This Week in Cloud: March 18, 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, 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!

Technology Is Disrupting Everything

By Ron Miller, March 17th edition of TechCrunch 
“I spent a good part of my day yesterday attending the On-demand Economy conference at MIT. It was an interesting if somewhat academic look at the changes facing us as individuals, organizations and as a society as we shift to an on-demand world. What struck me beyond how this new way of doing business is affecting us, was how technology was driving this change — and that the speed of change was so rapid that it seemed even the speakers had a hard time grappling with it. But what really hit me as I listened to the guests talk about all of this was that digital disruption was changing every aspect of the system from the organizational level to where and how we work to the laws and systems we have in place, most of which are entirely inappropriate in an on-demand world.”

Rival Camps Try to ‘Orchestrate’ Container Specs

By George Leopold, March 14th edition of EnterpriseTech
“The basis for an application container scheme continues to evolve as a group seeking to align competing technologies announced acceptance of a container orchestration platform developed by Google. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation said its technical oversight panel has accepted the Kubernetes container orchestrator. Intellectual property underlying the orchestration system also has been transferred to the group. Meanwhile, the latest version of Kubernetes is scheduled for release later this month. As the application container market heats up, industry leader Docker fired back by releasing test results late last week claiming its Swarm orchestration system runs faster and performs better at scale than Kubernetes.”

Manufacturers’ Resistance to the Cloud Is Weakening

By Mitch Betts, March 15th edition of ComputerWorld
“Manufacturers are slowly warming up to the idea of putting portions of their complex ERP systems in the cloud, according a report by Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC). Although most manufacturers don’t see cloud-based ERP as currently viable, they are “keeping an eye on the market for potential future use” in certain circumstances, says TEC research analyst Aleksey Osintsev. For example, one promising option is a hybrid approach of combining traditional ERP software with cloud-based ERP for non-mission-critical or non-transactional applications. Another option is a private cloud for ERP to keep company data inside the firewall. The TEC report, titled “Cloud ERP Buyer’s Guide for Manufacturing,” addresses the typical questions manufacturers have about cloud-based systems and provides a framework for evaluating them.”

The Manufacturing Industry Is Being Revolutionized by the Internet of Things

By John Greenough, March 13th edition of Business Insider
“The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing business models, increasing output, and automating processes across a number of industries. But no other sector has been more impacted by this technological revolution than manufacturing. Manufacturers across all areas —automotive, chemical, durable goods, electronics, etc. — have invested heavily in IoT devices, and they’re already reaping the benefits. Manufacturers utilizing IoT solutions in 2014 saw an average 28.5% increase in revenues between 2013 and 2014, according to a TATA Consultancy Survey.”

Gartner: Managed PaaS Considered Best Practice by 2018

By Scharon Harding, March 15th edition of Channelnomics
“Managed PaaS will grow to be regarded as best practice over the next three years, according to Gartner. The latest research from the analyst finds that during this time, there will be dissatisfaction with self-managed PaaS frameworks. It predicts that by 2018, over 80 percent of organizations deploying or assembling such a framework will not meet IT organization leaders’ cloud expectations. “Success with a private cloud (including PaaS) requires a recognition of the essential cultural and organizational changes to IT organizations, as well as technology changes,” Yefim V. Natis, VP and Gartner fellow, explained. “Lacking this understanding leads many organizations to stop their PaaS investment at the point of technology deployment – leading to disappointing results down the road.” As a result, managed private, as well as public, cloud will become best practices, Gartner said.”

How Apprenda Empowers Your IT Organization (Part 3)

By Erik Lustgarten, March 15th edition of Apprenda Blog
“This is the third and final part of a multi-part blog post that outlines the different ways the Apprenda Platform as a Service (PaaS) empowers your IT organization while providing immediate value to the development teams and business as a whole. In part 1, we covered the transformation companies are going through and how IT is often stuck at the crossroads between developers, the business and security. In part 2, we outlined a breakout of the most common IT workflows when deploying application and covered the first two, where and what workloads are deployed on the infrastructure. This third part will wrap up by answering the following questions.”

Boeing CIO Ted Colbert Drives Digital and Security Transformation

By Peter High, March 14th edition of Forbes
“Ted Colbert has one of the largest roles in IT, that of CIO of $96 billion aerospace and defense giant Boeing. Still in his early 40s, Colbert’s rise has been like a 787 Dreamliner taking flight. He has balanced an innovation and digital transformation agenda while pushing the diverse businesses to do more commonly. In so doing, he has been a driver of both top and bottom line value for the enterprise. At the same time that he has helped the company become more innovative, he has also stewarded in a sophisticated security program. As a reward for his team’s great work, last week, Colbert added the title of SVP of Information and Analytics to his responsibilities as CIO.”

Finally, True Born-on-the-Cloud Application Platforms

By Yefim Natis, March 13th edition of the Gartner Blog
“Current cloud application platforms for enterprise software are like “radio on TV”. Like early TV programs that showed a (radio) announcer reading news off a page, the current aPaaS take the good-old models of application architecture and programming (basic request-driven SOA, Java EE, .NET) and place them into the cloud. The PaaS frameworks (CloudFoundry, OpenShift) provide some cloudiness, but the fundamental architecture of applications and application containers does not change. (Richard Watson provides excellent advice on how to create well-fit cloudy applications in the constraints of the older platform architecture) Enter AWS Lambda. An application platform that is event-driven, microservices-based, firmly decoupled from client considerations, elastically scalable by its core design, real-time and cloud-natively priced. A cloud-native vendor introducing a cloud-native platform architecture.”

Welcome to the World of Boutique Clouds

By Barb Darrow, March 17th edition of Fortune
“For all the ink they get you could be forgiven for thinking that Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform are the only public clouds available. And you’d be wrong. Despite years of cloud consolidation during which smaller companies (GoGrid, MetaCloud, etc.) got snapped up by slightly bigger or much bigger cloud providers in a bid for heft, there are still some smaller providers with specialized pitches. For some customers these boutique shops, for lack of a better term, are just the ticket. Take Green House Data, for example. Based in Cheyenne, Wyo., with one data center in its hometown, four more in the Pacific Northwest, and two on the East Coast, Green House provides the same sort of flexible “infrastructure as a service” capabilities as the big guys as well as more traditional co-location services and managed services.

Ever Heard of ‘Multi-Cloud’? Get with Cool Kids – It’s the New Big Thing

By Danny Bradbury, March 15th edition of The Register
“Hybrid cloud is so yesterday – multi-cloud is where it’s at. Spreading your cloud apps between different providers is now becoming a trend. Four in five firms were using multi-cloud services last year, according to cloud firm RightScale. Six in 10 UK companies used more than one provider, said Adapt a year earlier. There are good reasons for this. Some firms want to run instances in different jurisdictions for data sovereignty reasons. Others might fear being locked into a single provider, or use multiple providers to combat latency issues. Some might crave redundancy enough to straddle multiple IaaS providers. Another driver for multi-cloud environments is that different providers can often provide optimal services for specific workloads, explained Gordon Davey, UK cloud strategy director at Dell.”

Enterprise ERP Reaches for the Cloud

By John S. Webster, March 7th edition of InfoWorld
“While small and midsized businesses have led the way in migrating their ERP applications to the cloud, enterprises have been lagging behind. And there’s one very good reason for enterprises not plunging ahead with SaaS ERP — it’s hard. ERP systems at large companies are vast, complicated, and deeply entrenched in an organization’s infrastructure. ERP is so integral to an organization that the time, expense and disruption a move to the cloud might entail has discouraged IT managers from undertaking the task. But that’s starting to change. As a recent report by Forrester Research puts it, “Whereas thousands of smaller and midsize companies have already adopted SaaS ERP systems, enterprises are in the very early adoption stages. Several leading software suppliers are aggressively investing in SaaS ERP capabilities that will appeal to multinational enterprises as customer demand accelerates.”

The State of IT: CIOs Targeting Hybrid Cloud and Packaged Services

By Conner Forrest, March 16th edition of TechRepublic
“On Tuesday, EMC and VMware released a joint report titled “The State of IT Transformation,” examining the IT strategies of 660 global customers. The report focused on IT initiatives in hybrid cloud, standardized services, and proper documentation. Hybrid cloud was a top priority for respondents with more than 90% evaluating or testing proof of concept for a hybrid cloud deployment. Still, most hybrid cloud approaches are in the early stages, and the evaluations lack formality, with 91% of respondents lacking an organized method to evaluate hybrid cloud. Additionally, only 3% had evaluated their applications to see if they would work well in a hybrid cloud environment.”

Amazon to Launch Cloud Migration Service

By Jay Greene, March 15th edition of the Wall Street Journal
“Thomas Publishing Co., a 118-year-old company once known for its big, green manufacturing guidebooks, finds itself at the center of an emerging movement in corporate computing: the great cloud migration. Thomas published its trove of data online in 2006 after publishing the last edition of its iconic Thomas Register of American Manufacturers. Now, it’s transporting that data from its own computer servers to data centers run by Inc. “We want to be out of the business of running data centers,” said Thomas chief technical officer Hans Wald. The cloud is maturing as an operational center for large businesses. Startups were the first to take advantage of computing on demand in the so-called public cloud. Large companies initially were concerned about security breaches and maintaining control of their data. Now they’re becoming accustomed to the idea and moving their operations online, including massive databases. Cloud computing vendors are scrambling to ease the way. On Tuesday, Amazon will launch the AWS Database Migration Service, the technology Thomas used to shift its data to AWS.”

Happy 10th Birthday AWS

By Brandon Butler, March 14th edition of Network World
“In March 2006 James Hamilton was the general manager of an anti-spam email platform owned by Microsoft. When he saw the news that –the company most notably known at the time as an ecommerce bookseller – had released a new cloud-based storage system, he had to investigate. Hamilton wrote an app and stored it in Amazon’s Simple Storage Service. He was flabbergasted. He spun up all the storage resources he needed with a credit card and automatically got a multi-data center redundant storage system. His first month’s bill was $3.08. He was convinced that Amazon S3 was “the beginning of a new era in computing.” The launch of Amazon S3 on March 14, 2006 – 10 years ago today – set off a wave of innovation that has disrupted traditional technology vendors and ushered in a new market of infrastructure as a service cloud computing.”

Apple Signs On With Google, Cuts Spending With AWS 

By Kevin McLaughlin & Joseph Tsidulko, March 16th edition of CRN
“Alphabet’s Google has quietly scored a major coup in its campaign to become an enterprise cloud computing powerhouse, landing Apple as a customer for the Google Cloud Platform, multiple sources with knowledge of the matter told CRN this week. Since inking the Google deal late last year, Apple has also significantly reduced its reliance on Amazon Web Services, whose infrastructure it uses to run parts of iCloud and other services, said the sources, who all requested anonymity to protect their relationships with the vendors. Apple has not abandoned AWS entirely and remains a customer, the sources said.”

Yes, It Is Harder to Monetize Open Source. So?

By Stephen O’Grady, March 11th edition of RedMonk
“Four years ago this month, Red Hat became the first pure play commercial open source vendor to cross the billion dollar revenue mark – beating my back of the envelope forecast in the process. This was rightfully greeted with much fanfare at the time, given that if you go back far enough, a great many people in the industry thought that open source could never be commercialized. Enthusiasm amongst open source advocates was necessarily tempered, however, by the realization that Red Hat was, in the financial sense, an outlier. There were no more Red Hat’s looming, no other pure play commercial open source vendors poised to follow the open source pioneer across the billion dollar finish line.”

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