This Week in Cloud: September 2nd, 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!

IT Spending Expected to Reach $2.7 Trillion by 2020, Says IDC

By Natalie Gagliordi, August 29th edition of ZDNet
“IT spending by enterprises, SMBs, and others is forecast to reach $2.7 trillion in 2020, according to a report from IDC. The research firm expects the bulk of IT spending to come from the discrete manufacturing, banking, and telecom verticals. Combined, these industries will generate nearly a third of all IT revenues throughout the forecast. Healthcare remains the fastest growing vertical industry over the forecast period, with a five-year compound annual growth rate of 5.7 percent. Banking, media, and professional services are tied for second with CAGRs of 4.9 percent.”

Daily Report: Still Waiting for Tech’s Downturn

By Jim Kerstetter, August 29th edition of the NY Times
“A funny thing happened on the way to a long-predicted tech bust: It didn’t happen. At this point a year ago, a crash seemed inevitable. Money was pouring into on-demand delivery start-ups that added a little high-tech sheen to what the local pizza shop has been doing for years. Bigger start-ups like Uber were burning through billions in cash. But as Katie Benner writes, plenty of start-ups listened to the dire warnings of investors and cut their spending. They made easy calls, ending perks like free laundry. And they made more difficult decisions, like cutting jobs and changing their business plans.”

Public Cloud to Sweep Across All of Europe in Next Five Years

August 26th edition of CBR
“A new report from IDC has revealed that spending on public cloud computing will more than double by 2020, generating more than $195bn of revenues. The research firm’s semi-annual worldwide public cloud services spending guide predicted that Western Europe will continue to make up one fifth of the worldwide market, with revenues increasing to $38.6bn in 2020 from $15bn in 2015. The UK will remain the largest market in Western Europe, generating about 30% of the region’s total revenues. The next-largest markets will be Germany and France which, together with the UK, account for 64% of Western Europe’s total revenues in public cloud services.”

Lessons Learned from a Massive Cloud Migration

By Ram Sethumathavan, September 1st edition of the Apprenda Blog
“…Migration projects are met with reluctance as some people don’t see this adding business value to the organization, but with introduction of cloud platforms, this thought process is changing. Cloud platforms enable organizations to save on infrastructure by consolidation, making applications secure and scalable. To make three-tier applications scalable and highly available, application development teams have to code. This code has high maintenance when there is a small change to the environment. Our cloud platform enables applications to scale and be highly available with minimum changes. Here are several lessons we learned when he helped this customer with this massive migration.”

Cloud Vendors, The Great Disruptors, Face Disruption From Blockchain

By Joe McKendrick, August 27th edition of Forbes
“Over the past seven years or so, an emerging generation of cloud companies turned the tech industry on its head. Now, these cloud companies face their own disruption — courtesy of blockchain technology. Unless these providers develop offerings that leverage blockchain, they may see a new generation of blockchain-savvy vendors take their place. That’s the word from EY, which just published an analysis that details how blockchain threatens existing vertical tech vendors, noting that companies “that responded too slowly to the mobile or cloud disruptions paid a high price.”

Get Ready for Cloud 3.0, the Age of Platform-as-a-Service

By David Gordon, August 31st edition of The Register
“Promo Cloud computing is evolving rapidly, and new ideas about “Cloud 3.0” will be featured this week at Huawei Connect 2016, the company’s flagship conference in Shanghai. Huawei characterises the mid-2000s boom in server virtualisation as Cloud 1.0. Cloud 2.0 was all about infrastructure-as-a-service, with special emphasis on tuning clouds so they could handle the most demanding workloads. But even though today’s clouds offer remarkable flexibility, they still ask users to take care of server-maintenance chores like maintaining anti-virus software and updating applications.”

6 Disruptive Trends That Take Public Cloud To The Next Level

By Janakiram MSV, August 31st edition of Forbes
“When it comes to the public cloud, launching VMs, provisioning storage, and configuring networks is no more cutting edge. The core building blocks of IaaS have gone past the evolution phase to become stable. With enterprises adopting public cloud at a rapid pace, we cannot expect further disruption to the cloud infrastructure services. Mainstream providers will only add newer VM type, additional regions and zones, and optimized storage and network services.”

What Are the Eight Essential Emerging Technologies for Business?

By Vicki Huff Eckert, August 30th edition of the Re/Code
“Emerging technology strategy needs to be a core part of every company’s corporate strategy. Business executives must sort through the noise to make clear-headed decisions about the most relevant technologies that will sustain revenue growth and enhance business operations. But with the torrent of tech breakthroughs, how can you even begin to make sense of individual technologies? To help companies focus their efforts, PwC analyzed more than 150 emerging technologies to pinpoint what we call the “Essential Eight.” These are the technologies we believe every organization must consider. While each company’s strategy for how to best exploit them will vary, these eight technologies will have the most significant global impact across industries.

Configuring the Ultimate Development Environment for Kubernetes

By Janakiram MSV, August 26th edition of The New Stack
“No-Ops” for Developers and “No-Dev” for IT Ops. Analysts agree that IT is in the midst of a major transformation. Based on the results of latest Gartner enterprise IT buying behavior survey, the majority of spending is going towards modernizing, functionally expanding or substituting long-standing business and office applications with cloud-based software-as-a-service. According to the June 2016 forecast from Gartner, worldwide spending on enterprise application software will reach $154 billion in 2016, increasing to more than $216 billion in 2020. To make things even more interesting, by 2020, 75% of application purchases supporting digital business will be “build,” not “buy” involving “a combination of application components.”

Kubernetes Sees Unbelievable Job Growth in 2016

By Chris Gaun, August 31st edition of the Apprenda Blog
“The velocity of Kubernetes job postings has skyrocketed in the past few months. Using job aggregation site Indeed, Apprenda Senior Director Joseph Jacks recently found that the number of jobs has gone gangbusters in June, as you can see in the chart below. More impressive is that job postings are typically a lagging indicator of growth. First, current employees take on new projects like Kubernetes, and job postings come after that route has been exhausted and strategies more formalized.”

Can Docker Be Ousted?

By Gabriela Motroc, August 30th edition of JAXEnter
“No time to play nice. Google’s Craig McLuckie took to Twitter to reveal his thoughts about the need for “a container runtime and format standard to emerge beyond the (current) scope of OCI,” but he’s not the only one to throw a rock at Docker. The dissatisfaction with Docker is out in the open now and one of the most popular fears is that the container ecosystem could be pulled to pieces. Let’s analyze the facts. There’s a Docker war developing right under our noses. The battlefields? —Twitter, Medium, personal blogs, forums and more. Google Kubernetes evangelist Kelsey Hightower took to Twitter to express his views about a possible Docker fork and to wonder whether “Docker deserves to be the stewards of an open container standard.”

How Companies Are Developing More Apps With Fewer Developers

By Anne Fisher, August 30th edition of Fortune
“Tried to hire software developers lately? Then you know how tough (and expensive) it can be. The yawning gap in tech skills has gone on for so long that it’s creating some surprising shifts in supply and demand. The most ferocious appetite for software development talent, for instance, is no longer in Silicon Valley. And now, in many companies, developer jobs aren’t even reserved for developers. That’s because a relatively new technology, known as low-code or no-code platforms, is now doing a big chunk of the work that high-priced human talent used to do.”

Serverless Is the New Multitenancy

By Anshu Sharma, September 1st edition of TechCrunch
“Multitenancy was the single-biggest technology breakthrough in SaaS. Consider this: With more than 100,000 customers, a company like Salesforce would need 100,000-plus servers and databases to serve their needs, essentially wiping out its margins. Multitenancy not only allowed for higher gross margins, it made it viable to serve small and medium businesses with world-class software  —  at a profit. It was not just a new architecture, but also changed the way we thought of paying for enterprise software —  not by number of CPUs or servers but by users and usage. Similarly, serverless compute is both a new way of building apps and a new way of consuming and paying for it.”

Private Clouds a ‘Big Priority’ for Dell

By Rachael King, August 26th edition of The WSJ
“Dell Inc. hopes its pending $60 billion acquisition of EMC Corp. will make the combined company a favored supplier in the rapidly growing market for cloud computing, where companies tap software programs via the internet. Dell Chief Executive Michael Dell appeared Monday at the annual conference of EMC’s VMware unit, underscoring the deal’s importance for Dell’s future. He is betting that companies will use Dell’s equipment to build “private clouds,” where their employees access software programs through the internet. “A big priority for us is making private clouds easy,” Mr. Dell told the VMworld conference Monday.”

How Cisco CloudCenter Stacks up

By Kurt Milne, August 31st edition of the Cisco Blog
“If you are like me – all the cloud management tools sound the same. Vendors all use the same words to describe very different solutions. Hybrid. Platform. Automation. Service. So to help you figure out what the words mean, I’ve recorded a short webcast with product manager Zack Kielich (@zackOmatic), that shows how Cisco CloudCenter stacks up to Gartner’s Cloud Management Platform feature taxonomy. …So why is a CMP review on the Datacenter Blog? CloudCenter deploys and manages applications in datacenter or cloud environments. It’s both a cloud and datacenter solution.”

Succumbing to Amazonian Cloud Rivals, Rackspace Goes Private

By Jing Cao, Selina Wang & Brian Womack; August 26nd edition of Bloomberg
“…For Rackspace, the deal marks the end of its public struggle against bigger cloud rivals that offered lower-cost computing power, storage and other IT services over the internet, crimping its ability to compete. Rackspace recently started helping companies shift their IT operations to data centers run by Amazon and Microsoft, but it wasn’t enough to make up for declines in its traditional businesses. Becoming a private company will give Rackspace time and space to complete the transition to a services business. Rackspace is “gaining traction, but they’re very small,” said Joshua Yatskowitz, a Bloomberg Intelligence analyst. “Bringing it out of the public eye can make that transition a lot easier.”

SAP’s Newest HANA Platform Promises Real-Time Data Analysis and a Faster Journey to the Cloud

By Conner Forrest, August 31st edition of TechRepublic
“A new SAP HANA platform, announced on Wednesday, could open up new paths to real-time analytics, and promises to speed enterprises along on their journey to the cloud. SAP BW/4HANA is a new data warehouse application that will be able to run on-premises, and will eventually be available on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud. As noted by ZDNet’s Larry Dignan, the product is essentially a version of SAP’s Business Warehouse (BW) software that has been optimized to run exclusively on HANA. For those unfamiliar, SAP HANA is SAP’s in-memory platform that handles, among other things, data processing.”

VMware Launches Cloud Foundation Software Bundle, Coming to IBM First

By Jordan Novet, August 29th edition of VentureBeat
“VMware today is announcing the launch of Cloud Foundation, a package of existing VMware software that’s becoming available for use on public clouds. The idea is to let admins use familiar tools to control server, storage, and networking resources even in public clouds, not just in private clouds in on-premises data centers. The package — which includes vSphere, Virtual SAN, NSX, and SDDC Manager — is becoming generally available later this quarter. It will initially come to IBM’s public cloud, and will roll out to other public clouds later. Previously, VMware’s own vCloud Air public cloud integrated with VMware’s existing on-premises software. Now VMware is making it more widely available.”

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