This Week in Cloud: May 6, 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, 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!

IBM Launches Quantum Computing as a Cloud Service

By Ron Miller, May 3rd edition of TechCrunch
“Quantum computing is still very much in the early research stage, but IBM is hoping to accelerate the progress around it by making a quantum computer available to researchers as a cloud service. It is a bold and ambitious idea, although still very much a small step in trying to understand quantum computing processing. IBM is allowing interested parties to access a 5 qubit quantum computer it’s calling IBM Quantum Experience. The actual hardware is sitting in the IBM Research Lab in New York State. IBM is providing a programming interface and the ability to run experimental programs on an actual quantum computer.”

Microsoft Acquires IoT Platform Solair, Will Integrate the Technology into Azure

By Jordan Novet, May 3rd edition of VentureBeat
“Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Solair, a company that provides software companies can use to work with all of their Internet-connected devices. The software can run as a cloud service or on companies’ infrastructure. Solair also offers a hardware gateway that companies can use on their premises to interface between their devices and the cloud. The technology will become part of Microsoft’s expanding Azure IoT Suite, Microsoft Azure IoT partner director Sam George wrote in a blog post.”

An Inside Look At Microsoft’s Booming Cloud Business

By John Dix, May 4th edition of Network World
“As Director of Program Management for Azure at Microsoft, Corey Sanders heads the compute team which is responsible for the VM-based offerings on Windows and Linux, the new microservices platform, and container services, among other things. Sanders joined the Azure team about six years ago, before which he was a developer in the Windows Serviceability team. Network World Editor in Chief John Dix recently visited Sanders in his Redmond, WA, office to get a better sense of how Microsoft’s cloud business is taking shape.”

Michael Dell: Dell Technologies To Be ‘Major Cloud Infrastructure’ Vendor

By Scharon Harding, May 3rd edition of Channelnomics
“Dell and EMC will be known as Dell technologies post-merger, Dell CEO Michael Dell announced at EMC World in Las Vegas, NV yesterday. The joined company will focus on cloud infrastructure, Dell said. During the opening day keynote, Dell revealed the future name for Dell after the massive merger, which will include the EMC II, VMware, RSA, Pivotal, Secureworks and Virtustream businesses. “In thinking about what to call our new company, we really wanted to convey a sense of being a family of businesses and align capabilities,” Dell said. “And as family names go, well, I’m kind of attached to Dell. So in that spirit…after the close of the transaction, our family of businesses will officially be known as Dell Technologies.”

There’s a New Thing Called ‘Fog Computing’ and No, We’re Not Joking

By Julie Bort, May 3rd edition of Business Insider
“By now, you’ve probably heard of cloud computing. That’s where companies rent shared software, computers, and storage instead of buying and installing it all themselves. They pay for their usage via subscriptions, accessing it over the internet. Cloud computing is all the rage right now, on track to be a $10 billion business for Amazon in 2016; Microsoft hopes it will become a $20 billion business by 2018, and Google thinks it will become bigger than its internet ad business by 2020. So what comes after the cloud? If you ask Cisco, it’s something called “fog computing.”

The Cloudcast #250 – A Platform View of Application Migrations

By Aaron Delp & Brian Gracely, April 29th edition of The Cloudcast
“Aaron talks with Apprenda CEO and co-founder Sinclair Schuller about news at Apprenda, the Kubernetes community, legacy apps vs. cloud native apps and why architecture is critical in a PaaS platform.

Dockerize vs Containerize. All the Things.

By James Governor, May 4th edition of RedMonk
“Of course Google Trends search volume comparisons are not exactly scientific, but they can be interesting and create useful data points. Thus is it with this search, showing how the containers conversation today is all about Docker. Back in 2005 Solaris Zones was getting a fair bit of interest and containerize was performing in terms of Google Search volume. Has Solaris Turned the Corner? – nope, it never did. But the core technology idea was certainly relevant, which explains why and how Joyent and in particular Bryan Cantrill have become everpresents on the Docker conference scene – they’ve been doing containers since before they were a thing. But Docker is at this point the name that really matters in containers – see The Docker Pattern. It’s the environment in which people are competing.”

Meet Up with Apprenda at DockerCon 2016

By Chris Gaun, May 4th edition of Apprenda Blog
“Back in early 2015, Apprenda announced support for Docker containers and showed that PaaS could accelerate Docker strategies for the enterprise. Since that time, we’ve seen real uptake from our customers using Docker containers in Apprenda and continue to hear from technology executives that containers are an essential part of their organization’s roadmap. To continue our embrace of the community, we are happy to announce that we are a Silver sponsor for Dockercon 2016, which is happening June 19th through 21st in Seattle, and will have a booth and many Apprenda employees at the conference. We’re happy to be joining Apprenda partners including Cisco, Microsoft, and NetApp as sponsors for Dockercon.”

The Cloud Isn’t Cool Anymore

By John Esposito, May 6th edition of Sys-Con
“If the cloud was once (ever) bleeding edge, now the cloud is sheer necessity for anyone doing anything on the Internet. It has changed the way we architect applications, build IT budgets, grow userbases, even write individual lines of code. As the Internet continues to lambdify, cloud services will become more specialized; but for now, how can you take advantage of the granularity, elasticity and pre-baked-ness of modern cloud services? And, on the flip side, as your applications expand outside blade-boxes and even beyond individual data centers, how do you design applications that treat network links like second generation buses that won’t get hung up if a service a continent away just isn’t working? And what about the applications that store sensitive data on machines whose geolocation and hardware configuration is unknown?.”

The Future of Apps Should Be Better Apps

By Anshu Sharma, May 1st edition of TechCrunch
“A few weeks ago The Wall Street Journal ran an excellent article entitled What Comes After Apps. While the premise that apps today have some major problems is sound, the conclusion, that apps are going to be replaced by something entirely new, was not. The future of apps is supposedly progressive web apps and emebedded dumbed down app functionality inside chat apps. While I think apps will have a surface area in many ecosystems — showing up inside stores and chat apps — it is just one facet of apps.”

Commercial Software Chokkas with Ancient Brutal Open Source Vulns

By Darren Pauli, May 4th edition of The Register
“Commercial software is riddled with old critical open source flaws that are largely hidden from the eyes of enterprises, according to Black Duck Software. The manual audit report The State of Open Source Security in Commercial Applications [PDF] by the open source security tester studied 200 applications over a six month period to March finding 67 percent of open source componentry had unpatched holes, or about 23 holes a piece. The holes were five years old on average with 40 percent classified as high severity with CVSS scores of seven and above, and 52 percent as medium severity.”

What ‘Digital Transformation’ Really Should Mean

By Eric Knorr, May 2nd edition of InfoWorld
“Unlike most buzz phrases, “digital transformation” keeps gaining popularity through the years. This is mainly because from the very beginning, it has invited whatever meaning marketers wanted to slather onto it. Today, digital transformation seems to mean that together cloud and social and mobile and big data and AI and IoT and devops (plus whatever other else you want to throw in) yield a tipping point where businesses discover new revenue opportunities and become qualitatively more efficient. Or something like that. Sure, today’s explosion in enterprise tech is unprecedented, but the promise of transformation almost always disappoints. Part of the reason is that there can be no static endpoint — by the time you assemble perfection, it’s obsolete. The other difficulty is that the same old problems that have persisted through many generations of technology continue to hold us back.”

OpenStack and the Fragmenting Infrastructure Market

By Stephen O’Grady, May 2nd edition of RedMonk
“The questions around OpenStack today are different than they were last year, just as they were different the year before that, and the year before that. Go back far enough, and the most common was: has anyone ever successfully installed this? These days, installation and even upgrades are more or less solved problems, particularly if you go the distribution route. Even questions of definition – which of the many individual projects under the OpenStack umbrella are required to actually be considered OpenStack? – have subsided, even if they’re not yet addressed to everyone’s satisfaction. The real questions around OpenStack today, in fact, have very little to do with OpenStack. Instead, the key considerations for those using the technology or more importantly considering it have to do with the wider market context.”

We Learned from Utilities Everything We Need to Know About Cloud Infrastructure

By Chris Stone, May 3rd edition of TechCrunch
“Electricity is ambient. It’s all around us. We turn on lights and plug in devices without even thinking about the complex electrical grid that supplies us with juice at will. It’s become a necessary infrastructure that will never go away — but it’s only the bottom of the stack. That’s exactly how we need to think about cloud infrastructure. Connecting to the cloud should be as effortless and accessible as connecting to a power grid — one point of access to a variety of sources of infrastructure and services. Imagine an ambient layer on top of cloud infrastructure players, provider-agnostic, that could give us just that. A layer with a single API standard (as copper wire is to electricity) that would allow companies to connect to the infrastructures below, without being locked into specific tools and services. A serverless world, where we won’t think about “provisioning,” “instances,” “containers” or “operating systems.” In this world, code would automatically run in the cloud, and infrastructure would scale as needed.

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