This Week in Cloud: July 29, 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!

Gartner Sees $1 Trillion Shift in IT Spending to Cloud

By Charles Babcock, July 25th edition of InformationWeek
“IT spending is undergoing a shift from traditional sources, such as direct server and software license purchases, into public cloud computing. The amount of money IT will spend on cloud services this year is $114 billion, and will grow to $216 billion in the year 2020, according to a report released by Gartner. That means the impact of the shift will amount to a total of $1 trillion over the course of the next five years. The transition is occurring at a rate of about 2% a year, with IT budget dollars moving away from the enterprise data center assets and into the public cloud.”

OpenStack Will Soon Be Able to Run in Containers on Top of Kubernetes

By Frederic Lardinois, July 25th edition of TechCrunch
“OpenStack, the open source project that allows enterprises to run an AWS-like cloud computing service in their own data centers, added support for containers over the course of its last few releases. Running OpenStack itself on top of containers is a different problem, though. Even though CoreOS has done some work on running OpenStack in containers thanks to its oddly named Stackanetes project, that project happened outside of the OpenStack community and the core OpenStack deployment and management tools.”

Kubernetes at Box: Microservices at Maximum Velocity

By Sam Ghods, July 22nd edition the Box Blog 
“A few years ago, we began splitting up the monolithic PHP application that powers Box into microservices. We knew we’d ultimately need dozens (even hundreds) of microservices to be successful, but there was a serious problem: our model for provisioning new services was slightly… antiquated. And by antiquated I mean that people in the 1800’s probably had better ways of building and deploying microservices than what we had at Box… all this work was for just launching one new service – now imagine that effort multiplied by dozens or hundreds and you know that we have a very serious problem. Something had to be done, so we began investigating how to make service deployment and management a much simpler activity.”

Prometheus 1.0: Prometheus and Kubernetes Share Spiritual Ancestry

By Gabriela Motroc, July 25th edition of JAXEnter
“Prometheus 1.0 was launched last week —it delivers a stable API and user interface. In short, “Prometheus 1.0 means upgrades won’t break programs built atop the Prometheus API, and updates won’t require storage re-initialization or deployment changes.” Let’s allow Björn Rabenstein, engineer at SoundCloud and Prometheus core developer, to tell us all everything we need to know about this release.”

How Google Is Trying to Take This Cloud Technology Mainstream

By Barb Darrow, July 26th edition of Fortune
“Here’s an interesting coming together of cloud minds. Google, which is trying to show that its public cloud computing infrastructure is ready for big businesses, and Mirantis, a smaller vendor pushing the use of the OpenStack cloud framework, are working together to ensure OpenStack can work with Google’s Kubernetes management software. Yes, it sounds like gobbledygook. (More details are here). But the general idea is that Google wants the Kubernetes technology it uses to manage and deploy software applications on its own massive data center infrastructure to be adopted by other companies. Last year, Google offered Kubernetes to the world at large.”

Apache Mesos Turns 1.0, But It’s No Kubernetes Clone

By Serdar Yegulalp, July 27th edition of InfoWorld
“After six years, container orchestration system Apache Mesos has hit 1.0, with a refined API and broad-spectrum support for different container types. The 1.0 release comes as the other major container orchestration solution, Google’s Kubernetes, has risen to the point where OpenStack is being reworked to use it as a deployment technology. But Apache Mesos is striving for different goals. Kubernetes deals with containers, but Mesos’ ambitions involve running clusters as well, with containers as simply one possible ingredient.”

Deployment Hurdles Emerge as Containers Go Mainstream

By George Leopold, July 22nd edition of EnterpriseTech
“Application container deployment is accelerating as security and persistent storage concerns are addressed and enterprises seek to capitalize on the potential efficiencies, flexibility and long-term savings offered by distributed applications. The latest measure of container deployment released this week by enterprise infrastructure vendor NetEnrich, San Jose, Calif., finds that 70 percent of IT professionals it surveyed are currently using containers while an additional 21 percent said they planned to soon.”

Is Corporate Sustainability Shaping Your Cloud Adoption Strategy?

By Julian Kudritzki, July 26th edition of Network World
“As corporate sustainability increasingly exercises influence on IT decision making, the question becomes how will it affect technology adoption trends. Will cloud adoption accelerate as result? The public cloud provides a good story for corporate sustainability in its “reveal” of resources consumed. Measured resource utilization (MRU) billing can be easily converted into corporate sustainability metrics of carbon emitted or averted, the equivalent to cars off the road, etc.

Tune into the Cloud: Chain Gang

By Gregor Petri, July 25th edition of Gartner
“More than with previous technological (r)evolutions a side effect of cloud computing seems to be an increase in the degree of centralisation and concentration, not just within company organisations, but particularly in the wider commercial market. This is the most obvious with Software as a Service, where providers such as AirBNB, Uber, but also earlier cloud services such as LinkedIn and Google Search quickly established a ‘winner takes all’ distribution of market share and thus market power. And also in Infrastructure as a Service, we see an quickly diminishing number of suppliers still having the illusion that they can keep up with the gorilla in this market.”

First, Kill All the Servers

By Timothy Morgan Prickett, July 27th edition of The Next Platform
“Cannibalize your own products or someone else will do it for you, as the old adage goes. And so it is that Amazon Web Services, the largest provider of infrastructure services available on the public cloud, has been methodically building up a set of data and processing services that will allow customers to run functions against streams or lakes of data without ever setting up a server as we know it.”

Hybrid Cloud: The New IT Service Platform?

By Dave Cartwright, July 28th edition of The Register
“So. Hybrid cloud. Let’s start with a quick definition, courtesy in this case of TechTarget which describes it as: “a cloud computing environment which uses a mixture of on-premises, private cloud and third-party, public cloud services with orchestration between the two platforms”. I like this particular definition as it sums it up nicely: note that by “private cloud” we mean an on-premise virtualised server and storage setup.”

Verizon Announces $4.8 Billion Deal for Yahoo’s Internet Business

By Vindu Goel, July 25th edition of NY Times
“Verizon, seeking to bolster its meager digital content for consumers, announced on Monday that it was acquiring Yahoo’s core internet business for $4.83 billion in cash. “The acquisition of Yahoo will put Verizon in a highly competitive position as a top global mobile media company and help accelerate our revenue stream in digital advertising,” Lowell C. McAdam, Verizon’s chairman and chief executive, said in a statement. The deal, which was reached over the weekend, unites two titans of the early internet, AOL and Yahoo, which were surpassed by Google and Facebook long ago and have struggled to compete on their own.”

Amazon Kisses $10B Annual Cloud Revenue

By Mitch Wagner, July 28th edition of Light Reading
“Amazon Web Services came close to $10 billion revenue for the trailing 12 months — $9.9 billion, to be precise, according to second-quarter results Amazon reported Thursday. For the quarter ending June 30, Amazon Web Services Inc. revenue was up 58% year-over-year, to $2.9 billion, with operating income of $718 million, up 135%. Overall, Amazon net sales were $30.4 billion for the quarter, up 31% from $23.2 billion in the year-ago quarter. Net income was $857 million, or $1.78 per diluted share, compared with $92 million, or $0.19 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2015, the company said.”

Oracle Brings NetSuite Home For $9.3 billion

By Portia Crowe, July 28th edition of Business Insider
“…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.”

Microsoft’s .NET Now Runs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and OpenShift

By Christopher Tozzi, July 28th edition of The VAR Guy
“Microsoft and Red Hat made good on their promise to bring .NET to Red Hat’s open source, Linux-based platforms, simplifying life for programmers committed to a DevOps and microservices-based workflow — as well as companies that thrive on partnerships built around open collaboration. Here’s the backstory: Red Hat and Microsoft announced last fall that they would work together to bring .NET, a software framework for writing and running applications, to Red Hat platforms. The collaboration was a major step forward in Microsoft’s Linux and open source love fest.”

IBM’s Cloud CTO: ‘We’re In This Game to Win’

By Katherine Noyes, July 29th edition of CIO
“IBM saw from the get-go that the cloud was going to cause a major disruption to its business. “We knew it was a massive opportunity for IBM, but not in a way that necessarily fit our mold,” said Jim Comfort, who is now CTO for IBM Cloud. “Every dimension of our business model would change — we knew that going in.” Change they have, and there’s little denying that the cloud businesses is now a ray of sunshine brightening IBM’s outlook as its legacy businesses struggle. In its second-quarter earnings report last week, cloud revenue was up 30 percent for the quarter year over year, reaching $11.6 billion over the preceding 12 months. Revenue from systems hardware and operating systems software, on the other hand, was down more than 23 percent.”



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