This Week in Cloud April 28, 2017

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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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Google’s Real Kubernetes Magic Is All About Community, Not Code

By Matt Asay, April 26th edition of TechRepublic
“A year ago, Kubernetes began to pull away from the container orchestration pack. Today, the distance between it and its next-nearest competitor has grown. The reason for that growth was, and is, community. What is most surprising about Kubernetes, however, is how well it has done with community, despite being hatched within the bowels of a large, and largely secretive, company: Google… The Kubernetes community is roughly five times as large as the next-nearest competitor, Apache Mesos, with more than 1,350 contributors to Kubernetes, collectively delivering over 47,000 commits. There are also over 1,500 job postings for Kubernetes-trained professionals, up from roughly 250 a year ago, indicating a groundswell of enterprise support for the project.”

3 Signs Your Kubernetes Distro is Built to Last

By Serdar Yegulalp, April 24th edition of InfoWorld
“It’s hard to turn around these days without bumping into a Kubernetes distribution. For example, Mirantis recently buffed its OpenStack distribution to use Kubernetes as an internal component and for container management. Major Linux server distributions include it now. For Kubernetes adopters, it’s all good news. It means the most remarkable development in the container world since, well, containers themselves is enjoying strong uptake and acceptance. But rapid proliferation can also be a warning sign. The excitement for OpenStack’s open approach to cloud infrastructure cooled once people realized its inherent complexity and clunkiness, and some vendors lost their shirts trying to build OpenStack businesses.”

Docker And Kubernetes Fostering New Hybrid Cloud Options For Enterprise

By Rhett Dillingham, April 21st edition of Forbes
“As strong enterprise cloud adoption continues, many enterprises are looking to achieve hybrid cloud capability to benefit from the flexibility of different cloud infrastructures for deploying their application portfolio. Survey data from IDC shows 73% of enterprise cloud adopters have a hybrid cloud strategy. The most commonly desired hybrid cloud approach in enterprise combines one or more public cloud providers with a private cloud to achieve the widest range of options in cost, reliability, scalability and security. Yet actual enterprise IT delivery of this hybrid cloud capability for their organizations remains low.”

As Containers Mature, New Startups Fill Out the Ecosystem

By Serdar Yegulalp, April 25th edition of InfoWorld
“First, the venture funding came for Docker—seven rounds at last count, with the last in 2015. Now more of that money is arriving to support the world containers have built. Today, container security outfit Twistlock announced it has secured $17 million in Series B funding, much of it from Polaris Partners, investors in code-analysis service Veracode. That’s $1 million less than Docker’s last D round, and Twistlock’s first round of fundraising netted $10 million last July, which is nearly as much as Docker’s own Series A in 2011. This isn’t an aberration, as the container ecosystem has sprouted many startups already onto their second, third, and fourth rounds of funding. Most of them focus on supporting areas like security (as in Twistlock’s case), storage, data services, and monitoring.”

Is It Time to Buy Into Container Management Platforms?

By Paul Korzeniowski, April 23rd edition of TechTarget
“Virtualization became an IT mainstay because it eased software development by providing an abstraction layer between system hardware and software. But even this widely adopted technology is being threatened by the industry’s never-ending quest to build a better mousetrap. Here come containers… More infrastructure system management tools are expected to arrive as the fledgling market matures. Consolidation has begun, as Apprenda acquired Kubernetes backer Kismatic, and Cisco purchased ContainerX, a Docker Swarm supporter.”

Serverless Computing Might Finally Deliver on the Promise of the Cloud

By Tom Krazit, April 27th edition of GeekWire
“The original promise of cloud computing was simple: no longer would you need to buy, configure, and maintain racks and racks of servers in hopes of growing a tech business into that capacity. All you needed to get up and running was a credit card and some code; if you started slow, you were only on the hook for the resources you consumed, and those resources were limitless. As with most technology advances, the reality turned out to be a bit more complicated. A current customer of Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud Platform’s infrastructure-as-a-service products still needs to do quite a bit of work to provision servers, monitor performance, and make sure their costs aren’t running out of control. And customers running legacy applications that would like to move to the cloud have to do even more work to ensure nothing breaks in the transition.”

The Software World Today: How We Got Here, and What Needs Fixing

By Micha Hernandez Van Leuffen, April 24th edition of The New Stack
“How much can change in 15 years’ time? If you’re talking about the world of software and computing, everything. Think about it. About 15 years ago, back in the age of Y2K, the way we computed looked wildly different. Virtually all computing took place using on-premise hardware. Data lived locally on workstations or bare-metal servers that sat in a dark closet somewhere in your office, where admins had to venture to whenever they needed to work with it. Very few apps or systems were distributed across multiple servers; instead, deployment models were structured around a single server and a single app, managed usually via a simple FTP connection. When you wanted to install software, you sat down in front of the machine that you were installing it to and clicked through configuration wizards.”

On Multi-Cloud Tradeoffs and the Paradox of Openness

By James Governor, April 21st edition of RedMonk
“In any technology adoption decision organisations are faced with a balancing act between openness and convenience. Open standards and open source, while in theory driving commoditization and lower cost, also create associated management overheads. Choice comes at a cost. Managing heterogeneous networks is generally more complicated, and therefore resource intensive, than managing homogenous ones, which explains why in every tech wave the best packager wins and wins big – they make decisions on behalf of the user which serve to increase convenience and manageability at the individual or organisational level. One of the key reasons that Web Scale companies can do what they do, managing huge networks at scale, is aggressive control of hardware, software, networks and system images to reduce choice at certain levels of the stack, so increasing flexibility in other areas. Pretty much the basic premise of scale out networks is that the nodes are the same.”

Survey: Companies Unprepared for New EU Data Rules

By George Leopold, April 26th edition of EnterpriseTech
“The clock it ticking on new data privacy regulations set to enter into force next year, prompting enterprise data management vendors to issue dire warnings about mandatory regulatory compliance and—not coincidentally–offering turnkey solutions. Enforcement of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is scheduled to begin on May 25, 2018, replacing a 1995 directive. Approved by the EU Parliament last April, the new rules are primarily designed to harmonize data privacy laws across Europe. They also reflect a new framework on trans-Atlantic data transfers forged last year that among other things require U.S. companies importing personal data from Europe to commit to stringent data privacy guidelines.”

SAP and Google Cloud: They Actually Need Each Other

By Tony Baer, April 27th edition of ZDNet
“This column typically deals with new innovations, even if they’re applied to attacking age-old challenges like Customer 360 or security management. It draws from the 10 – 20% of the IT budget that gets left over for innovation. As for the remainder, most IT organizations regard existing heartbeat systems with the age-old maxim of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” So for the past 20 years, the notion of replacing your ERP system was probably pretty far down the list of priorities. Your organization won’t replace its ERP system or transaction database unless it has a gun to its head.”

Huawei To Build Global Cloud With Bit Barns Run By Different Operators

By Simon Sharwood, April 24th edition of The Register
“Huawei’s going to stitch together a global cloud based on its cut of OpenStack. It will consist of a patchwork of Huawei-built clouds that the firm itself runs, and Huawei clouds that are run by telcos. The company announced its cloudy ambitions a couple of weeks ago when rotating CEO Eric Xu* told its annual analysts conference “We would like to build a Huawei public cloud family. This family will include public cloud(s) independently operated by Huawei, and public clouds developed with telcos, where we combine telco strengths with our own to tap into the public cloud market.” We’ve been asking the company what that means ever since, and after a bit of back-and-forth have established that Huawei’s plan starts with the creation of a cloud platform, after which the firm seeks partners to build clouds that run it.”

Juniper Finds Its Head In The Clouds; Security Is Another Story

By Michael Cooney, April 26th edition of Network World
“In announcing its Q1 earnings yesterday Juniper company executives were delighted about the company’s returns on its cloud computing directions. In the results conference call Juniper CEO Rami Rahim said cloud computing sales grew 25% year-over-year and noted that four of the company’s top 10 accounts were cloud-related. Specifically, the cloud vertical earned $331.6 million in the first quarter, over $264.8 million a year ago. “As the industry evolves, cloud architectures are no longer the exclusive domain of the cloud providers. Customers across all verticals are developing strategies for moving to cloud service delivery models and this aligns with our strategy to power the cloud transformation,” Rahim said [Seeking Alpha has a full transcript of the call here]. “The cloud is a massive paradigm shift that is reshaping all industries, and I’m excited about the opportunity we have in front of us.”

Microsoft Claims Shipping Giant Maersk as Big Cloud Win

By Barb Darrow, April 26th edition of Fortune
“Score one for Microsoft Azure in its battle for big, industrial cloud customers. Maersk, the world’s largest shipping company, says it will use Azure cloud services to fuel its IT modernization efforts. Such projects typically are called “digital transformation,” a fancy term that often simply refers to the automation and updating of manual or otherwise inefficient processes. Microsoft is battling Amazon Web Services, the leader in public cloud computing, for big-name customers. Public clouds like Azure and AWS are huge pools of computers, storage, and networking for business customers to rent if they do not want to build more of their own data centers.”

Microsoft Is Expanding Its IoT Offerings

By Nicholas Shields, April 24th edition of Business Insider
“Microsoft is expanding its IoT offerings, announcing three new services that augment its cloud-based Azure IoT suite. The move could bring the IoT to companies for whom it was previously out of reach, which benefits Microsoft. A lot of companies don’t have the resources or people to make the most out of IoT solutions, and basically outsourcing their management to Microsoft via IoT Central may be an attractive option. The service should help Microsoft expand the reach of its IoT solutions to new segments of the market.”

Microsoft, AWS and Google May Have Just Started the Next Cloud Computing Price War

By Steve Ranger, April 21st edition of ZDNet
“The giants of cloud computing may have kicked off a new price war, this time over storage. Until recently, price cuts for cloud computing offerings have been mostly restricted to virtual machines, while other services provided constant or growing margins for providers. But according to analysts, cuts have now moved beyond compute, and into storage and databases. In an analysis of cloud pricing, 451 Research said the cloud price battlefield has shifted from virtual machines to object storage, and predicted that other services, starting with databases, will see similar downward pressure on pricing over the next 18 months.”

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