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This Week in Cloud April 21, 2017

Ryan Quackenbush

By Ryan Quackenbush4.21.17

Welcome to 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.
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CIO Report: Cloud First in Financial Services

By Michael Krigsman, April 17th edition of ZDNet
“As the cloud matures, more and more large companies are thinking about taking the leap from on-premise to cloud-based systems. Although moving entirely to the cloud seems a distant future for many large organizations, some companies have made the jump. To explore this topic in depth, I spoke with the CIO of a financial services company that has taken an explicit cloud-first approach to all technology. Mary Cecola, CIO of Antares Capital, was my guest on Episode 226 of the CXOTALK series. Speaking with this Chief Information Officer was fascinating because of her commitment to the cloud. Although cloud use is growing among financial services firms, Antares is still an outlier by not using any on-premise systems.”

Will Cloud Vendors Dominate Machine Learning? Early Signs Point to Yes

By Matt Asay, April 18th edition of TechRepublic
“It’s no secret that machine learning and its kissing cousin AI are all the rage. So much so, in fact, that companies are increasingly dressing up dumb apps as smart, and Cloudera is justifying a hefty IPO valuation in part on its ability to turn a Hadoop past into a machine learning future. A more pertinent question, however, is whether the same cloud companies that are displacing enterprise data centers and taking over big data deployments will be the most likely winners in the machine learning war. Early signs suggest the answer is ‘yes’.”

Quantum Computing Advances Toward the Enterprise

By Sharon Gaudin, April 14th edition of ComputerWorld
“Quantum computing may still sound like the stuff of science fiction, but within the next 10 years, it could be a reality. “Systems are still pretty rudimentary,” said Charles King, an analyst with Pund-IT. “Though they perform some specific kinds of calculations faster than traditional computers, they are defined by their limitations. When true, fully operable quantum systems come online, they will force the IT industry, public and private sector organizations and individuals to fundamentally rethink certain kinds of problems and all but abandon some conventional solutions.” Taking steps toward making those possibilities real are researchers at the University of Calgary, who last year successfully teleported a photon, a particle of light, over the span of just over 3.5 miles in a straight length of fiber optic cable.”

Prepare for the Digital Health Revolution

By Sy Mukherjee, April 20th edition of Fortune
“There are many choices we make over the course of our lives. Some are fairly insignificant, like the clothes we put on in the morning; others, such as the vocations we settle on, have life-changing consequences. But there’s one critical decision we don’t get to make: the choice of being born into a human body—and all the arbitrary ailments and inevitable biological breakdowns that follow. This is what sets health care apart from other industries. The ­business of medicine is quite literally one of life and death. And throughout much of the world, it remains a messy, inefficient, ­expensive sector in need of radical reform. Just consider some of the heart-wrenching numbers. Nearly one in four non-elderly American adults had past-due medical debt in 2015.”

Optimizing Your Application Architecture at the ‘Federated dge’

By James Kobielus, April 14th edition of SiliconANGLE
“Optimizing applications for the sprawl we call the Internet of Things is a daunting challenge. To craft high-performance IoT apps, developers need a federated environment that distributes algorithmic capabilities for execution at IoT network endpoints, also known as “edge devices.” Federation is essential because many IoT edge devices — such as mobile phones — lack sufficient local resources for storing all data and executing all the algorithms needed to do their jobs effectively. Key among the capabilities being federated to the IoT edges are machine learning, deep learning and other cognitive-computing algorithms. These analytic capabilities enable IoT edge devices — such as drones, self-driving cars and industrial robots — to make decisions and take actions autonomously based on locally acquired sensor data.”

Data Fluency Isn’t Just For Tech Anymore.

By James Governor, April 20th edition of RedMonk
“So data transformation is the new digital transformation. One of the critical aspects in building an organisation that can make more effective use of data than its peers is creating the right culture – not everybody needs to be a PhD, but ideally everyone should be data curious… I was struck by some parallels in this great First Round Review post, based on an interview with Looker founder and CTO Lloyd Tabb. The post makes the case for a more astute use of data, avoiding vanity metrics in favour of those that can really drive a business. In a restaurant, for example, why not use how full customers’ glasses are as a proxy for good, engaged service. This one really struck me – it can be really frustrating trying to catch a waiter’s eye in order to ask for another glass of water. But the job to be done is not them watching me, but rather making sure I have everything I need.”

Container Projects Expand as Ecosystem Matures

By George Leopold, April 18th edition of EnterpriseTech
“Application container technology continues to mature at an accelerating pace as it expands beyond cloud native deployments to address emerging platforms such as the Internet of Things while building blocks emerge to scale the existing container ecosystem. What that in mind, container pioneer Docker rolled out a pair of open source projects this week at the nascent industry sector’s annual gathering. The projects seek to meet growing demand “for collaborating on interchangeable components, such as the operating systems, orchestration frameworks or infrastructure management,” the company said.”

Docker Recruits Big Names in Hybrid Cloud Push

By Scharon Harding, April 2oth edition of Channelnomics
“Docker is looking to push hybrid cloud with a new program it says aims to assist enterprise IT organizations modernize legacy applications into hybrid cloud deployments. The Modernize Traditional Applications (MTA) Program targets IT operations teams and includes professional services, Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) Standard for application management and hybrid cloud infrastructure from the program’s vendor partners, Microsoft, Avande, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Cisco. In addition, Docker’s MTA Program looks to push the containerization of Windows and Linux legacy applications into Docker containers and the deployment and management of such apps onto the program’s vendor partners’ infrastructure via Docker EE..”

Intel Pulls Out of OpenStack Effort It Founded with Rackspace

By Barb Darrow, April 14th edition of Fortune
“Intel has cut funding for an effort it launched two years ago with Rackspace to encourage the use of OpenStack software technology by big business customers that want more flexible and cheaper data center infrastructure. The two companies announced the joint effort, called the OpenStack Innovation Center, in July 2015. A source close to the effort said initial funding was supposed to last through 2018, but Intel pulled it early. Intel and Rackspace disclosed the decision internally on Tuesday, the source said. An Intel spokesman confirmed that it has “decided to conclude its participation” in the project, but that it and Rackspace are proud of the accomplishments the teams have made. Intel and Rackspace, he added, will continue to contribute to and work with the OpenStack developer community..”

Oracle’s PaaS/IaaS Progress – Becoming Real

By Brian Sommer, April 20th edition of Diginomica
“Oracle’s going big on IaaS and PaaS solutions, but are they real? It’s not a new question, but it remains a valid one that deserves attention – which it got at a recent analyst event staged by the vendor. Flash back to late 2015 and I saw Oracle executives define a new competitive landscape. They described a world where the applications, platform and infrastructure spaces were getting upended. Old competitors would cede market share to newer players. The new winners were companies whose solutions were designed for a more cloud-y world. I wrote of this in this 2015 diginomica piece. At the same event, I saw Larry Ellison, CTO and Founder of Oracle, demonstrate a number of cloud capabilities his firm was developing to make Oracle more relevant in this changing business world.”

Developer Tools Startup Wercker Has Been Acquired by Oracle

By Mike Butcher, April 17th edition of TechCrunch
“Back in 2012 Wercker, a Dutch startup which helps developers test and deploy code at a rapid pace, appeared. It fitted into the space of emerging new platforms that help developers build apps such as CloudBees, CircleCi and newcomers like CloudMunch. After raising a seed round it raised a $4.5 million Series A funding round last year. It’s today been acquired by Oracle for an undisclosed sum, which was clearly attracted by its container-centric and cloud-native automation platform, among others things. Oracle and Wrecker are in alignment in that Oracle is building out its IaaS and PaaS foundation for its cloud computing platform.”

Google Cloud is a Serious Contender in the Public Cloud Space

By Dan Bieler, April 17th edition of ZDNet
“In the past few years, Google has made concerted efforts to target the enterprise cloud computing space. At Next 2017, more than 11,000 customers, partners, developers, and analysts, including Forrester, joined Google in San Francisco, Calif., to learn more about Google Cloud’s latest enterprise updates. Here’s our quick assessment from a CIO and CTO perspective.”

Microsoft Tools Coalesce for Serverless Computing

By Simon Bisson, April 19th edition of InfoWorld
“Microsoft’s adoption of serverless computing is a big piece of Azure maturing as a platform. There’s a lot going on here, as architectures and services evolve to take advantage of the unique capabilities of the cloud and we as users and developers migrate away from traditional server architectures. Mark Russinovich, Microsoft’s CTO of Azure, has a distinct view on the evolution of cloud as a platform. “Infrastructure as a service [IaaS] is table stakes,” he said at an Azure Serverless computing event at Microsoft’s Redmond, Wash., headquarters last week, “Platform as a service [PaaS] is the next step, offering runtimes and developing on them, an API and an endpoint, where you consume services.” That’s where we are today, where we still define the resources we use when we build cloud applications.”

A Serverless Nirvana? Microsoft Azure CTO Mark Russinovich on the Future of the Cloud

By Todd Bishop, April 14th edition of GeekWire
“Microsoft’s push into “serverless” computing aims to change the way developers use the cloud, and Microsoft Azure CTO Mark Russinovich says the trend represents nothing less than the future of computing. Despite the name, servers are still involved, but developers don’t need to worry about spinning up virtual machines, installing applications, patching or managing other elements of the system, as they would normally. Instead, the code is handled directly by the cloud and triggered by pre-defined events. Developers and companies are charged based on the resources their applications use. Microsoft is far from alone in this quest. Public cloud leader Amazon Web Services launched its Lambda serverless technology in 2014, and competing solutions include IBM Bluemix OpenWhisk and Google Cloud Functions. Microsoft introduced a key component of its serverless technology, Azure Functions, last year, complementing another enabling technology, Azure Logic Apps.”

Report: Microsoft May Buy Cloud Monitoring Startup Cloudyn for $50M-70M

By Ingrid Lunden, April 20th edition of TechCrunch
“The consolidation of smaller cloud services through acquisitions by larger could platforms has been a running theme in the enterprise world for a while, and this morning we got a glimpse of what might be the latest development on that front. Israeli publication Calcalist is reporting that Microsoft is in talks to acquire Cloudyn — startup founded in Tel Aviv that monitors and optimizes a company’s cloud storage across multiple vendors — for a price of between $50 million and $70 million. We’ve reached out to both Cloudyn and Microsoft for comment and have received nearly identical replies in response: “No comment at this time” from a Microsoft spokesperson, and “At this time, no comment,” from Cloudyn’s spokesperson. Separately, a source close to the situation tells TechCrunch that nothing has been signed so that’s a signal that things could shift, or not happen at all.”

Ryan Quackenbush
Ryan Quackenbush

Ryan Quackenbush is the Advocacy Programs Manager at Apprenda. His cooking is renowned, his record collection and library are extensive and, when not at Apprenda, he can usually be found rooting for the Mets or playing live music. You can follow him on Twitter at @RSQuackenbush.

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