This Week in Cloud: July 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, 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 May Be a Bigger Threat to Amazon than Google’s Cloud

By Matt Asay, July 15th edition of TechRepublic
“The public Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud is big and set to get much, much bigger, according to IDC. How big? $43.9 billion by 2020, up from $12.5 billion in 2015. Not surprisingly, Amazon Web Services (AWS), which today accounts for most of that IaaS revenue, is expected to continue to dominate the IaaS market, “as economies of scale and continued investment drive the cycle of adoption and growth.” OpenStack, for all its community bluster, isn’t slowing the AWS train. OpenStack appeals to enterprises that remain skittish about public cloud and want to pretend to be getting the same benefits.”

Update on Kubernetes for Windows Server Containers

By Jitendra Bhurat & Cesar Wong, July 17th edition of the Kubernetes Blog
“Large organizations have significant investments and long-term roadmaps for both Linux and Windows Server. With Microsoft adopting Docker in Windows Server 2016, organizations are looking for a simplified means to orchestrating containers in both their Linux and Windows environments. As the adoption and contribution curve of Kubernetes is unmatched, there has been a lot of interest in making Kubernetes compatible with the Microsoft ecosystem. At Apprenda, we have been building .NET distributed systems for the better part of a decade and kicked off the porting of Kubernetes to Windows in June. Our current goal is to develop a minimally viable proof of concept (POC) of Kubernetes on Windows Server 2016 so that the community can learn about the pitfalls that will need to be overcome for future production environments. As the community drives this project to its first milestone, a number of lessons have been learned, work is ongoing, and we are currently investigating a number of networking options on Windows Server.”

Kubernetes Origins with Craig McLuckie

By Craig Mcluckie, July 20th edition of Software Engineer Daily
“The container management system Kubernetes was open sourced by Google with the intention of creating a cloud service based on the project. Today, the Kubernetes ecosystem is looking similar to the Android ecosystem, with different vendors providing different ways to use Kubernetes, from RedHat’s OpenShift to Google Container Engine… If you want to learn about Kubernetes, go to for a free webinar series about Kubernetes. Apprenda provides cloud platform software that works with your existing applications and infrastructure.”

What Kubernetes and Cloud9 Tell Us About the New Industry – Anyone But Amazon

By James Governor, July 15th edition of RedMonk
“One of the useful lenses to understand the tech industry is coalition theory. It can be surprising that particular vendors collaborate closely at any given time, given they are ostensibly arch-rivals. Generally however there is an outside threat or driver that explains what is going on. Think for example of IBM and BEA (later acquired by Oracle) competing head to head in the late 1990s. …Today the dominant vendor scaring tech providers is clearly Amazon Web Services… When pondering the implications of Microsoft’s hiring of Brendan Burns the other day, it struck me another coalition is forming, changing the fault lines of the industry.”

Gartner Says Container-Based Apps Are “More Secure”

By Mike Wheatley, July 19th edition of SiliconANGLE
“Gartner Inc. is advising security-conscious organizations to switch to a container-based app delivery model, saying the technology is more secure than having apps running on a bare OS. Writing in the Gartner Blog Network, analyst Jeorg Fritsch says that “Gartner asserts that applications deployed in containers are more secure than applications deployed on the bare OS”. He says this is the case because even if a container is somehow compromised, “they greatly limit the damage of a successful compromise because applications and users are isolated on a per-container basis so that they cannot compromise other containers or the host OS”. Of course, Gartner admits containers are far from being tamper-proof. As Fristch acknowledges in his post, containers are burdened with “innate security properties that make them vulnerable to kernel privilege escalation attacks” which means they’re not necessarily “the right tool for high-risk-assurance isolation.”

Parity Check: Has Container Adoption Stalled?

By Lawrence Hecht, July 19th edition of The New Stack
“I’m busy looking through a microscope, profiling what production container users, their orchestration tools and the size of their deployments. In my excitement, I realized that adoption of containers might have stalled…If the “later majority” only needs to hear good reviews based on production use, then perhaps the percentage of companies using containers will increase soon. In reality, we believe that the number of large scale deployments integrated into a modern develop/deploy pipeline are approaching that tipping point, but not there yet.”

New IaaS Scores for AWS, Azure and Google Based on Gartner’s 234 Evaluation Criteria for Cloud IaaS

By Elias Khnaser, July 19th edition of Gartner
“Gartner has published the updated cloud IaaS scores for AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform. These research documents are among the most anticipated research that we publish. It gives Gartner for Technical Professional (GTP) clients access to in-depth technical assessment of the three major cloud IaaS providers. The updated in-depth assessments research and scores are based on the May 2016 update of the Evaluation Criteria for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (Elias Khnaser @ekhnaser) which is now made up of 234 criteria items. The 234 criteria items are organized into 8 categories as follows.”

How These Fortune 500 Companies Are Moving to the Cloud

By Barb Darrow, July 19th edition of Fortune
“The big public cloud providers that are challenging Amazon Web Services are eager to show that they’re winning customers—especially big, Fortune 500 type customers. Witness this week’s carefully orchestrated news that agriculture giant Land O’ Lakes and Boeing, the just-turned-100-year-old aerospace behemoth, are using Microsoft Azure. Kevin Crowley, vice president of digital aviation for Boeing, told the Wall Street Journal that although his unit had used Amazon, CenturyLink and other cloud technologies in the past, it was time to simplify.

Why Cloud Workload Portability Is a Pipe Dream

By Eric Knorr, July 18th edition of InfoWorld
“At last week’s AWS event in Santa Clara, California, Amazon GM of product strategy Matt Wood gave a rousing recapitulation of the abundant services offered by the world’s leading public cloud, from good old Elastic Map Reduce to Kinesis to AWS Lambda to the ruggedized AWS Snowball box for shipping data via UPS 80TB at a time. When you hear this litany, it’s hard to avoid wondering how other clouds can catch up in the sheer number and variety of services, let alone in market share. At the same time, Google and others maintain they’re hearing enterprise customers say they don’t want to put all their eggs in one basket and are spreading their bets across multiple clouds.”

Cloud Computing in Healthcare

By Ram Sonagara, July 21st edition of Sys-Con
“The competitive landscape of the global cloud computing market in the healthcare industry is crowded due to the presence of a large number of players. The large number of participants has led to the fragmented nature of the market. Some of the major players operating in the global cloud computing market in the healthcare industry are Cisco Systems Inc., Carestream Health Inc., Carecloud Corp., AGFA Healthcare, IBM Corp., Cleardata Networks, Merge Healthcare Inc., Microsoft Corp., Intel Corp., and Oracle Corp.”

Why Microsoft’s Linux Lovefest Goes Hand-in-Hand With its Azure Cloud Strategy

By Keith Townsend, July 15th edition of TechRepublic
“What a difference 15 years makes. A little over 15 years ago to this month, Microsoft’s then-CEO Steve Ballmer called Linux a “cancer” due to intellectual property concerns at the time. It’s a commonly-held belief that Microsoft was at war with Linux as a result of the threat Linux posed to Windows Server. However, 15 years later, Microsoft’s vice president of the Data Group, Joseph Sirosh, demoed SQL Server 2016 on Linux at the Red Hat Summit. We’ll get into the details of the demo shortly, but first it’s important to understand Microsoft’s focus on Azure and Linux, and how they influence the company’s data center strategy.”

Microsoft Has Claimed this Dairy Giant as Its Latest Major Cloud Customer

By Barb Darrow, July 18th edition of Fortune
“The ag-tech giant already uses cloud services from Google and Amazon. A few months ago, Google touted Land O’ Lakes for its use of the Google Cloud Platform to crunch big data at the agriculture giant. Now, it’s Microsoft’s turn to do the same. This is just the latest example of how when a big company says it’s moving IT operations to the cloud, it’s usually moving from internal data centers to the clouds—as in more than one cloud. That means the company will stop buying and maintaining more of its own servers to run in its own data centers, and instead turn to servers, storage, and networking that is owned and managed by a third-party provider. The usual suspects in the public cloud space include AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform.”

How Intel’s Cloud Business Could Lose Its Silver Lining

By Dan Gallagher, July 21st edition of WSJ
“Like other aging tech giants, Intel is banking its future growth on the cloud. Which is why even distant storms on the horizon can be cause for worry. Distant because Intel faces little threat now, and because new chips aren’t developed overnight. They are typically the product of years of development and design. That is particularly true for the demanding equipment that runs today’s data centers, on which cloud computing relies. It is a segment that accounts for about 30% of Intel’s revenue now, but is its primary growth driver for the future. Intel controls about 97% of the existing market for server microprocessors, according to IDC.”

5 Ways Brexit Is Accelerating AWS and Public Cloud Adoption

By Louis Columbus, July 17th edition of Forbes
“…These and other insights are from the research note published earlier this month by Deutsche Bank Markets Research titled AWS/Cloud Adoption in Europe and the Brexit Impact written by Karl Keirstead, Alex Tout, Ross Sandler, Taylor McGinnis and Jobin Mathew. The research note is based on discussions the research team had with 20 Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers and partners at the recent AWS user conference held in London earlier this month, combined with their accumulated research on public cloud adoption globally.”

VMware Revenues Leap on Networking, Cloud

By Mitch Wagner, July 19th edition of Light Reading
“VMware revenue was up 11% year-over-year in quarterly results reported Monday, as the company continued its multi-year drive from traditional server virtualization software to new products. VMware’s traditional strength has been in server virtualization software, but sales on those products are slowing. So the company is looking to SDN, cloud software and mobile device management for its future. Particularly bright for VMware in the second quarter were NSX SDN software — with license bookings more than doubling year-over-year, and more than 1,700 customers — Virtual SAN storage networking, with about 5,000 customers; AirWatch mobility management; and vCloud Air Network MSP program, CEO Pat Gelsinger said on Monday’s earnings call.”

Your Fear of Open Source Lock-In Is Ridiculous

By Matt Asay, July 22nd edition of InfoWorld
“As an industry, we’ve spent decades collectively wringing our hands over Evil Vendor Lock-In. And for equally as long, we’ve happily shoveled hundreds of billions of dollars into these same vendors whose lock-in we allegedly fear: Microsoft, Oracle, and now Amazon. If it weren’t for proprietary licensing, cloud hosting, or other evil machinations, we’d live in a paradise of perfect competition and everyday low prices. That’s complete and utter rubbish.”

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