This Week in Cloud: April 1, 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!

Kubernetes 1.2 Offers Rolling Updates, Persistent Volumes

By Joab Jackson, March 28th edition of The New Stack
“At the Google GCP Next conference last week in San Francisco, the company demonstrated how it was possible with Kubernetes to update a heavily used distributed application while keeping that app running. For a Kubernetes 1.2 on-stage demo, Greg DeMichillie, director of program management for Google Cloud Platform spun up a service and then used load testing software to dispatch 20,000 requests-per-second to the service. “Now if I did this demo 18 months ago, this would have been considered an amazing thing — who would have had the ability to run services at this scale? Now, it’s my ‘Hello World,’” DeMichillie said. The exercise was set to show off the latest capability of Kubernetes — to show how the software could update a service with zero downtime.”

Google’s Cloud Push Makes It a Three-Horse Race

By David Linthicum, March 29th edition of InfoWorld 
“At Google Next last week, the company announced capabilities ranging from machine learning to identity and access management, as well as more big data options. Google is pushing forward with new cloud capabilities, including several for the enterprise. Clearly, it’s a three-horse race in the cloud: AWS is way out ahead, and Microsoft is next in line, but way behind. Google seems to be in last place, but is increasing its efforts. See, for example, its hiring of “enterprise-knowledgeable” executives. In addition, it featured the likes of Disney, Domino’s, Spotify, Macy’s, Heineken, and Best Buy among its biggest clients. Those are all great names.”

KubeCon EU 2016: Pearson, NYT, Google and More Talk Kubernetes

By Chris Gaun, March 29th edition of Apprenda Blog
“Kubernetes, the powerful open-source container orchestration system designed using a decade of Google research and development, has a ton of momentum. We saw this first hand recently at KubeCon, the largest Kubernetes-focused conference, which Apprenda sponsored and spoke at. Additionally, we’re also hosting more than 40 videos from the conference itself. Now that all of the presentations are live, we wanted to spotlight a few of the great talks. (To be fair, all of them are great — this is only a few highlights.) Check them out below.”

Container as a Service Platform Launched

By Ian Murphy, March 29th edition of Enterprise Times
“ContainerX has announced that it has moved from beta to release and launched its Container as a Service (CaaS) solution. The press release describes this as a: ” Multi-Tenant Elastic Cluster and Container Pool Technology for Windows Server 2016 and Microsoft Azure.” With ContainerX at Microsoft Build 2016 taking place in San Francisco’s Moscone Center this week, there will certainly be some interesting conversations between them and potential customers who can search them out at the show. What is interesting about this announcement is the focus on Windows Server 16 and ASP.NET applications. In February ContainerX announced that it had integrated VMware vSphere into its platform. Prior to that it had embraced bare-metal servers and AWS, at DockerCon Europe in November 2015 it announced support for Docker.”

Full-Throttle Cloud Computing Not Essential To Go Digital, But Does Help

By Joe McKendrick, March 24th edition of Forbes
“In most of the case studies and discussions you see or hear about digital evolution, there’s always a cloud somewhere in the picture, either providing enhanced the scalability needed, or serving as the platform needed for all the transformation and transition required. However, cloud is not mandatory to get into the digital world. Often, in fact, organizations are hesitant, for various reasons, to jump into public cloud services when initiating digital channels, processes, or analytics. If anything, they may only move to private cloud first, then gradually adopt public cloud services. That’s the view of Jim Sinur, pre-eminent BPM expert, author of numerous books, and former Gartner analyst, who joined Software AG’s Matt Green for a panel discussion at the recent CeBIT event in Hannover, Germany.”

Cloud Computing: We’ll Never Be All In, Say Most Companies

By Conner Forrest , March 29th edition of TechRepublic
“On Tuesday, IT management software provider SolarWinds released its annual report titled IT Trends Report 2016: The Hybrid IT Evolution, detailing some interesting trends around cloud adoption in the enterprise and the rise of hybrid IT. First off, according to the results of the report, cloud adoption is a foregone conclusion for most businesses. The report found that 92% of the IT professionals who were surveyed said adopting cloud was important to long-term success in their business. Nearly 30% labeled it extremely important. However, despite this widespread adoption, most organizations aren’t fully embracing the cloud within the whole of their organization. Joel Dolisy, CIO of SolarWinds, said that is because the cloud isn’t the best option for all workloads.”

Microsoft Releases Azure ‘Serverless Compute’ Service to Take on AWS Lambda

By Mary Jo Foley, March 31st edition of ZDNet
“Microsoft is open sourcing the runtime for Azure Functions, said Microsoft’s chief of Cloud and Enterprise, Scott Guthrie, during the Day 2 keynote at Microsoft’s Build 2016 developer conference, so that developers can host functions on Azure, in their datacenter or on other clouds. Azure Functions is well-suited to Internet of Things (IoT) scenarios, as it allows developers handle tasks that respond to events. It also lends itself to use in Web and mobile and big data, too, officials said. The service automatically scales out to meet demand, so that it only charges for the period of time when functions run.”

IBM to Acquire Cloud Consulting Firm Bluewolf for About $200 Million

By Arik Hesseldahl, March 30th edition of Re/Code
“Computing and services giant IBM will announce on Thursday that it has reached a deal to acquire Bluewolf Group, a consulting company that focuses on helping businesses use Salesforce and other cloud software applications. Terms of the deal will not be disclosed, but according to sources familiar with the matter, IBM is paying slightly more than $200 million. Bluewolf will be added to IBM’s Interactive Experience, or iX, unit, which is a part of the massive Global Business Services consulting arm.”

HPE Hybrid Cloud Strategy Hinges On Synergy Platform

By Jessica Davis, March 30th edition of InformationWeek
“Hewlett-Packard Enterprise is getting set to unveil what is certainly a cornerstone of its hybrid cloud computing strategy for the future, a new end-to-end infrastructure platform called Synergy, designed to be flexible and reusable, and to serve enterprise cloud needs for a mix of public and private cloud. This week, at its new headquarters building in Palo Alto, Calif., HPE provided analysts and editors a preview of the platform, along with a look at some new and updated tools and products across its portfolio.”

Google Cloud Chief ‘Dead Serious’ About Competing in Public Cloud

By Kevin McLaughlin, March 28th edition of CRN
“Diane Greene, the VMware co-founder who’s now leading Google’s cloud business, said the search giant is ready to make its mark in a public cloud market where it’s trailing Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure by a wide margin. “We are dead serious about this business,” Greene said in press conference at last week Google’s GCP Next conference in San Francisco. “We’ve spent billions on data centres and are going to use them as much as we can. This is a long-term, forever event.” Google has been in the public cloud space for several years now, with modest results so far.”

Dell to Sell Perot Systems Unit to NTT Data at Loss of $800 Million

By Jon Brodkin, March 28th edition of ARS Technica
“Dell has agreed to sell its IT services subsidiary, Dell Services, to NTT Data for $3.06 billion. Dell Services is the former Perot Systems, a company founded by Ross Perot; Dell purchased it toward the end of 2009 for $3.9 billion. “We’re a little bit late to the party, but what we’ve unveiled today puts us ahead.” Dell, which went private in 2013, is trying to raise money as it prepares to complete a $67 billion acquisition of EMC. NTT Data, the systems integration unit of Tokyo-based Nippon Telegraph and Telephone, announced its acquisition of Dell Services today, noting that it still needs regulatory approval.”

Mesophere Tackles Container Orchestration in a Big Way

By Matt Asay, March 24th edition of TechRepublic
“It seems there might be something to this container revolution after all. First, Docker starts breaking loose from its test-and-dev roots. Next, Mesosphere raises another $73 million to continue its push to manage containers at massive scale. If there was any doubt that mainstream enterprises are interested, two of the investors in Mesosphere’s Series C round were Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Microsoft. Neither company is interested in test-and-dev science projects. Both get paid to tackle thorny enterprise problems. I recently sat down with Mesosphere cofounder and CTO Tobias Knaup to learn more about Mesosphere’s vision for container orchestration and beyond.”

Three Key Trends for 2016 from the PaaS Field

By Dave Cohn, March 31st edition of Apprenda blog
“Having been on the front lines of selling Platform as a Service (PaaS) for the past five years, I’ve seen enormous changes in the market. It has been more of a hockey stick in terms of inflection of change compared to a gradual increase in activity, with a sharp increase in the past two years… Change is hard and not easy to accept. IT professionals rarely want to admit there may be a better way to achieve a desired outcome. Processes have been put in place with existing technologies. Contracts have been executed. Software and hardware have been installed and configured. Teams and project leaders have been trained. But unfortunately, once the dust settles, a new technology has likely been introduced to the market and it is time to start the process again.”

7 Reasons To Convert To A Private Cloud

By Andrew Froehlich, March 30th edition of InformationWeek
“IT infrastructure and application administrators who have grown accustomed to the management and provisioning capabilities of public and hybrid clouds may be longing for that same functionality within their own privately managed data centers — and with good reason. In my experience, many private data centers are full of inefficiencies, time-consuming manual processes, and blind spots in data center optimization and utilization. It makes cloud management seem light years ahead. If you want the benefits found in cloud architectures, why not bite the bullet and choose a service provider? While this might sound appealing, in certain circumstances, it’s simply not possible.”

Rancher Container Orchestration Platform Now Generally Available

By CK Oliver, March 29th edition of The New Stack
“Running containerized applications at the consistency levels the enterprise demands, while still having the flexibility to shift or pivot one’s container management strategy, has been a request on many developers’ wish lists. Offering some help in this task is Rancher Labs, which Tuesday, has released 1.0 of its namesake container platform, a project in work for the past 18 months. Rancher Labs co-founders Shannon Williams and Sheng Liang founded the company after the pair’s time working on developing clouds for the enterprise at Citrix. “This was pre-Docker. We were using LXC. Docker came around, and we were like, ‘This is awesome.’ As a result, we built Rancher,” said Williams.”

What’s Trending in the IoT Space

By Bernard Moon, March 29th edition of TechCrunch
“Our team has been active as investors in the Internet of Things and hardware space over the past two years. We have read pitches from hundreds of companies, met with dozens, read hundreds of research reports and spoken with various experts. We have invested in six IoT/hardware companies from our global seed fund and seven from our startup accelerator. With this accumulated knowledge, we decided to create an easy to read overview for others to get up to speed on this trending space of IoT. Here is our full report; the following is a summary of what we learned.”

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