July 7th edition of TechCrunch
“When you think about filing forms and requesting information from various administrations, chances are you get a headache. But it shouldn’t be like that. When you create an account on Spotify using Facebook Connect or request an Uber in just a few taps, it’s perfectly seamless — technology isn’t working against you. It’s clear that public services should use the same strategy. France’s chief information officer Henri Verdier and his team has been working for the past couple of years on a strategy that would make it much easier to interact with administrative services and the state in general — a sort of state as a platform strategy. Axelle Lemaire’s law is also fostering this strategy as it opens up a lot of possibilities when it comes to interacting with public data.”

New Jersey CTO Prioritizing Security, Embracing Cloud

By Steven Norton, July 7th edition of WSJ
“Dave Weinstein, recently appointed chief technology officer for the state of New Jersey, wants to create a way to monitor compliance across government agencies as the state works to boost its overall security…Mr. Weinstein also plans to embrace cloud computing. The state’s current IT footprint is roughly 80% on-premise and 20% cloud applications, including an implementation of Microsoft Corp.’s Office 365. Mr. Weinstein is exploring both public and private cloud models.”

Why Microsoft Azure Is King of the Hill

By John Basso, July 5th edition of Sys-Con
“As I wrote earlier this year over at InfoWorld, Microsoft took another step toward being king of the cloud hill when it announced in January that it was releasing its Azure stack to the public. There are many technical reasons why this is cool, but more importantly, it’s the psychological advantage this gives Microsoft.”

The Serverless Economy – Why You Should Care About Serverless

By James Governor, July 1st edition of RedMonk
“…The chart above suggests a couple of interesting things about the discontinuity in 2007. Deal size shrunk, while average number of deals dramatically increased. Why? The obvious answer is the launch of AWS, and the attendant creation of Y Combinator and the accelerator model, rather than traditional VC-driven company creation. Given that serverless hasn’t exploded so far, it might seem overblown to draw comparisons with the introduction of AWS. And yet. And yet. There is no doubt that today smaller teams can make a bigger impact than ever before. Consider Instagram or WhatApp, which sold to Facebook for $1.9bn with only 55 employees.”

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